Gifts for 1 year olds can be daunting, but they needn’t be! They are probably the easiest age group to buy for because pretty much anything goes. Books, soaps, treasure baskets, prints, blocks, stuffed teddies; a 1 year old will love just about anything, including the cardboard box the present came in! Head over and check out our gifts for 3 year olds and gifts for 5 year olds if you are still at a loose end because you will definitely find something for inspiration.
I know I shouldn’t really say it but coming from specialising in child development and learning through play for 10 years plus, this has to be my favourite item. Carla’s Treasure has done a brilliant job putting this sensory basket together! It’s so colourful and just the item we were looking for for Nico’s sensory corner! Carla’s Treasure can put together bespoke sets so make sure you send them a message and they can definitely put something together that is exactly what you are looking for.
Personalised Star Print
As I’ve stated in my 3 year old and 5 year old gift guides already, these prints mean a lot to me; which is why they are hung proudly in my living room. Ever since I’ve hung them up I have had compliments; people usually go closer to have a look and then ask where I got them from. From far away they look like a piece of modern art, but on closer inspection you can see the earth and the constellation of the stars. This print has Nico’s time, date and place of birth as well as his full name; and the print is the constellation of stars that were in the sky the moment that he was born!
My living room wouldn’t be the same without these prints, I really do highly rate Posterhaste.
Here’s what my set looks like, I couldn’t not have them in the living room because I wanted everyone to see them!
Personalised sketchbooks are pretty good items to buy for them children that have everything or are generally difficult to buy for. Anything can go in a sketchbook, from handprints and masterpieces to photos and ideas; they are so versatile!
Pink Pig have lots of different designs on their website that can be personalised; they have sketchbooks, scrapbooks, display books, notebooks and more so there’s plenty of choice. The quality of the paper inside is very good, perfect for drawing; the paper is thick and pretty durable too with having heavy handed children turning the pages.
Plus Plus Blocks
These are a bit of a newcomer in our house, up until a few months ago I didn’t even know these blocks existed! They have become a firm favourite for building in our house now. It’s great when you find new toys that breathe new life into a specific area of learning; construction can get a little boring sometimes when you are using the same old blocks day after day and it’s lovely to have something a bit different to build with.
These blocks are like the baby of a jigsaw puzzle and Lego. They come in this size which is bigger for those smaller hands, but also in bigger pack sizes with smaller pieces for older children. Plus Plus Plus recommend these bigger blocks for 1 year + and are great with developing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
I’ll be doing a full review of these soon but I desperately wanted you all to see these for gift ideas before the review goes live.
Before I was a parent, I had never come across muslins. I know what you’re thinking, but even though I have worked with children for almost half my life already I still hadn’t come across these. Now I’m a parent, I wouldn’t be without a muslin in my handbag. When they’re babies, a muslin has so many uses; burping cloth, swaddling blanket, comforter etc you name it. But even as my boys are getting older, I still have lots of muslins tucked away around my house. We use muslins for poorly days; we ave a muslin each and only use that one so we don’t spread germs; we clean noses, wipe away the tears, and just about everything else.
I’ve always loved swaddling muslins because they are so much bigger than standard muslins and this one from Belo and Me is no exception. This muslin is available on their website, along with many other fabulous mum and baby items; follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest promotions and offers so you don’t miss out!
Everyone loves soap, there are so many variations so there’s always something to please even the most picky of people. Singing Wolf Soaps do lots of different designs over on their Etsy store, they cater for children, adults, men, women and there are quite a few lovely designs. One of my favourites is the cinnamon bar.
These soaps have different scents, the hearts are sugar and spice, the butterfly and stars are candy cane and the others are more traditional soaps with one having a dinosaur toy inside.
Books are always a firm favourite in our house, especially ones that you can dip in and out of like this big book of colours. The big book of colours is a board book so it is built to last, I always prefer board books with having three young children in the house.
This is a great addition to our little sensory corner as we have the rainbow sensory basket by Carla’s Treasure too. Learning colours can get very repetitive and boring sometimes so it’s always great to have an additional resource at hand.
A shape sorter is a staple in a house with children; everyone seems to have one and there are so many variables to choose from. Shape sorters are fab for hand eye coordination; learning colours/shapes; learning early mathematics; and problem solving skills.
The shape Sorter is such a simple concept but really does aid child development very well. This shape Sorter is by Hape and is available at Smyths Toys. Check out their website for a proper look at their other wooden toys; and don’t forget to follow their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for their best deals!
Beaded Raindrops Toy
Again, here’s another item that has usually worked its way into the toy box and you have no recollection of buying it or putting it in there. We have had a couple of these over the years and I can never remember how they got there and can never remember buying them.
I really like the red colour with the orange and yellow beads inside. I can’t be the only adult that gets mesmerised by these, I often find myself sitting there watching it whilst keep flipping it around. Before I know it, 10 minutes has gone and I’m still playing with it!
Little Wooden Plane
Another little wooden toy, take it out of its box and you’ve also got a perfect stocking filler! The plane feels nice and sturdy and pretty well made. I just love wooden toys! The colours of the plane are great as well!
Wooden Bug Book
Last but not least, a beautiful wooden book by Hape sold by Amazon. We love books and we love wooden toys and this is the best of both worlds! The book is short, full of colour and has nice thick pages for improving on those babies fine motor skills. There aren’t any words in this book and it’s mainly about the pictures.
This book is so versatile though; tie it onto a trolley, keep in your sensory box, tie it onto the car seat etc and always have this book with you where you go. Here’s what the inside looks like.
Talk about the animals in the book, the colours, shapes and flowers and there are lots of ways to extend and scaffold the learning further. Because of the size of this book it would be perfect as a little stocking filler too.
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These items were sent for the purpose of this gift guide. All images and opinions are that of my own.