yea... actually no fancy toys necessary to get a 1y old happy. I don't have kids, so if friends with kids visit, I'm always short of "real" toys. But with some plastic cups and kitchen boxes, a muddler and some poker chips they're completely occupied
makes a whole lot of noise too
As long as my godchild was so small, I asked the mother, what she needed for the kid at the very moment. And I opened an account he'll get when he's 18y; will get him lessons n car (usually the most urgent need of a 18y here since colledge is nearly cost-free).