10 Great Gifts For A One-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


BabyNoise Egg Shakers


Made of natural wood and hand painted with baby-friendly, non-toxic paint, this set of percussion instruments is just the right size for tiny hands to grasp and shake to their hearts’ content! From 8 months.


BabyNoise Wooden Egg Shakers in Natural & Blush 


Available in more colors




Hape Pound and Tap Bench


The Pound and Tap Bench is made of wood and baby-safe, water-based paints. This musical delight is cleverly crafted to encourage musical play and hand-eye coordination, all while demonstrating cause and effect. From 12 months.

Hape Pound and Tap Bench AW19 





Dena Large Neon Rainbow


As if young kids didn’t already go nuts for stacking toys, this colorful rainbow 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 birth.

Dena Large Neon Rainbow 


Available in more colors




PlanToys Shape & Sort


PlanToys’ sorting puzzle set includes three different geometric shapes and is made from earth-friendly renewable rubberwood. It helps children learn color and shape recognition, cause and effect, and sharpens their hand-eye coordination. From 12 months.

PlanToys Shape & Sort 





Wee Gallery Color Changing Bath Books


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.

Wee Gallery Bath Book


Available in more colors




Mudpuppy Jungle Animals My First Touch & Feel Puzzle


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

Mudpuppy Jungle Animals My First Touch & Feel Puzzles 





Poppie Toys Poppie 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.

Poppie Toys Rocking Horse 





Tender Leaf Toys 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.

Tender Leaf Baby Activity Walker 





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.



Available in more colors




Baghera Twister


Great for developing motor skills and coordination, the Baghera Twister is a super durable, multi-directional ride on toy that’s easy to learn to steer and cruise! From 1 – 4 years.


Baghera Twister Ride On Toy 


Available in more colors