Hitting the sweet spot between novel and practical.
Depending on how you look at it, a one-year-old is either the hardest or easiest person to gift on your shopping list. By 12 months they’ve started to appreciate things and are on the go, scooting or crawling and doing a whole lot of exploring. But a mastery of speech is still not in their grasp, so they can’t say “thank you” (or “thank you?” in that slightly befuddled, drawn-out way that can clearly signify something other than gratitude is running through their mind). Ensure they’d be saying it the first way by picking parent-approved gifts that hit the sweet spot of novelty and practicality.