Today, we’re taking a look at 15 gifts for the bakers in your life that will offer them real value and joy. And if you also happen to be a baker, there’s no shame in grabbing one of these for yourself, too.
There are very few of us who don’t love baked goods. And even fewer of us who don’t know at least one person in our lives who makes simply the best and most decadent cake, pie, or cookie batch.
Yet it can be hard to pick practical gifts for the baker in your life this time of year. A Kitchenaid mixer or sheet pans sound like great ideas, but can actually end up creating more clutter if you’re unsure if your friend has a use for them.
The Mighty Gift Card
I promise we’ll get into slightly more fun gifts in a moment! But a gift card gift is easily overlooked as an ideal choice for a busy baker in mind. It's one of the first things I think of when needing useful gifts. While baking appliances are often a personal choice, every delicious bite has to have a bit of flour, sugar, and egg behind it.
In 2015, the top baking supplies purchased in the US were baking chocolate and croutons. Americans spent about $150 million on each of these products, with the 3rd item, cocoa, coming in at $50.6 million in sales.
One of the most expensive parts of baking as a business and as a hobby is testing new recipes that come out a bit off or need many tries before becoming perfect. Do a bit of snooping or invite your friend on a grocery store trip to figure out where they purchase the best chocolate or most reactive yeast. Then grab them a gift card to help with some of their ingredients for baking needs. Win!
Baking Subscription Boxes
In contrast to the experienced serious bakers who probably would prefer a gift card to you guessing their ingredients, baking subscription boxes are great for newer or younger bakers in your life. The Baketivity Baking Kit is recommended for kids ages 3-10. Alternatively, the Red Velvet NYC subscription features two dessert kits per month with pre-measured ingredients for recipes like Butterscotch Pudding and Earl Grey Tea Cake. This is a fun gift for your baker friends that have a small space to work in. This gives them measured ingredients so they aren't having to find pantry space to store leftover ingredients.
Reusable Silicone Muffin Liners
It’s hard to go wrong with reusable liners! Muffin liners are an easy go-to gift and come in a variety of different colors, too. This set from Amazon is food safe and can be safely used in freezers, microwaves, ovens, and dishwashers.
Silicone liners are extremely helpful but might sound a bit too simple. But have you heard of a cupcake scoop? These little devices have one specific but useful function: holding the perfect amount of batter for a cupcake and pushing it into your pan without dripping. Grab one of these for the busy baker in your life. Now I'm not usually a fan of one-use-only gadgets, so if you are the same, a three-piece ice cream scoop will do the same task. This can scoop ice cream, measure cookie dough, and be used for cupcakes. This is one of the most useful tools that are probably on your bakers list of must-haves.
Split-Decision Pie Pan
What’s better than a pie pan? Two pie pans! Okay, but that can be a lot of work. This split-decision pie pan allows bakers to test two recipes at once with half of the ingredients. This is a great way to save on ingredients and perhaps save your taste testers from eating too much pie over one weekend or day.
Marble Rolling Pin
While every baker has their favorite rolling pin, there are multiple uses for different materials. Grab your favorite baker a marble rolling pin that has extra weight for easier dough control. This has natural nonstick properties and the wood handles make it comfortable to use. Rolling dough is hard work and a great rolling pin is one of my favorite things to have.
Embossed Rolling Pins
In opposition to rolling pins that simply let you flatten and even out dough quickly, embossed rolling pins press designs directly into your dough. This is a great and easy way to create unique batches of cookies for holidays or fun. This design on Amazon features gorgeous winter patterns.
It’s hard to go wrong with airtight containers! Even for the most experienced bakers in your life, additional airtight containers give them the flexibility to store more dry ingredients or pre-measure more for large bakes.
Bamboo Cutting Boards
Bamboo cutting boards are terrific for their knife-friendly surface that doesn’t dull knives and feels easy to cut on. This set also features grooves to catch any runaway flour and for easier cleanup. These are a must-have for any baker's kitchen.
Pastry Dough Bench Scraper
The best kind of baking gift is one that makes the process of baking easier! You can get away with making delicious pastry dough without a dough scraper, but having one will make the process that much easier.
A scraper often doubles as a dough cutter and can help you scrape leftover dough or stuck dough off your baking surface. It definitely saves a lot of time in the clean-up process.
Baker’s Silicone Mat with Measurements
Ever wondered whether your dough should be the size of your fist or your finger tip? If your special baker is an avid baker, knowing measurements and dealing with different sizes is part of their regular routine. This silicone pastry mat takes the guesswork out of dough making with measurements for your dough and it provides a non-stick surface.
Sometimes, all you want is a fresh-out-of-the-oven loaf of bread. And for bakers, it can take a lot of experimenting to make the perfect loaf. A bread warmer basket is made of insulated interiors that can keep bread, rolls, bagels, biscuits, and more, hot for an hour or more. This is a perfect gift for an experimenting bread baker or home cooks who love to bring a freshly baked good directly after baking.
“Cheat Sheet” Measurement Apron
A necessary evil when it comes to baking is ingredient conversions. This apron gives the baker in your life an easy “cheat sheet” with conversions from cups to ounces, tablespoons to teaspoons, and more without having to pull out their cell phones and do the math. These are listed upside down and perfect for you to view in the middle of mixing and baking. It's a useful gift and also a unique gift.
True Cookie Mugs
Baking can be very fun and rewarding, but we all also look forward to eating time. “Cookie” mugs feature slots or cutouts right in the mug at just the right size to hold a few cookies. Your baker friend will love this easy way to enjoy milk or coffee and cookies. And I will say this also makes a great Christmas gift to go along with a batch of cookies as part of an edible gift.
Breathtaking Cookie Jars
Still on the cookie trend? Cookie jars come in more than clear or simple white varieties! This Danmu glass storage jar is ideal for cookies, hard candies, or even jewelry. Grab one to awe the baker in your life with an easy and beautiful cookie jar or prop piece.
Gift Ideas for Bakers
We hope that this list of 15 practical gifts for bakers in your life has given you some ideas on how to show someone who loves baking just how much they are appreciated. A lot of these would also be great for any food photographers in your life. These are great for their props. We have a pretty thorough list of gifts for photographers if you are looking for other items. If you have any other suggestions, we’d love to hear them!
No matter the gift you decide to grab for your baking friend this holiday season, they’ll be grateful for tools that make their craft a bit easier or more fun. Ready to invest in baking tools that every baker needs? Read more on our blog today.
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