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Holiday gifts for the aspiring chef in your family

Megan is a former divorce attorney turned SAHM to twin boys. She's written for The Stir, Scary Mommy, Rare.us, Mommyish and Bustle.

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Great holiday gifts for your little chef-in-training

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Great holiday gifts for your little chef-in-training

If your child is always begging to help in the kitchen or prefers cooking shows to cartoons, then holidays gifts that feature food are a must. We’ve rounded up some of the best food-themed gifts for your favorite mini-foodie — everything from toys that would make any Master Chef Junior jealous to fun but functional kitchen accessories.  

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Rainbow measuring cups

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Rainbow measuring cups

Chefs of all ages will dig these useful and cute measuring spoons and cups. And they're stackable! (Accessory Geeks, $13)

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DIY sushi-making kit

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DIY sushi-making kit

Anyone with an adventurous palate can eat sushi, but your tween or teen might love trying their hand at making their own rolls with this DIY sushi-making kit. (Williams-Sonoma, $30)

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Pizza playset

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Pizza playset

If your child is the type who could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this pizza party playset will be a huge holiday hit. (Kohl’s, $25)

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Chef dress-up outfit

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Chef dress-up outfit

Help your child take playing restaurant to the next level with this adorable dress-up chef costume. (Amazon, $20)

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Superhero cookbook

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Superhero cookbook

This superhero cookbook gives kids healthy recipes they can make themselves so they can grow strong and fight the bad guys. (Amazon, $17)

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LunchBots bento box

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LunchBots bento box

This bento-style lunch box makes a great gift for older kids and teens who love to make their own lunch creations for school. (LunchBots, $28)

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Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven

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Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven

The packaging has changed a ton since you were a child, but the Easy-Bake Oven is still a quintessential must-have toy for any budding chef. (Target, $29)

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School bus muffin cups

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School bus muffin cups

These reusable silicone school bus muffin molds are the perfect weekend baking project to make snacks for school. (Amazon, $14)

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Matching aprons

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Matching aprons

If time in the kitchen is how the women in your family bond, then these matching aprons will make a great gift for you both. (Etsy, $43)

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Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe cupcake tower

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Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe cupcake tower

For the days that your budding pastry chef simply must create a sweet masterpiece, but you just don’t have the time (or the energy) to turn on the oven, they can sculpt frosting fantasies with this Play-Doh cupcake tower. (Toys "R" Us, $11)

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'Lucky Peach'

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'Lucky Peach'

A subscription to Lucky Peach will be a hit with your teen foodie. This food magazine/lifestyle journal explores an in-depth food theme each month and is worshipped among the culinary crazed. (Lucky Peach, $28 for 1 year)

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Barista set

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Barista set

Gift your kid with this adorable barista playset and see what they’ve learned from all your trips through the drive-thru. (Fisher-Price, $30)

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Personalized chef hat

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Personalized chef hat

We all know the kid is the real boss of the house, but this personalized chef hat will let everyone know they’re in charge in the kitchen too. (Personalization Mall, $22)

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Child's first chef knife set

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Child's first chef knife set

For older kids looking to take on more tasks in the kitchen, this children’s knife set features a rounded tip and finger guard for safety. (Opinel, $49)

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Water garden

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Water garden

One part fish tank, one part herb garden, this mini aquaponics ecosystem is a gift the whole family will love. The fish feed the plants and the plants feed the water, so you never have to clean the tank! (Back to the Roots, $99)

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Pizza Vans

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Pizza Vans

These pizza-patterned Vans are perfect for the pint-size fashion-forward foodie. (Nordstrom, $35 and up)

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Doritos notebook

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Doritos notebook

 This Doritos notebook delivers lots of fun with no junk food guilt. (Etsy, $10)

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'Everyday Cook'

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'Everyday Cook'

Alton Brown’s Every Day Cook is the latest installment in the culinary legend’s works and a book that any budding chef will want to have in their library. (Amazon, $23)

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Gummy candy maker

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Gummy candy maker

Forget a stocking full of candy that they’ll eat in a week. With this gummy candy maker, your chef-in-training can make their own gummy bears and worms all year long. (The Lakeside Collection, $20)

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Sushi playset

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Sushi playset

This sushi playset is a fun alternative to the typical plastic play food sets. (Target, $17)

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Fishing pole campfire roaster

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Fishing pole campfire roaster

This fishing pole roasts two marshmallows and a hot dog at the same time, making it a gift any junior chef will love. And if you send them to bed early to play with it yourself, we won’t tell. (Uncommon Goods, $20)

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Pastasaurus

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Pastasaurus

They’ll be rawr-ing to help make dinner with this dinosaur pasta server. (Amazon, $7)

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