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20 gifts model & blogger Rocky Barnes says are perfect for a first birthday

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Lifestyle and fashion blogger, model, and mama-of-two Rocky Barnes celebrated her son Charlie’s first birthday with a super fun(gi) mushroom-themed party, complete with adorable mushroom decor and the sweetest theme backstory ever. As a proud, trendsetting mom to two young boys, Rocky’s passion for ultra-cool and engaging kids’ toys is apparent in this list of 20 gifts every 1-year-old (and their parents!) will love.

Personalized Wooden Name Puzzle

A personalized wooden name puzzle that says "Charlie."

Who doesn’t love a personalized gift? This thoughtful wooden puzzle not only encourages fine motor skills and cognitive ability, but it’s also a sweet keepsake that can be displayed once they’ve moved on to more challenging activities.

Recommended age: 1 month & up

Price at time of publication: $9.99

Montessori Wooden Mushroom Shape Sorting Game

A wooden mushroom sorting game.

They’re mushrooms. They’re colorful. They’re numbered. They’re everything! This cute wood shape sorter game facilitates number matching, color recognition and sorting skills, making it a trendy and educational choice.

Recommended age: 3 years & up

Price at time of publication: $12.99

Magnetic Tiles Beginner Set

Magnetic building tiles.

Parents and kids alike can enjoy hours of creative play with this colorful, STEM-approved magnetic building set! 

Recommended age: 3 years & up

Price at time of publication: $21.99

Melissa & Doug Old MacDonald’s Farm Sound Puzzle

Old MacDonald's farm shape sorting puzzle.

Melissa & Doug’s sound puzzles are practically a must for toddlers thanks to their engaging designs, easy-to-grasp pegs and irresistible sounds/music. (Yes, parents, you can turn the music off.)

Recommended age: 2 years & up

Price at time of publication: $10.99

Wooden Push Walker with Blocks

Wooden push walker with blocks.

Every child approaching toddler status needs a great push toy to help them improve their coordination. Not only does this one come with 33 wood blocks to play with, but the soft, muted colors give this set a fresh, calming aesthetic. 

Recommended age: 12 months–3 years

Price at time of publication: $49.99

Wooden Play Fruits & Vegetables

Play fruits and vegetables.

Kids LOVE pretend play, so this box of “choppable” fruit and veg is an awesome way to teach them about different healthy foods, hand-and-eye coordination and imaginative play.

Recommended age: 24 months–12 years

Price at time of publication: $26.99

Melissa & Doug 17-Piece Wooden Tabletop Railroad

Wooden railroad set.

Melissa & Doug makes fantastic wooden train sets that can be mix-and-matched with other brands, but this one is extra special as it can be folded up and carried around so little ones can play conductor wherever they are.

Recommended age: 3 years & up

Price at time of publication: $30.99

“(Peekaboo You)” Board Books

Peakaboo books.

Written by Camilla Reid and illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius, these sturdy, interactive board books encourage kids to push, pull and turn on every page to reveal a “peekaboo” moment. Rocky recommends “Peekaboo: Sun," “Peekaboo: Moon” and “Peekaboo: Farm”!

Recommended age: 0–2 years

Price at time of publication: $9.99

Soft Car Toys Set

Soft car toys set.

Any parent of a rambunctious toddler knows that accidents will happen. That’s why these soft, cloth-covered vehicles are a joy. They even make crinkling, squeaking or rattling noises to encourage continued play and sensory development!

Recommended age: 12–18 months

Price at time of publication: $19.99

Montessori Wooden Activity Cube

Wooden Montessori activity cube set.

Neutral colors added with non-toxic water-based paint and a wide variety of shapes elevate the classic shape sorter activity cube to the next level. 

Recommended age: 36 months–8 years

Price at time of publication: $22.99

All-in-One Musical Toy

All-in-one musical instrument toy.

Little rockstars will adore playing with this plethora of percussive instruments—including a xylophone, cymbal, drum and guiro—while improving their fine and gross motor skills, memory and coordination.

Recommended age: 6 months–8 years

Price at time of publication: $29.99

Baby Balance Bike

Baby balance bike.

Learning how to walk is simply more fun when you combine it with riding! This sleek balance bike is designed with ease of use and safety in mind, so your little one can focus on exiting the crawling stage with flying colors.

Recommended age: 12 months & up

Price at time of publication: $49.99

Mushroom Plushie

Mushroom plushie.

A cuddly-soft plushie to keep them company during naptime and beyond is essential. And really, how cute is this happy little mushroom one?

Recommended age: 3 years & up

Price at time of publication: $9.99

Montessori Wooden Stacking Rocks

Montessori wooden stacking rocks.

These rock! No, really, these beautifully painted wood polyhedrons help to develop fine motor skills, logical thinking, balance ability, creativity and so much more. 

Recommended age: 36 months–15 years

Price at time of publication: $35.99 

Melissa & Doug Wooden Car Carrier Truck and Cars Set

Wooden car carrier toy truck with cars.

When it comes to toddlers, you can’t go wrong with toy vehicles! This wooden set is especially engaging thanks to its “vehicles within a vehicle” design. Kids can easily move the upper level up and down, load and unload cars, and then move them around!

Recommended age: 3 years & up

Price at time of publication: $14.99

Wooden Mushroom Toy Set

Wooden mushroom toy set.

Whether you use these natural wood mushrooms for decor or imaginative play (how adorable would they be in a fairy tale setting?), they’re simply charming.

Recommended age: 36 months & up

Price at time of publication: $19.99

Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Xylophone

Caterpillar xylophone toy.

An octave of rainbow notes and antenna mallets come together to create a sweet symphony of musical learning and fine motor skills. It even comes with some simple song cards so they can learn how to play their favorite tunes!

Recommended age: 36 months–6 years

Price at time of publication: $10.99

“I Am One - My First Scribble Book”

I am One scribble book.

When in doubt, keep it simple! This scribble book is a blank canvas for your toddler’s imagination (and something you’ll want to hold onto forever and revisit as they grow up).

Recommended age: 1 year & up

Price at time of publication: $5.99

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