December 6, 2018

The Best $20 & Under Gifts for a One Year Old

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These were all toys that my daughter loved when she was 1, so I believe they would make great gift ideas for other 1-year-olds as well!


1. SoapSox


These lovable plush buddies can be taken into the bathtub and work as washcloths! Our daughter has the turtle and hippo that she received from her grandma as a gift. She loves playing with them in the tub and outside in her pool too! I currently have a giveaway running for a Mickey themed one (pictured below) which you can enter here or buy your own here

You can find other SoapSox characters on the SoapSox website: www.SoapSoxKids.com


2. Mega Blocks


Mega Blocks are a great STEM toy! We actually got a bag for our daughter's first birthday. She didn't really get into them till closer to 18 months when she figured out how to put them together herself. Before then she mostly just smacked them together or handed them to us to show her how to make something.


3. Toy Cars


One of our daughter's first words was "car" and she loves playing with them! She learned how to "vroom vroom" quickly, so it's a great way to teach them how to make sounds too! Her favorite one is the Oball car (pictured below), but she also has a Mega Blocks train set she likes and a few other random cars.


4. Bead Maze


We got one of these from a family member and our daughter loved it. It's another great STEM toy. There are quite a few on Amazon in various price ranges, but here is one that is similar to ours for under $20:


5. Balls


We got these before our daughter was one, but she mostly chewed on them as a baby. It wasn't until a little after turning one she actually began to roll them and practice throwing them. The Infantino balls are great as they also have fun textures.


6. Shape Sorter


I can't find the one we got anywhere so I'm thinking it's no longer available. It's a cute barn with animals that have shapes. I believe it was Infantino brand. Our daughter loved chewing on the animals a baby. She still does now as well at 23 months, but she has shown more interest in trying to push them through the shape holes in the top of the barn. There are many different ones available now, but here is what a simple one looks like:


7. Phone


My mom actually got our daughter both of her phones as presents. She has the classic rotary telephone and a cell phone one that makes noises when you press buttons. Luckily it's not very loud and it does have an off switch! She was more into the noisy cell phone at first, but around 20 months or so, she really started loving the telephone. We think it's because she figured out how to pull it using the string and now she loves to drag it around everywhere!



8. Wooden Blocks


I originally got a bunch of these from Target's dollar spot for our daughter's newborn photos as I wanted to spell out her name. We let her have them to play with when she turned one as it was a great way to get her to practice stacking! Her favorite game now is to build a tower as tall as she can before it falls over. Such a great STEM toy.


9. Puzzles


My mother in law got our daughter this farm animal puzzle. It's suggested age is 2 and up, but our daughter still liked playing with the little wooden animals. She even started trying to put them back in their place around 18 months. She's gotten even better now at 23 months. However, they do make puzzles geared for 1-year-olds like this one:


10. Rain Maker


We got this for our Disney trip as a way to distract our daughter on the plane. She was 14 months at the time, so she mostly stared at it as we rotated it. Once she a got a little older, she loved shaking it around. It's a great first instrument!


11. Ring Stacker 


We have the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack (pictured below), and our daughter loves it! It's a great STEM toy, teaching your baby how things fit together.

We had it before she was 1, but it wasn't until she had turned 1, that she began to show more interest in taking the rings off and stacking them herself. 


12. Indestructible Books


These books truly are indestructible, so perfect for little ones! Our daughter still has hers and she's almost 2! They are still holding up, but have become quite wrinkly. I love that they can be washed, so you don't have to worry about your baby drooling all over them. They're so easy to just cram into a diaper bag and travel with. The best part is they are under $6 a piece on Amazon!







You can find most of these items in my Amazon shop as well.



20 comments:

  1. I love these! Will be adding some of these to my list for my toddler!

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  2. Kristine Nicole AlessandraDecember 7, 2018 at 1:54 AM

    These are all great toy suggestions. I love buying toys for my grandchildren but I make sure that they are educational toys. Melissa and Doug Wooden toys are good choices.

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  3. Great ideas! I know several tots that would enjoy these toys.

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  4. This is such a cute list! Thinking of getting that bread maze and wooden blocks. :D

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  5. Exceptional picks, i love the blocks cuz my kids love them too

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  6. My kids loved the shape sorter when they were that age!

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  7. Where were you when my daughter was one She destroyed books like it was her job The indestructible ones would have been a godsend

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  8. These are definitely great gifts and all necessary items for babies! I'll have to save it for the future years.

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  9. The soapbox are so cute, my friends kids would love these for the bath. I remember how much fun I had with mega blocks when I was a kid x

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  10. Giving puzzles to your kid is so fun to watch!
    Especially when they're trying to solve it.

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  11. Lots of great options on this list. I especially love the Soap Sox as they loook like so much fun for a one-year old.

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  12. I got my 1 year old a toy sorter this Christmas, im so excited to seeing him open them up!

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  13. I love your list. It is very timely since I am about to start my Christmas shopping but still confused on what to get my younger nieces.

    These are really great choices. The shape sorters will make wonderful gifts. Thank you for these suggestions.

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  14. My twins had most of these toys when they were younger. The Megablocks is a lot of fun.

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  15. These are a great list to buy for the little ones during the festive season. I love buying educational toys for my little cousins.

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  16. My daughter is 2 and is still obsessed with all of these! Especially the shape sorter and cars!

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  17. What a beautiful ideas for gifts. I saw few on her that our 5 years old would enjoy. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. I love all of them. Christmas is my favorite holiday season. I can't get enough with all those great gifts, the light, the food. Most importantly, Christmas means family time, love, and joy of giving.

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  19. Oh awesome...these are great gift options for a little one!!!

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  20. My kids loved just about every toy on this list! What a great gift guide for the little ones!

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