What to buy? What to buy?
Holiday season is nearly upon us. My to-buy-for list involves a few teenagers and lots of nearly-teens. (Can’t bring myself to type tweens).
Kitchen gadgets and accessories make fantastic gifts for teenagers! Check out these solutions to your gift list dilemmas and I promise, the whole family will thank you 🙂
I love encouraging older kids to bake and cook. It is such an important life skill and really so creative. It’s fun, delicious, educational, satisfying and real.
When I was a kid, I always wanted to make real food in the kitchen. And I really enjoyed reaching the point where I could cook unsupervised. So grown up.
When it comes to gifts, this is a great age to move from toys to real life things. I’m hoping this is my chance to shine as favorite auntie/god-mother.
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Creativity meets life-skills for independence
It’s no secret that I love waffles – they are the best comfort food ever.
And waffle machines are versatile creatures – waffles suit any meal or snack. And you don’t just have to make waffles. Check out this post about all the other recipes you can make in a waffle iron!
This is the Dash Mini Waffle Maker which comes in various lovely colors. It’s really affordable and easy to use. My kids are little at the moment, but I love the idea of them making our Saturday brunch when the time comes.
In the same vein of encouraging independence, I like this Hamilton Beach Gourmet Sandwich Maker, or panini press. It’s a great gift for kids getting to the stage of making their own lunch during study days.
Ok, this is not really a healthy option, but it is oh so creative: Check out this Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker! Making your own ice cream is a lot of fun but actually quite simple. And the taste (and the chef satisfaction) is sublime…
The flavor options are endless – this is just the kind of kitchen gadget to get teenagers really into creating their own food.
For extra inspiration, try Hello, My Name Is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of the Scoop by Dana Cree. Isn’t that a fantastic title? This books gives over 100 recipes, but also explains the science behind them.
Inspire a teenager to love to cook and…the returns will be awesome
Which brings me on to more books about cooking. Honestly, books make the best gift, if your recipient loves them too. And cook books actually make fantastic reading.
These are not books aimed at teenagers. But they are absolutely accessible to teenagers and they’ve been chosen to be inspirational and aspirational.
Did anyone else here get into cooking through Nigella Lawson? Ok, maybe I’m showing my age, but it was her books rather than her tv shows which were so inspirational. How to Eat and How to be a Domestic Goddess were beautiful in their pictures and in their words. I loved how Nigella included the history of the recipes she included, often personal anecodes and her friend’s granny.
Anyway, here’s more up-to-date option:
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime
Do you need to buy for teenagers who are on a health kick? How about inspiring them with really wonderful, healthy ingredients and flavor combinations:
This book has fantastic photos to make you feel a bit hungry. I think this is a great time of life to broaden your mind about ingredients and how they work together. Plus someone might repay your gift by making you a delicious dinner.
Ok, here’s something for the teenager who is not on a health kick… Making your own sweets is purely in the fun category. Sally McKenney’s book is beautifully presented and really accessible for budding chefs.
My last choice of book is a subject close to my heart: bread making. Isn’t it just jaw-dropping the creations you can make with so few, incredibly basic ingredients?
Again, the science behind baking is a great thing to grab your attention when you’re young.
I still remember my mother explaining the ratio of flour/eggs/sugar/butter in a basic cake recipe – and how we can play around with them to make different cake textures. Maths in practise.
For the party animal
Not every teenager is into reading, I’ll admit it. For those more inclined to party, I recommend this Hamilton Beach Party Popper Popcorn Maker. Popcorn on a grand and delicious scale. And still kinda healthy!
I hope there are a few ideas here to help you with your holiday shopping. Let me know if you have more ideas about culinary gifts for teenagers – I would love to hear them!