When a baby boy turns one, he is magically transformed from a baby into a toddler. It may not be as straightforward when it comes to buying gifts that he will be guaranteed to play with or use. Some boys will be attracted to their baby things, while others may prove ready for the big bad world of toddler toys.
You don’t have to guess what will work, though, because our guide is packed with all kinds of fun toys, accessories, and gifts that will appeal to the special boy in your life. Check out these unique gift ideas for 1-year-old boys ahead.
60 Fun Gift Ideas For 1-Year-Old Boys
Read on for the coolest gifts for 1-year-old boys that will make them giggle.
Cartoon Wind Up Cars
These adorable wind-up cars will have 1-year-old boys ready for some vroom-vrooming at the word go. The set of four cars will start up with one push and stimulate them easily for a fun afternoon of driving around. Equally as cute are the four animals behind the wheel of each car, including a calf, a dog, a squirrel, and a cat. The animals’ tails are sure to wag when the cars race around.
Baby Musical Mats
The 1-year-old boy in your life will enjoy playing musical steps with this fully loaded musical mat. The different modes play up to 25 different sounds, such as animals, music, and actual melodies. The learning is invaluable when he listens to all the music program has to offer and he can get exercise as well, either crawling around or walking on the mat. He may even gain a little rhythm in the process.
Baby Balance Bike
There is only one way a 1-year-old boy will react to this balance bike that bears the face of the cutest dog on earth—with absolute glee. The bike can help the development of his physical coordination early on and will have him riding around his first bike for hours on end. The doggie’s eyes even blink as he moves the handlebars, so he’ll have a good friend to keep him company.
Turn your 1-year-old boy into the next Einstein with this popular gift set full of learning activities that will stimulate his brainpower and engage him all the way. Educational toys for 1-year-old boys like this will give him everything he needs for learning through play, from animal masks and board books to a rhyming card and poster for learning his first words. He can return to the box and learn something new each time.
Wooden Race Track
Your 1-year-old speed racer will take to this wooden race track with delight. Its bright colors and accident-proof ramp of racer cars speed up and down with his help. He can park all the cars on the roof and then send each one down the ramp when he decides it’s time for them to go. The toy is a great way for him to stay focused on one activity at a time (playing with cars)!
Why just teach the 1-year-old boy in your life to walk when you can give him a cool learning center that also acts as a walker for him? This learning walker has it all—a telephone handset, piano keys, light-up buttons, and more. He can play with it on the ground if still crawling, use it to guide him as he learns to walk or keep at it when he’s running around completely.
Dancing Cat Toy
This is a very special cat toy for toddlers. He plays music and dances as well as talks and lights up to help your boy find his rhythm, his words, and a recognition of musical sounds. Plus, it’s just really fun to have his own personal cat toy to interact with in so many ways that will also end up teaching him how to take care of a future pet companion.
Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
This set of six wooden animal puzzles will provide thoughtful educational activity for 1-year-old boys to play with. Their earliest learning experiences are important, and these puzzles featuring six different characters offer them a playful way to recognize the colors, shapes, and looks of different animals. The puzzle will become one of the first puzzles they ever solve in life, along with many more to come.
Board Books Set
It may be time to start putting together the top library for your 1-year-old boy to excel in any area while being able to ignite his eager imagination. This set of 10 board books can act as that first library that is tailor-made for 1-year-old boys and contain topics as broad as shapes, colors, animals, fruits & vegetables, and even numbers. He’ll always remember his first set of books, especially ones that teach so powerfully.
Marvel Bodysuits Set
No more boring onesies for your favorite 1-year-old boy when you provide him with a set of top Marvel heroes to wear. This set has five different onesie bodysuits with both soft fabric and easy-on-easy-off snaps. He can be Captain America one day and The Incredible Hulk another. The colors are gorgeous and will allow him to stand out as the hero in the crowd any time he puts on his cape (or onesie).
Musical Bus Toy
1-year-old boys will want to get on this musical bus toy. The colorful play bus has many features they can interact with, like counting colored rings and playing with flashing headlights. The bus includes eight nursery rhymes that will entertain him. They can place the animal figures in the proper places by listening to the sounds that each animal makes. There is so much to learn and so much fun on the bus that awaits.
Mushroom Garden Toy
This award-winning mushroom garden toy uses the power of mushrooms to teach 1-year-old boys about numbers and colors. They can light up and also play music…these mushrooms do it all. They can take part in memory games where they have to try and memorize the pattern that the mushroom lights and sounds make, which will help build basic skills and prepare them for the next steps in their education.
1-year-old boys will get their sports on with this fully-loaded sports center toy. The unique 2-in-1 combination toy can be used for shooting basketball hoops or making a goal in soccer. The toy is a great reason for babies and toddlers to get active, from the floor or on their feet. There is even a scoreboard to show them just how great they’re doing.
Mickey Mouse Bedding Set
This super-cute bedding set features gray and red Mickey Mouse themed designs that will fit right into the whimsical, comforting place known as your 1-year-old boy’s bedroom. The set includes a warm quilt, a fitted sheet, and a skirt for his crib that will tie all the Mickeys together. He will love having this iconic Disney character watching over him while he sleeps soundly in his crib.
Fishing Bath Toy
Take your favorite 1-year-old boy fishing during his next bathtime with the best fishing bath toy he will love. This fishing pole is magnetic and, with a few clicks of the pole, it can retrieve the three underwater characters that will attach to its pole. The activity will transform his typical bathtime into a fishing adventure that will produce creatures that bob around once they have fished from the ocean, aka bathtub.
Vibrating Guitar Grasp Toy
This cool-looking guitar toy is ideal for 1-year-old boys who want to touch and feel it’s interesting textures while feeling the vibration it gives off when the cord is tugged. They will love rocking out with this soft toy and can learn the most basic techniques to strumming a guitar that will come in handy later in their childhood when they start to learn a musical instrument.
Footed Cotton Pajamas Set
This set of footed pajamas makes a thoughtful Christmas or birthday gift for your favorite 1-year-old boy to enjoy. The vibrant designs include a “best of” what little boys enjoy, like fire trucks, spaceships, monsters, skateboards, and more. Each pajama set has warm non-slip footies attached and long sleeves to keep him toasty whether taking a nap or lounging around.
Pull & Sing Puppy
This very special puppy not only looks sweet but can teach 1-year-old boys coordination, motor skills and help with their language development. The puppy has a light-up nose which will keep the boys focused on him while he reacts with voice and music to them. He contains over 60 songs, sounds, and phrases to teach this little one about while also teaching him how to take care of animals.
Car Tent Toy
This car tent toy will become your 1-year-old boy’s favorite getaway kept in the playroom, or you decide to use it as his personal backyard tent. The car-shaped tent has a mesh opening on the top so he can see out, and you can see where he is playing, sleeping, or just relaxing. You can add bouncy castle balls for fun or add something soft for the best nap he’s ever taken.
1st Birthday Book
This 1st birthday book is the perfect way to impress on his very first birthday. The book is fully personalized with the name, gender, and birthdate of the birthday boy, which will make him feel special and make the reading of the book a wonderfully unique event every time it happens (because he is going to want to hear his story over and over again)!
Suction Cup Spinning Top Toy
This set of spinning toys has qualities that will help your 1-year-old boy focus and play at the same time. The spinners attach to any flat surface with their suction cups and allow little ones to release energy by spinning them around. Each spinner has an animal in its center—a butterfly, a ladybug, and a bee. You can even attach them to the inside of a car window so car trips become a little easier.
First Learning Tablet
This awesome learning tablet will be the ultimate introduction for your 1-year-old boy to begin exploring all kinds of educational and fun apps, games, and learning activities. The easy-to-interact with apps include different songs, light patterns, cute animals, shapes, and so much more. Anytime he needs to engage with tech that won’t overwhelm him but assist him in growing, this is the tablet to reach for.
Wooden Activity Cube
The 1-year-old boy you know will take to this wooden activity cube immediately since it has so much learning to offer. The all-inclusive teaching toy has it all: a math abacus, games like Tic-Tac-Toe and Sliders, a learning clock, and a bead maze. He can explore whatever takes his interest that day and never get bored. The activity cube will soon become an important part of his toddler toy collection.
Baby Birthday Gift Set
Make sure your 1-year-old boy has the best outfit he can show off for the event that is his 1st birthday party. This birthday gift set will have him decked out like a little prince with his 1st birthday onesie/pants combo. There’s also an adorable birthday hat for photos and a birthday boy bib that will happily catch all the birthday cake crumbs.
Airplane Light Up Toy
This light-up airplane toy is ready to teach and entertain your favorite 1-year-old boy with its many features. When in learning mode, the airplane will help him learn numbers, the alphabet, music, and words. When he switches the plane into music mode, it’s all about interacting with the plane itself, which goes vroom-vroom when he moves it around. Either way, he will appreciate the many treasures this cute little airplane toy has to offer.
Teach your 1-year-old boy to harvest fruits and vegetables with this harvest game garden. The award-winning game contains seven different fruit and vegetable pieces that he can work on fitting into the differently shaped holes. While he gardens this way, he is improving his motor skills, shape recognition, and coordination abilities, all while tending to his favorite garden.
Allow your 1-year-old space traveler to enjoy the beauty of the galaxies in his bedroom with this awesome star projector. The organic feel to the wooden base cradles an LED light projector that will cast the stars onto his ceiling and walls. The amount of light and color/tone of the light can be controlled easily and set on a timer so it turns off once he is asleep.
Fisher-Price Blocks Gift Set
Fisher-Price put together an impressive set of block toys for rambunctious boys to play with. The set has two different toys that include blocks with a storage bucket and a stack of ring blocks that he can also use, depending on the kind of blocky mood he might find himself in. He’ll be on his way to solving problems like a pro, thanks to his block buddies.
Playskool Busy Gears
These gears are busy indeed…they provide hours of super-fun entertainment for 1-year-olds and older. The toy has 11 gears that he can touch and play with. The gears will spin around in all directions and can be stacked and unstacked, which will keep both his brain waves buzzing and his attention span intact.
Keep a 1-year-old boy’s little feet warm and comfy in these little sherpa slippers. They close securely around the ankles with a hook and loop and are non-skid to help him avoid slipping or taking a tumble. The slippers make a great Christmas gift and will get plenty of use no matter the season.
Barnyard Bath Toy Set
The next time the 1-year-old boy you know takes a bath, you can provide him with some cool friends to have in the tub with him. This set of barnyard bath toys included eight different mini creatures that include an owl, a frog, a rooster, and of course, a duck. The creatures will squirt water back at him when he squeezes them and will make bath time even more fun.
Personalized Moon & Stars Nightlight
This personalized night light is the ideal addition to your favorite 1-year-old boy’s bedside. The soft light will ease him to sleep, with the moon and stars design spelling out his name. If he wakes up in the night, he’ll see his own moon and stars that will let him know it’s still sleep time.
Wild Animals Board Book
When 1-year-old boys want to learn about the animal world, they can look at this board book of wild animals that has all their friends in the natural world to teach them. This board book is all about touch, a wonderful way for toddlers to take in knowledge first-hand. They can feel the textures of five different animals, from a smooth dolphin to a koala’s ear, and gain so much more in return.
Sprinkler Splash Pad
This splash pad is the ultimate in gifts for 1-year-old boys to have all the outdoor fun they can dream up. The kiddie pool is part fountain, part learning pool because anywhere they choose to sit, they can splash around in the multiple squirts of water. While they’re doing so, they can look at the mat and learn about animals and the alphabet. What better way to spend a warm summer day?
Baby Toy Cars Set
This set of baby cars is one of the cutest ways 1-year-old boys can play with cars around. The set of seven vehicles includes a fire truck, school bus, plane, and more. They are powered by the toddler that plays with them, and they move once he gets some friction going. The convenient carry bag for the cars unfolds into a fun play mat on which he can play with all his baby car friends.
This fishing game will have the 1-year-old boy you know totally immersed in trying to catch much more than just a fish. The game allows him to catch fish and harvest his garden for vegetables while looking for worms hiding in the holes. He can discover the differences between shapes and everyday things, while finding some of the best treasure ever.
Toddler Tool Set
Get 1-year-old boys turned on to fixing things early in life when you give them this cool toddler tool set. There are so many tools and shapes for them to tinker with and try to put away or fit into holes, in addition to helpful lights and sound reactions which teach them even more about the tools in their kit. They can carry it all around with them and start fixing anywhere they like.
1-year-old boys can explore with this multi-sided and multi-faceted learning cube. The award-winning toy uses colors, lights, and sounds to teach them the alphabet and numbers, along with nursery rhymes, animal sounds, and much more. The cube is light and easy to take along on trips, so his learning activities never have to cease because he’s not at home. He may not want to put the cube down!
This busy board has everything a 1-year-old boy needs for a fast track to learning. He can work on his motor skills with the props inside like a zipper, button, and buckles, while exploring his own imagination by drawing on the doodle board. He can also mimic going to school since the board folds up into a lightweight backpack that he can wear on the go. He’ll be more than ready for pre-school by quite some time!
Spin & Learn Flashlight
This flashlight will not only light the way for your 1-year-old boy but will also light his way to learning at the same time. The many buttons on the flashlight will teach him about numbers, animal sounds, and colors. The flashlight will interact with sing-a-longs and friendly conversation from a cute ladybug. He can also enjoy searching for fun stuff by the light of his flashlight tool.
Cloth Baby Book
Toddlers can touch and feel this baby book from cover to cover and learn about the animal world too. The book is called “Jungly Tails” for a good reason…a bunch of wild animal tails quite literally stick out of the book that they can get their hands on to find out more about the animals in the story. This truly unique book will remain a part of their life for years to come.
Chomp & Count Dino
Your 1-year-old boy will get a kick out of feeding colorful coins with images of different types of food on them to a very hungry dinosaur toy. The dino will talk back to him as he eats, offering different cute responses each time. He also has much more to give, like songs, sounds, and the prices of the different foods. 1-year-old boys will come away with a lot of info from this teaching dinosaur friend.
Turn & Learn Driver Toy
Get your favorite 1-year-old boy behind the wheel of his own vehicle with this steering wheel driver toy that teaches so much more than just how to turn and honk. He can hear words and sounds associated with different animals and vehicles. He can also play with all the buttons on the steering wheel and explore shifting gears and putting his signal on so one day he will make the safest driver around.
1-year-old boys will love safely playing in this ball pit made from foam. The hand-crafted pit is a great way for little ones to practice walking, or swimming in balls, and even throwing! This soft pit of 200 balls is there to catch any falls. The colorful play center will provide tons of entertainment for 1-year-olds and their BFFs to idle away an afternoon in the happiest place around.
Park Ranger Baby Board Book Set
This set of board books is unique in that they tell the story of the US national parks. Each book focuses on either the water, land, animals, or plants found in the 16 different national parks. The inviting pictures will draw in any 1-year-old boy with topics like “Towering Trees” and “Massive Caves.” Before you know it, he’ll be wanting to visit one of these parks with you and see for himself.
Sit & Play Learning System
The 1-year-old boy you know will want to dig into this sit & play learning system right away. The impressive-looking toy can act as his own private tablet and be the perfect all-in-one place for learning everything he needs to and more years before stepping into a preschool. The Animal Island Learning Adventures series will engage him, keep his attention, and use his focus to develop his cognitive abilities, literacy, and beyond.
Push N’ Pop Bulldozer
By just pushing this colorful bulldozer, your little 1-year-old boy can amuse himself to no end as the bulldozer pops up colored balls from its chimney into the bucket as it rolls. When he wants some additional fun, he can hear songs as he rolls his bulldozer across the room. Either way, he can be as adventurous as he wants to where this bulldozing job is concerned.
Fisher-Price Vacuum Toy
This Fisher-Price vacuum toy will make cleaning up a super fun activity for 1-year-old boys. As they push the vacuum cleaner around, they are met with different music, lights, and phrases, plus the on and off sound of the vacuum itself. They can work on their balance by using the vacuum to help them stand and continue to explore learning topics like colors, shapes, and opposites…all while cleaning up the house!
Sit To Stand Alphabet Train
Few choo choo trains are as packed with learning and fun as this sit-to-stand alphabet train for 1-year-old boys. They can sit and push the train while taking part in any of 10 activities, from a storybook to alphabet blocks. There is also a walkie-talkie and number pad that they can interact with, which will create hours of train-riding fun for all who take part.
Gund Plush Sports Playset
Give your favorite 1-year-old boy his start playing different sports in a way that is easy to do. This Gund playset consists of plush versions of a soccer ball, football, basketball, and baseball. They come in an adorable “My First Sports Bag” that he can cart around during all of his activity times. These sports accessories are perfect for throwing, cuddling, or just having fun with and will gently introduce him to the wide world of sports.
Toddler Musical Instruments Set
This all-in musical instruments set will win big with any 1-year-old boys you know. The 22-piece set has 15 different instruments that are safe for toddlers to use and perfect for them to explore their inner drummer…and xylophone player, castanet player, bell ringer, clapper, etc. They can work on their rhythm and begin an early appreciation of music. They’ll have enough instruments to start their own merry band of toddlers too.
Wooden Hammering/Pounding Toy
Even the most energetic 1-year-old boy will get all of his energies out with this hammering and pounding toy that looks like the cutest elephant on wheels. Not only can he pound and hammer the objects, but also take part in other games that the toy has to offer. The options include the castanets, numbers, gears, and more colorful accessories that will engage him and his friends for hours at a time.
Bear Fleece Hood Jacket
Turn your favorite 1-year-old boy into the cutest little baby bear you know by giving him this hooded fleece jacket. The lightweight fleece is ideal for keeping him warm yet comfortable, especially with the zip up feature. The baby bear ears will make sure to send his level of cuteness off the charts the moment he has his bear hoodie on for outdoor activities.
Baby Phone Toy
It’s never too early to get your 1-year-old boy his own cell phone…don’t worry, it’s not a real phone but a toddler-friendly “smartphone” toy that he will enjoy even more than he does stealing your phone. There are 12 apps to play with, such as a camera, games with animals and sounds, mail, and more. He’ll love exploring the apps while invigorating his imagination too.
Sleepsack Wearable Blanket
When the 1-year-old boy in your life needs his beauty sleep, you can ensure he’ll feel safe and comfortable with this helpful sleepsack. The sleepsack is a wearable blanket that makes the toddler wearing it feel a sense of security and an even temperature all around. The sleeves will keep him from getting too warm and the bamboo and cotton blend will act as the softest blanket he’s ever had.
Magnetic Drawing Board
This drawing board will assist 1-year-old boys in exploring their creativity safely, easily, and with no mess! The magnetic board includes a magic pen that allows them to explore color, shapes, and art at their own pace. The board’s design has removable legs so can go with him if he wants to take his art on the road.
Glass Elephant Nightlight
A thoughtful gift for a 1-year-old boy, this elephant night light has been handcrafted from recycled glass and has a mosaic feel to the design of a mother elephant leading her baby elephant behind her. The quirky night light will find a welcome home in the nursery/bedroom of the sweetest 1-year-old boy you know.
Learning Lights Remote
This remote control toy is not like other remote controls since it’s made to teach 1-year-old boys everything from shapes and music tunes to knowing about the weather. The remote cleverly does so via the use of lights that stimulate his attention, focus, and imagination. He will end up improving his motor skills while playing with the coolest remote control in his toy collection.
Birthday Cake Toy
Get your favorite 1-year-old boy ready for his next birthday with this awesome birthday cake toy that will teach him all the colors and shapes that birthday cake has to offer. He can easily set his age and watch the different numbers of candles light up. The birthday cake also includes fun birthday-themed lyrics to sing along to as he blows out the light-up candles.
Blu Whale Learning Toy
This whale toy is ideal for teaching 1-year-old boys about buckles and their clasps through tactile experience. Their coordination and motor skills will improve while playing with this friendly whale’s six buckles and colorful straps. The adorable whale is a soft plush, so it can easily move around with him no matter where he goes.
First Birthday FAQs
How Can I Celebrate My 1-Year-Old’s Birthday?
Even though hosting a 1st birthday party for your 1-year-old seems like a no-brainer, it can also be nice to mark the special day with other significant activities since he won’t remember the party. Other activities are a great way to enjoy more personal memories on the special day. Activities like outdoor adventures, going to the zoo to see the animals, painting a picture together, organizing a photo session, or just spending time together at home will help create memories that will last a lifetime.
Can My Baby Eat Cake on His First Birthday?
While some dietitians don’t recommend sweets as part of the regular diet of a 1-year-old baby, it is generally considered okay for 1-year-olds to enjoy a taste of birthday cake at their 1st birthday party. Since their bodies are already used to the natural sugars in fruits, vegetables, and breastmilk, they won’t be changed by a taste of birthday cake. You can keep the treat a rare habit and you can even substitute sugary buttercream frosting with whipped cream for less sugar intake (1).
What Do You Write on a 1st Birthday Invitation?
A baby’s first birthday party invitation should pique the interest of your prospective guests but remain creative and fun at the same time. You can write out the invitation in the style of a childlike poem or story and point out the sweet details of his progress like first steps or first teeth. You can even make the words into a simple rhyme, so it’s pleasing to read. You can use humor and the promise of what the party will offer to interest guests even more, which will guarantee their attendance on the big day (2).