15 Best Holiday Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

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From brightly colored STEM toys and cool books to read to stuffies, vehicles and gifts that make mealtime and bedtime better, your favorite one-year-olds will love these holiday gifts for kids from about 12 to 18 months. With stocking stuffers and big-ticket items, you’ll find something for every budget.

Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Gears Toy


With their bulky, notched shape, the colorful gears that make up this happy caterpillar will motivate your little one to rotate, remove and rearrange them in endless ways. Color-coordinated pegs will get them thinking about color-matching while they work on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in a fun way.

Tembo & Kiki Stuffed Elephants from The Elephant Project

$39+ BUY NOW

These 8-inch stuffed elephants are made from soft gray fabric and come dressed either in green overalls (Tembo) or a pink dress (Kiki). The Elephant Projects donates 100% of net proceeds to organizations that aid in fighting poaching and provide care to injured, abandoned, orphaned and abused elephants.

Whirly Squigz from Fat Brain Toys


Suction these colorful toys to high chairs, tables, walls and windows (any smooth, non-porous surface) and then watch them spin. Bring them to restaurants to keep your child entertained or pop them on the bathroom wall for tub-time fun.

Silicone Mealtime Bundle from Austin Baby Co.


The silicone bib is soft and adjustable, and the placemat folds up so it's easy to store and throw in your bag. The snack bowl collapses and comes with a storage lid, and the bento box lets you pack kid-friendly foods and keep them separate.

Push & Go Giraffe from BRIO


Push down the head of this cute giraffe and it will start to cruise alongside your little walker or crawler. If you're trying to encourage your child to walk, this zippy giraffe could be the toy that inspires them! BRIO is known for high-quality toys made from responsibly managed wood.

Silk Crib Sheets from coco beans

$98+ BUY NOW

Your little angel will feel like they're sleeping in the clouds with these 100% silk crib sheets, which come in sweet prints like bunnies, flowers as well as plain white. Smooth silk reduces friction, meaning kids wake up with fewer hair tangles and less frizz.

Bilingual Books Starter Set with Reading Wand from Habbi Habbi

$115 BUY NOW

Help your child learn Spanish or Chinese as well as English with this magical reading wand. Tap the wand anywhere on a page and hear the words on the page pronounced in two languages. The wand works with the whole range of Habbi Habbi books.

BIG Make & Go! Play Set 46 from Plus-Plus


A STEM toy for the younger crew, this construction set lets kids build vehicles, puzzles and more. Larger than LEGOs and easy for small hands to connect together, the colorful pieces are perfect for open-ended play, building fine motor skills, focus and creativity.

High Seas Rocker from Hape


If you're looking for a big-ticket item this holiday season, consider this kid-size tugboat. It teeter-totters as if it's sailing through ocean waves for hours of creative indoor fun and physical activity. Made from wood and water-based paint in nautical blue and white.

Zip Footies from Muse Threads

$36+ BUY NOW

With patterns as bold as your little one's personality, these footies have a two-way zipper, anti-slip grips on the soles and fold-over mittens in the smallest sizes. Made from a bamboo blend, the fabric is breathable, super soft and sustainable.

2-in-1 Beech & Cherry Wood Train Pull-Along Toy & Activity Stacker from Janod


This sweet wooden train has three wagons that attach together so kids can pull it along on their adventures. With colorful blocks in different geometric shapes, a bunny and four cute birds, kids can stack the pieces in all sorts of combinations.

Merriam-Webster's 150 First Words by Claire Laties Davis


This oversized board book features 150 words for everyday items kids encounter during meals, playtime, bedtime and more. Written by a speech pathologist and featuring kids and settings from around the world, the book is both thoughtful and inclusive in how it presents language to the toddler set.

Car Glider Track from Coco Village


Cool enough to display in your living room and fun enough for parents to join in, this retro car glider track uses gravity to move the cars down the track. We love the color scheme and minimalist cars, and kids will love the sights and sounds as cars zoom around.

Sprout Ware Stacking Cups from green sprouts


Some toys are classics for a reason. These colorful cups fit neatly inside one another for compact storage. But flip them around to stack them into a high tower. Each one has drainage holes in the bottom so water or sand can pour through. Break them out in the bath, sandbox, beach or pool.

Dimpl from Fat Brain Toys


Popper toys are all the rage, and this age-appropriate version lets little kids get into the fun. Five colorful, silicone bubbles in different sizes can be pushed through to the other side of the ABS plastic frame. You'll be amazed at how this sensory activity keeps your child's attention while teaching them about cause and effect and building fine motor skills.

—Eva Ingvarson Cerise

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