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I love to shop for gifts and find things that will be loved (and used) by my kids again and again. Over the past few years we have streamlined the toys that we have in our house and we've tried to donate many of the items that aren't used. We are now left with several awesome toys that our kids LOVE!
Over the next few weeks as we get ready for the holidays, I'm going to be sharing a few installments of our Toddler Approved Holiday Gift Guide with you.
Each gift guide will feature beloved items in our home or specific products that we enjoy and wish we had in our home. I'd love you to share your favorites with us too!
Today I am featuring some of our favorite gifts for one year olds!
Buying gifts for one year olds is tricky because they are growing and changing so quickly. I prefer to focus on buying gifts that can be used for awhile instead of specific toys that only get used for a few months. My favorite toys are ones that keep kids active and moving or ones that get kids thinking and imagining.
As you click on the links below you can read more details about each of the products. You can also read my comments next to the links.
Here are my 11 favorite gifts for one year olds (besides books and clothes... which I could do several more posts about)...
We LOVE Melissa & Doug jumbo puzzles! They are super durable and so adorable too. My one year old loves to grab the knobs and drag the puzzles pieces all over the house.
This slide has been used for many different things over the past 4+ years (slide painting, water sliding into our baby pool, animal bobsled, slide bowling, etc). It is pretty sturdy (my 5 year old still likes to climb on it) and isn't too steep, so little climbers can climb up it and slide down pretty easily with some adult help. It also can be taken apart for storing or moving. It isn't super simple to put back together, but I can figure it out... so I think most people would have an easier time with it.
There are lots of great toys for the bathtub. I like this hoop set because it helps kids work on hand-eye coordination and they just think it is silly and fun to put things through the hoop again and again. The balls only last for so long, but our hoop has stayed strong for almost 4 years. The suction works great and we love using this in the bath and shower as kids grow.
We got these vehicles a month or two ago and I love to stick them in my bag and bring them with us all over the place. They are soft and squishy and little ones love to crawl after them when they get rolling!
10. Tikes Mobile
11. Ball pit
I have a love/hate relationship with the ball pit... mostly because of older siblings. These balls will go everywhere but the sheer joy while kids are playing in the ball pit is totally worth it.
Now it is your turn! What are your favorite gifts for one-year-olds? Do you have favorite toys, books, clothing items? What gifts have gotten the most love at your house when your kids were around one?
These are some of our favorite toys that help foster semi-independent play for toddlers to check out too.