Yes, they’ll be excited about the boxes and brightly colored wrapping paper, but these baby gifts for a one-year-old celebrate their growing brain and all the new skills they learn between 12 and 18 months. From a scooter and a table just their size to a musical instrument and a combination basketball hoop and soccer goal, there’s a gift in here to delight every baby on your list.
VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
This combination basketball hoop and soccer goal has a light-up scoreboard that counts baskets and encourages kids with sounds and words. It plays 50+ melodies and teaches kids about shapes, numbers, letters and counting.
Available at amazon.com, $58.93.
Shape Sorter Xylophone & Piano by Hape
Your child will learn about colors and shapes while making beautiful music with this shape sorter that doubles as a xylophone and piano.
Available at target.com, $17.99.
Original Waldorf Balance Board from Bella Luna Toys
It may look like just a curved piece of wood, but it's the open-ended quality of this toy that makes it a favorite of kids from toddlers to teens. It can be used as a see-saw, bridge, balance beam, slide, cradle for dollies and much more.
Available at bellalunatoys.com, $149.
Radio Flyer Scoot 2 Scooter
One-year-olds can stash favorite toys under this ride-on vehicle. When they're older, remove the seat and it becomes a traditional scooter.
Available at target.com, $39.99.
Jumbo Nuts and Bolts by Lakeshore Learning
Construction-minded kids will love twisting together these large-size nuts and bolts, while building fine-motor skills.
Available at lakeshorelearning.com, $59.99.
My First Table Pottery Barn Kids
A spot for snacks, crafts, drawing and tea parties is what you'll get with this durable and stylish table and chairs, sized just right for kids. Comes in gray, pink, white, black and brushed fog.
Available at potterybarnkids.com, $199.
Cruisin' Kitty Rainbow Roller by Tiger Tribe
Made from sustainable beechwood with silicone treads on the wheels that won't harm floors, this wooden car and kitty are ready to roll. All Tiger Tribe purchases help Australian wildlife.
Available at amazon.com, $15.99.
Wildlife Alphabet Poster by Sebra
Babies can learn their ABCs while spotting their favorite wild animals in this eye-catching poster, designed in colors and a style that will go with most nursery decor.
Available at scandiborn.com, $29.95.
Finn the Dolphin Stuffed Animal by Shore Buddies
Made from recycled plastic bottles, this cute dolphin makes for an awesome snuggle buddy. Give him a squeeze and he makes an authentic dolphin sound recorded by a marine biologist. Shore Buddies donates $1 from each sale to not-profits that help save marine life and keep plastics out of the ocean.
Available at amazon.com, $19.95.
Tree Top Adventure Activity Center by Manhattan Toys
Spinning dials, bead runs, springy flaps and more abound from this colorful wooden activity center. While they're playing, kids are also working on their fine and gross motor skills.
Available at amazon.com, $75.99.
Lovevery Organic Cotton Play Tunnel
Made out of organic cotton in bright, kid-friendly colors, this durable play tunnel is as much fun for walkers as crawlers. It elevates games of peekaboo and tag to new levels and is great for siblings to play with together. It also folds up for storage or travel.
Available at lovevery.com, $50.
Busy Baby Mat by BUSY BABY
This placemat not only suctions to the table so little ones can't knock it over, it comes with tethers you attach toys and pacifiers to, so they won't land on the floor either. Brilliant!
Available at amazon.com, $29.99.
Pull-Along Polar Bear by Little Dutch
Designed to encourage gross motor skills and imaginative play, this sweet polar bear will be a child's favorite companion.
Available at scandiborn.com, $17.95.
—Eva Ingvarson Cerise
Editor’s Note: Prices and availability reflect the time of publication.