Great gift ideas for one year olds


The one year old stage is like the calm before the storm. Or in my case, the calm before the toddler tornado. A one year old is in a state of constant discovery of the world around them. They use all five senses to explore and try to get their gorgeous chubby little mitts on everything they can.

It’s a wonderful thing to see kids at this age discovering how things work. Learning how to do even the simplest things creates great joy and enthusiasm (for both the child and parents!). In the blink of an eye, they’ll soon be walking and talking and wanting to do everything themselves. Does the repeated saying of “I do it” sound familiar to any other parents out there?

At this age, Miss TT and Mr TT were getting interested in shapes and colours, pouring things from cups, moving around on their own and touching everything in reaching distance.

Kids can get inundated with toys. At the age of one, they aren’t really going to remember who gave them what. Giving a more practical gift rather than a toy or book can be another option – parents will thank you for gifting something useful that they can benefit from too!

Here are 10 fun, practical and affordable gift ideas for 1 year olds (plus one extra gift for the parents). This is not a sponsored post – all items are gifts I genuinely love to give, or would love to give!

PJs       PJs girl

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

tug substacking-cups

Made from 100% recycled materials, the Green Toys 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. Green Toys products are free of BPA, Phthalates, PVC, melamine and external coatings like lead. They are dishwasher safe too.


maisy meal set peg puzzle groclock

I absolutely LOVE anything to do with Maisy and this 4 piece melamine mealtime set from French brand Petit Jour Paris would make a lovely gift (plus it’s BPA free and dishwasher safe).

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

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 – Miss TT and Mr TT know that they can’t get up until “Mr Sun” appears on the 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 lovely night light (the brightness can be adjusted to suit).

tea set FP farm

At age one, this Fisher Price Say Please Tea Set was the very first tea set that Miss TT was given. Now aged 4, she continues to play with this and Mr TT now joins in for tea parties. I love the bright colours of Fisher Price toys. The items in this set are a perfect size for little hands and the sound effects of pouring tea and songs are very cute.

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.

monkey backpack       Duplo

A big one year old no longer needs a baby nappy bag! Skip Hop backpacks are a handy size for heading out and about. Mr TT loved his monkey one (complete with banana zipper). There are heaps of other animal backpack designs – cat, butterfly, dinosaur, dog, bee, lion, owl…just to name a few. Matching insulated lunch bags and other items are also available.

Lego Duplo Creative Cars are a great first introduction to Duplo. The set features 40 vehicle-themed bricks that can create vehicles of all shapes and sizes by combining just a few colourful bricks. It’s for ages 1.5 to 3 years however this is a good starter set that can be built on with additional Duplo sets in years to come.


OK – so this gift is not for the child, but surely Mum and Dad deserve something for making it through the first year?! Personally, I’m partial to a bottle of Veuve however I think that the Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut is more appropriate.

Don’t forget books! For lots of book suggestions for this age group as well as more gift ideas for one year olds, head to my Pinterest boards.

Has your one year old received any gifts that were absolute winners?

What gifts for one year olds do you love to give?