The Best Gifts for Bakers and Baking Enthusiasts
Silicone Baking Mats
A reusable silicone-coated baking sheet makes it easy to protect baking sheets without sacrificing the perfect bake for cookies. Buy a few and never worry about aluminum foil again.
Silpat Silicone Baking Mat, $25 at williams-sonoma.com
No cake or pastry feat on display is quite right without a proper cake stand display. Help set desserts apart (and above) the rest with a marble and wood pedestal.
Wood Marble Pedestal, $55 crateandbarrel.com
The essentials of bakeware are elevated with a golden nonstick material. Aluminum steel means the pans will heat evenly, and the ceramic coating means the surface will resist abrasion. Everything is dishwasher safe too, for easy cleanup.
Williams Sonoma Goldtouch® Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set, $80 (originally $160) at williams-sonoma.com
Power Hand Mixer
If you’d rather not drag out the big mixer and work in the bowl you started with, or just lack the kitchen space for huge appliances, a hand mixer is a great option to have around.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, $40 (originally $60) at amazon.com
Serve guests the right way with beautiful serving tools. These pieces will ensure you don’t butcher a carefully decorated cake as you cut into it.
Verona Cake Serving Set, $48 at anthropologie.com
For the serious baker, it’s great to have a quality set of bowls that will last through plenty of wear and tear. These have rubber bottoms that won’t slip or slide while you’re mixing, and include tops for letting bread rise or storing ingredients.
Rosti White Melamine Mixing Bowls with Lids Set $40 at crateandbarrel.com
Embossed Rolling Pin
There are two types of bakers: those who wing it and guesstimate and those who are meticulous about the process. For our type-A friends, we love this roller with different dough measurements to have the most consistent and gorgeous results every time. Get it in multicolor or blue and gray.
Joseph Joseph 20085 Adjustable Rolling Pin with Removable Rings, Multicolored, $9 (originally $20) at amazon.com
Joseph Joseph 20036 Adjustable Rolling Pin with Removable Rings, Blue, $22 at amazon.com
Amazon’s #1 pick for oven mitts earned its spot for a reason. These mitts are heavy duty and easy to clean.
Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitts with Quilted Liner, $14 at amazon.com
Mini Stand Mixer
When experimenting with macarons, meringues, cake batters or cookie doughs, a trusty, reliable stand mixer can save time and serious labor.
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer, $330 at williams-sonoma.com
Dough Scoop / Ice Cream Scoop Set
Keep cookies fresh (and close at hand) with a traditional cookie jar. Ask any friend or family member, there is nothing more exciting than cookies on display, ripe for the taking.
Heritage Hill 128 oz. Glass Jar with Lid, $15 at crateandbarrel.com
Bread Baking Book
Jim Lahey follows up his first bread book with this collection of recipes from New York’s Sullivan Street Bakery which has been baking up uncompromisingly amazing bread since 1994.
“The Sullivan Street Bakery Cook Book” by Jim Lahey, $21 (originally $35) on amazon.com
You can never have enough baking sheets, whether for batch after batch of cookies or just roasting some vegetables for dinner. These Nordicware half sheets were our top pick. You should also consider throwing in a quarter sheet for small and test batches or a couple of cooling racks to complete the set.
Nordic ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s half Sheet (2 Pack), $21 on Amazon