I don’t know about you, but I seem to struggle with holiday gifts. I try desperately not to get caught up in a gift-buying frenzy at the mall, and try to avoid Pinterest for my inevitable feelings of inadequacy. I cringe at the idea of getting someone a gift just for the sake of marking it off my list. In an ideal world, I prefer for my gifts to be meaningful. Or educational. Or edible…
If you find yourself in a similar boat, here are some of the gifts that I recommend. Some will fill your soul, some will spark the imagination of others, and a few will brighten your kitchen and help you feed your family.
2017 Book List for Kids Cook with Books
Last year, we launched Kids Cook with Books, a free monthly reading and cooking club for kids, ages 2-8. Want to join us in 2017? Here is the book list for next year so you can read and cook along. This entire list of books would make an incredible gift for the book lovers (and young chefs) in your family or for your child’s teacher.
- January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
- February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
- March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
- April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
- May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
- June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
- July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
- August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
- September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
- October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
- December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey
If you purchase these books with the links above, I’ll earn a tiny commission, which is your gift to me 🙂
For the Young Chef
If your young chefs are ready to move past the butter-knife stage, these knives by Curious Chef are my FAVORITE knives for kids to use. They are safe, but have the shape and heft of real knives. What little chef wouldn’t want a set of his or her own knives?
I absolutely love this Pie calendar, filled with delicious recipes from my friend Elise Bauer. It’s hand letterpress printed by Wild Ink Press, with illustrations done by Rebekah Tennis. I have this calendar hanging in my kitchen already, not because it’s already 2017, but because the art is beautiful to look at. Plus, it has my kids begging me to make pies. Art + kids in the kitchen sound like a win-win to me!
Do Good In the World…
When in doubt, my go-to is a donation to Heifer International, an organization that enables communities and families to purchase goats, rabbits, chickens or even a heifer, so that they can earn a sustainable income and feed their families. Similarly, I adore Kiva because they allow the recipient to be a micro-lender to a project of their choice, eventually get repaid and fund another.
What’s on your list?
If you’d like to see additional gift guides from other incredible family bloggers, don’t miss this Gift Guide.
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