First Year Gift Guide

With my youngest recently celebrating his first year around the sun, I decided to put together a small list of some of my favorite gift ideas for a one year old.

I know how challenging it can be trying to figure out what a one year old wants or needs, so if you are in the same boat as me – check out my list below. Many of these items would be suitable for a two or three year old as well!

First year gift guide

1. Slumberkins’ bigfoot

Slumberkins are soft, cuddly creatures that were designed with the intention to promote positive life skills. There are several adorable creatures to choose from, and each one has an accompanying Sleepytime Rhyme and keepsake Affirmation Card. The life skills that Slumberkins promotes are relaxation, self-esteem, transtion/change, mindfulness, and conflict resolution. Slumberkins does a fantastic job at creating a soft, snuggly creature for little ones, while providing parents with resources to promote positive skills. Pictures don’t do this plush Bigfoot justice, he is ultra SOFT and the most snuggable creature we own. 🙂 Checkout Bigfoot and a few of his pals HERE.

Fun Fact: Slumberkins was featured on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank!

2. Bannor Toys Tool Box

I know I’ve shared a little about Bannor Toys in the past, but I’m a bit obsessed with their gorgeous Wooden Tool Box Set. The tool box is made from solid Baltic Birch, Walnut, and Cherry Woods and comes fully assembled. The quality is second to none, and it is a beautiful piece to display in any room. I love how special the personalization makes it, and this is one of those heirloom gifts that I know will last a lifetime. Bannor offers many other beautiful wooden toys from letter blocks to baby rattles. I love how classic and timeless this “toy” is, and it is my hopes that it would be passed on to future generations. Shop Bannor Toys and this Wooden Tool Box Set HERE.

Bonus: These beautiful wooden toys are made right here in the USA!

3.  chatbooks

First of all, I don’t think words can adequately describe how great this photo book from Chatbooks is. Pictures don’t do it justice. You have to trust me on this one…

Chatbooks is an app that you can download and simply upload photos from your camera roll into an album. Each photo is date stamped, and you can even add a caption if you would like. When I received this hardcover album with photos of Easton’s first year of life, it brought tears to my eyes.

A scrapbooker at heart and now a mother of three, I have ZERO time these days to scrapbook my kiddos’ lives. I have major mom guilt in the fact that I haven’t even purchased a scrapbook for Easton’s photos yet. Chatbooks made it beyond easy to load all of my special photos of him into one app and order this book straight from my phone. I now have a special book that holds infinite memories from his first year of life. AND my mom guilt is a little less knowing I have organized photos of him all in one place.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this album is priceless.

If you are like me and have a tough time getting organized in the chaos that is life, I HIGHLY recommend Chatbooks. I know I will be ordering MANY more of these amazing books to hold our family memories in the future!

Download the Chatbooks App to get started or visit the website to learn more HERE.

4. B. Toys Buggly wuggly

The Buggly Wuggly by B. Toys was very likely one of Easton’s favorite gifts this year. This adorable ride on toy is absolutely perfect for his age. He can easily climb on and off of it, but he also loves to push it all around the house. The seat opens up to a small compartment that he loves to open and close, loading and unloading his toys. The eyes light up and make a super cute little honking noise – and no, it’s not obnoxiously loud! I love that about it, and he does too! This will be one of those toys that he is able to grow with because even my three and five year old love cruising around on our Buggly Wuggly pal.

Find the Buggly Wuggly and so many other beautifully engaging toys for your little one HERE.

5. Camp Castle Playmats

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably heard of Camp Castle Playmats. These super fun playmats come in many different designs and several sizes. All of my kiddos love these super durable, quality playmats. They are beautifully illustrated, and encourage my little ones to use their imagination as they play out different stories on their mats. Camp Castle Playmats are a great gift for a child of any age! See more from Camp Castle Playmats HERE.

6. Manhattan Toy Company’s Camp Acorn Photo Book

This playful photo book is one of my favorite gifts for a one year old. It features five pages to fill with 4 x 6 photos, a wooden teether ring, crinkle paper, and a Velcro closure. I know how much babies and toddlers love photos, especially photos of FAMILIAR faces. I love that I can fill this book with special photos of loved ones to make him smile throughout the day. The pictures are protected by clear plastic, and it is super easy to wipe clean. I think this photo book would also make such a fun baby shower gift! Manhattan Toy Company also offers a few other photo book designs, but you can find the one pictured below HERE.

Did you know? Manhattan Toy Company is based out of my home state – Minnesota! <3

7. Books!

I recently shared about my secret obsession with children’s story books. I won’t lie – sometimes I buy books for the kids because I selfishly want to read them! Anyways, I’m a firm believer in reading to my children, and I think books make the perfect gift! While I totally love Usborne and Wonderbly(personalized) books, I also buy a lot of books through Amazon for my kiddos. There are endless options and a wide variety of titles available. Bonus – free two day shipping on most books with an Amazon Prime membership.

Gifting tip: Write a special note on the inside of the cover when gifting for a special occasion! I KNOW this de-values the book, but let’s be honest – books don’t hold a lot of re-sale value anyways. I do this especially for my children when gifting a special book for Christmas, birthdays, etc. I love the personal touch of a handwritten message reminding my kiddos of my love for them EVERY time they open the book!

There are so many other great gift ideas out there for a one year old, but I tried to narrow my list down to just a handful of my favorites!

I would love to hear – what are some of your favorite “go-to” gifts for children ages 1-5??

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