I would get an aquadraw, not cutesy or anything but bloody brilliant. Sit baby on the edge and let her flick the brush and make marks. DD still loves hers and she's 3 now!
Or how about buying a little box and filling it with lots of goodies yourself.. a pretty dress, a bag of buttons, a cuddly teddy, some pretty socks, a rattle/ball (whatever she likes) all mixed in coloured shredded paper for her to find..
I'd get plastic teaset. I know most of them are supposed to be for over-threes, but DD2 adores hers, and the fabulous thing is that you can never go wrong - we have about five teasets and new additions are always welcome.
Ditto Megablocks. In fact the more megablocks one gets, the better.
Glad my dad isnt the only one who has bought jess her first pair or shoes! (2 even!) He bought her the crawling shoes last month, and as he was going away on her birthday, he put some money in her card for her cruising shoes which we have just got back from buying! Dad also said he would get her something when he got back from his hols.
Best thing jess got was her ride on car..... she adores it!
Oooh - ditto the pop up tents and tunnels, cause they are easily stored, and are so much fun for crawling babies, walking toddlers and even older kids. Most are "modular" so you can keep adding to them... And good for turning an indoor area into a nice play area when the weather turns yuk... Oh. Like now!
I just looked at the tunnel, they've changed the size since it was bought for us. Here is pop it in the post game both my children loved this (& still do!) At a year they learn to post, then as they get older there is a game to it. My 5 year old will still it for imaginative play.