15 Unique Gifts for a 1-Year-Old Baby Girl

15 Unique Gifts for a 1-Year-Old Baby Girl

With a whole year of play and learning behind her, your baby girl is growing up fast.

With her birthday or Christmas approaching, you want to make sure you get a really special gift.

But what are the best gifts for a 1-year-old baby girl?

Grab your purse, mama.

We’ve got ideas.

In this article: 📝

  • What do 1-year-olds need?
  • What is the best gift for a 1-year-old baby girl?
  • What are some toys for a 1-year-old girl?

What do 1-year-olds need?

Before we get shopping, let’s figure out exactly what 1-year-olds actually need.

Generally speaking, it’s broken down into five categories:

  • Love and attention: They need to know that they are important and that they are loved.
  • Nutrition: They’re growing and developing rapidly, so they need to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need.
  • Sleep: Usually about 12-14 hours of sleep per day (aka the dream!).
  • Playtime: It’s the best way for babies to explore the space around them.
  • Safe and comfy environment: Baby proofing, baby furniture, you get the picture.

So if you pick a 1-year old gift for girls that ticks off at least one of those needs, you’ve got the perfect gift right there!

Lots of 1-year-olds are deep into figuring out the rules of cause and effect (there’s a reason behind throwing their food on the floor, mama).

So giving them a toy that lets them explore the concept a little less messily is often a good place to start.

We’re talking toys where they can see what happens as they drop, bounce, roll, or stack — bouncy balls, ball runs, cars, and cups that can be built up, knocked down, and fitted inside each other.

What is the best gift for a 1-year-old baby girl?

Making the distinction between the best toys for 1-year-old girls and boys is tricky.

Each soon-to-be toddler has different interests, and it’s best to be led by them rather than the age or gender that toys are marketed towards (as long as the toy is safe, of course).

And what about if you’d like to get a gift that isn’t a toy?

Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. A personalized gift

There are lots of options for personalized items which would be particularly special gift ideas for a 1-year-old baby girl.

You might be able to find a personalized teddy bear, a book where the main character shares her name, a unique art print, or a special blanket.

2. A new outfit

Not because of the cliche that girls love to dress up, but because kids grow really fast.

One-year-olds will always need new outfits, and whether you choose a special dress, a swimwear set, or a set of super-cute socks (we love these by Bombas), we’re sure they’ll get plenty of use.

3. An adventure

We’ll admit that the birthday girl might not remember it for long, but a special day out can be great for her whole family.

If your little one loves swimming lessons, head to the beach or a pool with slides or a splash park.

If they’re obsessed with animals, head to a zoo, aquarium, or wildlife park.

4. A keepsake

It might not get daily use, but a trinket can be a beautiful reminder of your little one’s first year.

A special photo frame, music box, jewelry box, or ornament can all be wonderfully sentimental gifts for 1-year-old girls.

What are some toys for a 1-year-old girl?

Playing = learning, so toys make great gifts for 1-year-old baby girls.

They’ll love toys that will keep them engaged and entertained (just make sure the exact ones you’re buying are age-appropriate and tested).

Our favorites include:

5. Bath toys

One-year-olds get grubby, but it’s hard to get most kids out of the bath if it’s full of new toys.

Bath books and the famous rubber ducky are classics, but you can add a certain level of learning even to bath time with pouring toys like cups, funnels, and tube runs.

6. Books

You can never have too many books and, once your little peanut turns one, they’ll love more interactive books.

Books with flaps to lift, different textures, fun rhymes, and buttons to play sounds are all really engaging for children this age.

7. Puzzles

We’re not talking 1000 pieces, but simple wooden puzzles or shape sorters help to develop babies’ problem-solving and fine motor skills.

8. Building blocks

Chunky blocks are a great choice for one-year-old girls as they also encourage them to practice their fine motor skills.

You can choose classic wooden blocks or colorful plastic ones.

Hours of tower-building fun (even if it’ll be another year or two before they can help you with the actual building, rather than the demolition)!

9. Pull-along toys

Animals, cars, trains - if your little one is confident on their feet, we’re pretty sure they’ll enjoy having a toy to follow them around as they explore.

10. Art supplies

Big rolls of paper, chunky crayons, and washable paints are winners.

If they’re happiest standing up, you could even get them a toddler-sized easel where they can create their masterpiece (and maybe throw in a toddler-size painting apron as well).

11. Musical instruments

Miniature pianos, xylophones, guitars, tambourines, maracas — we’re talking anything that makes noise.

It’s another facet of cause and effect. And you might just be starting them off with a lifelong passion for music.

12. Copycat toys

At this age, your mini-me will probably love following you about your daily chores and mimicking your activities.

While toddlers are notorious for preferring to play with the real things, pretend play items like a toy vacuum cleaner, TV remote, phone, camera, keys, or kitchen utensils will be great fun.

13. Dolls

Continuing with that ‘pretend play’ theme, a doll might be pretty high up on the birthday gifts for 1-year-old baby girl list.

If your toddler is really showing an interest in dolls, you may also want to get some accessories, like a stroller, some different outfits, diapers, or a bottle.

Chances are you’ll have to get quite involved in caring for the doll to show your little one how it’s done, but this is a great chance for bonding, especially if you’re planning on adding another baby to your family soon.

14. Trikes, balance bikes, and ride-on toys

If your toddler is already walking, it might not be long before they’re ready for their first set of wheels.

Balance bikes and tricycles can make a great gift that will stand the test of time, especially if you choose one that can convert into a “proper” bike when she’s older.

If they’re not quite at this stage yet, a ride-on toy like a rocking horse is also a great choice.

15. Outdoor toys

If you have the space, most toddlers will want to be in the great outdoors as much as they can.

While you may not want to clutter up your entire outdoor space, a small slide, swing, pop-up tunnel, or climbing frame can be a great addition.

So, there you have it!

15 fabulous ideas for gift ideas for 1-year-old girls that are sure to keep them entertained.

Remember, the most important thing is to choose a gift that she will enjoy.

So, take some time to think about what she likes to do and what they would find fun.

And for a 1-year-old, half the fun is in tearing open their present, so go extra on the wrapping, too!

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