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.

$179.99

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.)

$44

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.

$174

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.

$90

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.

$32

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.

$11

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.

$199

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.

$39

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.

$11.04

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.

$64.94

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.

$12.95

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.

$37.99

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.

$299.99

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.

$22.99

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!

$30

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!

$59.95

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.

$45.99

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.

$39.99

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.

$12.95

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.

$35

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.

$219.99

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.

$24.99

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.

$16.91

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.

$21.99

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.

$15.33

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.

$229.98
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When it comes to holiday gifts, we know what you really want, mama. A full night's sleep. Privacy in the bathroom. The opportunity to eat your dinner while it's still hot. Time to wash—and dry!—your hair. A complete wardrobe refresh.


While we can't help with everything on your list (we're still trying to figure out how to get some extra zzz's ourselves), here are 14 gift ideas that'll make you look, if not feel, like a whole new woman. Even when you're sleep deprived.

Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater

When winter hits, one of our go-to outfits will be this tunic-length sweater and a pair of leggings. Warm and everyday-friendly, we can get behind that.

$69.95

Gap Cigarette Jeans

These high-waisted straight-leg jeans have secret smoothing panels to hide any lumps and bumps (because really, we've all got 'em).

$79.95

Tiny Tags Gold Skinny Bar Necklace

Whether engraved with a child's name or date of birth, this personalized necklace will become your go-to piece of everyday jewelry.

$135.00

Gap Brushed Pointelle Crew

This wear-with-anything soft pink sweater with delicate eyelet details can be dressed up for work or dressed down for weekend time with the family. Versatility for the win!

$79.95

Gap Flannel Pajama Set

For mamas who sleep warm, this PJ set offers the best of both worlds: cozy flannel and comfy shorts. Plus, it comes with a coordinating eye mask for a blissed-out slumber.

$69.95

Spafinder Gift Card

You can't give the gift of relaxation, per say, but you can give a gift certificate for a massage or spa service, and that's close enough!

$50.00

Gap Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck

This featherweight long-sleeve tee is the perfect layering piece under hoodies, cardigans, and blazers.

$29.95

Gap Chenille Smartphone Gloves

Gone are the days of removing toasty gloves before accessing our touchscreen devices—thank goodness!

$9.95

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Make multiple trips to the microwave a thing of the past with a app-controlled smart mug that'll keep your coffee or tea at the exact temperature you prefer for up to an hour.

$79.95

Gap Flannel Shirt

Our new favorite flannel boasts an easy-to-wear drapey fit and a flattering curved shirttail hem.

$59.95

Gap Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket

Stay warm while looking cool in this iconic jean jacket, featuring teddy bear-soft fleece lining and a trendy oversized fit.

$98.00

Gap Crazy Stripe Scarf

Practical and stylish, this cozy scarf adds a pop of color—well, colors—to any winter ensemble.

$39.95

Nixplay Seed Frame

This digital picture frame is perfect for mamas who stay up late scrolling through their phone's photo album to glimpse their kiddos being adorable. By sending them to this smart frame to view throughout the day, you can get a few extra minutes of sleep at night!

$165.00

Gap Crewneck Sweater

Busy mamas will appreciate that this supersoft, super versatile Merino wool sweater is machine washable.

$59.95

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Can you believe it's already time to start decorating for the holidays? And this year, Target is making it easier than ever to create inviting holiday spaces that are still neat, organized and clutter-free. Whether your style is whimsical, traditional or rustic, there are plenty of neutral creams, frosty whites and touches of evergreen that will take you through the holidays and well into the new year with style.

This holiday also marks the 3-year anniversary of the launch of Joanna Gaines' Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line. The collection features nearly 300 new pieces from gifting and décor to entertaining. Oh, and this season they have faux Christmas trees!

Ready to create your own modern winter wonderland at home? Grab our favorite minimalist piece:

Joy wire Christmas wreath

Joy wire Christmas wreath

The word "Joy" isn't a holiday classic for nothing—it's sure to bring lots of smiles and laughs to any home. And when it's atop the garland in this festive wreath, it's an instant pick-me-up. Plus, for an extra twist: This comes pre-strung with white LED bulbs for a little light to brighten dark spaces.

$45

Mini cable-knit stocking

Mini cable-knit stocking

This stocking brings simplistic holiday cheer to just about any living space. This mini size is perfect for little ones or if you just want stockings that don't take up too much space.

$4

Faux white pine garland

Faux white pine garland

Bring the outdoors indoors with a garland that can be framed around your door. Or add holiday spirit to your table runner with a garland centerpiece. We love how realistic this one looks for such an affordable price.

$24.99

Whitewash advent calendar

Whitewash advent calendar

Let's be honest, advent calendars are nice, but some have gone a bit overboard in how complicated they are. But not this one. The cutout shape of a tree features rows of numbers, while a roaming wreath moves the countdown along. Simple, yet chic.

$20

Round tree skirt

Round tree skirt

No tree is complete without a beautiful tree skirt. This striped one is a must-have for a farmhouse-inspired atmosphere. Even better if you want a splash of rustic charm that matches your other holiday décor.

$39.99

Mini marquee star wall sign

Mini marquee star wall sign

Brighten up your living room with this attention-grabbing statement piece. Hang the star sign on your entryway wall to help welcome guests, or place it on your mantel, shelf or end table alongside other accents to add touches of holiday cheer in a minimalist way.

$8

Ceramic house decorative figurine

Ceramic house decorative figurine

This tiny house with windows, door and a chimney lends realistic, whimsical appeal, but the solid ceramic design allows it to be used from season to season. Place a small light inside to light up your mantle when standard candles won't suffice.

$8

Wood garland

Wood garland

Sometimes less is more! Upgrade your staircase or tree with this simplistic wooded garland. Pair with fresh cedar and grapevine twigs to create a striking focal point on your home.

$12.99

Joy wall decor

Joy wall decor

Create holiday cheer in a small way by adding holiday wall art that sparks a bit of joy.

For a refined look, the decor offers a hardwood frame and the sawtooth back allows for easy display on tiny spaces that need a touch of holiday spirit.

$9.99

Stocking holder

Stocking holder

Minimalists will rejoice for this multi-tasking stocking holder—acting as both festive signage and a holder for multiple stockings. It's simple, charming and will look great on your mantle for years to come.

$29.99
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Do you feel it?

That little spark ✨ in the air that only comes around this time of year is starting to buzz and pop around us. There's nothing quite like the joy and excitement that comes with counting down to the holidays—especially with your kids who think last Christmas was forever ago.

And what better way to count down to Christmas than with an Advent calendar? We've rounded up our favorites that you can use year after year, mama.

House advent calendar

It's perfectly neutral to go with any type of holiday decor, but is made to bring a spark of magic and fun as your kids rush each morning to find out what's inside the tiny drawers.

$55.30

Advent calendar wreath

This has to be the most unique advent calendar we've ever seen. We love everything about it: The simple metal hoop, the greenery and the 24 kraft boxes that can be filled with goodies for both adults and kids. It's so pretty, we might even leave it up past Christmas!

$35

Countdown to Christmas advent calendar

We love that you can fill this one with your own treats that can change as your kids grow. And it doesn't have to be sweets. It can be filled with stickers, little toys, handmade goodies and more.

$38

Modern farmhouse Christmas countdown

No treats required for this simple, beautiful sign.

$34.95

Metal advent calendar

This sleek metal sign comes with 25 small muslin bags and 30 cards you can tuck into each one. The cards have an activity or kind gesture you and your kids can do to celebrate the season.

$40

Ernie and Irene llama advent calendar

Add a touch of whimsy and coziness with this sweet calendar featuring a knit llama.

$128

DIY advent calendar kit

For the crafty mamas in the group, this sweet kit has everything you and your family need to create your advent calendar together. Once you've assembled all the houses, you can fill it with whatever treats your family will love.

$36

Customizable advent calendar

This sweet and modern fabric calendar can be customized with your family name or cherished holiday phrase. It also comes with a set of 24 activity cards you can pop into each pocket.

$107

Clever Creations traditional wooden Christmas advent calendar

Clever Creations Traditional Wooden Christmas Advent Calendar

This beautiful calendar is a showpiece. It lights up to create a cozy and festive scene.

$43

Light-up stacking house glitter advent calendar

Enjoy a tower of pre-lit cottages that will light up your home each day leading up to Christmas.

$149

My Kindness advent calendar

My Kindness Advent Calendar

The holidays are all about giving—and that doesn't stop with just material items. We can give in the form of kindness every single day, and this calendar helps us do just that.

$75

Blue and gray Christmas socks advent calendar garland

We love the twist on a traditional calendar with this sweet garland of 24 stockings.

$29.69

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One of my favorite things to do is spoil my niece and nephews and this especially rings true during the holidays. Parents can give practical gifts, grandparents can give sweet presents, but aunts and uncles have the pleasure of just focusing on gifting items that are pure fun. After all, we don't have to go home with that loud drum set and hear banging for hours. 😉

My littles' age ranges from 1 to 10-years old so I have to be strategic when it comes to gift giving. The toddler obsesses over surprise toys, but I really have to nail the cool factor for the oldest. (I've learned it really does get harder to find the perfect present as they get older). So I've been doing my research to ensure they'll actually use these presents year-round.

Here are some of the items on my short list this year:

Kids sports jersey

kids yankees jersey

My oldest nephew is really starting to enjoy sports and while I can't fly him to a Yankees game just yet (I'm working on getting permission, don't worry) this is the next best thing. He can wear it at home to watch games or sport it to school because it's machine-washable.

$39.99

Makeup kit

girls makeup

If there's anything I know my niece loves, it's unicorns and makeup. This set has bright colors, actual brushes and even nail polish. And I know mama will feel good that it's non-toxic and water-based so it'll wash off with no problem.

$15.99

Blanquil weighted blanket

kids weighted blanket

I didn't believe in the weighted blanket craze until I tried it myself. Spoiler alert: It really does help with sleep. So when I saw that they made mini versions for kids, I was sold. It's only 7 pounds and oh-so-soft, making it the perfect blanket to cuddle up with for nap time.

$109

Movie gift card

amc movie gift card

I love taking the older two kids out on adventures and one of their favorite things is going to grab food and see a movie. I'd pair this gift card with a note letting them know they can choose to redeem it whenever they want. Plus, they get to pick where we eat. (Almost always McDonalds, but I'll take it).

$25

Hape pound + tap bench

hape hit bench

The baby (okay, he's technically a year-and-half old now) loves to explore and figure things out. This bench will let him toss balls, hit the keyboard and make music—keeping him entertained for more than just a few minutes and helping him develop fine motor skills. Win-win-win!

$25.90

X-box bundle

xbox bundle

The 10-year-old can be hard to impress, but lucky for him his birthday falls in December too so I always splurge a little more on him. This bundle includes the Xbox One console, wireless controller, 1-month trial of Game Pass and Live Gold and Lego Speed Champions add-on. Mama will love the family settings it features and I'll officially be the coolest aunt of the year.

$299

Season pass to a theme park

season pass

Every summer, the kids love going to Carowinds, a theme and water park in their area. So, gifting them a whole season is something I know they'll use (and it's a gift for mama, too).

$90

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If you're still shopping for the school-age kids in your life, don't sweat. We've got you, mama! Whether you're looking for toys for your nieces and nephews or searching for gifts for your own little ones, we can help. Motherly's editors have been keeping track of the products that were hits in our own households so that we can pass them on to you.

Here are 21 gifts our older kiddos are loving right now, from clothes to crafts to toys:

eeBoo Never Forget a Face memory matching game

I never forget a face game

Memory games are a favorite at any age, but especially in this age's wheelhouse. Kids will love to test their memory skills as they match the bright, smiling faces of people from across the globe.

$18.95

Slumberkins

Each animal comes with a backstory that helps deal with a difficult emotion a child might encounter, like gratitidue, self-esteem or family changes or loss—making these a gift a child will adore and one mama feels good about, too. Prices vary.

$36

Osmo genius kit

osmo kit

Osmo is seriously magic! This game system transforms your iPad into a hands-on learning tool that fosters creativity and problem-solving skills through hands-on play. We so wish this was a thing when we were kids.

$99.99

The Nightmare Before Christmas Operation skill game 

The Nightmare Before Christmas Operation skill game

If your child has trouble picking up small things, try leaving this board game at under the tree. Your little one will think they are playing operation but really they are having some occupational therapy. It's a short enough game that even young kids are able to maintain attention and focus through everyone's turn. Super fun for fans of Jack Skellington.

$43.99

Pictionary air

Mattel Games Pictionary Air

Another awesome board game, Pictionary Air combines new tech and old fashioned family game night by letting kids draw on the air instead of on a big piece of paper. Using the special pen and an app, the fam can see exactly what you are drawing, combining augmented reality with creativity in the best way. So cool.

$16.88

Insect Lore butterfly farm 

butterfly farm

If your little one is obsessed with nature, this butterfly farm will be a the gift that keeps on giving. My 4-year-old and I had the best time raising and releasing butterflies this past spring. This is an experience gift that truly lasts, with little lift needed to maintain and raise the butterflies. Basically, it's my new go-to gift for preschoolers.

$27.99

Learning Resources microscope

Learning resources microscope

This is the perfect hands-on toy perfect for little STEM lovers. This microscope is durable enough to withstand kid's rough hands, but technical enough to feel like an awesome grown up toy.

$28.82

Cubcoats

cub coats

Cubcoats are super cute as toys and as clothing—yep, you read that right. This is a hoodie that folds up into a stuffed animal you child can take anywhere. Bonus points for being machine-washable, ethically made and having tons of character and animal options to choose from.

$33.75

Melissa & Doug Ice Cream Cone play set

Melissa & Doug Ice Cream

Melissa and Doug toys never disappoint and this magnetic ice cream play set is no exception. I cannot believe how many hours of play this set inspired. My kid is running an ice cream shop 24/7. Sometimes they ask me to be the customer, other times I'm on scoop duty. The magnetic scoops provide just the right amount of magic to make this set one of the most-played items in our toy box.

$28.31

Hanna Andersson pajamas

Hanna Anderson

We love these comfy pajamas. They are perfect for Christmas morning or any day of the year. And of course Hanna Anderson had matching adult sizes so the whole family can have a PJ party (or a great photo op).

$38.40

Parkland Little Monster backpack 

Parkland Little Monster Backpack

Parkland's Little Monster Backpack is sure to be a favorite (and maybe even a little motivation to get back into the school groove when the holiday break ends). Our little tester son loved getting a present he could show off at school. The backpack's fun ears and print were a big hit and the bag is big enough to carry everything he needs, but small enough for a Kindergartener to tote around.

$29.99

Pluffle

Pluffle

We love how many hours of play we can get out of one tube of Pluffle. It's the perfect tabletop activity and way less messy than slime. Kids can make anything with it and have fun watching it morph into different shapes without asking to wash their hands all the time. Win-win!

$31.41

Mr. Potato Head Mixable Mashable heroes

Mr. Potato Head Mixable Mashables

We love these Marvel potato heads because they allow kids to create their dream superhero however they choose. Our occupational therapist recommended these and when you combine this classic toy with the Marvel franchise, you have a winner for any superhero-obsessed child.

$47.65

Nugget couch 

Nugget couch

It's a couch. It's a fort. It's the perfect piece of furniture for the playroom. The Nugget is a convertible couch made of four foam pieces and it is the only piece of furniture the kids are allowed to jump on. Need we say more?

$229

Play Doh

Play Doh

You can do wrong with this classic that encourages your little one to create anything their imagination wants to. There is something super exciting about opening a giant box of rainbow Play-Doh.

$24.99

A kids book about...

We love how this book series tackles topics our kids are interested in (or that we want them to be interested in) in an age-appropriate way. Whether you're trying to teach your kids about creativity, money, or harder topics like racism, 'A kids book about' series can help. Bonus: the books are absolutely beautiful.

$25

BRIO classic deluxe railway set

This minimalist toy is a classic for a reason. It allows for independent play but also encourages cooperation and imagination, two things we value in our household.

$46.79

iTouch PlayZoom smartwatch for kids

This is a cute gift for a child who might be obsessed with their parent's smart watch. It lets them take pictures, videos, play games and tell time. It also comes in a bunch of super adorable prints (cats! camo!) and helps any big kid feel like they got something extra special

$29.99

VertiPlay STEM marble run

If you're looking for a new toy but short on floor space, may we recommend this awesome version of marble run that lives on your wall? It's a totally modular STEM toy that will have any little excited to see the marble zoom, bounce and slide down its ramps and curves. We've seen both 4-year-olds and 10-year-olds be super into this, so we love that it can grow with your child.

$89

PAW Patrol deluxe kids art table

​This is as multifunctional as a toy can get. It's part dry erase board, part bookshelf and part toy bin. Plus your ​Paw Patrol​ lovin' kid is going to adore seeing all their favorite pups daily in their playroom. It's a great piece for encouraging your kiddo's creativity and independent play.

$59.99

Wooden toy treehouse

This one is an investment gift for sure, but we can see it being the perfect group gift for a set of kids or a super special present if you're aiming to choose only one thing for your kiddo. Joanna Gaines can design anything, even treehouses apparently. Now our only question is—can she design one of these for our backyard?

$119.99

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