I’ve been posting quite a bit this month about Christmas gift ideas, and today, I wanted to focus on the smaller or wannabe foodies you might have in your life.
We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that kids who are invited into the kitchen develop a better relationship with food. They like more varieties of food. They understand better where food comes from. And don’t forget the value of teaching them to be more independent, and to take better care of themselves when they grow up and become adults.
If you want to include your kids more in the kitchen, Better Together is a great resource. Today, I’m going to run down for you some Christmas gifts for foodie kids–whether they are already obsessed, or you are trying to encourage them in the kitchen. Make sure to read through until the end–there’s a giveaway!
Living Royal Socks: hamburgers, waffles and bacon, oh, my! Let your little foodie express their personality with these funky socks. About $8, Mastermind Toys.
Everyday Kitchen for Kids: everyone needs a good cookbook to start off with, and this one, written by local gal Jennifer Low, is an awesome place to start. About $18 from Amazon.
Melissa and Doug Wooden Sushi Kit: I mean, come on!! Bento cute. For the younger set, for sure, but how adorable is this? About $20 from Kaboodles.
Li’l Gourmet Cutie Cupcake Baker: for your pink and sparkle-obsessed princess, this is the next level up from an Easy-Bake oven. Contains all you need to bake and decorate 6 cupcakes. About $15, from Kaboodles.
The gift of inspiration: Kids are really doing some amazing things these days, including entrepreneurial foodie pursuits. Take, for example, The Screamin’ Brothers, a couple of local kids who have created a line of allergy-free ice cream, or Tu-Bees Honey, created by an 11-year-old who really wanted her own horse.
Their own set of knives: Okay. Wait. I’m saying you should buy your child knives and encourage him/her to use them? Yes, I am. Learning knife skills is incredibly valuable, and there are products out there on the market specifically created for kids. Check out Foost: they have designed knives specifically for kids, which cut food, but don’t cut little fingers. There are two different versions: one for kids 2+, and one for older kids, 6+. They even sell a mesh glove for older kids (like mine), so they can use a regular knife without the risk of getting cut. BTW, the Foost website is a great resource–lots of recipes and articles.
I’m giving away two Foost Knives!
To enter the contest, comment below whether you’d like The First Knife (kids 2+) or the The Next Knife (kids 6+), and who you’d give it to (you don’t have to name names, just granddaughter/daughter/son etc is good enough).
Contest runs until midnight, Monday, December 22, and I will draw one person’s name at random to award the prize.