I'm having trouble coming up with a gift for my friend's son. He will turn 1 year old in December, just before Christmas. I don't have kids and know little about what is age appropriate... Any thoughts on what I could make him? Is it better to make a gift for him to play with, or maybe something decorative? I want to be safe, of course!
at that age, children don't really expect anything. because of that (as far as the child is concerned) you can give anything you want. this frees you up to look at the "whole picture": does the baby need winter clothes? if that's not the case, soft toys are great, just make sure there are no buttons that can be swallowed.
Also, you might want to look into learning toys that are baby safe. That also means no small parts to come undone, no long strings or laces, etc. I agree that at that age, toys are not really important. They usually end up playing with the pots and pans anyway.