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A first birthday is a big event for your favorite little person, and that calls for a truly special gift. Read on for meaningful birthday gifts for babies and fun baby toys—for playtime, baths, stroller rides and more—that kids will keep using as they grow.
Creative Kids Sense & Grow Sensory Magic Tissue Box$26 BUY NOW
Keep babies out of your purse with this magical box of scarves in a variety of colors and textures. Oh, yes, some even crinkle when you touch them. Kids will love pulling out sheer, cotton and tulle scarves and putting them back in, over and over.
Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair$135 BUY NOW
This extra-soft chair will be their favorite place to sit for movie night or story time. The slipcover zips off for cleaning, and the handle at the top makes it easy to move to a different spot. Personalization makes it the perfect birthday gift.
iPlay iLearn Baby Rattles Set$28 for set of two BUY NOW
Suction these cute, colorful animals onto a high chair, stroller tray or restaurant table to keep a kid occupied. With every turn, slide, pull, twist and shake, kids are working on fine motor development.
Munchkin 1st Birthday Gift Basket$38 BUY NOW
Celebrate milestones to come in the one-year-old's life with these toddler essentials: plates, fork & spoon, snack cup, sippy cups, teether and bath toys. In neutral colors, this set can be passed down to younger siblings.
Boon Pipes Bath Set$15 BUY NOW
Use them individually or set them up to create a chain reaction. This bathtub toy makes tubby time fun for everyone (and will give parents a much needed moment of peace).
B. toys by Battat Mini Pull-Back Vehicles Set$16 BUY NOW
If there's one kind of toy that will mystify and entertain little ones with wildly short attention spans, it's these pull-back pals. This set contains a hot rod, police car and school bus.
Mushie Flower Press Toy$15 BUY NOW
Made with food-grade silicone, this wooden pop-it toy encourages sensory exploration and builds fine motor skills. Plus, it comes in super cool, muted colors and is sized just right for small hands.
M Sanmersen Musical Keyboard Playmat$21 BUY NOW
Your new walker will love dancing their little toes over this piano and getting their groove on.
Curious George My First Tackle Box and Board Book$40 BUY NOW
The perfect way for your kids to interact with a story being read to them! The set comes with a durable board book, tackle box, a rod, worm and two fish. The animals all make different sounds.
Bajo Camper with Surfboard$26 BUY NOW
Insert a little California cool into playtime with this classic wooden toy. Sustainably made, this Polish-made vehicle will stand the test of time.
Meowbaby Foam Ball Pit$180 BUY NOW
You don't have to make a trip to Chuck E. Cheese for your little one to experience the fun of their first ball pit.
Color Me: Who's in the Ocean?: Baby's First Bath Book$11 BUY NOW
This ocean-themed bath book has beautiful illustrations. And they change color when wet to captivate kids.
KiwiCo Panda Crate Subscription Boxfrom $16 per crate BUY NOW
Bead mazes, books, puzzles and more engage babies' minds and senses. You choose the subscription length; crates arrive every other month.
Made from New Zealand natural pine wood, this Montessori carrot matching game is great for fine motor skills and won't be something kids outgrow in a few months.
Red & Olive Baby Fox$35 BUY NOW
Handmade in Peru with soft Peruvian cotton, these 7-inch dolls are perfect for baby snuggles. If a cute fox isn't your thing, choose a bear, bunny, cat or skunk.
American Greetings 1st Birthday Cupcake Card for Girls$6 BUY NOW
This card is going in the baby book! Sparkles and a cute cupcake will help your birthday girl celebrate turning one.
American Greetings 1st Birthday Dinosaur Card for Boys$5 BUY NOW
A dino with a googly eye and goofy grin will help your little one celebrate the big-kid adventures to come.
—Eva Ingvarson Cerise