The 39 Best Gifts You Can Buy for the Baker in Your Life
For people who truly love to bake, a new tool for their kitchen arsenal is a great gift idea. You know the type of person we’re talking about: the friend who makes cakes and pies to relieve stress and finds store-bought baked goods snooze-worthy. If you have a loved one like this in your life, give them a gift that encourages their hobby.
They likely already own a nice baking sheet, a bundt pan, and maybe even some cool baking gadgets; that’s why we’ve curated this collection of thoughtful baking upgrades, beyond the basics. Think: a beautiful cake stand to display their latest creation, high-quality vanilla extract, and a high-quality pizza stone so they can finally DIY pie dough. Or maybe they would love the beautiful canisters for all their ingredients, or a personalized rolling pin? You can also go the practical route with a digital food scale, a nonstick Silpat for cookie baking, or a splurge-worthy mixer.
No matter what you settle on, you’ll want to check out these gift ideas for bakers. There’s something for everyone, from the novice baker to the lifelong baking enthusiast.
Google Nest Hub Max
Bakers will love having the capability to discover recipes and see step-by-step instructions when they make their new into Hub Max a digital cookbook. You can also add items to your shopping list via the Google Assistant, set timers, and if you're missing an ingredient, simply ask: “Hey Google, what’s a substitute for buttermilk?” and the Assistant will offer alternatives. No way you can see all your family this year? No problem—you can set up a virtual sugar cookie or gingerbread house decorating session with the whole crew over Google Meet.
Flour Shop Rainbow Explosion Cake Kit
Spend seven seconds on any social media platform and you'll likely land upon some highly hypnotic, drool-inducing image of someone cutting into a rainbow explosion cake. Forget eye candy—give your loved one literal candy (plus Magical Vanilla Cake Mix, 6 Rainbow Coloring Gels, Magical Frosting Mix, Rainbow Explosion Mix, and Rainbow Polka Dots) so they can make their own version of Amirah Kassem's Flour Shop bakery's cult-worthy cake at home.
E. Frances Paper Kitchen Gift Set
Whether you're shopping for a novice baker or a real-deal pâtissier, there's one issue every type of pastry chef has in common in the kitchen: keeping track of beloved recipes. Give your loved one the gift of organization with this super cute set, which includes a recipe notepad and deck of pint-sized cards perfect for scribbling down conversions, recipinis, or "To Bake" dessert ideas.
Hedley & Bennett All Day Crossback Apron
Help your baker bud get her hands—but not her clothing—dirty as she completes her marathon holiday whisking, mixing, kneading, baking, sugaring, and icing sessions. This Hedley & Bennett apron is made from 100 percent cotton brushed bull denim fabric and comes with crossback straps for extra back and shoulder support, which makes it the perfect combination of quality, practicality, and comfort. (We think all nine color and pattern options are pretty darn cute, too.)
Bulleit Bourbon X YETI Outdoor Pack
Bourbon and baked goods—think maple pecan pie, pumpkin spice doughnuts, or cranberry orange bars—are a match made in heaven. And seeing as we're all planning to spend a lot more of our time entertaining efforts in the outdoors this year, why not help your loved one warm up with this genius outdoor pack? It includes one 750 mL bottle of Bulleit Bourbon Kentucky Straight Whiskey, one 375 mL bottle of Bulleit 95 Rye Whiskey, and one 10 oz. YETI Rambler. The only thing missing? The pecan pie.
Fix & Fogg Nut Butter
Fix & Fogg started in New Zealand farmers' markets almost seven years ago with the goal to make a nut butter that was sustainable and delicious. Talk about a success story—Today, these wildly popular peanut butters serve as the perfect gift for any nut butter aficionado or lover of gourmet goodies. Flavors range from standard Peanut Butter to Almond Butter with Cashew & Maple, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Butter, and more. My favorite? Everything Butter (words cannot describe).
A Whiff of Waffle Cone Scented Candle
What baked good lover wouldn't want their home to smell like a warm waffle cone? The creative minds behind West Coast favorite Salt & Straw ice cream and niche perfumery Imaginary Authors teamed up to debut Whiff of Waffle Cone, a delicious scent that captures the uplifting experience of visiting an ice cream shop. It's subtly sweet and inviting with notes of vanilla, heavy cream, and salted caramel, but elevated with amyris, orgeat, and saigon cinnamon.
Krispy Kreme Holiday Collection
Why should she have to bake everything herself? This holiday season, Krispy Kreme is encouraging and enabling everyone to be sweet to themselves and other nice-listers in their lives by introducing a new holiday collection, sure to bring joy after a difficult year. They're bringing back the fan-favorite Santa Belly Doughnut, plus adding a Christmas Tree Doughnut and Nice Present Doughnut—both “gift wrapped” in a festive limited-time holiday dozen box.
Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract With Gift Box
Serious bakers know that there's an enormous gap between pure vanilla extract and imitations that have been adulterated by artificial flavorings. Per the FDA's definition, "pure" vanilla extract means that the vanilla's flavor may only come from vanilla beans and nothing else; imitation extracts, on the other hand, have a harsh, unpleasant aftertaste thanks to chemical additives and byproducts. My point? Vanilla beans ain't cheap, especially for those that bake day in and day out. Give them the gift of the good stuff: Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract.
Jeni's Sparkling Berry Punch Sorbet
The only thing missing from her perfect pie is a scoop of this deliciously sweet Berry Punch sorbet that's made with real Chandon sparkling wine. Purists will love the sorbet's bright berry flavor and velvety texture on its own, but we're all in favor of serving it in a flute glass with an extra splash of bubbly on top (perfect for New Year's!).
You know what? This has been one hot mess of a year, and sometimes, you just want to serve a dessert covered in black and gold flecked with edible gold glitter stars and candy pearls. Help your baker bud make a major showstopper with any homemade dessert with these Fancy Sprinkles. Other sprinkle blend options include Bubble Bath, Rose Gold, Silver Bells, Gold Digger, and edible glitter (!).
Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by Breville
You can't serve cookies, cake, or croissants without hot coffee—or, better yet, high-quality espresso. This pint-sized superstar Nespresso machine takes up almost no countertop real estate and has the capability to make both espressos and lungos in less than a minute flat. The Essenza Mini includes a 16-piece sampler set of Nespresso capsules with unique aromatic profiles, too, so your loved one can brew up their ideal drink.
Williams-Sonoma Pizza Stone
Chances are, your baker bud already has all the cookie sheets, loaf pans, and muffin tins she needs. What she doesn't have? A top-notch pizza stone. Sad, considering the fact that pizza crust is one of the best homemade baked goods out there. This beautiful Williams-Sonoma pizza stone is made from natural cordierite stone that absorbs, retains, and disperses heat evenly. This also makes it ideal for producing perfectly crispy crusts.
Get It Right Premium Silicone Spatula
If you know, you know. Get It Right is a brand backed by nearly every professional and home chef that's ever touched their cult-worthy seamless silicone spatulas, cookie turners, whisks, spoons, and other non-negotiable kitchen tools. If you're feeling extra generous, get your friend two: one for scraping snickerdoodle dough from the bowl, the other for tossing around garlicky sweet potatoes on the sheet pan mid-roast.
Smeg Citrus Juicer
Talk about kitchen goals—who knew citrus juicers could be so...absolutely adorable? Next time she's baking lemon bars or key lime pie, this small-but-mighty machine will do all the dirty work for her. Make sure to choose the color that matches her kitchen, too. Smeg offers the appliance in white, red, pastel green, pastel blue, cream, and black.
OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
Before you call it basic, remember that hand cramp you got last Christmas when you got stuck scooping out gingerbread cookie dough all day. You could have finish that job in about 20 minutes and been back at the spiked cider station with this little tool (just sayin'). Call it self-care—get one for you and your friend.
All About Cake: A Milkbar Cookbook
There are few things in life that are better than a Milk Bar Birthday Cake Truffle. In fact, every single recipe of Christina Tosi’s is absolutely irresistible. Now your favorite baking-lover can recreate all of her famous recipes, like her signature naked sheet cake, buttery bundt cakes, two-minute microwave mug cakes, and more.
Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
If he turns out cookies by the dozen (and dozen and dozen), consider giving him this time-saving tool. The reusable Silpat promises to create a nonstick surface—use it instead of parchment paper and you can even skip the butter. Silpats are available in various sizes depending on your pan and oven, and they can work for cooking main courses, as well as baking. You could pick up a couple, or package one with a few other cookie supplies—maybe some fun cutters, a new rolling pin, colorful sprinkles for decorating. Reference our cookie calendar for loads of recipe inspiration.
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Series Tilt Head Stand Mixer
If you’re buying for the baker who seems to have every gadget out there, you might want to consider KitchenAid’s mini stand mixer. It’s definitely a splurge, but a worthy one—especially for bakers with limited counter space or just someone who likes to keep their counters as clutter-free as possible. With 10 cool colors to choose from (think “hot sauce,” “matte gray,” and “orange sorbet”), you can definitely find something to suit the taste of the recipient. The mixer has a capacity of 3.5 quarts, compared to 5 quarts for the standard model. But it promises to still have the power to stand up to just about any recipe—and it’s cute, to boot.
Personalized Rolling Pin
If she loves to bake, chances are she already has a favorite, workhorse rolling pin. So rather than duplicate, why not add a personalized one to her collection, instead? This pick is laser engraved with the words of your choice: “Made by Dad,” “From Michelle’s Kitchen,” etc. Each rolling pin is made from beechwood and measures just 15.8 inches by 2.4 inches. Because the item is handmade—and ships from Poland—allow five days for processing, and an additional two to three weeks for shipping. Not sure what to write? The seller also offers rolling pins embossed with various graphics, including Christmas trees, hearts, stars, and more.
Macaron Kitchen Towel
It’s a basic rule of baking math: You can never have too many kitchen towels (somehow the dishes just keep on coming). Make the chore a little more festive by melding it with a sweet treat. You can’t go wrong with this whimsical macaron-printed (not to be confused with its cousin, the macaroon) towel. It features illustrations of scrumptious-looking varieties, including Earl Gray, Cafe Noisette, Pistachio, and Chocolat (there’s also a cupcake print available). Plus, it’s machine washable, so you don’t have to worry about putting it to work. Warning: recipients might come down with a serious case of Parisian wanderlust.
MacKenzie Childs Whisk
Sometimes it’s nice to give someone an upgrade on one of her most-used kitchen utensils. The stainless steel handle on this whisk features a cheerful check pattern, while the silicone bottom has a pop of red. No, we can’t promise that it will make hand-mixing fun, but at least it will be a little bit more beautiful (and that counts for something, right?). And it’s still dishwasher safe. MacKenzie Childs also offers a coordinating spatula and spoon—you could put all three together for a set, or add to the gift as the years go on. Her other utensils might just develop an inferiority complex.
Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowls
These Pyrex glass mixing bowls may be the most utilized item in any kitchen. Whether it’s for baking, cooking, or enjoying a bowl of microwaved popcorn, glass mixing bowls can be used for literally anything. If you’re looking for a practical but fun gift, pair these bowls with a delicious pancake mix or chocolate chip cookie mix.
Non-Stick Silicone Baking Utensils
Every baker needs a good set of tools. Country Kitchen created a six-piece silicone set that’s durable, BPA-free, FDA-approved, and heat-resistant up to 450°F. Ideal for beginner and basic baking, this collection comes in five color options, and includes one serving and mixing spoon, one perforated spoon and skimmer, one turner, one angled spatula, one egg and oil brush, and one whisk.
How to Bake Everything
Destined to be a bible for bakers, food writer and former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman’s latest book has something for everyone—no matter your baking skill level. With recipes for pretty much anything you could think of (from angel food cake to zucchini bread), and refreshers on kitchen basics (from an explainer on basically every type of appliance to how to knead), this 700-plus page book is loaded with useful information. Simple illustrations and charts pepper the 2,000 (!) recipes and variations, making each instruction easy to follow. We have a hunch this book is going to top the holiday wish lists of Bittman’s many fans and anyone who loves to bake.
Ceramic Canister Set
The perfect solution for keeping dry ingredients fresh? Convenient ceramic canisters, of course. This four-piece set is a great gift for a friend to display on their countertop. Each canister comes with a small spoon for easy scooping and airtight clamps to ensure ultimate freshness. Available in red, black, turquoise, and white.
Calphalon Covered Cupcake Pan
Have you ever made cupcakes for a birthday party or bridal shower and then tried to transport them? It’s almost impossible to not smush the frosting! But Calphalon’s solution is genius: a cupcake pan cover. It’s never been easier to bake goodies like cupcakes, muffins, and cornbread, let them cool and then pop the convenient cover on and go! The cover also preserves ultimate freshness so desserts can be enjoyed in the days ahead.
White Matryoshka Dry Measuring Cups
Of course, any baking enthusiast will already own some well-used measuring cups. But this set is just for fun. These cups are fashioned in the image of Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, where the top and bottom separate from each other to reveal another, smaller doll inside. But these “dolls” are actually functional measuring cups. The set of six, which includes 1 cup, ¾ cup, ⅔ cup, ½ cup, ⅓ cup, and ¼ cup, will look adorable on the kitchen counter when not in use. Available in white and red (matching measuring spoons are for sale, as well).