The 10 Best Gifts For One-Year-Olds

Updated January 05, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Shopping for a baby can be hard, as your typical go-to presents (booze, firearms, and lottery tickets) are usually frowned-upon by protective parents. Luckily, the gifts we've selected will be a big hit with adults and one-year-olds alike, as they keep kids engaged while also teaching valuable developmental skills. Maybe go ahead and buy that booze, though — the parents will surely need it. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best gift for one-year-olds on Amazon.

10. Aipa Flapping Duck

If you want a toy that's sure to hold their attention, the Aipa Flapping Duck sings, dances, and lights up, making it an incredibly engaging companion. The large, colorful buttons make it easy for babies to turn it on — or for parents to turn it off.
  • adjustable volume control
  • lots of different songs and effects
  • moves sluggishly on carpet
Brand Aipa
Model baby duck 123
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

9. Gund Batman Malone

If you want something that will be a favorite with your kid for years to come and will also introduce them to the wonders of DC Comics, then this Gund Batman Malone is a fantastic choice. It's incredibly squeezable, making it the ideal bedtime buddy.
  • older toddlers will love it as well
  • lightweight and easy to haul around
  • colors fade over time
Brand GUND
Model 4048557
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. VTech Turn and Learn Driver

Give your little speed racer a head start with the VTech Turn and Learn Driver. It has a traffic light, a turn signal with musical prompts, and a fun gear shifter. It's also great if you want to let that special someone in your life know you don't appreciate their driving.
  • lots of sounds means less repetition
  • can be completely turned off
  • some functions may be too complex
Brand VTech
Model 80-166600
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. MokiDoki Bathtub Toys

You can make cleaning up fun for everyone with these MokiDoki Bathtub Toys. Each one is a mini-puzzle that will help teach shapes and problem-solving skills, and they won't make a mess in the bath, ensuring there's one less problem for parents to solve.
  • pieces stick to sides of tub
  • introduces fruits and veggies
  • may not handle repeated chomping
Brand MokiDoki
Model pending
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy

The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy has several adjustable modes that enable it to grow with your baby. The toy starts off by teaching simple concepts, then challenges and prompts the child, before ultimately encouraging imaginative play.
  • teaches body parts and colors
  • buttons are easy for babies to press
  • some parts aren't very durable
Brand Fisher-Price
Model BLW32
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Lamaze's Mortimer the Moose

If you're looking to take your fun with you, Lamaze's Mortimer the Moose can attach to your stroller to provide entertainment on the go. It offers a variety of sounds, from crinkly hooves to a squeaky belly, and the antlers are perfect for calming teething kids.
  • several different activities
  • wonderful for tummy time
  • antlers may cause eye pokes
Brand Lamaze
Model L27014A1
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. ToBeReadyForLife Soft Book

The ToBeReadyForLife Soft Book is filled with bright, eye-catching colors that are sure to keep a young one captivated for hours on end. It doesn't just stimulate their vision, however, as the plush cloth is wonderful to touch and safe to gnaw on.
  • helps develop fine motor skills
  • entire thing is machine-washable
  • easy for babies to turn pages
Brand ToBeReadyForLife
Model ENCBJLA
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

3. Gund Baby Ugg

The Gund Baby Ugg is an adorable dinosaur that any infant will enjoy cuddling with, and there are no potentially dangerous microbeads inside to choke on if it gets ripped open. It's also a great gift for your dog, so you may finally have to choose who you love more.
  • easy to carry around
  • makes a luxurious pillow
  • high-quality stitching
Brand GUND
Model 4048446
Weight 3.5 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Melissa & Doug's Pull-Back Set

Get your little gearhead started early with Melissa & Doug's Pull-Back Set, which comes with four soft vehicles that zoom forward after you rev them up. They're light enough to be easily lifted and explored, and the wheels are removable using Velcro.
  • great for hand-eye coordination
  • work well on carpet
  • wonderful for encouraging crawling
Brand Melissa & Doug
Model 9168
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. VTech Drop & Go Dump Truck

Every budding engineer will love this VTech Drop & Go Dump Truck. It comes with three colorful rocks that bounce around inside the truck when pulled, and the toy counts the boulders as they're inserted, helping teach numbers.
  • engaging hinged bucket
  • sturdy and durable construction
  • great for burgeoning walkers
Brand VTech
Model 80-166500
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

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Last updated on January 05, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.


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