When the little boy is turning 1 years old everyone wants to celebrate and shower him with presents, which is why finding the right gift is important. Some parents understand that choosing an appropriate toy gift is not as easy as it might seem at first, but persistence pays off.
There are loads of ideas out there and finding the right gift for the birthday boy can be a challenge. I have compared hundreds of toys and have put together a detailed comparison to ensure you find the perfect toy gift, so let’s have a look and see which one suits your kid’s needs.
There are factors good parents like to consider when buying toys, such as, ones that enhance motor skills, toys that increase language development, motor development and when combined with creative color and flare they are fantastic ways to get them having fun while learning.
Considerations for Choosing a Great Gift
When buying a gift for a toddler, especially birthdays, it is crucial you get not only they will like but also what mom and dad will too. Time and time again people get what they think is perfect when really it is not ideal for the child who’s birthday it is. I highly recommend texting to ask mom what they as a family need or would like because toys are getting more confusing with vast choices available, people tastes are widely different and not to mention the costs involved too. Why waste a perfectly good opportunity for everyone to get something they want, so, by combing a thoughtful and unique gift with practical, everyone wins.
There are a few things to consider and some things I initially overlooked. Some parents have particular needs and if you are taking this gift to where the party is, presents will be opened on the day, it’s probably then a good idea to know the mom and dads personal preferences. Some parents find certain toys inappropriate and if you have seen the “pregnant barbie doll” you will totally understand my point here, but for here’s sake we assume this has all been thought out already.
There are some parents that have certain issues with their soon to be turning toddler. I always appreciated when a gift was specifically related to my child needs and therefore I thought was a thoughtfully gifted gesture. For example, there are great toys for parents that are struggling with settling down their baby, so a gift that helps soothe a baby that is currently struggling with getting to sleep is ideal. Therefore, a nighttime soother might be an ideal choice as a gift for a parent struggling with settling the baby. There are also some teething toys for those young children really struggling and sore. This can be a sensitive gift, which is received thankfully and remembered. So, whatever the intended purpose, I always think a little extra thought goes a long way.
First 100 Words Toddler Book
Every parent should have this book and if you or a friend does not have then this is the perfect birthday gift for a boy or girl. This book encourages both the child and the mom/dad to get those first essential words associated with pictures. There are loads of fun illustrated pictures and images that make the toddler want to point and try to say the words that are on the tip of the tongue.
This learning development tool might be in the form of a book, but it is an ideal gift for those parents wanting to encourage their children early and prepare them as soon as possible for the real world. Reading and associating words with images is the fabric to how we understand the world around us and this is why this book is fantastic as a gift.
Lamaze Peek a Boo Forest Soft Book
Soft books are a great gift for every child and one that encourages learning that will assist them to develop healthy patterns of reading.
This is soft and nice to the touch and the fabric is made from polyester and synthetics. The materials are colorful throughout and are visually appealing for those who appreciate a tropical feel.
This is designed for 6 months old and older, so ideal for a 1st birthday party gift. The story is fun and sets the imagination off with a gentle story about animals in the forest. The owl theme is cute and fosters imaginative ideas for them to begin the connective process into toddler thinking and learning.
This is easy to turn and flip from one page to another, which makes this ideal for them to play with and handle. The characters in the book are fun and foster ideas of sharing and healthy social skills, like taking turns and making worldly decisions. This makes a great gift for the caregiver for bonding, nourish a healthy, loving and caring relationship.
Step2 Whisper Buggy
This blue ride buggy is the second addition type and is sleek in design, brimming with automotive ingenuity and makes toddler toys come to life.
The way this toy encourages the little guy to stand and walk is why this gift is an amazing choice for any turning one year’s olds birthday.
This might be on the slightly more expensive side, but it does offer developmental skills like, motor skills, hand-eye coordination and will get them walking on their own super-quick.
This might be on the slightly more expensive side, but it does offer developmental skills like, motor skills, hand-eye coordination and will get them walking on their own super-quick. This is easy to use and folds away for convenient traveling, so whether on a family day out at the park or just at home this is the gift for promoting toddler development.
VTech Learners Cube
This busy learners activity toy is a gift for keeping and with 5 sides to explore and figure out the toddler will be amused for hours of play.
I like how the 4 buttons light up and make it easy to use, subtly introduce concepts like animal names, shapes and unique sounds. This encourages motor skills, which assists babies into becoming a toddler with fun and challenging activities. The motion sensor is one that gets the child sensing and encourages the imagination and pattern recognition.
This toddler toy cube is very safe, BPA-free, comes with 2 AA batteries and is fully assembled and ready to gift to the birthday boy.
With 25 sounds and unique songs that play melodies that keep the birthday boy engaged both on his birthday and beyond. They usually play with this up until they turn 2 years old and then there onto the next upgraded toy.
Infantino Squeeze and Stack Block Set
These soft and squeezable blocks are always a well-received gift at any party gathering. The good thing about these blocks is the fact they are soft to the touch and numbered, shaped with animals and shapes.
These are BPA free and designed for children aged 6 months and over, which is perfect for a baby turning into a toddler. The block comes with a bag and is easy to store for travel to grandmas or extended family.
Vtech Rhyme and Discover Book
Interactive books are a fun way to engage children with learning and with some classic rhymes, this nursery book is a perfect gift for a toddler. There are 6 nursery songs and each one offer different sound, unique melodies, 40+ songs and phrases that help with early development.
The 5 colorful buttons are meant to be like a piano and are a gentle way of introducing instruments, colors, and sound. There is 2 modes of play and are interactive and stimulating with a light-up star that flashes. This rhymes book needs 2 AAA batteries and is ideal for ages 6 months old and older.
Octopus Bath Toy
Nuby is a Bathtime Octopus toy, ideal for those kiddie pool days, and will be a great companion with lots of rings to enjoy and splash around in the tub too.
This toy is a gift for developing hand-eye coordination and will stimulate their little senses. This is a good gift for a child and the toy is well-made with no little holes for mold to build up in, which is ideal for long-term use.
The toy floats and the aim of the game with this bath time companion are to throw the hoops and stars onto the octopuses tentacles, which keeps things splish-plashy with laughs all-around. The recommendation is for toddlers and is BPA free, which adds to the reasons why this gift is great.
This Fisher Price Soother is an ideal gift for children that find it hard to get to sleep and moms and dads everywhere use this, which is why it comes highly recommended as a birthday gift.
There are 8 different soothing lullabies and each song plays for 5 minutes total. The sounds of the ocean are soft and smooth and ease the children off to sleep. There is adjustable volume, activates by squeezing and helps teach about the concept of cause and effect, which is a good early learner activity to develop their comprehension.
Grimm’s Giant Marbles
These colorful wooden marbles are a safe fun toy for toddlers and have been made big enough to be ideal for 1 years old children and over.
They are a range of rainbow colors, great for grasping and developing motor skills. The egg carton makes them easy to store and a fun toy to bring out for rolling games. Their little hands find clasping and grasping easy with their marbles, which is why these are learning toy and not a hazard like smaller types can be.
This wooden toy has been designed in Germany and made to a high standard, which is why they are non-toxic and safe. The creativity and imagination combined make this an ideal gift for a birthday boy who likes games with balls.
Tomy Hide and Squeak Eggs
These come as 6 eggs on the outside shell and they hatch into 6 chicks on the inside, which is a done when the shell cracks. This reveals the little chicks inside and with each color and shapes this makes the game fun, especially with a little chirp once they are pressed down on.
The size and shape are perfect for toddlers and early learner who are developing their motor skills and abilities to grasp.
Mega Bloks First Builders
Fisher-Price is well established and a brand that produces great toys, which is why this 80 mega bloks set is a perfect birthday gift.
The bag for storing makes this easy to use and store away after and will guarantee hours of play. The size is perfect for 1-year-old children and the shape is easy to use for little hands. Exploration with hands is a motor skill that young children are developing and certain toys, like blocks, makes this a solid contender in this review.
Toddler Music Kit
This is a fantastic children’s gift with loads of different musical toys to spark their hidden creative talents.
This music kit comes with loads of music instruments like the xylophone, which is a great place to get them started. The recorder is a little advanced but they will love blowing into it or watching how mom does it. The tambourine needs not the introduction and they will play and shake until their little hearts are content. The harmonica is one to ease them into and with time will strengthen their lung capacity. There is also the kazoo and funny egg shakers and each instrument are made with high standards of quality and craftsmanship.
The tambourine needs not the introduction and they will play and shake until their little hearts are content, much to the families amusement. The harmonica is one you might enjoy playing along too and when mom and day join in it will ease them into playing and with time will strengthen their lung capacity and abilities. There is also the kazoo and funny egg shakers and each instrument are made with high standards of quality and craftsmanship.
Music is the spice of life and the younger children learn the better they become and with this musical kit bag, they are off to a flying start, which will develop their skills and musical talents ready for nursery and beyond.
K’s Kids Car Toys
These 4 vehicles are made by Melissa & Doug and designed for Toddlers with a pull-back vehicle style and are soft for safe and fun ways to engage in the world of cars and trucks.
The carry case that comes with this makes it easy to store and carry for family days out to see the extended family or the grandparents.
This helps with fine motor skills, problem solving and language with a gentle approach to hard concepts. The 4 motor vehicles are different and one is a bus, fire truck, police car and a normal car. I like the diversity and I end up making noises with each soft toy car to make the games fun for us both 🙂
Melissa and Doug Shape Sorter
This take-along toy is for shape sorting, having fun learning and is an activity for the toddler to enjoy while growing, which is why I think this is another great gift for any baby reaching their toddler-hood.
The padded case is perfect for children between 9 months old right through their toddler years. The gift would include 2 activity sides that can be used in conjunction with 9 colorful shaped blocks that have a soft texture and are easy to use.
There is a unique picture under each flap and keeps things interactive with familiar images for learning purposes. This is a great developmental toy and a is Melissa & Doug’s range of K’s Kids line, which encourages motor skills, sensory development and gets them using their hands.
Buckle Toy “Bongo”
This is an early learner travel activity and is for helping develop the basic life skills that benefit children as they grow.
This plush travel activity is designed for children to use and enjoy, which some parents find ideal for when traveling to see the grandma.
There are 6 buckles and with a variety to choose from, they can learn to clasp and fasten each buckle, which is often young children struggle with. This activity will develop their cognitive skills, problems solving and help develop an approach to solving problems in a hand-eye coordinated manner, which is why this gift is perfect for a parent with a newly turned toddler.
Play Car Rug
Every child needs a play mat or rug and one that has a community design embedded into the carpet is perfect for sparking the imagination.
This will provide hours of comfortable play and allow them to use their car collection and drive around town on their community rug.
The material is very soft and the colors are vibrant, which makes this an ideal companion for the room. The playroom is ideal and for those with the dedicated space and the birthday boy can have all his friends round to play. The carpet has shops, roads, railways, trees and is perfect for teaching him the wider concepts of the world, but in a gentle and appropriate way.
Melissa & Doug product line of K’s kids has designed a fish and count game that is a great learning activity that uses up to 8 numbered fish to help teach how to count and to catch and release fish.
I love the simplicity of this game, but yet appreciate the dexterity and fine motor skills required to master it, which makes the little ones love it. The interactive nature of the fishing game is a super gift for any boy or girl and with a birthday coming up this is the ideal gift.
Baby Babble and Rattle Microphone
Your child will love it as they try to sing happy first birthday through this microphone along with everybody else.
Making their voice louder, it’s a fun way to get them to explore the power of their own voice. It has over 60 songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases. Including animals and instrument.
Not only will they begin to identify different animal sounds, but the rattle will develop their motor skills as they rattle this toy to their fulfillment. The product needs 3 aaa batteries to be used and is recommended for ages 3 months to three years.
Wooden Pull Along Animal Toys
This animal toy Giraffe, elephant, and Zebra fantastic choices, which are individually wrapped set of three wooden pull along toys. They will keep your child entertained for hours. The bright colors and exciting shapes are great for your child’s sensory development and they’ll never get bored of them.You could even wrap three of them separately so they have three gifts to open on their birthday.
Being made entirely from wood, you can rest assured that they are eco-friendly and will last much longer than their plastic counterparts. Being made from wood, you know that they’ll be no nasty plastic toxins that will cause your little one harm.
Fun and educational, this is a great opportunity to teach your child about animals and colors.
Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-on
You’ll get so much joy from seeing your little one-year-old boy scoot around on this little giraffe all day long.
Designed for use indoors and outdoors, the oversized back wheel is designed with stability in mind, meaning that your child won’t be falling down anytime soon. Little tikes know that one-year-olds vary in height and that’s why they’ve added an adjustable seat to this little scooter.
Included in the package are your own decal spots, so you can truly make this giraffe your own.
Happy First Birthday! Sneaky Snail Stories
Sally Hemlick North wrote and illustrated this beautiful book for one-year-old boys. Meaning that the design and writing really mirror each other in ways no other books can meet.
Written in simple rhymes, it’s a great book to keep your little one engaged on his birthday.
A great keepsake from his first birthday. In years to come, you’ll look back at this and thank the heavens that you bought it.