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Gifts for Bakers at Any Level That They'll Use All the Time

Gifts for Bakers at Any Level That They'll Use All the Time
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Dec 8, 2022

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Have someone on your list whose home always smells like fresh-baked cookies or hasn’t missed an episode of “The Great British Bake-Off” yet? Whether baking is a newer hobby or they’re a seasoned pro, we’ve rounded up gift ideas they’ll put right to use — and that’ll look great in their kitchen. Like ceramic bakeware, tangy baking salts, an automatic bread maker. Knead we say more?

A recipe journal to house all their favorites…

It’s got 96 pages with sections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. So they can record any cooking hints and tips, ratings for their creations, and even detail their favorite stores to shop from, restaurants to eat at, and places they want to try. Plus, it’s totally customizable. Choose from eight different colors and add your own text to the front and back cover. So sweet. ($35, Papier)

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The ultimate ceramic-coated bakeware set…

This 11-piece set comes with two different baking sheets, a muffin pan, rectangle pan, square pan, loaf pan, two circle pans, cooling rack, and two storage racks that can hold ’em all at once. It’s all made with nontoxic coating, oven-safe up to 550 degrees, and planet-friendly — with the materials releasing less CO2 than traditional nonstick coating. The bakeware comes in seven different colors, and there’s also a five-piece option for $245. ($395, Caraway)

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A scratch-off baking poster with tons of recipes…

One hundred, to be exact. With everything from biscotti to cheese scones, this poster will inspire their next creation and get ’em out of their baking comfort zone in the most fun way. Once they’ve scratched off all the images, they’ll have the cutest poster to hang, showing all they’ve achieved. Baking bucket list, here they come. ($12.85+, CrumbsByCollette via Etsy)

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A flour sifter attachment from an iconic brand…

So they can keep their hands free and busy. If they’re serious about their baking game, they’ve likely got a KitchenAid stand mixer in tow. This attachment for the appliance will measure, sift, and automatically add the ingredients directly into their mixer bowl. It can hold up to 4 cups of dry ingredients and has a digital scale that can even be used separately on their countertop thanks to the included scale plate. ($99.99, Bed Bath and Beyond

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A compact automatic bread maker…

So they can take things up a notch in the kitchen and try their hand at homemade bread. This machine mixes, kneads, rises, and bakes bread, and keeps it warm after it’s finished. Plus, it offers the option to customize crust shade and loaf size and features pre-programmed menu choices like white, French, sweet, gluten-free, and more. The appliance sits vertically and has a compact design perfect for limited counter space. Their loaf is about to rise and shine.  ($129.95, Amazon)

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Baking salts for a tangy kick…

With flavors like vanilla lavender, lemon ginger, hibiscus, espresso, and more, these will provide a sweet and salty touch to whatever they’re cooking up. The set will take their confections up a couple notches: salted chocolates, unique cheesecakes, and savory muffins, anyone? ($22, Uncommon Goods)

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A DIY truffle kit for melt-in-your-mouth treats…

Amateur chocolatiers will love having the chance to customize their own truffles with this gift. It comes with French dark chocolate morsels that can be melted down and mixed with toppings like coconut flakes, peppermint, vanilla, or sea salt, which are all included in the kit. They can also add cream (or coconut milk) to make them milk chocolate instead. ($38, Uncommon Goods)

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A cookbook for people who tend to lean toward the savory side...

Erin Jeanne McDowell has some of the best baking videos out there — she’s always super clear and easy to follow, and this book for savory lovers is no different. She’ll take ’em through everything from easy and essential bakes to pizzas, flatbreads, and stuffed breads. Some highlights include ham and cheese croissants, buttermilk biscuits, and even crispy shredded chicken empanadas. She’ll also cover basic techniques plus take them through some “sweet tooth breaks” for when the cravings hit. (Amazon, Bookshop)

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An artisan sourdough kit for bread that’s as fluffy as can be…

If they didn’t get in on the sourdough trend during the pandemic, now’s their chance. This set comes with sourdough starter culture, a scorer, scale, dough scraper, muslin, and recipe cards so they can customize their mix. All they’ll need to get started is some all-purpose flour and bottled spring water. Psst…they’ll wanna store their culture in a dark, dry space until they’re ready to activate it. ($49.99, Cultures for Health)

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And a macaron baking kit for picture-perfect desserts…

So they can give their fave French patisserie a run for its money. Choose between the basic kit that’s got two silicone baking mats with 30 guideline templates and two reusable piping bags, or the deluxe option that also includes six different icing tips, measuring spoons, a whisk, and a silicone spatula. The silicone mats can withstand up to 480 degrees in most ovens and are super easy to clean since they’re nonstick and dishwasher safe. ($19.99+, Amazon)

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A cute oven mitt so they can stay protected…

If they’re gonna be spending a ton of time in the kitchen removing hot pans from the heat, you can make sure their hands stay safe. No more bunching paper towels together or using their shirt sleeves. This black and white one is padded, has an ambidextrous design, and is covered in a poppy motif. The cotton material is machine washable, but spot cleaning is recommended. Buying one for all our friends. ($24, Nordstrom)

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Recycled bamboo mixing bowls that’ll hold up…

This nesting set is sturdy and eco-friendly. They come in seven different sizes, so they can use them for baking, meal prep, and more. Plus, they’re dishwasher-safe and come in a plethora of pastel and neutral hues. Get ’em mixing. ($70/set of 7, Food52)

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A book to help them hone their bread-baking craft...

Seasoned baker and James Beard Award winner Greg Wade takes home cooks through the foundations of bread making. From classic farmhouse sourdough to rich buckwheat brownies, they’ll feel like a confident baker in no time. Plus, the photographs are absolutely stunning. Loaf to see it. (Amazon)

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