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The Best Toys and Gifts For a 1 Year Old Boy in 2020

If you’re toy shopping for a 1 year old boy, take a look at our gift buying guide. We’ve included all kinds of toys 1 year olds will love, including educational toys, outdoor toys, and more. Whether he’s crawling, walking, or running, we are sure you can find a toy or gift here that he will love. Read on to see our best toy and gift recommendations for 1 year old boys.

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Top Gifts and Toys For 1 Year Old Boys in 2020

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Pirate Ship

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The Little Tikes 2-in-1 Pirate Ship is perfect for an active 1 year old. This toy pirate ship is perfect for imaginative play, and any 1 year old will love the realistic accessories, including pirates and a cannon. Then, with just a few clicks, the ship transforms into an exciting riding toy that he will love hopping onto!

Your 1 year old will be amazed at the cool sound effects, including a cannon, foghorn, and bell. The anchor suspended over the side of the ship even makes a splash when it’s lowered! The area below the seat doubles as storage for the accessories, so you don’t have to worry about pieces getting lost. This exciting, changeable pirate ship may be his next favorite toy!

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

The Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table is a must-have for any busy and curious 1 year old. He will be amazed with the rain showers that come splashing down from the top level to the bottom level of this amazing table. Plus he will love splashing his hands and watching the water fly.

We love the accessories that are included in this set – water scoopers, water wheels, and even rubber animals to float. There are so many different ways he can experience water with this fun toy. For an awesome sensory experience, especially on a hot day, you can’t go wrong with this double decker water table.


UTEX 3 in 1 Pop Up Play Tent with Tunnel and Ball Pits

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The UTEX 3 in 1 Pop Up Play Tent with Tunnel and Ball Pits is the perfect play set for an active 1 year old. Consisting of 2 ball pits and a tunnel, which can be connected or used separately, this pop up tent will provide hours of fun. Easy to set up and take down, it’s fun for the whole family. Even older children will love climbing in and out of the tunnel and playing Peekaboo and Hide and Seek with the cut out slots.

This tent will work well in a playroom, backyard, or even in the living room. 1 year old boys will love exploring, hiding in the balls, and crawling through the tunnel. This big gift will make a big impact on playtime, and we think your 1 year old will love it!


LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book

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Reading is even more fun when the book can read to you! The LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book is a great way to grow his vocabulary and teach him a love of reading. The 100 words are organized into categories. With just the push of a button, he can hear the word read to him, along with sound effects!

Besides hearing the words, your 1 year old will love the light up star and the Learning Friends theme song. He will also love the nifty little handle for carrying his book around the house. We think this just might be his new favorite book!


RenFox Kids Musical Piano Mat

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The RenFox Kids Musical Piano Mat is a great gift for a 1 year old who loves music. He will love crawling or stepping on the mat to hear the sound of piano keys. This mat also plays sounds of 7 other different instruments, so he will never get bored!

This mat is soft, safe for your 1 year old, and easy to clean. It’s a great way to practice gross motor skills while also fostering a love of music. His natural curiosity is a great fit for this toy. The whole family will love watching him explore the world of music.


Now You Are One (Little Bird Greetings)

Now You Are One is a sweet gift to give your 1 year old birthday boy! This adorable board book celebrates how much he has grown on his big day. The story is told in rhyme, making this a great book to read aloud to him now that he is 1!

The cover of the book even features a liftable flap wishing him Happy Birthday with space for his name and a special message. Besides just being a fun book to read with Mom and Dad, this is sure to be a keepsake he will keep for years and years. We think this treasured memory of his special first birthday can even last a lifetime!


VTech Click and Count Remote

If your 1 year old loves to go after the TV remote, then the VTech Click and Count Remote might just be the perfect solution! Besides being a distraction from the real TV remote, this one can even teach him colors, numbers, and shapes.

As he presses buttons, he will hear funny TV sounds such as news, weather, and more. He will also enjoy a variety of songs, sounds, and phrases that the the remote can play with just a push of a button. Not only will the real remote be safe, but your 1 year old will be engaged and learning at the same time. What a great gift for everyone!


ArtCreativity Bubble Lawn Mower

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The ArtCreativity Bubble Lawn Mower is the perfect push toy for a 1 year old that also includes another favorite – bubbles! He will have a blast pushing this lightweight mower around the yard while watching the bubbles fly. Equally exciting are the mower sound effects that will make him feel like he’s pushing a real lawnmower!

While Mommy and Daddy are working in the yard, keep your 1 year old entertained with this exciting mower. Better yet, a sibling can push while he happily tries to catch the bubbles. No matter how he plays, we know this mower will be an instant favorite!


VTech Pull and Sing Puppy

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1 year olds will love taking the VTech Pull and Sing Puppy for a walk. Pulling his leash will make music play, making the experience extra exciting. The three buttons on puppy’s body help teach important skills like body parts, colors, and numbers. And the songs, noises, and sound effects bring this puppy to life!

Your 1 year old will having a puppy of his own to play with and love. Parents will love the educational component, and your little one will be learning lots of new words and concepts as he plays. This toy is an all around hit, and we’re sure your 1 year old will treasure it.


VTech Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer

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Another exciting push toy for 1 year olds, the  VTech Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer,Yellow is the perfect choice for an active toddler. As he pushes the bulldozer, the balls pop out of the chimney and into the truck. Imagine his delight and surprise the first time he sees those balls go!

When he’s not pushing the bulldozer, he will have fun just sitting and playing with it. Pushing the buttons on the side of the truck helps him learn all kinds of exciting early learning skills such as colors and counting. For an educational toy that isn’t lacking in fun, the Push and Pop Bulldozer is a pretty awesome choice.


World of Eric Carle, Hear Bear Roar 30 Animal Sound Book

From acclaimed illustrator Eric Carle comes this interactive storybook, Hear Bear Roar. Besides an exciting story to listen to, the book comes with buttons to push that play 30 different exciting animal sounds. As he reads through the story, he will be prompted to push different animal buttons to hear the magnificent sounds.

Soon your 1 year old will learn to name many different animals as well as imitate their sounds. We also think he will be enthralled with the beautiful illustrations. Sometimes the only thing better than a traditional storybook is one that can make sounds and come alive, and we think this one is pretty great.


LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train

The LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train combines the fun of building sets and toy trains, with an added educational component of teaching numbers to 10 in order 1 year olds will have a blast putting the train cars in number order and adding the wheels and accessories to make a real number train.

Once the train is built, it’s up to him to use his imagination to take the train on all kinds of fun adventures. He will have fun just driving the train around his playroom or bedroom as it delivers cargo to its destination. Encourage imaginative play with an educational twist with this fun DUPLO activity.


HITOP Kids Splash Pad for Toddlers

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On a hot summer day, you can’t go wrong with the HITOP Kids Splash Pad for Toddlers. If you need a break from traditional kiddie spools, give this splash pad a try. Simply connect to your hose and adjust the water pressure to control the height of the jets. Kids will have a blast running in and out of the water and splashing around.

The bottom of the splash pad works as a shallow pool for babies and toddlers, so when he’s tired of playing in the jets, he can have a seat, relax, and cool off. The best part about this gift is that everyone can enjoy it. Older siblings and even Mom and Dad will enjoy splashing and playing without ever leaving the backyard!


VTech Chomp and Count Dino

The VTech Chomp and Count Dino is an exciting educational toy that will teach your 1 year old colors, shapes, and counting, among other things. Dino asks questions and your 1 year old will feed him the correct food pieces or push buttons to answer. Besides all the educational uses, this Dino also plays over 130 songs, sounds, and phrases to keep him interested.

Whether your 1 year old is sitting or standing, he will love playing with Chomp and Count Dino. At the same time, his vocabulary will grow and he will be exposed to many important preschool skills at just 1 year old. Don’t miss this learning toy that has a big fun side!


GEMEM Shape Sorter Toy

If you’re in the market for a classic wooden shape sorter toy without all the bright lights and loud sounds, the GEMEM Shape Sorter Toy is a high quality choice. The large wooden cube features spaces for 12 differently shaped blocks. Your 1 year old will need to pay close attention to the attributes of each shape in order to match them to the correct spots.

While playing with this toy with an adult, your 1 year old will pick up shape and color names. He will also practice coordination and spatial awareness as he tries to match all the shapes to the correct holes. Help improve focus and attention with a classic wood toy that practices an essential skill!


Baby’s First Balance Bike

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The Baby’s First Balance Bike is an exciting toy for little one who are new to walking. There are no pedals on this bike – he moves it by walking. But he will feel like a big kid with his very own bike! He will improve motor skills and gain confidence on this adorable baby bike.

Parents can rest easy knowing about the important safety features on this bike – enclosed wheels protect baby’s feet, and the limited turning capacity keeps him from toppling over. He’s seen Mom and Dad and older siblings ride bikes. Now you can safely introduce him to the wide world of cycling with his very first bike!


First Builders Big Building Bag  – Mega Bloks

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The First Builders Big Building Bag – Mega Bloks is a thrilling introduction to building toys for a 1 year old. These jumbo sized blocks are perfect for tiny hands to learn how to design and create anything from towers to houses and everything in between. Your 1 year old will love stacking the brightly colored blocks together to make anything his heart desires.

Parents will appreciate the storage bag that comes with the blocks – it’s perfect for organizing and cleaning so none get lost. Teach him the joy of building towers and knocking them down with his very own building set!


Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

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The Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone is a multi-functional toy that toddlers love! Your 1 year old can use the included wooden mallet to tap the balls and make them fall through the holes onto the xylophone below. He can also slide out the xylophone to play with it on its own. This is a great toy to teach cause and effect to little ones, as he will soon learn that dropping the balls or tapping on the instrument makes it play sounds!

With so many different uses, we think this toy will be a fast favorite of your little one. Besides making music on his own, he will have a blast listening to Mom and Dad or big brothers and sisters play interesting tunes on this cool xylophone. Spark an interest in music with this special gift.


TOMY John Deere Sandbox Vehicle (2 Pack)

1 year olds love things that go! The TOMY John Deere Sandbox Vehicle (2 Pack) allows him to use his imagination as he makes the 2 John Deere trucks move around and around. These are great for indoor or outdoor play, so he can just as easily drive them around his bedroom as he can play with them at the park or beach.

Your 1 year old will love the real moving parts on each truck. The dump bed and front loader that can really move are perfect for hauling dirt, sand, or whatever else he has in mind. With the big imagination of a 1 year old, he will be able to entertain himself endlessly with these 2 simple trucks.

Peek-A Who? (Lift the Flap Book)

If you’re looking for a fun book to read to your 1 year old, check out Peek-A Who?. This fun guessing book gives clues about different animals. Your toddler will love guessing the correct animal before lifting the flap to see if he’s right. Help him learn animal names and attributes with this exciting book made for little ones.

The bold illustrations of animals throughout the books will delight even the youngest readers. The pages are made specifically for little hands to turn, so reading this story together is truly an interactive experience. Teach your 1 year old just how exciting reading can be with this colorful guessing book.


Grimm’s 6-Piece Rainbow Stacker – Nesting Wooden Waldorf Blocks

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The Grimm’s 6-Piece Rainbow Stacker – Nesting Wooden Waldorf Blocks are a simple toy that lets your child’s imagination do the heavy lifting. The 6 wooden nesting blocks fit together to make a rainbow but can also be separated. When a child’s imagination is in the driver’s seat, the sky’s the limit! With wooden blocks, they can be anything he wants them to be. We know he will love exploring these colorful and unique blocks.

Whether he’s fitting them together to make a rainbow tower, using them as bridges for his toy cars or a series of tunnels for his toy train, he will never run out of uses for these interesting blocks. Who needs plastic toys with loud music and lights everywhere? He can have even more fun with a simple toy like this that lets his creativity run the show.

TAIMASI Kids Wooden Musical Instruments – 33 Piece Set

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Do you have a musical 1 year old who loves to sing and dance? Allow him to make his own music with the TAIMASI Kids Wooden Musical Instruments – 33 Piece Set. Everything instrument he could ever want is in this comprehensive set, including a xylophone, tambourine, maracas, and much, much more. He can play every instrument himself or play with brothers and sisters.

He will love hearing the noises as he learns how to make music from each instrument. With so many things in the set to play with, he will never get bored. And they even come with a handy storage bag to keep them all together. Your 1 year old will be thrilled to explore all these amazing instruments.


KidKraft Metal Accessories Set

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The KidKraft Metal Accessories Set is a fun gift for a future chef. Whether he’s actually pretending to cook with the pots and pans or just banging them together, this simple gift set can provide hours of fun! Included in the kit are 2 pots, 1 pan, a spatual and ladle, and several realistic looking toy foods. What a great way to whip up some fun!

While Mom and Dad are cooking dinner in the kitchen, your 1 year old can be doing some pretend cooking of his own. These simple toys allow him to use his own imagination for playing, and we’re pretty sure fun is on the menu!


Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Doll – Daddy Shark

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Is your 1 year old a Baby Shark fan? Then the Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Doll – Daddy Shark is the perfect gift to surprise him with! With just a squeeze of Daddy Shark’s soft tummy, he can hear his favorite song. Not to mention, this doll is super sweet and cuddly. He will have so much fun hugging his doll while watching the Baby Shark video and singing along!

Lifelong batteries are included, so he can starting hearing Daddy Shark sing as soon as he unwraps him. Other characters are also available, so consider purchasing Mommy and Baby shark, too!


VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Chase Police Tower

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The VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Chase Police Tower is an awesome toy set for a busy 1 year old. The Smart Police Car is activated by 5 different Smart point locations around the tower, which cause it to make 5 different sounds. A getaway car is also included – he will have a blast having the Police Car chase the getaway car around and around the twisting, turning ramps. But look out, there’s a jail at the bottom!

Besides the fun of car chases, the sounds in this playset promote language development and alphabetic knowledge, including the letter P. There are also fun songs for him to sing along with, and a variety of sounds and phrases. This interactive toy will be a hit with 1 year old boys everywhere!

Little Tikes Rocking Horse

For a gift that never goes out of style, consider a rocking horse. The Little Tikes Rocking Horse. This sweet horse is just the right size for your 1 year old, and can hold up to 50 pounds, so he will be able to use it for several years! With a safely designed seat that keeps kids from falling too far forward or backward, you can count on the safety of this product.

This active gift will help your toddler learn balance, and he can play indoors or outdoors. Imagine the smile on his face the first time he rocks back and forth on this stylish horse. This is a great, classic gift for your little one!


Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Pull & Play Learning Wagon

The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Pull & Play Learning Wagon is a toy that combines learning and fun. This wagon is great for pulling and it features educational material, too. It’s perfect for sitting and playing, or taking on the go. Included in the wagon are a shape sorter, a small xylophone, and many different push buttons that teach letters, shapes, colors, and more.

As your 1 year old grows, you can change the learning content to fit his needs using the Smart Stages technology. And we think any toddler will love pulling this special wagon outside or inside. If you’re looking for an educational toy that can be used on the go, this is a great option!


Musical Learning Workbench for Toddlers

The Musical Learning Workbench for Toddlers has everything! It comes with a toy drill, chainsaw, bench clamp, and more, so your 1 year old can pretend to build all kinds of cool projects. It also includes a shape shorter for him to practice naming shapes, sorting, and organizing.

With a push of a button, this workbench plays music, realistic sound effects, and shape names. Plus he will feel so grown up using tools like Mom and Dad. If you’re in the market for a great learning toy for a 1 year old that promotes concentration, fine motor skills, and more, this musical workbench can’t be beat!


Durio Baby Sun Hat

Keep the sun out of your 1 year old’s eyes with the Durio Baby Sun Hat. When he’s outside playing and having fun, the last thing you want to worry about is whether he’s getting too much sun. This bucket hat offers UPF 50+ sun protection and will keep his delicate skin safe from the sun’s rays.

With 14 different colors to choose from, we’re sure you can find the perfect one for him. Whether he’s out for a ride on his balance bike, splashing on his Splash Pad, or enjoying the sunshine on a family picnic, this hat is a practical choice for your favorite 1 year old.


Nuby Floating Purple Octopus with 3 Hoopla Rings

Need a small gift or stocking stuffer for a 1 year old? Check out the Nuby Floating Purple Octopus with 3 Hoopla Rings. Make bath time fun with this silly octopus. It comes with three rings that attach to its tentacles. 1 year olds will love feeling the interesting textures of these rings as they try to throw them over the octopus.

If bath time is a chore for your 1 year old, this fun purple friend will make it much more enjoyable. It floats in the water, and 1 year olds will love chasing it around the tub. It’s BPA-free and designed for little ones, so fill up the tub and get splashing!


BunMo Pop Tubes Sensory Toys 

The BunMo Pop Tubes Sensory Toys help little ones develop fine motor skills while stimulating their sense of touch and hearing. 1 year olds will enjoy twisting, turning, and pulling apart these fun tubes. The possibilities are endless for playtime. Bend them, connect them, push them in and out. What an exciting sensory experience!

These sensory tubes are a very unique toy that 1 year olds will want to keep playing with. The interesting texture and satisfying POP sound when they are pulled apart will make them a hit with kids of all ages. For a toddler just learning to explore the world around him, they will be an exciting experience.


WOOD CITY Wooden Shape and Color Puzzle Stacker

TheWOOD CITY Wooden Shape and Color Puzzle Stacker is a simple toy that can help your little one learn colors and shapes while having fun. He will also practice hand eye coordination and spatial reasoning as he matches the shapes to the wooden pegs. As he is playing, you can talk about the different shapes and colors that he sees, while counting the pegs.

Simple wooden toys often offer big educational opportunities, and this puzzle stacker is no exception. Whether he’s playing with the shapes on their own, or stacking them on the pegs, he will be learning by doing and learning to sort, categorize and classify.


Melissa & Doug First Play Wooden Touch & Feel Puzzle, Peek-a-Boo Pets

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The Melissa & Doug First Play Wooden Touch & Feel Puzzle, Peek-a-Boo Pets is more than just a puzzle. The 4 animal shaped puzzle pieces all feature soft, furry tummies that your 1 year old will love to feel and explore. These chunky pieces are fun to manipulate and play with on their own, and he will also enjoy fitting them into their spaces.

The center of this puzzle features a mirror – perfect for 1 year olds to play peekaboo with. Teach him the names of these animals as he plays, and talk about their soft textures. This puzzle can also help your little one learn colors and animal sounds. Parents and educators trust Melissa & Doug for their high quality, educational toys that promote learning and development, and this one is no exception. We’re sure your 1 year old will love this puzzle.


Playskool Sit ‘n Spin

A classic toy that can produce hours of simple fun, the Playskool Sit ‘n Spin is a 1 year old must-have. For little ones over 18 months, is there anything more fun than spinning round and round in dizzying circles? He can spin fast or slow depending on his comfort level, but either way, he is sure to have a blast.

This toy can help improve balance and body control, while also being tons of fun. The Sit ‘n Spin can also be used indoors or outdoors. But watch out – it is such a fun toy that everyone, even older siblings, may want a turn, too!


Infantino Press & Stay Sensory Blocks

The Infantino Press & Stay Sensory Blocks are classic building toys with a sensory twist. They are covered in a unique bumpy texture that allows them to adhere together and stay put. Your 1 year old will love building with these blocks because they do not fall down – he can even build sideways!

He may also enjoy touching the interesting texture as he builds. Make building with blocks a sensory learning experience with these one-of-a-kind blocks!


Little Tikes First Slide

The Little Tikes First Slide is the perfect gentle introduction to the world of playground slides. At just 3 feet long and with just 2 steps to climb, it’s just the right size for a 1 year old. Once he gets the hang of this one, he will be ready to try the bigger slides at the park.

This slide can be used indoors or outdoors, and it’s easy to fold and store when not in use. Imagine the delight on your 1 year old’s face when he gets a push and goes down the slide for the first time. And now with his own slide, he can enjoy the thrill again and again.


Little Tikes Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster

Every 1 year old needs a car to ride in. The Little Tikes Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster is a fun toy that allows Mom or Dad to push or pull him while he rides along. It works on the driveway, around the neighborhood, and even at the park.

Parents will appreciate the sun shade to keep your little one cool, and the cup holders in back. There is also a seatbelt to strap him in for safety. Your 1 year old will enjoy the horn that really beeps, and the feel of riding in his own little car. Get set for a fun ride with this classic roadster!


MAGIFIRE Wooden Toddler Puzzles 

The MAGIFIRE Wooden Toddler Puzzles are the perfect starter puzzles for a 1 year old! These 6 brightly colored wooden puzzles feature fun pictures that appeal to toddlers. The chunky wood pieces are the perfect size for little hands, and he will enjoy fitting them together to complete each puzzle.

While he learns spatial reasoning and practices fine motor skills, he will also grow his vocabulary to learn the names and colors of each picture. As he plays, you can have conversations about the different animals and what colors they are made up of. These puzzles are an educational activity that your 1 year old can enjoy over and over again!


VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

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If you have an active 1 year old boy on your hands, we’re sure he will love the  VTech Smart Shots Sports Center. This clever activity set features 2 sports, soccer and basketball, for double the fun! The counter will keep track of his baskets and goals for him, helping him improve technique while learning to count. Besides the fun sports aspect, the push buttons on this set help teach numbers, shapes, and more.

Your 1 year old will feel like a big kid with his very own basketball hoop and soccer goal. Practicing with these balls promotes hand eye coordination and gross motor skills development. Plus it’s just fun! We recommend this gift for all 1 year old athletes in training!


Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog from respected toy company Learning Resources, is a small toy that packs a big educational punch. It comes with 12 colorful spikes that 1 year olds will love putting in and pulling out of his back, helping to improve fine motor skills. With 4 different colors of spikes, youngsters can practice naming colors and creating patterns, too.

Worried about the spikes getting lost all over the house? Don’t be – pull off the hedgehog’s back and reveal a space to store the spikes when they’re not in use. The spikes are wide and easy to grab, making them perfect for tiny fingers. 1 year olds will love playing with Spike. Who knew such a simple toy could provide so much fun?


Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-on 

Need a riding toy for a little one? The Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe is a great choice for a little one who’s just learning to walk and ride. This adorable giraffe can be used inside and outside, and it has an adjustable seat so it can grow with your 1 year old.

Help improve your little guy’s balance and confidence with this fun and brightly colored giraffe. Just imagine him rolling around the living room or coasting up the driveway with his fun spotted friend. We highly recommend this giraffe for an active 1 year old!

Carrots Harvest Shape and Size Sorting Game

The Carrots Harvest Shape and Size Sorting Game is a wooden Montessori toy that helps toddlers learn spatial reasoning and improve hand eye coordination. This simple toy involves matched differently sized carrots into their corresponding holes in a wooden game board. The carrots look almost identical, but they are different sizes. It will take lots of trial and error to match them correctly!

Sorting is an important skill for toddlers to learn – it helps them learn to categorize and classify objects and information, to pay attention to detail, and to develop skills that will eventually be important for learning math. What looks like a simple puzzle is actually a powerful educational toy for our youngest learners, but your 1 year old will think he’s just having fun!


Never Touch a Shark

Never Touch a Shark is a fun rhyming storybook full of interesting and unique textures that your 1 year old will love touching and exploring. Each page features a different picture with a fun silicon texture that toddlers will want to keep touching over and over again.

The story that accompanies these fun pictures and textures is upbeat and entertaining, and little ones will enjoy the rhyming cadence. He will also be thrilled to turn the pages himself to see what comes next. Despite the book’s warnings, your 1 year old will be delighted to touch a shark on every single page!


Sing and Count Toy Cell Phone for Toddlers

The Sing and Count Toy Cell Phone for Toddlers is a fun way for your 1 year old to imitate Mommy and Daddy on his very own cell phone. With realistic looking push button apps that play a wide variety of fun sounds, your toddler won’t want to stop pushing the buttons to hear all the unique noises.

If your 1 year old is constantly going after your phone, this toy cell phone could be the perfect diversion. Now he has his own phone to press buttons on, talk into, and listen to. What a fun way for a toddler to play pretend!


LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

The LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set is the perfect way for kids as young as 1 to learn letters and sounds through play. This fun set teaches him the name and sound of each letter when he places that letter tile on the bus. You will be amazed at how quickly even the littlest learners will pick up the alphabet.

Parents will love that this set is magnetic. It attaches to the refrigerator and is a great way to keep your 1 year old busy while you cook dinner. And he will be learning too, which makes this a great all around toy!


Monkey Children’s Plush Chair

Give your 1 year old a cozy seat all his own with the Monkey Children’s Plush Chair. This soft and furry monkey chair gives him a place to relax and watch cartoons, look at books, and more. With an adorable monkey face and soft fur, this will be the coziest seat in the house!

Parents will love that the monkey is actually a removable, washable slipcover. The zipper used to open and close is childproof, so he won’t be able to pull it off himself, but Mom or Dad can easily take it off and throw it in the wash. When it’s not being washed, we’re sure the Monkey Plush Chair will be his favorite place to relax and play.


Manhattan Toy Growly – Velveteen T-Rex

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Rawr! The Manhattan Toy Growly Velveteen T-Rex is the perfect stuffed toy for your little 1 year old cuddlebug. From the highly regarded Manhattan Toy Company, this snuggly T-Rex is a great companion for any 1 year old boy. Made from silky velveteen, he is soft enough to cuddle, while also durable enough to play rough with.

Kids of all ages love stuffed animal companions, and we know how popular dinosaurs are with children as well. We think this T-Rex is a great choice if you’re looking for a plush friend for your little one. Once he gives this dino a big hug, we’re sure he will have a friend for life!


How We Selected Gifts For 1 Year Old Boys

Educational Toys that Promote Learning and Development

1 year olds are constantly learning and soaking up information as they explore their world. We searched carefully for the best educational toys around. This list has toys that teach basic skills such as letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. We also chose gifts that promote skills such as balance, hand eye coordination, and motor skills. Surely you will be able to find the perfect educational toy for any 1 year old on our list.

Active Toys for Active Kids

1 year olds are always on the go! We worked hard to find gifts that can keep up with a busy toddler. With active toys such as a balance bike, pull and go wagon, and a pirate ship that turns into a riding toy, you are sure to find the best active gift for your little one on our list. We have included sports sets, riding toys, and more to keep your little one busy!

Puzzles and Sorting Toys to Promote Critical Thinking

As your 1 year old learns to make sense of the world, why not give him some toys to develop problem solving and spatial reasoning skills? We included several age appropriate puzzles and sorting toys on our list for this reason. Whether it’s a textured wooden puzzle from Melissa & Doug or a Montessori carrot size sorting puzzle, we’re sure you can find the right critical thinking toy for your toddler on our list.

Gifts to Foster Curiosity and Learning

We included many gifts on this list that work with a 1 year old’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We love gifts that allow toddlers to explore, such as a water table, and to create, such as building toys. Rather than looking at screens and tablets, 1 year olds should be engaging and interacting with people and things to learn about their world. We included several toys on our list that allow him to do just that.


FAQs About Gift For 1 Year Old Boy

What is the best riding toy for a 1 year old boy?

Have you checked out Baby’s First Balance Bike? This little bike will make your 1 year old feel like a big kid, while keeping his feet firmly on the ground. A balance bike is a great first bike for a toddler, as it helps him get used to the feeling of the handlebars and seat without having to pedal.

If you’re looking for something that can be used inside and outside, we recommend the Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-on. This adorable and fun riding toy is adjustable so your 1 year old can continue to use it as he grows. 

What is the best sports toy for a 1 year old?

Don’t miss the VTech Smart Shots Sports Center. It comes with a soccer and basketball and features a hoop and a soccer goal. He will have a blast using the counter to keep track of his goals and shots as he has fun practicing. As an extra bonus, this educational toy also teaches shapes and numbers and makes fun sounds too.

What is an award winning toy for a 1 year old?

Check out the Hape Tap and Pound Bench with Slide Out Xylophone. The winner of the 2018 Cribsie Award for Best Musical Toy, this little toy allows toddlers to explore different musical sounds while tapping balls through the holes of the work bench. Musical instruments are a great sensory educational experience for little ones. The xylophone can also be a standalone toy, producing many hours of fun music!

What is the best book to give a 1 year old?

The World of Eric Carle Hear Bear Roar is an exciting interactive story for any toddler. Not only does it feature a great story for someone to read to him, it includes 30 buttons for him to push, each one making the sound of a different animal. Interactive storybooks are great fun for little ones, and with Eric Carle’s beautiful illustrations, this one is sure to be a hit.

What is a good sensory toy for a 1 year old?

A water table is a great sensory experience for toddlers of all ages. The Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table allows a 1 year old to engage with and explore the water in a fun way. We also love textured books such as Never Touch a Shark. And the Press & Stay Sensory Blocks from Infantino allow him to engage with his sense of touch exploring different textures. Musical toys like a xylophone and 33-piece instrument set will delight his sense of hearing. There are many exciting sensory toys on our list!



Your 1 year old boy is no longer an infant – now he is on the move, walking and maybe even running on his own. Now he needs big boy toys that let him explore his world while having fun. Our top recommendation for a busy 1 year old is Baby’s First Balance Bike.  But no matter what kinds of toys he likes to play with, we are confident you can find the perfect gift for him here on our gift guide!

Leslie Guerra
Leslie Guerra is a teacher and mom with years of gift buying experience. She has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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