Looking for gift ideas for kids besides the must-have “doll of the year”, the latest video game console or a toy that takes way too many batteries? We’ve lovingly curated our top 10 gifts for kids that will get them excited about real food – no batteries required!
ChopChop Magazine & Cookbook of course!
Give a ChopChop subscription or a copy of our cookbook to all the people on your list, and you’ll be giving the gift of real food and real fun. There’s no better gift to get kids inspired to cook real food. Plus you’ll feel good knowing every purchase helps support our mission. Click here to subscribe or to order a copy of the cookbook.
Kids love temporary tattoos. It’s a way to express how they feel and gives them a chance to wear a piece of art wherever they go. Why not skip the bad clip-art designs and go with something more whimsical and modern? Enter Tattly, temporary tattoos designed by professional artists. Printed with vegetable-based ink, these tattoos are safe and non-toxic. We’re crazy about the food tattoos. Click here to shop.
Rainbow Portion Plate and Napkin Set by Georgie Porgie
With products designed to help kids take an active role in mealtime, we love the “vintage design for today’s child” by Georgie Porgie. The colorful melamine rainbow portion plate will make eating healthy fun. The charming set of napkins offer kids different rules of mealtime etiquette. Products can be purchased online here.
Out of Print Kids’ Tees
Literary t-shirts featuring images from our favorite children’s books look as hip as it sounds. We’re especially partial to children book classics around real food and cooking – The Very Hungry Caterpillar and In the Night Kitchen. Not only do these soft tees help kids express their love for books, for each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need. Click here to learn more.
Let’s Make More Great Placemat Art
Looking to keep kids occupied while dinner is in the oven? Keep them occupied with award-winning illustrator Marion Deuchars’ fun and educational art activities found on 36 oversized mats. Kids (and adults) will love doodling their perfect meal to sketching a crocodile’s favorite food. Click here to see more.
We believe that some kid-sized and kid-focused products are not just cute (which they are) but, like small scissors, are essential for safety. One such product that we’re fans of is a 5-piece set of bamboo kitchen utensils by Bambu Kids: “Sized for small hands, these are the ideal beginners set.” These utensils are beautiful miniatures of the adult version, not cutesy. See more here.
OXO Little Dressing Shaker
We love OXO products, but we’re crushing on this dressing shaker. The OXO Good Grips Little Salad Dressing Shaker is watertight, so making salad dressing is clean and simple. Unscrew the top, add the ingredients, screw the top on and shake, shake, shake. The top lever flips back for easy pouring. Print out our salad dressing recipe and place inside for a fun and healthy stocking stuffer.
Giftable Gardening Books
Kids love digging and planting in the garden, and later watching their hard work yield delicious fruits and veggies. Why not cultivate a kid’s green thumb with a gardening book for kids. We feature a new crop of giftable gardening books in our Winter issue. One of our favorites is Don’t throw it, Grow it! 68 Windowsill Plants form Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson and Millicent Selsam (Storey, $11). Filled with ideas for using kitchen scraps, it is so much fun and so thrifty! Click here to learn more.
Beetcut and the Magic Box
Kids will love grooving to the beats of Bobby Beetcut and his debut album Beetcut and the Magic Box. Inspired by Motown, funk, folk, and rock, Bobby’s “Family Roots” music is music that helps root kids in messages of confidence, health and universal values. Parents and kids will be jamming to fun tunes like “Get on the Bus Hippopotamus.” We’re particularly partial to “Broccoli” song. Download a copy on iTunes here.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender
This one works best as a gift for the whole family and we should know; we give our blenders quite a workout as we use them in many of our recipes. From smoothies to blending soups, blenders are versatile and fun for kids to operate (with adult supervision). We are over the moon with KitchenAid’s newest blender. With an exclusive diamond blending system, robust motor, one-piece BPA-Free pitcher and electronic controls, you too will be impressed with these blending results. Click here to learn more.