Let’s be honest: It’s pretty hard to shop for a 1-year-old. It’s not exactly like they can open up their mouths and articulate what they want. So how the heck do you shop for a baby that young?
If you have a mom friend with a new baby, you don’t have to panic over gift-giving. The toys we narrowed down below feel personal, special, and thoughtful, so no matter which gift you choose, both Baby and Baby’s parents will be eternally grateful. The gifts for 1-year-olds we’ve sussed out are perfect for Baby’s developmental milestones, too. Read on for some baby gifting inspo!
CUTEST RATTLE YOU’VE EVER SEEN
Can you get over this hand-knit taxi rattle? It doesn’t look like any rattle we’ve ever seen before!
Hand-crafted with organic cotton in Peru, the rattles inside are just exciting enough to hold Baby’s attention. One of the most popular gifts on Estella NYC’s website, this rattle celebrates the vintage New York City taxi, is Global Organic Textile Standard Certified, and uses safe eco-friendly dyes. If the rattle ever needs a rinse, it can go in the machine wash on the gentle cycle. Just let it dry flat.
TEACH BABY HIS SHAPES
Babies will love this playful yet educational shape-sorting toy. And Baby’s parents will love the thought you put into it by having it personalized. The grey block has shape-sorting holes that provide an interesting challenge to inquisitive minds. Name personalization on My1stYears is free, so it’s totally worth adding that special touch!
One-year-olds are approaching the point where sitting still isn’t an option. They’re on the go, go, go all the time — any mom can attest to that! It might take some time before Baby can operate the Speedster Race Car herself, but even as she’s learning to stand alongside it, this cruiser will make a much-appreciated gift for a 1-year-old. Not to mention, she’ll get a few years’ worth of use out of it, and hopefully will treasure it for a lifetime.
LET’S GET ROCKIN’
Before babies can crawl or stand or walk, they can rock! That’s exactly what this easy-to-personalize grey elephant rocker does — it helps Baby feel the freedom of a gentle rocking motion. To make it all the more special, you can add Baby’s name to it for free.
ROCKIN’ ROBIN, TWEET TWEET
This adorable and entertaining book-and-song set, will be Baby’s new favorite thang. With Ditty Bird, your favorite baby can sing, clap, shake, and pretend to read along with the fun stories. The chunk-style board book is perf for a the little babe with inquisitive fingers.
FOR ADVENTUROUS TODDLERS
If you really want to be the cool aunt/uncle/godmother/godfather/family friend, you’ll spring for this pop-up play tent, complete with a crawlable tunnel and ball pit! Think of the hours of fun and imaginative play Baby will have while exploring this play center. It features tool-free assembly (which Baby’s parents will thank you for!), mesh “windows” so Baby is always visible and in proper ventilation, and offers endless opportunities for “peek-a-boo” play.
THE GIFT THAT GROWS WITH BABY
The Little Years Toddler Book is the perfect gift for 1-year-olds because it documents your little one’s toddler years from their first birthday on. It’s a thoughtful gift for any new parent who wants to keep tabs on their toddler’s growth. Not to mention it will become a cherished keepsake for the rest of Baby’s life.
POP, LOCK, AND DROP IT
It wouldn’t be a baby toy roundup without a baby push-walker! We love this one because it’s super bright (which is why Baby will love it, too!) and it has the added fun bonus of popping out five colorful balls. This baby walker teaches hand-eye coordination skills as Baby has to learn to squeeze the handlebar button in order to initiate the ball-popping fun!
GIVE THE GIFT OF ORGANIZATION
Trust us, Baby’s parents will thank you. By now, Baby has accumulated a ton of stuff and there are likely toys all over the place (especially if Baby is crawling, standing, and maybe even walking!). Give the ultimate gift — the gift of organization — to Baby and Baby’s parents with this adorable cloud storage bag that can be personalized in a pinch.
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