Five gift ideas for a one year old

May 16, 2017

Little M’s first birthday is now just a week away, so I’ve been thinking about what to get her as a birthday present. Yes, I am that disorganised! Not only that, other people have been asking what they should get her (for some reason, this was a surprise to me!) so I thought I’d better get my head together and think about what she might like. Nothing like a bit of last minute present buying, hey?!

So, here are my top five ideas for what to buy a one year old for their first birthday…

Grimm’s Rainbow

I’m a big fan of wooden toys and have actually had once of these hidden away in a cupboard since November, patiently waiting for Little M’s birthday. (See? I am organised on some level!) The opportunities for imaginative play seem absolutely endless with this little beauty, and it will look gorgeous on display in her room when she’s not playing with it, too!

Grimm's Rainbow

A Trike

I’ve seen these around at the park, the zoo or essentially anywhere a parent is walking with their small person, and it’s made me want one for Little M. The Little Tikes Perfect Fit 4-in-1 Trike seems ideal as it should last Little M until she’s five, as it steadily converts from an adult pushing, with the child gradually taking control until they can pedal and steer themselves. Genius! Little Tikes Trike

Beat Bo

I didn’t know what one of these was until a kind soul on Instagram informed me that they’re all the rage for one year olds. They’re basically a psychedelic-looking bug that plays music and games with your little one. If you like the sound of it, you can check out Boo, Roo and Tigger too’s review here.

Beat Bo, Beat Belle


Hubby and I are both teachers, so it’s no surprise that books are a firm fixture on our first birthday wishlist for Little M. Particular favourites include anything by Julia Donaldson or any books with flaps, pop ups or textures.

First birthday books


You can’t go wrong with a cute outfit for a one year old as a birthday present. They grow so quickly, I can guarantee their parents will appreciate not having to buy a few things themselves! We love these cute little outfits from Marks and Spencer.

Marks and Spencer girls' clothing

So there you have it. My top five ideas for ideal gifts for a very lucky one year old. What’s your idea of the perfect gift for a one year old?

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Disclosure: Little Tikes have very kindly sent us a 4-in-1 trike for Little M’s first birthday. However, it was genuinely on the top of my wishlist for her – she’s a very lucky little girl!

2 responses to “Five gift ideas for a one year old”

  1. My second born is one next month so nice to get some inspiration – I love the rainbow idea! And maybe he would like that beat no thing – he loves music!
    We have plenty of books, and he has his brothers hand-me-down trike….. I guess you can never have too many cute outfits right? 🙂

    • Jules says:

      Little M seems to get through about three outfits per day, so you can never have enough clothes, in my opinion!

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