I know every parent tells you that “The days are long but the years are short”, but I never really believed it until I actually became a mom. Now, on the cusp of my firstborn turning one (AHH!), I can attest to the fact that the last year was the fastest, craziest, sweetest of my life. And I’m so looking forward to celebrating our sweet boy!
With the holidays just around the corner, we know that grandparents, aunts, uncles and special friends will ask for gift ideas for their favorite tiny tot. (You may need a few ideas too!) So we’ve gathered this list of gifts we love for a one-year-old. We’ve included fun indoor and outdoor toys on this list, as well as some thoughtful and practical items.
Top Gifts for a One-Year-Old
Your one year old will love being pushed in this swing! It attaches easily to any swing set (or to that perfect swinging tree in your backyard!) and accommodates children as they grow and no longer need the strap. This would be an especially great gift to have at the grandparents’ house!
Your sweetie will love cuddling up with their favorite teddy this cozy chair. The My First Anywhere Chair is just the right size for 1-3 year old children. It’s offered in over 20 colors and prints with the option of adding a name or monogram.
This beautifully illustrated goodnight book features your child’s name on the front cover and throughout the story. A super special addition to any bedtime routine.
This old classic is a classic for a reason! The Cozy Coupe has a removable floor so toddlers who aren’t ready to pedal alone can be pushed along with the convenient parent handle. With multiple design options and fun accessories, every kid will want to take a joy ride.
If you’re looking for a gift that will inspire imagination and fun, this colorful teepee is just what you need! With multiple designs and durable cotton canvas, these beautiful teepees can be personalized with a child’s name. A perfectly sized teepee cushion can be purchased separately.
This pop up play tunnel will have your toddler and friends entertained for hours. The foldable tunnel is perfect for indoors, outdoors, and its durable material is easily wiped down.
Every one year old girlie needs a baby doll to care for! This soft, plush one by Manhattan Toy is the perfect starter doll. She even comes with a cute outfit and her own pacifier! She will be the perfect companion for cuddling and snuggling.
Working on those motor skills is important, even as a one year old and that’s why we love this shape sorting toy from Melissa and Doug. This toy also promotes color and shape recognition. The bright colored shapes and sturdy wooden design will make this toy that will last to be cherished for many kids to come!
Your little one will love to see their name in big, bright letters on this adorable wooden puzzle. No matter how unique of a name, Etsy seller FatBrainToys will customize this puzzle just for your child.
As a former teacher, I’m always looking for ways to sneak in a lesson and these blocks do just that. The beautiful wooden blocks allow toddlers to mimic numbers with their own hands and count to ten.
Creative play meets water fun in this Splash Tower Water Table from Step2. Kids will love the interchangeable maze pieces to create new waterfall designs and the real rainfall sounds of the splash tower. Add in buckets, rubber ducks and other water toys for an afternoon of splashing fun!
We love Mega Blocks because they’re a toy that can grow with your child. They’re great for the one year old in your life and they’ll also be a toy they can build, knock down and create with for years to come. Plus they come in a convenient zippered bag for easy storage!
Have fun and cherish each moment with your child!
We love so many of these gifts because they cultivate creative and independent play in your child. But they’re also the perfect toys for you to jump in and play along too! Your one-year-old will love the time spent building, splashing, snuggling and reading with their mom and dad and you’ll love the memories these toys and bonds will create forever!
For these gifts, and many more ideas, check out our Pinterest board: Gifts We Love for a One-Year Old.
-Written by Sami Moss, who celebrated her one year old with a trip to the zoo and his first set of blocks.
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This blog was originally posted in 2015. Some of the gifts we originally fell in love with are no longer available, so our RegistryFinder.com contributor Kat Scharmann has updated our list to include a few new fabulous finds.