Nobody can resist a great food-related holiday gift, even the pickiest eater. We’ve rounded up the absolute coolest and most delicious foodie holiday gifts for kids, no matter how fussy their appetite.
Tiny Hands scented food charms might be the cutest gift I’ve ever seen, food related or not. The drool-worthy handmade charms come in all sorts of sweet shapes, from cupcakes to donuts, waffles to snow cones. And you caught that they are scented, right? These are like 3-D scratch-n-sniff stickers (remember those?). The detail on Tiny Hands jewelry is amazing, considering how teensy everything is. It’s impossible for them not to make your favorite kid smile — or want to collect them all!
You can buy these adorable charms through the Tiny Hands site.
ChopChop is an award-winning, quarterly food magazine for kids meant to inspire them to cook real food with their families. A first-of-its-kind publication, ChopChop was created by Sally Sampson, a cookbook author who has been nominated for a James Beard award (in other words, she’s seriously good). It has also been praised by the Parent’s Choice Foundation, the James Beard Foundation, and even the American Academy of Pediatrics (in other words, it’s seriously good). More than that, my kids love it, especially the picky one! Kids who already love to cook will love that ChopChop recipes are written for them, and kids who aren’t so into food will revel in the idea that they that can influence what’s served at home. It’s a win-win. A seriously good one.
You can order a 1 year subscription to ChopChop for $14.95 or a 2-year subscription for $24.95 on the ChopChop site.
The food in this cookbook is as polar opposite of the food in ChopChop as you can imagine, but it sure does have my picky little boy crazy to eat pizza, a food he hasn’t touched in nearly a year. Why the change of heart? It’s not just any pizza: It’s Green Lantern super hero pizza. You can find that recipe and more super hero victuals in The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook.
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention that a lot of the recipes in this book call for things like my nemesis ingredient, artificial food coloring, but you can always adapt the recipes as you see fit. Like how my little caped crusader and I will be whipping up super recipes using natural food dyes instead.
You can purchase The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook for $13.67 through our Amazon affiliate.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Easy Bake Oven and Hasbro is celebrating with a redesign of the classic toy. The Easy Bake Ultimate Oven is cooler looking than ever and — get this! — uses a new kind of heating element to bake. No more lightbulbs! And even though this toy is very clearly marketed to pink- and purple-loving girls, I appreciate that the new version also comes in blue for kids who prefer the darker hue. Or at least an alternative. [edited to add: We should be clear that this is really just a fun, if pricey, novelty gift now that the price has jumped up to $69. My boys thought it was a blast, but you'll probably get more use out of the cookbooks!]
You can purchase the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven from our Amazon affiliate.
If your kid is more into ice cream than baked goods, you have to check out the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker. Just place the inner core of this cup in the freezer for at least 8 hours, pour in your liquid, and stir to watch a slushie or milkshake form before your eyes. This is the ultimate concoction gadget from Zoku, whose popsicle maker we already love and would make great gifts too. I would have gone nuts for them when I was little!
Buy the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker for $19.95 from Williams-Sonoma. You might also want to look at the Zoku Single Pop Maker, which can be personalized .