Choosing A First Birthday Gift

This isn't for me?

First birthdays are really all about the parents.  I don’t meant that in a selfish way, but it’s true.  The parties tend to be pretty adult-focused since the babies are still so small and don’t really have the understanding to recognize the importance of the day.  It’s a special day for parents to reflect on that monumental day a year later, and to celebrate surviving the toughest year of parenting (from what I hear!).

At this age, babies really don’t need much in the way of gifts.  I spent enough money on Cullen’s party – food, drinks, decorations, etc. – so I didn’t want to go overboard with gifts.  In fact, I considered not getting him one at all.  But ultimately, I wanted something that was special and different, but not expensive.  More than a toy or another new outfit – something he would use for many years to come!

I have been eyeing the little baby chairs at a few different stores for many months.  I stalked the online sales for a month or two leading up to his birthday.  A few weeks before the big day, a cute pattern went on sale – score!  I snagged the Land of Nod Chair and Mini Ottoman that is usually $150 for just under $60 – amazing.  The robot pattern I bought looks to be sold out, but there is a similar fire truck pattern on sale now!

I didn’t get his name embroidered, because I’m hoping it will be used by other babies down the road.  Although perhaps I should have, as our dog seems to have mistaken it as his.  Oops!

Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs.  You can follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest too!

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