Christmas gifts ideas 2020 to support happy, healthy eaters
Christmas 2020 won’t be our average Christmas! But that won’t stop us getting those presents under the tree. And what better year to buy Irish and for a happier, healthier future?
30 Christmas gift ideas I know you’ll love
Here’s my round-up of 30 Christmas gift ideas that support babies and young children to learn about food and eating. Some are small, stocking fillers and some are bigger ticket items.
And because it’s been an exceptionally tough year for retailers, especially those smaller businesses, I want to offer my support. So where possible I’m listing Irish stockists of my favourite products. Some retailers have even been kind enough to offer a discount code.
You don’t need tons of fancy equipment to get your baby off to a good start with solids. But there are some nifty pieces of equipment that can make your life a little bit easier and eating a bit more fun.
Dipper Spoons from Cognikids
Open Cups from Cognikids
Plates from Accessories4babies
Bibs from Babyboo
Highchair from BellaBaby
Recipe book from Neven Maguire
Ready, Steady, Wean Voucher (online course) from Solid Start
Learning about food through play
We all know that children learn about life through play. And there are so many beautiful and sustainable toys available now to help them learn about food and cooking.
Kitchen from Cogs The Brain Shop (you can use the discount code Solidstart for 10% off)
Shop from Mimitoys
Tea Set from Littleones
Play food from Kaliedy
Play food for babies from Cool Food School
Learning about food through books
Books are a fun way for children to learn about where food comes from, how to identify food and generally develop their curiosity about food. They don’t need to be books about ‘healthy eating’, food in general is fine!
What’s on my plate from The Book Depository
Avocado Baby from Nimble Toys
See where food comes from from The Book Depository
Learning about food through gardening
Mud Kitchen from Ease
Gardening tools from Littleones
Bird Pizza by Freddie and Millie Toys
Grow your monster Greeting Cards from Reuzi
Learning to accept foods through sensory play
All kids, and especially those that we may label as ‘fussy’ will benefit from sensory or messy play.
Water beads from Sensational Kids
Play Foam from Cogs The Brain Shop ((you can use the discount code Solidstart for 10% off)
Playdough sets from O’Mahonys Booksellers
Learning about food through cooking and baking
It’s never too early to get kids helping in the kitchen. But we also want to keep them safe while they’re doing it. Here are some items that can help.
Baking Set from Messchef
Cool Kids Cook from Dubray Books
Bigger Kids safety knives from Messchef
Kitchen Learning Tower from WonderBubz (Use the SOLIDSTART discount code for free shipping worth €15).
Making school lunches fun
The might not be the MOST exciting Christmas presents but they’ll thank you when they head back to school in January.
Yumbox from Earthmother.ie (you can use the discount code Solidstart for 10% off any product)
Food Flask from Jackanory.ie
Bento Food Picks from Eats Amazing
Happy shopping and fingers crossed for a happy and healthy Christmas to you all!
For evidence-based advice on raising a happy, healthy eater check out Raising a Happy, Healthy Eater Masterclass-everything you need to know about HOW and WHAT to feed children aged 6 months-5 years.