10 Best Christmas Gifts for a 1 Year Old

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Are you struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for a one-year-old this holiday season?

Well, look no further, my friend!

This article will provide a wide variety of gift options that are both age-appropriate and exciting for little ones. Say goodbye to the stress of gift shopping and hello to a joyful holiday season!

We recruited a handful of busy mamas to share their experiences with their favorite gifts for 1-year-old kiddos, so you’ll certainly be able to find something your little one loves on this list.

When thinking about appropriate Christmas gifts for one-year-olds, it’s important to consider toys that promote sensory exploration, such as:

You may also want to choose toys that aid in physical development like push toys or nesting cups. And don’t forget about toys that encourage imaginative play, including dolls, stuffed animals, or toy vehicles (these are some of our favorites around here).

Pro-tip: Opt for gifts that not only provide entertainment but also assist in the child’s development, such as toys that encourage movement and cognitive skills.

At the age of one, children experience significant developmental stages.

They begin to walk, speak a few words, and demonstrate independence. Their cognitive skills also develop, allowing them to identify objects and individuals, solve basic problems, and mimic others.

Here are a few comments from some mamas in the MMLE community:

“My one-year-old is so interested in colors, animals, and watching his older siblings play. He isn’t walking on his own yet and he only says a few clear words and sentences, but he loves to run along the coach while holding onto it, and he loves to flip through board books.”

– Amanda

“My daughter just turned one. She is walking and already saying a lot of single world and a handful of short sentences. She LOVES colorful board books and blocks.”

– Giselle

Having an understanding of the developmental stages of a one year old is crucial in selecting suitable toys and activities to support their growth.

Of course, all kids develop at slightly different stages, so it’s great to get feedback from other parents and our online community!

Toys that are appropriate for a one-year-old should stimulate their senses, encourage physical activity, and promote exploration. Some examples include:

Pro-tip: When choosing toys, make sure they are durable and do not contain small parts that could pose a choking hazard.

Engaging activities like block stacking, texture exploration, and interactive games are highly beneficial for the development of a one year old.

These activities help to enhance sensory, motor, and cognitive skills while also fostering creativity and curiosity.

Fact: At this age, children begin to develop a sense of independence, which can be nurtured through appropriate activities and toys designed for their age.

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for a one year old can feel like a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Often, this is their first BIG gift-giving and receiving event and we want it to be special and meaningful (and beneficial for their body and mind).

As a parent, relative, or friend, you want to choose a gift that will not only bring joy but also be beneficial for the child’s growth and development.

In this section, we will discuss some key factors to consider when selecting a gift for a one year old.

From their interests and abilities to age-appropriate toys and safety, we will guide you in choosing the perfect Christmas gift for the little one in your life.

  • Observe their interests: Pay attention to what captivates the child’s attention, such as specific activities or types of toys.
  • Evaluate their abilities: Consider their interests and abilities, such as their developmental stage and current skills, when selecting a gift.

  • Consider the child’s developmental stage and skills to ensure the toy matches their abilities.
  • Look for toys labeled with the appropriate age range to ensure they are suitable for the child’s cognitive and physical development.
  • Choose age-appropriate toys that promote learning and skill development, such as shape sorters, nesting toys, or large building blocks.

When selecting Christmas presents for a one-year-old, keep the child’s safety in mind. Choose toys that do not have small parts or sharp edges.

Make sure to look for items labeled with ASTM F963, which signifies that they meet safety standards.

Avoid toys with long strings or cords to prevent the risk of strangulation. Opt for gifts made of non-toxic materials and free from harmful chemicals.

Yes, many of us grew up in the 70s, 80s, and 90s with the “my parents did it and we turned out fine” crowd… but here at MMLE we’re trying to make mom life safer and easier… with less trips to the ER if possible!

As the holiday season approaches, many parents and loved ones may be wondering what to get for the special one-year-old in their life.

With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect Christmas gift. But don’t worry, as ALWAYS, we’ve got you covered.

In this section, we will explore some of the most popular Christmas gifts for one-year-olds.

From classic building blocks to adorable stuffed animals, we’ll cover a range of options that are sure to bring a smile to any little one’s face.

When selecting building blocks as a Christmas present for a one-year-old, keep the following in mind:

  • Choose large, lightweight blocks to ensure easy grasping and to prevent any potential hazards.
  • Opt for blocks with vibrant colors and various textures to stimulate sensory development.
  • Select blocks that can be stacked, nested, or connected to encourage the development of fine motor skills.

The tradition of giving building blocks as gifts dates back to the early 1900s when they were first introduced as a developmental toy for young children.

  • When selecting shape sorters, opt for ones that come in a variety of shapes and colors to promote sensory and cognitive development.
  • Make sure that the shape sorter is constructed with safe and durable materials that meet ASTM or CPSC safety standards.
  • Look for options that offer multiple functions, such as shape sorting, stacking, and matching activities.
  • Consider environmentally-friendly choices that are made from sustainable materials like wood or organic cotton.

  • Select musical instruments that are appropriate for the child’s age, such as colorful xylophones or small drums.
  • Prioritize safety by checking that the instruments have no small parts that can be swallowed.
  • Choose instruments that are easy to play and produce pleasant sounds to capture the child’s attention.
  • Opt for durable instruments that are designed for small hands to handle and explore.

  • Stimulate Motor Skills: Push and pull toys encourage physical activity, aiding in the development of motor skills like crawling and walking.
  • Promote Imagination: These toys spark imaginative play, fostering creativity and cognitive development.
  • Enhance Coordination: As children engage with these push and pull toys, they improve their hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

  • Personalize the stuffed animal gift by considering the child’s favorite animals or characters.
  • Ensure safety and comfort by choosing a high-quality, soft, and hypoallergenic stuffed animal.
  • Engage the child with interactive features, such as music or sensory elements, by opting for a stuffed animal with these options.
  • Make cleaning and maintenance easy with washable stuffed animals.
  • Consider the appropriate size for the child’s age to ensure safety when choosing a stuffed animal.

When selecting a stuffed animal, prioritize the child’s safety, comfort, and interests, and make sure it is suitable for their age.

As the holiday season approaches, many parents and caregivers may be wondering what to gift their one year old.

While toys are often the go-to choice, there are many other options that can be just as meaningful and engaging for a young child.

In this section, we will explore some non-toy gift ideas for one year olds, including books, personalized items, clothing and accessories, and learning activities.

These gifts not only provide entertainment, but also promote development and growth in various areas.

  • Choose colorful and interactive picture books to capture their attention and stimulate curiosity about books.
  • Opt for board books with durable pages to withstand curious hands and mouths exploring books.
  • Consider books with textures and flaps to engage their senses and encourage exploration of books.
  • Look for stories with simple plots and repetitive text to support language development through books.
  • Include books featuring familiar objects and animals to enhance recognition and vocabulary about books.


  1. ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ by Bill Martin Jr.
  2. ‘Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?’ by Karen Katz.
  3. ‘Goodnight Moon’ by Margaret Wise Brown.

  • Consider personalizing items such as blankets or clothing with the child’s name or initials.
  • Opt for customized storybooks where the child is the main character.
  • Choose personalized puzzles or building blocks with the child’s name engraved for a unique touch.

  • Comfortable clothing: Choose soft and breathable fabrics like cotton for the baby’s comfort.
  • Weather-appropriate attire: Consider the season and climate when selecting clothing and accessories.
  • Safety: Ensure that any clothing and accessories, such as hats or hairbands, are safe and comfortable for the child.
  • Mobility: Opt for clothing that allows freedom of movement, especially for active toddlers.

  • Engage in sensory play activities using different textures, colors, and shapes to promote learning.
  • Introduce simple puzzles and shape sorters to enhance cognitive development and encourage learning.
  • Encourage fine motor skills through activities like stacking blocks or threading beads, promoting learning.
  • Explore cause and effect relationships through activities like rolling balls or dropping objects into containers, promoting learning.

Pro-tip: Incorporate learning into everyday routines by narrating activities and pointing out objects, promoting language development and learning.

As the holiday season approaches, you’ll probably be wondering how to make Christmas special for the littlest member of your family – the one year old (baby, sibling, niece, nephew, grandbaby, friend’s baby etc).

While they may not fully understand the concept of gift-giving, there are ways to make the experience meaningful and memorable for them.

In this section, we will cover three unique ways to make the Christmas gift special for a one year old: personalizing the gift, involving the child in the gift-giving process, and creating a memory book to cherish for years to come.

For my niece’s first birthday, I gave her a personalized storybook with her name and a picture. It was heartwarming to see her excitement as we read the book together.

Some tips for choosing a personalized gift for a child:

  • Choose a personalized gift that includes the child’s name or a special message.
  • Consider customizing the gift with the child’s favorite colors or characters to make it even more special.
  • Add a personal touch by including a photo of the child or the family with the gift.

  • Discuss Options: Engage the child in conversations about gifts, encouraging them to express their preferences.
  • Visit Stores Together: Take the child to the store to explore and select a gift they like.
  • DIY Projects: Create a handmade gift together, fostering creativity and bonding.

Last Christmas, I involved my one-year-old niece in the gift-giving process by discussing options and taking her to the store to choose a gift she liked.

We also created a DIY project together, which not only fostered creativity but also strengthened our bond. Watching her eyes light up as she received her gift was priceless and made the moment truly special.

  1. Gather Photos: Collect memorable photos of the child’s first year, including milestones, family gatherings, and special moments.
  2. Choose a Theme: Select a theme for the memory book, such as “First Holidays” or “First Adventures.”
  3. Add Personalized Messages: Include heartfelt messages and notes from family members and loved ones.
  4. Document Milestones: Chronicle the child’s developmental milestones, such as first steps, first words, and favorite activities.
  5. Include Mementos: Incorporate small mementos like hospital bracelets, locks of hair, or tiny footprints.

Here are some of the most FAQ we get here at MMLE when it comes to gift-giving for babies 0-1 year old.

Some popular Christmas gifts for one year olds include toys that encourage learning, such as shape sorters and building blocks, as well as musical toys, plush toys, and ride-on toys.

Yes, there are many educational Christmas gifts for one year olds.

Some examples include toys that help develop fine motor skills, introduce letters and numbers, and encourage problem-solving and critical thinking.

When choosing Christmas gifts for one year olds, it is important to pay attention to safety.

Some safe options include soft toys with NO small parts, toys made from non-toxic materials, and of course, toys that are age-appropriate.

While there are educational apps and games designed for toddlers, it is generally recommended to limit screen time for one-year-olds.

Y’all know that we are NOT judgers here at MMLE and we believe in doing what you think is best for your own family. But the general consensus is: limit screen time for small kids (especially avoiding handheld devices and scrolling apps if at all possible).

Instead, try to opt for hands-on toys and activities that promote physical and cognitive development.

When buying Christmas gifts for one year olds, consider their developmental stage, interests, and safety.

Also, keep in mind their motor skills and choose toys that are easy for them to manipulate.

If you’re buying a gift for someone else’s one-year-old child, be sure to consider the opinions, family values, and rules of the parents.

Heck yeah! There are soooo many personalized Christmas gifts for one-year-olds: books with their name (we like Hooray Heroes), personalized plush toys, and personalized clothing or blankets.

These gifts add a special touch and can become cherished keepsakes.

We want present day and gift-giving season to be as EASY and stress free as possible for you and your family. Choose a gift or two from the list and wrap that baby up (we won’t judge your wrapping skills).

Your kiddo is going to love it (or the box that it came in) especially because it came from YOU!

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