Best gifts for 1-year-olds for any occasion text with green background and gifts strewn about

Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds for Any Occasion

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Need gift ideas for 1-year-olds? From Little People toys to plush cars to learning toys, there are a lot of the best gifts for 1-year-olds in this post!


VTech Sort and Discover Activity Cube

The VTech sort and discover activity cube is a great toy for babies up to 3 year olds. With so much to explore, they’ll be sure to be playing with it for years.

There are five sides of activities with things from books where they can learn to turn pages, sorting shapes, pushing colorful buttons, turning colorful tiles, and so much more!

VTech Sort and Discover Activity Cube (Frustration Free Packaging), Red
VTech Sort and Discover Activity Cube (Frustration Free Packaging), Red
by VTech

The sort and discover activity cube features five sides of fun activities; features 75+ songs, sounds, melodies and phrases and instruction-clean with a damp cloth

 Price: $ 34.99 Buy now at Amazon

Little People

When I first became a stay-at-home mom when my oldest was 1-year-old we hit up garage sales that summer like it was our job. It was so much fun having my little guy with me and able to pick out toys for good prices! I didn’t have Little People toys when I was younger and they’ve gotten even cooler since the 1980s. I kept seeing them at garage sales and snatching them up. My husband soon made fun of me and asked if they were for me or for our son, seeing as I seemed to be WAY more excited for them than our little guy was. Haha! I said, and still believe, they were for both of us. After all, I’m the one home and playing with him all day. I should have something I enjoy as well. Ha!

There are so many great Little People sets out there and like I did, I highly suggest seeking out garage sales as people have great deals on sets. I bet Facebook Marketplace would have some great deals as well. However, if you’re looking to buy new, here are some of my…I mean my kids’, favorites.

Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset

Admittedly, we do not have this one, but it may make it on one of their wishlists even though we have a lot of barns already but this is so cool!!

Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Learning Toy Caring For Animals Farm Electronic Playset With Smart Stages For Ages 1+ Years
Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Learning Toy Caring For Animals Farm Electronic Playset With Smart Stages For Ages 1+ Years
by Fisher-Price

Interactive electronic farm playset with 45+ songs, sounds, and phrases for toddlers and preschool kids ages 1-5 years

 Price: $ 54.99 Buy now at Amazon

Little People Farm Friends

Do you need some more farm friends? Here is a great pack that is sure to keep you busy on the farm!

Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Toys Farm Animal Friends 8-Piece Figure Set For Pretend Play Ages 1+ Years
Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Toys Farm Animal Friends 8-Piece Figure Set For Pretend Play Ages 1+ Years
by Fisher-Price

Figure set featuring 8 Little People farm animal friends
Includes llama, chicken, cow, goat, horse, pig, sheep and dog figures

 Price: $ 26.53 Buy now at Amazon

Little People School Bus

There are a few variations out there of the Little People School Bus, which is a favorite in our house. This one holds up to 12 friends, makes sounds, and has a handle that can be stored underneath if your child wants to pull it behind them.

Little People Musical Toddler Toy Sit With Me School Bus with Lights Sounds & 2 Figures for Ages 1+ Years,Brown
Little People Musical Toddler Toy Sit With Me School Bus with Lights Sounds & 2 Figures for Ages 1+ Years,Brown
by Fisher-Price
  • Little People push-along toy school bus featuring fun music and sounds for toddlers and preschool kids ages 1-5 years
  • Press the Discovery Button or place a figure in the driver’s seat for fun lights, sounds & songs
  • Includes vehicle and 2 figures, all sized for small hands to grasp and move, helping to strengthen fine motor skills
List Price: $ 14.99 You Save: $ 3.11 (-21%)  Price: $ 11.88 Buy now at Amazon

Little People School

The Little People School is great to help kids learn their colors, share/play on the teeter totter, practice teaching each other, etc. This is so much fun! Yet another one that we don’t have but I so want to add to my Christmas list…I mean my kids’ Christmas list…(ok, totally just added it to the twins’ Christmas list, hopefully they’ll share it with me if they get it)

Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Playset Friendly School Musical Toy with Figures & Accessories for Ages 1+ Years (Amazon Exclusive)
Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Playset Friendly School Musical Toy with Figures & Accessories for Ages 1+ Years (Amazon Exclusive)
by Fisher-Price
  • Arrives in frustration-free, easy-to-open packaging that’s 100% recyclable. For a gift-ready box, select “Ship in Amazon packaging” at checkout.
  • Interactive schoolhouse playset that introduces toddlers and preschool kids ages 1-5 years to making friends
  • Press the Discovery Buttons for educational songs, sounds, phrases and fun actions
  • Working teeter-totter, spinning globe, real metal bell and more hands-on play to help strengthen fine motor skills
  • Playset folds for storage with 2 figures and play piece inside
List Price: $ 45.86 You Save: $ 9.87 (-22%)  Price: $ 35.99 Buy now at Amazon

There are a LOT more Little People sets I want to add but then it would be a post just about Little People and that seems a Little Overboard so I’ll move on…


Pull Back Soft Cars

Our boys love these cars because they are easy to grab with their little hands and when they pull them back they zoom forward! I love them because they’re soft so when they zoom forward they don’t hurt my walls!

Melissa & Doug K's Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set - Soft Baby Toy Set With 4 Cars and Trucks and Carrying Case - Pull Back Cars, Toys For Babies And Toddlers
Melissa & Doug K's Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set - Soft Baby Toy Set With 4 Cars and Trucks and Carrying Case - Pull Back Cars, Toys For Babies And Toddlers
by Melissa & Doug

INCLUDES 4 SOFT VEHICLES: The Melissa & Doug Pull-Back Vehicles set for babies and toddlers includes 4 safe, soft vehicles including a school bus, family car, fire truck, and police car.
EASY TO USE: The rev-up mechanism inside each vehicle makes it easy for babies and toddlers to get big acceleration with little input; they just pull them back and release to see them zoom off across the floor.

List Price: $ 32.99 You Save: $ 12.00 (-36%)  Price: $ 20.99 Buy now at Amazon

Bead Maze

Who doesn’t love a bead maze?! These are so fun to play with and helps develop fine motor skills as well. As you sit with your child while they’re playing with this, you could be teaching them colors and shapes as well.

Melissa & Doug Classic Bead Maze - Wooden Educational Toy - Wooden Bead Maze Toy For Toddlers Ages 3+
Melissa & Doug Classic Bead Maze - Wooden Educational Toy - Wooden Bead Maze Toy For Toddlers Ages 3+
by Melissa & Doug
  • Multi-shaped and brightly colored wooden beads swoop and slide along 3 roller-coaster wires
  • 18 wooden beads in a variety of shapes and sizes are easy to grip and feel great in little hands
  • Sturdy wooden base; this product ships in its own special e-commerce packaging intended to be easier to open and reduce waste
  • Encourages fine motor skills and color and shape recognition
  • Makes a great gift for babies and toddlers, ages 1 to 3, for hands-on, screen-free play
List Price: $ 42.99 You Save: $ 16.00 (-37%)  Price: $ 26.99 Buy now at Amazon
Timy First Bead Maze Roller Coaster Wooden Educational Circle Toy for Toddlers
Timy First Bead Maze Roller Coaster Wooden Educational Circle Toy for Toddlers
by Timy
  • Classic toy for kids, features with colorful bead and sea animals patterns
  • Well constructed, brightly colored, smooth-sanded pieces, with solid beech base
  • Perfect educational toy, helps kids to develop hand eye cordination, shape and color differentiation, fine motor skills
  • Ready to play, no assemble required, recommend for age 3+
  • Bead Maze Size: 8.85 x 8.85 x 5.9 inches
List Price: $ 22.99 You Save: $ 3.00 (-13%)  Price: $ 19.99 Buy now at Amazon

Fold Out Kids Couch

Our oldest child got a child-sized couch when he was a year or so old and he loved it! He looked so cute sitting on it, and even cuter when he was joined by a friend. Years later the twins arrived and holy wow, seeing those two next to each other looking at books is ADORABLE if I don’t say so myself. Haha! Really though, this is such a fun thing to have for kids. Whether you have one in their room or in the living room so they can be like a grown-up and have their own furniture, it’s great and I highly recommend it. We have Thomas the Train but there are many variations out there, including this Paw Patrol one.

Marshmallow Furniture, 3-pound, Multicolor
Marshmallow Furniture, 3-pound, Multicolor
by Spin Master
  • COMFY FOAM TODDLER COUCH: Give your little one their own exclusive lounging sofa with this perfectly sized compact flip-open couch with a fun & colorful design crafted from durable and comfy foam.
  • EASY TO UNBOX: Sofa ships compressed in an airtight compact box. Remove from packaging & watch it grow! Please allow up to 24 hours for compressed foam sofa to return to its full size & shape.
  • 2-IN-1 SOFA & SLEEPER BED: Innovative flip-open construction combines couch & sleeper bed for lounging, sitting, & napping. Sofa dimensions: 14.75"h, 29.25"w, and 16”d. Flips open to a 3ft lounger.
  • AGES 18 MONTHS AND UP: Recommended for kids ages 18 months and up with a 100 pound weight capacity and one child seating capacity.
  • MACHINE WASHABLE COVER: Polyester fabric slipcover features a safety zipper without the traditional zipper pull and is machine washable
  • Includes: 1 Flip Open Sofa
  • Covered by the Spin Master Care Commitment. See below for full details
  • Ships in several boxes, may ship separately
 Price: $ 63.99 Buy now at Amazon
Delta Children Cozee 2-in-1 Convertible Sofa to Lounger For Bedroom - Lightweight,Portable Comfy Flip Open Couch/Sleeper for Kids, Blue Unicorn
Delta Children Cozee 2-in-1 Convertible Sofa to Lounger For Bedroom - Lightweight,Portable Comfy Flip Open Couch/Sleeper for Kids, Blue Unicorn
by Delta Children
  • CONVERTIBLE 2-IN-1 DESIGN: This flip-open chair converts to a lounger/sleeper| Ideal for reading, relaxing, playing or sleeping, your child will enjoy this couch with siblings/friends | Recommended for ages 18 months+ | Fits 1 to 2 small children
  • COMFY FOAM CONSTRUCTION: Supportive foam keeps its shape and provides all-day comfort | Soft and durable slipcover features side pocket to keep books/tablet within reach | Lightweight chair is portable, great for bedrooms, playrooms, gaming or studying
  • STAIN-RESISTANT: Keep chair looking new with the built-in Scotchgard stain release finish that helps most stains wash out during normal laundering | Chair features a machine-washable slipcover that zips off
  • CHILD-SAFE ZIPPER: To prevent kids from opening the chair, we use a childproof safety zipper that comes without a pull, it can only be opened using a paperclip | Chair meets or exceeds government and ASTM safety standards
  • EASY TO UNBOX: Ships in a super-small box | Assembly required | Once unboxed chair expands 5x (may take 24 hours to fully expand) | Chair: 23.5”W x 16.5”D x 15”H| Lounger Flipped Open: 23.5”W x 40.5”D x 15”H
List Price: $ 54.99 You Save: $ 7.00 (-13%)  Price: $ 47.99 Buy now at Amazon
my twins on the little couch looking at books together

Chomp & Count Dino

One of my twins got the Chomp and Count Dino for their birthday from us and he LOVED it!! It’s so neat to be able to feed the dinosaur coins and have him tell you which color you just fed him, as well as which food. This dino can help teach kids numbers, shapes, types of food, and colors. Another bonus is there an on/off switch and a quieter/louder switch as well. There also is a pull string for if your toddler wants to pull it around once they’re able to walk.

VTech Chomp and Count Dino, Green
VTech Chomp and Count Dino, Green
by VTech

Dinosaur toy recognizes the eight brightly colored food pieces as you feed him; provides fun responses as he eats each piece

List Price: $ 21.99 You Save: $ 2.02 (-9%)  Price: $ 19.97 Buy now at Amazon

Leap Frog Picnic

This Leap Frog picnic shape sorter has been a big hit in our house for years. It’s perfect for twins or households with two children as there is two of everything. My twins still set up little picnics for each other or their stuffed animals from time to time and they’re three! They started liking this set when they were about 8 months old and continue to like it to this day.

LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket (Frustration Free Packaging), Yellow
LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket (Frustration Free Packaging), Yellow
by VTech

Features 15 brightly colored play pieces including plates, forks, cups, food and a tablecloth, perfect for a pretend picnic for two

 Price: $ 24.99 Buy now at Amazon

Car Tower with Cars

Ok, so I know I said I was done with Little People toys but this is different. This is a car tower so it’s different than just the playsets, it has wheels and is awesome. Hehe!

Our oldest got the Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway for his first birthday and he’s loved it ever since. His twin brothers have enjoyed it as well. It can be upright so it’s tall and one big windy road or it can be down, as pictured, and have an area to drive as well as off-ramps.

Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Race Track Playset Sit ‘n Stand Skyway, 34+ Inches Tall, 2 Toy Cars for Ages 18+ Months (Amazon Exclusive)
Fisher-Price Little People Toddler Race Track Playset Sit ‘n Stand Skyway, 34+ Inches Tall, 2 Toy Cars for Ages 18+ Months (Amazon Exclusive)
by Fisher-Price
  • 2-in-1 transforming vehicle playset for zip-zooming racing play for toddlers and preschool kids ages 18 months - 5 years
  • Kids can sit at the playset and send Wheelies cars zooming down the ramps or fill up at the gas station
  • Transform the playset to a twisty, vertical ramp that’s over 34 inches tall for gravity-defying racing play
  • Includes 2 Little People Wheelies cars
List Price: $ 60.99 You Save: $ 18.00 (-30%)  Price: $ 42.99 Buy now at Amazon

Leap Frog Learning Friends Book

This book is really awesome in that it’s able to help toddlers learn their words because it not only talks to them but it also shows the word and the object that the word is associated with. Our twins loved this book so much we ended up getting two so they both could use them at the same time.

There are also different options on the book such as music, exploring, and reading. It also sings to them!

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book (Frustration Free Packaging), Green
by VTech

Interact With Friends: Meet learning friends Turtle, Tiger and Monkey who will introduce the alphabet through more than 100 age-appropriate words chosen by learning experts

List Price: $ 19.99 You Save: $ 8.10 (-41%)  Price: $ 11.89 Buy now at Amazon

Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

All 3 of our boys loved this sit-to-stand learning walker. There are many things they can do when they’re sitting and plenty of miles they can walk while pushing it. We only had one of these because we had other walkers but if you’re able to get two, that’d probably be ideal if you have twins!

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging) , Orange
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging) , Orange
by VTech
  • Interactive learning baby Walker has a removable play panel; frustration free packaging means it comes in a plain brown box
  • Early learning center has 5 piano keys that play music and encourage creativity; wheels work on carpeted and hard floors
  • Features 2 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills
  • Pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements enhance role-play fun; 2 AA batteries are included
  • Over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects and fun phrases; meant for babies and toddlers 9 months to 3 years old. Sensory development
  • Frustration Free Packaging means it comes easier to open in a plain brown box. Helps in Language Development
  • Batteries included for demo purposes only. New batteries recommended for regular use.
List Price: $ 43.48 You Save: $ 3.49 (-8%)  Price: $ 39.99 Buy now at Amazon
sit-to-stand learning walker

Owl Linkimals Toy

The Fisher-Price Linkimals Learning Owl is sure to provide hours of fun for your little one! This little penguin dances, makes music, helps teach colors, shapes, the alphabet, and numbers.

We got this for our kids for Christmas and realized we had another couple of toys that connect with it wirelessly which is SO cool!! They all sing together and talk back and forth to each other.

Fisher-Price Linkimals Toddler Learning Toy Light-Up & Learn Owl with Interactive Lights Music & Motion for Ages 18+ Months
Fisher-Price Linkimals Toddler Learning Toy Light-Up & Learn Owl with Interactive Lights Music & Motion for Ages 18+ Months
by Fisher-Price

Interactive musical learning toy with friendly, expressive face and multi-color lights
Press the 7 buttons or rock Owl side to side to activate lights, music and phrases
90+ songs, sounds and phrases teach the alphabet, counting 1-20, weather, days of the week, months of the year, and emotions

List Price: $ 32.99 You Save: $ 8.99 (-27%)  Price: $ 24.00 Buy now at Amazon

Little Tikes First Appliances

The Little Tikes First Fridge is so much fun! My boys got it for their birthday and I love it as much as they do! It’s so fun for little kids to be able to organize the fridge like how mom and dad do.

The Little Tikes Oven and Dishwasher are awesome too!

Little Tikes First Fridge Refrigerator with Ice Dispenser Pretend Play Appliance for Kids, Play Kitchen Set with Playset Accessories Unique Toy Multi-Color, 15.8” Wide x 11.5” deep x 23” Tall
Little Tikes First Fridge Refrigerator with Ice Dispenser Pretend Play Appliance for Kids, Play Kitchen Set with Playset Accessories Unique Toy Multi-Color, 15.8” Wide x 11.5” deep x 23” Tall
by Little Tikes

INTERACTIVE TOY: This toy refrigerator is designed so kids can pretend they're cooking and prepping meals as if they're using the real thing for hours of pretend play fun.
SPECIAL FEATURES : The working ‘ice’ dispenser drops plastic ice cubes (included) and makes crushed ice and water dispensing sounds. The dual French doors feature an interior light that turns on and off when opened and closed. Separate pull out freezer beeps when it has been open too long.
PRODUCT INCLUDES : 11 kitchen accessories: an ice cube tray, 4 ice cubes, 2 clips, an ice cream cone, a milk carton, a bottle of ketchup, and an orange.

 Price: $ 50.99 Buy now at Amazon
Little Tikes First Oven Realistic Pretend Play Appliance for Kids, Play Kitchen with 11 Accessories and Realistic Cooking Sounds, Unique Toy Multi-Color, Ages 2+
Little Tikes First Oven Realistic Pretend Play Appliance for Kids, Play Kitchen with 11 Accessories and Realistic Cooking Sounds, Unique Toy Multi-Color, Ages 2+
by Little Tikes

INTERACTIVE TOY: This realistic toy oven is designed so kids can pretend they're cooking and baking as if they're using the real thing for hours of pretend play fun
REALISTIC KITCHEN ROLE PLAYING: This oven is packed with realistic sounds: burners igniting, water boiling, sizzling, and timers ringing. Other realistic features include the stovetop lights up, the buttons really work, the oven light turns on when the door is opened, the oven shelf is removable, and the burner dials turn. Includes 11 realistic cooking accessories: 4 cookies, a cookie sheet, a fried egg, a piece of bacon, a steak, a frying pan, a spatula, and a towel

List Price: $ 50.99 You Save: $ 12.75 (-25%)  Price: $ 38.24 Buy now at Amazon
Little Tikes First Dishwasher
Little Tikes First Dishwasher
by MGA Entertainment

INTERACTIVE TOY - The dishwasher is designed like the real thing, so kids can pretend they're cleaning the dishes and have hours of role play fun.
REALISTIC DESIGN - This dishwasher has realistic lights and sounds. The detergent drawer flips down, the knob clicks as it turns, and kids can use the dial to activate the dishwasher and watch the washing light effects. Plus, the sliding dish racks can be pulled out.
14 REALISTIC ACCESSORIES - Includes 14 realistic kitchen accessories: 2 plates, 2 cups, 2 forks, 2 spoons, 2 knives, 2 dish racks, dish towel, dish soap bottle.

 Price not available Buy now at Amazon

Create an Amazon Wishlist

Did you know you can create an Amazon Wishlist that you can share with friends and family? We have one for each child, and ourselves! We add items to the list all year and give the links to family who buy the kids birthday and Christmas presents. It’s great because as people buy from the list it disappears so no one buys a duplicate. To add an item to the wishlist, just click on “Add to List” on any Amazon product page then select the list you’d like to add it to.


picture of my twins and me on their first birthday. We made it through the first year!
My twins on their 1st Birthday! I found this while looking through pics and just had to share.

Best gifts for 1-year-olds for any occasion text with green background and gifts scattered about

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As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.

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