My son is a November baby, so every year I get a special preview of all the great gift ideas before Christmas arrives. We do our best to save some of the big surprises for Christmas morning, but how can you resist an early gift?? This year we celebrated the big number 2. I know, crazy! 🙂
So, for all the parents, grandparents, and aunts & uncles that are wondering what to get for a 2 year-old boy, here’s how to be the favorite this year!
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I got lucky with a son who absolutely loves to read and look at books, but that love of reading doesn’t seem to translate into an appreciation for keeping the books in good condition. So, for the time being, we’re only using board books so that he can use them however he likes (and for the most part, they have proven to be indestructible). Luckily, it has turned out that board books aren’t that expensive either, so I’ve been able to get most of them in the $3 range on Amazon.
So if you’re looking for a good gift idea for your toddler or just need some new inspiration to get them using new words, try out these board books that have been big winners in our house:
As small home dwellers and frequent travelers, my husband and I have developed somewhat of an expertise for getting around with our baby. When you’re in close quarters with a little one, you basically have no choice but to be creative (or depend on the creativity of others), so we’ve come across some amazing space-saving baby products and gadgets that make life waaaaay easier.
Some of these were amazing gifts, some we discovered out of desperation, and some were just plain dumb luck. But ALL of them have proved to be essential and/or quite a relief in our day-to-day lives or travels.
I’m definitely not a minimalist (though I wish I was). In fact, I probably carry more traits of a hoarder than I do of a minimalist. Yet I STILL found that there were quite a few baby products that I just didn’t need, wish I didn’t have, or was so unbelievably grateful that I DIDN’T get. I mean, these little babies come with a ton of stuff. And in my case, my son rarely left my arms, so what was the point of half of them? At one point his room had literally turned into a storage facility for the overabundance of his “things”, while the stuff he actually needed just moved into my space.
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So to save you the trouble (and money), here are the things you may not actually need to buy:
This Easter will be a special one for our family. While it won’t technically be the first Easter for my son, it will be the first one that he can really enjoy – and the first time I get to put together an Easter basket for him!
I’m certainly not planning on spending a lot – but I want it to be fun and I want to see his excitement. I’m also going to be avoiding the classic Easter chocolates and candies (for obvious reasons).
So here are my Easter basket ideas for 1-year old boys! And of course a few toys and supplies that I’ve recently gotten for him that he LOVES (so that I can pass on the good fortune to you!).
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Technically it isn’t hard to find gifts for a 1-year old boy. There are thousands and thousands of options. BUT…that doesn’t mean that they’ll like your gift – or that their parents will.
My husband and I have the “luxury” of a child with a November birthday, so we get a double whammy of gifts each year for his birthday and Christmas. With so much out there it can be really hard to know what is actually worth a purchase, so I’ve done the leg work for you and tested out just about every product under the sun.
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Here are the winners! The best gift ideas for 1-year old boys:
For my baby shower, my sister had a brilliant idea idea to ask for a baby book instead of a card. So with each gift, I received a children’s book with a note in it for the baby, and I now have an awesome collection of books for my son that will last him years.
I’ve sorted them out by age so some are still a little old for him, but at just under 1 year old, he has clear favorites. In fact, some he loves so much that he’d prefer it over a toy. We joke that his lovey will end up being a book instead of a stuffed animal.
So if you’re looking for some great beginner books for your little one (or an awesome baby shower gift!), these are the winners in my house: (more…)