Favorite First Birthday Gift Ideas!

Favorite First Birthday Gift Ideas!


Louise recently turned one so I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas for first birthday gifts. So many cute ideas you might want to file away!

Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair

My mom gave all my girls their own PB Kids Anywhere Chair on their first birthday.  We skipped the smaller “My First Anywhere Chair” because they can use this one well into elementary school (actually my 11-year-old sits in Louise’s chair as we speak!).  All my girls loved their PB Kids chairs and the slipcovers and I love them because the slipcovers are easily washable. This was a limited edition Lilly Pulitzer chair that’s no longer available. But I will say a pattern or dark shade is nice because it hides stains better.

what's in the box toy

What’s in the Box Toy

Seriously my favorite toy for this age! It’s pricey but if you are only going to buy a few toys for this age, get this one! Inside this box there are so many cute toys including a frog that squeaks, a ball that jingles, and eight more surprises to evoke different sensory responses. And it’s machine washable if needed. Louise LOVES this toy. There is a similar one on Amazon that’s a little bit cheaper although I can’t speak personally to it.

what's inside toy

Musical Toys

One year olds LOVE to make sounds! I like the idea of a set of instruments rather than a music table because this age loves to pick up things and shake and feel them. For an heirloom gift this set from Neiman Marcus is super nice or this classic Melissa and Doug set is also wooden (so will last) but the price is reasonable and it can now be personalized! This Amazon set is also popular. All of these will last through multiple children. Note: some of the smaller instruments you might need to hold off letting them play with until a bit older.

Another GREAT musical gift: CDs! Perfect for when toddlers get fussy driving around in the car! Jim Weiss, Wee Sing, and Raffi are great ones. Read more of our audio favorites for children in this post.

Heirloom Birthday Plate

personalized birthday plate

A special plate to display each birthday is such a special first birthday gift! We gave this Camille’s Creations hand-painted plate to Louise for her first birthday. Tomorrow’s post will have the birthday plate I got our five-year-old this plate painted by Tricia Lowenfield. I start displaying my daughters plates the week leading up to their birthday to make them feel special and loved!

egg shape sorter

Sorting Toy

Okay so babies aren’t actually sorting shapes and colors quite yet but sorting toys are great toys for them to grow into. This popular egg toy is only $12ish but is SO loved by one-year-olds. Even my older girls like to play with it! There are so many great sorting toys on Amazon like this popular Quercetti shape sorter.

wooden animal blocks

Letter Blocks

I love our cherry wooden letter blocks from Bannor Toys. They are a good size for one-year-old hands and they rattle! You can also get wooden blocks customized for the child’s name. Definitely an heirloom gift!

radio flyer push walker

Push Walkers

There are so many cute walkers that make lights and sounds but if you are going for a classic push toy that will last through multiple children this Radio Flyer Wagon is a great one. It is something they can push, pull, and even get inside! Children love putting their “treasures” in there, too, and pushing them around. Open toys like this can be made into shopping carts, carriages, tractors, and whatever else a child might imagine and definitely will grow with the child.

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10 thoughts on “Favorite First Birthday Gift Ideas!

  1. Do you have any ideas on special gifts my daughters can give their new baby sister when they are born? They keep wanting to buy something for her and I would like it to be more meaningful than a regular toy. Thank you!

  2. Wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. One question any recommendations for a 3rd birthday party if I host it in the morning at a local park/playground where the kids can play. I want to make it festive and of course all I can think of food wise is some donut holes and fruit. Any thoughts?

    1. Some of the local donut places in Dallas do donut cakes that are really cool! Depending on if it’s cool you could do a hot chocolate station. But seriously, the children don’t care and would be so happy with donut holes and fruit!

      1. Lee, the donut hole cake!! I’ve never even heard of such a thing, so glad I asked! If you have any recommendations let me. know. I’m going to do some googling now, thank you!

  3. Hi Lee. What is the name of the box toy you listed? I didn’t see a link but sorry if I missed it. Is it just called What’s in the box?

  4. Wow these are great ideas! As a father with young children, I have particularly enjoyed toys from Hape and Melissa & Doug.

    I find books can be great gifts as well. For parents that read to their children often, it can be nice to have a lot of options to choose from to keep things interesting. Sandra Boynton has some great options for one year olds.