19 Holiday Gifts Home Bakers Will Love
For those whose passion is baking, we've got delicious gift ideas from practical presents to inspiring books. You'll also find exquisite flavorings, fragrant spices, and cute sprinkles—in short, everything the ultimate baker would love to receive as a present.
In this guide, we've pulled together an array of goodies to thrill any baker, and you'll find that the gifts come in at a range of prices, so whether you're looking for a stocking stuffer or a wow-worthy main gift, there's an idea here for you. To start, there are practical items, like measuring cups and spoons as well as cooling racks and scales, but even if your recipient already owns these items or similar ones, odds are they'll be happy to have new and improved versions. Take the rolling pin, for instance: Our pick features adjustable measuring rings to ensure the thickness is uniform throughout. Or a digital scale that features a built-in timer, which can come in handy when multiple trays of cookies are in the oven and need different timers.
There are also some fantastic storage items that'll make organized bakers' hearts sing. You'll find stoneware sugar and flour canisters that keep ingredients fresh (the wooden lids have airtight seals) and a crock specifically designed for a sourdough starter, with a just-right height and shape to give the starter room to grow as well as a loose-fitting lid that allows gases to escape.
For ingredients, we've sourced a fun and intriguing mix of items, such as a little tin filled with individual foil packs of common and more unusual baking spices, inspiring (yes, really!) sprinkles, and a set of flavorings that includes an all-purpose pure vanilla extract as well as rose water and orange blossom water, which can add delicate perfume to jams, drinks, and pastries.
There's plenty more, including a modern baking bible from none other than Martha, in the slides ahead.
Enamel Measuring Cup
Floral Flavors Bundle
Cake Perfection Book
Sugar and Flour Canisters
This stoneware flour canister (and its smaller sibling for sugar) keep ingredients fresh thanks to the wooden lids with airtight seals. Even better? They look good while getting the job done.
Scale with Timer
Bakers know how important a good scale is, and this one doesn't disappoint. Plus, it has a built-in timer, which can come in handy when multiple trays of cookies are in the oven and need different timers (or if you're making pour-over coffee!).
Buy Now: Oxo Precision Scale with Timer, $49.99, oxo.com.
Every cake needs a pedestal, and these iconic glass cake stands are just what a baker needs to show off a frosted creation or a stack of cookies. They come in three sizes, from six inch-diameter to 12 inches, and in six different colors, including classic milk white and new shades like robins egg blue and purple.
Buy Now: Mosser Glass Cake Stand, from $44, food52.com.
A Good Bake Book
For science-obsessed bakers, this comprehensive baking book written by chemical engineer-turned-James Beard-nominated baker Melissa Weller is the ultimate gift.
Buy Now: A Good Bake: The Art and Science of Making Perfect Pastries, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Breads at Home, $37.99, amazon.com.
A nifty little tin holds individual foil packs of a range of quality spices, including standards like cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as some more unusual ones, such as Chai Masala and Green Cardamom Powder.
Buy Now: Spicewalla Baking Essentials Collection, $13.99, spicewallabrand.com.
Sourdough Crock and Starter
A sourdough starter deserves a beautiful home, and this American-made stoneware crock fits the bill. Its height and shape give the starter room to grow, and its loose-fitting lid allows gases to escape.
Tiered Cooling Rack
Everyone can use more cooling racks, and this set is more functional than most, as you can deploy the racks side by side, or stack them two or three high if counter space is an issue.
Buy Now: Wilton Perfect Results Non-Stick 3-Tier Cooling Rack, $18.83, walmart.com.
Emoji Cookie Stamps
It's easy to turn sugar cookies into cheery emojis with these stamps: just roll dough into balls and press. They're as high- or low-maintenance as you want, since the 3D embossed expressions look great with or without frosting.
Buy Now: Emoji Cookie Stamps $38.50, nordicware.com
These simple, sturdy batter bowls are kitchen workhorses, with a spout for easy pouring and a nonslip base. Choose from berries, pine, or holiday greens designs or go in a bold plain color. Another option, upgrade to the Batter Bowl Gift Set, which adds a cheery red spatula, holiday flavored syrup and jam, plus pancake and waffle mix.
Buy Now: Stonewall Kitchen Batter Bowl, $17.95, www.stonewallkitchen.com.
Full-Sheet Multiple Cookie Cutter
A great stocking stuffer for any baker, this cookie cutter produces a whole sheet of cookies at one time, leaving more time for decorating. Choose from full-sheet multiple cookie cutters for gingerbread people, assorted Christmas shapes, hearts, and more.
Buy Now: OneSmart Cookie™, $12.99, onesmartcookiecutters.com
Adjustable Rolling Pin
Never worry about an uneven pie crust with this rolling pin: its adjustable measuring rings ensure the thickness is uniform throughout.
Buy Now: Five Two Adjustable Rolling Pin, $39, food52.com
Mini Cocotte Set
Breakfast rolls, baked apples, bread pudding, custard…the possibilities are endless for these pretty stoneware cocottes.
Buy Now: Le Creuset Mini Cocottes Set with Cookbook, $100, lecreuset.com.