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 Amazon.com). 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 Amazon.com). 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 Amazon.com). 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 Amazon.com). 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.)