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If you’re having a tough time finding the best toys to give as birthday or Christmas gifts for 1 year old boys, you’re not alone. It can be a difficult task for parents and family alike, especially when you don’t know where to begin.

Well, we’ve researched and write about 42 of the best gift ideas for to make the whole process a lot easier for you. We’ve made sure to include a wide range of different toys so that you can be sure to find the perfect one for your little boy!

Details on the main features, pros, and cons have been included for each product. As a result, you’re able to gauge a better understanding of which toys are best for the 1 year old boy you’re buying for. To provide you with additional guidance, there’s also a buyers guide at the end.

Check out the great toy gift ideas below!

1Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo by Fisher-Price

Summary

The first on our list is an award-winning toy that comes in several different color combinations. As you may already know, toddlers love getting their groove on. With Fisher-Price’s Bright BeatBo, they will have a highly interactive dancing partner to play with.

Fun, catchy songs are activated as your kid touches any of the buttons on the feet and belly of BeatBo. Your kid’s new buddy wiggles its head and hips to the rhythms of songs. There are bright LED lights as well to cheer up your child. The lights even illuminate and pulse with every beat. For a custom sing-along, you can record phrases so BeatBo can remix them into lively beats. This one’s definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Pros
  • Capable of playing various songs
  • Great for learning and getting kids up their little feet
  • An all-rounder – it’s an interactive toy with a sturdy construction
  • Has the ability to record short sentences
  • BeatBo’s actions excite toddlers
Cons
  • Will go through a ton of batteries
What makes this toy stand out?

BeatBo’s different modes keep toddlers entertained. In “games” mode, this incredible toy introduces colors, numbers, and the alphabet! It’s certainly not just a fun toy, but one that’s educational at the same time.

2Rainforest Jumperoo by Fisher-Price

Summary

The Rainforest Jumperoo has a rotating seat feature. This allows for a 360-degree movement that stimulates gross motor skills among one year old boys. We also liked how it lights up for added visual stimulation and entertainment.

When your baby jumps, music and lights activate to reinforce your young one’s fascination on cause and effect. With the added feature of adjustable height, this fun, comfy, and safe seat is guaranteed to keep your baby engaged. Also, the rain forest seat can be detached for easy cleaning. You’ll be happy to know that the seat material is machine washable. As for the legs, they can fold to allow for compact storage.

Pros
  • It’s a toy that’s interactive and stimulating
  • Helps develop a child’s pre-motor skills
  • Allows certain muscles of your child to rest and take a break from repetitive use
  • Keeps toddlers entertained and involved
Cons
  • Children may find it tough to rotate its seat during the first use
What makes this toy stand out?

As we’ve seen this jumper in action, we’re impressed with the several fun activities this product promotes which NEVER fail in engaging a baby. It’s set up is quick and easy too! As it’s portable and suitable for outdoor use, it can be taken to your next trip to out. Exciting, right?

3Developmental Bumpy Ball by Sassy

Summary

The Development Bumpy Ball of Sassy can be a great addition to your child’s toy chest. We like how the different sides of the ball come with various patterns. The colors are also bright and the textures vary. This provides your child with a lot to play with. As a result, their sensory development skills are improved.

With the toy’s easy-to-grasp design that develops your baby’s gross motor skills, your child will want to take this ball with them everywhere.

Pros
  • It comes in several sizes
  • The easy-to-grasp bumps allow the baby to roll, toss, and hold the ball
  • Bold patterns and bright colors help engage a baby’s sense of vision that’s just developing
  • The soft construction of the ball is ideal for a baby’s environment
Cons

A kid under 12 months may find this toy a bit heavy

What makes this toy stand out?

This bumpy ball offers different colors, patterns, and textures for a baby to explore. The smallest available size is perfect for little hands. But, what we love the most is how it piques a baby’s interest. It certainly is a stimulating toy that offers great value for your money.

4Ikea CirkustaltPlay Tent for Kids

Summary

The Cirkustalt Play Tent for Kids of IKEA is great value considering the quality of materials used in the construction. You an easily transport it anywhere. This makes it a fantastic toy that kids can play with both indoors and outdoors.

When the tent is indoors, it can have a large footprint, so make sure you have at least 39.4 x 39.4 x 47.2 inches of space to accommodate it. The reason why this IKEA tent made it on our list of the best Christmas and birthday gift ideas for 1 year old boys is because it gives a child their own space to play and create their own stories. Just fill the tent with teddies and cushions to make it more comfortable and cozier.

As for the product’s assembly, it’s as simple as setting up a mini tent. The unit also collapses for a quick and easy storage.

Pros
  • It’s large and spacious for a baby
  • The tent is made of 100% polyester with a strong and durable frame
  • Since it’s portable, it can be taken anywhere – even to the beach
Cons
  • It doesn’t come with a carrying bag
What makes this toy stand out?

This gorgeous, Circus-themed tent can transport a child to a fun place – while being in the comfort of their own home.

5Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ Up – A Fun Food Truck

Summary

1 year old boys love to roleplay what it’s like to cook food and drive. This toy offers both of those activities in one.

There are various shapes and colors available which can all be sorted for cognitive development. Kids can also play “shop” with realistic sounds available.

We were also impressed by how it sings songs and says phrases which teach them all about sequencing, sizes, and numbers! It’s not just a super fun toy truck, but it’s also a toy that allows children to develop collaboration skills too. This it because it allows for several kids to play at a time.

Pros
  • Offers two sides of kid-friendly play
  • Comes with removable play pieces
  • The food preparation area is interactive and it includes a service bell, light up grill, and a sink
  • The dashboard is packed with fun features such as a gear shifter, a steering wheel, and a clicker key
Cons
  • The set doesn’t come with the required batteries
What makes this toy stand out?

Apart from being an educational toy, we love how it allows 1 year old boys to engage in role play as they’re manning the grill, cash register, and steering wheel.

6Mega Bloks 80-Piece Classic Big Building Bag

 

Summary

This best-seller comes with 80 iconic block pieces as well as a portable, stackable base for building blocks storage! The large, chunky, lightweight blocks come with long studs so that they  stay attached to each other. Unlike Lego or other brands, Mega Blok blocks don’t snap as they stack. The Big Building Bag also comes in different color themes.

The Blue bag, in particular, can be a fun toy set for a boy with the brightly colored blocks in red, yellow, blue, light blue, and green.

Pros
  • The blocks have a size that’s ideal for a child’s little hands;
  • It encourages imaginative play;
  • The blocks aren’t a choking hazard because they’re large enough unlike blocks from other brands
Cons
  • A 1 year old child may require your guidance if it is its first time using building blocks.
What makes this toy stand out?

Building blocks are some of the most iconic toys for kids. They allow kids to create any shape they can think of. From towers, dragons, rockets, cars, and more. The set ensures 1 year old boys can explore their imaginative skills and test the limits of building blocks.

7Musical Rhymes Book by VTech

Summary

Your little one can learn classic nursery rhymes by using VTech’s Musical Rhymes Book. Your child will also learn or develop their motor skills as it twists and slides the fun pieces that come with the set. As it comes with easy-to-turn, bright-colored pages as well as a star that lights up and flashes as the music plays, it certainly makes for an interactive storybook. The colorful piano keys are also perfect for introducing a 1 year old boy to instruments and colors.

Pros
  • It’s suitable for kids up to the age of 2 years old
  • This classic rhyme book features six popular rhymes;
  • It helps kids develop early reading and language skills.
Cons
  • It requires batteries.
What makes this toy stand out?

For an interactive book for kids, there’s so much to like about it. It introduces sounds, colors, and instruments. Plus, it features six popular nursery rhymes. As if that wasn’t enough, VTech included several modes of play and fun sliding buttons for kids to play with.

8Busy Learners Activity Cube by VTech

Summary

The Busy Learners Cube is a great toy that’s always ready to give your little boy enough fun and stimulation. It features five sides of discovery play, so you would think that it’s already perfect for your growing man. But, it also comes with four buttons that play animal sounds. This function also mentions animal names and shapes while illuminating at the same time!

It comes with a motion sensor that plays funny, catchy sounds as a baby moves its cube around. What’s more, it has volume control and automatic shut-off feature which parents have been thankful for!

Pros
  • The motion sensors play sounds to catch the attention of your 1 year old
  • The learning cube motivates a baby to play
  • It features five sides of engaging activities
  • Boosts and stimulates a baby’s fine motor skills
Cons
  • It has a low volume even when it’s set to the highest level
  • Requires two AA batteries
What makes this toy stand out?

Vtech’s musical toy is packed with interactive features. If you’re on the lookout for a toy that’s sure to grow alongside your developing child, you can’t go wrong with this one. The best thing about it? Its motion sensors which play fun and enticing sounds to motivate a kid to crawl towards its toy!

9Fisher-Price Rattle and Rock Maracas

 

Summary

This set of colorful maracas from Fisher-Price rocks and rattles as children play with it. There are pom-pom buttons at the bottom part of the maracas, so the small hands of your child can grasp the toys easily. You’ll also find colorful beads that produce a rattling noise, which is fun and entertaining for a child.

The pieces are the perfect size for a 1 year old boys hands. It also helps in the enhancement and development of a kid’s gross motor skills and strengthens their sensory skills. Furthermore, it also stimulates a child’s hand-eye coordination.

Pros
  • It improves a baby’s sensory skills;
  • Promotes fine motor skills;
  • When shaken, the colored beads inside the maracas create fun sounds;
  • The set comes with two colorful toy maracas
Cons
  • The maracas can be hard to clean.
What makes this toy stand out?

Fisher-Price’s Maracas Musical Toy offers good value for your money as it’s a 3-in-1 device. It’s a rattle, teether, and a musical instrument, all in on. Just like genuine maracas, this toy is a set of two instruments which has been constructed using a chewable material.

10Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes 

Summary

Baby Einstein’s take on a musical toy is made of BPA-free plastic with a caterpillar-designed handle It’s surprisingly easy to grip, even with the small hands of a 1 year old. It has seven classic melodies including masterpieces of Chopin and Mozart.

As your baby boy presses the center button, a song begins to play and the notes illuminate to catch your baby’s attention. These buttons are easy for younger kids to use because they’re very large in size and easily accessible.

This musical toy from Baby Einstein is designed to enhance a 1 year old’s visual perception, promote interaction between a child and a parent, and boost a kid’s motor skills. On top of all that, it’s a beautiful toy that introduces your child to classical music at an early age.

Pros
  • Easy-grip handle with a caterpillar design
  • Boosts visual perception and promote gross motor skills
  • Seven classical tunes available
  • Enhances parent-child interaction
Cons
  • Lights aren’t bright enough for some
  • No controls are available for volume control
What makes this toy stand out?

If you want a child to improve their listening abilities, this toy is exceptional at doing so. A child’s audible senses are stimulated remarkably well which enhances one aspect of their learning abilities.

11Infantino Hug & Tug Musical Bug

Summary

This toy plays music as your baby boy pulls its strings. After your child pulls the string, music plays for 90 seconds. As the toy has two rings which click together, legs with knots, and a peak-a-boo-styled mirror, it’s great at improving your kid’s sensory skills.

While this toy does a fantastic job at entertaining your child, it offers more than just that. It’s also effective at improving a child’s gross motor skills and visual perception.

We also liked how it’s easily portable for when you need to be on the move.

Pros
  • It comes with 2 clacker rings, a mirror, as well as cute knotty legs;
  • Enhances motor skills
  • Improves visual perception
Cons
  • The melody is shorter than expected
  • It’s not dishwasher-safe
What makes this toy stand out?

Children see the toy as an exceptionally intriguing device that plays music upon pulling the string. This is an excellent exercise for improving their cognitive and motor skills.

12VTech’s Sit-to-Stand Walker for Learning Amazon Exclusive

Summary

This walker can grow with a child. Remember that only a few toys remain to be fun and useful to a kid as it grows. This is one of the many reasons why this VTech toy is so popular. This interactive walker comes with a removable panel that offers a kid myriad of opportunities to play and learn. It also has two spinning rollers and three shape sorters that have light up buttons to help a child develop their motor skills. You will also find a pretend telephone that comes complete with mechanical buttons to make role play fun and exciting for a kid and a parent.

Moreover, there are 70 songs which kids can sing along to. It also includes phrases and sound effects to ensure kids up to 3 years old find this toy amusing and stimulating.

As soon as your baby learns how to walk, the panel for play and learning can be attached to the walker. The panel lends stability which a baby needs as it takes its first steps. You won’t have to worry about the wheels that are attached to the walker as they’re large, and they’re designed to roll smoothly on any surface including carpeted floors and hardwood flooring.

Pros
  • The set includes batteries
  • Ideal for toddlers and infants alike
  • The integrated walker offers new walkers stability which they need
  • The toys added to the walker aid cognitive development
Cons
  • The baby walker could be wider to prevent tipping issues
What makes this toy stand out?

With the abundance of opportunities this toy offers for cognitive development, it is no wonder why it’s regarded by parents as one of the best Christmas and birthday gift ideas for 1 year olds.

13VTech Pretend & Discover Doctor’s Kit

Summary

VTech’s Pretend & Discover Doctor’s Kit is loaded with technological features that a child would love up until the age of 4. The kit doesn’t just provide entertainment for a child, it also helps them develop emotional, social, language, and cognitive skills.

What we find really unique with this specific doctor’s kit is how it comes with a ton of sounds and buttons. These are awesome interactive role-playing features.

It also includes an audio feature which teaches a 1 year old songs, body parts, and simple medical practices.

Pros
  • Educational as it teaches a child medical practices and terms;
  • Highly interactive – it plays songs that a kid can easily memorize;
  • Includes a storage kit to keep the toys when they’re not being used;
  • Easy to operate as it has light up buttons which introduce the medical accessories.
Cons
  • Elasticity of the stethoscope could be better
What makes this toy stand out?

This Vtech Doctor’s Kit is a remarkably interactive and educational toy. However, we liked how it also managed to keep things fun for kids to learn without getting bored.

14Turtle Sandbox by Little Tikes

Summary

This themed sandbox makes for an incredible Christmas or birthday gift idea for a 1 year old boy. Kids, as you know, thrive on fascination. So, if the 1 year old boy you’ll be giving a gift to loves animals, he will definitely find this gift to be a lot of fun!

The Turtle Sandbox of Little Tikes comes with a smiling turtle design. The turtle’s hard shell serves as the lid of the sandbox. From the picture, you can see that the sandbox was given the texture or finish similar to that of a turtle which is ideal for a child that’s just learning about the world around it. Since it’s a massive sandbox, it can hold sand up to 150 lbs.

Pros
  • Has a maximum capacity of 150 lbs
  • The turtle shell serves as the sandbox’s protective lid
  • It features two seats so tiny tots can sit on them when they play
  • The bottom part of the sandbox has molded details to encourage kids to dig
Cons
  • The protective lid is light, so the wind can easily blow the sandbox open
What makes this toy stand out?

This sandbox can also work as a mini paddling pool for younger kids too.

153-in-1 EZ Children’s Folding Wagon by Radio Flyer

Summary

This foldable and rideable wagon can be used for bench seating, hauling, and, yes, riding.

The wagon is collapsible and its storage facilities are awesome. This makes it a great toy to take out with you for days out.

The zippers help in collapsing the wagon’s sides which turn it into a bench.

What’s a fun day outdoors without the prefect cuppa or juice box? The wagon comes with two cup holders, so you and your child can stay happy and hydrated while taking a stroll outdoors

Pros
  • It’s a collapsible wagon which opens and stores in a snap
  • Great for bench seating, riding, and hauling
  • Comes with a telescoping handle for easy pulling
  • The tires come pre-lubricated to remain quiet
  • It comes with cup holders
Cons
  • You need to supervise kids when they use the wagon
What makes this toy stand out?

We love how the tires of this children’s wagon remain quiet as they roll unlike other wagons from other brands. Also, we love the telescoping handle which makes pulling the wagon very easy.

16Deluxe Ride & Relax Wagon + Umbrella by Little Tikes

Summary

This is another child’s wagon which has a more luxurious feel to it.

It comes with a cute umbrella that’s attached to the wagon to give kids a shaded and relaxing wagon ride. As it’s sufficient in keeping the hot blazing sun away from your child’s face. Also, the sides of this wagon have built-in coolers, making this the perfect toy wagon to take with you on trips out. You can store snacks and drinks to the sides; just fill the coolers with ice.

The wagon can also convert to a bench as the removable sides are taken down. This allows you and your child to sit down and relax to enjoy some snacks or take a break.

Pros
  • Umbrella to protect kids from sun exposure
  • Side coolers for drink & snack storage
  • Converts into a spacious bench
  • It has tires that roll quietly
Cons
  • The assembly of the wagon can take time
What makes this toy stand out?

This children’s wagon is a convenient and nifty multifunctional item that can be used by children and adults alike! It makes spending quality time with a 1 year old a lot more fun, relaxing, and enjoyable.

17Dinosaur Volcano House w/ 5 Plush Dinosaurs – by Prextex

Summary

This adorable set of stuffed dinosaurs isn’t just handcrafted; the cute toys are also incredibly soft. This is because they’ve been made with plush materials.

The cave house that’s in the shape of a volcano is also as soft as the dinosaurs. As the set is six inches long, it is a perfect size for 1 year old boys to play with comfortably and independently.

You’re able to use this toy set to begin teaching children about prehistoric times with dinosaurs and volcanos.

Pros
  • Super soft texture
  • It comes with a soft cave house
  • Educational toy set
Cons
  • Some would have liked some lava details added to the volcano toy
What makes this toy stand out?

This is a great birthday or Christmas gift idea for 1 year old boys who are interested in dinosaurs. You can also use it as an opportunity to start teaching them more about volcanoes and prehistoric animals.

18Elegant Baby Bath Time Rubber Water Squirties

Summary

This set of rubber dinosaur toys helps to make bath time a lot more enjoyable – for both kids and parents!

The rubber toys float and they can also be squeezed to squirt out water. This provides kids with plenty of stimulation while bathing.

It’s an awesome toy set for developing children’s grip strength. The bright colors and designs are also fascinating and makes them more curious.

Pros
  • Vibrant colors
  • BPA, lead, and phthalate-free
  • They’re sized perfectly to fit the hands of babies
  • Encourages curiosity & creativity
  • Develops grip strength
Cons
  • Hard to clean the inside of the toys
What makes this toy stand out?

We liked how these toys make bath time more entertaining. Children are also able to work on their grip strength and develop their creative thinking as a result of the toy set’s colourful design

19Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Toy by Manhattan Toy

Summary

This Winkel toy is made with soft, brightly-colored tubing. It consists of hoops that overlap and link together from a central cube.

Because the tubes are flexible and hollow, they create a soft teething toy, but also one that’s not too squishy. The tubes are thin enough that young babies can grip, move, and grab the toy without exerting too much effort. As it has a sphere shape, a baby can toss and turn the toy using both hands to allow for plenty of stimulation.

Pros
  • The soft and continuous tubing is perfect for your teething baby
  • Toxin-free materials
  • Bright colors
  • Highly stimulating
Cons
  • Some would prefer the rattle sound to be a little louder
What makes this toy stand out?

The toy is lightweight, which makes it easier for 1 year old boys to play with. With special materials used for the tubing, kids can also chew on the toy for teething benefits.

20Build ‘N Learn Building Table Set by Mega Bloks

Summary

This portable playset allows a 1 year old boy to build anything that it wishes with only his imagination as the limit. The table provides your baby with a handy platform where it can independently play with their First Builders blocks. The set also includes colorful stickers, which are always a hit among babies.

As this Mega Bloks Table Set is bright and colorful, it’s eye-catching which means it draws in boys looking for something to play with their hands. The legs of the table easily slide into place. As for the top, it simply opens up which means the set only takes a few seconds to set up. Ease-of-assembly is what most parents are looking for when buying birthday or Christmas presents for 1 year old boys and this one checks the boxes.

Once the fun is over, simply store the pieces away inside and fold it up for easy storage. This feature also makes it great for traveling with.

Pros
  • Colorful stickers available
  • It’s an easily portable playset
  • It has its own tidy toy box
  • Gives boys plenty of stimulation with their hands
  • Encourages imagination
Cons
  • One set may not include enough blocks for some
What makes this toy stand out?

This Mega Bloks set makes learning fun for a 1 year old boy. As its quite large, it offers enough space for several kids to play and create structures using the First Builders blocks.

21Turn & Learn Driver Toy by VTech

Summary

Turn & Learn Driver Toy by VTech is a toy steering wheel that has a cute dog. Every time you turn the steering wheel, the dog moves along with it.

On the pretend dashboard, five colorful buttons can be played and pressed by your 1 year old boy. The buttons, when pushed, teach kids about different vehicles and animals.

The toy car also has three play modes to ensure they’re open to tons of interactive play. Kids love the colourful and playful design of this steering wheel. It encourages imaginative play. As you know, it’s part of a child’s early childhood education. So, if you’re searching for an entertaining toy that’s educational at the same time, VTech’s Turn & Learn Driver Toy is a great option.

Pros
  • Entertaining and educational
  • 3 playing modes
  • Its design promotes imaginative play
  • Colourful & fun
Cons
  • It requires batteries to function
What makes this toy stand out?

This age-appropriate learning toy for 1 year old boys comes with all the features that ensure a kid gives their full attention to it. We liked how it encourages imaginative play too.

22Pull & Sing Puppy by VTech

Summary

By now, you already know that VTech is known for creating interactive and educational toys. With the Pull & Sing Puppy, they’’ve made a toy that’s a sure winner among 1 year old boys. It won’t fail in mesmerizing a kid with the flashing nose feature.

The colorful buttons also keep a baby on its toes.

Although a 1 year old may not fully understand what the toy puppy is saying, it helps them to learn over time.

We liked how it moves around too. This encourages children to learn how to crawl and eventually walk.

Pros
  • Movement features for entertainment
  • It’s an interactive toy that will follow a baby around
  • Pulling the toy’s cord will activate sounds and music
  • The buttons introduce kids to colors, body parts, and numbers
Cons
  • The plastic construction isn’t the most durable
What makes this toy stand out?

There’s so much to love about this VTech toy. First of all, it has a playful dog design which kids are loving. It also plays over 60 songs, phrases, and sounds to help kids develop their learning skills.

23Spin and Learn Color Flashlight by VTech

Summary

VTech’s Spin and Learn Flashlight is a part of the company’s infant learning toys series. It features buttons which trigger the flashlight and play educational songs for a kid to sing along. The light from the toy shines through colored lenses, which a child can change by twisting a ring.

When switched on, the toy will flash a picture of an animal and stay on for five seconds. The music will also be activated. After 45 seconds of inactivity, it will shut down until the kid pushes a button or twists a ring.

For a small toy, VTech’s Spin and Learn has tons to offer. Apart from having two modes, it also plays phrases and songs which makes for a great learning opportunity for a child. You’ll also find buttons that play nursery rhymes that can introduce a child to colors and letters.

Pros
  • Automatically shuts off in order to preserve batteries;
  • Can be used as a real flashlight;
  • Easy to carry with the chunky handle;
  • Educational – introduces colors and animals to a 1 year old
Cons
  • Instructions could be clearer
What makes this toy stand out?

The feature that we loved the most is the toy flashlight’s “book” mode It offers a child both play and learning opportunities.

24Gund Baby Animated Flappy – an Elephant Plush Toy

Summary

There’s nothing cuter than Flappy the Elephant! This Gund Baby creation has movable ears. They can cover Flappy the Elephant’s eyes, so a kid can play peek-a-boo with its stuffed toy. It can also sing songs when you press the feet.

As the speaker or power box is added to the bum of Flappy, it will sit upright on any surface. Once you need to switch off the toy, you can access the power box via a Velcro added to the bottom.

Pros
  • The flapping of the elephant’s ears is entertaining
  • The toy is made of high quality materials
  • Sings songs for audible learning
Cons
  • No volume controls available
What makes this toy stand out?

The adorable ears of Flappy the Elephant move every time it speaks or sings. Kids will be astonished as to how the ears of its toy swing back and cover its face! The songs also capture their attention and develop their listening skills.

25Mirari the Wonder of Play Pop! Pop! Piano by PlayMonster

Summary

If what you’re looking for is a simple and portable toy, then this product from PlayMonster is an excellent choice. Mirari Pop Piano has a classic design, music theme, and simple play mechanics.

It works as a great as a sensory toy for an early learner.

This toy piano has multi-colored keys on its face. Inside the toy, you’ll find small-sized star-shaped balls and colored tubes. As a toddler presses the colorful keys, the tubes inside launch balls which bounce around the acrylic. Although it’s a simple, straightforward toy, it’s a tool that teaches children the concepts of cause and effect.

Pros
  • Play music & sounds
  • Promotes early understanding on the concept of cause and effect
  • Amusing for a child
  • It’s a stimulating toy with a quality construction
Cons
  • The keys can get stuck after long-term use
  • It needs several batteries to function
What makes this toy stand out?

Everybody loves good, classic toys including PlayMonster’s Mirari Piano Toy, which is for young piano players. It also makes tons of noise which can be comical for a 1 year old boy. However, what’s most fascinating about the toy is the silly noises which are designed to entertain kids and parents alike.

26Bright Beats – Fisher-Price’s Build-a-Beat Stacker

Summary

Build-a-Beat Stacker is another top rated product from Fisher-Price. It’s recommended for young musical players up to the age of 3 as per the instructions on the package. However, we think it’d last beyond the 3-year mark, which is one of the many reasons why we’re recommending Bright Beats to you.

Bright Beats Stacker isn’t just a toy that’s going to be well-loved by a 1 year old boy for years, but it’s also one that proves to be a great investment. It improves hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Pros
  • Improved hand-eye coordination & motor skills
  • Rattle beads available for kids to shake
  • A song or beat builds up as children stack the pieces
Cons
  • The toy’s parts require pressure which may be difficult for a kid to operate
What makes this toy stand out?

The bright colors, upbeat music, and flashing lights give a kid’s hearing and sight a boost,

27Galt America Toys Wooden Retro-Styled Pop Up Toy

Summary

This Galt America classic pop-op toy comes with four bright-colored pop-up faces. They can be pressed and pop back up to provide a lot of stimulation and fun to 1 year old boys.

This play set also enables them to recognize and match different colors.

We think it’s a great Christmas or birthday present as it encourages children to learn how to differentiate between colors. It’s important for a parent to aid a child in developing their concentration as well as their problem-solving skills.

Fortunately, this classic pop-up toy can help while being incredibly entertaining.

Pros
  • It develops a child’s color recognition ability
  • Teaches a kid cause and effect
  • Will encourage hand-eye coordination
Cons
  • The toy could’ve been better if the characters had different facial expressions
What makes this toy stand out?

The pop up character are fantastic for helping children develop their motor skills. It’s also a lot of fun for parents and kids to play together.

28Ted and Tess Carousel Toy by Ambi Toys

Summary

This toy is excellent at teaching your 1 year old boy cause and effect. We liked how this carousel teddy toy spins around. It stimulates children visually to help them soak in information through their eyes.

The bright colors also help with this.

You can activate this carousel toy easily by gently putting pressure on the top. Therefore, 1 year old boys will be able to use it easily.

Pros
  • Develops motor skills
  • Bright & colourful
  • Easy for kids to use
  • Encourages visual learning
Cons
  • May be too repetitive for some
What makes this toy stand out?

This one’s a colorful toy that promotes cause and effect. A gentle push on the big top makes the teddies move around with minimal effort.

29Lamaze Cosimo Concerto

Summary

Young infants get excited about the big friendly face and bright colors of this zebra toy. They’re also able to learn and explore the various stripes. When you press them, they all make a different sound. If you use the Cosimo mode, the toys plays a special tune on its own. This makes it effective at keeping a baby engaged, not just with the musical tunes.

It also stimulates them via the contrasting patterns, several different textures, and surprise crinkles.

We also liked how kids can safely use this toy for teething too!

Pros
  • It provides sensory stimulation
  • Encourages a baby to engage and respond to musical sounds
  • The musical tunes that the toy plays are appealing for babies
  • Teaches a baby how to distinguish different notes
Cons
  • Not as loud as some were hoping for
What makes this toy stand out?

It’s a soft, plush animal toy that also doubles as a toy piano! It’s for a 1 year old boy who’s just beginning to memorize songs and develop his musical skills. The colored stripes of the animal toy plays different musical notes when they’re pressed for added stimulation.

30Hape Pound and Tap Bench w/ Slide Out Xylophone

Summary

We recommend this option for parents who want a musical toy that they can play together with their child.

The brightly-colored balls which can be removed add another element of fun to this toy. It also encourages children to learn about color and shape differentiation.

We can’t help but take a second to appreciate how this musical toy is constructed using forest-friendly maple. Water-based paint is also used to provide the toy with bright colors.

As for its package, it’s made of recycled paper that’s printed with soy-based ink. It’s certainly a musical toy that’s one of a kind as it isn’t just great for a kid but also for the environment!

Pros
  • Sounds and noises produced
  • It comes with several color options
  • Free from contain harmful materials
  • Removable balls for more playful options
Cons
  • Sounds may be a little out of tune
What makes this toy stand out?

Apart from encouraging play and musicality, this is also a toy that you can use in teaching a kid about colors and shapes.

31VTech Drop & Go Dump Truck

Summary

Does your 1 year old love playing with toy trucks like most toddlers? If so, then he will love VTech’s Drop & Go Dump Truck! Put a massive smile on his face by surprising him with this dump truck toy. It comes with brightly colored rocks, so your child can dump them into the trunk bed as much as he wants.

When he does, he will learn about colors, counting, and numbers from the talking dump truck. It plays fun songs while flashing lights to grab your toddler’s attention and encourage him to engage with his educational toy.

Pros
  • Plays songs
  • Flashing lights
  • Very colourful
  • Develops motor skills
  • Plenty of fun for 1 year old boys
Cons
  • Requires batteries
What makes this toy stand out?

This one provides you with far more features than the average toy dump truck. it plays songs, teaches a child about numbers and colors and develops their motors skills.

32Octopus Hoopla Bathtime Toys by Nuby

Summary

We already touched on this toys in our 1 year old girls gift guide and it’s also a great toy for boys. This colorful octopus toy is an excellent way for kids to have fun during bath time. It floats in the water so your 1 year old can throw the little hoops on the tentacles which work as hooks.

The octopus has a non-threating, super friendly face, therefore, your little one will think of its bath time as playtime!

The three hoops have different designs: a fish, star, and lifebuoy. Apart from encouraging hand-eye coordination, the shapes and colors of the hoops promote imaginative play. Most importantly, the product is BPA-free. You won’t have to worry every time your baby uses the toy for chewing!

Pros
  • Made of BPA-free materials;
  • Great for bath time
  • Bright colors
  • Friendly design
Cons
  • Only has 6 legs, which is inaccurate
What makes the toy stand out?

This octopus toy from Nuby makes bath time a breeze. It’s already proven by lots of parents to be effective at keeping 1 year old boys occupied while they’re being cleaned off. Overall, this toy brings lots of hours of fun for a toddler.

33Little Tikes Go & Grow Lil’ Rollin’ – a Giraffe Ride-On

Summary

This Go & Grow Rolling Giraffe is a riding toy that’s safe and fun. Kids also feel comfortable while sitting on it too.

If your child requires a ride-on so that their legs are strengthened for walking, you’ll find this Giraffe ride-on to be perfect for your goal. But, that’s not all as it will also help develop independence and confidence in a 1 year old boy.

We liked how this toy naturally combines playtime with learning. Kids are able to work on their balance to help them develop walking skills while also having a blast.

Pros
  • Great for traveling
  • Comes with a fantastic design
  • Stable and long-lasting
  • Surprisingly quick and easy to assemble
Cons
  • May clip toes or heels, depending on the child’s size
What makes this toy stand out?

The Rollin’ Giraffe’s happy face creates excitement among children. Kids have tons of fun playing with it which encourages them to learn balance and walking skills.

34Cartoon R/C Car for Racing – a Radio Control Toy Fit for Toddlers by Liberty Imports

Summary

This remote-control toy by Liberty Imports comes with a racing theme as well as a car racer character for imaginative play. The set includes a brightly colored circular remote control, which mimics a car steering wheel.

As it’s made for toddlers, it has easy-to-press buttons which a 1 year old can easily reach.

Pros
  • The car racer/driver is removable
  • It’s easy to play with for younger kids
  • Sounds & flashing lights
Cons
  • A parent may find the music a bit disturbing
What makes this toy stand out?

This R/C toy is highly interactive and fun to play with. The steering wheel and button controls help kids to develop their motor skills.

35Chromo Inc Bouncy Inflatable Hopping Cow

Summary

Chromo Inc.’s Bouncy has ears that are extra-long. These allow your child to easily grab them as handles when they’re jumping around. Bouncy is also in the perfect height, so 1 year old boys can climb on the toy themselves. As it can easily be inflated using the pump that is included in the package, playtime can start right away!

This bouncing cow riding toy is not just capable of offering tons of hours of fun, but it also facilitates in the development of a 1 year old boy’s physical resistance as well as coordination.

Pros
  • Long ears for riding handles
  • Strengthens the legs
  • The two-way hand pump for quicker playtime
Cons
  • Requires supervision from adults
What makes this toy stand out?

Kids are able to enhance their coordination and motor skills with this toy. It’s incredibly interactive and encourages active play.

36O Ball Rattle and Roll Car

Summary

This rattle-and-roll-car-in-one is big and bold. It makes for the perfect toy for an infant. As a matter of fact, it is one of the best-sellers in the toy car department. One year old boys find this toy easy to roll and grip.

We liked how each wheel is filled with noise beads to stimulate their senses.

As it has tons of different textures like teething keys, a baby doesn’t lose interest in it quickly unlike other toys. The cars are also a perfect shape for 1 year old boys to handle.

Pros
  • Rattle beads for audible stimulation
  • Can be used as a teething toy
  • The colors are bright and eye-catching
Cons
  • Some parents may find the rattling sound disturbing
What makes this toy stand out?

This toy isn’t just a rolling car, but a rattle as well! It encourages kids to learn via their hearing senses.

37John Deere Hayride by TOMY

Summary

It comes in black, yellow, and green finishes, and features several different animals including a cow, horse, sheep, and a pig. This is an awesome toy to teach your child about different farm animals.

The animals are removable, so they can be taken from their seating positions. When a kid puts the animals back to their seats, they’ll begin to understand the concept of shape-matching as each animal must be fitted to its proper seat.

When you push the animals into their correct positions, they create a sound. This is entertaining and reassures kids that they’ve got it right.

This chunky John Deere vehicle also has soft-touch surfaces as well as rounded edges to ensure safe play.

Pros
  • The matching task develops concentration
  • Promotes imaginative play
  • Builds upon an understanding of farming
  • Plays sounds
Cons
  • Requires batteries
What makes this toy stand out?

The tractor proved to be a hit among young boys. We were impressed by this toy’s interactive features as kids are able to learn about shape matching.

38Wooden Educational Toy Recognition Geometric Board with Blocks Stack Sort by BettRoom

Summary

This toy has a unique wooden recognition geometric board. This lets kids stack their blocks as long as they’ve got the right shapes. This is a great exercise for helping them develop their shape skills.

The block pieces are also a fantastic size for 1 year old boys to hold onto easily.

All of the pieces included are free from harmful toxins too. So, you can be assured that this set is safe for kids.

Pros
  • Promotes shape matching skills
  • Develops a 1 year old boy’s imagination
  • Encourages hand-eye coordination
  • Toxin-free materials
Cons
  • Some of the instructions could be clearer
What makes this toy stand out?

As it’s a recognition board, it develops a 1 year old boy’s size, color, and shape differentiation skills.

39Battat Pound & Roll Learning Toy 

Summary

Battat’s Pound & Roll Toy is an excellent way to strengthen a baby’s motor skills. It has been created with a colorful design to stimulate young kids.

It’s a pounding game which is great at catching a baby’s attention and encouraging play time. The package already includes everything that you need to entertain a 1 year old. This includes a hammer, maze, and colored balls.

After playing, you can stow the balls away on the maze’s left size for easy storage.

The holes have just the right resistance, so your toddler is encouraged to pound the ball and develop their muscles.

Grabbing the hammer also enforces their grip abilities. When they hit the balls down, their motor skills and strength abilities are improved simultaneously.

Pros
  • It’s a BPA-free toy for safety
  • Teaches the concept of cause and effect
  • Very colourful
  • Easy storage for balls
  • Size of the pieces are big enough to avoid choking hazards
Cons
  • Balls are harder than some would prefer
What makes this toy stand out?

Young boys will learn that hammering a ball will send their down a maze and end up at the bottom. This makes it an excellent toy for helping kids understand the cause and effects concepts early on.

40Award Winning High Seas Wooden Rocking Ride-on by Hape

Summary

This Hape High Seas Rocker sparks the imaginative side of a child’s mind. They begin to imagine what it’s lie to be on a boat out on the sea. As a result, they’ll start to roleplay and create their own scenarios. If you’re looking for a unique toy for your toddler, then this would be it.

As it’s a wooden rocker that’s designed to replicate an actual boat, a kid can enhance their imagination further.

Holding and playing with the boat also enables them to develop their gross motor skills.

We like how it has been made using sturdy wood to ensure the safety of your kids.

Pros
  • Develops motor skills
  • Has vibrant colors;
  • Can be decorated with a kid’s favorite toys
  • Allows a kid’s imagination to run wild
Cons
  • May be a little on the pricey side for some
What makes this toy stand out?

The sturdy construction and easy assembly make this a unique toy. We were especially impressed by how much it encourages the creative side of a child’s brain to start firing.

41Oombee Cube by Fat Brain Toys

Summary

Among all the things that a parent teaches a 1 year old boy are shapes and colors.

As you can see in the picture, this toy allows kids to sort out shapes with a rubber finish. It’s a shape-sorting toy that helps in promoting visual-spatial skills, sensory learning, and fine motor skills.

Although the item is made of a rubber-textured material, it’s still squishy which is perfect for little soft hands. If you’re worried about BPA, this toy is completely BPA-free. It’s also made of a material that’s 100% food-grade, which is great for teething kids.

Pros
  • Comes in the size that’s safe and ideal for 1 year old boys
  • Enhances shape-sorting skills
  • Durable and safe
  • Bright & colourful
Cons
  • Can initially be hard for kids to use on their own
What makes this toy stand out?

Apart from the strings that ensure no shape is lost, we love how this toy’s concept inspires learning through pure and authentic play.

42Pewi by Y-Bike

Summary

Pewi by Y-Bike is a ride-on toy that’s been a favorite among parents for years. The manufacturer did an exceptional job with this product.

1 year olds who are learning to walk find this toy incredibly supportive. It helps them to develop the strength and balance they need to eventually walk on their own later down the line.

Pewi can be used in virtually any direction to ensure kids have the freedom to move however they like.

This ingenious concept of a toy also functions as a baby’s seat.

Pros
  • Allows a child to have ample support while walking
  • Develops coordination, space awareness, postural control, and balance
  • Made of durable materials
  • Child-friendly design (no sharp edges)
Cons
  • The casters require cleaning after long-term use
What makes this toy stand out?

The sheer variety of uses this toy has on offer is remarkable. Kids are able to learn how to walk independently, while also developing their coordination and balance skills.

Buyers Guide: How To Find The Best Toys for 1 Year Old Boys 

Finding the best toy and gifts for your 1 year old son can be a tough task but by using our top toys list above and our buying guide below it should be greatly simplified. We strive to offer the very best guides to make shopping easier for parents like yourself.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Toys For Young Boys

As you may already be well aware, 1 year old boys are incredibly active. They’re full of energy and constantly moving around, eager to learn in this stage of rapid develop. This age is an important time for them to refine their developmental skills including their motor, sensory, social, and walking abilities.

All of the toys mentioned above can help your child develop in one way or another.

To learn more about how to go about picking the best gift for a 1 year old boy, take a look at the section below.

Safety Guidelines of Toys We Have Included Above

All toys that included above follow the Consumer Product Safety Guidelines and required by United States, European countries and other major governments.

If you want to take extra precautions in ensuring the toys you get for baby are 100% safe, here are some guidelines to follow so that you will end up with the safest toys:

  • Toys made of any type of fabric should be flame retardant or flame resistant
  • Painted toys must utilize lead-free paint
  • Stuffed toys must be washable (by hand or machine)
  • All art materials must be are non-toxic.
  • Paints and crayons must have a label of “ASTM D-4236,” which means they have been evaluated by the proper authorities

We advise parents to avoid giving hand-me-downs to children as they may not meet the current safety standards.

Best Types of Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Boys

There are tons of different toys available for 1 year old boys. That’s why we put together review of the 42 best options available to help you out.
Toys that you can push and pull enable children to develop their strength. They can be especially useful for kids who are learning how to walk.

Ride-on Toys

Ride-on Toys are awesome for helping kids work on their balance abilities. This is also very helpful for when it comes to walking.

Building Blocks for Boys

Using toys that include blocks and pieces are excellent for enhancing the cognitive development of 1 year old boys. They’re able to start differentiating between the shapes and colors. Children also learn more about matching different shapes.

Researchers have found a link between playing with bloack and academic achievement, specifically in math.

Rolling cars and trucks

1 year old boys love playing with wheeled vehicles. They push them and see how far they go. Since trucks and cars are familiar objects for them, these toys also give them a chance to role play and experiment. As a result, their imaginative development is boosted.

Final Thoughts on the Best Types of Gifts for Boys

1 year old boys learn through play. Finding toys that have a good balance of fun and learning is your best bet.

Boys of this age are also in the process of developing hand-eye coordination and social skills. So picking toys that they can involve other kids with is a good idea. It’s gets them use to social interactions. This can have major positive effects later on in their life.

That can seem like a daunting task if you don’t know where to begin. However, all you need to do is take a quick look through the products above and pick out the ones that are best.

Regardless of whether you’re buying them for your own child, or as a gift for someone else’s – you can now feel more confident in choosing ones that are beneficial for their development, while also being fun.