Buying gifts for 1-year-old children can be really hard! They are too big for “baby” toys but too small for “toddler” toys. So what are the best gifts for 1-year-old kids? Here are my picks!
Best Gifts For 1-Year-Old Kids
1) Ball Pit
Sam of Thrive 360 Living made a brilliant ball pit from an inflatable pool. My friend Katie stole her idea at Christmas. The instant her son (13 months old) saw it, he literally threw himself into it. He barely got out for the next three days.
This also led to Katie’s own stroke of genius: a crib ball pit! The kids thought this was pretty awesome.
Xylophones are everywhere, but this one from Etsy stands out because of its cool shape. Babies will love creating music with a stirring motion, and you will love that this thing can double as art on your shelf.
These are pricier gifts (I’m looking at YOU, Grandma), but the quality of the Corolle dolls is unbeatable. Kids love to play with the eyeballs on the dolls- they open and close. And they are fun to feed and rock like babies. These are great toys that grow with kids as they age!
I like this stacker because babies can stack the shapes by colour, shape OR size. We have a stacker by a brand that I’ll call Prisher Frice, which is angled so that there is ONE right way to get those darn rings on. My kids lose interest in that quickly. Bonus: this is pretty enough that you don’t have to put it away. It’s not a mess – it’s decorative!
I bought these years ago, and both of my kids LOVE them. When you press the chick, it peeps. And one-year-olds LOVE putting things into other things and taking them out again. For my Canadian friends, the link above brings up a ridiculous priced product. Use this one instead – Peek N Peep Eggs
These blocks are particularly great because they are squishy. That means they will stick to each other just a bit, so you can make really cool structures. And even better – they’re chewable!
Stacking was a well-loved activity at our house. This stacking set has a bit of extra fun because the pieces can also be clicked together into a ball. It enjoyed tons of play for many years past the early childhood stage.
Books are always a good present. One-year-olds like to eat their books in addition to reading them, so stick to board books. Here are some of my favourite books for this age!
This series of Usborne books has a different texture to feel on every page, and the illustrations have heavy black outlines that appeal to little eyes. Babies LOVE them.
Bird wakes up grumpy. Too grumpy to do ANYTHING. Babies can RELATE, yo. The Grumpy Bird books are funny, and they have cool collage-style illustrations. I love them, and so do my kids.
Baby is looking for Mommy, and YOUR baby lifts big sturdy flaps to aid in the search. This is also a series – Baby loses a LOT of things. See also: Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake, Where is Baby’s Puppy, etc.
Evan LOVED these books growing up. They have a lovely rhyming sing-song cadence that makes them infectious. Some of our favourites are Barnyard Dance and Moo, Baa, La La La. Honestly, we loved them all!
In general, I think bath toys are a great gift at this age. This specific toy caught my eye because it is so cute and minimalist while still being functional. (It says for kids 3 and over but I think with proper supervision it might be ok. Of course, that is up to each individual parent.
When Evan was a baby, he loved to chatter away to all his friends on a plastic phone. It was a hand me down and didn’t even make noise but he didn’t care at all. I love that this wooden phone can be personalized. It’s a great way for babies to be “just like Mommy” without another noise-making toy.
When Evan was smaller, he LOVED his play kitchen. While we didn’t have this food truck, I know he would have loved it. Pretend playing including making, serving and eating food would keep him occupied for hours.
I LOVE a good two for one toy. It’s a hammer bench and it’s a xylophone! Evan loved his tap bench when he was little. He pounded on it for hours. This one is even better because when the balls fall, they make a pretty sound and you can use the xylophone on its own as well.
Evan had these puzzles when he was 1. The wooden knobs make the pieces easy to grasp for little hands. Just don’t step on them, they hurt. Ask me how I know!
What toys are YOUR favourite gifts for 1-year-old children? I miss those days when their go to presents were much cheaper than they are once they become a pre-teen.
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