Some people love to read. Some people love to meditate. Some people love to run. And some people absolutely love to bake. If you are that person or have someone in your life who can think of nothing better than firing up the oven and baking up a storm, then you’ll definitely want to read on and discover our collection of the best gifts for bakers.
When it comes to choosing the right gift for a baker, it can be a difficult process. It’s likely they already have the key items required for producing the most delicious recipes. However, there’s probably a gap that can be filled or room for some kind of upgrade. To help you out, here’s a list of essentials every baker should have at least one of in their kitchen. These include:
- Rolling pin
- Weighing scales (analog or electronic)
- Measuring spoons
- Cooling rack
- Mixing bowls
- Mixer (handheld or stand)
- Pastry brush
- Oven mitts
- Baking mats
Scroll down to check out 15 of the best gifts for bakers. Our list includes everything from rolling pins and oven mitts to mixers and baking mats.
1. KitchenAid Queen of Hearts Stand Mixer
If the baker you’re buying for is someone really special, you can’t go wrong with the KitchenAid stand mixer. The hottest countertop appliance for bakers is a powerhouse for mixing up cake batter, bread dough and much more. It’s available in a wide range of colors as well as sizes, from the modest 3.5 quarts up to professional standard mixers. We personally love this limited edition Queen of Hearts Stand Mixer, which comes with a five-quart glass bowl. However, KitchenAid mixers have become one of the most popular Christmas gifts in the last few years, so if you’re looking to buy a gift for bakers during the holiday season, be sure to check the Black Friday sales. This year (in 2020), KitchenAid mixers will go on sale at Best Buy, The Home Depot and more.
2. Watkins All Natural Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla
I come from a big family of at-home bakers. My grandmother, in particular, had a huge sweet tooth, but she always claimed that supermarket spices and imitation vanilla tasted nothing like what her mom used to bake with. She believed that the best spices were the ones sold by door-to-door salesmen back in the day. Of course, she was born in 1922 and realized that times had changed. Still, she dutifully mail-ordered spices and vanilla from the same company that she used to buy from at her front door, and one of the best gifts she ever gave me was a set of very high-quality cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Watkins is one of those historical companies that still believe in producing the best spices and baking supplies. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for the salesman to come to your door to buy these amazing ingredients. Instead, you can order them directly on Amazon. While they produce a wide range of spices, from organic cinnamon to cloves and nutmeg, we recommend giving your favorite baker a bottle of their pure vanilla extract. It’s miles better than the imitation stuff most people settle for because of cost, and it’s one of the most useful ingredients for bakers.
3. BreadBossesStore Bread Lame
BEST FOR BREAD MAKERS
Not every baker is a bread maker, but those who are know the importance of scoring their loaves before baking. Not only does this allow for even baking and rising in the oven, but it also creates a beautiful, bakery-worthy finished product. But, you can’t make those designs using any sharp knife. The best way to create an outstanding loaf is to use a bread lame. These tools feature double-sided blades for slashing quickly and easily through bread dough. The BreadBossesStore Bread Lame features a classic design that won’t get clogged with dough. It also comes with 10 extra blades and a wooden box for storage.
4. AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat
For centuries, bakers have been using parchment paper to ensure their cookies and pastries don’t stick to the baking sheet during the cooking process. Thanks to new technology, using rolls of paper is no longer necessary. Instead, bakers have begun to transition to silicone baking mats which work just like baking paper and eliminate the need to use non-stick spray, too. This pair of half-sheet mats from AmazonBasics is an affordable and well-reviewed option your favorite baker absolutely needs in his or her kitchen.
5. TEEVEA Danish Dough Whisk
BEST FOR THE BAKER WHO HAS EVERYTHING
The Danish have been baking for centuries, so it’s little wonder that they’ve invented one of the best ever kitchen tools for bakers. Called a brodpisker in Danish, the Danish Dough Whisk is kind of a cross between a traditional whisk and a wooden spoon. This flat whisk is strong enough to cut through thick doughs yet gentle enough to take on more delicate recipes, like those for cakes and muffins, too. And, because it can easily scrape the bottom of the pan, it prevents over mixing by ensuring all the flour is incorporated quickly. For the baker that has everything, you probably can’t go wrong with this TEEVEA Danish Dough Whisk (unless your baker friend has already learned the magic of this European baking tool, of course).
6. Blue Q Oven Mitt
The Blue Q Oven Mitt is a functional piece of kitchen equipment that also delivers a dose of humor at the same time. This high-quality, all-cotton mitt sports a natural fitting shape and extra-quilted insulation to keep your hand comfortable, cool and most importantly, safe while transferring hot baked goods from the oven to the cooling rack. In addition to this function, the mitt sports a colorful, screen-printed exterior with an attractive design stating a funny, if slightly offensive, statement. In addition, the mitt can be machine washed and tumble dried for easy care, and there’s also a built-in loop for easy hanging and displaying.
7. Kitchen Timer Magnetic Visual Countdown Timer
BEST FOR THE ABSENT MINDED BAKER
The kitchen can be a distracting place, especially when you’ve got multiple things in the oven and on the stove. The Kitchen Timer Magnetic Visual Countdown Timer makes it easier to stay on task. This handy kitchen accessory attaches to any metallic surface (think fridge or microwave) and gives a visual and audible reminder of time running down. It’s available in pink, green or violet, and makes a great stocking stuffer for any cooks or bakers you know.
8. Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book
BEST FOR THE COOKIE BAKER
This is the OG of cookie cookbooks. It’s got all your favorites in it, from the chocolate chip cookies your grandmother made to those to-die-for sugar cookies your aunt bakes every year. Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book is already found on the shelves of most baking enthusiasts over the age of 50, but it should really be found in every baker’s kitchen. The book features more than 450 recipes as well as many how-to sketches. Originally published in 1963, this book is an especially good source of holiday cookie recipes, making it a great gift for bakers on Christmas (or in the days leading up to December 25th).
9. Lucky Plus Copper-Plated Measuring Cups
Another essential piece of a baker’s kit is the measuring cup. What’s great about this set of Lucky Plus Copper-Plated Measuring Cups is that they raise the bar from standard, cheap plastic cups. This high-quality set is constructed from 18/8 (304) stainless steel metal with a rust-resistant copper covering and made up of 11 pieces, including both measuring cups and spoons. For ease of identification, each cup has its metric measurements clearly engraved on the handle. Any baker would be happy to receive such a classy set of measuring cups.
10. SCOSCHE Pro MagicMount
BEST FOR THE RECIPE FOLLOWER
How often do you find yourself awkwardly trying to pick up your phone to read a recipe while dealing with flour-covered hands? Even if you’re not a baker, you can probably empathize with this problem. That’s why the SCOSCHE Pro MagicMount is a smart idea for bakers everywhere. This smart device features a suction-cup mount for attaching it to counters and other flat surfaces about the kitchen. On the other end, there is a flat magnetic holder for your phone or tablet. It includes a 360-degree tilt head for easy maneuvering for a comfortable viewing angle along with a lock nut to secure it in place when you find just the right position.
11. Five Two Adjustable Rolling Pin
BEST FOR THE PASTRY BAKER
Bakers are somewhat fanatical about their rolling pins. These wooden sticks are, after all, the quintessential baking item. You can’t make pie shells, croissants or sugar cookies without them. Most bakers have a rolling pin with a story behind it (mine is a hand me down from my Great Great Aunt Edith), but if the baker you’re buying for doesn’t have a rolling pin of their own yet, the Five Two Adjustable Rolling Pin is a great option. This brand new device was created to make rolling pastry as easy as possible. It has a French design without handles to give the baker control, as well as laser-etched measurements along the pin. It also comes with five silicone rings for measuring the height of your dough down to the nearest 16th of an inch.
12. Mosser Glass Cake Stand
BEST FOR THE CAKE BAKER
Your favorite baker may make the prettiest cakes, but do they have the prettiest stand to display them on? Cake stands are coming back in popularity with the rise of Instagram bakers, and we’re not complaining. The vintage-inspired Mosser Glass Cake Stands are a totally colorful way to showcase your homemade creations. They’re made in Ohio at family-owned Mosser Glass, and they’re available in seven retro colors as well as three different sizes. You can also choose to order the stand with or without a glass dome.
13. Five Two Ultimate Apron
BEST FOR THE MESSY BAKER
In addition to creating a handy barrier between your clothes and your messy kitchen creations, the Five Two Ultimate Apron sports a number of features to make your time in the kitchen a lot more enjoyable. Beyond the normal adjustable neck strap, extra-long waist strap and hanging loop, this apron also boasts two built-in pot holders, a hidden conversion chart and a breast pocket for your recipe, spoon or rolling pin. It’s available in four attractive colors, from blue to burnt orange, and is sure to become a kitchen favorite in no time.
14. Progressive ProKeeper Clear Storage Container Set
Bakers use a lot of flour, sugar, sprinkles and spices, and scooping those ingredients out of bags and boxes often leads to mismeasurement. That’s why every baker should have a good set of canisters to house their dry goods. The Progressive ProKeeper Clear Storage Container Set was designed to do just that. The set includes six canisters for flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar and two mini keepers for ingredients of your choice. The larger canisters have a built-in bar for leveling off measurements, and all the containers boast easy-catch lids and silicone seals. Plus, they stack together for easy storage.
15. Le Creuset Stoneware Set of 4 Mini Cocottes
For a more expensive gift idea, consider this Le Creuset Stoneware Set of 4 Mini Cocottes. The non-porous enamel finished pots are ideal for creating all kinds of baked goods and delicious treats, including individual servings of crumbles, mousses and soups. Each cocotte sports two side handles and has an accompanying secure-fitting lid with a built-in handle. The high-fired stoneware pots are also resistant to stains, odors, chips and cracks and are available in five different colors. Even if these are the most functional pieces Le Creuset produces, the mini dishes just make people happy to look at.