The Very Best First Birthday Gifts for Every Budget

With my little guy’s first birthday around the corner, it was the perfect time to create a First Birthday Gift Guide. The moment your baby turns one is a little surreal – you have been a parent for a whole year and you now have a toddler! Think back to the day you brought your newborn home from the hospital and the panic that set in when you realized this living thing didn’t come with a handbook. Now look how far you have come as a parent – you are a pro (even on days it might not feel like it!).

With that said, this milestone is something to celebrate. I made sure to include a variety of gifts for different budgets, interests, and space constraints. Provided below are a nice mix of educational, developmental, fun and splurgy gifts. You’ll find everything from books to subscriptions and from custom clothing to electric cars. I love toys that can grow with your little one and last in the rotation for a long time, so that is what you will find below and in my First Birthday Amazon Storefront List. Let’s get started.

Favorite Finds for $30 and Under

  1. Wooden Rainbow Stacker – Montessori toy rainbow stacker for various ways to play and increase imagination and coordination.
  2. Magnetic Wooden Car – 3-piece magnetic race car to encourage open-ended and unscripted pay.
  3. Playskool Busy Gears – Tactile fun for little hands. Sounds, lights and movement to encourage cause-and-effect play.
  4. Wooden Race Track – A high quality, wooden race track with 4 mini racecars
  5. Bead Maze Shape Sorter – A fun twist on a classic toy. 5 activities to encourage learning a development and hours of fun.
  6. Poke-a-Dot Book – An interactive board book to encourage counting and language development.
  7. Dust, Sweep, Mop Set – Inspire hours of pretend play with these high-quality cleaning tools.
  8. Cutting Fruit -Play fruit set with a wooden knife. Such a cute toy to teach about cooking and names of different fruits.
  9. Mega Bloks – Fun and colorful blocks perfect for little hands.

Favorite Finds for $75 and Under

  1. Custom Denim Jacket by The Cool Ant – So cute and such high-quality denim and patches! This is such a special 1st birthday gift that you will be excited to show off.
  2. Cruiser Push Car – A fun toy for the little ones who love cars! Realistic detailing, pretend steering wheel and a working horn.
  3. KiwiCo Subscription Box – The gift that keeps on giving! Products are chosen based on your baby’s age and delivered every other month. The products are backed by science to promote early childhood development! KiwiCo is giving The Mama Handbook readers 30% off using this link and code LEARN30!
  4. Little Tikes Car – The bestselling car in the world – it doesn’t get more classic than this!  
  5. Little Tikes Trampoline – Perfect for burning off energy and using indoors.
  6. Dyson toy Vacuum – A realistic toy vacuum with suction and sounds.
  7. Name Puzzle – Gorgeous, custom name puzzle with wooden pegs.
  8. Teepee – An adorable teepee for your little one to read books in and play in with a friend or alone.
  9. First Slide – Perfect beginner’s slide to be used inside or outside.  

Favorite Splurgy Gifts

  1. Grow-With-You Trike – A portable and easy to use grow-with-you tricycle. Best part is that no assembly is required!
  2. Nugget – Turns out the best toy is actually a couch.
  3. Tunnel & Ball Pit – This is sure to keep your little one busy for hours. Make sure you purchase the balls separately here.
  4. Pikler Triangle – Wooden pikler triangle for climbing and indoor use.
  5. Learning Tower – A kitchen helper learning tower to get your toddler involved in the kitchen. Safe, lightweight and easy to store.
  6. Convertible Car Seat – Car seats are a big purchase so it is more than fair to count a new fancy car seat as
  7. Electric Car – Nothing says splurgy birthday gift like a shiny, new motorized Maserati. This bad boy can be operating by gas pedal and steering wheel or remote control.
  8. Chair & Table Set – Solid wood chair and table set to encourage screen free play, like puzzles, art and more.  
  9. Play Kitchen – When your child’s play kitchen is nicer than your real one…

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