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Gift ideas please.

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Glammy Thu 28-Jun-12 18:09:30

My granddaughter is a lively 10 month old, moving (not quite walking) and I am keen to know what was the best 1st Birthday gift you got and also what didn't work out. I am very keen to get something worthwhile and which will aid development over the next few months. Has anyone found really nice farm sets? I don't want to go down the totally pink route so solid things that will do her for a while and still be OK if there is a second baby at some point.

nanaej Thu 28-Jun-12 18:15:49

My DGCs loved sit and ride toys at that stage, also play tents and tunnels are fun for peep-o games but adapt as they get older to be all kinds of things!

Duplo do a good farm set which my DGD enjoyed.

yogagran Thu 28-Jun-12 18:25:06

Traditional baby walker with bricks that probably most of our own children had at one stage?

glassortwo Thu 28-Jun-12 19:57:20

glammy I worked for Mothercare/Elc on the toy department a while back and the wooden toys were really good sellers especially the activity cube ELC and the Mothercare version which is a similar activity cube but its on wheels.

I have put a few link below so I hope this helps.

www.elc.co.uk/Wooden-Activity-Cube/130574,default,pd.html

www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Sunshine-Garden-Wooden-Push-Along-Activity-Cube/336790,default,pd.html?cm_sp=ProductFeatures-_-Category%2520landing-_-

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www.elc.co.uk/wooden-toys-puzzles/5510,default,sc.html

Sook Sat 30-Jun-12 19:27:31

glammy I'm in the same boat as I have two grandsons who will celebrate their 1st birthdays in August and October. The elder of the two has a sister of 3 so he has plenty of toys already. I had thought of Duplo as both of my sons enjoyed playing with it when they were tots or perhaps a Brio (or something similar to) wooden train set. I always like to give my nearest and dearest a gift that I have made myself so I will be knitting Aran sweaters for both boys. I will also buy them a book have seen several options but can't decide at the moment.

Annobel Sat 30-Jun-12 20:22:30

A Brio train track is a good option. Even when they have one, it can always be added to with points, bridges, extra track... My GSs have loved theirs.

jeni Sat 30-Jun-12 20:41:06

I've just come back from DGD's 1st birthday. The big winners were
1 a wooden simple jigsaw with little nobs
2 a magnetic put together train
3 board books
4 the packinging!

Anagram Sat 30-Jun-12 20:54:06

Those wooden jigsaws with big pieces always seem popular - my GDs still occasionally play with the ones they had when they were babies now, and they're six!

jeni Sat 30-Jun-12 21:16:07

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I'm tired!
Goodnight all!

goldengirl Sun 01-Jul-12 20:50:49

I've just given my GD on her first birthday a wooden hammer and pegs set from ELC and she loves it. My son says it's her favourite toy!

Annobel Sun 01-Jul-12 21:12:35

Anything they can bash and bang! GS1 got a couple of drum kits at an early age, though I think one of them got put in the loft never to be seen again.

Anagram Sun 01-Jul-12 21:58:11

Those musical tables are good - several options available from Argos, Mothercare and ELC. My twin DGSs played with the one we had for years - it was ideal because they could sit either end and each had different buttons and sound-makers to bash at!

Annobel Sun 01-Jul-12 22:26:28

I got a wonderfully colourful and indestructible plastic teaset for one of mine. He played with it a lot. I have a vague memory of buying it in Debenhams toy dept.