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Jul112012

Top Twenty-Five Presents for a One-Year Old

One of the most frequent questions I am asked at the park and I see posted in mom’s groups is what to get a one-year old for their birthday.  Is there some universal gift that all one-year olds will like? 

The answer is no.  Unless we are talking about a water bottle, empty Starbucks cup or box.  Because let’s face it, all babies like those items.  But they are not really first-birthday gift worthy, even though they may like them more than the fancy present we spend so much time selecting and wrapping for this special day.

So here is my list of the Top Twenty-Five Birthday Presents For A One-Year Old:

  1. Plan Toys Hammer Balls (added bonus, this is a green toy company) $20 - $24.99.
  2. Little Tikes PopTunes Guitar $19.99
  3. Green Toys Fire Truck, Dump Truck or Sand Toys $27.99 - $30
  4. Skip Hop Zoo Backpack $17  Super cute
  5. Boon Caterpillar/Owl Stack $15 or Zoli Sumo Snack Stack $15.  Great to take snacks on the go!  Some babies can literally entertain themselves for hours munching on snacks!
  6. Sassy Bathtime Fun Appliques $12.99
  7. Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack $7.99 - $9.99
  8. Foam Letter Mat by Edushape $45
  9. Pull and Learn Car Carrier by V-tech $25
  10. Piano by Little Tikes $15
  11. Fisher Price Music Parade Ride on $34.99 - $39.99
  12. Leapfrog My Pal $19 - $25
  13. Growth Charts – Oopsy Daisy $49
  14. Train Set by Melissa & Doug $15
  15. Kushies Linko Toys $34
  16. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Corn Popper Push Toy $10-$15  Old school toys are in, and this one is a rare toy that every baby enjoys.  When they are crawling they can move it around and chase it, and when they are walking, well they will play with this for hours!  Everytime we head to the park we see at least one of these.  They are tough and durable, but the top see-through portion will receive scratches relatively quickly.
  17. Sit to Stand Learning Walker by V-tech $35
  18. Rainmaker by Hoehner Kids or Battat or Edushape 8 inch $8 or 16 inch $17 (a bit harder for a 1 year old to hold)
  19. Pediped Shoes $30 - $35
  20. Toolkit by Green Toys $30
  21. Sensory Balls by Edushape $7 - $15
  22. JJ Cole Blanket $29
  23. Cloud B Twilight Constellation Nightlight –Turtle or Ladybug $32 or Nightlight by Babyzoo $20
  24. Box of Board Books – One of my personal favorites is Where is Baby’s Belly Button lift the flap book $6
  25. Pottery Barn Kids Personalized Beach Towel $30+ Turning the big #1 means a marked increase in activity, including time at the pool and beach.  A large personalized towel is a great general

Reader Comments (1)

While I agree with all of these gifts being awesome for a 1 yr old, 1 of them stands out as a NO WAY & that is the Tool Kit because it is NOT age appropriate nor safe for such a young babe. While they may enjoy chewing on the tools, my main concern in how the screws/nails & the ends/edges of the tools itself are a bit hazardous for a baby who is still getting the hang of coordination. The sensory balls are awesome & remained a favorite with both of my girls for years. We even got a few as gifts that has a pleasant vanilla scent. (AH yes, found it, the Tangiball & now the BIG Tangiball -which supposedly smells of strawberries- by Discovery Toys -the company has stores in both USA & Canada & offers a way for Moms to make money if they so choose, go learn more from the site if interested) & I love the "retro" Fisher Price toys including the Popcorn push toy, the clock (always think of the song & smile), the "change a tune" piano, the phone which rings when the wheels roll & the wind up radio (plays "The Farmer in the Dell") & I can still recall my own love of their "Little People" of which I had found some old sets for the girls at flea markets & garage sales & they loved them too. I'm a bit "long in the tooth" compared to the young mommies & I did tend to stray away from a lot of the new-fangled, electronic & painfully obnoxious toys & while I suggest that where 1 year olds will enjoy a lot of the items shown, some are better for the 2 & up crowd, so please be careful if you give your budding toddler that tool kit & be wary of any "cheap" toys which break easy or have small bits that can break off & be a hazard for your baby. I tend to give the more retro & "no batteries needed" toys like blocks & snuggly stiffed toys for the 1st 2 birthdays.

July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLalaMoosh

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