This guide provides Christmas gift ideas for 1 year old girls.  Included are the top toys and unique gifts, as well as an explanation of the developmental stage at 12 months.  

Developmental Stage for 1 year olds

 

What They Like to do

When thinking about what toys to buy for a one year old for Christmas, we first need to understand what they like to do.  

Right now 1 year olds love to explore – open drawers and cupboards.

They can now bang things together, hold cups and use things as they were intended (example run a brush through their hair or hold a phone to their ear).

Physically they can sit on their own, crawl, stand and maybe even cruise along furniture or walk a few steps on their own (source).

Toys that encourage exploration and help them perfect their new found mobility will be their favorites.

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Developmental Differences – 1 year old Girls

According to Parenting.com there are differences between 1 year old girls’ preferences and 1 year old boys’, which means that buying Christmas gifts for baby girls can be slightly different then buying Christmas gifts for 1 year old boys.  

Girls’ fine motor skills typically develop earlier than boys – so they may be more interested in a shape sorter earlier for example.

Girls are also ahead when it comes to mimicking behaviour and enjoy things like taking care of a baby doll.  

As the same article points out – interestingly there are no differences between boys and girls when mimicking actions that don’t require human interaction, like pretending to drive a car.

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Gift Guide: Toy and Christmas Gift Ideas

for 1 Year Old Girls

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Best Toys for 1 Year Old Girls

Selected based on what your little girl likes to do at this age.  This list contains classics and new brands you can be confident in gifting.

Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella

This smaller version of the Stella doll, is super cuddly and comes with accessories that allow the baby girl to take care of her.

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Personalized Name Crayons

For the little girl who has everything these crayons are not only beautiful, but completely usable!  Help your little girl practice drawing with this great gift set (or keep them on display – they are so pretty). 

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LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train

Lego® has a line of brick building toys for younger children.  This Learn to Count Train will help fine motor skills. At first the baby may only be able to bang the pieces together, or take them apart, but as she gets older she will begin putting the pieces together.

Shape Sorter

Another fine motor skill developer, this classic toy from Fisher Price® introduces shapes and colors.

Melissa & Doug 20 Animal Magnets in a Box

These animal shaped magnets are bright and colorful, they help your little one learn her animals and (bonus!) they don’t contain a small magnet that can come loose.

Little Tikes Light ‘n Go – Activity Garden Treehouse

Little Tikes® have made a wonderful multi-function activity center.  One year olds can crawl under the giraffe, walk through the door and play with all the balls.  Babies on the move will love practicing their new skills here. Also folds into a square to take up less space.

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair

Give your little girl a chair to call her own.  The Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages chair is the perfect place for her to read her books, practice counting and learn how to go from sitting to standing.

Kiddzery 3pc Kids Play Tent Crawl Tunnel and Ball Pit with Basketball Hoop

This ball pit features a playhouse, crawl tunnel and basketball hoop.  Hours of fun for your little girl. Ball sold separately.

Award Winning Toys – Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Girls

These toys have been awarded prizes based on their design.

Hape Walk-A-Long Snail Toddler Wooden Pull Toy

Hape has amazing wooden toys and doesn’t disappoint with this pull along snail that includes a shape sorter.  Winner of a Parent’s Choice Award.

Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Another Hape toy – this xylophone is also a pounding toy, making this musical toy a fine motor skill builder as well. 2018 Cribsie Award of favorite first musical toy suitable for ages 12 months to 3 years

Manhattan Toy Playful Pony Wooden Toddler Activity Center

Winner of a Hot Diggity Award, this toddler activity center is beautiful as well as fun.  This pony shaped toy contains shape sorters, bead runs and spinning dials.

Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center

Another stylish activity centre, featuring bead runs, spinning dials and more exploratory fun.  Chosen as one of the best toys of the year 2014 by Parents Magazine. Scholastic Parent & Child Gold Star toys Award winner 2014

Unique Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Girls

For the 1 year old girl who has everything, these gifts are a bit more sentimental.  If this gift is for a second, third or fourth child, then something unique to just them will be even more special.  

Teddy Bear made from a Baby Sleeper 

Little girls love something to cuddle. This unique present is made from their own newborn sleeper and becomes a keepsake.

Rose Bush or Tree

Planting something that will be around for years to come and that the 1 year old girl can help take care of (help water for example) teaches them about caring for living things and it can be enjoyed every year.  If you can find a plant that contains the girl’s name even better. Ex. A Queen Elizabeth rose for Elizabeth. You can also gift a toy watering can to complete the gift.

Subscription Box

Monthly subscription boxes are becoming very popular.  You receive a package each month and can choose between getting toys or books. Our favorites are these two:

1.  Lillypost – The Board Book Box is great for children aged 0-3. In each box, you will find four perfect reads that will bring so much joy to the baby or toddler in your life!

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2. Bluum –  Books, age-appropriate, high-quality toys, apparel accessories, all natural home and body care items and gear are just some of the types of products included in the Bluum box.

Melissa & Doug Rainbow Caterpillar Gear Toy 

This toy gives toddlers an opportunity to color-coordinate, rearrange and rotate gears so the caterpillar “moves.”

NimNik Bead Maze Activity Cube Wooden Toys

This classic STEM toy encourages cognitive development, auditory exploration, visual perception, colour and shape recognition, hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and early math development, patterning, and creative expression

The First Years Stack Up Cups

8 brightly colored cups that stack together with numbers on the bottom for number practice. Simple, but loved by one year olds.

HABA Bonita Garden

Mix, match, and arrange leaves and flowers any way you like. Endless fun with vibrantly painted flowers.  

Gifts That Give Back – Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Girls

Give your little girl a gift, while supporting charities or company’s that are environmentally conscious.

Busy Book

These handmade busy books are made by Canadian grandmother’s to support grandmother’s in Africa who have lost their children’s to HIV/AIDS and are raising their grandchildren. The Grandmothers Campaign is an initiative of the Stephen Lewis foundation.  The Busy books come in two versions – A Counting Safari and Safari train. They both are interactive.  The train book has a little finger puppet that can be taken out and go from page to page.  The counting book has a little elephant that velcros onto each page as you do the activities. Wonderful books to take on car trips with lots of gross motor skill practice.  Both are $45.00 CDN Contact: kcuthbert@telus.net

Cuddle+Kind Dolls

These hand knit dolls are not only cuddly, they also provide 10 meals to needy children with every 1 doll purchased.  cuddle+kind supports the WFP School Meals Program, which provides nutrition to 18.2 million children in 65 countries.  Their dolls are also ethically produced in Peru where they insure their artisans are given a sustainable, fair trade income.   

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set

These blocks have built-in magnets so they won’t fall down as easily when your one year old is playing with them.  They are also made in Honduras with the goal of creating fair trade jobs for local residents.

Lillypost Subscription Box

This wonderful subscription box comes with 4 board books each month. For $5 you can even get them individually gift wrapped.  Save 50% off retail AND for every box purchased 1 book is donated. They have donated over 20,000 books in North America so far. 

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