Are you searching to buy a birthday, Christmas, or other holiday present for a special child in your life? This list of the Best Cooking Gifts for Kids is full of high-quality, useful kitchen tools, cookbooks, toys that encourage healthy eating, subscription boxes, and so much more. The post is organized in age groups, but use those as a rough guideline and feel free to browse all the categories to see if other gifts fit the child you have in mind. Whether you have a little foodie, a budding chef, or a child that needs more encouragement to get into the kitchen, there is a gift below that will put a big grin on his or her face.
The gifts on this list are from a wide variety of sellers and websites including Amazon, Etsy, Williams-Sonoma, and Small Business websites. Many of the independently owned companies I’ve learned about through Instagram and word-of-mouth. If you know of any other products or small businesses that would fit well on this list, please feel free to leave the information in a comment below. The more the merrier!
Gifts for Toddlers: Ages 1 to 3
Many of my gift recommendation for the toddler age group are toys, not actual kitchen tools. That’s because pretend play is the best way to get little ones interested in cooking and exploring foods. I also listed a few cookbooks to get your little one started around age two.
- Cookbooks: Little Helpers Toddler Kitchen, 40 recipes plus a detailed guide on safety, specific techniques, and helpful tips on cooking with toddlers. Food Play, a new book written by Amy of Yummy Toddler Food, one of my favorite food blogs for kid-friendly recipes. This is such a cute, easy-to-use book. Highly recommended!
- Child-Safe Knife: I always recommend this set of Starpack nylon knives as the first ones to buy for any child. Because they come in three sizes, they are perfect if you have more than one child or if you want to use them alongside your little chef. This knife set is a great gift to pair with a cookbook or an apron! Check out my blog post, Teaching Knife Skills to Toddlers and Kids, for more info on these knives and using them.
- Cooking and Food-Play Toys: I found so many great, high quality toy options on Etsy. Here are some of my favorites: Pretend Play Wooden Cutting Set, this set is so adorable and allows toddlers safely practice cutting fruits and veggies. This Wood Cooking Set with pots, a tea pot, salt and pepper shakers, and utensils is such a great way for little chefs to “cook” you a meal while you are busy in the kitchen. Felt fruits and veggies are such a great way to expose toddlers to healthy ingredients and let them play with food. I love this handmade veggie set by a shop called Morgan’s Mercantile on Etsy HERE.
- Learning Tower or Kitchen Stool: These tend to be pricy, but I found some very reasonable options from small shops on Etsy. There are ways to cook with toddlers and young kids without having a special stool, but they allow kids to be safely at counter hight and easily participate in cooking activities. My boys used one from ages 1 through 7, so I think they are worth the investment. Here are two options I found, but feel free to search Etsy for more: Mommy’s Helper Adjustable Stool and Duck Wood Workshop’s Kitchen Tower (seen in picture above).
- Fun Popsicle Molds: Frozen treats are great to make all year long. Freeze leftover smoothies or make a quick recipe together to have on hand for healthy snacks. I love these Tovolo Ice Jewel Ring Pop Molds because they are so cute and great for little hands. Also, these Dino Ice Pop Molds or the Mini Pop Molds from Zoku are so fun, easy to use, and the right portion size for toddlers.
- Fun Dinnerware and Placemats: We love everything that EZPZ makes for kids, especially this flower-shaped “Mini Play Mat” that’s made from silicone and makes eating so much fun. It can also be used for crafting or painting too. Veggie Buds Club just came out with the most awesome placemats. These interactive, easy-to-clean mats encourage your child to “play with veggies” which, research shows, will make them more likely to try them!
- Reusable Snack Storage: Bumkins Baby makes the cutest bibs, plates, and more, but I especially love their reusable snack bags. They come in small and larger size and the most kid-friendly prints like superheroes, unicorns, Disney characters, and much more. Such a great alternative to plastic baggies!
- Personalized Apron or Chef Hat: There are so many adorable apron options on Etsy (click to see the search results)! Here is a set that stood out: Toddler Personalized Apron and Chef Hat Gift Set by Messy Matters.
Gifts for Preschoolers: Ages 3 to 6
This is such a great age to buy gifts to inspire cooking and food exploration. Preschoolers crave independence, so getting them their very own cooking tools or kits will encourage that need is a helpful way. Cooking gifts and also play kitchen toys will continue to help preschoolers develop the skills they need to become confident cooks in the future.
- Cooking Kits and Subscription Boxes: Veggie Buds Club is my number one recommendation for an activity and educational subscription box for ages 3 to g. VBC creates so many opportunities to make vegetables fun, as each box features a new veggies with recipes, games, crafts, and more. I’ve been developing recipes to include in each month’s box for over three years now, but we have been customers for all that time as well. If you are looking for a one-time cooking kit to get a child, I love this Kids Prep Pizza Kit from Edible Education that I found on Etsy. The kit comes with ingredients, tools, and a box to decorate. It’s such a cute idea.
- Child-Safe Knife: For this age group I also recommend the Starpack nylon knives that I linked in the toddler section above, but wanted to mention another options that’s available on the Veggie Buds Club website. The Foost First Knife has a small serrated blade and a handle that fits well in small hands. It would be a great addition to a VBC subscription box or with their veggie activity placemats.
- Personalized Cutting Board: This is one of the best gifts I found on Etsy, a personalized Bamboo Cutting Board. I want one too! Would be so great to give with a child-safe knife and a cookbook or apron.
- Cookbooks: Although my cookbook, Little Helpers, has ‘toddler’ in the title, it’s really great for ages 2 though 5 as well. The recipes are for all ages and can be enjoyed by the whole family. If you want to browse other options for cookbook as well, click HERE to see my Amazon list of favorite cookbooks for kids.
- Personalized Apron and Chef Hat: more great Etsy finds: Family Custom Aprons and Cooking Set and a Kid’s Monogramed Apron and Chef’s Hat.
- Sensory Play Kit: Wild, Young, and Friedman’s Play dough and Sensory Bins are one of my favorite gifts to give to kids. They come in a wide variety of themes that any child would love. Although they aren’t technically cooking or food related, sensory play has been shown to help with picky eating and developing skills that can transfer to activities in the kitchen.
- Fun Cooking Utensils: This veggie-themed cooking utensil set from Q.D. Foodie is so adorable and useful. I also love this personalized wooden utensil set from FunQy Squad (see in picture above). There are really cute personalized wooden spoons and baking sets on Etsy as well. Have a Disney’s Frozen lover at home? Williams-Sonoma carries aprons, spatulas, and cookie kits with Frozen characters, as well as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and more popular characters kids love. The Frozen character spatulas seen in the picture above can be found HERE.
- Cookie Cutters: I have a few fun sets of cookie cutters listed on by Amazon store HERE. They make a great stocking stuffer or gift to paired with an apron or cookbook.
- Lunch Box or Bento Box Gear: At this age is when creating special lunches and adding fun touches to meals, really makes a difference. I highly recommend these Nutridashe fun food picks . They are made by hand and come in so many different themes, like the cute fruit and veggie ones in the picture above. I have a whole section of bento boxes and fun lunch gear in my Amazon store, including the awesome Bento Lunch Set with sandwich cutter, food picks, and colorful divider cups.
Cooking Gifts for Elementary School Kids: Ages 7 to 10
Time to get more independent in the kitchen! Kids in this age group seem to have specific interests such a baking or science, and it is great to find high quality cooking gifts that allow them to grow and learn new things about those topics. If you’d like to encourage a child to get into the kitchen more often, pick a theme, character, or hobby they love (like Star Wars or Emojis) and get cooking supplies or kits with that interest in mind.
- Subscription Cooking Kits: Baketivity is perfect for the child that loves baking. They come in one-time kits like funfetti muffins, holiday cookies, cinnamon rolls, and granola bars, or a subscription option that sends a new baking kit each month. The kits comes with pre-measured dry ingredients, detailed instructions, and more. Or if you are looking for a very simple cookie decorating kit, Rollands Custom Studio on Etsy makes kits that have pre-baked cookies, frosting, and sprinkles. They come in different themes and colors and all you have to do is open and get decorating. Little Sous is a monthly cooking subscription box to help kids and parents get into the kitchen together. They have recipes, cooking tools, stickers, and more, and focus on S.T.E.A.M learning in the kitchen. The recipes are sophisticated and great for kids that are interested in serious cooking.
- Cookbooks: We recently bought both of these books to add to our collection and I love them: My First Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen and Kid in the Kitchen by Melissa Clark. Find them at a local or online independent bookstore or get more info on my Amazon store HERE.
- Knife: I love this gift set from Opinel. It’s really high quality and fit well in a child’s hand. It is sharp, however, so it’s best for kids that have had some experience with using a child-safe or other knife before. If you want a starter knife for a child that is completely new to using a knife, I recommend the set of Starpack nylon knives I suggested for the younger age groups. They come in a set of three sizes so they are appropriate for a wide range of ages.
- Cooking Utensils and Special Kits: Have a Star Wars lover at home (like I do)? Williams-Sonoma has a Star Wars Gift Crate and many other Star Wars themed cooking gifts of various prices on their site. This Tovla Jr. Kids Cooking and Baking Gift Set with Storage Case is a great large gift for a kid that loves to cook. The Magical Microbes DoughLab STEM Kit: Bake and Learn, that demonstrates the science behind yeast and making delicious bread. This mini waffle maker, cookbook, and measuring spoon set by Dash is such a great gift for a budding cook. I gave it to a friend’s daughter a few months ago and she loved it.
- Personalized Chef Coat: For those kids that like to be really serious about their time in the kitchen, go beyond an apron and get them this awesome Chef Coat found on Etsy.
Cooking Gifts for Tweens and Teens:
Tweens and Teens can be tricky to buy gifts for, but I think I have found a bunch of great options for kid with a variety of interests. Cooking gifts or food related presents, from my experience, usually make teens very happy.
- Cooking Kits: I love this Sushi Kit found on Williams-Sonoma, especially since we are all cooking and eating more at home these days. They also have a Mochi Ice Cream Making Kit, Ravioli Kit, and a Mozzarella Cheese Making Kit available on their site. Is it strange that I want this Tiny Baking Kit for myself? Haha. Anyways, this kit teaching science and baking while kids make tiny pizzas, pies, cookies, and more…so much fun!
- Cookbooks: The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen is a great option for older kids. If the child you are buying a gift for has a particular interest in baking or a certain kind of food/cooking, there are lots of cookbook options out there if you do a quick online search.
- Chef Knife: Kids at this age can start to use a pairing knife or learn to use whatever knives are at home. However, as a gift it’s nice to get your very own, size appropriate knife like the Kai First Knife. That link is for Williams-Sonoma but I think there is also the same knife sold on Amazon if you put that into the search bar. Along with a knife, get the teen in your life some more kitchen essentials like measuring spoons or spatulas. There are lots of high-quality options, like these stainless steel but colorful measuring spoons, in my Amazon essentials store HERE.
- Small Appliances: These two gifts allow teens to be more independent by making their own breakfasts or snacks. The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker and the Single Serve Mini Blender are both in my Amazon gift store. Also on Williams-Sonoma, this S’mores Maker is such a fun gift. Who’s doesn’t love S’mores, right?
- Novelty Apron: Some kids aprons can be kind of hokey or “babyish” for teens, but not these custom ones by Funny Aprons. You can personalize an apron or oven mitt with a picture of your family pet, a funny saying, or a face. They are hilarious!
- Personalized Water Bottle: not exactly cooking related but can be paired with some other items or a cookbook to make a great gift. There are many personalization shops on Etsy, but here is a stainless steel water bottle that I though looked really nice.
- Jewelry: I found this Etsy shop that specializes in food themed, gold and silver jewelry and I had to share it. Delicacies Jewelry makes beautiful pasta (like the farfalle necklace in the picture above), avocado, donut, and many more tiny trinkets for a food lover in your life. Plus, part of every purchase goes towards fighting hunger through charity donations.
Did I miss anything?? Comment below on your suggestions or other ideas you’d like to see!