Looking for a few last minute ideas on what to get the wee foodies in your life? I’m definitely not as organised as I’d like to be this Christmas but I decided to take a wee break from studying to put together a list of a few of our favourite things. This post isn’t sponsored and there are no affiliate links… it’s all just things we’ve bought or been gifted in the past and ideas we really love.
Kids in the kitchen
Cooking equipment and cookery books are great at any age. Little ones love pretend play so toy utensils like Ikea’s toy pots and pans are brilliant for keeping them entertained while you cook. We also have some bright silicone spatulas and spoons from Colourworks that are good for both adults and kids as they’re suitable for use in the actual kitchen too. Little ones can start to learn to handle a knife using this Tidlo cutting vegetables set, which is also a good toy for starting conversations about veggies.
From as early as around two, kids can start to help with cutting up soft fruit and veggies. We were gifted a lovely knife and peeler set from Kiddies Food Kutter last year and both my two year old and my five year old have made great progress using it. I also bought a children’s knife from Kuhn Rikon that’s a bit sharper but definitely suitable for pre-schoolers who have learnt basic cutting skills.
Getting kids involved in cooking is my favourite way to encourage them to eat well. They’ll need a good apron, such as this multi-purpose coverall from JoJo Maman Bebe, as it can get really messy. There are lots of amazing cookbooks aimed at young children. We got Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story last Christmas and our favourite is still Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes.
For slightly older children, a voucher for a cooking workshop or lessons can make a brilliant gift. For anyone based in London, Registered Nutritionist Sam Perkins runs classes for age 6+ through Happy Eaters, and there are lots of other classes available across the UK.
Grow-your-own (or find out where it comes from)
Wee foodies love to know where food comes from, so gardening kits or tools are another fantastic gift. Willow and Wild offer a subscription box for 3-8 year olds that includes gardening, cooking and craft activities. We tried one earlier in the summer and it gave us hours of fun. If, like me, your wee foodies’ parent isn’t very green fingered, books about where food is from can be a great conversation starter. I’ve just bought How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? for my five year old.
Lunch box love
My kids get so excited when I pack them a lunch box that looks fun and appealing. Tools like these Lunchpunch sandwich cutters and Stix make this much more realistic on busy mornings. We’ve also treated ourselves to a new lunch box from Yumbox, which is a bigger version of the snack box shown above.
Body positivity from an early age
It’s never too early to show kids that body diversity is a positive thing. I love Roz Maclean’s The Body Book. My five year old has recently started asking more questions about how bodies work so I’ve also bought Look Inside Your Body, which I’m relieved to see has no “good food / bad food” messaging in it, unlike many others.
For the wee-est ones
Babies new to food are spoilt for choice with so many gorgeous weaning products around. When I asked for gift ideas on Instagram, Archie the Foodie recommended Cognikids Dip weaning pre-spoons. I also love these bamboo plates from Eef Lillemor for slightly older babies.
Not forgetting parents
And finally, I can’t end this list without giving a shout out to my friend, Laura Thomas, who has designed a comprehensive online course on Raising Intuitive Eaters. It would make a brilliant gift for any parent who wants to raise a wee one with a positive relationship towards food and their body.