Gifts for 1 Year Old
10 Things to Consider When Buying Gifts for a One-Year-Old
1. Safety first
This is the most important thing to keep in mind when buying a gift for a one-year-old. Make sure it is safe! Not only do you want to be sure it is appropriate for a one-year-old, but make sure it doesn’t have small parts that could easily become a choking hazard.
The last thing you’d want to do is put the birthday boy or girl in any danger. If in doubt, consult with their parents first!
2. Look local
Depending on where the family lives, there is likely a local play place that any one year old would love to go to and explore! If the parents already have a ton of toys and are short on space, this is a great gift idea that both parents and children will absolutely love. As always, make sure the place is designed for children as young as one.
3. Clothes are tricky
While clothing is always a gift option, keep in mind that one-year-olds are growing very quickly. What fits them today may not fit them just a few weeks from now!
Most parents would agree that spending a lot of money on clothes at this age is not practical, but you could always get a cute fun outfit for the birthday girl or boy if there is a special occasion coming up, such as Easter or Christmas.
Most children only wear those outfits once anyways, so that makes for a great gift idea!
4. Encourage learning
One-year-olds are learning and growing and developing very quickly, even if it does not appear that way. Help them to grow and learn by getting them a toy that specifically focuses on development.
These toys are just as fun, but they are designed to help teach children crucial skills. His or her parents will certainly appreciate this gift as well!
5. Give the gift of bonding
Parents are always looking for opportunities to bond with their children. Consider giving the one-year-old a set of books as a present- they cannot read yet, but their parents can read to them! This gives parents a great opportunity to spend time with the child and really bond. And best of all, kids love being read to! This is a gift that is perfect for the entire family.
6. You can’t go wrong with cute and fluffy
When in doubt, a cute fluffy stuffed animal always makes for an excellent gift for a 1-year-old. Who can resist a soft, cuddly animal?? No one! Perfect to hold onto during long car rides, or to play with at home, stuffed animals are always a great gift idea for children of any age.
7. Get on your feet
One-year-olds are at that age where they want to start walking. Depending on the child they may already be walking, or they could be just about to walk. Either way, they are sure to still be unsteady on their feet. A great one-year-old gift idea is a walker that they can hold onto and push. This helps encourage them to walk but also keeps them safe and prevents them from stumbling and falling over!
8. Shy away from technology
The technology debate with children is messy. Ultimately, it is up to the one-year-old’s parents how much they use technology such as an iPhone or iPad. Rather than get involved, stay away from technology and get them something totally neutral.
9. Check before getting a toy with noise
One-year-olds love toys that make noise. However, for the sanity of his or her parents, it is best to check with them first to see if they want a toy with noise at the house. Many parents today work remotely, so they may not want loud toys that could interrupt conference calls during work hours. If you do go with a noise-making toy, keep in mind the parents are likely to remember that when you go to have kids!
10. Bath time is the best time of day
Finally, consider getting some fun bath toys as a gift. One-year-olds love bath time! For the child, bath time isn’t about getting clean but is about having fun. Get some safe water toys or a fun bubble bath or bath salts to make bath time even more fun. As always, make sure if you get any sort of soap or bath salt product that it is safe for one-year-olds. If the child has sensitive skin, we recommend staying away from bath products. Instead, go with fun bath toys. Rubber ducky for the win!