questionswhat's a good gift for a 1 year old?

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AWWWW! Happy Birthday baby carl669!

How about a pocketknife from sport.woot? Or some fireworks? Bottle of wine from wine.woot?

Well, seriously, I was a big fan of stuffed animals at his age. And books, read him lots and lots of books!

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While I'm not a parent, not yet anyway, I've always been a firm believer that especially for small children, don't concern yourself so much with "things". I was never much concerned with "things" but my younger sister was. I remember piles of toys that were played with once or twice, broken or donated that never really meant anything of value. I was always content with a card board box and some crayons. Maybe look into something with more of a long term benefit or even putting some money away for a future expense. Maybe spend the money on a small trip in which pictures/videos can be taken to create long lasting memories. While those memories may not be clear now, looking back years later things like that can mean a lot more than a toy.

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I would go with a couple inexpensive fun toys complete with box and wrapping. Then something like a stock, bond or college savings fund type thing. Gold or silver coins and jewelery would work if that is more to your taste.

Also a professional quality family photo. These can double as grandparent gifts for any upcoming holiday that might be around the corner, too!

Wow, it has been a year! Great picture, thanks for sharing.

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A college savings fund. He'll forget about it just as quickly as he would any other gift you give him but at least it will be useful in the future.

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@natedogg828: uhhh....no. not right now at least.

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@carl669: That's a fun time. We got my son a ride-on firetruck, and then his younger sister one too. They're inexpensive and extremely durable, and they'll make thousands of dollars worth of memories on that $35 spent. I am willing to bet that in the 4 years my son played with his, and the 3 years my daughter played with hers, they put over 1000 miles on them.

http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-little-people-build-n-fun-fire-truck-ride-on/-/A-12333432#prodSlot=medium_1_7&term=ride+on+toy

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Royal Riviera pears from Harry & David. Available now but they sell out every year.

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@capguncowboy: I 100% totally agree on the ride around toy firetruck/car, BUT there is one requirement.

The seat absolutely needs to be a compartment. My son drove around his firetruck EVERYWHERE and the compartment under the seat contained everything important to his day.. dinosaurs, cars, "people", rocks, his stuffed animal cat, etc..

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My granddaughter is 20 months old, so I still have good memories. Her favorite toys at our house are: 1 - a large ball, bigger than the child's head. The child can learn to roll it first. Then after a few months the child can sit and bounce on it. 2 - Very large, very soft, stuffed animals, larger than the child. They cuddle in them and even take naps on them.

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@spacezorro: Ha, just while I was writing about his firetruck, I was reminiscing with my wife about how he used to put his pacifier and stuffed elephant in the seat compartment any time he was riding it. It was especially funny because the entire elephant didn't fit so it's legs and trunk would hang out the sides.

I agree. That compartment is a must.

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My favorite gift at that age took a lot of work and commitment on the part of my parents.

My best friend who grew up w/ me looked just like this. I'm grateful to my folks. But it is certainly not a gift to be taken lightly, or decided upon with out really thinking it through. It's a lot of work.It's adopting another baby. I was very lucky.

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an empty box... paper bag... ball with a tail on it. I gotta tell ya - 1 yr olds are surprisingly similar to kittens or puppies... and i don't mean that with any offense intended. Anything you get will at bvest be a short distraction until the next shiny, colorful, or fast (but not too fast) moving object comes into view.

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His handprint and a letter. Write to him about his first year and how proud you are to be his parent. :)

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Depends on how big the extended family is. My dad correctly figured my son would be inundated with toys and clothes from my wife's family, so birthdays and Christmas got him a Savings Bond from his grandfather.
Not very cute, but when the boy turned 17 he was able to buy his first car- in cash. Now he's 32, and his first tattoo was in his grandfather's memory.
Hard to argue with that.

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Kenny Powers thinks a PS3 was the perfect gift for a 1 yr old. And he's Kenny F'in Powers.

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A small toy that makes noise. You might not like it but kids love it.

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An empty cardboard box, not too big, and definitely something fairly sturdy. I can't tell you how many kids have played with the boxes and not the toys that came in them. I go into a lot of homes and I hear the same story over and over, wasted my money on "product x".

Happy b day.

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I want one of these for myself, but we keep buying them for babies we know:
http://www.amazon.com/Rhino-Toys-Oball-Original-Colors/dp/B000BNC9DM

So easy to grip and a fun texture and they're fun to squish. Sure, maybe that's a little bit young of a toy, but I can play with them to this day...

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I like the idea of a ride on toy. My daughter got one for her first birthday and she will be three in a few months and still uses hers. Something with a handle that extends so you can push him around until he is big enough to do it himself.

You have a very handsome little boy there. I'm the mom of a former NICU baby as well and I still can't look at pictures of my daughter or other kids with the feeding tubes, etc. without tearing up.

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Thanks for the idea, just ordered for youngest grandson.