Buying a gift for a 1 year old can be confusing. A lot of the toys aimed at his age group have a lot of lights and sounds. However, how long are they really enjoyed? “Baby toys” are always the first thing to get demoted to our donation pile. Why? Because the older kids don’t want to play with them and even the 1-year-old would rather play with the older kids’ stuff. On this page I’ve curated some of what I think are the best gifts for 1 year olds.
Personally, I prefer toys for 1 year olds that can be enjoyed for a couple years. (This often means buying toys aimed at older kids.) I tend toward the more natural, battery-free stuff, but I don’t discount electronic toys if my kids really enjoy them. This isn’t to say my kids haven’t enjoyed some great baby toys. I’ve just tried to pick suggestions that I feel are not only enjoyable, but also economical and long-lasting.
If I had to choose my absolute favorite gifts for 1 year olds, I would probably choose Melissa and Doug’s Cutting Fruit or Cutting Food. This is my go-to gift for a 1 year old party since all my toddlers loved to pretend to feed us.
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