Best Gifts & Toys for 1 Year Old Boys In 2022
Looking for the best gifts & toys for 1-year-old boys? You’ve come to the right place. After spending countless hours on research and editing, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite toys for 12-month-year-olds, all evaluated for safety, all super-fun as well as educational.
One-year-old boys are at a very exciting but also challenging stage of their development. No longer infants but barely toddlers, they are incredibly inquisitive but are just learning how to play. For this reason, when shopping for gifts for 1-year-olds, it’s essential to pick age-appropriate toys that will help stimulate their growing minds while keeping them entertained.
Whether you’re looking for classic toy cars to help encourage imagination and pretend play, fun building kits to promote critical thinking, or perhaps musical instruments to support your budding artist, our selection of top toys for 1-year-old boys has something for everyone.
- Best Interactive Baby Walker: VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker
- Best Educational Toy: LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book
- Best Toddler Tablet: LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet
- Best Building Kit: Mega Bloks First Builders
- Best Sports Toy: VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
- Best Push Toy: VTech Pop-a-Balls Push and Pop Bulldozer
- Best Musical Gift: Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone
- Best Ride-On Toy: Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-on
- Best Sing-Along Book: Pinkfong Baby Shark Sing-Alongs Sound Book
- Best LEGO DUPLO Set: LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train
The Best Toys & Gifts for 1 Year Old Boys
This interactive baby walker from Vtech is specially designed to help your little one progress from sitting to standing to walking. The front has a removable play panel with five piano keys that play sounds and music as well as two colorful spinning rollers, a three shape sorter, and three light-up buttons to help your baby build fine and gross motor skills.
You can remove the panel for on-the-floor play or attach it to the walker for your boy to get up and explore. The walker has a sturdy handle and four wheels that will easily roll on both carpet and hard floors. Before you know it, your 1-year-old girl or boy will be up and motoring around!
Dimensions – 16.5” x 14.2” x 18.1”
Removable play panel
Five piano keys
Spinning rollers, shape sorters, & light-up buttons
Two AA batteries included
70 songs and sounds
- Weight5 Pounds
It’s never too early to instill a love of language in your child. This LeapFrog book makes a great first book for one-year-olds as it features 100 age-appropriate words chosen by early-childhood experts so you can be sure your little guy will be able to pick it up and learn.
By touching the words on the page, your child can play the words, sound effects, and other fun facts across 12 categories. He can push the light-up star button to play the Learning Friends theme song and hear their favorite words. A classic gift for toddlers, this book has three different play modes and a bilingual mode so you can expose your little learner to English and Spanish. A perfect gift to promote language development!
Teaches 100 age-appropriate words
Developed by learning experts
Sound effects, words, and fun-facts
In English & Spanish
Requires two AA batteries
- Weight1.52 Pounds
Is your little one already obsessed with technology? If so, we highly recommend the LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet as it’s specially designed for toddlers. As a bonus, it looks just like mom and dad’s so your kiddo can have fun pretending to be a grown-up.
This colorful interactive tablet will encourage core skills related to numbers, music, and imaginative play. And just like a real tablet, your child can choose a phone, clock, camera, and music app from the main screen. With 20 app icons to introduce your boy to letters, numbers, shapes, animals, colors, and more, plus a music mode that plays fun songs or lets him create his own masterpiece, this is the perfect first tablet for toddlers.
Emulates a real tablet
Home button, 20 app icons, pretend camera, speakers
Three modes – Explore, Learn, & Music
Working sounds and music
Two colors available
- Weight12 Ounces
Specially designed for tiny hands, the brightly colored Mega Blocks First Builders will entertain your 1-year-old and help him develop fine motor skills and thinking while he builds towers, animals, and all kinds of fun creations.
This classic toy set for toddlers comes with 80 classic-colored building blocks along with several special shapes that will spark your child’s imagination. The blocks are large and durable, so safe and just the right size for one-year-olds. You also get a handy storage bag for easy clean-up after your little guy is done playing.
80 large building blocks
Storage bag included
Comes in five classic colors
Compatible with other MegaBloks
- Weight1 Pound
If you are looking for gifts for a 1-year-old boy who has everything, check out this Smart Shots Sports Center. This 2-in-1 basketball hoop and soccer goal toy has everything you need to keep a budding sports star busy.
The center has an animated light-up LED scoreboard, which counts up to 10 and plays animations, sounds, and phrases. Your child will love playing with it, dunking the basketball and kicking the soccer ball to score big. And while he’s playing, your kiddo will develop better coordination while also learning shapes and numbers. Let the games begin!
2-in-1 soccer goal and basketball hoop
Two balls included
LED scoreboard (counts to ten)
Develops motor skills
For kids aged 1 – 3
- Weight2 Pounds
Construction trucks make great gifts for boys, and this Dump Truck from Green Toys is sure to be a hit in your favorite little guy’s playpen. This sturdy little vehicle toy is great for indoor or outdoor play as the chunky wheels can navigate any terrain. Your 1-year-old will love loading the back of the truck and then dumping it with the easy-tilt bed.
As a bonus, this awesome toy is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, so you can feel good about your purchase. Oh, and it’s super-easy to clean with warm water and soap but you can toss it in the dishwasher too when it needs a more thorough wash.
Made from recycled milk bottles
No BPA, phthalates, or PVC
Recycled and recyclable packaging
Chunky moving wheels
- BrandGreen Toys
- Weight9.9 Ounces
Are you looking for a toy that will get your child up and moving? If so, this delightful ball-popping bulldozer toy will provide loads of interactive fun. Designed to help with your kid’s coordination and color recognition, the toy has several colorful buttons that play phrases, sounds, and music.
As your boy pushes the bulldozer, the colorful balls will pop out of the smokestack, making him chase, scoop, and drop the balls back into the pushable toy. Perfect for wearing out some of that endless 1-year-old energy and developing fine motor skills!
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Pops balls from the chimney to the bucket
Buttons teach colors, numbers, and phrases
Automatically plays music
Available in two colors
Requires two AAA batteries
- Weight2.45 Pounds
Does your 1-year-old love making noise? Now you can constructively facilitate their noise-making with this fun Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone, the best musical toy to introduce children to the gift of music!
Whether your little one is tapping the balls through the bench or playing the slide-out xylophone to create their own musical masterpieces, you can be sure he will be developing his hand-eye coordination and physical dexterity while playing with this multi-functional award-winning toy. Musical instruments can also help support your boy’s cognitive and emotional development, so they’re a must-have in any toddler’s toy arsenal. 2-year-old girls and boys will also love it.
Multi-functional musical toy
Toy hammer included
Xylophone pulls out
Made from wood
Non-toxic, water-based paint
Available in two colors
- Weight2.64 Pounds
At some point, every child wants a puppy. And while your 1-year-old probably isn’t ready for a real-life pup, he’s definitely ready for this Pull and Sing Puppy from V-tech. The cute, spotted pup is interactive and can help your boy learn colors, numbers, and parts of the body in a fun way.
The puppy has three buttons that play music and fun sounds and a light-up nose. And as your child pulls it along by the leash, the puppy’s legs move, ears turn 360 degrees, and tailspins. Your little guy will absolutely love taking this dog for a walk! And in consideration for parents, the toy also has volume control and automatic shut-off for when everyone needs a break.
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Pull it by the cord
Plays music and puppy sounds
Three colorful buttons
Requires two AAA batteries
- Weight13.2 Ounces
The Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-On may just be one of the best (and cutest!) ride toys for 1-year-old boys. The ride-on toy has an adjustable seat and an oversized back wheel with a wheel guard, so you can rest assured that your kiddo will be safe while scooting around on his toy.
The cute giraffe can be used indoors or outdoors and is a great way for your child to improve their balance and coordination while having lots of fun. The toy comes with customizable spot stickers so they can create a one-of-a-kind giraffe bike all their own.
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Giraffe-themed ride-on toy
Oversized back wheel for stability
Two front wheels
Customizable spot decals
- BrandLittle Tikes
- Weight2 Pounds
Beep, beep! Now your 1-year-old can feel just like mom and dad with their very own steering wheel. The Turn and Learn Driver comes with a moving steering wheel, shifter, turn signal, and mirror, and a realistic honking horn that will make your boy feel like he’s driving a real car. A great gift to encourage healthy pretend play!
The toy has three modes, including driving, animal, and music mode. Your little one can push the five interactive buttons to learn different sounds, songs, and phrases. And don’t forget to teach them the rules of the road with the red, yellow, and green lights!
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Three modes and five colorful buttons
Plays 60+ songs and phrases
Moveable wheel, mirror, signal, and shifter
Requires two AA batteries (demo batteries included)
- Weight1.45 Pounds
Sing along with everyone’s favorite shark family! With this Baby Shark-themed book, not only do you get the classic baby shark song, but you also get nine other delightful baby shark tunes and colorful illustrations.
Tiny tots can easily turn the pages to look at the fun illustrations or they can press the buttons to cue up their favorite sing-along song. And don’t worry, Pinkfong has kindly included a safety lock to turn the sound book on and off at the flick of a button, preserving both battery life and parental sanity.
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10 sing-along songs
16-page board book with rounded edges and soft buttons
Requires two AAA batteries (included)
- Weight11.2 Ounces
Help your child with one of their most significant milestones – learning to ride a bike– with this Baby Balance Bike. The balance bike has a strong carbon steel frame, a soft seat, and the oversized wheels are designed for added safety and stability. A great gift for 1-year-olds to help them improve their balance and coordination!
The no-pedal design is ideal for first-time riders as they can easily scoot the bike along using their feet. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor play, this baby bike will have your toddler exercising and strengthening his leg muscles while having so much fun!
Carbon steel frame
EVA handlebars and soft seat
Noiseless, oversized wheels
Limited 135-degree steering to prevent falls
Specifically designed for young learners, the LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train Set will help your little boy learn numbers and counting in a fun, engaging way. A perfect introduction to the world of LEGO building!
The set includes a locomotive with three train cars and 10 stackable DUPLO numbered bricks that your child can load onto the toy train or use to build their own design. It also comes with two child DUPLO figures and a mini cat so your kiddo can imagine all sorts of terrific adventures.
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Includes three mini-figures
Teaches numbers and counting
- Weight1 Pound
This baby-friendly activity mat is a great way to keep your child moving and entertained. Simply roll out the mat and let the jamming begin! RenFox Kids Musical Mat has eight instrument sounds to choose from, including piano, violin, accordion, horn, xylophone, oboe, guitar, and flute.
The mat is made of soft non-woven fabric, making it gentle on the baby’s sensitive skin on hands and feet, as well as easy to clean. Oh, and it’s super-easy to roll up and take with you too, so you and your kids can have fun indoors and outdoors. Makes for a great travel toy too!
Eight instrumental sounds and 10 piano keys
Four modes include demo, play, playback, and record
Non-toxic, non-woven mat
Requires three AA batteries
- Weight13.6 Ounces
Is your favorite little boy obsessed with music? If so, he’ll absolutely love having his very own set of drums! This KidiBeats Drum Set comes with three drum pads and a cymbal and each makes unique sounds for early sensory development. Your child can play along with the nine included melodies or make up their own drum solo.
The drum set has four modes, including free play, letters, numbers, and follow-along for an educational, fun experience. The set includes two drumsticks, and the drums light up for added fun. And unlike a real drum set, parents can control the volume allowing for quieter play. Just remember, this same strategy won’t work once they become teenagers.
Includes three drums, a cymbal, and two drumsticks
Four modes of play
Requires three AA batteries (demo batteries included)
- Weight1.9 Pounds
This John Deere two-pack is sure to be a hit with young toddlers. The set comes with a dump truck and a tractor, perfect for playing outside or in a sandbox. Your child can use the working front loader on the tractor to fill the dump truck’s bed, which also tilts for interactive play.
Both toys are made from durable plastic and have free-rolling wheels so your little tyke can easily push and play with them. They are the perfect size for small children and are sure to unleash your little one’s imagination – just sit back and enjoy watching how they put their John Deere fleet to use!
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Includes a dump truck and tractor
Durable plastic and free-rolling wheels
Tilting dump truck bed and moving tractor front loader
- Weight13.8 Ounces
You might be surprised by all the ways your 1-year-old can have fun with these simple stackable toy cups. The eight brightly colored cups stack together and feature numbers on the bottom so your boy can learn about numbers and colors while he plays.
The First Years Stack Up Cup Toys also have holes in the bottom so your child can take them in the tub to play in the water. Stack them up to build a tower or flip them over and hide things underneath; the stacking options are endless! If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, sweet gift for your favorite one-year-old, you really can’t go wrong with this one!
Includes eight stackable cups
Cups have holes in the bottom for water play
BPA, lead, and phthalate-free
Hand wash with warm soapy water
- BrandThe First Years
- Weight4.9 Ounces
This interactive ball will keep your baby busy for hours. Whether they are still crawling or just learning to walk, they will love bringing this colorful ball with them wherever they go. And you’ll love that it is helping them learn their colors and numbers as they play.
The ball has six interactive animal buttons, five flashing lights, and spinning animals that cause the ball to rock and wiggle. VTech Wiggle and Crawl Ball has over 45 songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases, so you can be sure that it will catch and equally important hold your child’s attention.
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45+ songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases
Six interactive animal buttons
Five flashing lights
Requires three AA batteries (demo batteries included)
- Weight1.43 Pounds
If you’re looking for fun educational toys that your boy can interact with, we highly recommend this multi-color pound-a-ball game. The Playkidz Pound A Ball comes with four balls, a colorful, multi-level ramp maze, and a hammer and will help your kiddo develop his fine motor and problem-solving skills while teaching him cause and effect play.
Just give your child the easy-to-hold hammer and let them pound away! When hit, the balls pop through the holes and roll down the ramp maze to the bottom where your boy can pick them up and place them back up top to continue the game. The baby STEM toy is easy to use and will keep your kiddo entertained for hours on end!
Includes four balls
Easy-to-grasp squeaky hammer
Safe design with smooth edges
- Weight1.5 Pounds
Your little guy will love the bright colors and cute critters on this Playskool Poppin’ Pals Pop-up Activity Toy. The hands-on toy introduces animals, colors, and shapes while building fine motor skills and teaching your boy cause-and-effect play.
The kid-friendly lever, beeper, key, and switches are designed for small hands, so perfect for 1-year-olds. Your child can easily operate the switches to make the animal friends show up with a satisfying pop! The compact case comes with a built-in handle so your boy can easily take this toy with him on the go. Oh, and no batteries are required!
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Five pop-up animal figures
Easy-to-use buttons and switches to pop-up animals
Built-in carry handle
No batteries needed
- Weight1.9 Pounds
Munchkin Fishin’ Bath Toy is the perfect first fishing rod for your 1-year-old. This cute bath toy comes with a magnetic fishing rod and three underwater characters, including a fish, octopus, and deep-sea diver. Bath time is about to get so much more fun!
The underwater characters have magnets on the top for easy fishing and you can bet your kid will be proud of whatever they reel in. Importantly, they’re also air-tight to prevent mold and mildew. Send your child fishing and see what they can catch!
Magnetic fishing rod
Three underwater characters with magnetic bobbers
Hand wash with warm water to clean
- Weight8.2 Ounces
This Musical Learning Workbench has it all – sound effects, lights, tools, and more – all designed to help your toddler build their problem-solving skills while developing spatial awareness and improving hand-eye coordination.
The colorful workbench comes with an electric drill, chainsaw, bench clamp, detachable hammer, screwdriver, and wrench. Some of the toys even make realistic noises. The workbench also comes with four shape blocks that can be inserted in the shape sorter. Your little handyman is sure to enjoy hours of entertainment with this musical workbench!
Includes seven toy tools and four shape blocks
Has lights and sound effects
Requires two AA batteries (not included)
- Weight2.57 Pounds
This adorable VTech Latches and Doors Busy Board might just be your child’s new favorite toy. The interactive board allows your kiddo to move the various attached pieces to discover the different scenes behind the door and windows. And he can press one of the three buttons for songs and sound effects!
The board comes with a built-in handle so it’s easy to carry anywhere your little one wants to play. And while he’s playing, he will be learning all sorts of new information like letters, numbers, words, and opposites. At the same time, he’ll be developing fine motor skills. A perfect gift for curious toddlers!
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Learning mode and music mode
Three buttons play songs and sound effects
Wipe clean with a damp cloth
Requires two AA batteries (demo batteries included)
- Weight1.84 Pounds
Make learning fun with this Wooden Activity Cube from Top Bright. With five activities, such as a bead maze and shape sorter, as well as sliding insects, spinning gears, and a teaching clock, this educational toy will keep your little guy entertained while helping him build important skills.
The block is made from solid wood with polished edges and the paint is non-toxic and water-based, so it’s perfectly safe for all toddlers. As a bonus, the top bead maze is removable and can be flipped upside down and stored in the box, making for compact, easy storage. One of the best toys for curious young minds!
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Bead maze is removable
Made from 100% wood
Non-toxic, water-based paint
- BrandTOP BRIGHT
- Weight1.95 Pounds
If your little boy loves trucks and tractors (and really what one-year-old boy doesn’t!), this set of four construction vehicles from GoStock will make his day. The set includes a tractor, bulldozer, cement mixer, and dump truck. Made from durable, non-toxic plastic, you can be sure that these toy vehicles will hold up well to whatever your child throws their way.
The toys are friction-powered, meaning all your one-year-old has to do is push and let them go. And all four have fun moveable parts like the tilting dump truck bed and the detachable carriage on the tractor. Little imaginations will have a ball with these Friction Powered Cars Push and Go Toys, which are great for both indoor and outdoor use.
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Set includes four vehicles
Moveable parts on all four vehicles
Friction-powered – no batteries required
- Weight1.03 Pounds
Toddler Wooden Jigsaw Animals Puzzles set is the perfect way to help your little guy develop fine coordination and introduce him to puzzles. The six animal puzzles feature bright colors, large pieces, and cute animals that your kid is sure to love. Each animal puzzle comes with an animal cognition card to help your kiddo put together the puzzle on his own, but you can always join in on the fun and help guide him in the right direction!
Made from natural wood and free from phthalates and BPA, these blocks are 100% kid-safe. They’re also chunky and have smooth edges, making them perfect for young toddlers.
Includes six wooden jigsaw puzzles
Comes with animal cards and a storage bag
Safe and non-toxic materials
One year warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee
- Weight1.85 Pounds
This fun, interactive game is specifically designed to help your baby learn. You can choose from four modes – numbers, colors, music, or games – and let your boy rock, roll, and spin this cute mushroom garden!
The colorful mushrooms light up when pressed. When in-game mode, your child can practice finding numbers and colors and play memory games that get progressively harder as he masters them. No matter what mode he plays in, the Mushroom Garden Educational Light-Up Toy will help your baby Einstein learn all kinds of things while providing hours of fun.
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Four modes including numbers, colors, music, and games
Eight brightly colored, light-up mushroom buttons
Requires three AA batteries (included)
- BrandBEST LEARNING
- Weight11.3 Ounces
VTech Chomp and Count Dino Toy is sure to be a hit with any 1-year-old boy. The dinosaur recognizes the eight included food pieces and responds to each piece your baby feeds him. Additionally, the toy has five shape buttons and over 130 songs, fun sounds, and phrases so your boy is sure to have tons of fun!
Your child will love taking care of his little dinosaur friend while learning colors, food, shapes, and counting. The dino has a short leash too so your boy can pull him along wherever he goes.
Includes eight food pieces
Five shape buttons play 130+ songs, melodies, sounds, and phrases
Has volume control and auto shut-off
Requires two AA batteries (demo batteries included)
- Weight1.72 Pounds
Add some fun to bath time with these Bath Bobber Toys! The two-pack includes a polar bear and penguin bobber, both suitable for easy play in the bathtub. Whenever your baby sinks them, they pop right out!
The bobbers are lightweight and easy for little hands to grab and play with, encouraging imaginative play. Of course, they’re BPA and phthalates-free so completely safe for kiddies aged 6 months and above. One of the best gifts to help your toddler learn to love baths!
Includes two bobbers
Lightweight and waterproof
Made with phthalate-free PVC
- Weight6.2 Ounces
Why Trust Us
To give you and your little ones the very best gifts and toys that the market has to offer at the moment, we've spent a little over 18 hours on research, making sure that each and every toy on our list is durable, age-appropriate, and of course, both entertaining and educational. We've also consulted with veteran parents of our team, who gave us some great gift ideas based on what their kids like playing with the most.
Who This Is For
This guide is for anyone looking for fantastic gift ideas for one-year-old boys! Whether you're looking for a great LEGO kit for toddlers to introduce your favorite little guy to the joys of building, a classic sports game or toy to help him practice his balance, or perhaps a more unique toy with interesting textures and bright colors to encourage curiosity and imagination, this gift guide has something for everyone.
How We Picked
Narrowing down the thousands of toy options available on the market to what we consider to be the absolute best choices for one-year-olds took a lot of research and editing. We started by looking at the most popular toys and games from the most reputable brands and reading hundreds of customer reviews (both positive and negative). We then consulted with parents-members of our staff who let us know which products we should be wise to include on our list and which we should avoid.
Features To Look For In Toys For 1-Year-Old Boys
When looking for gifts to buy for your favorite 1-year-old, look for toys that include elements such as music or sound, along with touch and feel. Aside from being tons of fun, musical, sports, and sensory toys can also help a child develop motor and problem-solving skills. And any hands-on activities like stacking things, pushing buttons, or pulling levers will be great for their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills development.
So, when shopping for gifts and toys for 1-year-olds, consider the following things.
Safety - The number one thing to look for in toys for one-year-olds is safety and durability. Toys for young toddlers should have smooth edges and be free from any toxic materials. Also, make sure that the toys aren't a choking hazard. Kids in this age group tend to automatically put things into their mouths, so you'll want to make sure that all parts are big enough that they can't be swallowed.
Educational value - Many toys for children this age are designed to help introduce them to colors, numbers, sounds, and phrases, or develop their motor skills. The best gift ideas for 1-year-old boys will be fun for them to play with, spark their imagination, and introduce them to some necessary skills they can build on as they grow older.
Extra features - Be on the lookout for toys that have volume control and automatic shut-off. While your kiddo may love listening to fun animal sounds or endless songs on repeat, you might find that you need a break from the noise. These features will also help you save battery life on toys requiring batteries. It's also a good idea to ensure that the toys are fully washable or able to be spot cleaned. Whether your child is playing inside or outside, the toy will get dirty at some point.