The Tot Gift Guide For A One-Year-Old

With their minds and bodies going full steam ahead, one-year-olds love toys that help them explore and understand the world around them. From classic books to innovative cork blocks to a FSC timber and leather play center, we’ve got gift ideas for everyone…year old.


First birthdays are one of the most special milestones and it’s nice to be able to give gifts that are not only meaningful and fun, but also purposeful. Around 12 months of age babies are getting stronger by the day and even more curious about their surroundings.

While many tots may be standing and walking, others may still be working on their core strength and mastering sitting up and crawling. Regardless of their physical strength, they are now ready for toys that they can hold, inspect and manipulate. Musical toys like the Moulin Roty Wooden Maracas and water toys like Hape’s Happy Bucket Set let little ones experience cause and effect, while promoting creativity and active playing.


Blocks and shape sorters are also a great way for tots to work on their hand-eye coordination. They’re great for expanding their vocabulary. By finding sets that are brightly colored and easy for little hands to hold, they can do double time in the developmental department by helping tots identify shapes and colors.


Play gyms and play centers tend to get a lot of use around this age. Instead of simply reaching and batting toys, one-year-olds can grab, move and make LOTS of noise. (They also have longer attention spans, which means they’re more likely to really explore the play gym, while you have a moment to yourself!)


The Lovevery Play Gym is the only play gym that comes with an abundance of developmental activities and exercises to help little ones master every milestone. The Three Pears Bobbin Triple Play Center is also genius because it provides the support needed for your tot to sit up, but then transitions to a table, which is the perfect size for eating, coloring and playing.


Although reading to your child is important from Day 1, around one year old is when they really begin to interact with the book. They may point, turn the page, try to speak and get a firmer understanding of the storyline. Tiny Bee Gift Co. has huge collections for every age group, but we especially love, Brown Bear Brown Bear for first birthdays!

Below are even more gifts we love for Birthday #1!


The Tot Gift Guide:

Rubbabu Geometric Shaper Sorter


Soft and squishy, this neon-colored shape sorter is made from non-toxic rubber foam making it extra fun for little hands to hold and explore.


Moulin Roty Wooden Maracas


Designed specifically for tots, these maracas are non-toxic and a great way to build manual dexterity and motor skills while encouraging creativity.


Three Pears Bobbin Triple Play Center


Made of FSC timber and fine leather, this play center can actually be enjoyed from round six months of age because it offers the support needed when little ones are learning to sit up and stand on their own. Why it’s great for a 1-year old? It evolves into a toddler table!


Lovevery Play Gym


Another great item that can be used from birth, the Lovevery Play Gym is the only Play Gym designed with activities and exercises for every stage of your tot’s life. It also converts to a cozy tent once your baby gets a bit bigger!


Oli & Carol Geometric Figures


Attention Teethers! These non-toxic and biodegradable geometric blocks are going to do double time! Made of rubber from the Hevea tree, they’re easy to hold, safe to chew and will help your tot learn cause and effect, colors and shapes while soothing sore gums.


Keiki Toys Push and Pull Wooden Elephant


Since many one-year-olds are on the move, push and pull toys can be a great item for them to bring while they’re on the go! Made from sustainable pine, the Keiki Wooden Elephant can help your tot see how things move and work while having fun.


Hape High Seas Rocker


Perfect for both indoor and outdoor play, the Hape High Seas Rocker provides the support and safety needed for your tot to explore vast seas or simply what their body is capable of!


Tiny Bee Gift Co. Brown Bear Brown Bear Book


Animals, colors, memory recall…. What more could you want your one year old to begin to master? A timeless classic, Brown Bear Brown Bear is always a winner.


Hape Happy Bucket Set


Water play can be enjoyed in the bath, backyard or at the pool and Hape’s Happy Bucket Set makes it even more exciting! Made of BPA free plastic, this set will help your little one discover the magical world of water.


Korxx Brickle


Made from sustainable cork trees, Korxx are a new take on a classic toy. Block play let’s kids stack and build, which not only helps with hand-eye coordination, but confidence building.