Bet you’re thinking Terry can’t spell ‘pairs,’ right? Well, that may be true – but not in this case.
Part 2 of our gift pairings idea is all about food! We went back into the archive to find some of our favorite gift “pearing” ideas for young foodies. Then we added in a few new ideas. Just remember: the most important ingredient is sharing the experience together.
There is a starter list of books with a foodie theme at the bottom of this post. Our goal is to provide ideas that suit multiple ages, can work as a “family gift,” and are easy on the budget, too.
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The heart of the home is the kitchen, and it is our favorite place for creating memories, and of course great food!
Here are a few ideas on ways to spice up your time in the kitchen!
- Pair a book about a family favorite with a hand-written recipe and/or ingredients. Is there a story that goes with the recipe? Add that, too!
- Kickstart a Favorite Recipes binder with recipe cards of family recipes.
- Combine a kid-friendly cookbook with …
- For the future chef (who can work the kitchen independently) mix in a menu chalkboard.
- Plan a date to go a Farmer’s Market to buy some of the ingredients (think: not available in your local chain supermarket).
Ages: 4 and Up
Cost at Amazon.com (at the time of this post): $25 and up
book: $9.95 and up
Pairing ideas: $12.52 and up
Scroll to see our book list below or check out this list at Amazon.com which breaks down food books for kids by age.
The sky’s the limit with this gift “pearing” because it is all about the experience. It is a chance to share the experience of expanding your recipient’s culinary horizons.
Although the book might have a food-related theme, it doesn’t have to. You may select a book about set in a different part of the world as a way to introduce them to another culture.
The most common pairing is to put the book together with an experience that will come later. Visiting a local restaurant is always a good choice, but here are four other options:
- Visit a local farm or nursery to learn about the origin of a food and how it grows.
- Find a local company that gives tours (or will create a tour for you) about the product that it makes.
- Sign up for a cooking class.
- Include a world map or atlas with a packet of stickers.
Surprised by the map? It is a great way to help kids see other places in the world. Going out for Afghani food? Show them where Afghanistan is on the map – then add a sticker to the country to show you’ve “visited” there.
For food adventurers, kids who love to write, and/or future food critics, you might get a journal with a travel ($12) or food-y ($6) cover. This way they can write down their experience at different restaurants. Mix in a packet of star stickers so they can create their own rating system!
Ages: 8 and Up
Cost at Amazon.com (at the time of this post):
book: $7.99 and up
Pairing ideas: $2.49 and up
NOTE: Some tours may be free. Call your local vendor to see.
Favorite Books with Foodie Potential
(Reading Tub Reviews, Alphabetical Order)
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