10 Gifts for a 1-year-old

Goodbye baby, hello toddler! Here are 10 great gifts that will enhance a one-year-old’s development.

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One is such an exciting age. Over the course of a few months, the helpless baby you once knew transforms into a walking, talking, curious toddler who can’t wait to explore the world around them. They learn about new objects by poking, prodding, holding, squishing, dropping, banging and throwing them.

If you choose toys, make sure they’re open-ended toys – or toys that can be used in a variety of ways – make the best gifts at this age because they stimulate children’s imaginations and encourage problem-solving skills. They might start by using open-ended toys in basic ways – such as stacking two blocks or swatting at a ball – but you’ll notice their play becoming more sophisticated as they edge toward two. Before you know it, they’ll be building tall towers and playing elaborate games of make-believe!

When choosing gifts for little ones, it’s important that they’re made from high-quality, non-toxic materials, because children tend to put everything in their mouths at this age.

The best toys for a one-year old include:

  • Blocks
  • Balls
  • Construction toys
  • Costumes
  • Non-toxic craft supplies
  • Musical instruments
  • Ride-on toys
  • Push/ pull toys
  • Walkers

Here are our top 10 gift ideas explained below to help you choose the perfect gift for a young toddler.

10 gift ideas for a 1-year-old


Mudpuppy Little Scientist Board Book Set

Mudpuppy Little Scientist Board Book Sets 

Mudpuppy’s eye-catching board book set contains four mini board books featuring profiles of scientists who changed the world. The books are made from 90 percent recycled paper. From birth.

Petit Collage Musical Menagerie 


The Wooden Animal Instruments Set by Petit Collage is a great way to introduce rhythm and sound to your little ones. Includes an elephant shaker, giraffe guiro, and a lion with bells. Cheerful colors and friendly shapes will inspire even the youngest music makers. From 12 months.

Bajo Palm Stacker

Bajo Wooden Palm Tree Stacking Toy 

As if young kids didn’t already go nuts for stacking toys, this colorful Palm Stacker toy makes it even more fun! It encourages hand-eye coordination and color identification, and it’s non-toxic and eco-friendly to boot. From 12 months.

Wooden Story Natural Shape Puzzle Board


Wooden Story’s puzzle set includes a puzzle board and six different geometric shapes made from FSC certified wood. It helps children sharpen their hand-eye coordination. From 12 months.

Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Books

Wee Gallery Bath Book 

Children love discovering the animals in these beautifully illustrated bath books… and they can’t believe their eyes when the creatures come to life with bright colors when they’re dipped in water! Ages 1 to 3.

Mudpuppy Jungle Animals My First Touch & Feel Puzzle

Mudpuppy Jungle Animals My First Touch & Feel Puzzles 

This gorgeous jungle puzzle set includes four animal puzzles with textured pieces to promote fine motor and sensory learning. Ages 1 to 3.

Poppie Toys Poppie Horse

Poppie Toys Rocking Horse 

The Poppie Horse is handmade from sustainably sourced and renewable rattan. Not only does its heirloom design add flair to any playroom, it encourages balance, imagination and active play in children aged one to four.

Tender Leaf Toys Baby Activity Walker

Tender Leaf Baby Activity Walker 

There’s so much to see and do with Tender Leaf Toys’ walker. Children will develop their balance, strength and imagination as they turn the cogs and twist the cubes made from renewable rubber wood. From 18 months.

Jupiduu Slide


Jupiduu’s molded wood slide is every toddler’s dream come true. Up, down, up, down – there are hours of fun to be had while improving your child’s gross motor skills! From 18 months to 4 years.

Green Toys Tugboat


Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk container, this colorful tugboat toy floats great, and has a wide spout to scoop and pour water. From 12 months.