The Best Gifts for a One-Year-Old

Support your one-year-old's natural curiosity with toys that build new skills (and are ready for destruction).

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July 12, 2021

Life is wild with a toddler running around. Help cultivate your one-year-old’s independence, fine motor skills and communication with fun, educational products. From toys that twist and turn to those that stack and push, there are plenty of wallet-friendly buys to keep little ones entertained for more than 10 minutes and well into their childhood years. In fact, most best-selling and top-rated toddler toys fall in the $50-and-under price range, making gifting occasions a breeze. Shop our favorite gift picks, including the tried-and-true Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and toddler-friendly Mega Bloks.

Best Gifts Under $20


Kids have a natural curiosity about animals, and this book provides lots of opportunities for exploration with illustrations and photographs of animals from 12 habitats and environments. Three modes teach about animal names, animal sounds and fun facts on each page.

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Best Gifts Under $50


This smart vacuum picks up play dust pieces as kids roll the vacuum over them, encouraging motor skills as they maneuver the vacuum around the room. As the vacuum picks up the dust pieces, it recognizes each color and helps children with color recognition. Three play modes teach colors, numbers and counting with six learning games.

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Best Gifts Under $100

This adorable playset lets toddlers plant, pick, prepare and serve fresh pretend food, creating their own delicious farm-to-table meals. The interactive two-sided toy features a home garden on one side and a play kitchen on the other, each loaded with lights, music and hands-on play. Plus, Smart Stages learning content teaches letters, counting, colors, shapes, healthy eating and more as little gardeners play.

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Best Splurge Gift Ideas

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The foldable wooden climber is the smart playground designed to enhance your child's motor skill development, balance control, creativity and so much more. We love that the Little Climber grows with your little one and is made for kids six months and up, too.

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