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  • Writer's pictureMarina Chaparro

Holiday Gift Guide: Best cooking gifts for kids (and Moms)!

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

If you're anything like me and wait until the last minute to get your gifts, this holiday guide for kids and moms will be a life savior. As you know, I'm always talking about involving kids in the kitchen, which is why I decided to give you holiday gifts to inspire kids in the kitchen. Additionally, I include a few Mom gifts that have been personal life saviors during this pandemic, and I know you will like them as well.

15 Ideas for Children's Gifts

Sow Much Fun Vegetable Planting and Growing Kit for Kids

Don't have space for a veggie garden? No worries! Y'all know I love veggie garden for kids- This educational learning activity will allow your child to explore new foods (especially veggies) It is a self-contained planter that requires no mess and it's self-watering, so it takes the guesswork out of when and how much to water. You can start growing your favorite veggies in the comfort of your window. All you need is a little soil and sunlight and see them grow!

Melissa & Doug: Dust! Sweep! Mop!

Technically not a cooking gift, but it can be used to clean after kids help out in the kitchen—a wonderful and simple self-directed Montessori type gift for younger kids. I've had this in my house for several years, and it's a kid favorite! You will be surprised how much young kids love to clean, if only it would apply in real life! Ha ha!

Kinderific Gardening Tool Set, Designed for Kids

Sometimes the best way to get your kids to try new veggies is NOT by saying "Mmm, it's good for you, you should try it,".Instead, show them where food comes from! This gardening kit is a fun way to get kids interested in planting a veggie garden and teaching them where food comes from.

CUTE STONE Kids Gardening Tool Set

KidKraft Farm To Table Play Kitchen Set

No matter the age, kids love to play in the kitchen. Even better if you invite them to the REAL kitchen. Get kids learning about the different types of food in a play setting-Less pressure and still provides an opportunity to learn about new foods.

KidKraft Vintage Kitchen

Little Partners’ Kids Learning Tower (Height Step Stool)

Encourages kids to explore new foods in a safe way. Great for younger kids and is adjustable to different heights. The tower gives them stability, making it easier for kids to participate in the kitchen. It gets kids excited and builds independence!

KidzWerks Kitchen Step Stool for Kids

RISEBRITE Real Kids Cooking Set

The complete junior chef set with an apron, cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, and so much more. I really like this gift set because it has a little bit of everything to get kids prepped and ready to be the next iron chef.

Futur Kids Safe Knife & Bendable Plastic Cutting Board

One of my all-time favorite kitchen tools for kids! I usually recommend this as a first step to get kids involved in the kitchen. It includes kids' knives along with their cutting boards. Allows kids to practice their fine motor skills whiles still exploring new foods and textures.

Hombae Kids Kitchen Safe Knife Set

I've had these for about 1-2 years, and my kids still love them. Durable, simple to clean, and they come in different sizes.

TruChef Kids Safe Knife 5 piece Set

A 5 piece chef starter kid that includes stainless steel knives with rounded tips and a peeler. This may be for the more advanced chef. I love the stand to keep it organized.

Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!)

The kids are taking over the kitchen! Deanna F. Cook presents more than 50 recipes designed for the cooking abilities and tastes of children ages 6 to 12. Basic cooking techniques are explained in kid-friendly language, and recipes include favorites like applesauce, French toast, popcorn chicken, pizza, and more. Full of fresh, healthy ingredients and featuring imaginative presentations like egg mice, fruit flowers, and mashed potato clouds, Cooking Class brings inspiration and confidence to future chefs.

Adventures in Veggieland:Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables by Melanie Potock

One of my all-time favorite books for kids and families. It includes 100 kid-tested activities and delicious recipes that get kids working and exploring together in the kitchen. So long to scary vegetables; hello to friendly new textures, colors, and flavors! Here is a foolproof plan for getting your kids to love their vegetables.

14 Ideas for Mom's Gifts

Opard Sports Water Bottle

Perfect for moms who need to "spice up" their fluid intake or don't like the taste of plain water. Infused water is a great way to stay hydrated without resorting to sweetened beverages. Simply add your favorite fruits and herbs like mint, basil, lime, and strawberries, and you can take them with you anywhere.

STRAWEXPERT Set - Reusable Stainless Steel Straws

One of my 2021 new Year resolutions is to become more eco-friendly by investing in reusable bags and using less plastic. These drinking straws are made of GENUINE premium, stainless steel. Good quality, not too heavy or too light. It saves you money, saves our planet, and the best part is that my kids can't bite them (yup, it happens!)

Passion Planner - Undated - Goal Oriented Daily Agenda

I've had these passion planners for the last 3 years, and I'm a true fan. These planners have helped me reach specific goals and forced me to reflect on what worked, what didn't work. It really keeps me motivated, focus on the priorities, and even allows for self-reflection and gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for.

SPLF Reusable Storage Bags

Durable and eco-friendly. Great for kids' snacks, storing anywhere from small to large, things in the freezer, the refrigerator, and backpacks. Leakproof and easy seal that helps preserve food.

Stasher 100% Silicone Food Grade Reusable Storage Bag

They're great to put any sorts of objects, including food. They offer a little more bendable space. I use them to put cheeses, prosciutto, and even some miscellaneous home things without the need to use a plastic bag! Made from 100% pure nontoxic silicone. Did I mention these are DISHWASHER AND MICROWAVE SAFE? Yes!

DOWAN Porcelain Butter Dish with Knife

Can you leave the butter out on the counter? According to the USDA, butter is safe at room temperature, but it can turn rancid if left outside for several days and may cause funky flavors. Leaving butter out has drastically changed my life in 2020. Alas, we like using a lot of butter in our house, so it may not last that long. Still, I am mimicking what the french do and I keep butter outside in one of these ceramic o glass containers. Salted butter has less to spoil than unsalted, so Pro Tip: use salted butter instead of unsalted to last longer.

Great cooking Books! Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

On my list-> Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi.

I'm obsessed with Yotam Ottolenghi's books! This one is on my list. The other book I have is Ottolenghi's Jerusalem book, which I highly recommend it!. If you have never heard of Ottolenghi, you need to! Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will become mainstays for readers and eaters looking for a brilliant take on vegetables. A mix of Mediterranean and middle eastern dishes, with a focus on fresh ingredients. A true delight!

Cuisinart Compact Toaster Oven Airfryer

I was not an air-fryer fan until I got this. This Cuisinart toaster/airfyer has been one of my favorite gadgets of 2020, which has made cooking simpler and faster. I've used it to make things like roasted vegetables, arepas, baked-fried chicken, baked french fries, bacon, Brussel sprouts, etc. It cuts cooking time by half, and the high heat allows for food to come out crunchy and full of flavor. Not to big and perfect to replace a toaster.

Ninja Shakes & Smoothies Personal Blender

This is on my Santa's list (*hinting husband*).I'm in desperate need of a blender since I'm still using a baby bullet!!. I really love the size and convenience of this one. 1000 watt motor has the power to crush through whole fruits, vegetables, and ice in seconds. Great for smoothies, sauces, and so on so forth.

Breville Barista Espresso Machine

If you are a coffee fan like myself, don't look anywhere else. I bought this as a gift to myself 3 years ago and it has been my most widely used gadget of all time. We use it every day, more than 2-3 times a day as the coffee fans we are. I enjoy choosing my own coffee beans which is why I chose this vs a Nespresso. Even though it's "techy" it's still simple to operate. Totally worth it!

Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump

For your mom friend who loves to drink wine, she will thank you for this gift. It removes air from the wine bottle to keep wine tasting new for up to a week! Say hello to fresh-tasting wine for eva! Your welcome!

Plastic Champagne Glasses