EatingWell Holiday Gift Guide: Best Food-Inspired Gifts for Kids

By: Penelope Wall

Unique food-inspired gifts for kids that can help encourage an aspiring chef or simply make healthy eating fun.

We love unique food-inspired gifts for kids that can help encourage an aspiring chef or simply make healthy eating fun. For the youngest of food lovers among us—from baby to toddler to teenager—here are a few of our favorite gifts.

Star Wars™ Cookie Cutters, Spatula & Apron Set, $80

Star Wars apron and spatula set

Photo: Williams-Sonoma

Little droids will be a Force to be reckoned with in the kitchen thanks to this legendary baking set featuring characters from the classic film. Set includes an 8-piece cookie cutter set, 3-piece spatula set (Darth Vader, Yoda and R2-D2) and an R2-D2 apron. The parts are also sold individually. If you're as obsessed as we are, you'll want to check out the entire Star Wars™ Bakeware collection that includes pancake and popsicle molds.

cuddle+kind Hand-Knit Dolls, $48-68

fox doll with baby

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Not only are these hand-knit dolls ultra-adorable, but also you can feel good about your purchase with cuddle+kind. Their dolls are ethically produced in Peru, providing the local artisans with a sustainable, fair-trade income. The company has also committed to providing 10 meals to children in need for every doll they sell. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Locally Grown Kids' Graphic Tees, $26

kids dino tee

Photo: LocallyGrownClothing.com

Keep it local with these super-fun graphic tees for kids. Our pick for most delicious design is this plant-eating "Locavore" dinosaur. Other designs include "locally grown" produce like strawberries, carrots and corn on the cob. Available in baby onesies and adult sizes too.

Vans Glitter Ice Cream Slip-On V, $35

vans ice cream sneakers

Photo: Vans.com

How sweet are these slip-on sneaks? Elastic side accents and heel pulls make it super-easy for little kids to put on their own shoes.

Zoku Cool Moji Ice Tray, $10

emoji ice cube tray

Photo: Zoku Home

For the emoji-obsessed kids in your life, this ice cube tray features 10 different funny faces to add a laugh to your next drink.

Burton Phantom Pullover Hoodie in Burger Cat Print, $45

Burton burger hoodie

Photo: Burton Snowboards

What's warm, stylish and delicious all over? This fleece sweatshirt, printed with hot dogs, burgers, cupcakes and more. No tummyaches from these treats, just a cozy cover-up for school or the mountain.

Harry Potter™ Spatulas and Kids' Aprons, $13-25

Harry Potter Spatulas

Photo: Williams-Sonoma

Your little wizard will love conjuring up tasty treats with Harry Potter-themed spatulas and kid-size aprons (Grownups: they have aprons for you, too!). Sets are available for each of the four houses of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Now, if only we had a sorting hat to help us choose which one!

Unicorn Tabletop Gift Set, $24

Unicorn Gift Set

Photo: Pottery Barn Kids

This magical 3-piece set will make mealtime special for little dreamers.

Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm, $20

mushroom growing kit

Trying to help them love vegetables? This might be your chance! Kids may be more inclined to try a veggie if they grow it themselves. So give kids a lesson in growing their own food with this organic mushroom-growing kit. Just add water with the spritzer that's included, and mushrooms are guaranteed to grow—right out of the box. Other gardening kits available include Chili Pepper Self-Watering Planter, $30, and Cherry Tomato Self-Watering Planter, $30. All of them come with a 100% Guaranteed to Grow Promise—no green thumb needed!

Opinel Le Petit Chef Set, $49

le petit chef set

Photo: Opinel

We love this kids' knife set for budding chefs, ages 7-11. The set includes a finger guard to protect little hands and educational rings to help teach kids how to safely hold a knife. The knife and peeler have sharp edges and may require adult supervision.

Ooly Happy Snacks Color-In' Book, $10

Happy Snacks Coloring Book

Photo: OOLY.com

This coloring book is the perfect treat for the little artist in your life. Each page is perforated, so you can tear out and frame each delicious masterpiece.

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