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First Birthday Gift Ideas, Gifts for 1 (One) Year Old

Updated on June 24, 2011
First birthday gift ideas, gifts for 1 year old, gifts for one year olds
First birthday gift ideas, gifts for 1 year old, gifts for one year olds


How to choose the best gifts for 1 year old child?


Finding the best and appropriate gift for one year olds can be difficult sometimes, even if you are a member of a family. And if you are a friend or a colleague, or you don’t even have your own kids, this job can be very hard.

One year olds are still very small children. They start to show interest in certain toys, but they still don’t play with them like two year olds. But, they will. Remember that you don’t buy things for that moment. Buy something the child will use the whole next year.

Parents will get a lot of gifts, so there will be enough time for the child to play with them during the following months.

Basically, you can buy a toy, which is actually for the child. Or you can buy something that parents need and will use for their child. Both presents are good choices. It depends on your taste and how much money you plan to spend.



First birthday gift ideas – great gifts for children


Those gifts are toys or something a child can play with.

  • Toys that produce sounds, such as musical drum, phone on wheels or any other toy that gives special sound after a certain action is one of the best gifts for 1 year old. They will play with it for a very long time, because the sound will keep them busy and focused.
  • Characters from well known cartoons, such as Dora the Explorer, Timmy Time sheep, Pepa the Pig or Fifi will make children happy during the next few years. What children start watching cartoons and they are capable to be focused for 15min to 30min, they will be happy to have a toy from their favorite cartoon.
  • Lego sets will make any kid happy, regardless if you are buying for a boy or a girl. There are all sorts of boxes for different age; you only need to choose the one for one year old. Don’t worry which one, when the child starts playing with them, he/she will start getting those boxes on every occasion.
  • Kids love the trains, again, regardless if it is a boy or a girl. They will have to put the railways together and put the train going. Small kids love everything that moves and “talks”. Later the boys will start playing with cars and girls with dolls.
  • Interactive toys that require the child to match shapes are welcomed from parents. Those toys will develop the child’s coordination and make them busy for a while.
  • Bike is perfect gift for one year olds. Try to find the bike with that plastic part where they can put their feet, because one year olds and still too little to use pedals and ride a bike like older children. A hook on the back side of the bike is also good thing, because the parent can push the child in it.
  • Plastic car that a kid can sit on and move around the house or outside will be a great gift. Usually the seat can be lift up and the child can use this container to put or hide some things. This toy will prepare the child to ride a bike later. The car can be found in girl version, which means pink color and girl characters on it. But it can also be found in a boy version, meaning motor bike shaped or a little bigger car with a cartoon character on it.



First birthday gift ideas – useful gifts for parents


Since the one year olds are still small children, there are some gifts that parents will find useful or will have to buy anyway, so why not help them and make the situation easier.

  • Smaller (summer) strollers will be a great gift for a one year old. Those strollers don’t have to be very expensive or designer. They can be cheep, but the most important thing is that the seat has two positions (sometimes the child will take a nap in those strollers and seat needs to be in lower position) and upper protection from sun. Parents with older child, who already walks, will use those strollers when they need to do something quickly or are on vacation.
  • Fancy potty could also be a funny present for the first birthday. Many parents will start potty training when their children turn 18 months. Some potties are seat shaped and can be set apart later, so the seat can be used as a step in the bathroom in front of the sink. Some potties play music when a child pees in it, which is useful for parents who start with potty training.
  • Clothes are the most useful presents for parents with small kids. Clothes won’t mean anything to the child, but they will make parents happy. Nice dress, winter jacket, warm trousers are the best choices.
  • Children this age still wear diapers. This means they need special cosmetics. Nice cream or natural and organic shower gel are good choices. You can buy baby cosmetic sets, this will definitely be a useful present.
  • Gift cards are nice presents if you don’t know what to buy or don’t have enough time. You probably know for some stores where they sell clothes or things and offer gift cards. You can choose to put some money on this card and give it to the parents. This way parents will buy exactly what they need.


Finding great first birthday gift ideas don’t have to be complicated, even if you are single and don’t know anything about children.

Buying gifts for 1 year old is not so demanding as it may sound. Regardless if you choose some kind of toy or buy something that parents will use, it will be highly appreciated by parents.


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