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    41 Of The Best Toys And Gifts For 1-Year-Olds

    Their adorable squeals of delight will make these worth every penny.

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    1. A three-in-one sprinkler, splash pad, and wading pool that'll not only have munchkins *soaking up* their ABCs and animals but will also make you say, "dang, that toddler's living their best life.",

    Promising review: "We live in southern California where it's always warm and sunny. Got this gift for my friend's child's first birthday -- they absolutely loved it. Easy on the parents, super fun for the kids. Makes a great gift :) Arrived promptly and in good form."—Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    2. A sports center that's a *slam dunk* for MVP toddlers, who will have a blast shooting baskets or goals. Bonus points because the LED scoreboard, gears and buttons teach 50+ songs, sounds and phrases.,

    Promising review: "I bought this as a Christmas gift to my 16-month-old grandson. He loves it...we can spend hours kicking the ball or playing basketball. It was definitely his favorite toy and it is great for keeping him busy. It is also educational as it teaches kids how to count and ABCs. I highly recommend this item." —Maurice Horn

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in two colors).

    3. A three-in-one tent, tunnel and ball pit to transform any home into an ~exciting play zone,~ where little ones can crawl, explore and fling balls (don't ask!) for hours on end, while the grownups kick back with a glass of wine.


    Promising review: "From opening the box, to pulling out all the pieces, watching us put it together, and then playing in it, our 1-year-old is having a blast. We had some ball pit balls already, and he loves moving them in and out of this. Might be the best birthday present for him as I can see a lot of enjoyment coming from this. Package came on time, and was very easy to assemble. Also very durable as our 18-year-old crawled through it too."—Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    4. A 100 Words Book that'll interact with budding scholars and help build their vocabulary in English and Spanish.

    The 100 Words Book for kids
    Leap Frog / Via

    Promising review: "My 10-month-old nephew gets so entertained by it. I love watching him play with it. It’s pretty cool because, when he touches the picture it actually teaches him something about the picture. One setting teaches him about the sound of the picture he touches and the other setting tells him what the picture actually is. It covers, vehicles, animals, food, vehicles...etc."—Vanessa

    Promising review: "One of the best gifts we bought for our 1-year-old on his first birthday!! This is an amazing electronic book for toddlers or little ones that are learning their first words. It is also something they can continue to learn with as they grow because there are different settings. I couldn’t believe how nice it was for the price. Great buy and very educational/fun!"—slowdown&lookup12

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. A personalized wooden name puzzle to add a little dose of cuteness to a toy shelf and help strengthen motor skills at playtime. Win-win.

    A child playing with the wooden name puzzle
    Child Universe / Etsy

    Child Universe is a small biz based in in Ukraine that specializes in wooden toys and nursery decor handmade using the highest quality wood and nontoxic paints.

    To personalize the puzzle, carefully go through photos and description and write the name, color palette, and text on the back (if any) in the personalization box before adding to cart.

    Promising review: "ABSOLUTELY adorable! This puzzle is crafted to be literally the cutest thing you’ll ever see. My friend is In absolute love with the puzzles I gifted her twins for their first birthday! Thank you so much for the beautiful puzzle!"—Sam

    Get it from Child Universe on Etsy for $4.70+ (available in six styles).

    6. A classic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe that'll become the ride of choice for pint-sized drivers, who will beg to be pushed around the neighborhood ~over and over~ again as they honk the horn excitedly and pretend to put gas in the tank.


    Promising review: "My 5-year-old son received this car for Christmas when he was 1 1/2 years old. He loved it when he saw it, and loves it still. Hours of fun, not only riding in the car, but playing garage mechanic, car wash, shopping trips and police chases with his friends. I recommend this car for boys and girls, my son is now 3 1/2 feet tall and he still fits, although this may be the last year he does!"—Joan R.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    7. A musical doll perfect for the Cocomelon-obsessed toddler in your life who would like nothing more than for JJ to become their BFF in real life.


    Promising review: "Bought this for my grandson as 'baby coco' is one of his fave shows and I’m so happy I did. Listening to him sing along to the song and watching him fall asleep holding it is the sweetest most adorable thing ever."—Crystal Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    8. A splurge-worthy bumper car that'll make any adult so, so jealous as little Kardashians cruise around the living room looking a bit too smug.,

    Promising review: "If I could give this item more stars I would. Bought this for my 1-year-old granddaughter. She LOVES it! REMOTE: love this idea so adults can control it. There's even a pause button so if the kids touch the controls on the car it doesn't move until you unpause It. It goes great up and down hills, always getting neighbors and people driving by asking where we got it from. We put the lights on at night while outside. Battery lasts a long time too. Highly recommend this item."—Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $169.96+ (available in 10 colors).

    9. A compact Little Tikes slide to ~elevate~ playtime basically anytime, anywhere — in the pool, ball pit, living room or yard.,,

    Promising review: "I have a 1- and 3-year-old. This is their most played with item in our home. They LOVE it. It's a REALLY great gift for a first birthday. We gave it to our close friends daughter for her first birthday, and she loves it too. I love that it folds up, if we ever have a lot of company over, I can easily store it in a closet out of the way. We've taken it outside to slide into the pool, and keep it inside in the winter. Highly highly recommended."—Macygrey09

    Get it from Amazon for $24.04.

    10. A Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Water Table for nonstop splish-splashin' fun ~rain or shine.~ Toddlers will love dropping balls down the funnel and watching them tumble down. It has more than 10,000 5-star reviews for a reason!,

    Promising review: "What toddler doesn't LOVE to play in water? And when they're just tall enough to pull themselves up and splash around, this provides entertainment for hours. My daughter had one and we kept it for four years!! Now I provide it as gifts at every 1-year-old birthday we're invited to."—R. Morehouse

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    11. A lightweight plush rocker that'll not only give little dudes and divas ~oodles of joy~ each time they sit on it but will also become the pièce de résistance of a kid's room. Bonus: it comes *fully assembled!*,,

    Promising review: "I got this for my 8-month-old grandson — he just loves it! obviously I have to hold him every time but he laughs out loud every time he's on it. It’s made really well and I love that it’s not huge. It brings back my childhood memories of watching Scooby Doo."—TJB

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99 (available in 19 styles).

    12. A vibrant stacking toy with a ~spin~ –—literally! Is it splurgy? Yes. Will it keep little ones mesmerized as they drop the discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and watch them spiral down? Absolutely.


    I'll admit, I was skeptical about buying this because it seemed expensive for such a simple toy. But, turns out it has become my toddler's FAVE. He plays with it daily! Plus, it teaches cause and effect. Win-win.

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old loves this toy. I had my eye on it for months but thought it was too expensive. However, I wish I would have ordered it sooner and now believe it’s worth every penny. My son loves to turn it upside-down and watch the rings spin off. He’s gotten pretty good at putting the rings back on and does it over and over. It’s a little loud (my only complaint!) but it keeps him occupied and it’s one of the few toys he plays with every single day consistently. Even the adults that come over enjoy playing with it!"—CaitM

    Get it from Amazon for $44.

    13. An InnyBin for a challenge that any curious tot will relish — to plunk chunky shapes through the elastic bands into the cube and then pull them back out (all while fine-tuning motor skills!)


    Promising review: "We purchased this gem for my then-12-month-old for Christmas and it’s absolutely one of her favorite toys! I like to hide some of her Sesame Street figurines in it too to encourage her to 'help them escape.' I love that it gets her brain thinking in how to get each toy out and then how to place them back in. It’s fun watching her challenge herself, and when she gets them out she’s so proud! Very engaging."—Online shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    14. A two-in-one truck and shape sorter that'll add plenty of ~va va vroom vroom~ and learning to playtime.

    The wooden truck with a toy figure and plastic cement mixture and six colorful wooden shapes

    Promising review: "I got this toy for my, at the time, less-than-1-year-old nephew among quite a few others. This is his favorite by far and has remained so. When he goes to his toy chest it’s the first thing he reaches for, even above other trucks. At 10 months and even now at 13 months, his fine motor skills are such that he can’t put the shaped blocks through their specific holes. But he has great fun putting them in and out of the larger back hole, opening and closing that flap, opening and closing the driver’s section, taking the driver in and out, playing with him, putting blocks in there with him and generally experimenting. Of course then there’s also the joys of pushing the rolling truck around, tilting the cement mixer, etc. It will continue to challenge and grow with him for awhile. I was very happy with the quality of the product as well."—Canfam

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98.

    15. A handcrafted wooden lawnmower push toy with six brightly colored balls that tumble in a sturdy wooden cage when spirited little walkers push it along — whether pretending to vacuum indoors or mow outside.

    A child pushing the wooden lawnmower with six brightly colored wooden balls in a cage
    Papa Don's Wooden Toys / Etsy

    This durable rolling tumbler is made with locally harvested alder wood and nontoxic paints and oils.

    Papa Don's Wooden Toys is a small biz based in Walton, Oregon that specializes in handcrafted heirloom-quality natural wooden toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

    Promising review: "Wow! I got this for my son's first birthday. I ordered it a month early cause I was afraid they’d go out of stock before then. It came so quick! & it’s absolutely beautiful! I don’t have the will power to tuck it away for a whole month. My kids are loving it!"—katherineskywalker

    Get it from Papa Don's Wooden Toys on Etsy for $45.

    16. A huggable Gund animated elephant stuffie that'll flap its ears, sing, and play peek-a-boo. *Little ones looking at it with pure adoration in their eyes.*

    The grey elephant stuffed animal

    Promising review: "This little elephant’s voice is so sweet! It sounds just like a little kid playing peek-a-boo and singing songs. My 15-month-old niece was completely mesmerized and cuddled her elephant each time he sang and played with her. For not much money, this little toy has already brought hours of enjoyment. I was pleasantly surprised that her older brother (4 years old) also found the elephant charming and watches her play with it."—Meredith

    Get it from Amazon for $33.05.

    17. The Pigeon Needs a Bath waterproof book and bath toy set by much-loved children's author Mo Willems that'll fill tub time with funny stories and antics.

    Reviewer's photo showing the gift set with the book and the toy pigeon

    Promising review: "Looks exactly like the picture! We love Mo Willems and the pigeon so we were so excited to see a bath book and little pigeon bath toy! I love these bath books for babies/toddlers! You don’t have to worry about the pages being bent, getting soggy, ripping, or your child being poked in the eye by a page cover! It’s adorable!—Steph

    Get a set from Amazon for $13.90.

    18. A set of Boon bath pipes to suction to the wall so aspiring engineers can configure all kinds of amazing waterfalls at tub time.,

    Promising review: "These were a great addition to my 1-year-old's bath toys. He LOVES watching and playing with the water coming out of the pipes, and especially loves the two which have spinning wheels. This toy will last for a long time. Right now I am the one that pours the water in and my child just watches and plays with the water coming out, but as he gets older he can pour the water himself, and move/organize the pipes so that one leaks into another, so you have a chain that fills. It is fun, but it is a very educational toy as they can keep experimenting and learning as they grow older. Highly Recommend."—NotaDuck

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A sophisticated wooden piano that plays real music (not annoying kiddie tunes) when mini Mozarts tap on the intuitive keys. It even comes with beginner *sheet music* so future prodigies can gradually learn to play classic melodies.

    The wooden toy piano

    Promising review: "I was looking for a musical toy for my great nephew for his first birthday. He immediately figured out how to make it play music and he loves it. And I love that it's NOT toddler tunes, but actual music, including classical. He can play his own music by touching the keys, or the piano will play music for him to listen to. Batteries are included came installed. We only had to remove it from the box and turn it on. The colors are attractive to a baby, the sound is nice, and it is sturdy enough to withstand some abuse. The 1-year old's 3-year-old brother loves it, too! Bonus!"—BeeDubyaDee

    Get it from Amazon for $28.98.

    20. A set of nontoxic, washable Crayola egg-shaped crayons designed to fit tiny hands and to entice little Picassos into doodling their first masterpiece.

    Six egg-shaped crayons in various colors

    Promising review: "Love how easy they are to hold, and for my 1 year old, to make marks! She was able to see that she was making marks with her crayons, and soon had no interest in putting them in her mouth within the first few minutes of use. She likes trying to copy when we draw something for her. We put a giant piece of poster board on the floor and she sits on it and colors with one of us. On one occasion, the poster board was on the shiny side up, and she 'erased' the marks with her cream colored pants. After washing, not even a faint trace of color remained...two thumbs-up for us!!"—nicole

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. A beautiful set of stacking cups in earthy, muted tones to inject some ~hygge~ into any home. Plus, they're made in Denmark and are 100% free from BPA, PVC and phthalates.


    Promising review: "My 1-year-old absolute loves these stacking cups! They keep her entertained for a long time and she likes to look through the bottom cut-puts, giving them an extra feature of fun. The colors are pretty too so it looks so nice on her bookshelf too!"—Trusagi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four color combos).

    22. A Dyson Ball toy vacuum with realistic sounds and ~working suction~ that'll make eager little helpers feel so proud to clean the house — just like the grown-ups.


    Promising review: "Our son, 1 1/2-years-old, is OBSESSED with vacuums and carpet cleaners. He has nearly broken my vacuum a few times because it's a bit too large for him to maneuver. We got him this for Christmas, and it was the only gift he cared about. He wouldn't open any other gifts after getting to it. His sister had to do the rest of them. He has been 'vacuuming' for four days straight. When I vacuum, he follows along side me with it. It is a lot quieter than I expected. The sound doesn't get annoying. I love it! If it ever breaks, I'll buy him another."—Kelsie

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    23. A Montessori busy board to provide an alternative to screen time and to keep ~busy little bees~ occupied figuring out the mechanics of zippers, buttons, laces and buckles. It also folds up conveniently with handles — making it easy to carry on the go.,

    Promising review: "This busy board is hands-down our most favorite for our 1-year-old toddler! Whether we keep it at home or bring it in the car with us, it keeps our little toddler busy by playing with the various buckles and zippers for long periods of time. The busy board is a good size and fits most diaper bags. It is designed with materials soft to the touch and is accessible and easy to use for any ages! Also it is a great alternative to using a tablet or smartphone, especially in public places because it’s very quiet to play with. Overall we’re very pleased with this product and the quality of it. We definitely recommend it to any parent!!"—Vianne Bratsis/Angelo Bratsis

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    24. A Melissa & Doug geometric wooden stacker so toddlers can learn to successfully stack the shapes on the pegs and get super excited at their own accomplishment.,

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old (13 months) has taken an interest in trying to help put my bottle caps on water bottles lately lol, and at the library there was a stacking side on a cube that he loved so I thought I'd invest in something for him to enjoy at home. He is so into it. And as a new mom it's so fun and fascinating to me to watch him finally get the piece on the stick. Then he turns to me each time for a praise clap. And it looks so happy with himself each time lol. I love this little thing."—lateisha

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49.

    25. A custom constellation map print to capture the alignment of the stars when the ~little star~ in your life was born. This modern keepsake will not only look stylish on any wall but also celebrate that magical moment in a noncheesy way.

    A custom framed star map print
    Finch and Cotter / Etsy

    Finch and Cotter is a small biz based in Grand Rapids, Michigan that specializes in handcrafting custom printed pillows and wall decor.

    You can personalize the font, ink color, title, date and location. Just note your choices in the "Add your personalization" box. There's also an option to include a complimentary gift message and card and add on a premium gift wrapping option for a fee at checkout.

    Promising review: "I ordered a picture for my niece's 1st birthday and it was perfect! Thank you so much for your quick turn around and delivery!"—Angela Rose 

    Get it from Finch and Cotter on Etsy for $26+ (available in two sizes, six finishes and framed or print only)

    26. A baby shark bath toy that'll sing and swim in the tub to instantly relegate any gift-giver to fave status. (Just be prepared to listen to Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo on repeat at bathtime.)


    Promising review: "This is my son's favorite bath toy! It does sing the baby shark song over and over again so if that would be annoying to you, that is something to consider. It does stop after so long (I'm not sure exactly how long) but it isn't endless. It starts back up again if you lift it out of the water and place it back in. It really does swim in the bath as it is singing and it is just absolutely adorable."—Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75 (available in three colors).

    27. A pack of Mega Bloks so rambunctious tykes can have endless fun building towers...and knocking them down. Parents will also have peace of mind knowing they're jumbo sized to reduce the risk of choking.

    A child playing with the the jumbo blocks with a storage bag nearby

    The set includes 80 building blocks and a storage bag.

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter absolutely love these! They spend hours playing with these and as a family me and my husband and the kids build things together. The great things about them is that they are large so they aren't a choke hazard. My daughter will sometimes try to put these in her mouth so we are happy that we don't have to worry about that with these jumbo sized blocks. The blocks are colorful and are made of good quality plastic so you don't have to worry about small pieces or worry about them breaking and being harmful. These are highly recommended and very much worth every penny. Probably the best toy I have bought for my kids in a while."—Dee

    Get a set of 80 from Amazon for $14.90.

    28. Or a set of large engraved wooden blocks made with 100% natural solid wood and stained with non-toxic water-based paint that'll grow with any child and help teach them their letters, numbers and animals.,

    Promising review: "I did way too much research looking for a set of wooden blocks for my 15-month-old toddler. I was close to buying the Melissa & Doug set several times but after seeing them in person, I felt that their size was too small. So I started looking for larger blocks. I stumbled upon these ones and immediately liked the rounded edges, the size and the what looked like really great quality in the photo. At the time there were only a handful of reviews on this product but they were all excellent so I ordered them. As soon as I opened the box I was very happy I ordered these. The quality really is excellent and it is great value for the price. My 15-month-old can easily grasp and stack these blocks and I am happy he won't be out growing the size any time soon. Highly recommend this block set!"—Amazon Customer

    Get a set from Amazon for $34.99.

    29. A musical, light-up whale musical ball popper to ensure a ~whale of a good time.~ Simply press the starfish to see colorful balls shoot out of the spout or watch 'em swirl back down the fishy spiral.

    Target, B. toys

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but we love this. My oldest and I picked it out for my 18-month-old and now they play with it together (she’s almost five)!! Worth every penny. So fun."—Jeannnn

    Get it from Target for $32.99.

    30. An affordable version of the Grimm's wooden rainbow that makes a cheery addition to any toy shelf and lends itself to a ~myriad~ of stacking possibilities.

    Promising review: "I have been seeing and reading about Montessori and open ended toys, These rainbows are all the rage right now in mommy groups. Just had to have them for home. They are soo fun. I didn’t want to pay the $100+ price tags for Grimm’s brand. This was half the cost. my kids have had soo much fun stacking them in various ways. My husband and I have even enjoyed it. I just recommended these as a gift for a friend too. They also came beautifully boxed. No odor, painted wood, paint job was done well. Stack on carpet fine, a bit sturdier if done on a hard wood floor. Can’t recommend this enough! My 1-, 4- and 7-year-old all enjoy!"—BarbieLee

    Get it from Amazon for $55.24.

    31. A wallet-friendly wooden play kitchen that'll serve up pretend play opportunities for years to come. Is there anything more adorable than seeing a lil' chef's eyes light up when you say "mmm…yummy" after tasting their *meals*? Bon Appétit!

    The wooden play kitchen

    Promising review: "This kitchen is an excellent value for the price. Our one year old loves it. The design is simple and is very high quality; doors have magnetic closures and the knobs turn and make noise. It comes with a ton of accessories, which is fun too."—catladymn

    Get it from Target for $99.99.

    32. A petite stroller so posh tots can take their doll for a *walk* around the house. It even has a little basket at the bottom to tote tiny treasures. Cuteness overload 💕


    Promising review: "My 1-year-old granddaughter's favorite toy!!! I knew I had to get her one when she wouldn't leave my friend's daughter's alone, she's had it for six months now and it is always her go-to toy!!!"—Darlene Faldyn

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98.

    33. A Radio Flyer busy buggy that doubles as a push walker to help new walkers build confidence. Before you know it, they will be zooming around like champs.


    The buggy is also loaded with bells and whistles like interlocking gears, sliding beads, clicking dials and folding mirrors that'll keep the occupied for HOURS!

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old loves it. My son can’t get enough of the busy buggy. He loves riding on it. I wish the handle in the back was about a foot taller because my back is killing me after pushing him around on it! He mostly ends up pushing it around himself, giggling the whole time. We would definitely recommend the busy buggy."—Seeguls83

    Get it from Walmart for $34.97.

    34. Disney Frozen Elsa's Ice Palace by Little People that sparkles, lights up and sings Let it Go to cast an enchanting spell on younger kids (ages 1–5). They'll literally never want to ~let it go.~


    The castle comes assembled and includes Elsa and Olaf figures, plus bed and chair accessory pieces.

    Promising review: "My 18-month-old got this for Christmas. She squealed with joy when she opened it. She and her 3-year-old sister immediately started playing together and were completely engaged by this toy. It is very interactive. There are buttons to push, knobs to turn, doors to open, and little people to play with. There are lights and sounds and music. Both girls were dancing to the songs from Frozen and absolutely love this toy. (I was pleasantly surprised that the 3-year-old loved it too!) Highly recommend!—Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $33.93.

    35. An ultra plush personalized name minky blanket perfect for pictures *and* naptime snuggles.

    The personalized name blankets in seven different colors
    Sugar House Swaddles / Etsy

    Sugar House Swaddles is a small biz based in Salt Lake, Utah that specializes in personalized baby blankets, muslin swaddles, and more.

    You can personalize the name and font. Just add your notes in the personalization box or comment section when placing your order.

    Promising review: "Came earlier than expected and is super soft. Great present for my sons first birthday!"—Jomary

    Get it from Sugar House Swaddles on Etsy for $25.07+ (available in 49 colors and in two sizes).

    36. A Manhattan Toy book and stuffed animal set to take sleepyheads on a whimsical bedtime adventure with Chomp, a comforting dino buddy.

    A teal stuffed dinosaur plushie and a padded book

    The stuffed animal dinosaur features ultra-plush fabric that begs to be held and feels softer than a cloud. The board book has a soft padded cover and10 colorful pages packed with beautiful artwork to entice for many story times to come.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.04.

    37. A wooden activity cube that itty-bitty hands will love to tinker with because there's so much to do — move colorful beads through squiggly tracks, open peek-a-boo doors to see friendly animals, and spin the tile rack to practice ABCs!

    The wooden activity cube

    Attention parents, just be careful not to let your toddler use it to pull to stand as reviewers say it's not heavy enough and there's a possibility it might tip over. 

    Promising review: "Bought this for my son’s first birthday and we’re both obsessed! I’ve even had friends tell me that their 8- to 10-year-olds still play with it."—Anna

    Get it from Target for $59.99.

    38. A two-in-one wooden Hape pound and tap bench with a xylophone (that can slide out separately) to combine every toddler's love for pummeling things with music.

    A child using the pound and tap musical bench with a xylophone

    Plus, you'll have peace of mind knowing this toy is made with child-safe, water-based paint and has rounded edges.

    Promising review: "I don't know who enjoys playing with this more, us or our son! We bought this for our 1-year-old son, and he loves pushing the balls through with his hands. We, adults, even enjoy playing little songs on the xylophone. The balls roll down the xylophone as intended, and it sounds perfectly in tune. I like that you can pull the xylophone out separately; it's like two toys in one! It seems well-built, we haven't had any issues thus far in the two months we've had it, and we usually play with this every day. Would buy again!"—Ryan K. Clapp

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98.

    39. A classic LeapFrog picnic basket most toddlers find near impossible to resist — whether dunking shapes through the sorter lid, lighting up at the cute songs and phrases, or trying to tote their pretend food around the house.

    The pink picnic basket with a shape sorter lid and pretend food and utensils

    Promising review: "I purchased this set for my daughter's first birthday and she loves it! She loves play food and I wanted to get her a shape sorter. This set has both, is really cute and, best of all, is self-contained! It has three different play settings, two different volume settings as well as "off," isn't obnoxiously loud, and my daughter enjoys it even when it is turned off entirely with no music, sounds or lights at all (for now)! I would highly recommend!"—cmoreland5

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

    40. A Lakeshore Learning what’s inside? box for any toddler who won't stop pulling tissues out of boxes. This soft, machine-washable box packed with 10 exciting things (like a crinkly butterfly, a cute lion and more) will invite little hands to reach and find out exactly what’s inside!

    A soft box surrounded by 10 little toys
    Lakeshore Learning

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old loves this toy so much! Her favorite thing to do is take stuff out of something, and this is such fun for her. The toys are different shapes and sizes and textures, some jingle, some squeak, some crinkle. It's endless fun and great simulation."—Dorothy Sosnowski

    Get it from Lakeshore Learning for $49.99.

    41. A play kit subscription that'll take the guesswork out of making playtime enriching for little ones with stage-appropriate, developmental toys that reviewers say are built to last and passed down among siblings.

    A child playing with a toy

    Promising review: "For months I went back and forth about getting the play kit. I’m so happy I decided to order my first. My first kit was for the 11–12m stage. Even the little toys I thought my baby girl wouldn’t have any interest in, she absolutely loves! This kit has taught her object permanence and volume! My only regret was I didn’t order sooner! Shipping took about two weeks. Service was fantastic!" —Emily H.

    Get it from Lovevery for $36+/month.

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