What do I buy my 1 year old for Christmas?

You'll shoot your eye out kid.

I have a question and I thought maybe I’d just ask people here what their thoughts are, so here we go. I’m having some difficulties deciding what I should buy the little big man this year for Christmas. Here’s my thought process, let me know if I’m on the right page here and share your thoughts!!!

  • We have a large family and this latest addition to the family is the first grandchild and first great-grandchild in the family. I have a feeling he’s going to be overwhelmed this year with gifts.
  • We live in NYC where living space is hot commodity. In my opinion we don’t need anything else as the apartment is already split 70 / 30 in his favor… but you know, he’s a kid and stuff.
  • He’s 1 year old, is he going to appreciate what I buy him? I mean, he has yet to thank me for the formula I buy him.
  • When I think of things I’d like to buy him the only thing that comes to mind are savings bonds and maybe (if he was really good) opening an IRA (is that possible?). Some may think this is boorish but personally I think that fiscal responsibility and planning for you future is the bee’s knees!

I can easily go buy him some stuffed animal or like, I don’t know, a book?!? How much fun is a book though (I mean, he can’t even read)? I’d much rather buy him some sort of electronic type thing as he looooves to play with my smartphone, but we’re really trying to hold off on blasting him with too much TV and Internet junk until he gets a bit older. Does anyone out there have any thoughts? I’m looking to buy him something that makes a statement; something that says your dad is uber cool and thoughtful (do they make cool IRAs?). I’m not so concerned about the educational value of the gift, that’s next year (maybe). I’m actually getting pretty anxious over this. Any thoughts?


What about a B.B. Gun? He’s probably too young for a B.B. Gun right? … maybe he can grow into it?



  1. Military Dad

    For my daughter’s first birthday, I took my father to a toy store to get her a present. He didn’t put much thought into it, so he just grabbed the first thing he saw which happened to be this: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2308780

    It absolutely stole the show and was by far her favorite gift. As you can see, it would be great for a boy too. The basketball hoop counts the shots that you make, the football rattles when you spin it, and there’s a clicking noise to the baseball part. Fortunately, none of these are so loud that they will drive you as the parent crazy. She played with until she was 3 and her younger brother plays with it now. It’s amazing how it has lasted since it was bought at the last minute without much though. It also doesn’t take up a ton of space. That might be a possibility.

    • Thomas

      A condensed sports center! Great idea!

      It saves on space
      It teaches my kid to be manly
      It grooms him to be a professional footbase-ketball player where I will no doubt reap the rewards of his multi-million dollar contracts

      This is a great idea! Thanks!

      • Thomas

        But no really, I think I’m gonna buy this.

  2. DaDa Rocks! (@dadarocks) (@dadarocks)

    What do I buy my 1 year old for Christmas? http://t.co/8NbvehzD from @readysetdad #achristmasstory

  3. Kids Bee Happy

    OK, This probably ranks me as one of the worst parents in the world, but for my daughters first christmas I wrapped up and put under the Christmas tree everything that i’d bought for her for the coming year. Lots of clothes, a potty, and the next stage up car seat. The car seat was a huge success – it was big, it came in a box and she could sit in it.. She sat in only this and played in it in the middle of the lounge relentlessly for at least 2 weeks.

    • Thomas

      This makes you a practical and thoughtful parent.

      I on the other hand did consider giving him a big box for Christmas. Period.

      Would this make me worst parent overlord?

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