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
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.
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.)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.