By the time a little girl reaches one year old she has already developed rapidly from a tiny, dependent baby to an almost-toddler with lots of personality! So, if you’re looking for a gift for a 1-year-old girl this list of 30 ideas may be useful. We’ve included toys and gifts that will appeal to a wide range of personalities and support different kinds of development, so there’s sure to be something to suit the little girl you’re buying for.
1. Fisher-Price Smart Stages Puppy
The Fisher-Price Smart Stages Puppy is a cute, cuddly puppy toy with plenty of interactive buttons. His hands, feet, ears and heart can all be pressed to achieve different effects which will increase children’s understanding of cause, effect and technology.
The Smart Stages Puppy is also very educational, and will last over a few years as it teaches words, colors, letter and numbers at the press of its buttons. This also promotes listening and attention skills and speech and language development, and can be tailored to the child’s age and developmental stage as the Smart Stages Puppy has 3 different ‘levels’ of learning that can be selected. This level system means that the Smart Stages Puppy is a toy that will last a child a good number of years.
2. SweetDreamers Ewan Deluxe
Ewan the dream sheep has almost reached cult status amongst parents and with good reason! Ewan is a soft, cuddly sheep that can be attached to the crib, or for older babies, snuggled up with at night, and he plays a variety of soothing sounds to help them fall, and stay, asleep. Babies and young toddlers love the soothing sound of white noise, the womb and heartbeats as well as lullaby melodies and even better white noise has been proven to help babies sleep better.
The original version of Ewan was limited to a 20-minute playback of sound, after which he needed to be manually restarted by an adult but the deluxe solves this problem by integrating cry-sensor technology which means that if the child stirs in the night Ewan will automatically begin to play sound to comfort them and lull them back to sleep. Ewan also features a soft, pink colored night-light as studies have shown that this color is most conducive to sleep.
3. Lego Duplo Classic Brick Box Building Set
Duplo doesn’t seem to lose its appeal through the ages and is really built to last; many grandparents keep hold of their children’s sets for when the grandchildren come to play and it holds just as much interest now as it did then. This set of 85 pieces has some building ideas, but is also open-ended enough to allow children to design and build their own constructions too.
At 1 year old most babies are interested in construction, and are beginning to develop the strength and dexterity needed in their hands to use toys like Duplo. This is a gift that will really last, and can be connected with other Lego Duplo sets throughout the years.
4. Fisher-Price My Potty Friend
Once their child turns one some parents may begin to think about potty training, or their little girl may begin to show an interest in what the big toilet is used for. The Fisher-Price My Potty Friend is a smaller version of a real toilet with many of the same features; a moving flush handle and a place to hold toilet paper so is a novel way to begin toilet training. There are fun lights, sounds and music which reward ‘success’ and the bowl is removable which makes clean up much easier.
Even if the little girl you’re buying for isn’t quite ready to potty train yet she can still spend time getting used to the idea and the potty, and this one will really appeal to young toddlers!
5. Mamoi Baby Swing
The Mamoi Baby Swing is an indoor fabric swing that can be hung from structurally sound ceilings so that the baby can enjoy swings, just like at the park, from the comfort of home! This is ideal if you live in an area with adverse weather, or simply can’t get out every day. Swings are a firm childhood favourite even with fairly young children and the adjustable nature of this swing means that safety is paramount.
The swinging action activates the vestibular system in children, which helps them to develop balance and coordination, and is also a soothing sensory input helping children to calm down when needed. The motion provided by a swing also promotes the development of a strong core as the child learns to sit up and contend with the varying forces on their body by activating their core muscles. The Mamoi Baby Swing is made using eco-friendly materials so is kind to the planet and can be used until around 3 years of age meaning that it will last a few years.
6. Fascol 7 in 1 Kids Trike
Trikes are a popular present for a first birthday as they provide a new way for babies to see the world. Most 1-year-olds enjoy going for a walk in the stroller and seeing the sights and the sounds of the neighborhood, and a trike provides a new, more independent way to do this.
The Fascol 7 in 1 trike is extremely versatile and adaptable and can be used all the way up until 5 years of age making it a long-lasting gift. To begin with a safety frame ensures that a young toddler is held safely whilst being pushed along, but soon they can place their feet on the pedals and feel the motion, or begin to steer a little, all of this is fantastic for their physical development. This model then converts into a full trike for older children. With a full sunshade, foam grip handles and rear basket this trike has all the conveniences of a stroller too.
7. Hape Country Critters Play Cube
The Hape Country Critters Play Cube is a beautiful wooden toy with plenty of levers, shapes, beads and mazes to encourage children to use their hands to move all of these components, thereby increasing their dexterity and fine motor skills which lay the foundations for writing much later on. Children will develop and improve their problem-solving skills as they work out how to move items around the cube.
The height and stability of the play cube also encourage younger toddlers to pull to stand, increasing their balance and strength in their legs ready for walking. With plenty of different components to explore and experiment with this is a gift that will last a little girl a while.
8. Fisher-Price Bounce and Spin Zebra
The Fisher-Price Bounce and Spin Zebra is likely to be an instant hit that will give a 1-year-old hours of fun. A modern take on a rocking horse, the Bounce and Spin Zebra is a toy that the child can ride on top off and it bounces up and down as well as spinning 360 degrees, helping to develop strength in the core and leg. As children bounce and spin, they are rewarded with lights, sounds and music, stimulating their auditory and visual senses, making this a great all-round sensory experience.
9. Baby Einstein Toddler Jams Musical Toy
The Baby Einstein Toddler Jams Musical Toy taps into babies’ natural love of music and dancing by providing a variety of musical styles at the touch of a button. As children learn how to use buttons, they develop their understanding of cause and effect and how technology works. The Baby Einstein Toddler Jams Musical Toy is also reasonably sized and portable meaning that it’s easy to take along on a playdate, car ride or to grandma’s house to keep a little one entertained. If the 1-year-old you’re gifting loves music and dancing then this is sure to be a hit.
10. Bobby Car Classic – Pink
Not every 1-year-old girl loves pink, but many do! and if the little girl you’re buying for is already a girlie girl then this may just be the gift for her. Ride-on toys are fantastic for promoting strength in the legs and core as children learn to push themselves along, and later promotes a sense of direction, balance and coordination as they learn to steer around obstacles so there’s plenty of opportunity for development with the Bobby Car Classic. It is also a gift with the potential to last as it can be used up to 75 pounds.
11. VTech Hop-A-Roo Kangaroo
The VTech Hop-A-Roo Kangaroo is a plush toy mother kangaroo with a cute little joey who fits in her pouch! This in itself will encourage imaginative play, and dexterity as children learn to take the joey out, and put the joey back in to the pouch. The Hop-A-Roo Kangaroo stimulates auditory and musical learning through speech, songs and kissing noises and can also hop across the floor just like a real kangaroo! This movement feature will not only delight children but will also encourage them to develop their physical strength and skills as they crawl, shuffle or toddle after the Hop-A-Roo. This is a great gift for encouraging a 1-year-old’s movement.
12. Trihorse Wooden Marble Run
Marble runs are a brilliant toy that promote all sorts of different learning and development; obviously a traditional marble run is not going to be suitable for a 1-year-old due to the choking hazard of the marbles, but the Trihorse Wooden Marble Run solves this problem! The marble run itself is made of wood, which makes it much eco-friendlier and more timeless than a plastic alternative and is pre-constructed for the child as 1-year-olds would likely struggle to set up a working run.
Instead of using marbles the Trihorse Wooden Marble Run uses riding toys, that fit onto and progress down the run without posing any kind of choking hazard to the child, they are also a better size for little hands to manipulate. The Trihorse Wooden Marble Run is a great way for children to learn about cause and effect and how the world works as they learn to place the toys at the top of the run and track their progress down.
13. Amy & Benton Piano Keyboard Toy for Kids
Lots of children like music, and many of them like to make their own music, the Amy & Benton Piano Keyboard looks like a real piano keyboard which builds familiarity with real instruments. Young children will enjoy experimenting with cause and effect by pressing the keys and buttons and listening to the different notes and sounds produced. This also develops hand-eye coordination as they learn to direct their hands and fingers to particular buttons or keys to repeat a favourite sound.
As children get older the Amy & Benton Piano continues to offer plenty of learning opportunities as it offers the sounds of 8 percussion instruments, 4 musical instruments, different volumes and rhythms and a record and play function. This is a gift that will last a child many years and grow with them as their musical ability develops.
14. Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck
Whilst it’s unlikely that a 1-year-old is going to be learning the alphabet any time soon, early exposure to letter shapes and discussion of their sounds is not going to set them back at all! The Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck makes a great gift for a 1-year-old as it combines Lego Duplo, with a vehicle. At age one most children are interested in pushing and pulling vehicles, and constructing and building towers and both of these enhance their physical strength and skill. The blocks from this set can also be combined with any other Lego Duplo the child has which means that play can be even more open ended.
15. Brio My First Railway
Train tracks are a classic children’s toy and with good reason! They offer plenty of different learning opportunities and can be very open-ended; there is not just one way to put a track together so children can experiment with their construction skills and imaginations to develop their own track structures. Putting track together requires accuracy and patience as well as good fine motor skills and dexterity, and pushing trains along the track promotes physical skills and strengths like squatting, crawling or shuffling and balance.
Train tracks are the kind of toy that will be played with again and again and used in different ways as children get older so they represent a good investment; this Brio set also connects to other wooden train tracks so can be used with other sets the child may have or get later on.
16. Selonis Soft Ball Pit Pool
Kids love ball pits! But often the ‘at-home’ versions are brightly colored, flimsy and just plain unsightly which is why the Selonis Soft Ball Pit Pool is such a welcome change for parents! Its soft fabric sides are safe for small children whilst also being sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of being climbed and jumped all over, and are tastefully colored to fit in with modern home décor. The covers are removable and washable too meaning that it’s pretty easy to keep the Ball Pit Pool clean.
Children will have hours of fun, jumping, climbing and burying themselves in the pool, and this all promotes the development of their physical skills and strength; for example, sitting in the ball pool on an uneven surface requires much more engagement from core muscles and balance than sitting on a flat surface.
17. VTech Play & Learn Activity Table
At 1-year-old you may be looking to encourage children to stand up more to increase the strength in their core and their legs ready for walking, this VTech Play & Learn Activity is a great way to give them the encouragement they need to do just that. It is a low table, absolutely covered with interactive elements and buttons that will develop a child’s understanding of cause and effect as they press each button and learn what it does.
The table is also educational in that it teaches colors, numbers and shapes through speech and music, this will help with a 1-year-old’s speech and language development as they listen to and imitate sounds and words. This also means that it will last for a few years as the child develops an understanding of the concepts of shape, number, color and so on.
18. Safety 1st Wooden Step Stool
Around about the one-year mark babies start to express their need for independence, and may protest about adult help with getting dressed, brushing teeth and washing hands. It’s best just to go with it and encourage their independence in self-care whilst also helping to make sure that their basic hygiene needs are taken care of. The Safety 1st Wooden Step Stool is a safe way to allow your child more independence in hand-washing, tooth brushing and later, toilet training. It has 2 platforms which can be used independently or as steps up onto a safe surface.
The Wooden Step Stool is much more visually pleasing than plastic alternatives and may fit in better with the home décor. As well as being used in the bathroom for self-care tasks it could also be used as a step to reach higher toy or book shelves in the playroom or bedroom. This makes a practical and useful gift that will last a child many years.
19. Sophie la girafe Baby Teething Toy
Sophie la girafe has become synonymous with teething toys. This teething toy is incredibly popular globally and id made from 100% natural rubber and painted with food-safe paints to ensure that it is both durable, and safe to be chewed on. Whilst a 1-year-old may have begun cutting teeth already they generally will continue to do so up until around age 2 and a half and the teeth that come later on can cause more discomfort than the earlier ones, so Sophie will represent a good investment for a 1-year-old. Sophie la girafe has a distinctive squeaking noise when she is squeezed which helps children to understand cause and effect as they repeat actions to achieve the desired effect.
20. Bobby Car Next
For some reason we don’t seem to have moved on from the stereotype that boys like cars, so, often, little girls are not bought toys like the Bobby Car but they love them! By 1 year of age most children are good at bearing weight on their legs, have the core strength to balance and are beginning to, or in the process of learning to walk, ride on toys help to strengthen leg muscles further as children need to push their own weight and the weight of the toy.
The Bobby Car is built to last, with a high weight limit of 100 lbs and built in knee recesses to accommodate older children, so this is a gift that will last well beyond age 1. Lights and a horn provide added entertainment and teach little ones how to operate simple technology, switching them on and off.
21. VTech Baby Laptop
Babies love technology! The VTech Baby Laptop may be a solution to sticky hands all over TV remote controls, smartphones and their parents’ laptops, by giving baby a laptop of their very own. The Baby Laptop is designed especially for younger children with large, chunky buttons which suit little hands, a carry-along handle and a robust design this toy should last several years.
There are 3 modes of play available so that the toy can be adjusted to suit the child’s developmental needs. Modes of play available are animals, shapes and music, so older children can focus on learning the names of shapes whilst younger children can simply enjoy the music. The toy has plenty of words and phrases, encouraging listening skills and speech and language development, all of which depend upon the pressing of buttons so the child will also develop their understanding of cause and effect and hone their hand-eye coordination. As a gift the VTech Baby Laptop has plenty to offer!
22. Zuru Pets Alive Rainbow Boppi The Booty Shakin’ Llama
Llamas seemed to have really grown in popularity over the last few years and this cute, rainbow version will certainly be welcomed by any 1-year-old girl. Not only is it brightly colored, and cute, but it also has soft, fuzzy fur that little hands will love to stroke. The Zuru Pets Alive Rainbow Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama does just as you might expect; bops around and shakes its booty!
With a variety of songs and dance moves which start by pressing the button, a 1-year-old will soon learn exactly how the Llama works and delight themselves by pressing the button and watching her dance over and over again. As the child seeks to dance along to the music they improve their listening skills as well as their gross motor skills. The Booty Shakin’ Llama is sure to provide plenty of laughter to the whole family.
23. Jewelkeeper Girl’s Musical Jewellery Storage Box with Spinning Unicorn
Around about age 1 many little girls are given pretty items of jewelry that can be worn as children, or are intended to be kept for later. Giving the gift of a jewelry box means that she will have somewhere to store her jewelry, as well as all the other treasures that little girls seem to collect.
The Jewelkeeper Girl’s Musical Jewellery Storage Box with Spinning Unicorn has the added benefit of an attractive unicorn design, a spinning unicorn and music that plays when the box is opened, so it is not a purely practical gift but will also delight the little girl in question. Fairly quickly she will understand how to open and close the box to start and stop the music and as she gets older she will begin to take notice of and understand the wind up key mechanism that allows the music to play.
24. Green Toys Dump Truck
Green Toys are synonymous with quality, their toys are favored by nurseries and daycares because they are robust, sturdy and completely non-toxic. Made with recycled plastic they represent an eco-friendlier solution to traditional plastic toys, and contain no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings. In fact, the plastic they are made from is certified for contact with food so is completely safe if a 1-year-old decides to chew on any part of the vehicle! The dumper truck itself will provide imaginative fun as the child learns to push and pull it along and fill and empty the dumper; improving their physical skills and dexterity as they do so.
25. LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Party Learning Toy
Every child should have a tea set! They promote wonderful imaginative, interactive role-play and enable children to experiment with social situations like having a party, sharing and using manners. The LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Party Learning Toy is ideal for 1-year-olds as it is made to stand up to the rigors of their play; it is made from sturdy plastic with chunky grips perfect for smaller hands. It can also be wiped down easily when the cups are inevitably put to mouths!
The Rainbow Party Learning Toy is extremely interactive too with plenty of built in sounds, music and rhymes encouraging children to learn colors, matching and shapes. The wide variety of words and phrases encourage children to imitate and learn language as they play. This is a gift that will provide a 1-year-old with plenty of amusement and learning opportunities for years to come.
26. B. Toys One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks
B. Toys are another eco-friendly brand focusing on producing toys with a lower environmental impact which are especially safe for young children to use. The B. Toys One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks are just that, extremely safe, as they are made from a rubbery plastic, they reduce the risk of injury or damage when thrown or knocked down and also BPA-free and non-toxic.
They are purposefully produced in more muted colors that we traditionally see in baby toys as some research suggests that lots of very bright colors may actually be over-stimulating to babies and toddlers. These blocks can be used to construct walls and towers and combined with other toys for open-ended structural play. They also feature animals, colors, shapes and numbers so that as children grow they can begin to learn some of these.
27. LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket
What 1-year-old doesn’t love going on a picnic? or at least pretending to? The LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket encourages children to take part in imaginative and interactive role play alongside an adult or another child, and therefore encourages social learning. The toy itself also promotes learning manners and sharing, a really important part of children’s social development.
Alongside the social benefits of the toy there are plenty of songs and sound effects which stimulate the auditory sense, encourage speech and language development and also begin to teach concepts such as shape and color. This toy is suitable for 1-year-olds, but older children will love playing with it too making it ideal as a gift that will last a while.
28. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair
Around age 1, children are mastering pulling to stand, balancing, and walking and another skill they need to master is being able to sit on a chair. This may sound very basic to adults but the balance, stability and core strength required to get into, sit and then get out of a chair is something that needs to be developed.
The Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair is just the right size for small children and having a space of their own will encourage them to practice all these physical skills. Alongside the physical benefits of this chair it also offers the opportunity for children to engage with technology and understand cause and effect as there are buttons to press and elements to interact with. The chair can be programmed by entering the child’s age so that the educational elements suit their stage of development.
29. Amy & Benton Kids Birthday Cake Toy
The Amy & Benton Kids Birthday Cake Toy is a really sweet toy that children will love using to re-enact their birthday party, and play imaginatively with adults and peers. The cake features candles which light up one by one at the touch of a button and can then be ‘blown out’ by blowing air into a certain spot. Being able to direct breath into a specific location requires being able to adequately control muscles in the face and lips and have breath control all of which are important for developing speech sounds. The Amy & Benton Kids Birthday Cake Toy also features counting songs, building an early awareness of numbers.
30. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack
Stacking rings are a classic baby toy and plenty of variations are available on the market, the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Rock-a-Stack has a set of different colored, different sized rings that can be stacked onto a base. This increases hand-eye coordination and introduces the concept of sizes. The sensory properties of the toy include the different colors of the rings, the different sizes of the rings and the top ring which can be used as a rattle in its own right, or enjoyed as part of the set.
1-year-olds are natural explorers with lots of energy and curiosity so they need plenty of stimulation in the day. The toys and products suggested here are all useful for providing different types of learning opportunities to help your child’s development across the board as well as tapping into common interests and ways of learning.
If you are looking to give a 1-year-old-girl a gift that will be loved and well-used for years to come, as well as helping to promote different aspects of learning then the suggestions here should give you a few different options. Good luck as you select the perfect gift for the 1-year-old in your life!