You’re running around and it’s the very last minute, and there’s still one more gift exchange to shop for, and gosh darn it, we have so been there and we are right there with you. That’s why we’ve put together a little list of some fun little stocking stuffers and mini-gifts for your favorite chefs and aspiring chefs. These are all quick, easy, and safe enough even for little(r) hands:
Customizable Cookie Stamp: This cookie stamp from the Container Store is lots of fun – you can move the letters and characters around to make your own personal message. And it’s safe and easy to use for even little hands (though you’ll want to be careful with all of those loose characters. Tips: It works best when the dough is firm, cold, and not rolled too thin. Also, don’t forget that you’re going to have to spell out your message backwards in the stamp in order to get it to print forwards when you stamp it (we already made that mistake so you don’t have to!).
Herb Stripper: This kale, chard, collard greens, and herb stripper from Chef’n is handy for just about anyone but it’s especially handy for putting kids to work in the kitchen. Oh, and it’s dishwasher safe too – easy peasy. Just $7.97 on Amazon, plus free one-day shipping.
Flavor infuser water bottle: Are you and your kids always looking for new drink flavors? Mix it up every day with whatever fruit you have on hand and this special water bottle.
Local honey: We’re not kidding! Stuff the stockings with this all-natural, all-local, one-ingredient gift. The National Honey Board’s Honey Locator is a good starting place, but do an extra hyper-local search in your location to find a beekeeper who may not be on the list (many small ones are not). Extra bonus: No shipping and handling costs involved for this sweet gift.
Food decorating pen: This could be your (or your kid’s) new favorite kitchen toy: Use it to write or decorate with frosting, melted chocolate, honey (see above), or special sauces. All this for only $2.99? Buy a handful!
Herb scissors: These are just plain fun to have around the house. And when you ask your kids to help you with dinner, and they find out their job is to cut herbs with herb scissors, they may not want to stop. (You might just find them trolling around the kitchen looking for other things to cut.)
Cool sports team apron: Who says sports stars don’t cook? This is one of our perennial favorites; a high-quality apron that’s sure to stand the test of time. This one comes with a bonus chef’s hat too. (Note that we’ve pictured one for Eagles fans but you can get them for just about any Major League Baseball or NFL team.)
Mushroom farm: Get “back to the roots” with this fun mushroom-growing kit. We’ve tried it and it’s fun because the mushrooms grow quickly and because the final product tastes great. Who needs an ant farm when you can actually grow something useful and delicious?
Mason jar ceramic measuring spoons: Because how can you go wrong with this cuteness? Available at World Market for only $4.99.
Donation: Last but not least, make your gift a gift that lasts by making a contribution to a food-related charity. Some of our favorites include those that deal with child hunger, including No Kid Hungry and Feeding America. To make a bigger local impact, consider a donation to your local food bank.
Got your shopping done now? OK, time to relax and enjoy the holidays – wishing you and yours all the best!