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{gift ideas for the first birthday}

1 year. 12 months. 52 weeks. 366 days (thank you leap year for the extra day! :) ). Monday is the big day — Ella’s first Birthday! This last year passed by so incredibly fast; it was the most intensive, most wonderful and happiest year in our lives. Ella enchants us every day with her contagious smile.

Even though Ella will not remember her first birthday, I think it is important to celebrate — at least with the closest family. It’s a big milestone. Our baby won’t officially be a baby anymore; she’ll be a toddler.

Ella probably won’t care if and what she gets (noisy wrapping paper and gift boxes are pretty much all she wants) and yet, it’s so much fun to give gifts for the first birthday. Hopefully gifts that will stay with her for some time. These are the gifts that she will get from her grandparents, uncles & aunts and us:


1 Babypuppe — Petit Bebe (from the grandparents in Texas) || 2 Bobby Car Classic — Big (from uncle & aunt)
Stacking Tower — Grimm’s (from the grandparents in Texas) || 4 Wool Jumpsuit — Hess Natur (from grandma in Germany)
5 Mei Tai Carrier — Fräulein Hübsch (from grandma in Germany — the baby size was too small)
6 Doll Stroller — Kidsmax (from us — bought used) || 7 Crayons — Stabilo (from us)

It was important to us that Ella won’t get toys only. She already received so many gifts throughout the year, we don’t want it to be a sensory overload. So, we’re excited about some practical gifts as well.
I am sure there will be a few more gifts from other family members and friends, but these are the gifts we know of so far.
Now we’re excited for the big day and hope that the clocks will turn just a little slower from now on, so we can enjoy our sunshine even more.

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    Wednesday November 30th, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Aw how wonderful that your little princess is turning one. What a big day! I really love the gifts that she will get especially the baby doll and the stroller. I hope you guys will create some amazing memories! Happy Birthday Ella!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday December 4th, 2016 at 10:05 PM

      Thank you SO much, Sabrina! :)
      I can’t believe it’s only a couple more hours until her birthday! Of course she’s fast asleep now, so we’ll wait to tell her Happy Birthday until the morning. Hehe
      XO! Vanessa

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    Zan Turner
    Friday December 2nd, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    I love that the selection is not all toys. That was the first thing I noticed even before you mentioned it. Too many toys overwhelm both kids and parents alike. First birthdays are so much fun. Happy Birthday to your little one.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday December 4th, 2016 at 10:08 PM

      I totally agree about too many toys being overwhelming! Before Ella was born I was SO set on not letting too many toys into our home.. It just happens. Everybody wants to make gifts. Haha
      So, I’m really glad that she’s getting practical gifts as well.
      XO! Vanessa

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    Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins
    Sunday December 4th, 2016 at 01:30 AM

    Those are great toys that she’ll be able to grow with and love for a long time! First birthdays are bittersweet, but so fun. :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday December 4th, 2016 at 10:10 PM

      Thank you so much, Shani! :)
      It really is bittersweet and I can’t believe Ella has been with us for one year already.
      XO! Vanessa

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    Monday December 5th, 2016 at 03:29 AM

    Great ideas, so nice that they’re not all toys. I feel like we are always drowning in toys. We have that Grimms stacking tower — both boys still play with it!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday December 5th, 2016 at 08:47 PM

      That is really good to hear, that the stacking tower is still a huge hit! :)
      Thank you for your comment!
      XO! Vanessa

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