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First birthday gift ideas

July 16, 2020

Time sure is crazy, isn’t it? I feel like I blinked & realized Mack is going to be the big O-N-E in a couple months🤯😭 What?! HOW? SO I started thinking what in the world could I get this boy who has every hand me down toy possible from big bro? I pulled together a little list of 1 year old gift ideas that are some of our favorites, along with some good stuff I’ve been eyeing for Mack. While thinking of items for his birthday, I take into consideration something that he’ll be able to use for awhile, even if it means something he might need to grow into. All items are linked at the bottom if you decide to shop.


I have no books on the gift guide above, but books are always the number 1 gift that you cannot go wrong with! Babies, kids, & people always need books & they never go out of style. Need some book ideas? Reach out- I’ve got plenty!


This is also not on the guide above, however experiences are the best learning opportunity for any baby/toddler! A membership to a zoo, museum, pool, class (music, gymnastics, swim), arboretum, OR a ticket to a sporting event, music event, show, etc. is absolutely better than anything materialistic. These experiences will forever be remembered, a toy will not. 🙂 Because experiences are limited these days due to COVID, try thinking outside the box with this one.

On the Go Gifts

Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon

I love the idea that pre-walkers can push this & ride on it. We do not have this, but I’m definitely eyeing this for Mack. It also has great reviews!

Radio Flyer Grandstand 3-in-1 Wagon

This is an item that you will always need/want with kiddos. We take ours to neighborhood events and pack it with the kids + everything else (food, drinks, blankets, etc.) It definitely comes in handy AND the kids love riding in it.

Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-on

Knox got this from my parents on his first birthday and it was his all time favorite thing for a good year. He loved riding in it vs. his stroller, as he felt like a big boy who could see so much more on our walks. This comes in pink, blue, or orange.

Go Green! Little Tikes Cozy Truck with trailer

This is a modern version of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe car that has been around for years. We have this same one in the fire truck version and of course Knox loves it. I like this one in particular, because it has the little trailer attached that I know kiddos would love.

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Ride On, Deluxe Edition

How fun is a trike with mom or dad pushing you until you learn how to do it on your own? Love this & I’m positive Mack will love it too! It comes in blue or pink.


The following items all fall under educational toys as they encourage learning shapes, words, colors, numbers, etc. You can’t go wrong with any of these items!

Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Duo

Wooden Shape Sorter Aptify Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Green Toys Shape Sorter

Zany Zoo B. Toys Wooden Activity Cube

VTech Sit-To-Stand Learning Walker

Pretend Play

Ages 12 months-24 months is where toddlers really start mimicking & attempting to pretend play, so a few items below are toys we have found that Knox loved.

Melissa & Doug Learn-To-Play Piano

Casdon- Dyson Ball Vacuum Toy Vacuum with working suction


The below items are classics that all babies/toddlers love & can be used for years to come. I think anything personalized is a great gift, so you could add a little personalization to make it extra special!

Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair

Pottery Barn Kids Plush Nursery Rocker

Baby Relax Hunter 3 piece Kiddy Table & Chair Set

Below is a picture of my boys loving their table kiddy table & chair set. They look as if they are having such a good conversation. Haha!

Good luck choosing something special for your little one’s first birthday! If you have any other ideas, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear! Below are the links for all items.

Take care, friends!


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