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20 Gifts for a First Birthday Party

Yesterday I showed you some of my favorite gifts for a brand new baby, but those babies turn into toddlers in a flash — becoming more mobile and independent.

If you’re stumped on what to get for a 1st birthday party, here are a variety of gift ideas that are sure to be a hit:


  • Go Car, $9.56 1 of 20
    Go Car, $9.56
    And so begins the car phase of childhood — and there's no better introduction than this easy-to-grasp Kid O classic.
    Buy from Amazon
  • P’Kolino Little Reader Chair, $55+ 2 of 20
    P'Kolino Little Reader Chair, $55+
    Give 'em their own seat in the house.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Kid O Floating Ducks, $10.79 3 of 20
    Kid O Floating Ducks, $10.79
    Forget water-trapping rubber duckies — this modern interpretation looks as good on a shelf as in the bath, rocking back and forth in the water. And the best part is that the molded ABS plastic doesn't hold any water (meaning no mold!).
    Buy from Amazon
  • Plan Toys Woodpecker Baby Walker, $71.78 4 of 20
    Plan Toys Woodpecker Baby Walker, $71.78
    This walker — made from recycled rubberwood trees — makes a pecking sound as babies walk, encouraging them to keep going. Who am I kidding? You're buying it because it's adorable.
    Buy from Amazon
  • IKEA EKORRE Toddler Walker, $19.99 5 of 20
    IKEA EKORRE Toddler Walker, $19.99
    If you're on a budget, this toddler walker can be filled with blocks, books, or favorite stuffed friends. Why spend more than $20 when this is all a new walker really needs?
    Buy from IKEA
  • IKEA EKORRE Rocking Moose, $39.99 6 of 20
    IKEA EKORRE Rocking Moose, $39.99
    Another great budget find from trusty IKEA, this rocking moose is sure to get passed down from kid to kid.
    Buy from IKEA
  • IKEA MULA Stacking Rings, $5.99 7 of 20
    IKEA MULA Stacking Rings, $5.99
    While you're browsing the IKEA children's section, why not spend an extra $6 and get a classic childhood staple?
    Buy from IKEA
  • Skip Hop Zoo Playspot, $60 8 of 20
    Skip Hop Zoo Playspot, $60
    Skip Hop's newest Playspot design — featuring their much-loved zoo characters — is my favorite yet. An instant play area, these snap-together foam tiles can be configured to fit any size or shape room.
    Buy from Skip Hop
  • Green Toys Sand Play Set, $21.99 9 of 20
    Green Toys Sand Play Set, $21.99
    Every toddler needs a first shovel and pail set, and this one in particular is a healthier, more eco-friendly choice. Completely made from recycled plastic milk containers, this 4-piece set includes a bucket, sand castle mold, shovel, and rake.
    Buy from Green Toys
  • Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, $50 – $71.37 10 of 20
    Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, $50 - $71.37
    Available in a variety of animals (like a cow, mouse, and bee), these wheely bugs come highly recommended from parents — and that's because their kids love them. He might need to grow into it in the beginning, but this ride-on toy will get plenty of use within the year.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Educo Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench, $29.99 11 of 20
    Educo Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench, $29.99
    Kids can use the xylophone and ball pounder separately, or combine the two and have balls drop and slide down the xylophone.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Wishbone Flip Rocker and Ride On, $161.60 12 of 20
    Wishbone Flip Rocker and Ride On, $161.60
    It's a rocker that transforms into a ride-on — two toddler toys in one solidly constructed wooden design.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Kid O Stack and Nest Cups, $10.52 13 of 20
    Kid O Stack and Nest Cups, $10.52
    Water play is huge for a brand new toddler, and these stacking cups can be filled and dumped in water or stacked on dry land. And of course the sleek, modern design doesn't hurt, either.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Wooden Toy Rainbow Stacker, $25 14 of 20
    Wooden Toy Rainbow Stacker, $25
    This handmade wooden rainbow stacker can be used in endless ways — from a rainbow to tunnels. It's also a safe gift, made with non-toxic paints and homemade natural wood finish.
    Buy from Imagination Kids on Etsy
  • Green Toys Eco-Friendly Block Set, $28 15 of 20
    Green Toys Eco-Friendly Block Set, $28
    These chunky, oversized blocks make the perfect first building set. And we especially love that they're completely made from recycled plastic milk jugs.
    Buy from Green Toys
  • Plush Owl Rag Doll, $29.95 16 of 20
    Plush Owl Rag Doll, $29.95
    This unique, lovable owl is hand-made to order.
    Buy from Little DeMoura Designs on Etsy
  • P’kolino Book Buggee, $27.97 17 of 20
    P'kolino Book Buggee, $27.97
    One of the best gifts for a one year old (or any age child) is, of course, books. With this little buggy, she can pull her favorites from room to room.
    Buy from Amazon
  • Birthday Crown, $17 18 of 20
    Birthday Crown, $17
    The Etsy shop Oh Sew Sweet Creations makes crowns for every age and occasion — and they accept custom orders.
    Buy from Etsy
  • B.Toys Youniversity, $149.99 19 of 20
    B.Toys Youniversity, $149.99
    You might be hesitant to spend this much on a 1st birthday party, but this is — hands down — the most beautiful and thoughtfully designed activity center I've ever seen. And because it's filled with so many educational elements, there's something new to get out of it year after year.
    Buy from One Step Ahead
  • Classic books 20 of 20
    Classic books
    If you're still stumped on a gift, you can never go wrong with a classic children's book — board books are still preferable.
    Buy from Amazon

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