Gifts for 1 Year Olds

From toys to books, these are the best gifts for 1 year olds to get them moving, playing and thinking all year long.

Gifts for 1 Year Olds
Gifts for 1 Year Olds

It can be tough to find the best presents for kids, but finding the right gift and developmental toys for a 1-year-old might be easier than you think. There are many great gift ideas for 1 year olds! Some suggestions include:

  1. Toys that encourage cognitive and motor skill development, such as shape sorters, blocks, and puzzles.
  2. Play sets, such as a kitchen set or a farm set, that allow children to use their imagination and role-play.
  3. Musical instruments, such as a xylophone or a small drum, that encourage creativity and music appreciation.
  4. Books, especially those with colorful illustrations and simple stories, which can help develop a love of reading.
  5. Games and activities that promote physical activity, such as a ball pit or a small slide.

Overall, the best gift for a 1 year old will be something that is safe, age-appropriate, and engaging for the child. Gift recommendations below:

Bright Starts

Ah, love at first sight. Who’s caught baby’s eye? Her own reflection, of course! Made for tummy time or sit-and-play, this large baby-safe mirror is perfect for silly faces and self-discovery. Watch as your wild one discovers her goofy grin for the first time. With crinkly and colorful fabric, she won’t be able to take her eyes off what she sees. This little mirror folds flat for easy storage and travels. No matter how you use this mirror, you’ll always have the best view — of her smile staring back at you!

Buy at Amazon - $11


Prop, play and cuddle up with this functional pillow that doubles as a toy and support for your child. This cute caterpillar pillow can be extended for tummy time support or folded into a comfortable and compact seated support pillow. Fastening Velcro holds a seated "C" shape for comfortable and secure sitting.

Buy at Amazon - $33

Hape Scoot Around

The Hape Scoot Around is the perfect first push bike toddler scooter. Toddlers aged 12 months and older can enjoy this four-wheel foot-powered, wooden rider while reaping the benefits of increased muscle strength and improved balance.

Buy at Amazon - $66

Polarized WeeFarers

Polarized sunglasses for children. The stylish look, now reimagined for young eyes. Now for ages 0-1, 2-3, 4-6 and 7-12+ years old. Includes a microfiber carrying pouch and easily adjustable strap! Polarized lenses that reduce eye strain and minimize glare from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Perfect for the pool, lake and beach!

Buy at WeeFarers - $35

Fat Brain Toys

Young minds revel in stacking, toppling, and the discovery of endless ingenuity! Six uniquely weighted pieces balance, neatly nest, and incessantly spin beyond your expectations.

Buy at Amazon - $29

The Babbler Play Kit

Your toddler may be finding their voice and their special place in the world. This Play Kit offers new challenges in balance, object permanence, and spatial awareness, as well as an early introduction to physics.

Buy at Lovevery - $120

Wooden Educational Game

Designed to stimulate creativity and develop motor skills, the Petit Menhir wooden game provides endless hours of fun family time! Who will build the highest tower?

Buy at Petit Menhir - $30

Fat Brain Toys Ringlets

Each of these six silicone rings features fun, vivid textures and suction cup connectors that are quick to fascinate the senses and inspire hours of exploration. Loop them together or pull them apart with a POP. Hook them to the stroller, car seat, bounce chair, or anywhere and let the tactile excitement unfold. Sensory learning is on a roll everywhere you go!

Buy at Amazon - $20