Buying gifts can be fun, but it can also be difficult and time consuming. If you’re like me, you’ll spend hours upon hours walking around the shopping center waiting for the right gift to “pop out” at you. But while browsing can be fun, we don’t always have time to stroll for hours on end.

So to make life easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of our top first birthday and Christmas present ideas. Australian parents will love and appreciate you for the thoughtful, practical gifts that they can actually use. And to make things even better, you can shop online and have any of these gifts delivered straight to your door!

So without further ado, here’s our top gifts for 1st birthday:


1. First Walker Shoes

Why we love them:
Babies and toddlers are constantly growing so nothing fits them for too long, including their shoes. For this reason, shoes are a top priority of parents (because young children need lots of them). Over the course of a year, the costs of shoes can really add up for new parents. For this reason, they make an excellent gift. But what size should you buy? For a 1 year old, aim to buy an EU Size 20 or above. If you go bigger and they don’t fit straight away, they can always grow into them! 

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Billycart Kids - 
https://www.billycartkids.com.au/ 

Billycart Kids First Walker Soft Sole Leather Shoes

2. Fisher Price - Little People Sets

Why we love them:
Little people sets are designed specifically for young children. They are durable, open and fold for easy storage and have no small parts that could be a choking hazard. Buttons are easy to push and don’t require too much pressure from tiny hands. No matter which Little People set you choose,  these are bound to provide hours of entertainment and are excellent for pretend play.

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3. Reusable Toddler Swim Nappy

Why we love them:
When it comes to toddler nappies, anything that is reusable is a good investment. Reusable Toddler Swim Nappies like those made by MilkMaid Mumma are not only good for the planet, but they also come in a variety of different styles to suit any fashionable toddler. All you have to do is put them on, let your toddler swim, and then wash and reuse! No garbage - no waste!
A practical gift for any 1 year old that will provide hours of fun at the beach or pool!

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Milkmaid Mumma - 
https://www.milkmaidmumma.com/collections/reusable-swim-nappies

Baby Toddler Reusable Swim Nappies Australia

4. Corolle Doll - “Calin” Range

Why we love them:
Corolle dolls come in a variety of different sizes to mirror different developmental stages. While some dolls can be too big for babies in the first year of development, the Calin Range offers the perfect size doll for a 1 year old. Corolle Dolls have soft bodies so that your baby can take them to bed, and a soft vinyl face, arms, and legs to make them extra snuggable. They also smell amazing (vanilla scented) and come with optional accessories that you can purchase for future Christmas and birthday gifts!


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Discount Toy Co - 
https://discounttoyco.com.au/corolle-mon-premier-calin-manon-baby-doll-30cm/
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5. Books - Julia Donaldson

Why we love her:
Julia Donaldson writes some of the most wonderful books and you cannot go wrong with any of her selections. Some of our favorites include:

- What the Ladybird Heard
- Toddle Waddle
- The Gruffalo
- Stick Man
- The Highway Rat
- The Snail & The Whale
- Room on the Broom
    When purchasing books for a one year old, keep their developmental stage in mind. At this stage, babies and toddlers love to grab and rip everything. For this reason, you should stick to cardboard books for a 1st birthday where possible.

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    6. John Deere Tractors

    Why we love them:
    No, we don’t mean it’s time to put a 1 year old to work on an adult sized John Deere Tractor. We do, however, encourage the use of baby size John Deere toys. The are unisex and contain a variety of learning elements in one single toy (tractor pushing, music, sound, animals, etc). But don’t worry - all sounds can be turned off so that they don’t drive parents crazy!

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    7. Chunky Wooden Puzzles

    Why we love them:
    Did you know that puzzles play an important role in a toddler’s development? Not only do they help to facilitate hand-eye coordination, but puzzles are also beneficial for spatial skills, problem solving skills, and fine motor development. When buying Chunky Wooden Puzzles as a gift, opt for those with different colors or animals so that children can incorporate learning into their play. Stick to 6-8 piece puzzles for a 1 year old.

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    8. Felt Quiet Book

    Why we love them:
    Sometimes babies need some quiet time too - and so do parents. For times like these, felt quiet books are the perfect option. Not only are these books great for autonomous play, but they also help to teach toddlers a variety of useful skills like zipping zippers and buttoning buttons. They’re also great for keeping toddlers busy in the car.

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    9. Personalized Bento Lunch Box

    Why we love them:
    If you are buying for a one year old that is going to daycare, the Bento Lunch Box is a great option. These boxes are insulated and can help to keep packed lunches cold throughout the day. And to make the parents' life a little easier, the insert is dishwasher safe.

    As an added bonus you can make these lunch boxes more personal by personalizing them with the toddlers name.

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    Hippo Blue -
    https://www.hippoblue.com.au/hipp-o-bento-lunch-box

    hippo blue lunch box


    So there you have it - our favorite gifts for a 1st Birthday in 2020

    Happy Shopping!

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