The 16 Best Gifts for One-Year-Olds of 2020

Delight the growing child in your life with one of these top picks

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Our Top Picks

First Builders Big Building Bag at Amazon

"Great for developing fine motor skills, as well as for imaginary play."

Wooden Bead Maze Shape Sorter at Amazon

"Keep busy toddlers occupied with all of the activities this block has to offer."

Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday, Baby! at Amazon

"This favorite from the Dr. Seuss's highlights the special day even more with funny rhymes and stuff they can spin, pull, and smell."

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy’s Remote at Amazon

"looks like an ordinary remote, but plays 35 sing-along songs and teaches babies about numbers, letters, and colors."

Damhorst Personalized Wooden Child's Name Puzzle Stool at Amazon

"Serves as a puzzle, a teaching tool, and a useful piece of furniture."

Baby Board Book at artifactuprising.com

"Help encourage their language development with a board book that shows pictures of Mama, Dada, and whoever (or whatever) else is important in their life."

Pottery Barn’s My First Toddler Anywhere Chair at potterybarnkids.com

"It’s light enough for a child to tote to the bookshelf for storytime or to the television for Friday night movies on their own."

Mickey Mouse Personalized Baby Shoes at etsy.com

"Made from canvas, look like classic Converse, and can be personalized with baby’s name."

Catbird Short ID Bracelet at catbirdnyc.com

"The ID plate on the slight gold chain can be engraved with the name of baby, or with a short expression of love."

Ceramic Rocket Bank at Nordstrom

"It’s not likely that the baby in your life understands the value of saving money, but they will likely enjoy putting coins in a slot."

If the 1-year-old in your life is turning the big one, you'll want to mark the milestone with a special present. Whether you're looking for a toy or something personalized, we've got something for them.

Here, the best gifts for 1-year-olds.

Our Top Picks

First Builders Big Building Bag

Start their love of blocks and building now. This gift for a one-year-old contains 80 building blocks in bright colors that are easily gripped by little hands. With this they can create endless creations and parents and caregivers might get in on the action too.

The container bag is reusable and easily stored making cleanup somewhat manageable. The toy is great for developing fine and gross motor skills, as well as for imaginary play. This also comes in a blue colorway as well.

TOP BRIGHT Activity Cube Toys Baby Educational Wooden Bead Maze Shape Sorter

Keep busy toddlers occupied with all of the activities this cube has to offer. All of the things on this toy help teach them new skills, like shape sorting, numbers, and more. They can hone their fine motor skills as they move around the sliding bugs and play with the beads.

This toy is small so it doesn't take up a lot of space and while it is suitable for one-year-olds they'll be sure to find this fun to fidget with for years to come.

Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday, Baby!

A book is always appreciated as a birthday gift since it doesn't take up a lot of space. This favorite from the beloved Dr. Seuss's highlights the special day even more with funny rhymes and stuff they can spin, pull, and smell.

Some parents have commented their one-year-old ripped some of the pages on this, but many remark that is all part of the fun.

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy’s Remote

Is your child always messing up your television settings by chewing on your remote? Get them the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Remote, which looks like an ordinary remote, but plays 35 sing-along songs and teaches babies about numbers, letters, and colors. Additional highlights include a light-up screen, as well as buttons that click satisfyingly when pressed.

Damhorst Personalized Wooden Child's Name Puzzle Stool

Made of solid Ponderosa Pine, the Damhorst Personalized Wooden Child’s Name stool serves as a puzzle, a teaching tool, and a useful piece of furniture. The stool holds up to eight letters of a child’s name, plus the letters are removable and painted in primary colors with water-based, non-toxic paint.

Baby Board Book

artifact-board-book

Courtesy of Artifact Uprising 

Help encourage their language development with a board book that shows pictures of Mama, Dada, and whoever (or whatever) else is important in their life.

This book can be customized with 20, 30, or 40 pages and has various themes to help inspire. They'll be sure to treasure this book for many years to come.

Pottery Barn’s My First Toddler Anywhere Chair

Damhorst Personalized Wooden Child's Name Puzzle Stool

 Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

A classic nursery accessory, Pottery Barn’s My First Toddler Anywhere Chair has a core of recycled foam and is covered in durable cotton-twill. It’s light enough for a child to tote to the bookshelf for storytime or to the television for Friday night movies on their own. The back can be personalized with up to nine characters of a baby’s name. 

Pewi Y-Bike

Your one-year-old will be riding a bike sooner than you think, but before that milestone, get her Pewi’s Y-bike. The Y-bike is designed to be used as both a walking aid and a training bike for toddlers. Featuring a lightweight aluminum frame, the bike has 360-degree wheels and a special frame to allow for plenty of leg clearance while peddling, ensuring that it is easy for young children to use.  

Precious Memories First Birthday Time Capsule

Precious Memories First Birthday Time Capsule

 Courtesy of Personal Creations

Measuring 12-inches-long by 12-inches-wide by six-inches-high, the Precious Memories First Birthday Time Capsule is a simple wooden box lined with gray velvet. The lid of the box can be personalized with your baby’s name, their birthdate, and a message that instructs when the box should next be opened.  Fill the box with all of your baby’s first favorite objects, or just a collection of love notes.

The Book of You

The Book of You

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Pick up where a baby book leaves off with The Book of You, a journal that has sections for birthday until a child turns sixteen. The book has prompts for both caregivers and the children themselves to record memories and comes in six different colors.

Radio Flyer Classic Wagon Walker

Even if your little one is walking already, he will love the Radio Flyer Classic Wagon Walker, which consists of a solid wood cart outfitted with a bar for easy grabbing. The wheels have a special “resist push” feature that prevents wobbly toddlers from moving too quickly. Babies love using the wagon for storing toys, or pushing their little friends around a play space.

M is For Me Personalized Book

M is For Me Personalized Book

 Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Consisting of 36 pages, the M is For Me personalized book teaches the alphabet using personality attributes such as bravery, caring, and determination. The front cover can be personalized with your little one’s name, which will help them understand name recognition. 

Mr. Boddington's Studio Hand-Painted Custom Silhouette

Mr. Boddington's Studio Hand-Painted Custom Silhouette

 Courtesy of Maisonette

Want to gift a present that goes a step beyond a framed photograph? Consider Mr. Boddington’s Hand-Painted custom silhouette, which transforms a child’s profile into an original work of art carefully crafted in a studio in New York City. The silhouettes are painted in gouache paint on 8-inch by 10-inch archival cardstock and are available in black, cobalt, gold, and pale pink.

While not a gift for a one-year-old it makes a nice memento for the whole family to treasure for years to come.

Ceramic Rocket Bank

Ceramic Rocket Bank

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

It’s not likely that the baby in your life understands the value of saving money, but they will likely enjoy putting coins in a slot. The ceramic rocket bank by Child to Cherish is too delicate for unsupervised play, but until your child is old enough to handle it gently, it’s perfect for nursery décor. 

Felt Nursery Rocker - Bear

felt nursery rocker

Courtesy of West Elm

Now that the baby in your life is becoming a toddler why not add some fun toys to their nursery. This adorable rocker not only looks adorable, but it also helps them work on their balance as they rock back and forth.

Patagonia Jacket

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 Courtesy of Patagonia

Keep your little one toasty and stylish in this great multi-season jacket. Available in many colors and styles to suit both boys and girls, this jacket washes well and can be worn in a car seat.

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