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Gifts for 1 Year Old Boys

Here's our specially selected range of the best gifts and toys for boys aged 1. Our team of parents have chosen the most loved toys that will help improve crucial developmental skills.
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busy learners activity cube
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Busy Learners Activity Cube

The Busy Learners Activity Cube is sure to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers with 5 fun, interactive sides to play with. There is a side with spinning shapes (circle, square, star & triangle) with animal pictures on top, another side with spinning letters, one with ...

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Dark Safari Rocker

This seat will allow babies and toddlers to sit or lie in it for sleeping, resting, feeding or playing. It's a really comfy seat for babies that is easily convertible into a toddler rocker by removing the toy bar. It can be set up in a recline position or ...

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Hungry Pelican Soft Baby Educational Toy
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Hungry Pelican Soft Baby Educational Toy

This cuddly pelican is hungry and needs feeding! The plush pelican is one of our favorite interactive toys with a beaming smile, orange beak and big blue eyes. Toddlers love role playing toys, and children have great fun in playing the role of feeder with their new companion. The ...

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Pound and Tap Bench with Xylophone
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Pound & Tap Bench with Xylophone

A fun, multifunctional musical wooden toy is perfect for active children and is great for an introduction to music. Toddlers can create their own music and explore the many sounds and melodies produced by the xylophone in different ways that get them excited about making music. Kids can bash the ...

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Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet
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Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet

Children love striking the pegs in this classic pounding toy. The pegs on the wooden bench move up and down and when they pop up they can be bashed back down with the hammer that's supplied with the bench. Alternatively, they might choose to press it down with their ...

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Tobbles Neo
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Tobbles Neo

The bright and colorful Tobbles Neo are one of the most popular and highly recommended childrens toys on the market that won Silver in the Parents' Choice Award and the ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids Award. Babies and Toddlers love stacking and toppling things, so these are perfect as ...

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ToBe ReadyForLife Cloth Book
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ToBe ReadyForLife Cloth Book

This is one of our favorite gifts to introduce children into the joy of books and to help parents bond with their baby. It's the perfect first book for your baby with beautiful bold colors and illustrations. There's plenty to discover on the adventure through the book and there's ...

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Plush

Little ones absolutely love this Very Hungry Caterpillar plush toy, inspired by Eric Carle’s storytime favorite “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. The story of the caterpillar is a journey of eating a variety of food before eventually pupating and turning into a butterfly. It’s a great book to teach basics ...

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What to Look for In a Gift for a One Year Old Boy?

Buying gifts for one year old boys isn’t easy and there’s lots to consider about their stages of development. At one year old, boys aren’t able to engage in complicated toys and are best playing with something that will help to develop basic skills. For this reason, many of the toys include bright colors and sounds. There’s so much more to consider as well, such as which are the longest lasting, the best value, the best rated and the most likely to help with a one year old’s development. This is even harder when you’re trying to pick something for a friend or relative when you don’t have much to go off.

We’ve created a list of out favorite gifts for one year old boys that meet our criteria of being the best and most appropriate. This will make it much easier for you to pick the best gift, whether that’s for your own child or as a birthday or Christmas present, or for the child of a friend of relative.

We’ve researched hundreds of products to find the best toys possible, below is the criteria we use and what to look out for when buying the best possible present for a one year old’s safety, happiness and development.

Safety

Safety is obviously the number one consideration when buying any children’s gift. This is especially important for one year olds because they do not have the self awareness to recognize danger themselves, and could easily put small dangerous items in their mouth.

Many toys include a warning that says something like ‘not recommended for children under the age of 3’. This is often because there is a choking hazard. There are plenty of other safety considerations to look out for, such as the item having sharp edges, or including a toxic element. It’s really important that you read instructions before handing over a toy to a one year old. The child should also be supervised by an adult. We’ve ensured that our top gifts for one year old boys are tested for safety and are from trusted manufacturers.

Finally, if your toy requires a battery, ensure that it is firmly secured. I there are any screws used to hold it in place make sure these are fully tightened.

Cognitive

At one year old, boys tend to become more aware of their surroundings. He will start to recognise his parents more easily and respond to his name. Through playing with toys, whether that’s through sound or an educational toy, children can help develop these cognitive skills. A one year old will become more curious about his surroundings. In turn, this will lead to him understanding cause and effect when trying out a new toy.

Communication

When a child is just a few months old they will start trying to communicate with their parents and people around them. Gifts that include letters, and gifts that have characters such as animals can help to develop their communication skills.

Motor Skills

By the time boys are one year old, they start to gain more control over their muscles and he will learn to roll over and crawl. Their large muscles groups will grow as they learn to use their legs, but they will also start to develop fine motor control. A one year old will respond well to toys that he can grab onto and play with.  If you can buy a gift that enables the child to squeeze or stack items, this is an excellent way of improving their motor control.

Imagination

Being creative is essential to a child’s development as it enables them to think of new ideas rather than having to be taught everything. Being creative will also merit rewards as a child start to learn that he can make his own changes in the world. We’ve listed gifts that enable a one year old to use his imagination and creativity. Having this ability to be creative is a crucial skill that needs to be developed at a young age.

Choosing the Right Gift for a One Year Old Boy

These are the key factors to help you choose the best gift. We’ve analysed hundreds of different gifts and picked out our favorites that meet this criteria. We’ve tried to select gifts from different categories, so that each child can develop their full range of senses at this important stage in their life.