Nourished Kids Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for creative, food-themed gifts for the little ones in your life? Of course you are! These gifts may not be on your child’s wish list yet (unless you have an aspiring mini chef in the house!), but they are sure to encourage a love of food and cooking from an early age. As you’ve heard us say before, making healthy food fun is one of the best ways to get kids to try new things. These gift ideas will inspire them to learn about about the nutritious foods around them, how these foods are grown, and make them excited about helping you in the kitchen.
One of our team members just had a baby and we would not be proper nutritionists and chefs if we didn’t give the little guy his very first food-related gift. So cute and so soft.
We are suckers for any toy that looks like a superfood! These environmentally-friendly teething toys are perfect for achy gums. And who knows? Your baby’s first word could be broccoli. Nothing wrong with that! This veggie crate of organic cotton teethers is equally adorable.
For Toddlers and Preschoolers:
We love this book because not only does it teach kids how plants grow, it also comes with seeded paper that you and your kids can plant to grow your own flowers! How cool is that?
Another classic: this Eating the Alphabet board book by Lois Ehlert.
If your child is not quite ready to use a real knife, this play set is a great way for him/her to start practicing. The wooden food toys are stuck together with Velcro, and can easily be cut with the wooden knife that comes in the set. Something else that we love about this set is that it teaches kids the concept of fractions. Yay math!
If there is one thing we can count on it’s that kids love pizza. Who can blame them? We do too! This little garden includes everything you need to grow your own pizza toppers- seeds for tomatoes, basil, oregano, bell peppers, scallions, and parsley.
For Kids Ages 5 and Up:
Kids love things that are made just for them! These kid-friendly knives have ergonomic handles, blunt tips, and serrated cutting edges to be safe enough for kids to handle, but sharp enough to actually be useful. They are on our wish list this year!
You have probably seen this lunchbox featured in some of our Nourished Kids posts. It is one of our favorites because it is eco-friendly and durable (we’ve had ours for 3 years and it still looks exactly the same). All the different compartments and containers allow you to create different varieties of fun lunches for your kids. You also get a free magnet set to personalize it with your kid’s favorite design.
We want this for ourselves! This self-cleaning fish tank also grows herbs and microgreens. Per the website: “The fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants clean the water — so fewer water changes required!” Doesn’t get any cooler than that!
No matter what gift you decide on for the Nourished Kid in your life, here is a friendly reminder that kids learn best by example. Continue to practice your own healthy habits and your kids are sure to follow. Happy Holidays!
Eunice Holmes, RDN, LDN is a regular contributor to this blog and assistant nutrition manager for PreviMedica. Her favorite things are pretty food, being a cat lady without actually having a cat, and of course, her family.