The Best Birthday Gifts for 1 Year Olds

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A baby’s first birthday feels like a milestone reached for both the baby and their parents. The first year of caring for and tending to a tiny human is something to be celebrated. A baby’s first year is full of incredible moments and memories—from first smiles to first laughs.

One other momentous occasion is their first birthday party. How many of us have our own first birthday cake photos preserved in an album tucked away somewhere? While families have different birthday traditions, there’s certainly a staple of most first birthdays; the gifts!

But what does a 1-year-old really need? Especially a little person who’s content to play with toilet paper rolls, pots, and empty water bottles? Since the year between one and two is also filled with incredible learning and growth, we’ve rounded up a list of first birthday gifts to support their upcoming year! From introducing letters and colors to working on those fine and gross motor skills, this list has gifts for 1 year olds to cover it all. Plus plenty of personalized options sure to be cherished in the future, if not by them, certainly by their parents as they look back on their baby’s special day. Here are 25 of the best first birthday gifts.

 

Gifts for 1 Year Olds Under $50

melissa and doug pull-back vehicle toys
Melissa & Doug

Pull-Back Vehicles Baby and Toddler Toy

Little ones who love vehicles, watch out! These soft-sided colorful cars rev up and go, plus they reinforce sensory, fine motor, and gross motor skills.

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personalized puzzle
Etsy | Busy Puzzle

Personalized Name Puzzle

A reader and editor favorite, this personalized puzzle helps little ones learn their name and can be a fun photo prop or nursery decor.

melissa and doug bead maze
Melissa & Doug

First Bead Maze

With the intention to develop sensory skills, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, this bead maze is perfect for your baby. Plus, it can suction cup to a table or high chair!

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flamingo blanket for babies
Pottery Barn Kids

Personalized Beach Towel

Practical and personalized, this hooded towel can be used after bath or at the beach!

multiple colors and patterns available

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Melissa & Doug

Musical Farmyard Cube

With interactive fun on every soft side of these musical cubes, little ones can practice everything from mimicking the sounds of farm animals to playing catch with a caregiver.

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night light with stars moons
Etsy | Lambalar

Personalized Night Light

Nighttime can still be bright with this lovely personalized nightlight showcasing a name or love note from mom and dad.

shape sorter
Melissa & Doug

Take-Along Shape Sorter

This portable sensory shape shorter is the perfect gift for on-the-go learning fun.

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personalized birthday crown
Etsy | Shop Flower Lane

Embroidered Birthday Crown

Celebrate your baby's big day with a reminder of just how special they are! Then use for dress-up imaginative play after their b-day!

multiple colors available

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Melissa & Doug

First Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle

Jumbo knobs make this introductory puzzle perfect for little hands while they practice their shapes.

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birthday pajamas
Clover Baby & Kids

Birthday Pajamas

Cozy, cute, and birthday-themed? These super soft viscose/spandex pajamas will be worn way past their special day.

personalized storybook
Etsy | I See Me

Personalized Storybook

Make the special 1-year-old in your life the star of their own storybook. I See Me offers plenty of story options, like this one focused on positive traits and the alphabet!

baby baseball cap
Rey To Z

Personalized Initial Hat

Help your baby find their style with this embroidered baseball cap made just for them.

melissa and doug rainbow stacker toy
Melissa & Doug

Rainbow Stacker

Practice fine motor skills and learn colors will this classic stacking toy.

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pull horse toy
Etsy | Friendly Toys

Wooden Pull Toy

The timeless heirloom toy includes pony with a pull string. Little ones will love the hands on play, plus you can choose from other colors and creatures and add personalization to really make it special!

rainmaker toy
Kido

Rainmaker Toy

Show your little one the sound of rain and how it's made with this fun, tactile toy they'll want to flip again and again... and again.

farm animal play mat
Melissa & Doug

Take-A-Long Farm Play Mat

This crinkling, durable and bright-colored mat is made for all-day play—plus it's easily portable!

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best gifts for 1 year olds
Melissa & Doug

EZ Page Turner Book Bundle

This highly-rated and super-cute book set helps little ones learn about shapes, colors, counting, and mommies and babies.

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Gifts for 1 Year Olds Over $50

jungle activity table
Melissa & Doug

Jungle Activity Table

From exotic butterflies to funny monkeys, this activity table offers plenty of hands-on learning fun for little ones.

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showers splash water table
Amazon

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

This mini water-park play area is perfect for exercising social skills and understanding cause and effect. You will never regret buying this staple for hours of summer play.

first birthday gift
Finn + Emma

Macrame Swing

When you can't make it to the park, this beautiful macrame swing is the perfect alternative for at-home play.

gratitude
Slumberkins

Gratitude Gift Basket

We love Slumberkins' mission to build emotional intelligence in kids and this limited edition gift basket is focus on gratitude.

alligator wooden push toy
Melissa & Doug

Chomp & Clack Alligator

For the little person on the move, they'll love the sounds this alligator push toy makes as they cruise around the house.

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ball pit
Amazon

Ball Pit

This BPA-safe ball pit is ideal for sensory—and fun—play!

multiple colors available

foam block couch
Pottery Barn Kids

Foamnasium Blocksy Kids Couch

Take your home fort building to the next level with this fun play couch. Besides inspiring creativity, it's great for hide-and-seek and getting the wiggles out.

multiple colors available

first birthday presents
Baghera

Ride-On Twister

To assist with balance and motor skills, this ride-on toy is perfectly sized for little ones aged 12 months and up.

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This post was in partnership with Melissa & Doug® but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.