5 Sentimental First Birthday Gifts from Parents and Loved Ones

If you are a parent looking for sentimental first birthday gift ideas for your baby or a loved one in search for sentimental baby gifts this roundup will give you some great ideas. These gifts will be enjoyed for years to come and will ensure your child is given memorable gifts, as well as fun toys!

Read on for my favorite first birthday gift ideas from parents.

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Brooklyn Turns One

I wasn’t very sentimental or easily emotional until I had my daughter.

Now I am a hot mess.

Teary eyed reading Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever  every time. I cannot get through that story at bedtime! You too?

If there is a commercial with a baby being born, bring on the tissue.

Or talk about an upcoming holiday and all I can think is ‘how can I make this memorable and special for Brooklyn?’.  What craft can I do to commemorate this first? What photo can I take to put in her memory book? How can she get involved in this day?

We are now at the point where her little friend’s are gearing up for their first birthdays.

Related: How to Throw a Teddy Bears Picnic 1st Birthday Party  

And I’ve been focused on finding presents that can Brooklyn can get them that are sentimental and meaningful and they can keep/use forever or at least for a long time.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a baby a toy for their birthday. They will love it immediately, where a sentimental first birthday gift might take years before they ‘get it’.

A way to solve that is include a little toy that ties into the more meaningful gift.

That way they have something to open and play with on the day and also something they will treasure for a lifetime.

Here is my list of my Best Sentimental Gifts for Baby’s 1st Birthday.  These ideas can also work for older birthdays, Christmas or other celebrations like a Baptism/Christening, etc


Toy and Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Girls

Toy and Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Boys

Sentimental First Birthday Gift Guide

From Parents & Loved Ones

1. Teddy Bear Made From A Baby’s Sleeper

How sweet is this little bear!   This wonderful Etsy Shop will take one of your child’s sleepers and turn it into a bear you can keep forever.    

I was gifted one for Brooklyn and also had one made for myself to keep.   Her name and birthday are on the bear’s feet.

Buy from this Etsy Shop


2.   Personalized 1st Birthday Cake Topper

Brooklyn’s friend Claire received this cake topper on her first birthday.   It complimented the Teddy Bear Picnic party her parents threw her.

Her mom ordered it from this Etsy shop  Sweet N Tender Dreams

I love it because it can be passed down and kept as decor in her room while she is little.   You can customize the topper to fit your party theme.

 Buy it on Etsy

3.   Quilt made from baby’s clothing

Similar to the teddy bear above, make or have someone make a quilt from the baby or child’s clothing.

This is a more costly gift, but one they will keep forever I’m sure!

4. Personalized Name Book

I got one of these for my niece for her first Christmas.   They are so cute and great for when they get a bit older and are learning their ABC’s and how to spell their name.   The illustrations are also lovely.

One thing to keep in mind, if the child has a short name this book won’t work, but another style where they don’t spell the name, but use it in the story instead would be great.   Board books would be great for this age.

5. Tree or Rose Bush

Buying something that can be planted and enjoyed year round (or in season depending on where you live) is so special.  

As they grow your child can participate in the watering and upkeep.  

It can be a teaching moment on how to care for a living thing. And how sweet would it be to take a photo next to their tree or rose bush each year to see how both are growing?

If you can, go the extra step and look for names that match the child or are somehow connected to them.  For example, the roses are the color of their birthstone. 

Toy to match:   gardening tools such as these or a kid sized lawn mower  classic for a reason.


I’m so excited to give our baby friend, Claire, her rose bush and bubble lawn mower in the next few weeks. Firstly, because I know she will love both and secondly because her mom is just as much of a sap as I am (actually more, don’t tell her I said that).

Happy Gifting!

What’s the best sentimental baby gift you received as a child or your child has been given?

Related Gift Guides for 1 Year Olds:

Toy and Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Girls

Toy and Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Boys

Practical Gifts for 2 year olds (that aren’t toys)

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