Play kitchens are a popular holiday gift and usually they're "the big gift." And for good reason - they're not cheap and they take up space. But they're very often a favorite toy that kids return to again and again (sometimes daily), often for a few years. Here are twenty to consider:
Things to keep in mind:
• You're not going to find a brand new, quality, wood play kitchen for $20 - these are an investment toy. However there is still a range of price points to choose from.
• Most, if not all, of these require assembly so keep this in mind if you plan to present it on Christmas morning - unless you like being up all night Christmas eve!
• Read the specs carefully to make sure it's going to fit in the space you have and that it's sized well for your child.
• Don't be held back if you find a kitchen you like but hate the color. Remember the play kitchen Kate bought at Target and transformed with paint and fabric?
• Shop around for the best price. The prices and links below are one just one place you can find these kitchens and you may find a better deal elsewhere.
• Before spending a lot of money and time (assembly, see above!), see if your child enjoys playing with play kitchens by trying them out at friends houses or at their daycare/preschool.
Editors note: this post was originally published 12/7/2010 and has been updated and added to for 2011.