Need Christmas gift ideas for the one year old in your life? Here are a variety of ideas that range from fun to classic and educational to energy burning:
Activity Table – An activity table is fairly inexpensive and can provide untold hours of entertainment to a one year old. Activity tables usually familiarize little ones with a variety of things such as the alphabet, colors, shapes, and counting. They entertain with music and bright lights. A couple of great ones to consider are the Leapfrog Learn and Groove Musical Table and the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Musical Table.
Alphabet Blocks – A set of alphabet blocks can be used for so many things. Besides being useful in later teaching baby letter recognition when they are old enough, the blocks are useful immediately for fine motor skills and teaching cause and effect. Every baby loves to stack blocks and then knock them over! I recommend buying a set that is heirloom quality and can be saved for future generations. One set of alphabet blocks that is worth investing in are the Uncle Goose Alphabet Blocks.
Ball Pit – What little one doesn’t love to play in a ball pit? Many parents cringe to think about the germs that likely lurk within the type you find in public establishments. Buying your one year old their very own ball pit for home is a win-win for everyone. There are many to choose from and you can find everything from simple twist and fold up ones to bigger inflatable models. Favorite characters are also found on many. Most can be purchased in the $ 30 to $ 50 range.
Puzzles – At one, kids should be able to start doing simple wooden puzzles. The types with the big round knobs on each piece are great to start out with. You will find that they are available in a variety of themes from animals to shapes and more. It’s one of the simplest, most affordable, and educational gifts you can get a one year old.
Books – It’s never to early to begin teaching little ones to have a lifelong love of reading. Books always make a wonderful gift idea for children and there are so many wonderful books to choose from for this age group.
Board books are best at this age. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a wonderful option. It’s simple story and brightly colored illustrations will hold a one year old’s attention. Also look for books that come in gift sets with puppets. These are another great option.