Gifts for One Year Olds

Kate Patch | 07 April, 2021


          
            Gift Ideas for First birthdays in Australia.

I love first birthdays. They are a sweet celebration of a little person and all that they are to become. We celebrate their personalities, we put thought into the childhood adventure that really truly begins and we also have a special place in our hearts for the mums and dads who have just witnessed the first year and who are most likely to have a big ol cry the night before as they kiss their little one's head goodnight.
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I have put together a list of special, some quirky, sweet and fun, but all Australian small business gift ideas that will be a keepsake but also a celebration of your little one.
Something to read, to wear, need and want. This concept may be familiar to to you already but it truly does help in narrowing down from the oodles of options and can be a good system for all birthdays. For this blog I will break it down into these categories (with a few bonuses) to make this easy.
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Something To Read 
~ Oh Baby, The Year you were Born (LINK)
This book is for the babies having their first birthdays in 2021. It may be a little for the mamas too. 2020 was a very different year for mamas to  have their little ones born. Mums group, park hangs, visitors and the normal "village" disappeared. This book will resonate with every mother who experienced it. It is full of many  familiar scenes appropriate to 2020. For a babies though they knew the slow and comforting home days with their parents.
Oh baby the year you were born
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~ A Book Sling/Bookshelf For The Budding Reader
Melbourne Mama Alicia makes the cutest but also handy sling bookshelves. these would make a great gift to display a child's growing book collection. I have a link HERE for you to check them out. Use the code HERITAGE too for 10% Off
House Of Bobbins Book sling
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~ 50 Questions, Birth Until 18 Years Journal
This Journal is not a baby book but instead a childhood journal. Every year around your child's birthday you set time to sit down with your child and ask them the same 50 questions. Your child will look forward to this every year but not only that you get to watch how much their big life goals and their everyday funny things change. What a great birthday tradition to start! You will find this journal linked HERE
50 Questions, birth until 18 years childhood journal
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More Book Suggestions
Did you know I have the best community on Instagram? I asked my mama community what their favourite books were on their kids shelves were and this is what they said: Room on the Broom, Whoever you are, Hairy Mclairy, Dinosaur roar, Pea + Nut, Big People Little Dreams series, Spot Books, Kisses by the Moon, Guess how much I love you, Each Peach Pair Plum, Dear Zoo, Noisy Farm, Goodnight Moon, Gruffalo, Peekaboo and ten little fingers and ten little toes!
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Something To Wear
~ A keepsake Outfit made out your child's artwork
Yes you read that right. Little Henrio turns yours child's finger paintings or a scribble into a cute little outfit to wear on the day. Scan or take a photo of an artwork and Lisa is able to print this onto fabric and make something that is truly unique and special.  The link to Lisa's Instagram is HERE and has kindly offered 10% off using the code Heritage10
Little Henrio artwork outfit
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~ Handmade Felted Shoes
My own Heidi owns a pair of felted shoes made by Gaia. They are very special and now that she has outgrown them have a special place in her keepsake box. I have loved watching the process that goes into these on Three Wildlings Instagram page and that care is felt when you have them in your hands too. Gaia has very kindly offered a discount too. Use the code HERITAGE and shop HERE
Three Wildlings Felted Shoes
More Favourite small businesses for special first birthday outfits.
I love Little Bears Growllittle outfits for girls. For the Little boys I would shop at Elmzy and Co
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Something They Need
~A Dinner Set
Eco cubs sell a range of non toxic plant based dinner wear for kids that are becoming more confident at eating. Mums love the fact they look good and are dishwasher and microwave save too. Eco Cubs website is linked HERE
Eco Cubs Dinner sets
~Swimwear
I cant recommend Kicky Swim enough. They are durable, sun safe and in my own family we are handing them down between siblings as they are such good quality and the styles are very gender neutral. But look cute on little ladies and men. Shop Kicky Swim HERE
Kicky Swim
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~ New Hat
I think every mum would agree, Bed Head hats are hands down the best. They have a under chin strap, wide brims that don't flop and are perfect for day care and kindy too. Plus they look cute! Shop Bead Heads here
Bed Head Hats
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Something They Want
~ Birth Rainbow
This is a favourite of mine for a gift idea for a little 1 year old. Rachelle from Honeycomb Living makes personalised timber rainbow stackers. They are beautiful and  parents will love displaying on the shelves but their little ones will love stacking and playing with them. Personalisation is a great tool to help our young children feel a place of belonging and acceptance too.
Rachelle has offered you a 10% discount too using the code heritage_blankets. you can shop via this link
Honeycomb Living Birth Rainbows
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~Playsilks
Your little one's imagination will  soar for years to come with these Waldorf-inspired hand-dyed play silks. These gorgeous silks will delight the senses and have a multitude of uses. Melissa has very kindly popped up a discount code to use too! You can shop here with the discount code HERITAGE
Playsilks by works at play
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~Personalised bookends
I love these gorgeous bookends and I think they would make a special little addition to a first birthday present. You can shop here 
Bookends for kids rooms or nurserys
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~ Name Puzzle
Jess at Rainbow Earthlings has just released a new range of name puzzles. these would make a great 1 year old gift too! Shop the Here
Rainbow Earthlings Puzzles
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~Wooden Instruments
Wooden toys are always going to be special and something kept. Baby Noise is an Australian small business and they have a beautiful range of kids wooden instruments. The link is here
Baby Noise wooden instruments
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~ Natural Threading Set
Maddie and Me have just brought out a natural wooden threading set for little ones. These have so many neat uses too and can be used for more than threading. Here is the link
Threading set
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~ Self Propelled Swing
Boy oh boy!! These swings will be something that will be loved and used by your family but also future generations. I love these but also the family behind Windy Hill making them!! They are self propelled too so your child will soon be clever enough to hop on and swing it himself. what a child's dream! The link is Here
Windy Hill swings
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~ Betty Lou Baby
Betty Lou hand sew swaddle babies. These are so sweet as little cuddles or as a comfort. They have the option of having a crocheted bonnet or a turban as accessories too. The link is Here
Betty Lou swaddle baby
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~Miss Molly Wooden Toys
Miss Molly is a hand maker of heirloom quality wooden toys and puzzles for kids. These are gifts that you will absolutely gush over. soft colours and sweet illustrations are the feature. I wish I could pop a whole lot more photos here for you. But please hit the link here and check out the whole range. 
Miss Molly Toys
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Gifts That Are Not Physical
You could also consider gifts that are not physical. Organising a photography session, swimming lesson gift voucher or even a zoo pass also make really great gifts.
I hope this was helpful. I loved popping this together even though I feel like there are still so many other small Australian business I could features. I know each of these business have beautiful ethics, are real families and all wear their hearts on their sleeves.
So much love,
Kate xx