No longer a baby, a one year old is now a member of the toddler tornado gang – brace yourselves! Here are my favourite great gifts for one year olds with lots of practical and fun items for little ones who are into everything and ready to explore the world.
Learn about stacking and order with this fun wooden Le Toy Van truck stacker that is a great size of small hands.
Bath toys are always a winner and these sturdy Green Toys submarine and tugboat toys are big winners in our house. My tornadoes have each had one since they were little and still love playing with them. An added bonus – the spouts are perfect for pouring and rinsing hair in the bath.
The hats by Melbourne’s Acorn Kids are fantastic and feature designs for girls and boys from reversible bucket hats to caps and fedoras.
There’s lots of fun, exploratory and active play to be had with this Hape Toys wooden Pull and Play Shape Sorter Snail.
Building blocks are fantastic for fine motor skills and basic spatial awareness. These bright and friendly EverEarth ECO Amazon Building Blocks are made from renewable wood forests and are non-toxic with water based paint. Their chunky size is also perfect for chubby little hands!
Pyjamas are practical and great gifts for one year olds – when my tornadoes were that age, I was constantly washing PJs! Look for designs in 100% cotton knit for comfort and easy washing. There are some great PJs available from brands like Bebe, Sprout, Seed, Cotton On, Marquise and Target. I love these Smile PJs from Aussie label Milky.
As little ones become independent with their eating, dinnerware sets make great gifts. As much as I treasure my keepsake Bunnykins china, it never got used. Instead, I tend to gift melamine sets as they can withstand the demands of toddlers who like to throw plates on the ground! This Belle and Boo melamine 3 piece boxed set, in lovely soft colours, includes a plate, bowl and mug.
Chlorine resistance and UPF 50+ protection are must-have requirements when I’m purchasing kids swimwear. Earlier this year I reviewed kids swimwear from Australian label Plum Collections. After some rigorous testing, it received a tick of approval! Their latest range has many adorable designs to choose from for little ones.
Stylish storage solutions for a bedroom or playroom are a unique gift option. These gorgeous Pom Pom Storage Baskets from Brisbane’s Munchkin and Bear come in a number of colour options and would be handy for many years to come.
This EverEarth 7 in 1 Garden Activity Cube encourages shape and colour recognition, assists hand to eye co-ordination and develops thinking skills as kids are challenged to figure out how things work and move. With moving beads, maze, shape sorter, abacus, moving cogs, counting blocks one to ten and many more moving parts, there’s lots to keep little ones busy and engaged.
A fantastic way to display children’s books, these beautiful book shelves from the Central Coast’s The Timba Trend would make a lovely addition to a little one’s room.
And to fill those shelves, don’t forget books! Books make great gifts.
A bestselling lift-the-flap book for more than twenty five years, Dear Zoo is a perennial favourite.
Roadworks is for the lover of trucks and diggers. If it’s good enough to feature in an episode of Play School, it’s good enough for me!
My tornadoes loved Maisy books when they were very young. This Where is Maisy? book is a happy lift-the-flap adventure – I’m a big fan of author and illustrator Lucy Cousins. Her Maisy books still make me smile (even though I have read them over and over a squillion times!).
If you want to check out my other 2016 gift guides, you can find them here:
Gift guide 1 – Christmas themed gifts
Gift Guide 2 – Great gifts for babies
Stay tuned to the blog for more gift guides throughout November. You can also stay up to date with my gift ideas on Facebook, Pinterest (I’ve got 80+ gift ideas on my ‘Gift ideas: Age 1’ board!) or Instagram.
Happy gift hunting!
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