Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Gifts for Kids Who Cook

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Every week this holiday season, we'll be posting our favorite food-centric gift ideas. We've looked at 5 Gifts Under $30 That Every Kitchen Needs and attempted to avoid that awkward re-gifting moment with the 5 Useless Gifts That Nobody Actually Wants. This time, we're focusing on the kiddies.

Check out these 5 Great Gift Ideas for Kids Who Cook:

See also:
-Top 5 Seasonal Booze Gifts
-Top 5 Gifts for Wine Lovers
-Top 5 Gifts for the Baker
-5 Gifts for the Coffee Snob
-Keeping It Kosher: Top 5 Hanukkah Gifts

5. DIY Baking Kit

Fill a basket with nonstick cookie sheets, cupcake tins, baking cookbooks for kids, mixing bowls, spoons, whisks, a rolling pin, cupcake accessories and decorating tools. Add personalized touches like drumstick mixing spoons or cute cookie cutters. Sur La Table sells shapes like guitars, crowns, animals and letters for only $1. They even have one that is in the shape of Texas. Not into DIY? Buy one online at King Arthur Flour.

4. Personalized Apron

Kids like personalized shit. It's as simple as that. I have about 50 Brooke key chains and a few license plates stashed away in my childhood bedroom to prove it.

You can order a personalized apron at Williams-Sonoma or check out Etsy for a plethora of artsy and chic designs. Personal Creations even offers a six-piece set with a a kid-sized apron, chef's hat, oven mitt, pot holder, plastic spatula and mixing spoon for only $29.99.

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3. A Grow Your Own Garden Kit

Teach kids the importance of cooking with fresh, healthful ingredients with a garden kit. You can buy seeds and put one together yourself or purchase prepackaged kits online.

Growums offers specialized kits like the Taco Garden, with everything from jalapeño seeds to cilantro, the Pizza Garden, with roma tomato and basil seeds, or even the Garden In A Box, with a variety of vegetable seeds and herbs.

2. Kids Cookware Set

You can find professional quality, dishwasher-safe cookware for kids on places like Amazon.com. This five-piece set includes a sauté pan, a stock pot and sauce pan with lids.

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1. Pizza Making Kit

I've never met a kid that doesn't like making pizza. It's the perfect way to get them involved in the kitchen. Plus pizza is the best food ever. End of story.

Pick one up at Kmart or put together a kit yourself. Include things like cool pizza cutters, rolling pins, pizza stones, cookbooks or an authentic wooden peel.

Honorable mention: Cooking lessons are great for all ages. Look online for kids' cooking classes in your area.

Be sure to check back for our top Last-Minute Homemade Gifts ideas next week.



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