I’m back with the second post in our Gift Guide series, and today I have 25 gifts under $25 for first birthdays! For this age, my favorite toys are wooden puzzles, instruments, building blocks, and stacking/nesting toys. Babies go through a lot of development this year, and although some toys may seem a little old for them at their first birthday, they will change so quickly during this year and will start playing with their toys in new ways!
Below are our top picks:
1 | Fat Brain Toys pipSquigz ($19.95)
pipSquigz are a suction toy that can be put on any smooth surface, including the high chair and bathtub. Each one has a different texture and a rattle inside, and they make a popping noise when pulled off a surface.
2 | Hape First Shapes Wooden Puzzle ($11.99)
Babies will start to love puzzles during their first year! This one has chunky pieces that are perfect for little hands and will help them learn basic colors and shapes.
3 | Plan Toys Chicken Racer ($12.99)
4 | Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella ($19.99)
The perfect first doll for baby! This one measures 12 inches and comes with a removable diaper, dress with velcro-like closure, and a pacifier that attaches magnetically. Wee Baby Stella is available in Peach, Beige, and Brown. (Also love the Wee Baby Stella with Fruit Suit!)
5 | Plan Toys Wood Drum ($22.50)
This beautiful drum is made from recycled rubber wood and plays different notes when hit in different places.
6 | TOMY Hide & Squeak Eggs ($13.99)
This one is a classic! The shells crack open to reveal six colorful eggs, which chirp when pressed on. Each egg also has its own specifically shaped base inside the egg box, so your baby can learn about different shapes.
7 | Ambi Toys Trumpet ($9.99)
This trumpet is perfectly sized for baby & easy for them to play. Makes two different sounds, one from the main mouthpiece and one from the side.
8 | Hape Push & Pull Elephant ($9.99)
A push & pull toy is a classic toy for this age. This elephant one from Hape with an easy-to-grasp handle on the back.
9 | Original Toy Company Pop Up School Bus ($14.99)
A classic simple toy that features four peg children. Push them down as far as they’ll go and they’ll pop out! Also available as a fire truck.
10 | Hape My Pets Wooden Knob Puzzle ($9.99)
This wooden puzzle from Hape has three pieces with easy-to-grip knobs. Each of the animals are also painted directly on the puzzle, so little ones can match the puzzle piece to its correct spot.
11 | Hape Rainbow Wooden Push & Pull Toy ($24.99)
Our push & pull toys have been some of our most loved! This one features bright rainbow colors and makes a wooden click clack sound when pushed or pulled.
12 | Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Happy Apple ($10.59)
This Laugh & Learn Happy Apple has five numbered slices that fit inside the apple. Press the “core” to hear songs & fun phrases that teach them about the fruit.
13 | Green Toys Pick-Up Truck ($16.99)
Green Toys vehicles are a classic! This pick-up truck is a little smaller than their standard sized vehicles, making it perfect for younger toddlers.
14 | Green Toys Stacking Cups ($10.99)
There are so many ways to play with these stacking cups! They can either be stacked or nested, and each cup is numbered and volumetrically accurate, so cups 1 and 3 are equal to cup 4. Perfect for playtime, bathtime, or at the beach. They’ll play with this one for years!
15 | Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag ($14.99)
The Mega Bloks starter set. Includes 80 large pieces that are perfectly sized for young toddlers. They are easy to stack and easy to pull apart, and come with a bag for easy storage. Available in a variety of colors.
16 | Kiddey Multicolored Play Tunnel ($17.99)
Most babies & toddlers love crawling through tunnels! This one has mesh on the outside so you can easily keep an eye on them.
17 | Tegu Travel Pets ($19.99)
Tegu Toys are a favorite for children of all ages! One-year-olds will love clicking the wooden magnetic pieces together. A perfect toy for on-the-go too.
18 | IKEA MULA Hammering Toy ($7.99)
19 | Fisher-Price Little People Sit with Me School Bus ($14.99)
Press the Discovery Button to flip the stop sign, open the bus door, and activate lights, sound, and songs. Includes a bus driver and student that will stay securely in the bus.
20 | Gund Baby Princess Castle Set ($25)
Gund makes a variety of these baby sets and they are so adorable for sensory play (many of the pieces make noise) and imaginative play. A few of my other favorites are the Mermaid, Takeout Food, and Pet Shop.
21 | Djeco Forest Blocks ($17.99)
These cubes are such a simple but fun toy for toddlers. They’ll love stacking them up and knocking them down over and over again. Each block is numbered and features an adorable creature.
22 | If I Were a Donkey Board Book ($12.50)
Adorable touch & feel books from Jelly Cat! Multiple animals to choose from and you can buy a matching Jelly Cat animal to make a gift set.
23 | Mudpuppy My First Puzzle Pairs Puzzle ($12.99)
These puzzle pairs are a great way to introduce toddlers to classic puzzles. Before they’re able to put the pieces together, you can help them identify the matching puzzle piece.
24 | Hohner Kids Toddler Glockenspiel ($19.99)
This glockenspiel is specifically designed for ages 12 months and up. It has eight multi-colored, precision-tuned bars and comes with a bag and child-safe mallet.
25 | “Belle” Turtle Buckle Toy ($19.99)
I discovered Buckle Toys because Winnie was always buckling her car seat & high chair straps and I knew there had to be a toy kids that love buckles. There sure is, and it was a big hit!
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