17 Great First Birthday Gift Ideas For The Little One

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: February 14, 2024

    So, you’ve been invited to a 1st birthday party, and now you need a worthy first birthday gift. When picking out presents for one-year-olds, you want to find things to spark their interest and encourage these skills. You’ll find something here whether you want a fun toy, an educational gift, or a keepsake. Here are some tremendous first-birthday gift ideas for the little one turning 1!

  1. Personalized Growth Chart
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    This personalized mountain bear, natural growth chart makes the perfect adornment for your child’s room or nursery. No more wall marks are needed for recording their growth. This treasured wooden keepsake will last for years. The artisans personalize your child’s growth chart with a beautiful imprinted design. It comes in a few different designs for boys and girls.

  3. Bookcase
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    Simple and sturdy, the KidKraft Sling Bookshelf is a great way for your little ones to organize their books. The soft canvas shelves protect hardcover, board, and coloring books, so they are not all over your living room floor. The sturdy wooden frame means this shelf will stand up to enthusiastic readers for years.

  5. Plush and Wood Animal Rocker
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    Rocking activity strengthens the core muscles and arms during the motion. This activity is also helpful for improving balance. Climbing up and down the rocking horse also strengthens the arm and leg muscles. Kids got years of use from a rocking horse, and it certainly benefited their little sensory system! Rockers can help kids improve their mobility and inspire independent & group play.

  7. Classic Flyer Wagon
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    Classic, safe, and versatile, this award-winning push wagon is a favorite for children and parents alike. The “resist push” feature allows beginner walkers to build confidence and balance safely. Removable wooden stake sides add to the fun, and the furniture-friendly bumper protects your home as your little one learns to walk. The product features durable molded wheels with grip treads for comfort and travel. Perfect for a one-year-old.

  9. Adorable Moccasins 
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    BirdRock Baby moccasins are constructed with durable genuine leather, promote proper foot development in young walkers, and stay on your little one’s feet! With every purchase, BirdRock Baby donates to Feed My Starving Children to provide food for an entire day to a child in need. They come in many colors for your baby girl or baby boy.

  11. Baby Einstein Piano
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    With the delicate touch of her little fingers, Baby Einstein and Hape’s Magic Touch Piano will let the baby create thousands of different songs. This piano toy is made from wood and features magic touch technology – no buttons or keys needed! Two modes of play allow your toddler to make her music or play along with classic melodies. At a young age, giving your baby toys that make music helps her tune into different rhythmic patterns and sounds.

  13. Elmo


    It’s everyone’s favorite Sesame Street character, it’s Elmo! This soft, cuddly Elmo will become their best friend! He stands eight inches tall and is suitable for kids one and older. 

  15. Baby Vans
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    The Mix Checker Classic Slip-On features sturdy, low-profile slip-on canvas uppers with the iconic Vans checkerboard print, padded collars, elastic side accents, and signature rubber waffle outsoles—the perfect gift for the mom who is really into fashion.

  17. Little Feminist Book Set
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    Mudpuppy’s Little Feminist Board Book Set is comprised of colorful illustrated portraits of real women who have historically impacted the world. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these important people in history with fun and realistic images for youngsters.

  19. A Personalized Chair
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    Your little prince and princess will love sitting back and relaxing on their Personalized Anytime Chair. This comfy padded chair is perfect for reading a book, listening to mom read her stories, or watching her favorite shows. It comes with a soft slipcover in a beautiful pink or vibrant blue color that highlights the design. So comfy, so cute.

  21. Tree Top Adventure Activity Center
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    Emerging toddlers will have fun with this activity center by moving around shapes and figures on wood blocks in their guided tracks and slots. The Tree Top Adventure will offer your young one a unique and satisfying experience. With so many activities built into one toy, this is perfect for hours and hours of play and helps build motor skills.

  23. Personalized Bedtime Storybook
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    Engage and soothe young children before bedtime with the personalized story “Goodnight Little Me” that incorporates their name on the cover, in the story, and even in the illustrations. In this lyrical lullaby, a Goodnight Parade marches through your child’s sweet dreams: sheep come a-leaping, dogs dance in a kick line, crickets chirp, and owls hoot-hoot.

  25. Rock and Roll Ride


    Wishbone Flip is a brilliantly simple ride-on toy for children aged 12 months to 5 years. Its innovative flipping mechanism transforms Wishbone Flip from rocker to roller in seconds. Tuck your teddy inside, and it’s a toy stroller, too! A great baby gift for your toddler! Also available in white. Or check out Wishbone Mini-Flip in 8 gorgeous colors for nine months and up!

  27. Baby Time Capsule 
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    Baby is here! Make this exciting time even more special with a Time Capsule! Preserve precious mementos in this sturdy keepsake container and store them in a safe place to look back on years later.

  29. Melissa & Doug Pull Bach Cars
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    These soft, lightweight vehicles mimic one of the best of a young child’s everyday world: a school bus, family car, fire truck, and police car. The rev-up mechanism inside each makes it easy for babies and toddlers to get significant acceleration with little input: They pull them back and release to see them zoom off across the floor. These vehicles’ bright colors nurture new vision, focus, and color awareness.

  31. Manhattan Toy Baby Doll Toy
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    This sleepy-time play doll set features a Wee Baby Stella doll with a soothing lavender scent, a teddy bear, a magnetic bottle, and a nighttime storybook. With ultra-soft fabric and embroidered facial features, Wee Baby Stella is meant to be cuddled, snuggled, and held tightly—a great gift 1st birthday gift for a one-year-old girl.

  33. Activity Cube


    Children can learn to solve the problem by themselves. The six interlocking blocks help children develop motor skills and identify shapes, numbers, and colors. The toy is made of BPA-free plastic, is easy to clean, and is lightweight, so it can easily be moved around.