Gift Guide: Best gift ideas for one year olds

Gift ideas for one-year-olds

A whole year in the world, and how far they’ve come! Newly minted toddlers are busy pushing, pulling, stacking, poking, shaking and tipping things all over the place. They love getting around – whether it’s on foot, with a walker or cruising on a ride-on. So now is the perfect time to give them some of those key ‘milestone’ toys that they’ll use for years.

Here are our top gift ideas for one-year-olds.

  • Opening And Closing Things
  • Pressing Buttons
  • Pointing
  • Mimicking
  • Banging, Poking & Shaking Things
  • Standing
  • Cruising
  • Tipping Things Out Of Containers
  • Saying First Words
  • Walking (Maybe!)
  • Push / Pull Alongs
  • Cars, Trucks And Trains
  • Baby Crayons
  • Shape Sorter
  • Shakers & Musical Toys
  • Stacking Blocks
  • Activity Table
  • Toy Pram

Walk this way

Micki walker with pastel blocks

Baby Walker & Block Set ($139.95): A sturdy baby walker with wooden blocks lets ’em strut their stuff and build beautiful pastel-hued cities. Dreamy.

Fancy Footwork

Attipas shoes for babies and toddlers

Attipas Footwear (from $39.95): The world underfoot gets super dooper wobbly when toddlers are learning to toddle, so help them get a grip with unique footwear that’s not quite shoes and not quite socks.

Pastel play

Pastel Rainbow Stacker ($139): The building, stacking, sorting and playing possibilities are endless with these pretty pastel semicircles. Make a rainbow, a tunnel, a flower – there are no instructions, simply your child’s imagination.

Wheelie fun

VTech First Steps Baby Walker

First Steps Baby Walker ($69.95): An award-winning walker and activity centre that’s sure to keep baby busy. The action-packed activity panel can be removed from the walker for sit-down play with buttons, bright lights and animals. Then when it’s time to start walking, the easy-grip handle and textured wheels will help get bub well on their way.

Stack and roll

Le Toy Van truck stacker

Truck Stacker ($27.95): Sort the pieces, stack the pieces and off we go. And wooden wonder that’s part puzzle, part truck.

From puzzle to play

Le Toy Van Petilou Wooden blocks

Woodland Wooden Block Puzzle ($44.95): Squirrels, hedgehogs, owls and birds come out to play with this wonderful wooden floor puzzle. Featuring chunky wooden pieces for your tot to grab and hold, they can be pieced together or stacked high in the sky.

Animals in twos

Smart Max, My First Safari Animals

My First Safari Animals ($49.99): Mix and match a menagerie of colourful animals that slot together with magnetic bars for imaginative play for toddlers.

Floating friends

Sunnylife Baby Floats

Sunnylife Baby Floats ($39.95): Water babies get ready for some serious fun in the sun. These super cute baby floats will have your mini-me’s causing a splash and joining the big kids in the pool.

Bath time besties

Octopus Bath Squirter ($10.95): Bath time with one-year-olds is just as much about splishing and splashing as it is about getting clean. Bring some new friends along for some squirty silliness and be prepared to get wet!

Music maker

Bloomingville mini wooden music box

Wooden Music Box ($41.95): This musical creature will create a beautiful sleep association as he watches on from the nursery shelves.

Crack and colour

First Creations Easi Grip crayons

Easi-Grip Egg Crayons ($6.98): Let’s get cracking! These ergonomic egg-shaped crayons are easy for small hands to grip and glide across the paper.

It’s hammer time

Unicorn Hammer Bench ($34.95): A little bang goes a long way with this colourful and creative hammer bench.

A day at the zoo

Zany Zoo 18 month gift

Zany Zoo Animal ($159.95): There is so much to do with the Zany Zoo wooden activity cube. Doors to open, friends to find, loopty-loo routes and spinny spinners!


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