Trying to choose the perfect gift for a one-year-old girl can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. There are so many options out there, and it can be hard to know which is right for your intended gift recipient.

Obviously, you want to make sure it’s something fun that they’ll love. But, it’s also essential that a toy be a good fit for the child’s age. Age-appropriate toys are even more critical for younger children since there’s an added safety factor. You should avoid toys with small parts that pose choking risks. Likewise, be aware of pieces that could wrap around things like fingers or necks.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for yet another up-and-coming birthday party or holiday, we’ve got you covered. From interactive learning toys to cozy plush and hands-on activities, you’ll find them all here. These gifts on our list are sure to please any one-year-old girl.

Related: 50 Must-Have Toys & Gifts For 1 Year Old Boys


Our Favorite Gifts For 1 Year Old Girls This Year

Toddler Activity Cube

Toddler Activity Cube

Toddler Activity Cube

Activity cubes like this one from Toyventive are an excellent way for one-year-olds to develop numerous skills. The different features and games encourage skills like colors, counting, pattern and shape recognition, and more. Plus, little hands get stronger as children practice their fine motor skills in a fun and interactive way. The cube features sturdy wooden construction that is safe and durable for young children. It also comes with a set of colorful stacking cups and a board book, making it the ultimate learn-and-play gift.

Pop Up Princess Tent

Pop Up Princess Tent

Pop Up Princess Tent

What little girl wouldn’t love to feel like a princess in her very own pop-up princess tent? This precious tent measures 42.9 inches by 43.9 inches and stands 36.27 inches tall when open. But, you can easily fold it up and tuck it away in the convenient carrying case when it’s not in use. The mesh windows provide plenty of airflow and you can roll up the door and tie it out of the way. Plus, the roof is removable and the tent features a durable, water-resistant fabric that’s easy to clean.

LeapFrog Interactive Picnic Basket

LeapFrog Interactive Picnic Basket

LeapFrog Interactive Picnic Basket

Children can give their imaginations a feast with the LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket. The set includes 15 vibrant pieces including plates, play food, and cups, and offers three modes: music, shapes and colors, and picnic time. It’s a great way for kids to learn things like cause-and-effect and shape recognition. The basket requests certain food items for your child to put into the appropriate shapes, rewarding correct moves with fun responses. The best part is, when playtime is over, everything fits nicely inside the basket for easy storage.

Plush Learning Pal

Plush Learning Pal

Plush Learning Pal

The VTech Violet Interactive Plush provides personalized learning activities for children. Plus, it’s the perfect toy for a one-year-old to carry around, thanks to its cuddly and comfy design. Children can listen to over 40 songs to help teach various concepts, plus lullabies to help soothe them to sleep. There are also over 15 learning activities, which you can personalize to your child by inputting their name and favorite things. It’s easy to input info by connecting Violet directly to your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Einstein Box Learning Set

Einstein Box Learning Set

Einstein Box Learning Set

A baby’s learning grows exponentially during their first year, and at one, a child is making tons of connections. These connections range from social to emotional to cognitive, and toys that help foster this development make amazing gifts. The Einstein Box for One Year Olds provides multiple ways for a child to develop creativity, language skills, memory skills, and so much more. The box includes premium board books, a board game, animal masks, a rhyming card, and a first-words poster.

Making Music Toddler Style

Making Music Toddler Style

Making Music Toddler Style

Let your one-year-old channel her inner musician with this kid-friendly musical instrument set from Maxzone. The instruments feature high-quality, non-toxic materials and encourage creativity while developing valuable skills. The set showcases 12 instruments, including a tambourine, xylophone, jingle bells, and more, all sporting a fun unicorn theme. The toys are easy to clean, which parents love. Plus, when it’s time to end the jam session, everything packs away into the included clear carrying case.

Balance Bike For Babies

Balance Bike For Babies

Balance Bike For Babies

The balance bike is an excellent way for young children learning to walk to strengthen their muscles and work on their balancing skills. It quickly assembles in three easy steps with no tools required and features a sturdy carbon steel frame. The soft seat and wide wheels make this bike both comfy and safe for one-year-olds. It’s the perfect bike for children 10 to 24 months old and can handle up to 100 pounds.

Tea Party Time

Tea Party Time

Tea Party Time

It’s time for lemonade with the VTech Learn and Discover Pretty Party Playset. Little girls love to throw parties, and you can expect many invitations to a lemonade picnic with this adorable set. The interactive features include lights and over 70 songs, sounds, and responses that encourage learning in a fun way. The set also reinforces concepts like colors and shapes with its assortment of toy cakes and cookies.  Kids will love pretending to pour the lemonade into cups and place the treats in the appropriate spaces. Plus, they’ll learn valuable skills along the way, like coordination, problem-solving, and more.

Mega Bloks Building Blocks Set

Mega Bloks Building Blocks Set

Mega Bloks Building Blocks Set

Children of all ages love to build with blocks, and these Mega Bloks First Builders Big Blocks are the perfect size for little hands. Blocks are a great way for children to use their imaginations. Not only can they build with them, but they also delight in simply piling them into containers. Of course, the ultimate excitement comes from stacking and knocking them over to see what happens. No matter how the one-year-old in your life decides to use them, you can bet these blocks will be a hit.

Unicorn 3D Nightlight

Unicorn 3D Nightlight

Unicorn 3D Nightlight

It’s no secret that many kids don’t like a dark room, preferring to have some light on at all times. The gentle glow of a nightlight can be just the thing for a good night’s rest, but plain white lights can get boring and be too harsh. This 3D Unicorn Night Light features multiple colors that can stay solid, change, and dim via remote and Smart Touch Technology. It makes a unique and fun gift to add to a one-year-old’s room. You can also opt to plug it in or charge it for a cord-free light.

Turtle Time Bath Toys

Turtle Time Bath Toys

Turtle Time Bath Toys

Bath time can be a hassle when it comes to young children, but these Swimming Turtle Toys really make a splash. You’ll get a green, blue, and pink turtle when you purchase the set. The set features three wind-up tortoise pals that are raring to go as they splish and splash through the water. They’re made of non-toxic ABS plastics and have smooth edges that make them safe for little ones. Now, you can get through bath time without all the fuss as these turtle friends keep things fun and engaging.

Sit To Stand Walker

Sit To Stand Walker

Sit To Stand Walker

Being one year old can be hard work; after all, a one-year-old is figuring out a lot of firsts, like starting to walk, talk, and more. Gifts that help encourage and develop these all-important skills are a big win, like the VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker.  It features an interactive piano, spinning rollers, a pretend telephone, and more to provide loads of fun. It also features a detachable play panel for little ones to continue playtime after their stroll. The walker boasts an impressive array of sing-along songs, fun sounds, and positive phrases.

Interactive Musical Book

Interactive Musical Book

Interactive Musical Book

This is one book that you won’t have to worry about any torn pages thanks to its durable construction. The VTech Musical Rhymes Book comes with easy-to-turn pages that coincide with a variety of interactive features. Kids can enjoy over 40 sounds, songs, phrases, and a light-up star as they listen to 6 classic nursery rhymes. Plus, children love to press the colorful buttons on the side to see what kind of response they’ll get.

First Birthday Outfit

First Birthday Outfit

First Birthday Outfit

Looking for the perfect birthday gift for your one-year-old princess? Make sure to dress her just right for the occasion with this adorable, four-piece sparkly First Birthday Outfit. It comes in a variety of color combinations, each consisting of a fun tutu, romper, leg warmers, and sparkly bow headband. The fabric is comfy and breathable and won’t slow your little one down as she celebrates her big day. It features a snap closure on the romper and is handwash only.

Harvest Farm Set

Harvest Farm Set

Harvest Farm Set

It’s harvest time with this Wooden Harvest Sorting Game that encourages hands-on imaginative play. This cute, eye-catching toy is constructed of high-quality pine wood with smooth edges to keep little hands safe. The brightly-colored vegetables and fruits are a fun way to work on sorting and matching while learning about healthy foods. This Montessori-inspired toy also helps with hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and problem-solving concepts. It’s the perfect gift for helping little minds grow. These are also great gifts for 1 year old boys as well!

Little Learning Purse

Little Learning Purse

Little Learning Purse

Little ones love to dig in their mom’s purse and see what they can find, but it’s not always the safest thing to do. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Purse gives your one-year-old their own purse along with lots of fun extras. It comes with a mirror, phone, keys, and tons of interactive features. Children can listen to a variety of songs, Spanish and English phrases, sounds, and more. Plus, they can slide the zipper, open the clasp, and press the light-up heart to activate different functions. The purse also features Smart Stages technology, which adapts the activities to suit growing children.

Personalized Birthday Book

Personalized Birthday Book

Personalized Birthday Book

Give a gift with a personal touch with this Baby’s 1st Birthday Book that you can personalize for the recipient. To create a one-of-a-kind book, you can input various info like the child’s name, gender, and birthdate. Plus, you can include your name as well for the dedication page, making this gift a unique memento for that special little girl. The board book features 20 sturdy pages that can hold up to curious hands and mouths.

Learning Lights Remote

Learning Lights Remote

Learning Lights Remote

Young children love to copy the adults in their lives, which is why toys that resemble everyday items are such a hit. The LeapFrog Learning Lights Remote offers plenty of educational fun, with flashing lights, interactive buttons, and bright colors to enjoy. It introduces early concepts about shapes, numbers, the weather, and more, giving kids a way to learn in an entertaining way. Other concepts include first phrases, shapes, and learning various words, all through pretend play.

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles are always a great go-to when it comes to children’s gifts. They’re fun and also help develop valuable skills like spatial awareness, patterns, and shapes through play. These wooden animal puzzles feature brightly-colored, chunky pieces that are perfect for little hands to grasp and manipulate. The set includes 6 puzzles, matching learning cards, and a convenient storage bag to keep everything together. The featured animals are an owl, ladybug, butterfly, bear, tortoise, and bee.

Stuffed Unicorn

Stuffed Unicorn

Stuffed Unicorn

One-year-olds love to hug and squeeze cuddly animals and dolls. They provide a sense of comfort and security to young children, and they make a cozy snuggle buddy during playtime breaks. This soft pink unicorn is the perfect cuddle pal, measuring 18 inches long and complete with a fluffy mane and tail. Girls will love caring around this cute unicorn or simply giving it a big hug. They’ll also love the sparkly horn and velvety hooves.

Sensory Carrying Case

Sensory Carrying Case

Sensory Carrying Case

This soft carrying case opens up to reveal an assortment of activities designed to engage children’s brains and develop fine motor skills. Kids will love to zip, snap, clip, buckle, and more as they interact with the various features of this Montessori Busy Board. Plus, on the outside, felt letters help develop early letter recognition. The case consists of non-toxic fabrics and is the perfect way to keep little hands busy and little minds engaged.

Counting And Sorting Eggs

Counting And Sorting Eggs

Counting And Sorting Eggs

This toy is a super-cute way to reinforce concepts like counting, shape recognition, color sorting, and more. Plus, it can double as a great way to encourage pretend play. Use the MAGIFIRE Matching Eggs for playing restaurant, farmer’s market, or any other activity a child’s imagination comes up with. Made of child-safe materials and very durable, so it can hold up to whatever little ones can dish out. These are eggs you won’t have to worry about breaking. 

Pop-Up Ball Pit

Pop-Up Ball Pit

Pop-Up Ball Pit

This pop-up ball pit offers loads of fun for little ones and easily tucks away when you’re ready to clean up. Use it indoors or outside for lots of active fun, encouraging children to jump, bounce, crawl, and walk. It’s also a hit for play dates and birthday parties. The material is durable and lightweight, featuring waterproof polyester. It’s also easy to clean and comes with a convenient zipper storage bag. Just remember to get the balls since they’re sold separately.

Twisty Tubes

Twisty Tubes

Twisty Tubes

These Pop Tubes can twist, bend, pop, pull, and more. They make the perfect early STEM toy for little ones to grow into since one-year-olds will love to twist and bend and use the tubes to make noises. But as they get older they can start to use the tubes to create different shapes, including letters and numbers. The pipes are made of high-quality lead-free and BPA-free plastic and are flexible but durable. They make great birthday gifts or stocking stuffers.

Toy Boat Train

Toy Boat Train

Toy Boat Train

The Munchkin Little Boat Train comes with 6 colorful boats that connect together to create a fun bath time experience. Children will love watching their fleet float and making the train longer and longer as they add on more boats. The boats are also a great way to work on color recognition, not to mention making bathtime a lot more manageable for mom and dad. Each boat has a funny face and a number between 1 and 3 to help with counting and ordering skills. They’re also lightweight, making them easy for little kids to handle, and the design also works great for little hands to manipulate.

Unicorn Chair

Unicorn Chair

Unicorn Chair

One-year-olds might be all go, go, go, but even they like to sit and chill every now and then, especially when they have a fun place to do it. This plush unicorn chair is the ultimate rest spot for any one-year-old girl. It’s the perfect size, measuring 14 x 19 inches and 20 inches tall. It’s also lightweight, so little ones can move it around to find the most comfortable spot in the house. And parents will especially love the removable cover that’s machine-washable.

Spin And Sing Alphabet

Spin And Sing Alphabet

Spin And Sing Alphabet

Little faces will light up right along with this interactive musical toy from LeapFrog. The Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo features three fun learning modes, including letters, music, and animals. Children can learn about animal names and sounds, plus work on letter recognition and sounds. They’ll love spinning the wheel and seeing the flashing lights as they explore what every button and feature does. It also plays popular songs like Old MacDonald and the ABCs.

Bouncy Giraffe

Bouncy Giraffe

Bouncy Giraffe

Give a gift that will really make them smile with the Inflatable Bouncy Giraffe from the Babe Fairy Store. The four splayed-out legs make this spotted friend stable to help encourage some hopping fun. Children can build strength, balance, and coordination as they start to play, doing more and more as they grow. The material is durable and BPA and lead-free. The giraffe is 22 inches long and has a seat height of 10 inches.

Mushroom Garden

Mushroom Garden

Mushroom Garden

Winner of multiple awards, this Interactive Mushroom Garden provides a diverse selection of games and activities that can grow with your child. Little ones can work on learning colors, hand-eye coordination, and motor functions as they interact with all of the colorful lights and musical sounds. Plus, it features a classic memory game that can help develop concentration and focus as children grow. This toy is sure to please kids and parents with its safe and fun design.

Plush Ladybug Nightlight

Plush Ladybug Nightlight

Plush Ladybug Nightlight

Sometimes nap time can get a little scary when things get dark, but not anymore with the Red Ladybug Dream Lite. This cuddly friend provides comfort anytime, but when the lights go out, press the button in its belly for a soft, glowing light. The light projects glowing stars and shapes on the walls and ceiling in a variety of colors. You can also select how the colors display, cycling through them slowly or fast.

Personalized Name Puzzles

Personalized Name Puzzles

Personalized Name Puzzles

These puzzles come with a personal touch, featuring the lucky child’s name in colorful easy-to-handle letters. Not only do these personalized wooden name puzzles help children recognize their names, but they do it in a fun way. They’re also great for letter recognition and developing fine motor skills and matching skills. The letters are three inches tall, and you can select from various puzzle sizes depending on how many letters are in the child’s name.

Bubble Mower

Bubble Mower

Bubble Mower

This classic never goes out of style, letting children copy what the grown-ups do, but with bubbles! The ArtCreativity Bubble Mower uses realistic sounds and bubbles to enhance the fun children will get from this push toy. It’s a great way for young children to practice their walking and balancing skills as they push it along indoors or outside.  It’s durable, easy-to-assemble, and encourages children to develop gross motor skills as they try to chase and pop the bubbles.

Snuggly Baby Doll

Snuggly Baby Doll

Snuggly Baby Doll

The Snuggle Pod Hunny Bunny is the perfect way for a one-year-old to engage in nurturing play. It’s super soft with stitched-on facial features that make it extra-safe for little ones. Plus, the plush fabric makes it extra-cuddly, providing a source of comfort and coziness. The ribbon hair and satin-lined sleeping pod also provide different textures for young hands to engage in sensory exploration. The doll is 9 inches long and the removable sleeping pod is 12 inches long.

Musical Mirror

Musical Mirror

Musical Mirror

Children love looking in the mirror and seeing themselves, making funny faces, and smiling. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Musical Mirror takes things to a whole new level with over 30 sing-along songs, melodies, fun phrases, and more. It also comes with whimsical accessories like lipstick, a bracelet, a powder puff, and a comb for pretend play. The lights and sounds develop sensory skills and the mirror helps build self-confidence as children feel happy when they look in the mirror.

Wooden Sorter And Stacking Toy

Wooden Sorter And Stacking Toy

Wooden Sorter And Stacking Toy

This classic wooden stacking toy uses sorting and stacking to teach concepts like shape recognition, size differentiation, numbers, and colors. The wood construction and smooth edges make it extremely durable and safe and the shapes are easy for little hands to grasp. Lining up the holes with the pegs reinforces hand-eye coordination and logical thinking while strengthening fine motor skills. It’s made with non-toxic wood and water-based paint, making it child-safe and eco-friendly.

Pull And Play Wagon

Pull And Play Wagon

Pull And Play Wagon

Little kids love to pull and push things as they’re starting to gain confidence in their walking abilities. They also love anything that enables them to carry things around with them. That’s why the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Pull & Play Learning Wagon is such a hit with one-year-olds. It lets them practice their gross motor skills while offering tons of interactive learning opportunities including puzzles, shape sorting, and music. It also has Smart Stages technology which lets you adjust the content as children grow to keep it age-appropriate.

Plush Castle Playset

Plush Castle Playset

Plush Castle Playset

Plush playsets are a great way for one-year-olds to engage in imaginative play safely. And, when children are done playing, they can always cuddle up with this ultrasoft Princess Castle Playset from GUND. The set adheres to GUND’s high-quality standards that have made it such a popular and trusted brand for over 120 years.  It features five pieces, including a magic mirror, a squeaker wand, a princess crinkle doll, a unicorn toy, and a glittery castle bag that can hold it all. The unicorn makes sounds and everything is machine-washable for easy cleaning.

Interactive Piano Play Mat

Interactive Piano Play Mat

Interactive Piano Play Mat

Let little ones make music while they practice their gross motor skills with this Interactive Piano Learning Mat. The mat has 10 piano keys and plays 7 different instrument sounds as kids dance, walk, and press the different parts. The mat features high-quality fabrics that are easy to clean and you can also adjust the volume. It’s easy to fold up when not in use or take with you for some on-the-go entertainment or while traveling.

Magnetic Tiles

Magnetic Tiles

Magnetic Tiles

Take building blocks to a whole new level with this set of 40 magnetic shapes. These magnetic building tiles feature 24 squares and 16 triangles in an array of fun colors to encourage children to create unique structures. They’re made with high-quality ABS material and have smooth edges so little hands stay safe. There’s an idea book if you want to jump in and lend a hand, but it’s even better when you let kids’ imaginations soar.

Pet Care Center

Pet Care Center

Pet Care Center

Pretend play is a critical part of children’s development, and the earlier they can start, the better. Let little ones explore the world of animal care and veterinary medicine with the VTech Care for Me Learning Carrier. It features an adorable plush puppy and has everything a budding vet needs to take care of their furry pal. The carrier lights up, plays music, introduces letters, and more. Plus, it has an easy-to-grab handle for vets on the go. Accessories include a bowl, comb, bottle, and ball.

Plush Bowling Set

Plush Bowling Set

Plush Bowling Set

Encourage children to develop coordination, gross motor skills, and balance with this cute Plush Bowling Set from iPlay. The set features 6 different animal pins, including a lion, crocodile, giraffe, panda, rhino, and fox, and an owl ball with a bell inside. The fabric is soft with vibrant, eye-catching colors.  And it’s machine-washable, making this toy a hit with kids and parents.  The size and shape of the pieces make them easy for little hands to grasp.

Ride On Push Car

Ride On Push Car

Ride On Push Car

The Step2 Whisper Ride II Push Car is the perfect way for one-year-olds to enjoy a refreshing walk. The comfortable seat has a safety belt to keep kids in place while a grown-up pushes. Kids will love the steering wheel and horn that let them imagine they’re driving in style. Plus, there are even cup holders in case they get thirsty, and one by the handle when mom needs a quick water break. There’s also a hidden compartment in the seat to bring along things on the go, and the handle folds down for easy storage.

Cloth Bath Books

Cloth Bath Books

Cloth Bath Books

Introducing babies and toddlers to books is a great way to promote early literacy skills. These Fabric Baby Bath Books feature lots of fun textures and are extremely durable, tear-resistant, and waterproof. They’re perfect for bath time fun or interactive play outside of the tub, showcasing vivid pictures, patterns, and colors. There are 8 different books encompassing a variety of themes including transportation, animals, musical instruments, and more. Plus, they’re washable, so you can keep them clean after hours of play.

Prance and Learn Unicorn

Prance and Learn Unicorn

Prance and Learn Unicorn

The VTech Prance and Rock Learning Unicorn goes from rocker to ride-on toy thanks to its transferable base. This feature is perfect for adjusting the toy to suit the appropriate developmental stage of the child. As children get stronger with their walking and balancing, the ride-on feature helps reinforce these important skills. The unicorn plays a variety of songs and phrases and colorful lights. You can also switch between learning and adventure mode to double up on the interactive fun. The built-in sensor responds to a child’s motion with positive sounds to encourage further movement.

Now You Are One Book

Now You Are One Book

Now You Are One Book

Giving your children books to explore is a wonderful gift that promotes healthy development, and so is reading to your child. Children love to be read to, and with the Now You Are One Book they can celebrate their milestone birthday with an engaging story. The cover includes a lift-up flap that lets you personalize the book for that special someone. It comes with a perfectly-sized envelope and seal, making this the perfect birthday keepsake.

Mermaid Sprinkler And Splash Pad

Mermaid Sprinkler And Splash Pad

Mermaid Sprinkler And Splash Pad

One-year-olds love water play (which can sometimes be confusing since they don’t always like bath time). But, there’s something about frolicking and running through a sprinkler that causes kids to burst into giggly fits of delight. One-year-old girls will love to engage in some outdoor water fun and stay cool in the sun with this 60-inch Mermaid Splash Mat. The under-the-sea theme creates an inviting place to splash around. Its shallow design and durable material make it safe for supervised play.

Pastel Dump Truck

Pastel Dump Truck

Pastel Dump Truck

Make no mistake, girls love playing with trucks. One-year-olds especially love anything they can push around and also love to spin the wheels. This Pink Dump Truck from Green Toys makes a perfect addition to any toddler’s toy collection. Trucks help children improve gross motor skills as well as fine motor skills. Plus, they’ll love loading up the truck with blocks and other items and dumping them out again. True to its name, Green Toys uses recycled plastic in its toys and in the packaging. 

Unicorn Backpack

Unicorn Backpack

Unicorn Backpack

One-year-olds are obsessed with bags and containers. Anything that lets them put things in and take things out of it becomes instant gold. Plus, little girls love unicorns, so a unicorn toddler backpack just makes perfect sense. The bag is roomy enough to hold a few of her favorites and the fabric is soft and durable. It’s the perfect way to carry around some essentials when you’re out and about too. 

Hands-On Busy Board

Hands-On Busy Board

Hands-On Busy Board

This wooden busy board provides stimulating and engaging activities that can help young children develop a myriad of skills through play. It helps reinforce concepts like concentration, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, and fine motor skills through an assortment of interactive activities. There are puzzles, locks, matching themes, and sorting activities to help foster a one-year-old’s development. This gift is a real pleaser, sure to keep tiny hands and young minds entertained while they learn and grow.

Sesame Street Abby

Sesame Street Abby

Sesame Street Abby

GUND presents everyone’s favorite muppet fairy, Abb Cadabby from the popular kids’ favorite Sesame Street. Kids love to play and cuddle up with plush toys. The Sesame Street Plush Abby doll is 100% huggable and ultrasoft, made from premium, surface-washable fabrics. She’s wearing a pretty blue dress and holding a yellow flower and her friendly expression is sure to bring plenty of smiles. She stands 11 inches tall and is the perfect size for one-year-old cuddles and snuggles.

The Best Gifts & Toys For 1-Year Old Girls [Buyer’s Guide]

Choosing the perfect gift for someone comes with lots of different considerations. You need to think about the person’s likes, age, capabilities, and needs. You also want to keep things like your personal budget in mind. Let’s face it; toys aren’t always cheap.

 

When you shop for a one-year-old girl, the primary consideration should be finding age-appropriate toys that can help foster their learning and development. Several different gifts and toys for young children serve a dual purpose, to both educate and entertain.

 

But, it’s worth noting that when a child is one, life is all about exploration. A young child is often more eager to play with a cardboard box or make a mud pie. Therefore, offering gifts that help foster a sense of creativity is a plus.

Interactive Learning Toys

Much of a child’s brain development occurs between birth and three years old. Therefore, interactive learning toys are an excellent option for a one-year-old girl. Activity centers are incredibly ideal for their multiple components and concepts.

 

An activity board or cube offers a diverse play selection while keeping everything contained in one place. Young children can explore, investigate, and choose what they want to interact with.

 

The various knobs, pulls, zippers, buttons, and other pieces also provide an excellent way to develop early fine motor skills. They help build skills like coordination and cause-and-effect.

 

Sorting and stacking toys enhance coordination skills and concepts about shapes, counting, colors, and more. Plus, shape sorters and similar toys also reinforce things like spatial awareness and problem-solving.

Soft Plush And Stuffies

There’s something about stuffed animals that just makes them an absolute win for one-year-olds. Stuffed animals not only provide a snuggle buddy and sense of security, but they can double as entertainment.

 

When selecting plush for one-year-olds, make sure they don’t have any detachable pieces. Avoid plush with things like plastic sew-on eyes and opt for stitched-on features instead.

Ride-On And Push And Pull Toys

Providing one-year-olds with ride-on, and push-and-pull toys helps build and develop muscles and gross motor skills. It also helps reinforce multiple skills that they’re working on strengthening at this time, like walking, balancing, and coordination.

 

It can be something with interactive features or just a classic, simple ride-on toy. Both offer developmentally-appropriate ways for young children to learn what their bodies can do and how they move. Many of these toys are also great ways to bring play outside, allowing you and your one-year-old to share a walk together.

Age-Appropriate Books

You’re never too young for a good book. Even though a one-year-old is likely not reading (if they are, call the media), someone can read to them. The earlier exposure a child gets to books, the more likely they will develop a love for reading.

 

But, handing over a paperback book to a one-year-old isn’t the best idea. Children this age are still exploring a lot of things with their mouths. Using more age-appropriate books, like board books and cloth books, is a great way to let your child explore the world of literacy in a more durable way. You won’t have to worry about ripped covers, papercuts, or missing pages.

 

Children can start to get an idea of how to treat books, hold them, turn the pages, etc. Plus, these staples of books are often more picture-heavy instead of using a lot of words. So, children can start to learn about concepts and ideas through illustrations and photographs.

Musical Instruments

Having early experiences with music and musical instruments is very enriching for children. Instruments also provide immediate gratification, playing sounds as soon as you shake, tap, or press a button. One-year-olds love this, plus many young children have a natural desire to sing and dance.

 

Providing one-year-olds with musical instruments can help pique their love for music and develop their musical ability. Playing with instruments also encourages active listening and helps children work on hand-eye coordination.

Bath Toys

Some kids love to take baths; many kids don’t. So, incorporating bath toys into playtime can make the whole experience much more positive. Bringing out age-appropriate toys when it’s time to hit the tub is a great way to make the whole experience more enticing.

 

To maximize the benefit of bath toys, only let children play with them during bath time. Also, limit the amount to a few toys at a time, rotating the toys every few baths.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Q: I get so concerned about toys that might pose a choking hazard. How do I know if something is too little for my one-year-old?

 

Toy manufacturers are diligent about labeling their products regarding choking hazards. You’ve likely seen this phrase many times “Not for children under 3: contains small parts.” But, sometimes, you might receive a toy or get one with no tag or label.

 

As a good rule of thumb, if it can fit through a toilet paper tube, it’s a choking hazard. This advice is also worth noting for other objects that might be within your one-year-old’s reach. Common sense plays a prominent role here too. If you feel like something is too small for your child, keep it away until they get older.

 

Q: I feel like my daughter got so many things for her first birthday. Can my one-year-old become overwhelmed by too many toys?

 

You might not be sure if kids can become overwhelmed by lots of toys, but you know you certainly can. But, actually, having a mountain of toys can become too much for some children. It clutters up the space and makes it harder for them to play in a meaningful way.

 

One idea, besides decluttering, is to put your young child’s toys on a rotation system. Only keep a manageable amount of toys out at a time, and put the rest away in a closet. Then every few weeks, rotate some toys from storage and put the others away.

 

This helps maintain an optimal play space, but also, your kids won’t get bored with the same toys. Then, as you notice your daughter starting to lose interest in a toy for good, it can make its way to another home.

 

Conclusion: The Best Presents For 1-Year-Old Girls

One-year-olds aren’t overly picky, so you really can’t go wrong with any age-appropriate gift or toy. But, focus on toys that encourage imagination and provide some learning perks. Snuggly plush are also a huge winner, as this age group delights in squeezing and hugging soft things.

 

Items that provide immediate feedback and hands-on fun are also excellent. Think of things like instruments, activity centers, and big blocks. Young children love to stack and sort and move items from one container to another to see what happens. So, anything that enables a one-year-old to do this makes a great gift.

Best Toys & Gifts For 1 Year Old Girls
Dan Wiener
Hey there! I'm Dan, the founder behind Kids Love WHAT. I started this blog as a way to document all of the things that my 4 kids love: crafting, science experiments, good food, fun games and of course lots of toys! When I'm not busy chasing them all around, you can find me scouring the web to find the next best thing to keep them busy and out of my hair!