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Don't let the gifts you buy end up here! Give interesting gifts that kids will want to hang on to. Photo by Robert Lincolne.




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These selections were chosen by CAITLIN BARRETT , who is on the editorial staff of THE NIBBLE™.


December 2005
Updated March 2006

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Best Food-Related Gifts for Kids

Training The Foodies of Tomorrow


Kids love gifts more than anyone, and they take disappointment harder than anyone. Don’t let them down by buying them something that isn’t cool. These are some of our favorite gifts for kids that always seem to elicit smiles and hugs. Anyone up to age 12 will enjoy these (and frankly, we enjoyed them ourselves).

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Kid-Size Food-Making Kits

Give them a kit, and perhaps the best gift of all: your time to “cook” with them.

Sassafras Kid’s Kits

Sassafras makes a variety of kits that are super treats for youngsters. They are designed to help kids learn to cook and to have fun doing it. Each kit includes almost everything (except adult supervision) needed to have a fun and educational afternoon in the kitchen. Kids will love the easy-to-follow rhyming recipes, and the fact that everything is “just their size.” Adults will love the easy clean-up nonstick pans. There are dozens of kits to choose from, but some of our favorites are:

  • Kid’s Pretzel Making Kit
    Includes rhyming recipes, pretzel mix, salt, cheese and chocolate toppings, nonstick cookie sheet, measuring cup, wooden spoon, and apron.
  • Kid’s Cupcake Making Kit
    Includes rhyming recipes, cupcake mix, sprinkles, frosting, nonstick cupcake pan, paper liners, measuring cup, wooden spoon, and apron
  • Kid’s Pizza Making Kit
    Includes apron, rolling pin, measuring cup, wooden spoon, pizza pan, pizza crust mix, pizza sauce and a high-quality 8-1/4-inch round nonstick baking sheet
  • Little Cook Kit
    Includes a kid-sized wooden spoon, chef's hat, apron, and oven mitts.

Click on the links above to purchase the kits.


ice cream kit



Glee Gum “Make Your Own” Kits

Glee Gum’s Make Your Own Candy Kits combine the fun of making candy like gum, chocolate and gummies with education. Kids will learn all about where the ingredients come from and the people who live in those exotic locales (the gum kit uses natural chicle from the rainforests of Central America, the chocolate kit includes organic cocoa butter from Costa Rica, and the gummy kit contains carrageenan made from seaweed from the Philippines). These kits are an ideal gift for kids interested in science, cooking, history or the environment, and also makes a great activity for parties. Each kit comes complete with all of the necessary ingredients, detailed instructions and educational materials related to the kit.

  • Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit
  • Make Your Own Chocolate Kit
  • Make Your Own Gummies Kit
    Each, $10

glee gum kits

New England Cheesemaking Cheese Kit

Kids love cheese, and what better way for them to enjoy it than fresh from their own kitchen. New England Cheesemaking’s 30 Minute Mozzarella & Ricotta Kit includes enough ingredients to make 30 pounds of cheese—just add the milk of your choice. Adult supervision is definitely required for the first few steps that involve the stovetop, but kids will love kneading and stretching fresh mozzarella cheese and helping you making a lasagna with the fresh ricotta that they created. A hands-on experience like this is hard to beat. It’s a good party activity, with enough cheese for every kid to take some home.


Kids’ Appliances


Ice Shaver

Instead of having the kids race out into the cold to collect snow for snow cones, this ice shaver lets them whip up their own blizzard of sweet treats. A suction cup keeps it steady while kids crank away with cubes from the freezer, and two bowls are included for catching the ice when it comes out. They can flavor the ice with Jones Soda, of course....or create any of those concoctions, including “yellow snow” (lemon-flavored), so dear to young hearts.

ice shaver

Soda-Club Penguin Soda-Maker

If your kids drink soda, make it all-natural sodas. This delicious machine, requiring no electricity, makes regular, diet, and caffeine-free soda—also seltzer—carbonated exactly as you like it. When you look at the chemicals in a regular can of big-brand soda, you’ll be happy that they’re drinking this. Plus, no more dragging heavy soda bottles from the store or recycling empties. It’s fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Soda mixes are certified kosher by The Union of Orthodox Congregations. Click here for our review.

  • Starter Kit
  • Basic Kit
    Plain Casing and Carafe

penguin soda club

Tasty Bath & Grooming


Ganache For Lips

Our favorite gourmet lip balm is made from the finest ingredients—including Scharffen Berger chocolate! Unlike lip protectors that “approximate” flavors, these are the real deal. Sure to please kids and their parents. Get one of each!

Ganache For Lips


Indulge Beauty

“The Bakery“ at Indulge Beauty bakes up foodie bathtub fun for the young (and their moms and grandmoms). Fizzy Fortune Cookies add the scent of cocoa butter and dissolve to reveal a fortune. Fizzy Bon Bons create sparkling bubbles that infuse the bath with the scent of white chocolate.

  • Fizzy Fortune Cookies
    $20, box of 6
  • White Chocolate Mousse Bath Bon Bons
    $18, box of 8

Click on the links above to purchase.

Indulge Beauty

Fortune Cookies
Above, Fizzy Fortune Cookies.

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