Holiday gift inspiration for the smallest of chefs.
When it comes to fostering a love and respect for food, we say start them young. With that in mind, we’ve hand picked a list of products for kids in the kitchen of all ages. And when we say all ages, we mean all ages.
For Expectant Food Lovers…
Food Lovers’ Onesies from twiddle+tweet (starting at $22)
A perfect gift for new or expecting parents, these food-centric onesies from twiddle+tweet are almost too adorable to be true. Available in a variety of colors and themes (with our three stand-out favorites featured above), each cotton onesie is hand-printed with an original design, courtesy of Etsy shop owner Chyrie Sell.
Not too big and not too small, these baker’s tools are just right for youngsters. Armed with supplies just their size, aspiring bakers will enjoy a greater sense of independence in the kitchen. This baker’s apron even features Velcro closures for ease of use—and fewer knots to untangle down the road.
For the Family that Cooks Together…
Everyday Kitchen for Kids Cookbook ($22)
Jennifer Low’s newest kid-friendly cookbook Everyday Kitchen for Kids is this year’s ultimate text for young cooks and adult helpers alike. The vibrantly colored pages of Everyday Kitchen offer 100 recipes—all of which require no sharp knives, no stove-top cooking and no motorized appliances, so small hands can have a part in every step of the process.
For the Pint-Sized Popsicle Fan…
Zoku Quick Pop Maker (starting $39.95)
For some, gadgetry is the best part of the culinary experience. And where kids are concerned, the Zoku Quick Pop Maker is the perhaps the ultimate representation of gadget fanfare. This handy device freezes popsicles right on your countertop in as little as seven minutes—no electricity required!
For the Little Shopper…
Melissa and Doug Toy Grocery Basket with Play Food ($19.99)
Make every part of the cooking process fun, even grocery shopping, with this toy grocery set from Melissa and Doug. Simulated shopping scenarios are big fun for the younger set, and they go a long way towards familiarizing kids with the idea of shopping for recipe ingredients.
For the Animal Lover…
Kuhn Rikon Kinderkitchen Tools ($10-$20)
We like to think we eat with our eyes first. Maybe the same is true for play. These Kinderkitchen tools make creative use of animal shapes and in turn encourage little helpers to pitch in come dinnertime.
For the Budding Artist…
The World of Eric Carle Doodle Placemats ($12)
This book of place mats features 48 tear-off sheets, each featuring an Eric Carle creature for doodling inspiration. For kids who get fidgety at meal time, giving them the option to color with crayons will provide them with a stimulating, creative outlet. Though, if you happen to have a little Van Gogh who would rather color than eat, we suggest holding the crayons until after dinner.
For the Kid Who Wants a Pet…
Back to the Roots Aqua Farm ($59.99)
The gift of a Back to the Roots Aqua farm could easily be called a “double-whammy.” The self-cleaning fish tank is both a cozy home for a betta fish and an indoor herb garden, demonstrating the beauty of an ecosystem right inside your home. Younger kids will require help to get the Aqua Farm up and running, but once done, this gift just keeps on giving (with minimal upkeep, we might add).
For the High-Chair Graduate…
Oxo Tot Booster Seat ($29.99)
For the smallest of diners and sous chefs whose peepers barely clear the table, give the gift of sight! The OXO Tot Booster Seat, available in a variety of colors, offers just the height advantage necessary to “boost” confidence at the table. Complete with a fold-and-click back, this seat is wonderfully portable—think restaurants, picnic tables, sporting events and beyond.
For the Kitchen Chemist…
Belle Chevre Kids’ DIY Goat Cheese Kit ($29.95)
There’s nothing like a hands-on kitchen project to get kids excited about food. And what’s more, this DIY Goat Cheese Kit is designed especially for young foodies (with the supervision of an adult helper, of course). Making cheese from scratch will broaden culinary horizons—and tastes, hopefully—with ingredients that some kids may never have considered before.
For the Miniature Chef…
KidKraft Uptown Espresso Play Kitchen ($143.99)
Complete with appliances, storage space, cordless phone and a chalkboard, the Kidkraft Espresso Play Kitchen offers all the trappings of a grown-up gourmet space, but perfectly miniaturized with play in mind. As a side note, this play kitchen is nothing short of sturdy—but the assembly requires a fair amount of time and attention. We recommend building a few days ahead of time and stowing in a safe hiding place until it’s time to unwrap the gifts.
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