We’re big fans of giving books for birthday presents. Reason #1: They’re easy, thoughtful, useful, and they don’t cost too much money. Reason #2: You can buy them in bulk and store them pretty easily.
These board books from Herve Tullet are brilliant for kids from 1-ish and up. They’re interactive and clever, but they also are so nicely illustrated, you won’t get tired of them on the umpteenth read.