Before having a baby I was always so clueless on what to get my friends' babies. Seriously, I gave some terrible gifts, like ones with dangerous sharp edges. I gave my nephew a Skuut Balance Bike when he was 1 that he just started using...2 years later. And even as a mom, I'm still kind of baffled about what Evie would like and how much I want to clutter up our tiny apartment, but I found a few things that I think any kiddo (and mom) would appreciate around the house.
(Side note: Evie is not realllllyy almost 1, but let's face it 9 month olds are hard to shop for- they are literally teetering between baby and toddler! I am in no way trying to rush her to 1. In fact, I would appreciate if you would slow down that whole growing up thing a little, Evie!
- A classic red piano so our neighbors hate us even more.
- A wooden tea set for tea parties with grandparents.
- LeapFrog Fridge Phonic Magnetic Letter Set - something fun to play with on the fridge that also teaches kiddos letter sounds and phonics.
- A doll after her mom's heart - the Liz Lemon doll.
- Clothes that parents wouldn't normally buy themselves - like these gold pretzel drop crotch pants (?!) and this adorable cloud t-shirt. Most of Evie's clothes are hand-me-downs or Old Navy mega sale purchases because I just can't bring myself to buy her expensive clothes that she will grow out of in a month. However, we received a few gifts from fancier stores and each time she wears her special pajamas or shirt we get so happy.
- Classic blocks for her to stack and knock over.
- A traveling play pad - Evie has not one, but two of these, but they are so useful! Whether playing at the studio or the park she has a soft, cute play area that is easy for her Momma to carry.
- A simple puzzle - yes, she will mostly just gnaw on the pretty shapes, but maybe she'll show signs of genius and stick the shapes in the right spots every now and then? Plus, even if it goes untouched for a few months, it will look great in her nursery.
- A happy mat to encourage more finger food meals with less mess and a goofy smile.
- Bath time fun with a cool little Submarine dude and Baby Bath Foam Letters and Numbers
- A super cool basket to keep all her toys in = a happy momma with a clean floor.
- A cozy elephant chair to dive bomb into and snuggle.
- These glow in the dark dudes will surely get just as many laughs from parents as the kids.
- A pully zebra toy to drag around the apartment.
- Socks! Evie is always losing socks, mostly because she hates socks and discreetly rips them off and throws them onto the Brooklyn streets. But who could hate these lamb knee high socks and these baby cabin socks? Don't answer that Genevieve!
- A cute tumbler that celebrates the upcoming milestone of using a cup!
- A membership to a zoo, local museum or park is always a great gift for families.
- Bongos! Jamie's daughter, Vivi, has these and Evie loved them. She gave one whack to a plastic toy drum and knew it wasn't the real thing, but with these she had a mini jam sesh, naked, just like Matthew McConaughey.
Did we miss anything big? I still need more ideas for family members asking what to get Evie for the holidays and for my precocious 3 year old nephew!