Baby boys are often overwhelmed by their first Christmas, so it's sometimes hard to decide which way to go with their gift. At their first Christmas , baby boys don't really understand what's going on and often have as much fun with the box the gifts came in as the expensive item inside. Consider instead gifts for boys that the parents can use for his upbringing or start the youngster with a collection you can add to each year.
Grandparents often like to give savings bonds, or contribute to a bank account or college fund. While the boy may not understand the monetary value of the gift, you can be assured he will when the value increases and he looks at the cumulative effect of the gift by the time he's 18 and can cash the bond or fund. Savings bonds and college funds can be purchased online. Send the boy a card with the total amount deposited each year that his parents can save for him. Get a passbook in his name for a bank account that he can access when he gets older and deposit funds every Christmas. Use the bank account for other gift-giving holidays as well, such as birthdays, graduations, Easter and other congratulatory events.
Children love collections and they can start as young as their first Christmas with a gift such as a model car or stuffed animal. Make sure his parents know the value of the gift and that it is a collectible. Let them know you'd like to add to the collection each year. Start the boy out with a snow globe that he can enjoy while he starts collecting. RedEnvelope has a rocking horse snow globe that even has room on the base for engraving. Add the boy's name and the year you gave it to him so he can see when his collection began. The snow globe plays a tune while the horse inside turns and blows snow around the ball.
A personalized growth chart is a must-have for little boys. He'll enjoy monitoring his growth with a chart of his own. Mom and dad will appreciate the Christmas gift as well, as they won't have to mark his growth on the wall. Check out the memory growth chart at RedEnvelope that has room to mark his height and pockets for photos and notes, mementos and other keepsakes that mark his achievements. A growth chart is another Christmas gift for a baby boy that will last for years with pleasant memories of you every time he uses it.