If you’ve got a budding chef on your list, check out all my favorite ideas for boosting creativity in and out of the kitchen all year round! Everything is available on Amazon Prime, complete with fabulous reviews (some of them from me!)
Tiny Cooks & Mini Foodies
3-Piece Plate & Utensil Set (about $19.99)This dishwasher-safe combo comes in tons of themes from mermaids, dinosaurs and unicorns to John Deere tractors.
Daniel Tries a New Food (about $3.49)
One of my favorite ways to help kids find their courage comes at relaxing times away from the table.
Stainless Steel Tea Set (about $24.99)
Our youngest daughter has — and loves — this indestructable set. It’s BPA-free, actually works with water and best of all, there’s a spot to put every piece.
How cute is this truck from Fisher Price? Toddlers can play on both sides with an interactive food prep area, including a sink, light-up grill and service bell. Don’t forget the menu that reads itself!
Melissa & Doug Diner Play Set with Play Food
Interlocking Utensil Set (about $11.99)
All three pieces are included — and the whole thing locks together like Legos.
This BPA-free plate is perfect for babies and toddlers. Put on the lid to make a meal ahead of time, and store any leftovers easily.
Melissa & Doug Frozen Treats Play Set
Melissa & Doug Grocery Basket
Curious Chef Child Chef Set (about $19.99)
Brew and Serve Wooden Coffee Maker Set (about $16)
Do your kids try to make you coffee all the time? Now your tiny baristas will be totally set up.
LEGO Juniors Mia’s Farm Suitcase
BIGGER COOKS & FOODIES
Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit (around $16)
Matching Child and Doll Apron Set (about $19.99)
How cute is this matching set? The apron fits kids ages 5-10 and the apron is 18 inches.
LeapFrog Cooking Recipes Game (about $6)
Kids cook up fun by following recipes, selecting ingredients and serving tasty food to hungry customers–learning temperature, volume and weight, addition and subtraction, multiplication, fractions and decimals at the same time! (Works with LeapPad Tablets and Leapster GS).
LEGO Friends Pizzeria (about $23.99)
Kids can build a pizzeria kitchen with doors and windows that open, a pizza oven, worktop, sink, cash register, plus an upstairs restaurant balcony and a kicky delivery scooter.
Best Chef Ever Booklet (about $7.49)
This is the perfect book to teach kids and toddlers about professions and roles in our community. Filled with fun facts, motivational quotes and to-do lists that every boy and girl has to know before becoming a real chef.
Stone Soup Cooperative Game (about $15.99)
In this award-winning game, players work together to “cook” a soup by making matches of ingredients; if they are successful everyone wins!
Shopkins Cupcake Queen Café (about $10)
This kit got nothing but 5-star reviews on Amazon and includes 2 Shopkins plus so much fun!
Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook (about $10)
3-Piece Safe Knife Set for Kids (about $8.95)
Our kids have a set of these and they’re perfect starter knives. It’s fun for them to start on, yet impossible to hurt yourself. The perfect combo.
Star Wars Cookie Cutters (about $20)
We have this set of 6 cookie cutters and use them for our favorite homemade chocolate graham crackers!
Tea for Two Set (about $27)
Could any impromptu tea party ever be cuter?
Fun & Practical Ideas for Adults
Loch Ness Scotland Kitchen Monster Nessie Ladle (about $9)
This set of 3 tiny ladles comes in handy for those of us who like to give away two and keep one for ourselves. Merry Christmas!
Unbleached Parchment Paper (about $13.29)
This pack of 200 sheets will change your life. Slide one onto a baking sheet and you’ll never enjoy an easier cleanup. (P.S. My MIL gets me one of these packs every year and it’s one of my favorite presents!)
Sheet Trays with Lids (about $12.99)
I’ve had a set of these quarter size, plus the bigger “half sheet” size, for 8 years. I use them constantly and the ONLY thing that would make me love them more would be having a lid like this one does.
Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe (about $89)
After all those years living in Italy, my husband and I have a serious craving for cappuccino every morning. We’ve got an awesome stove-top espresso maker and this will be the perfect second step.
Revolving Cake Decorating Stand (starting at about $8)
When you’re ready to take your cake decorating to the next level — or just make it SO MUCH EASIER, this is the tool to invest in.
Charcoal KitchenAid Standing Mixer (about $259)
The good people at KitchenAid have outdone themselves with this sleek new color. I’ve had one for 15 years and it works as good today as it did on Day 1.
Adorable Dish Towels (about $36)
Since it comes in a set of 3, you’ll have enough to send to siblings (and maybe a friend or two too!)
Stainless Steel Egg Molds (about $8)
Fried eggs just got a whole lot cuter with this 4-piece set.
Space Pop Molds (about $21)
For the cutest popsicles all year round, these rocket & astronaut molds can’t be beat.
Reusable Produce Bags (about $12)
This set of 9 bags means you’ll never have to use a plastic bag for your parsley again.
Countertop Compost Bin (about $22)
Bacon Mug (about $16)
Lid Lifters (about $12)
Silicon Trivets (about $10)
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