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 whose favorite toys consist of 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 26 of the best first birthday gifts.



Gifts for 1 Year Olds Under $50

Melissa & Doug

Pull-Back Vehicles Baby and Toddler Toy

Little ones who love vehicles, watch out! These soft-sided and colorful vehicles 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 & Doug

Wooden Work & Play Desktop Activity Board

If your little one is obsessed with being just like mom or dad, this pretend play desktop will surely be a hit. All of the pieces stay attached to the board and it has a handle for carrying, which makes it a perfect toy for travel.

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flamingo blanket for babies
Pottery Barn Kids

Personalized Beach Towel

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

multiple colors and patterns available

night light with stars moons
Etsy | Lambalar

Personalized Night Light

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

Melissa & Doug

GO Tots Wooden Race Cars

Have a little racer in your home? These GO Tots Racers are ideal for kiddos who are crazy for car toys. They come with two collectible double-sided GO Tots disks that are compatible with all the Melissa & Doug GO Tots play sets.

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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 this accessory for dress-up and imaginative play after their birthday.

multiple colors available

Melissa & Doug

Large Farm 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 & Doug

GO Tots Schoolyard Tumble

This school inspired play set includes various interactive features for little hands to explore like a swing, slide, and seesaw. It also has a built in handle for on-the-go play.

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pull horse toy
Etsy | Friendly Toys

Wooden Pull Toy

This timeless heirloom toy includes a wooden 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!

roll and ride bus
Melissa & Doug

GO Tots Roll & Ride Bus

Little ones can roll, stack, and grasp three double-sided "GO Tots" friends and make them spin and bounce in this cute toy.

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barnyard tumble
Melissa & Doug

GO Tots Barnyard Tumble

This adorable toy allows kids to roll, stack, and grasp four double-sided GO Tots friends and make them tumble and twirl.

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slumberkins narwhal

Narwhal Snuggler & Book Set

We love Slumberkins' mission to build emotional intelligence in kids, and this gift set promotes a growth mindset.

Gifts for 1 Year Olds Over $50

wooden shape sorting grocery cart
Melissa & Doug

Wooden Shape Sorting Grocery Cart

This 16-piece toy helps babies explore shapes and colors and practice problem-solving skills and imaginative play.

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rainbow stacker

Rainbow Silicone Toy

This silicone rainbow toy has many fun uses: a teether, a puzzle, a stacking toy, and even a bath toy!

showers splash water table

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

This mini waterpark 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.

rollables wooden ocean slide
Melissa & Doug

Rollables Wooden Ocean Slide

Inspire imaginative play through this ocean-themed toy that features a wooden slide tower with a built-in bead maze and three "Rollables" friends.

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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.

ball pit

Ball Pit

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

multiple colors available

Melissa & Doug

GO Tots Town House Tumble

Part of Melissa & Doug's new GO Tots line, this slide play set encourages kinetic play and offers the opportunity to explore cause and effect.

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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

Maisonette | Baghera

Twister First Ride-On

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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