Baking isn’t difficult if you have the right tools to get you started. I’ve compiled 28 of the Best Gifts for Bakers. These are items that make it easier to make that beautiful plate of cookies, cakes, biscuits, or whatever you desire.
Why not treat yourself or someone you love with a gift for baking? I guarantee you that everything on this list is used constantly in my kitchen. And, as you will discover, there’s a wide range of prices from under $5 and up to $500.
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Ideas for Practical Gift Giving
I love gift-giving, and even though gifts are associated with the holidays, there are so many other times that are perfect for gift giving. Here are just a few. Can you think of others?
Wedding showers are perfect for gift giving. I had a kitchen shower when I got married. Each guest provided me with kitchen gifts associated with a recipe. My mother-in-law gave me items to make her spaghetti and meatballs recipe. I still use the recipe and the items she gave me. That’s a whopping 40+ years!
New homeowners have so many things that they have to buy just to get moved in! A basket of new baking gifts would be a heartfelt gift. In my humble opinion, baking is something that I do for those I love. Why not give them the things that you love.
Graduations! Now that your nose isn’t stuck in the books, do something fun like taking up bread baking.
You got that new job! If you want to get to know your co-workers, take cupcakes!
When I retired from corporate life, I wanted to learn how to bake sourdough and I did! I love it and have helped so many people tackle it as well. That was one of the reasons that I put together another gift guide called 10 Gifts for the Bread Baker!
Get well gifts are supportive and much needed. Letting someone know you’re thinking of them is so therapeutic. Give them a plate of cookies, the recipe, and the baking sheet. What a unique thoughtful sentiment while convalescing which will give them something to look forward to once they recuperate.
Child leaving the nest – When my kiddos left home, I incorporated cooking and baking gifts for the holidays and birthdays. They loved the items and I love seeing them use them. My goal as a parent was to make sure my kiddos could keep themselves alive. I taught them how to read a recipe and to follow it. They’re both professionals that also do the majority of the cooking for their families.
Best Gifts For Bakers – First 14
- Stand Mixer – I use this mixer for everything! It’s heavy duty enough for bread dough or delicate enough to fold in fresh berries. It’s my workhorse and I even have the attachments to make pasta and grind meat and nuts. This item is an investment but will last a lifetime.
- Silicone Whisk Set – I love my whisks and have them in several sizes, shapes, and colors. I have a gadget obsession I guess and love these! They’ll never scratch my bakeware and cleanup in the dishwasher.
- Cooling Racks – I love these large racks. I can get an entire batch of cookies on one and they’re tough enough to hold large loaves of bread. It fits into my half-sheet pan for baking bacon too!
- Biscuit Bundle – This set has everything you need to get your biscuits on the pan. The thing I like about this bundle is that everything has multiple uses for a much more reasonable price than purchasing each item separately.
- Cookie Scoops – Ever wonder how every cookie, meatball or muffin is the same size? Scoops! I’ve had this set of 3 for years!
- Pie Dish – This pie plate are so pretty, and they make fluting a pie crust a no-brainer. It’s perfect for any pie or quiche.
- Muffin Pans – I love these 12-cup muffin pans. I believe you need at least two because most recipes make more than 12.
- Rolling Pin – Marble rolling pins are wonderful with dough. They stay cooler which helps to keep your dough from sticking and works amazing when I have to crush nuts or crackers. I have a wood rolling pin that’s a constant in my kitchen as well.
- Cake Decorating Kit – I love decorating cupcakes, cookies and cakes and this simple kit is enough to get anyone started.
- Parchment Paper – This is my favorite parchment paper. It’s important to know that there is an oven temperature rating on parchment paper. If you exceed it your parchment paper can catch fire in your oven. This one is rated to 450°F, high enough for my bread recipes too.
- Oven Mitts – When I work with heavy pots and pans I want an oven mitt versus a hot pad. These mitts are heat rated to 550° so are good for the oven or grill and come in several colors. They also come in a longer length for longer arms!
- Springform Pan – This pan has a non-stick coating that helps my cake come out beautifully, it doesn’t leak and cleans up easily. I’ve only used this size so am not recommending a set.
- Gel Food Colors – I like the gel food colors because they are true colors that don’t run. This set is also peanut free so they’re safe for people with allergies.
- Muffin Papers – Not all muffin cup liners are created equal. I learned that the hard way. Choose a grease-proof, non-stick liner.
Best Gifts for Bakers continued
- Baking Sheets – These sheet pans are durable and I have four of them so I can get everything baked in a jiffy!
- Mini Food Processor – I pull this smaller food processor out of the cupboard far more than my full-sized. I love it for making salsa, chopping veggies, and grinding nuts.
- Measuring Cups & Spoons – This is a sturdy 16 piece set with accurate measurments.
- Mandoline – This mandoline is so versatile. I can slice, cut, and shred all kinds of veggies or even chocolate!
- Dutch oven -I have several enameled cast-iron dutch ovens. I started out with a few that cost about 4 times what this one does and it’s my favorite! I make my sourdough bread in it and it’s perfect for soups, stews, and so many other things. It cleans up like a dream too!
- Mixing Bowls – I use this set of bowls for mixing, serving, storing, and transporting food. The pretty lids guarantee no spilling too!
- Silicone Spatulas – This pretty set has a flat side and a curved side to take on your toughest job. I love that they are all one piece and can withstand 500°F! Throw out those old chipped ones and treat yourself! They come in a mini size that’s great for getting ingredients out of cans and jars that I love too. Aren’t they pretty?
- Scale – You absolutely must have a scale. This one holds up to 22 lbs and will weigh grams and ounces. Make sure you tare the scale with the container sitting on top of it then add the ingredients.
- Cast Iron Skillet – I use cast-iron skillets whenever I can. There isn’t anything like them when it comes to browning food or even baking a pie. They last forever, and they’re our favorite pan for camping too.
- Thermometer – I use an instant-read thermometer for cooking meat, grilling, and even baking bread! I couldn’t function without one.
- Loaf Pans – I find that both halves of an acorn squash will usually fit in a loaf pan. I like that these pans are a little bit bigger. I use them for meatloaf and bread recipes too!
- Microplane Zester – I use this tool so much! Of course it will zest citrus like no body’s business but I love it for ganishing dishes with cheese or chocolate too!
- Pastry Brushes – There’s a difference between a pastry brush and a basting brush. I like using natural bristles for my bakery for soft even coverage.
For more ideas, take a look at our Basic Baking Techniques, Tools, and Ingredients! We list a lot of our secrets and top tips.
What Baking Gifts do I need?
Themed gifts are the best! In my recipes, I list the products that I use. So, if you want to help someone learn to bake cookies, give them a cookie recipe and the products listed! If you’re super thoughtful, put it all in a basket with the ingredients! Now, that gift would definitely set you apart!
Do you make a cake that everyone loves? Give them a baking gift so they can make it for YOU! Ah here’s mine (wink wink).
Last year I received a silicone whisk in a beautiful turquoise color. I smile every time I use it, and guarantee the gifts you give will remind people of your thoughtfulness too. You can see it in several of my recipes too. Thank you, Michaela!
Don’t forget to pin this list for gift ideas all year long!
I hope our Gifts for the Bakers have been helpful for you. Anytime you need assistance just leave me a comment or email me at hostessatheart(at)gmail(dot)com.