This is part of a series of Holiday Gift Guides I’m doing for the month of December. Since I’ve received a handful of inquiries on gift ideas for a one-year old I thought this would be a fun one to start with.
Annalynn is 14-months now (I know, I can’t believe it either) and is quickly transforming into a full-blown toddler. I love it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly exhausting chasing her around and keeping up with her ever-changing mood (laughing one second, crying the next), but it’s also really amazing. I love hearing her babble. I love watching her face light up as she figures something out. And I love her hugs and affection. She’s becoming her own person and it’s truly incredible.
One of the things I love the most is how interactive she is, especially when it comes to toys. Instead of the old days when we would hold something in front of her face hoping for a smile, she’s now fully independent and interactive when it comes to toys. Below are some of her current top picks:
Annalynn received a set of Little People Disney Princesses for her birthday and they quickly became her go-to toy. She’s not really into stuffed animals, or soft toys, but she loves these hard-plastic little figurines. They’re really the perfect size for her little grip. She’s always carrying one around the house, and they’ve started traveling with us when we’re out-and-about. Plus, they’re just so cute. Little People has a pretty extensive line of Disney-themed figurines and it would be easy for me to go a little crazy growing her collection.
So far I’ve managed to control my urge to buy up all the Little People and, as of right now, we only have the Little People Mickey and Minnie’s House Playset waiting for her under the Christmas tree. She’s pretty obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (and most things related to Mickey), so I know this will be a big hit.
Another first birthday gift that became a big hit. Annalynn loves to ride around the playroom while honking the horn or turning the fake ignition key. There’s a storage under the seat, which is perfect for storing her Little People figures for safe keeping during her rides. I don’t know what it is with lids are containers, but if the toy has a lid, or a way to put something into the toy, then her interest in the toy rise ten times over.
A simple, yet brilliant toy that gets dragged all over the house. Never underestimate the power of a classic!
The Peas Series
I’ve mentioned this book series before, but it remains one of our absolute favorites. Annalynn prefers catchy, sing-song books with memorable rhymes and colorful photos. She loves the Pea Series and will instantly sit and listen intently when I read the story. Her attention span doesn’t last half as long for other books, it really is quite amazing. These books are my new go-to for baby shower and first birthday gifts.
As I mentioned above, Annalynn is a huge Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan so anything Mickey related tends to be a hit. This little piano plays the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song, which earns it extra points. She also enjoys hitting the keys and making her own music on the little piano.
Annalynn has always been impressed with her cousin Owen’s cars, so I wanted to get her a set of her own. These little grippers are the perfect starter cars for any growing car enthusiast. Now she can race Owen in style.
So that’s what Annalynn is loving now. What are your one-year old’s favorite toys?