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First Birthday Presents: The Perfect Gifts For Baby

Your baby’s first birthday is a momentous occasion and deserves the perfect present. Whether you’re after a brilliant toy that will keep him occupied for a 10-minute stretch or a timeless gift that will stay with him for years, take a look at our top picks to find the ideal present to suit your budget

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Pull-A-Long Dog, £24, johnlewis.co.uk

This colourful dog will become a baby’s best friend in no time. Made from natural wood and pulled along by a piece of red string, it’s got four bright wheels and wiggles as he’s pulled.
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Babies First Year Book, £29.99, photobox.co.uk

In your baby’s first year, you’ll have built up countless memories and if you haven’t already then it’s time to make sure you’ve captured them. This lovely book can be personalised to include text on the spine and as many pages as you like, giving you plenty of space to document your tot’s first memories.
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Babies 1st Birthday Band, £19.99, halilit.co.uk

Babies are expert noisemakers and every baby is guaranteed to love this birthday band. Including five baby shaker instruments and a music CD, there are hours of music-making fun in this one kit. Just make sure you invest in some ear plugs…
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Bobux Soft Sole Shoes, £20 each, bobux.co.uk

We’re obsessed with these Bobux soft sole styles. Designed with a non-slip suede sole, they’ll help your tot’s feed grip and stretch while on the go.
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Dachshund Crochet Baby Toy, £32.50, amara.com

This handmade toy dog is a great quality toy that will last forever. Hand crocheted in multi-coloured stripes, it’s made from organic cotton and will be a great companion for any tot.
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Baby Blanket, £14.99, houseoffraser.co.uk

Oh-so-cute and comforting, this blanket will be a brilliant travel and sleep companion. And it’s so irresistibly soft, you may even find yourself curling up with it.
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First Birthday Playset, £20, toyrus.co.uk

With this fun and interactive playset, every baby can throw his own birthday party again and again. He can press the cake to light the candles and sing along to the happy birthday tune. There’s even a surprise present to open.
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First Car, £8.99, galttoys.com

Every tot will love this fun yellow character car. It’s eyes move up and down as he rolls along and the big red button is his horn. Perfect for car journeys and for playing with in the cot.
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Hedgehog Wheeler, £64.95, hippychick.com

Once the baby you’re buying for has started walking, he’ll love pushing around (and pulling himself up on) this adorable Wheelybug. The hedgehog is the latest version of the toy and features a removable cover, which can be handwashed.
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Moneybox, £24.99, borngifted.co.uk

The first year with a baby flies by and before you know it, he’ll be wanting pocket money and *gulp* university funds. So help him to start saving with this personalised moneybox now.
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Toy Bag, £30, www.pinklining.com/uk

By the age of one, babies accumulate dozens of toys – so now’s the time to invest in a toy bag to keep them all in!
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VTech Baby Wind & Waggle Ducks, £14.99, vtechuk.com

Make bathtime extra fun with this musical duck duo. The big duck can swim around the bath, making noise as it goes and it sings songs, say fun phrases and boasts a light-up music button that flashes along to the music.
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Smart Trike, £99.99, toysrus.co.uk

If you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, this Smart Trike is an ideal buy. It starts off as a trike with the parent handle and then converts to a ride on trike when your tot gets a bit older. It manoeuvres easily, has an adjustable seat, cushioned seat belts and a rigid frame for absolute safety and comfort.
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Wondercube, £17.99, wondercube.com

This activity toy will keep babies entertained for hours. The cube is filled with textile squares that they can pull out, making for a fun learning experience. If it goes down well, you can buy other fillings including numbers, letters, animals and stories – meaning it has the potential to grow with the baby.
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Rocking Horse, £79.95, mamasandpapas.com

A modern take on the traditional rocking horse, this toy is printed with fun, cowboy fabric that every baby will love. It features handgrips and footrests for added support and even neighs, providing hours of cowboy play.
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Wooden Activity Cube, £35, mothercare.com

Hours of fun and learning can be had with this Early Learning Centre cube. There are five different activities on the top and four sides with a spinning learning frame, a clock with moveable hands, a wipe-clean chalkboard and a wooden xylophone and bead maze.
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Boxed frame print, from £85, thedaythat.co.uk

Looking for a timeless gift that your baby can keep forever? This could be it. Choose a photograph you love and it will be framed in a stylish boxed frame that is easy to hang in your little one's nursery, or wherever you choose. It can be personalised to include whatever caption you like, marking your baby's birthday in a really special way.
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