By this age children tend to really know what they want and like. In theory this should make them easier to buy for, right? But of course, if you buy them exactly what they say they want, there is a high chance someone else will have got them the same gift too.
If you don't have little kids of your own, the chances are you don't really know where to start with finding a gift that you know will go down well.
Luckily, I have spent a lot of time since we started Be So Baby asking everyone I know about what sort of things work for their kids, and have also researched more blogs and parenting magazines than any normal auntie.
When my first niece turned one, I was living over 3,000 miles away in Canada. I had absolutely no clue what to buy for her birthday. Could she walk? Talk? What could she eat? Could she hold a crayon yet? I had no idea.
Do you have a one year old? If not, the chances are you have no idea what a one year old is into either, right?
What I really needed back then was a cheat sheet - a simple guide to one year olds, so I wouldn’t feel completely out of my depth when shopping (and also when I came back to visit).
Alongside word-of-mouth, visiting markets and trade shows, and having a nosy through toy shops and local markets whenever we travel, we also like to do a round-up of Christmas Gift Guides each year. We look through lists from newspapers, magazines and blogs to see what is new and different and what might be interesting for us to follow-up.