15 Super-Cool Gifts Your Little Cooks Will Love

updated Nov 18, 2020
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There’s nothing cuter than a kid who likes to help in the kitchen. (Except for maybe dogs who like to help in the kitchen, but they’re usually not all that useful.) Whether it’s a toddler who wants to stand on a learning tower to watch or a tween who’s trying to master the art of at-home nachos, we love it! And we want to keep encouraging them! Hence this gift guide, which has fun food- and cooking-themed gifts for kids of all ages. Aunts, uncles, moms, dads, neighbors … take note!

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Paper Source

Okay, let's be honest — we know plenty of adults who would want this ornament! Get it for anyone who insists on dipping their pizza/chicken nuggets/fries/etc. in a big puddle of ranch.

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was $25.00

The editors of Food Network Magazine released this kids' cookbook earlier in the year and it's packed with fun recipes (think: Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins, Ham & Cheese Waffle Sandwiches, and Pepperoni Chicken Fingers!). There are also great photos, games, quizzes and more. The book also features fun fake-out cakes (a FNM specialty!), including one that looks like a bowl of mac and cheese!

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Farm Steady

There are lots of kits out there, but very few that we trust as much as the ones from Farm Steady. This kit comes with everything kids will need in order to (successfully!) roll, twist, and bake a dozen homemade pretzels. Pretzels with a cinnamon-sugar dusting, that is.

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We know a lot of kids watching Parks & Recreation during quarantine, but even if you're shopping for a breakfast-lover who doesn't know Leslie Knope, this waffle necklace will still be a hit. Not only is it adorable, but it's also scented!

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In other waffle-related gifts, we have this sweet mini maker! It makes a single-serving waffle so your little chef can make breakfast for herself. Bonus: She can also use it to experiment "waffle-ing" sandwiches, hash browns, and more.

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Puzzle makers have reported that sales were up 300 to 370 percent during the spring, while most of America was at home. In attempts to continue to keep us entertained, we've seen all sorts of new puzzles hit the market. Like this cute one from Whiled! Get it for a kid who's missing weekend diner trips and replace the Sunday morning tradition with puzzle sessions.

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Uncommon Goods
was $30.00

Christmas is certainly going to look a bit different this year. While your traditional cookie swap might be canceled, you can still decorate cookies together and make things extra festive with this washable cotton tablecloth. Kids can "decorate" it all they want and then you can wash it and start the fun all over again.

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Of course Chip and Joanna Gaines make an adorable wooden bakery for kids to play with! The eight-piece set even comes with a little chalkboard for daily specials!

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Get this sidewalk chalk for your niece and she can (safely) leave messages for other neighborhood kids. The set comes with 10 pieces (in pink, orange, yellow, blue, and green) that are made to look like sushi rolls. They even come in packaged in a sushi takeout container!

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Williams Sonoma

This ice cream maker is also a science lesson waiting to happen. Kids will have to keep it chilled in the freezer and then they'll be able to watch as batter turns into ice cream before their very eyes. Prepare to (watch them) be amazed!

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Having your very own apron is a great way to get kids (and adults) excited and ready to cook. Minted has other designs to choose from, but this simple, French-inspired striped pattern is a classic. Plus, for an extra $15 you can personalize the leather name tag on the front!

This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: 15 Super Cool Gifts for Kids Who Like to Cook