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17 Great First Birthday Gift Ideas For The Little One Turing 1

Updated on May 13, 2020 Updated on May 13, 2020
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    So, you’ve been invited to a 1st birthday party, and now you need a worthy first birthday gift. When picking out gifts for one-year-olds, you want to find things that’ll spark their interest and encourage these skills. Whether you want a fun toy, an educational gift, or keepsake, you’ll find something here. Here are some great 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 to your child’s room or nursery. No more wall marks needed for recording their growth. This treasured wooden keepsake will last for years. The craftsmen 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 books, board books, 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 to come.

  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, inspire independent & group play, and gain confidence from social communication with others. It is also a good method to put babies outdoor and distract from screens.

  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 tread 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! Better yet, 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. Made from wood, this piano toy features magic touch technology – no buttons or keys needed! Two modes of play give your toddler the ability to make her music or play along with classic melodies. Giving your baby toys that make music helps her tune into different rhythmic patterns and sounds at a young age.

  13. Peek-A-Boo Elmo
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    This animated Peek-A-Boo Elmo is sure to delight as he recites 13 different phrases while hiding behind a satin-accented blanket before popping back out with his signature giggle. Soft red plush and accurate Elmo details, as well as a red signature on the blanket, are sure to please Sesame Street fans of all ages. As always, high-quality and huggable plush ensures that GUND products remain loyal pals for years to come. Surface-washable. 

  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. 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 made a historical impact on the world. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these important people in history with images that are fun for youngsters and also realistic.

  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 plenty of 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 a unique and satisfying experience for your young one. 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 Story Book
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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
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    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 its 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 it away 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 big acceleration with little input: They pull them back and release to see them zoom off across the floor. Featuring bright colors, these vehicles 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 one-year-old girl.

  33. Shape Sorter Toy
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    Children can learn to solve the problem by themselves. This shape sorter bus with wooden blocks encourages sensory skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more. The beautifully crafted toy features smooth, natural wood, a slide-off lid, and 13 cut-out shapes in four of the sides. The brightly colored shapes are easy for little hands to grasp and make a wonderful ‘clunk’ as they drop in the shape sorting cube. Plus, the bus itself is a pull toy!