Baking is more than making all types of baked goods for many baking enthusiasts; it’s a creative hobby requiring certain tools and equipment to get the job done. That’s why we’re here to help you out! We’ve compiled a list of 10 must-have baking gifts for the everyday baker, perfect for those who are passionate about baking. Check out our collection to find the perfect gift for bakers in your life.
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Trust me, these kitchen tools make great gifts for bakers and won’t just make their baking experience even more awesome, but also show how much you appreciate those yummy treats they whip up.
Encourage the home bakers and budding pastry chefs that you love with these great gift ideas. Create a charming homemade gift by assembling an assortment of gifts for bakers in a beautifully crafted basket.
Gifting a set of cookie scoops is always appreciated. They are handy tools for any baker, ensuring perfectly portioned cookies every time. They can effortlessly fill muffin liners with batter, shape meatballs with ease, and much more. You can even use cookie scoops to measure ingredients accurately.
High-quality baking sheets
Baking sheets are a kitchen staple that proves to be a versatile piece of equipment. Look for heavy-duty rimmed sheets that won’t warp under high heat and will ensure there are no more unevenly cooked treats.
We recommend having baking sheets in various sizes to tackle different recipes, whether a small batch of cookies, a big batch of granola, or even sheet-pan dinners. The right-sized sheet on hand makes life so much easier.
Bakers need many types of pans, depending on what they are baking. A fancy bundt pan is always an appreciated gift, but every baker needs the basic pans for coffee cakes, pies, cinnamon roll muffins, and bread. These are the pans that we keep in our cupboards.
- 8-inch round cake pans. We use these pans for cakes, rolls, and certain bread recipes. Buy two of these pans to make classic layer cakes.
- 9-inch pie plate. Glass pie plates are better for baking pies and creating delicious pie crusts. Buy a shallow plate for cream pies and a deep dish for fruit pies.
- 9 by 5-inch bread pan. These loaf pans are perfect for most bread recipes, but we also use them to bake a meatloaf or a pound cake. Opt for metal stainless steel pans for better loaves.
- 13 by 9-inch baking pan. A classic-sized pan for cakes, bar cookies, brownies, casseroles and so much more.
- 12 cup muffin pan. Bake muffins, cupcakes, and cookie cups in this pan. And it’s perfect for mini tarts, gratins, and egg cups. The list is endless.
A stand mixer is a game-changer for any baker; it can do the work a handheld mixer can’t. Our professional-style KitchenAid mixer is a powerhouse that makes whipping, kneading, and mixing ingredients a breeze, saving time and effort.
But, for small tasks, a small electric hand mixer will come in handy. A hand mixer is perfect for someone short on space but still needs this tool. Plus it is a more economical choice!
Does your loved one already have a mixer? One of the BEST gifts is this super cute decorative ceramic bowl. They will think of you every time they use it adding a nice touch of nostalgia and elegance to their counter space.
Painted ceramic bowl for KitchenAid, crafted from high-quality and durable porcelain.
Digital kitchen scale
Bakers know that using a kitchen scale allows for more accurate measurements of ingredients, and many recipes are written in pounds, ounces, and grams for this very reason.
We like how easy this digital scale is to use; you can easily zero out the weights, and it can weigh up to 22 pounds.
Silicone baking mats
Silicone baking mats are a baker’s best friend. They provide a non-stick surface that eliminates the need for parchment paper and ensures even baking. Plus, they’re eco-friendly and reusable, making them a sustainable choice.
We use these silpat mats for baking cookies and pastries and also set pies on them to catch drips for an easy clean-up. You can even cut them to fit your various-sized baking sheets.
Quality baking tools
Every baker needs high-quality baking tools to ensure the success of their recipes. We personally rely on these tools for most of our baking recipes and often find that we have duplicates of some items because we use them so frequently.
- Silicone spatulas stand up to high heat and are used for stirring, mixing, and scraping.
- A bench scraper comes in so handy. Use its sturdy blade for moving food, cutting cookie bars, and helping to ice cakes smooth.
- Pastry brushes are a baker’s friend from brushing on an egg wash to helping grease an intricate bundt pan.
- A set of measuring spoons and cups is necessary for almost all recipes to get the correct measurement of ingredients with precision.
- We use a large wire cooling rack for everything from peanut butter cookies to blueberry muffins and it is easily one of our most used kitchen tools.
Pastry bags and piping tips
Piping bags are not just for cake decorators. They are useful to add an extra flourish to many baked goods, like a swirl of whipped cream topping on pastries for an elegant touch, or to fill pasta shells, hummus deviled eggs, or pipe macaroons.
A piping bag and star tips are all a baker needs.
A sturdy rolling pin is essential for rolling out dough for pies, cookies, and pastries. There are different types, but we prefer this French rolling pin with tapered ends, making it easy to grip and roll the dough.
Your other option is a straight rolling pin with handles.
An oven thermometer is a small, affordable gift every baker can use to help determine the accuracy of the oven temperature. Just because the temperature on the oven says 350 F, that doesn’t mean that is the actual temperature inside.
We keep this thermometer in the oven for a reliable way to monitor and adjust the temperature.
Last-minute gifts for bakers
If you are at the end of this list and still aren’t sure what to get a cute or classy apron is a great gift idea for a baker. Or how about a classic baking cookbook? Something like the Art of Fine Baking or The Baking Bible.
Essential kitchen tools are perfect for the cook, but if you have a friend or family member who is totally into baking, finding the ideal gifts for bakers that complement their baking passion can be a thoughtful gesture. Whether the baker is a seasoned pro or just starting their baking journey and building a kit, these gifts will help them create even more delicious treats and make their time in the kitchen all the more enjoyable.
So, knead no more — choose the perfect gift and watch their culinary creativity flourish with all kinds of sweet bakery deliciousness.
If you’ve tried any of these gifts for bakers, please let us know by leaving us a comment below. We’re always interested in feedback!
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This article originally appeared on Food Drink Life.