Best Christmas Gifts For 1-Year-Olds

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Last Modified 9 November 2023 First Added 9 November 2023

1-year-old’s have made it through their first year and Christmas is suddenly looming!

The festive period is the best time to gather with family and friends, but they may be wondering what to gift a baby. While it’s a very memorable time for parents, babies are unlikely to remember much!

So whether you’re looking for a thoughtful present to grow with the baby, a fun educational toy, ways to bond , or a gift that will support the baby and parents alike, we’ve compiled a varied list to make Christmas shopping for a 1-year-old easy!

Christmas Puzzles and Games

Puzzles and games make a great versatile gift, ideal for playing solo or with others. They provide entertainment for a 1-year-old whilst waiting for food or on-the-go, as well as nurturing key developmental skills.

Early Learning Centre Wooden Puzzle Cubes & Tray

Looking for a long-lasting, engaging and educational toy? The Wooden Puzzle Cubes & Tray from the Early Learning Centre brings animals to life with a creative and engaging approach to play!

With 6 puzzles to make and find the right cubes for, this set encourages problem solving and fine motor skills. The colourful borders help to indicate which blocks are right for each puzzle and the sturdy wooden tray neatly contains the blocks.

Early Learning Centre Alphabet Puzzle

Make learning fun from a young age with this Alphabet Puzzle from the Early Learning Centre. With chunky wooden letter pieces, your little one will love to match the correct pieces into their slot. Why not sound out the letter when they place them in the right spot?

This puzzle is brilliant for developing hand to eye coordination skills and for introducing the alphabet!

Baby in christmas outfit.

Sensory Christmas Fun

There are so many sensory toys to tickle a 1-year-olds senses this Christmas! Dive into a world of sensational fun and explore toys with fun textures, dazzling lights, and exciting sounds.

Little Senses Lights & Sounds Activity Dome

This Little Senses Lights & Sounds Activity Dome is packed full of fun and engaging activities to stimulate little one’s senses. There are 3 modes of play available, perfect to adapt through your baby’s developmental stages.

Mode 1 features the bright, soft playmat, then Mode 2 transitions to the dome which provides cosy space for play with the hanging animal toys or the tummy time pillow. Finally, Mode 3 highlights all the cool features the activity dome has to offer. From glowing lights and playtime sounds, to spinning cogs and balls to put in the side of the dome!

With lots of different textures, lights and sounds to discover, this is a great 3-in-1 toy to grow with your child and keep them entertained as they develop.


With a few styles of offer, the Jumperoo provides bouncy adventures for 1-year-olds! They can enjoy features such as 360 rotation, hanging toys, sound effects and lights, shape sorting activities, and fun spinners.

The Jumperoo is great at developing their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and stimulating their senses through the variety of activities available for your baby to explore. Plus, infants can now discover the world of language whilst bouncing with the Bi-Lingual Chinese (Mandarin) and English Speaking Jumperoo!

Vtech Baby Explore & Discover Roller

There are multiple ways to play with the Vtech Baby Explore & Discover Roller to help strengthen muscles and support hand-eye coordination.

Your little one can listen to the different beats and sounds when they tap the large drum button, as well as when they roll, push or move the roller! With over 90 different songs, melodies and phrases to discover, this interactive roller teaches sing-along songs, numbers and animals!

There are also cool features to keep your baby entertained as they grow. The fun ladybird slider, rollers, beads and gears will ensure lots of rolling fun!

For more ideas on how to support your little one’s growth and development, check out our Picasso Toddlers: 5 tips to Inspire Creative Play article.

Skill Development Christmas Gifts

These toys aid babies learning skills, helping them develop the coordination of small muscles in the hands, fingers and eyes, making everyday tasks easier for children as they grow.

Little Lot Sensory Stacking Blocks

These Little Lot Sensory Stacking Cubes will catch your little one’s attention! With animal designs, numbers, letters and bright colours, these cubes offer endless opportunities for learning and exploration.

Perfect for little hands, they’re lightweight and feature sounds and textures for more sensory stimulation. They can shake the cube for a rattle sound, play with the ribbon taggies, crinkle the cubes, and look in the mirror!

Early Learning Centre Soft Stacking Blocks

This set of Soft Stacking Blocks is a great gift for 1-year-olds for introducing early number recognition, encourage hand-eye coordination and develop fine motor skills.

Each of the nine blocks has different numbers, shapes, animals and patterns on them for a varied play experience. Perhaps they want to build a tower or find the green duck! Easy to hold and squeeze, babies can enjoy stacking and sorting these cubes.

For more playful activities to help develop fine motor skills, check out our How to Help Your Child Develop Fine Motor Skills article.

Baby and dad playing.

Practical Christmas Gifts

If you’re looking for a gift that holds more practical value for a 1-year-old (and parents!), baby equipment may be a great choice. With a varied selection to cover all basics, from pure practicality to stylish and sleek, there’s lots to choose from to help support a family this Christmas.

Baby bouncers, swings and rockers keep little ones occupied and provide parents with some much-needed time to get things do. They are a great way to soothe and calm a baby, as well as help with muscle development.

Many bouncers, swings and rockers also come with additional features like lullabies, soothing vibrations and variable swing speeds to offer a comfortable and stimulating place to rest and play. Plus, in a compact size they are easy to move around the house or take on-the-go.

Outside Christmas Gifts

Looking to bring a slice of the outdoors toys to Christmas? We have a colourful collection of outdoor toys including, trikes, sandpits, ride-on toys and much more!

Sand and Water Tables

Little ones will love playing with a Sand and Water Table, where they’re able to get hands-on and creative without making a mess. Build epic sand creations with colourful sand, buckets and tools, to help aid with creative learning and sensory development.


Ready, steady, go! Help them get on the move with a Ride-On toy! With lots of different push-along cars to choose from, your little one will soon be off on an adventure!

From race cars to tractors, these ride-on toys are perfect for beginners to first totter around and learn to balance on their feet. Once they’ve gained confidence walking, they’ll soon be whizzing around with it as a car.


For active fun, trikes are a great way for little ones to explore the outdoors on their own set of wheels! With lots of different designs to choose from, trikes are comfortable and have lots of features to help small children move around easily and develop balance and coordination skills.

For more fun outdoor learning ideas for little ones, check out our Nature’s Adventures: Fun Outdoor Learning for Children article.

Christmas Construction Toys

Set imaginations free with construction toys! With some interesting and chunky sets designed for younger children, it’s time to get building.

Mega Bloks Build and Learn Table (available in Blue and Pink)

This 30-piece set includes bright and chunky blocks to help your little start building and creating their own structures. It comes in a carry-case which makes it easy to take the fun with you on-the-go!

Available in Blue or Pink, this Mega Bloks Build and Learn Table set is great for imaginative construction play.

Woodlets 80 Piece Blocks

Create amazing constructions with this 80-piece set of wooden blocks from Woodlets. Packaged in a handy tub, perfect for storage, these blocks have developmental benefits like colour and shape recognition, motor skills and inspiring imaginations!

The blocks come in all shapes and sizes and colours, giving little ones so much choice to build unique constructions.

Cuddly Christmas Gifts

Gift your little one a cuddly companion this Christmas with a gorgeous soft toy! They make brilliant playtime and bedtime buddies for a 1-year-old and are the perfect size to take on-the-go.

With familiar faces like Bluey and Peppa Pig to choose from, they’ll love to bring their favourite cuddly character with them everywhere!


It’s unlikely that a 1-year-old will remember much from their first Christmas, but we hope you’ve found some inspiration for gifts that will make the day special for the whole family to remember!

From practical to educational and cuddly to sensational, there are an abundance of toys that help support a 1-year-old’s development, provide them with comfort and make parent’s lives that bit easier!

For more inspiration this Christmas, check out our Christmas gifts page for 1-year-old’s.

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