Gift Grapevine gift guides: Gift ideas for 1 year olds


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Stuck with what to buy a 1 year old this Christmas? Here are some fun and practical gift ideas that a 1 year old and his or her Mum will love.

Nothing is sponsored here – these gift ideas are ones I love to give (and ones I would love to give!).

Snugglebum boys            Snugglebum girls

Pyjamas are always a fantastic and practical gift for kids. It seems like I am constantly washing PJs as my toddler tornadoes go through so many each week. Look for designs in 100% cotton knit for all important comfort and easy washing. There are some great PJs available from brands like Bebe, Milky, Sprout, Cotton On, Marquise and Target.  These new season Snugglebum ones from Pyjamarama are very cool.


When they are too young for Matchbox Cars and Tonka trucks, start with these great first vehicles…

Viking toys

Viking Toys vehicles are sized just right for little hands and their smooth soft edges are safe for teething toddlers. This Mini Chubbies Construction Gift Box would make a great starter set.

green toys dump truck green toys pink race car green toys recycling truck green toys fire truck

With no BPA, PVC, or phthalates, Green Toys vehicles are solidly constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk containers and have no metal axles.


Mr TT loves his super cute Batmobile. The vehicle drives and spins to easily zoom across the floor. Place the Little People Batman figure in the driver’s seat and press down to activate character phrases and sound effects. “I’m Batman” vrooooommmm

duplo cars

Lego Duplo Creative Cars features 40 vehicle-themed bricks that can create vehicles of all shapes and sizes by combining just a few colourful bricks. A great starter set that can be built on with additional Duplo sets in years to come.

H&D ballet moccs

For the budding ballerina, these Hubble and Duke Ballet Moccs in soft pink are divine. Designed and handmade in Fremantle, Western Australia, sizes include 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24 months.

tugboat   submarine   stacking-cups

More goodness from Green Toys. The tugboat and submarine are quality bath toys that float well and have a large spout for scooping and pouring water. An added bonus is that they are also great to wash away shampoo when washing hair in the bath!

Green Toys stacking cups will enjoy many years of use in the bath, shower, sandpit and playroom.

gro clock

I’m not a morning person. I like the sound of any product that can offer to keep my kids in bed until 7am. I’m lucky in that the Gro-Clock has worked a treat with Miss TT – she knows she can’t get up until “Mr Sun” appears on her clock. You can set the clock for the sun to appear at any time you choose. The Gro-Clock uses images of stars to communicate when to go back to sleep and when to get up. It also acts as a digital clock and lovely night light (the brightness can be adjusted to suit).


Beads like the IKEA MULA bead roller coaster are great for developing fine motor skills. I love the simple design and bright colours. Miss TT (age 4) still plays around with this!


Don’t forget books!

maisy    dear zoo   green sheep   wheres spot

Where is Maisy’s Panda? was given to Miss TT when she was born and it remains a firm favourite with both her and Mr TT. Surprisingly, all the lift the flaps have survived the number of times this book has been read and loved. I love Maisy adventures – is there anything she can’t do?

Dear Zoo is a much loved classic. The lift the flaps have survived Miss TT and Mr TT’s grubby little paws over the years. Mr TT especially loves to let out a roar when the lion appears.

Author Mem Fox should be a national living treasure. She has written so many wonderful kids books and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Where Is The Green Sheep? are two of my favourites.

Where’s Spot? is a favourite but this puppy has plenty of other great lift the flap adventures. Spot…Goes On Holiday/Stays Overnight/Bakes a Cake/Goes to the Farm/Visits His Grandparents/Goes to the Circus…he’s a busy little puppy. Poor Sally and Sam must be exhausted!

For more book suggestions check out my post on Great books for 0 – 2 year olds.

M&D peg puzzle
Peg puzzles are great first puzzles as they encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Melissa and Doug make fantastic wooden puzzles with extra thick puzzle pieces. This farm puzzle has jumbo wooden knobs for easy grasping – perfect for 1 year olds.


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I’m also a big fan of the Fisher Price Little People range. We have a variety of Little People toys and I love watching my kids interact and role play with the sets and vehicles. The bright colours, sounds and characters are engaging and the Little People figures can mix and match with different play sets. In our house, the family from the Little People Happy Sounds Home often hop in their SUV to visit the Little People Fun Sounds Farm and meet up with Batman and the Little People Batmobile. I’m not making this stuff up… there’s many years of great pretend play to be had.


Ride ons, push along walkers, blocks, musical instruments, gorgeous clothes and accessories – there are plenty of other great gifts for this age.

For more gift ideas for babies and kids, head to Gift Grapevine on Pinterest. Here you’ll find lots of gift ideas and book suggestions organised by age group from babies up to ages 10+. All items are gifts I love to give (or would love to give!).

What gifts do you love to give 1 year olds?