Gift Ideas for 1 Year Olds

One year olds can be hard to shop for – especially if you’re a first time mom and you’re not sure what they would like or be appropriate for their age.

In this gift guide you’ll find some of our favorite toys for one year olds that our son loved for many years. In fact, he still plays with many of these toys today.

You’re sure to find something perfect for your little one this Christmas!

Christmas Gift Guide 2021 for One Year Olds - One Little Small Blog

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1 Year Old Gifts

Sesame Street Learning Case Bundle - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Sesame Street Learning Case Bundle

Sesame Street Learning Case Bundle

These learning cases are a great way to help kids learn their numbers, shapes and colors. I love that these cases are easily portable – perfect for when you’re on the go visiting family during the holidays.

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train

LEGO Duplos are a childhood staple toy, and this number train set is the perfect first set to gift your one year old.

Fat Brain Toys SpinAgain Kids Stacking Toy - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Fat Brain Toys SpinAgain Kids Stacking Toy

Fat Brain Toys SpinAgain Kids Stacking Toy

This toy consists of 6 different cogs that can be stacked on a screw-like stand. What I’m saying is – you put the cog on the stand and it goes around and around until it reaches the bottom. And it’s really fun and engaging for both little kids and adults.

VTech Click and Count Remote - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
VTech Click and Count Remote

VTech Click and Count Remote

Like many kids, my son loved the tv remote as a one year old. And he loved playing with his toy remote – which was also the perfect distraction when I needed to take away the real remote!

The First Years Stack Up Cup Toy - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
The First Years Stack Up Cup Toy

The First Years Stack Up Cup Toy

This classic toy is a must-have for all kids – and it’s not very expensive! If you don’t already own a set, pick one up this holiday season. My son is four and still plays with ours on the regular.

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Sort Snail Pail - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Sort Snail Pail


Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Sort Snail Pail

Shape sorters are a great gift for one year olds. My son loved this snail pail sorter. It sings, and has numbers, shapes and letters.

ORWINE Musical Learning Workbench Toy - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
ORWINE Musical Learning Workbench Toy


ORWINE Musical Learning Workbench Toy

This workbench is part toy, part shape sorter. It plays music and makes real workshop sounds. It’s also small and easy to move around the house.

Big Gifts for 1 Year Olds

Little Tikes Tough Workshop - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Little Tikes Tough Workshop

Little Tikes Tough Workshop

Play kitchens are a wonderful big gift for one year olds, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, check out this Little Tikes Workshop toy. This is one of those staple childhood toys that my son still plays with as a preschooler.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home

This Fisher-Price Smart Learning Home has a ton of different interactive features that can be customized by level and language. It’s also built to easily sit in a corner of a room, taking up way less space than a traditional playhouse.

Little Tikes Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Zone - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Little Tikes Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Zone

Little Tikes Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Zone

I love that this toy gives your child the ability to explore 3 different sports in one set. The 3-in-1 Sports Zone has basketball, soccer and bowling features in an easy-to-use setup. And it also folds together for easy storage.

Pop-Up Ball Pit and Tunnel 5pc Set - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Pop-Up Ball Pit and Tunnel 5pc Set

Pop-Up Ball Pit and Tunnel 5pc Set

During quarantine, I struggled with ways to help my high-energy kiddo blow off steam while stuck home indoors. This ball pit and tunnel set is perfect for us. It allows us to setup several different configurations and the whole thing folds down to the size of a large pizza.

Plastic Ball Pit Balls 400 Pack - One Little Small Holiday Gift Guide
Plastic Ball Pit Balls 400 Pack

Plastic Ball Pit Balls 400 Pack

This last gift is an accessory to the pop-up set above – but honestly, ball pit balls can be used in more than just a ball pit that it’s well worth the investment. This set has held up well for us – they’re durable and easy to clean, too!


Thank you for checking out my gift guide for one year olds. I hope you are able to find the perfect gift for your little one in this list of toys my son has loved so much.


If you enjoyed this gift guide, make sure to check out my full collection of holiday gift ideas for kids, including a Toddler Gift Guide, Preschooler Gift Guide, Hanukkah Gift Guide and Stocking Stuffers Guide.

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