Whether or not your toddler eats everything you make, it’s likely that they still like to be in the kitchen where all of the action is. And while I realize that it’s not even Thanksgiving, I tend to get my holiday shopping done early since I need to get most of it into the mail—so I figured I’d just go ahead and share some of my favorite holiday gifts for food-loving families while it was on my mind.
Favorite Kitchen Tools for Toddlers
- Zig Zag Crinkle Cutter, $6.90
This is one of the best tools to get little ones involved in the kitchen since it’s easy to hold and easy to use. We like to use it for slicing bananas, pears, kiwi, bell peppers, and other soft produce. Paired with a little cutting board, it makes a really great toddler gift.
- Dough Whisk, $9.99
Strong and sturdy (and pretty unbreakable), this is what we use when we’re stirring muffin batter, bread dough, or really anything that needs to be mixed in a big bowl. Love it!
- Green Toys Tea Set, $24.95
I can’t remember when we got this, but it seems like it’s always been in our house. We use it both for playing tea party and also for actual use, especially when we have little friends over. It’s colorful, unbreakable, and eco-friendly.
- 101 Cookie Cutters, $14.99
Whether for making cookies, crackers or just playing with play dough, this set of cookie cutters covers all the bases. They are also just fun to play with to identify the different shapes!
- Little Pea, $5.14
This books is so sweet and flips the anti-pea eater right on its head!
Favorite Kitchen Tools for Parents
- Lifefactory Hot Beverage Glass Bottle, $24.88
This is our favorite thing for finishing that cup of coffee on the way out the door. It keeps hot beverages warm for an hour and it fits perfectly into a car cup holder. And it looks really nice!
- Brown Eggs and Jam Jars, $32.99
One of my favorite cookbooks of the year, I love this book as much for the recipes as for the escape to the urban homestead that Aimee and her family have created.
Favorite Classic Holiday Gifts for Toddlers
- Magna Tiles, $89.99
Oh man, we got these last year when L was 2 and we LOVE them. They are super easy for little ones to use and we’ve progressed to the point that she can build tall rockets and buildings all by herself. They are also good for helping them to grasp 3-D shapes and angles.
- Norman the Doorman, $6.63
This is a current favorite book, so if your kiddo is older, definitely check it out. It’s a very sweet story of a doorman mouse who’s also an artist.
- Highlights High Five, $39.99 (for 12 issues)
We upgraded from perfect-for-babies Highlights Hello (which we also adored) to this magazine last year and it’s such a joy when it comes in the mail. There are stories, puzzles, games, and even a little Spanish. L loves it and we really enjoy reading them with her. I have tried to get all of my friends to subscribe to this magazine