With the holidays coming up, I thought it would be nice to make a list of my tried and true favorite baking tools that would make great stocking stuffers or “big ticket” gifts. I started this as a “top ten” list, but the more I listed the things I love to use in my kitchen on a weekly basis, the more this list grew! So here it is: 19 things that would make the perfect gift for a home baker or someone who just loves to bake. Everything that made this list is something that I use and love in my kitchen (or something I want for myself for Christmas) and would be thrilled to receive as a gift over the holidays. If you have an aspiring baker in your life or someone who just loves baking in the kitchen, check some of these ideas out. I hope it helps!
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- 1. Zester: Whether I’m zesting lemons, frozen ginger, oranges or limes, this zester comes in handy to add bright flavor to many baked goods or dinners. It’s the perfect size for a stocking stuffer too!
- 2. USA Pans: These are my long-time favorite pans. They are the easiest to clean of any pans I’ve ever used. I found them at Costco a few months ago, so be sure to check there as well. I love their traditional loaf pans, baking sheets and cookie sheets the most. They are perfect for baking brioche buns or these cloverleaf dinner rolls.
- 3. Pastry Mat: Using a pastry mat to roll out and work with dough is a game changer for me! I love turning out my dough onto a pastry mat instead of the countertop. I also love how easy it is to have the measurements right in front of you when making cinnamon rolls, rolling out pie dough or shaping a cookie cake.
- 4. Sourdough Bread Lame: I love the UFO bread lame from Wire Monkey which I received last year as a Christmas gift. It is easy to hold and makes bread scoring very easy. I’ve also liked this one you can grab on Amazon. Either of these options will change the way you score bread and give your finished bread a beautiful look!
- 5. Tartine Bread Book: This is the book that started my love of sourdough. It has beautiful images and amazing recipes from the beginning of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. It is not an easy book to start with, but would be perfect for someone who loves baking with sourdough or wants to learn more complex recipes. I also love their second book of mostly pastries, and their third book (all about baking with whole grains) is making its way on my Christmas list this year.
- 6. Potato “Bread” Pot: I’ve waxed poetic about this potato pot to bake bread in before on Instagram. It is not necessary. You can make awesome bread with a baking stone or using a dutch oven (I used a pot like this for many years before upgrading and it worked really well). But, if you want to splurge on someone for Christmas who loves baking sourdough, this pot is the way to go! At the time of posting Costco online also carries these pots if you want to save about $40. This is where I purchased my pots (and I have four of them!).
- 7. 00 Pizza Flour: Have a pizza lover in your life? Grab them a bag of this Italian-style pizza flour to mix up their next batch of pizza dough. It costs more than a regular bag of flour but makes delicious chewy and crispy crust, just the way they eat in Naples.
- 8. Cookie Dough Scoop: I use this cookie scoop ALL. THE. TIME. From small batches of cookies to scooping out my favorite muffin batter, it makes my life easier. I like the 2 Tablespoon size which is good for most cookie recipes, mini muffins or scoop twice to fill a muffin tin. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer or small gift for anyone who loves to bake.
- 9. Meat Thermometer (Candy Thermometer): I went too many years without using a thermometer in my kitchen. I love using this one to cook meat on the grill to the perfect temperature. I also love that I can use it when making caramel sauce on the stove to check the temperature as I go. It makes a great gift or stocking stuffer.
- 10. Danish Dough Whisk: Want a unique Christmas gift that looks neat and is so much fun to use? This Danish Dough Whisk is fun for any baker, whether it’s for mixing up waffles or stirring together a wet sourdough. I bought mine a few years ago and use it every week. This dough whisk is perfect for a unique gift exchange or to place under the tree for your favorite baker.
- 12. Bread Banneton: If you have been around here for awhile, you know how much I love to bake sourdough bread. These bread bannetons are perfect to hold sourdough bread while it proofs. I love the circular lines that form on the bread loaves when I use these (compared to small kitchen bowls). For someone who wants to bake sourdough or up their bread game, this is a great gift.
- 13. Bench Scraper: I use a bench scraper every time I make sourdough bread and almost anytime I work with roll dough. I bought this nice one from King Arthur Flour, but this one on Amazon would make a great gift too.
- 14. Sourdough Starter: If you want a really unique and fun gift for your favorite baker, grab this sourdough starter from King Arthur Flour. It will save time vs making one from scratch and is really good quality.
- 15. Parchment Paper: My all-time favorite parchment paper is this Kirkland brand you can find at Costco. I tried so many different brands of parchment paper during the pandemic when the supply of parchment paper was running low and this is far and away my favorite. If you don’t have a Costco membership, go with a friend or you can grab a roll or two on Amazon (but Costco is much cheaper)!
- 16. Metal Measuring Cup and Spoons: I’ve been meaning to upgrade my measuring cups and measuring spoons and these are the ones I’ve got my eye on with their many great reviews on Amazon. Maybe they will find a place in my Christmas stocking this year. Wink, wink to my hubby.
- 17. Bosch Mixer: If you’re looking for the best bread mixer for a home baker, the Bosch Universal Plus cannot be beat. This is definitely a high ticket item but it will last years and there’s nothing better than turning it on and letting the high quality motor knead the dough for ten minutes to really develop the gluten. I find this is best for large (two loaves or more) batches of dough.
- 18. KitchenAid Mixer: Another high ticket item that any home baker will love. I love using a KitchenAid for cookies, cakes, frostings and marshmallow. My daughter uses it a lot for her cookie business. Definitely go with the Professional 600 or higher series for the higher power motor. This mixer can also knead bread with a dough hook, though it isn’t quite as powerful as a Bosch for bread.
- 19. Ooni Pizza Oven: This one is a big splurge but it puts out amazing pizza and naan bread. Be prepared for a long wait time when you order (it may take awhile), but the wait is worth it. I love experimenting with the Ooni Koda Pizza Oven and will be posting more recipes as I use it more. I chose the Ooni Koda 16 specifically because it can make larger (16 inch) pizzas, and I have been very happy with it.
And there you have it! Nineteen awesome gifts for a home baker. I hope this is helpful as you are gathering your Christmas gifts and buying for those you love. And really, the best gifts are the gifts of time spent together, enjoying family and friends and making memories. I wish I could bring you a plate of Christmas cookies this year as a thank you, but a recipe for the Best Christmas Cookies Ever will have to do. Thank you for being here and have a wonderful holiday season!
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