I polled some other mommy bloggers for ideas, and their ideas basically fell into three categories: non-toy/book physical gifts, experiential gifts, and financial gifts.
Physical Gifts (but not toys or books)Board Games (via What Doing Mommy). For a toddler, I'd recommend either Seek A Boo or Who Knows Whose Nose? Those are both favourites with Seb.
Queen of the Land of Twigs and Berries) I love this idea!! Both Together Time Company and Bluum would work for a 1 year old.
Printed Baby Book (via McMama Says) - There lots of personalized book ideas out there. Shutterfly has a few and I See Me looks like a great option as well.
Baby regifting (via Beyond Mommying) - Basically the idea behind this one is that you take a toy or book from your older child and wrap it up and gift it to your younger one. This would be a gift that has pretty much been "retired" by your oldest, not something that's out in everyday play.
Something with his/her name on it - This idea is my own mom's contribution to this list! It's such great idea. I love this personalized first birthday poster. We had one made up for Seb when he turned one. Or a chunky personalized name puzzle like the one below would be really perfect gift as well. Search around on Etsy. There are a million things you can put your kid's name on. I tell my husband that part of the reason I had a kid is so I can put their name on cute stuff.
Experience giftsThe Good Mama, among many others, suggested doing some kind of experience gift. You could take your littles on a trip to the zoo or to a theme park. Or you can buy a membership to a local children's museum. I always loved Gymboree classes when Seb was younger, so a membership there would be a great gift as well!
Just Another Day With Kids suggested instead of buying more stuff for your house, that you could take some of your preloved books and toys and donate them to a non-profit organization. Awesome idea!
And last but not least, there are 2 great financial-type gift options:
1. A contribution to their RESP or other educational savings plan.
2. A gift certificate to their favourite store. I recommend Chapters, Mastermind Toys or even Etsy.
(via Eat Drink and Save Money)
Any other ideas you'd add to this list? And I hope this helps, Sara!
PS - Don't forget to check out the Stella and Dot giveaway we're having on the blog this week!