Best Gifts for the Baker

Do you have a friend or family member who has a baking obsession, who lives for making cakes and cupcakes and cookies, and takes them everywhere he/she goes? Here’s a list of best gifts for bakers: they are a passionate bunch indeed, and they make the world a whole lot sweeter.

This is one in a series of themed gift guides I am publishing this week; here’s the complete list of my best gift guides.

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Bakers Gonna Bake Print

cupcake-print

A cute handmade print to light up any baker’s kitchen! (You will need a frame to go with it, such as this one or this one.)

Earlywood Spatulas

earlywood

I am a devoted fan of the handcrafted utensils from Earlywood, and this “trifecta” set is perfect for the baker: a spatula to stir custards, a scraper to loosen cookies from the baking sheet, and a spreader for fillings and frostings. (And of course: many more uses in the kitchen beyond just baking!)

OXO Digital Scale

scale

If you’re serious about baking, using a digital scale is a must, and this is the one I have used and loved for several years. It is precise and sturdy, beautiful and easy to clean, and it has a pull-out display for when you’re weighing large bowls or pots.

Wraparound linen apron [Etsy]

Wraparound Apron
A Japanese-inspired, cross-backed apron beautifully handmade from European linen. You just slip it on! It’s a loose and comfortable fit, yet so stylish.

Double Kitchen timer

timer

I’ve had this double timer for some years, and seriously, I don’t know how I functioned before I had it! I always have at least two things to keep track of at the same time in the kitchen, whether it’s baking times or cooling times. This type of timer isn’t well known, so the baker in your life is not likely to have one already.

Dough Whisk

danish_whisk

The single most revolutionary baking tool I ever acquired! Perfect for mixing heavy batters, bread dough, choux pastry, and granola, when using a wooden spoon or a whisk is just frustrating. Also: a great conversation starter!

Recipe Cards

recipe-cards

When someone requests a baking recipe from you — the ultimate compliment! — it’s just lovely to have a set of recipe cards on which to handwrite it. I love the vintage/modern design of these.

Ove Gloves

oveglove

Having a pair of these has changed my baking life. So much easier to use than regular pot holders, so much more precision than oven mitts, and amazingly heat resistant.

“Everything Cake” Bangle Bracelet [Etsy]

"Everything cake" Bangle

What you would call a statement piece! Handmade, stackable with other bracelets for a hip look, and adjustable to the recipient’s wrist size. I asked the maker, Selina, if she would create a promo code just for you: use CHOCOLATE to get 10% off her lovely creations!

Dough Blender

dough blender

For super light, flaky dough, a dough blender is a must. I use this one all the time to make pastry dough and scones. The blades are very efficient, and the handle is comfortable.

Better Muffin Pan

Better Muffin Pan

A durable, cleverly designed muffin or cupcake pan made in the USA from heavy gauge cast aluminum. Excellent heat conduction, easy to clean, hefty — the only muffin pans you’ll ever need. It’s also a product with personality, with little details to make you smile in the packaging and the pan itself (not spoiling them for you).

Baker’s Charm Bracelet [Etsy]

Baker's Charm Bracelet

Take your passion for baking everywhere you go with this adorable charm bracelet that includes a whisk, a stand mixer, a measuring cup, a bundt pan, and the recipient’s initial.

Reusable Piping Bags + Assorted Tips

Piping Bags and Tips

For bakers interested in cake decorating, and making classic French pastries (éclairs in particular!), a piping bag is an indispensable tool. I prefer to use reusable ones (the planet will thank us) and have purchased two, so I can pipe the choux pastry and the pastry cream for éclairs for instance. And this kit of tips has you covered for both decorating and filling, with a handy storage case so you never misplace any.

Silicone Mold for Chocolate Bars

Silicone Mold for Chocolate

Making your own chocolate bars is so easy and rewarding, and they can be studded with any ingredient you like. I have two of these molds and the results look so professional!

Personalized Rubber Stamp [Etsy]

Personalized Stamp

Personalized gifts always feel the most special, right? This stylish stamp reads “From the kitchen of So-and-So” and can be used on wrapping paper, gift tags, cards, recipe cards…

Instant-Read Thermometer for Sugar and Chocolate

Thermapen

If you’re going to be making any kind of candy or caramel, or tempering chocolate, you need a precise thermometer. I love this instant-read one from Thermoworks, rated number 1 by Cook’s Illustrated. It’s full of clever features, super easy to use, and comes in lots of cool colors (yes, it’s important!).

Cookie Dough Tasting Spoon [Etsy]

Cookie Dough Tasting Spoon

A sweet little gift for bakers who like to taste the dough when they’re making cookies — quality assurance, you know.

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Best Gifts for Bakers: Got a friend or family member with a baking obsession? Here are the best gifts for bakers, who make the world a whole lot sweeter.

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  • mampetitpois

    Que de jolies idées ! Merci Clotilde.
    Où donc as-tu trouvé en France (ou sur un site français) tes poches à douilles ? Celles que j’avais depuis des années sont parties à la poubelle car la personne à qui je les avais confiées a cru qu’elles étaient jetables…

    • Je les commande chez Mora ! J’aime bien ce modèle-là en 40 cm, et leurs douilles en inox sont très bien.

      • mampetitpois

        Merci merci ! Bien meilleurs marché que ceux que j’ai vu à Metro à une vingtaine d’euros pièces (hors taxes !). Glurps.

        • Je n’ai eu que des bonnes expériences avec le matériel acheté chez Mora au fil des années, je leur fais vraiment confiance.

  • Android phone users can install the Kitchen Timer app which has three timers and is free.

    • Annabel Smyth

      At that, you can have as many timers as you like running on the clock app; you can either set it manually or say “Okay Google, set a timer for….” however long it is you need it. I have had two 3-gang kitchen timers, which both died, and now use my phone exclusively.

    • Thanks for the tip! I don’t like using my phone for this personally as the timer often goes off when I have my hands deep into a mound of flour or a chicken carcass. :D

  • Clinton Davidson

    I’d give the scale first. Say you bake something once. It’s good enough to serve. You bake it again. It’s a bit better. You bake it ten times, and sometimes it’s great, sometimes you wonder why it didn’t quite work. A scale helps you move from being occasionally good to being consistently good.

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