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with Kristen

I'm a mother of five, a bargain hunter, a recreational comparison shopper, and always trying to make more time - for me and for you, too. On this blog I'm sharing my favorite tools and finds to help make your work-life juggle a bit easier.

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Gift ideas for a 1-year-old

Categories: Baby gear, Books, Gifts, Toddler gear, Toys


My nephew recently turned one, which is hard for me to believe but the evidence sits before me. Recently there were requests for gift ideas for a one-year-old, so I took notes at his birthday party.

Pewi YBike Walking Buddy and Riding Toy (photo from This is a very stylish looking riding toy. And if the child stands facing it, it’s also a sturdy walker.

Maxim EverEarth Junior Ramp Racer (photo from This is a very clever toy: the little cars drive equally well forwards, backwards, or on their backs forwards or backwards. So you start the little car at the top, and no matter which way it flips over or turns around, it keeps going down the ramp. Well, unless it turns sideways, or runs into the side, but goodness we need SOME challenge here or it’s not going to be any fun. This is a great toy for a baby who has an older sibling, because both can play with it.

We were all kind of mesmerized by the Kid O Go Car (photo from It’s such a simple and pleasing design; we all found we immediately wanted to get our hands on it and try it out. It’s attractive enough to put on a shelf: I’d buy one or two to use as nursery decor until the baby was old enough to play with them. The box is also appealing: it looks good-quality and expensive. (I know the packaging is a bit of a MINOR POINT, but it’s nice when GIVING a present to feel as if it will make a good impression.) And then, you open the box and the car is just IN THERE. There’s no plastic clamshell, no wire twistie-ties, no molded foam; there is a box, and there is a car inside it. Voila! Your toy, monsieur!

And I’ll mention again my favorite toy for one-year-olds: the Manhattan Toy Put-and-Peek Birdhouse (photo from I gave this to my niece when she was that age, and I liked playing with it TOO. The little birdies are so charming! There’s a sweet doghouse version, too.

The Early Years Rocket Activity Set is one of the things I was considering getting my nephew, since they already have the birdhouse toy at their house. (I went with board books and t-shirts instead, but it was close.)

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  • My favorite gift for 1 year olds, especially when I don’t know what they already have, is still Music CDs by Raffi or the DVD of Raffi in concert with the Rise and Shine band, maybe bundled with “Raffi Songs to Read” books (Baby Beluga, Five Little Ducks, Wheels on the Bus) Sigh, we were big Raffi fans (now, it’s One Direction, Maroon 5, etc).

    lynn342  |  September 13th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  • Always remember to buy a gift that you would want your child to have. Avoid those toys with a million little pieces. Polly pockets are from the pit of H - LL ! Make sure the gift has meaning and purpose. Need I say age appropriate too. Don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money either, most kids get so much stuff at Birthdays and Holidays, they are on over load after the wrapping paper in thrown out. Be wise and practical Moms.

    Therese  |  September 18th, 2012 at 1:26 am