Mom-Approved Gift Ideas for 1 Year Olds

It can be so much fun to pick out something special for a little one-year-old as they are taking in the world around them. From fun shape sorters to indoor slides and climb-ons, here are our best "mom-approved" ideas to bring joy to the little ones ages 12-18 months on your lists this holiday season.


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Gifts for Toddlers Ages 12-18 months


A Lovevery Play Kit (splurge), or play kit subscription, filled with Montessori-style, stage-based "play products" designed by experts to help with little ones' brain development. A favorite for moms in 2020, Lovevery a great source of information and inspiration if you're shopping for a baby or toddler!


Something to pound, drop, push, stack or zoom like a shape sorter, ball drop, or stacking ring

Shop our favorites:

1. Shape Sorter Dump Truck* / 2. Pounding Bench* / 3. Pound & Tap Bench

/ 4. Fat Brain Spin Again Stacking Toy / 5. Friction-Powered Push & Go Cars* / 6. Ramp Racer* / 7. Disney Baby Go-Cars / 8. Lovevery Block Set (splurge, pictured below)

Something to pull or push like a walk-along toy, a lawn mower, or a shopping cart

Shop our favorites:

1. Walk Along Puppy* / 2. Walk Along Snail / 3. Pull Toy Train*

4. Toy Stroller for Dolls* / 5. Bubble Mower / 6. Skip Hop Scooter Wagon (splurge)



An activity center or activity cube to keep your little one busy in one place

Shop our favorites:

1. Tree Top Activity Center (splurge) / 2. Animals Activity Cube (splurge) / 3. Activity Center Pony (splurge) / 4. Water Table (splurge)



A bike or ride-on toy to practice balance and find independence

Shop our favorites:

1. Baby Balance Bike (splurge) / 2. Up and Down Roller Coaster (splurge) / 3. Strider Bike (splurge) / 4. 3-in-1 Tricycle (splurge)



Good books (great for interacting) or a backpack (to pack, unpack, re-pack, repeat)

1. My first library** / 2. If Animals Kissed Goodnight** / 3. Lift-a-flap Board Books* / 4. Water Wow Books** / 5. Toddler Backpack**



A personalized gift to help baby learn letters, faces, and voices or feel closer during COVID-19

1. Wooden Name Puzzle / 2. Recordable Story Book Under the Same Moon / I'm Thankful for You / 3. Personalized Book - Goodnight Little Elizabeth / 4. Custom Board Book - Artifact Uprising



A "big" gift for hours of climbing or playing pretend

Shop our favorites:

1. Teepee / 2. Play Tent / 3. Play Tent & Tunnels / 4. Triangle Climber (splurge!)

5. Slide with Basketball (splurge) / 6. Foam Ball Pit (splurge) / 7. Indoor Slide / 8. Play Kitchen (splurge)