Each December, Oprah comes out with her annual “O” list: her gift-giving picks for the year, showcased in the glossy pages of her magazine. Well, here you’ll find the Mom’s Kitchen Handbook version of the “O” list, only in this case, it’s all about kids and cooking.

Spring boarding off of my “kids in the kitchen” series, these ideas are meant to inspire interest at the stove. Most items are priced under $20.

Tie one of these cuties around one of your cuties before things get messy. You’ll find loads of other affordable apron options on Etsy.

Nesting doll measuring cups will make pint-size bakers want to go elbow deep in flour.

These sweet spoons are ideal for “food stylists in training”….or just for scooping homemade ice cream into little mouths.

Everything is sized just right for small hands with this Playful Chefs Cooking Set, which includes a sturdy apron with slots for tiny tools.

Stocking stuffer alert! Retro, stripey paper straws are biodegradable and oh so cute.

Perhaps more of a family gift than a kid one, I’ve admired, but don’t yet own (hint Mr. Mom’s Kitchen) this beautiful book showcasing photos of what people around the world eat in a given day. Riveting and eye opening for everyone.

This mini donut pan means morning treats are baked, not fried, and sized for petite appetites. Put it to work on holiday mornings with Brown Butter Glazed Pumpkin Donuts.

Seek out a compelling cooking class for kids such as this one at the new San Francisco Cooking School. Maybe enlist a buddy to up the fun factor.

You’ll want to borrow these darling measuring spoons ¬†from your kids the moment they’re unwrapped. They’re both beautiful and breakable, so best suited for older children.

What can I say? One of my personal favorites. Ratatouille is a perfect “family movie nite” pick.

These playful chopsticks are ideal for “sushi eaters in training” (or parents with questionable fine motor skills).

For the reader at home, this Junior Edition of Michael Pollan’s classic is worth wrapping up.

What’s not to love about flipping pancakes with a couple of Sesame Street buddies?

This mango cutter showed up under our tree several years ago and it’s been a household hit ever since.

Start ’em young collecting and writing recipes using this beautiful keepsake from the folks behind Omnivore Books for Cooks.

What “kids in the kitchen” gift ideas do you have planned?


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  1. Jessica
    12.12.2012 at 6:04 PM #

    Love cooking/baking with my boys! I don’t have any cooking gifts planned for the kids, but we are going to be baking up a storm for gifts to give!

    • katiemorford
      12.13.2012 at 11:18 AM #

      The best gift, I’m sure, is being with them in the kitchen…for you and them!

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