In our house, my husband and I talk about food constantly, and we’ve passed our obsession down to the next generation. Food names were some of our son’s first words, our nursery is set up around the play kitchen, and our little dude has some strong opinions on where to get the best croissant in the Bay Area (upstart Neighbor Bakery, not Tartine, in case you care). We’ve compiled a list of gifts for the little kid foodies in your life, mostly best for ages 1 to 6.
This was the first piece in our toy food collection, and it still gets the most use. All of the foods are familiar to 1-year-olds, and as they get older, they can start chopping them up with the included dull wood knife.
One of the main benefits of having a baby is that you can dress them up in all sorts of over-the-top outfits, and they can’t yet disagree with you (see every newborn dressed as a lobster in a stockpot, for example!). These are such a charming and silly little gift, and I wish they had them in adult sizes.
This book has been a beloved part of our library for years now, and we go back to it often to delight in the intricate illustrations of food and drink. It’s published in Britain, which means you might find yourself explaining black pudding to a 1-year-old.
This will surely bring a smile to the face of any sleep-deprived new parent. The tortilla works as a swaddle for now, and as a blanket for years to come.
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