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41 Best Unique, Educational Gifts For One-Year-Olds, Per A Developmental Expert's Advice

Is it weird that I want some of these?

Jewelyn Butron

Shopping for friends is okay, but shopping for their kids? That's where the fun's at. It can be intimidating trying to find a toy that's safe and fun, so if you've been invited to a one-year-old birthday party, don't fret. This list will help you find something entertaining and fun.

Children make various developmental strides at age one, says Rebecca Parlakian, senior director of programming at Zero To Three, an organization that works with families with infants and toddlers. They’re likely saying their first words or are starting to understand what words mean even if they can’t say them yet. A child is also starting to combine objects in their play, like brushing a doll’s hair or putting a spoon in a cup. “Play is how children explore and experiment with the world safely,” Parlakian says.

See some of the best gifts for one-year-olds below:

  • 1
    Best Book
    Wild Animals: A Touch and Feel BookLittle Hippo Books
    $7 AT AMAZON
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    $7 AT AMAZON
  • 2
    Best Clothing Gift
    Cotton Linen RomperKupretty
    $17 AT AMAZON
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    $17 AT AMAZON
  • 3
    Best Doll
    Baby DollOrijin Bees
    $50 AT AMAZON
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    $50 AT AMAZON
  • 4
    Best For Learning to Walk
    Baby Balance BikeAncaixin
    $55 AT AMAZON
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    $55 AT AMAZON
  • 5
    Best Music Kit
    Baby's First Music TeacherBaby Einstein
    $40 AT AMAZON
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    $40 AT AMAZON

That’s why developmental toys that can help them understand their world are some of the best gifts you can get a one-year-old. Those gifts can come in the form of anything from a pretend kitchen or a toy vacuum.

“You want to give children an opportunity to test and develop these emerging problem-solving and thinking skills,” Parlakian says. “So things like stacking cups, stacking rings, and simple puzzles, the ones with big knobs, [are good options].

So, with that in mind, here are some of the best toys to get the one-year-olds in your life, per an expert's recommendations.

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1
Best Book
Wild Animals: A Touch and Feel Book
Little Hippo Books
Now 30% off
$7 AT AMAZON
2
Best Clothing Gift
Cotton Linen Romper
Kupretty
$17 AT AMAZON
3
Best Doll
Baby Doll
Orijin Bees
$50 AT AMAZON
4
Best For Learning to Walk
Baby Balance Bike
Ancaixin
Now 31% off
$55 AT AMAZON
5
Best Music Kit
Baby's First Music Teacher
Baby Einstein
Now 11% off
$40 AT AMAZON $40 AT WALMART $45 AT BED BATH AND BEYOND
6
Best Activity Block
Wooden Activity Cube
TOYVENTIVE
Now 14% off
$30 AT AMAZON $30 AT WALMART
7
Best Silicon Blocks
Stacking Blocks
Litand
Now 26% off
$20 AT AMAZON
8
Best Vocab Builder
100 Words Book
LeapFrog
Now 41% off
$12 AT AMAZON $18 AT WALMART $20 AT BUY BUY BABY
9
Best Bath Toy
Floating Purple Octopus
Nuby Store
Now 22% off
$7 AT AMAZON $7 AT WALMART
10
Best Stuffed Animal Toy
Bath Animal
SoapSox
$17 AT AMAZON
11Wooden Sorting and Stacking Toy
TOLOLO
$15 AT AMAZON
12Plush Car Toy
UNIH
Now 15% off
$22 AT AMAZON
13Baby Infant Rattle Socks
Bigib
$10 AT AMAZON
14
Best For Sleep Training
Sleep Bag
Kyte Baby
$50 AT SKIMRESOURCES.COM
15Educational Activity Block
BEST LEARNING
Now 15% off
$34 AT AMAZON $46 AT BED BATH AND BEYOND
16Big Building Blocks
Mega Bloks
Now 32% off
$17 AT AMAZON $17 AT WALMART $20 AT BED BATH AND BEYOND
17Pretend Play Kitchen
CUTE STONE
Now 31% off
$34 AT AMAZON
18Momo’s Board Book Club
Crate Joy
$10 AT SKIMRESOURCES.COM
19Drawing Table
BABLOCVID
Now 38% off
$25 AT AMAZON
20Plush Elephant
Lambs & Ivy
$20 AT AMAZON $20 AT WALMART
21First Birthday Romper
Shalofer
$17 AT AMAZON
22Rattle & Sensory Teether
Manhattan Toy Store
Now 29% off
$10 AT AMAZON $17 AT WALMART $17 AT BED BATH AND BEYOND
23Stacking Ring
Sassy
Now 31% off
$9 AT AMAZON $9 AT WALMART
24Personalized Name Puzzle
BusyPuzzle
$8 AT AMAZON
25Pull and Sing Puppy
VTech
Now 28% off
$18 AT AMAZON $38 AT WALMART
26The Play Gym by Lovevery
Lovevery Store
$141 AT AMAZON
27Smart Shots Sports Center
VTech
$90 AT AMAZON
28Pound & Tap Bench
Hape
Now 15% off
$28 AT AMAZON $26 AT WALMART $32 AT WAYFAIR
29Suction Cup Toy
Sassy Store
$11 AT AMAZON $21 AT WALMART $11 AT BUY BUY BABY
30Garden Sorting Toy
Katmerio
Now 27% off
$16 AT AMAZON
31Water Sand Table
UNIH
$47 AT AMAZON
32Wooden Rainbow Nesting Puzzle
Coogam
$17 AT AMAZON
33Laugh & Learn Light-up Learning Vacuum
Fisher-Price
Now 20% off
$20 AT AMAZON $20 AT WALMART $25 AT NORDSTROM RACK
34Pound A Ball Ramp
Playkidz
$29 AT AMAZON $35 AT WALMART
35Pop-Up Toy
Think Gizmos
$24 AT AMAZON
36Busy Buggy
$37 AT AMAZON $37 AT WALMART $78 AT QVC
37Kids Teepee
PLAYVIBE
Now 17% off
$50 AT AMAZON $82 AT WALMART
38Wooden Magnetic Fishing Game
Coogam
$26 AT AMAZON
39Spanish-to-English Flash Cards Ring
BuyBuyBaby
$13 AT BUY BUY BABY
40Froggy Pond Splash Mat
Banzai
$15 AT BUY BUY BABY $12 AT WALMART $19 AT TRACTOR SUPPLY CO
41Lookout Treehouse
Step2
$150 AT BUY BUY BABY $180 AT WALMART $180 AT WAYFAIR
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