Best 1 year old Birthday Gifts

Claire's first birthday is this week!  I can't believe it!  I have been thinking about what to get her and am pretty stumped because fortunately she doesn't really need anything!  We have lucked out and had lots of hand me down clothes and toys and she has all of Charlotte's old toys, clothes, shoes, etc.  However I want to get her SOMETHING to unwrap so I have been looking at a lot of different toys.  It's almost overwhelming the amount of toys out there.  So I have compiled a list of our favorites and some neat ones that I have come across if you're on the hunt for some 1 year old bday gifts too!


Claire's 1 year shoot with Rachael Laurin Photography and Films


Under 20$

LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Set
This tea set was a first birthday gift and Charlotte has loved it ever since!  She still plays with the set daily!  I can't get the teapot songs out of my head either.

Kidoozie My First Purse, Fun and Educational, For Toddlers and Preschoolers, Encourages Safe Play
My sweet niece got this recently for her first birthday and loved it!  Charlotte loved it too and begged me for one even though she has most of those items already just not in a set.  I might snag this one for Claire though so she can have her "own purse", and it's only 13$!


Charlotte got the Octopus for her birthday and Claire got the cups for Christmas.  They both play with them EVERY night in the bathtub!  The Octopus floats and water doesn't get in it so it does not get moldy and gross.  I periodically wash their bath toys in the dishwasher.


Melissa & Doug School Bus Wooden Play Set With 7 Play Figures

I bought this for Charlotte when she was 9 months old because she LOVED opening and closing things.  This precious wooden bus comes with all of the people pictured and Charlotte would carry one person in each hand everywhere she went.  Both girls still enjoy this bus and we have since added a subway train to our wood toy collection.

Triangular Crayons
Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons - 24-Pack in Flip-Top Case, Non-Roll
I love these because Duh, they don't roll off of the high chair!  #winning  Now if you can keep your one year old from eating them please let me know your secrets!

Duplo Blocks
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic
I've shared these before but they're another favorite around here and are the perfect 1st birthday gift!

HABA Animal Trio - Mix & Match Wooden Stacking Toy for Ages 18 Months and Up
Another wood toy set!  They're my favorite!  We have a set similar and the girls like to mix and match the animals.  Claire also likes to chew on their heads.

Melissa & Doug 20 Animal Magnets in a Box
This is actually something that we don't have but it is on my list for Claire.  I think it would be fun to let her put them on the fridge while I'm busy making dinner.....well maybe!  We have a good bit of puzzles that have been passed down but not any magnets.


This is my sweet niece Annie!

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug 'n Secure Swing, Blue
Fortunately since we do live on base, there are parks everywhere.  There's one across the street and both girls love to swing.  If it weren't for the park being so close then we would absolutely have these!  They're currently only 16$!

We do not have one of these because we don't really have room to keep anymore outdoor toys (according to Daddy).  However our neighbors have this mower and Charlotte has always been obsessed with it.  She's notorious from running off with theirs.  

Playskool Play Favorites Busy Poppin' Pals (Amazon Exclusive)
This was one of Charlotte's old toys and now Claire loves it!  She can't make the animals pop up yet but she loves to close them.  I open them, and she closes them....over and over and over again!


Under 30$

Toddler Bookbag


Personalized Seersucker Backpack Toddler Backpack Preppy Kids School Bookbag (Pink)
Who knew Toddlers would want to carry their own stuff?  Charlotte loved her small book bag at 1 year old and still does!



Name Puzzle
Fat Brain Toys Wooden Personalized Name Puzzle - Flat Rate up to 9 Letters
Charlotte got one of these for Christmas and has loved playing with it.  She is slowly learning her letters but knows where they go now!


A sweet coworker of mine passed this VTech walker down to me when I found out that I was pregnant with Charlotte.  It is another one of our MOST LOVED toys!  It's currently in our bedroom and the girls play with it while I get dressed.

I used to Nanny and the little boy that I kept got one for his first birthday.  He straight up loved it.  They put it in their playroom and he went up and down it all day long.  Cliff would probably kill me if one of these showed up at the house because we don't have a yard of our own (base living) but I know that the girls would love it.

Under 40$

Fisher-Price Little People Surprise & Sounds Home
I bought this little portable doll house for Charlotte last summer right before Claire was born.  I wanted her to have something new to play with while I was busy with the baby.  I love that it is easy to carry around so we took it with us to the beach and even Claire played with it.  She wants to be just like her big sister.


LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table Activity Center
While the songs may get annoying, it keeps my kids entertained!  I like that the legs can come off so the table top just sits on the floor too.


Under 50$

Push Around Buggy
Step2 Push Around Buggy Anniversary Edition Pink
We have the Step2 version but it's the same concept.  Our steering wheel just broke off though so it's currently out of commission.



Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

The ultimate classic one year old gift!  We bought Charlotte's used, (hence why is is princess themed) I prefer gender neutral big toys in case you know, we have a boy one day!  This has and will always be a favorite toy.  I can even remember playing in mine when I was little!


Thanks for the sweet bowl cut and side pony tail Mom.......
That is me on the coupe and my younger sister Anna in it!




Step2 Busy Ball Play Table
While we do not have this table either, my niece does and loves it!  It looks like a lot of fun.  Water can be put in the table too!

 Who LOVES WATER?


Under 60$


Pewi Y-Bike (PINK)

We have one of these that was passed down to us!  While they're learning to walk, it is really easy to push.  Like almost too easy so the little ones end up running with it.   Then, as they get older they can ride on it!

Just because I'm feeling nostalgic....Charlotte's 1 year shoot!



What are some of your go to gifts for 1 year olds?





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