Monthly Parenting Magazine

The best first birthday presents

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First birthdays are an exciting milestone and one you’ll probably want to mark with an extra special gift. By age one, your mini is probably starting to really engage with toys, and they might even be taking their first steps. We’ve rounded up the best first birthday presents aimed at this developmental stage. From push and pull toys, to imaginative play, and books, scroll down to see more.

Kids Concept Pavilion Play Tent
First Birthday Present Tent

Imaginative toys

Imaginative play starts a few months after your little one’s first birthday, so a play tent is a great gift idea. A place to hide, a cosy reading nook, or a Wendy house – a tent will inspire endless hours of fun. Reminding us of a circus big top, we love this design from Kid’s Concept at Scandiborn.

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Educational toys

You can’t go wrong with toys that are aimed at your little one’s specific developmental stage. And a subscription to The Play Kits from Lovevery is the ultimate educational gift.

Delivered every three months, the kits aimed at one year olds are filled with everything you need to inspire your little one’s natural curiosity, and help them develop new skills.

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Stacking toys

Stacking toys are perfect for this age group as they help to hone fine motor skills. Whilst you’re playing and describing what you’re doing, you’ll also be able to work on your little one’s communication and language skills. This Forest Stacking Tower from Le Toy Van is the perfect first birthday gift. Improving your little one’s hand-eye co-ordination, they will also help you to teach them animal names, sounds, and colours.

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Rocking toys

A classic toy that can be passed down, a wooden rocking horse would make a lovely first birthday gift. And there’s none as stylish as this design from Liewood. The perfect addition to any nursery, it comes in a range of beautifully muted tones.

Wagon With Blocks

Push and pull toys

Push and pull toys are great for little ones who are taking their first steps. They can help to build fine and gross motor skills, as well as strengthening muscles. This pull along wagon with blocks from Kid’s Concept at Bubba & Me is perfect for little ones who can walk unaided.

Blue Toniebox

Audio players

Any toys that help you to encourage screen-free time get a big tick in our book. Although it’s recommended for ages 3+, the Tonies audio player can be used by younger children with adult supervision.

The toniebox has a squishy cover, meaning that it will withstand the tumble of toddler play. The musical Tonies are great for younger children – and you can get everything from classic nursery rhymes, to soothing lullabies. You can also record your own audio, so that grandma can read a bedtime story or leave a message.


Dressing up

Dressing up games usually start from around 18 months, so your little one’s first birthday is a great time to start collecting items. This tutu dress from Bob & Blossom at Acorn & Pip couldn’t be much more adorable and makes a special gift.

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You can’t go wrong with books for a first birthday and we love the collection from Baby Touch. With lots of interactive elements and high-contrast colours, they are perfect for this stage of development. There’s lots of books in the range, and the Shapes, Numbers, and Colours books are great.


Musical toys

Musical toys are brilliant for one year olds. They engage their senses, as well as help develop their motor skills. We love this very cute play guitar from Little Dutch at Acorn & Pip.

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Puzzles and sorting toys

Puzzles and sorting toys are not only good for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, but they also help with colour and shape recognition. Beautifully designed, we love the wooden sorting and puzzle toys available from MORI (also shown in main image).