26 awesome holiday gifts for 1-year-olds ✨

The holidays are just around the corner and if you have a little one (or are shopping for one), it can be hard to curate their list (because 1-year-olds can't quite tell you exactly what they want... yet). 😉 Don't worry, we've got you covered! As a mom and an avid shopper I've done tons of reading and searching for items that will keep my toddler entertained and engaged for hours.

What do I look for? Products that are functional, fun and durable enough to last for years to come.

Here are the best holiday gifts for 1-year-olds:

Indoor activity play-mat

kids play mat

This foam set is intended to let babies and toddlers climb all over as they start to figure out how to navigate our world. It should be placed in the corner of a room to give more support to the structure, but the foam blocks are soft enough to prevent boo-boos if they topple over while playing. We love that they're super easy to clean and durable.


Snuggle buddy

slumberkins unicorn

I *love* these "snugglies" (as my son calls them). The bundle comes with the snuggler, book and affirmation card. I've given them as gifts to nieces and nephews and they've all really taken them on. Developed by two moms, a family therapist and educator, each animal comes with a story that helps kids deal with difficult emotions (think: gratitude, loss, family changes.)


Helper tower

kids helper

Is your little always interested in watching you mix the cake batter? Introduce them to kitchen activities with this helper tower. We love this one because it also has a chalkboard on the back and can be flipped and secured into a little table with a chair. Sign us up for a product that fits a ton of our toddler's needs.


Quality block set

wooden toy set

This block set offers endless possibilities when it comes to playtime. It teaches them about colors and shapes and allows their imagination to run wild by letting them create anything they want. The box itself even turns into a wagon that kids can pull around and bring anywhere. Recommended age is 18 months and up, so it's a good investment now that will keep them busy for a long time.


Super soft onesie

kids onesies

So kids might not be super excited about getting clothes as a gift, but these onesies are so incredibly soft they deserve to be on this list. We can't get over the attention to detail on the neck and sleeves that make these not only super comfortable but also adorable! Win-win.


Name puzzle

kids name puzzle

This name puzzle is super cute and will not only keep your kid playing by trying to put the correct letters in their place, but you can also start teaching them their name, the letters in their name and how to spell it.


Climber triangle

kids wooden climber

In our opinion, this is the best indoor playground you can get for your kids. It's good to use from 6 months and up, teaching them balance, coordination, motor skill development and creativity. Plus it's super neutral so it won't clash with your décor.


Cozy joggers

organic toddler joggers

We're obsessed with how cozy and stylish these pants are. The waistband is designed to keep soft tummies comfortable and the pants move well with even the most adventurous littles—no bagging in the knees thanks to the premium organic cotton.


Popper toy

popper toy

A popper toy is awesome for early walkers to push around and see the colorful balls pop around. My son has a similar one (a vintage version of this) and we've have endless hours of fun pretending to be mowing the lawn. More to know: This toy is an Amazon exclusive so you won't find it anywhere else.


Wooden scooter

hape balance bike

This four-wheeled scooter is the perfect first ride-on toy for your toddler on the move. It's perfectly sized for little ones, encourages strength and balance development, and has rubber wheels that won't scratch up your floors.


The famous Dimpl

kids popper toy dimpl

It doesn't get much more classic than this—and if you haven't heard about it, just know that they will for sure obsess over it, mama. It's super portable and great as a sensory activity. The dimples can be popped in and out and come in various bright colors to keep little ones engaged.


A pull toy

This horse is a huge hit in our home! Our toddler drags "horsey" around the entire house. When it's time to go outside, we take our new friend off his little cart and he turns into a regular stuffed animal. Bonus points for being is super soft and adorable.


A sturdy wagon

This wagon will make children and parents equally happy. Kids can ride and enjoy the outdoors without the constraints of a stroller. Plus, it's easy to get in and out of. The wagon comes with a car seat adaptor (for bucket seats only) for parents who have different aged kids so all the kids can ride along together.


A buckle toy

kids buckle toy

This buckle and zipper cube will keep kids entertained for hours on end. Psst, it's perfect for plane or car rides. It comes with 12 different (and child safe) buckles and clasps to help them develop their fine motor skills. What's more? It's easy to clean and you can strap it onto a stroller for adventures.


Book to keep special memories

baby board book

This is such a one of a kind gift. You can take pictures of your baby's favorite people and turn them into a sturdy board book that baby can read over and over again. The quality of this book is also amazing. The Instagram pictures we uploaded looked really great and it didn't take nearly as much time as creating a traditional photo book. We made ours in under an hour!


Personal ball pit

So this gift will require a bit of extra space, either indoors or outdoors. But if you do have the space, this will make you parent of the year in your household since your kids will have their own personal ball pit and tunnel combo to play for hours. Note: You will need to buy balls separately!


Mini shopping cart

kids mini grocery cart

I've yet got to see a child not enjoy pushing this shopping cart around pretending to be Mom or Dad. Every time my son sees one, he runs to it to push it around the place. Especially great for kids who already have a play kitchen at home and need to add extras to their set.


Booties for colder months

kids warm booties

These boots will make every winter outfit look cuter. They're super warm and easy to put on. Your toddler will appreciate these when you tell them it's time to play in the snow.


Mini spinny

kids spinny toy

This is a super safe and fun toy that is great to use during bath time. They can play by spinning the shapes up and down the corkscrew pole, match shapes and colors for endless fun.


Llama pajamas

llama pajamas

These pajamas will be super soft on your child's skin and who can resist the llama print? Our son has been obsessed with llamas lately so this print was a hit when we got them. Now every time he wears them he sings "llama llama llama" in his adorable voice.


Outdoor play-set

kids play set

Go big or go home! This outdoors play-set was the winner of the 2019 Parent's Choice Award. It features easy to grip sides, jeep style doors that make it easy to crawl around it, and a wide slide that prevents legs getting stuck.


Magic touch piano

baby einstein wooden piano

This little piano teaches kids how to play classic songs. Each song plugs into the keyboard and if you get all the keys right, it plays it back to you. Even better? Kiddos can let their imagination run wild create their own song.


A fun walker

toddler walker

This walker is a jack of all trades. First, it will help your kid learn how to walk and hold their balance, but it doesn't stop there. Kids can also play with all of the puppy's features, which include learning the ABCs and to count. More to know? It has over 75 songs to play.


Wooden race track

This toy race track is made of high-quality wood and is BPA-free. My son loves watching the cars zoom down each of the tracks "racing" each other as they go. The four cars are big enough for kids 1 year old and up.


A touch + feel book

touch and feel kids book

Little hands love to touch and feel, lift flaps, and discover new things, and this book checks all of those boxes. We love the oversized format and the vivid, bright illustrations. My son is obsessed with this book, touching all the textures and asking what each of the pictures are. It's become a new bedtime favorite.


Their first bike

We love that this Strider 2-in-1 grows as your kid grows. It easily transforms from a ride-on toy to a real balance bike when they're ready.


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I'm usually that girl who shells out for premium leggings, and I still think they're fun as a treat, but I've now bought these so-called "compression" leggings in multiple colors. And since 74% of you told us in a recent Instagram poll that you live in leggings, we hope this practical hot tip can help make #momlife a little easier for you, too.

So why compression? While we'd never advise going to extremes, we're not opposed to a little help keeping everything in place. To be clear, this isn't about hiding—we're all for celebrating our bodies (and especially our bellies) at every stage. But adapting to an ever-changing shape can be distracting, and a little extra support around the stomach and hips can feel amazing after birth and help you focus on what's important.

What these $20 leggings have on even my most expensive pairs is that they are thickmeaning they don't snag in the wash, sheer out when I squat, or (heaven forbid) rip when I bend over. Their durability makes them perfect for both household chores and high-intensity workouts. They're also warm, making them well-suited for transitioning between seasons. And once your wardrobe fully changes over, the same brand makes compression shorts that are equally comfy.

Homma Premium Thick High Waist Tummy Compression Slimming Leggings

amazon leggings

As for the whole compression thing? Once they're on, I honestly don't notice anything but how flattering they are when I catch my reflection in the mirror. The 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex blend keeps it tight without feeling, well, too tight. Think of the compression like a gentle hug, or a guardian angel that just wants to bless your curves all day long. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to order another pair.


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I admit it: We struggle with screen time in my house. My 4-year-old is a rambunctious consumer of entertainment and most of his beloved forms come in the mini screen of my cell phone. I do, however, do my best to fill that screen with the most educational kid's apps that exist, and one of his favorites is the world of Sago Mini. Their apps are fun, playful, and yes, help him learn something too.

So imagine our excitement when we found out that Sago Mini is bringing that experience offline with an IRL kid's toy subscription service that sends open-ended toys to you about once a month. The service officially launched Tuesday, February 18th and it's perfect for kids aged 3-5. It costs about $19 a month or $15 a month if you pay for an annual subscription.

The Sago Mini box

The first set of boxes will have planes, road trip and fairy tales themes. ✨The box we tried was road-trip themed and it came with everything your little needs to get off the phone and into their imagination. I loved that even the box itself can be turned into a toy by disassembling it and rebuilding it inside out. Because we all know that sometimes our kid's favorite toy ends up being the box it was shipped in!

The kit comes with three make and play activities, all designed to build off each other. For example, our road trip box came with a felt "road" that my son loved draping all over the furniture, and a cardboard car with wooden wheels in one activity pack. Then the second activity pack had destinations your child can "drive" their car to like Grandma's house, school and a gas station.

I especially appreciated that they kept an eye on sustainability (and cute design!) when creating these play materials. All the paper materials that come in the box are made from recycled goods or sourced from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certified). The best part? My son played with his set for a good few hours—and never asked for my phone once.


Wouldn't it be nice to throw on mascara and instantly look well-rested? Let's set the scene: You've been up all night caring for your sick toddler and you look extremely tired. You quickly apply a waterproof, lengthening and volumizing mascara and poof—tired eyes begone. Sounds like a magic trick, right? But we have a few mascaras in our makeup bag that can do just that, mama.

These are our favorite mascaras to use that make us look well-rested and ready to conquer the day, even if we're running on just a few hours:

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Whether you're prepping for hot yoga, a day at the beach, or just keeping up with the kiddos, Tarte's latest mascara is perfect for a mamas active lifestyle. It's a vitamin E- based mascara that delivers sweatproof, weightless volume without the clumps. Pro tip: Just do the top lashes for a more natural look.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

This popular mascara was designed to deliver Rihanna's full lash look, and we must admit, after three applications, our lashes turned out thicker and fuller than ever. The key to this formula is that it's paired with aflat-to-fat brush that customizes what you need. The fat side holds lots of product to quickly load and lift lashes, while the flat side defines and curls each lash.


Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Not ready to spend loads of money on a beauty product? We hear you. That's why we love this liquid ink formula from Maybelline. It coats from all sides for full coverage with a featherlight feel. Just be careful with your application—it requires a good makeup remover to remove.


L'Oréal voluminous lash paradise mascara

L'Or\u00e9al voluminous lash paradise mascara

If a deep black color is what you're after, this mascara will get you there in the best way possible. The soft wavy bristle brush gives lots of volume and the 200 bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect. No, seriously—get the results you crave in only two coats!


Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Suffer from thin, straight lashes that never seem to curl? This creamy, non-clumping formula is buildable and gives instant volume. It's also pretty cool that the blossom-shaped fiber wand is carved in a curved silhouette that dispenses just the right amount of formula on each individual lash for lots of volume.


Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

When we heard that this mascara was inspired by Marc Jacobs' first beauty memory of his mother shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own faux lashes, we knew this was something special. This mascara gives smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less.


IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

 IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

If black mascara leaves you with raccoon eyes by the end of the day, this mascara might be your new bestie. Developed with plastic surgeons, and clinically tested, it provides both length and volume in one coat. Also, the formula contains collagen, biotin and peptides to condition your lashes as you coat.


Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Without question, the original better than sex mascara lives up to its name, and the waterproof feature on this one is an added bonus. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this super black, collagen-fueled formula. But, once on your lashes, prepare to rub for a long time to get it off.


Lancôme monsieur big mascara

Lanc\u00f4me Monsieur big mascara

This is one of Lancôme's bestselling mascaras and we get why. For starters, it's a creamy formula with a gel-like texture that does not require touch-ups. It also brings a ton of volume, without the flaking.


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Kim Kardashian West has recently been in the spotlight for her home design—it's incredibly minimalist, with lots of white, bright (but barely there) details—and it got many mamas wondering: How do multiple kiddos live there? Because no matter how much we love minimalism, it can be hard to maintain when toys seem to pop up out of nowhere.

Well, she gave us a sneak peek into her kids' playroom today on Instagram Stories. "You guys always say my house is so minimal—well, you guys haven't seen my playroom," shares Kardashian West.

So now we get it. Among the super-cool details (hello, concert stage and movie projector), her four little ones do play with a ton of toys. Some toys, in fact, that our own kids play with!

Here are some of our favorite toys that we spotted in Kim Kardashian's playroom:

Melissa & Doug Wooden Grocery Store

melissa and doug grocery cart

One of Motherly mamas' favorite interactive play sets. Complete with a hand cranked conveyor belt, a beeping scanner and swipe machine. Plus, it looks beautiful in any playroom. (It was adorable watching Kim show us how it works.)


CAT Construction Fleet Dump Truck

kids toy drump truck

Littles will love putting items in the back of the dump truck. Even better, it's great for both indoor and outdoor play (even works great in sand!).


Sesame Street Big Bird Toy

sesame street toy

This super soft plush toy is a classic with a twist. Yes, it's Big Bird, your child's friend from Sesame Street, but with an artsy twist by Kaws. It's just a tiny detail in the toy's eyes that makes it different and so much cooler.


Learning Resources Pretend Play Food

pretend play baked goods

With 15 pieces, kids have everything they need to bake cookies and cupcakes. Bonus points for working on their hand-eye coordination with the rolling pin, spatula and mixing bowl.


KidKraft Lil' Symphony Guitar

kidkraft kids guitar

The Kardashian West kids might just take after their dad practicing their music skills with this wooden guitar. With nearly 400 positive reviews, this is a favorite for many mamas.


LEGO Classic Box

lego classic

Kids can build and bring anything to life with this set—484 pieces total. Kim has the Legos organized by colors in her drawers, but we like this box to drop everything in.


100-Piece Wooden Train Set

wooden train set

A gorgeous wooden train set for kids of all ages. This one comes with multiple tracks, bridges, buildings and vehicles to create the ultimate experience.


Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart

melissa and doug cart

We doubt Kim Kardashian does her own grocery shopping, but her little ones seem to love this pretend play grocery cart. It pairs perfectly with the grocery mart above!


London Doll Pram Stroller

kids london doll pram

This gorgeous stroller is the sweetest accessory for kids who enjoy playing with baby dolls. It's big enough to fit all different types, from small Barbies to larger ones. Plus, the wheels don't swivel so it's easy for small hands to push around.


Play-Doh Play Pack

play doh

This classic toy never goes out of style. Kiddos can create just about anything their imagination wants with the squishy and bright, non-toxic modeling clay.


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