Lets just be clear here - most under-ones and one year olds have no wants or wishes and can’t unwrap a present without help. So presents here might well be directed at parents (check out our parent gift guide for some inspiration). It’s also a good time for a keepsake, or a toy that will be popular for years to come.
A is for Activist
Raising a radical? You need this book. Start them young, with an ABC of fights worth having.
Shake and wobble these simple wooden bunnies to hear them chime.
Usagi Rabbit friends by Kukkia £35 Hip Little People
I like a unicorn as much as the next person (and seems that EVERYONE loves unicorns these days). This gorgeous children’s breakfast set from Lush Designs makes them look like majestic, mythical beasts in wild forests.
I admit I always feel slightly weird about Noah and the fact his wife has no name. But children do love playing with well-made wooden animals, and M&S get extra points for their non-gendered labelling and sustainable practices.
A firm favourite in our house, with scenes of different families’ lives. Mums are at home and at work, dads are sharing the care and children are eating, playing, crying and dropping things in the loo.
While The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a modern classic, it’s likely someone got there before you and they already know it off by heart. Eric Carle’s other books are also brilliant - here beautiful collage illustrations introduce a range of farm animals, while the persistent spider is VERY BUSY spinning a web you can feel on the page.