Great first birthday gifts? Reader Q&A

Ida Pearle Personalized name printsI am trying to find a gift
for my one year old niece and I can’t figure anything out. I don’t
want to do clothes and plastic toys. I’d like something commemorative
– but what? -Grace


If your niece’s grandparents are like my kids’ grandparents, chances are the clothes and plastic toys will be well covered! Instead, we’d say consider a personalized or customized gift if you’re looking for a true keepsake.

If you’re looking for a commemorative sort of gift, we love the idea of personalized art like the personalized name prints from Ida Pearle (shown). Liz actually sent me one to me as a gift for my son and it’s one of our favorites. Another great choice is artist Lori Joy Smith, who does amazing personalized fabric and needlework art. They’re unique and gorgeous, and perfect for commemorating a first birthday.

If you want a present that’s inexpensive but still cool, look at the personalized stainless spoons from Lisa Leonard Designs. It will get plenty of use from little fingers learning how to scrape out the very last of the yogurt cups.



On the splurgier side, you might want to snag your niece a gorgeous handmade Bamboletta doll. A custom doll
can be made in your niece’s likeness, including hair, eye color and
clothing choice. Just make sure to get your order in soon; they’re quite popular and holidays are right around the corner. -Kristen



Check out our art and decor archives for more keepsake baby gifts.

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