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Birthday gift for a 1 year old.

My wife's best friend has a baby girl turning 1 next week. What would be a good gift for the mother/baby? I cant spend too much on wood, and I don't want to make a baby rattle for this. I kinda want it to be a keepsake for mommy and baby.
Anyone got any ideas?

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A hand made picture frame from your shop with a 1 year old baby pic inside....?

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how about a name plaque for babys bedroom door
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Being a baby girl, maybe a jewelry box?
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Since it's a girl, make a wooden truck. Put the names and dates on there. She may grow up to be a TV star on IRT.

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Heh, my first two thoughts we're a scroll sawed name plate or picture frame (possibly with the girl's name on it and year). I see others had the same idea. One of those simple wooden puzzles in a "frame" might work too.
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Doll cradle.

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What did you decide?

My thought was a set of nice building blocks with pictures or names, maybe letters of her name - since it's more of a keepsake. . . can be painted in bright colors or stained and finished nicely.
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a toy box is a simple but needed gift make it kid friendly use a colored wood dye under the finish lots of choices for non toxic finishes please use. mom will like a place for the toys to go
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When my buddy had his son, I got a 3" x 6" chunk of "special" wood with lots of interest and bandsawed the word ONE into it.
A better idea would be to do the same and saw her name into it in script. She won't enjoy it immediately but it will become a cool momento over the years. When she becomes a success she can place in on her desk or dashboard as the case may be.... bill

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If she doesn't have one, get one. A baby book. For girls, it's likely a pink silky padded 3 ring type binder size. In it goes a collection of hair clippings, and other memorable items from childhood. If she has one, get the size and make a decorative box, to protect it. How you make it would be your design.

I have a baby book. It has a lot of stuff that most baby books have...hair cuttings, lost teeth, announcements, pictures, and report cards from school. As an adult, it's not the contents I would have preferred. I would rather at this stage in my life to see blood samples from the class mates I punched out in elementary school.








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I like making wood photo albums. You make the front and back cover and fill it with blank pages of whatever type you like. You can do her name/age/birthdate/whatever as decoration for the covers. I've used, teak, bloodwood, purpleheart, and yellowheart to make these in the past and they go over very well with the recipient. Plus, they can add as many pages as they like. I tend to use leather chord as the "hinge" of the book but there are a lot of options.

It's a super easy project but you could make it more intricate if you like, with scroll work or inlays (which I've done) or other options.
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