20 Gifts for the Baker in Your Life
Related: 3 Genius Ways to Use Leftover CakeOur Best Organizing Tricks of All TimeHow to Make a PiñataFor 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 depressing. If you have someone like this in your life, you might want to give a gift to encourage their hobby—but a trip to a baking supply store can be pretty overwhelming. She probably already has a nice baking sheet, a set of measuring cups, a set of measuring spoons, a bundt pan, and maybe even some cool baking gadgets. And, what’s more, she probably wants to stick with what she knows already works. That’s why we’ve curated this collection of thoughtful baking upgrades, beyond the basics—think: a beautiful cake stand to display her latest creation, lovely dessert plates to eat them on, or a fun emoji cookie cutter to take her cutout sugar cookies to the next level. Or maybe she would love the beautiful hand-painted brownie pan, 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 ideas—there’s something for everyone, from the novice baker to the lifelong baking enthusiast. One last piece of advice: we suggest you ask to sample whatever delicious treats are cooked up using your gift. How’s that for a (tasty) win-win?
A Year in Cupcakes
Cupcake mania shows no signs of slowing down, so grab this comprehensive collection for the cupcake lover on your list. With this gift, they can transform their already-delicious cupcakes into bakery-ready masterpieces at home with an entire year’s worth of celebratory adornments—you’ll find sprinkles, picks, liners, and decorations for Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and birthdays. (The decorations work on cakes, too.) All you need to do now? Invite yourself over for any of the aforementioned festivities. Tuck Real Simple’s foolproof chocolate or vanilla cupcake recipes in with the card as an added bonus.
To buy: $89, food52.com.
Marble & Wood Cake Stand
- So she’s mastered the art of the beautiful cake—now all she needs is somewhere equally as stunning to display her creations. That’s where this marble and wood cake stand comes in. Whether she’s whipped up a cheesecake, a chocolate cake, or a creation of her own invention, this simple, classic stand will make the perfect backdrop without stealing any attention from the main event. The piece can do double duty, too—it works equally well as a serving piece for appetizers, elevating a few simple cheeses and crackers, for instance, into a lovely presentation. Or, when you make our easy 20-minute appetizers, place them on this stand for sophisticated serving.
- To buy: $46, nordstrom.com.
- As if slicing into her signature cakes wasn’t enough of an event, make it feel even more special with this Kate Spade dessert set. The knife is the perfect size for cutting into a cake, and the server (which also features a serrated edge for convenience) features the dessert-appropriate message: “How sweet it is.” This gift makes a great wedding present for those cake-cutting photo opps, but it also works just as well for the more everyday Insta-worthy treats, too. The set is enough on its own, but you can kick it up a notch by packaging it with a new cake pan.
- To buy: $65, macys.com.
Hidden Quote Pie Plate
- If he’s famous for his delicious pies (or simply trying to learn more about the art and science of pie-making), then why not give him a vessel worthy of his experiments? These nine-inch, aluminum pans make a beautiful frame for any kind of crust and filling (Apple! Key lime! Pumpkin! The options are endless). The best part? Each one is hand stamped with a hidden quote at the bottom—a special surprise to be discovered after you, sadly, finish the pie. Choose between: “nom, nom, nom,” “that last piece is mine,” or “eat more pie.”
- To buy: $30, food52.com.
My Weigh Digital Stainless-Steel Food Scale
Measuring cups are a baking no-brainer, and pretty much everyone already has a set in the kitchen. But a food scale is what separates the novice bakers from the experts. Using a scale allows you to be more precise in your measurements—no more slight variations in your recipe if your measuring cup isn’t lined up just so. And baking is chemistry, after all. If your recipient hasn’t sprung for a scale yet, treat them to one—it will make all the difference in recipes where exact quantities are key, such as croissants. It’s particularly helpful for recipes where only a weight is given (no more eyeballing 10 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips).
To buy: $48, amazon.com.
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.
- To buy: $10, surlatable.com.
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.
- To buy: $25, amazon.com.
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Series Tilt Head Stand Mixer
If you’re buying for the baker who seems to haveevery gadget out there, you might want to consider KitchenAid’s newest: a 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.
To buy: $330, amazon.com.
Handpainted Lucerne Brownie Pan
- Give those world-famous brownies the presentation they deserve, with this beautiful (but still practical), hand-painted pan. The bottom of the pan included the message: “Stay sweet” in raised letters. After they cool, she can take her brownies (or a small cake would work too) right from the oven to the table—no need to find another plate to serve them on. And don’t worry, you’re not creating any extra work, after the fact: the pan is dishwasher safe. There’s also a matching cake server or a whisk, too, if you’re looking for a little something extra to complete the gift.
- To buy: $42, anthropologie.com.
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.
- To buy: $34, agnesworld.etsy.com.