Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids
Give your child confidence and independence in the kitchen with some of these gift ideas.
Children in the kitchen. It can be a time of teaching as well as bonding. These sweet moments in childhood can be the start of a lifetime of cooking enjoyment. We’ve listed here some tools that will be useful and fun for your little chefs!
Birkmann baking products, made in Germany, can sometimes be hard to find. Our favorite — and most elusive — cookie cutters are in their “Vehicles” set, which includes a half-moon shaped cutter with a slot to allow car-shaped cookies to stand upright, and an ingenious cutter for making pieces to form a cookie auto track.
Our other favorite that is readily available is the Birkmann Stand-Up Animals Cookie Cutter Set. There are four animal shapes, but the prize is the slotted half-moon cutter to make stands for them. Get creative and make stands for all the animal-shaped cookies in your collection. Who said a gingerbread house can’t be a barn or an ark?
Instead of the standard shapes you think of when you think of popsicles, picture frog, princess, owl, bunny, hedgehog, turtle, kitty or bird. These fun and playful silicone molds allow children to create ice pops like none other. All it takes is the pouring of fresh juice or yogurt into the mold, inserting the stick, and freezing it overnight. Each mold includes a reusable pop stick with a built-in drip guard. This item is BPA and phthalate free. This is a perfect gift for the kids in your life as they can make these all year long!
As a well-respected knife company, Opinel offers this youth beginner set. The set includes a knife, a finger guard and a peeler. The knife and peeler both have finger holes to teach young chefs the proper way to hold these tools. Although we wouldn’t recommend leaving young children alone to cook in the kitchen, this set will go a long way in making your little chef feel a bit more grown up.
Does introducing a sharp knife into small hands have you worried? As careful as we may be, accidents happen to people of all ages, including experienced professional chefs. Consider giving your child a cut resistant glove. Although cut resistant gloves are not puncture or cut proof, they can provide protection for small hands and relief for parents. It’s not a bad idea to have a glove for your own hand as well, to demonstrate how it is worn. You’ll be glad to have it the next time you reach for your box grater or mandolin.
Child-sized cut resistant gloves can be very hard to find. It’s important for the glove to fit snugly enough that it isn’t clumsy to use, and “small” sized gloves may be too large for a child. Intruder makes high-quality gloves in a wide variety of sizes, including a “kids” size suitable for 5 to 7 year olds. They are woven from material with a stainless steel core wrapped in polyester and sealed with vinyl, have the highest level of cut resistance, and are machine washable. A convenient chart allows you to choose the right size for your child.
Here’s a nice and nicely reviewed set, probably best for kids 6 and older. It comes with cookies and decorating options that promise sophisticated results.
To make this a more complete gift set, you could assemble basket that includes a cookie sheet, colored sugars, various frostings or icings, and perhaps an icing knife, all tied with a bow.
Kale Tacos, Watermelon Smoothies, Rainbow Chard Quiche, and Pesto Pepper Pizza. Yes, your kids can learn to make all of these, and your whole family will enjoy them! New York Times bestselling author and food blogger Erin Gleeson has written a book that will teach children how to make rustic, simple, and delicious food. If your family does not eat meat, or you simply want to increase your family’s vegetable intake, this book will help your child learn about vegetarian cooking. The book contains 20 recipes with easy-to- follow instructions. Kids will learn about cooking techniques, measurements, and other kitchen aides. They also may get some ideas for their parties. The book is filled with vibrant photographs of Gleeson’s home in the woods and of children cooking these dishes.
For foodies, the kids of foodies, for all the kids in your life, consider this book. Parents.com says, “Have you ever wanted to crawl into a cookbook and live in its world? That’s how I feel when I page through Erin Gleeson’s gorgeous The Forest Feast for Kids.”
Here is a fun item for children – no sharp edges and no getting burned! Keep this Chef’n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker in the freezer, and it will be ready to assist you in making delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbets at a moment’s notice. Let your children get creative adding their own mix-ins. No rock salt necessary!
Help your child can gain some independence – and along with it, confidence – by giving them their own cupcake maker. Your little one will be eager to plan tea parties or help make treats for a family party or school event. This item comes with a a bow mold and a set of liners.