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From pie plates to bundt pans, spatulas to cookie cutters, there are so many gift ideas to buy for the beloved baker in your life. But which are the best? You’ll want to focus on quality, functionality, and durability, but looks matter too in a gift, as does the cost, of course. And sometimes the occasion (like stocking stuffers, to say thank you, weddings, or birthdays) will help determine which item works best.
We sifted through dozens of baking tools and utensils to determine the very best options. Check out our picks for what to buy the baking enthusiast who’s on your gift list.
Great Jones Holy Sheet
While there are more basic half-sheet pans out there, for gifting we really love these colorful options from the relatively new cookware company Great Jones. In “broccoli” green or “blueberry” blue, they’re good-looking enough to leave out on the counter but still as functional as ever. Made from aluminized steel and coated with nonstick ceramic for easy cleanup, these baking sheets are reinforced with steel rods for withstanding super-high temperatures.
Ann Clark 11-Piece Every Season Cookie Cutter Set
The cookie lover in your life is sure to appreciate these charming American-made steel cookie cutters from the iconic Ann Clark. We like this sturdy set that includes shapes for all seasons, so the recipient is sure to be ready to make cookies all year long. From a heart to a pumpkin to a gingerbread man, there are 11 shapes your loved one can choose from.
Ateco Revolving Cake Stand
Ombre frosting and round-the-cake swirls are so much easier to create when you can simply spin your layer cake on its cake stand. This revolving stand from Ateco features a cast-iron base with subtle decoration so the finished masterpiece can be nicely displayed, plus it's heavy enough that dessert won't accidentally end up on the floor.
"If you love decorating cakes then having a solid, heavy-bottomed stand with a swivel plate is a game-changer." — Summer Miller, Senior Editor
Big Red House Oven Mitts
Made from cotton and silicone, these workhorse oven mitts can handle up to 480-degree heat with ease. Perfect for a small hostess gift or stocking stuffer, they’re affordable and come in cheerful colors like turquoise and red. Lined with terry cloth and ribbed on the outside with silicone strips for a secure grip, these mitts are also machine-washable.
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Cookies: The New Classics
Author Jesse Szewczyk starts "Cookies: The New Classics" openly asking "What can I contribute to the world of cookies?" The answers are in this book. The recipes he created are easy for new bakers to master while also featuring flavor combinations that will remind pastry experts why they love creating new desserts. Whether you're looking for holiday recipes or love to be in the kitchen year-round, this is a definite buy.
"This cookbook has it all: classics you're already familiar with, and then wildly creative new recipes you'll want to make immediately. The first thing on my list? Salt-and-Vinegar Potato Chip Cookies. How incredible do those sound? And the photos! Gah, I could gush about this book forever." — Ariel Knutson, Associate Editorial Director
Emile Henry Modern Classics 9-inch Pie Dish
Pie lovers can unite around this attractive classic pie dish from longtime French cookware company Emile Henry. Made from high-fired Burgundy clay ceramic, it has even heat diffusion and excellent heat retention properties, ensuring that any pie will cook evenly. We also love the perfectly pretty fluted edges. Plus, the glaze is scratch-resistant and it can go in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
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GIR: Get it Right All Silicone Mini, Skinny & Ultimate Spatula Set
Every baker needs a solid set of spatulas, and these three will fulfill most baking needs with style. Heat-resistant up to 550 degrees, these silicone spatulas are strong and flexible, making them ideal for everything from scraping batter to unsticking cookies from a baking sheet. They won’t scratch nonstick coating, and the fiberglass core means they stay cool to the touch. And, with three sizes, there’s guaranteed to be one that's perfect for every job, no matter how large or small.
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Hedley and Bennett Essential Apron
Every baker, cook, and griller needs a great apron, preferably one that doesn't shift to one side and has a lot of pockets for your thermometer, your spatulas, and, of course, your phone. About a decade ago, designer Ellen Bennett set out to make comfortable, useful aprons that will also appeal to your fashion sense. It now comes in multiple styles, including smock, with a wide range of fabrics.
"Great quality aprons with TONS of design options. The kids ones are super cute!" — Myo Quinn, Editor
Farberware Set of 4 Stainless Steel Iridescent Measuring Cups
Gifts should be fun and functional, and these shiny, rainbow-colored measuring cups certainly fit that bill. Made of sturdy stainless steel in the usual four measurements (¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, and 1 cup), these iridescent cups have the measurements stamped on the handle so they’ll never rub off. The dishwasher-safe cups nest for stacking and also have a ring for hanging.
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Nordic Ware 75th Anniversary Braided Bundt Pan
A stunning bundt pan makes an ideal gift for someone who loves to bake because it looks pretty, with or without a cake inside it. Renato Poliafito, cookbook author and owner of Ciao, Gloria bakery and café in Brooklyn, says that this gold anniversary design from the legacy brand Nordic Ware is particularly beautiful. “Personally, I think a really gorgeous Nordic Ware bundt [pan] is a great gift for any baker,” he says.
J.K. Adams Dowel Rolling Pin
Wooden rolling pins never go out of style, so they’re the perfect present for the baker in your life. This sturdy wooden dowel is made of solid and smooth maple, and at 19 inches long, it’s large enough to roll everything from cinnamon bun dough to pizza dough.
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OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Better Silicone Balloon Whisk
A good whisk is a necessity in every baker’s kitchen, and this balloon one from OXO looks good while whisking up batters efficiently. The ergonomic rubber handle is comfortable to hold and the wires are coated with silicone so it won’t scratch nonstick, metal, and ceramic bowls, pots, and pans. It’s also dishwasher-safe and heat-resistant up to 600 degrees.
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Oxo Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale
Poliafito says a good scale is the number one item any serious baker should have. This digital stainless steel version is consistent, accurate, and easy to read, thanks to a pull-out display and backlight that makes it readable, even when a large bowl or plate is on it. It runs on batteries so there’s no cord, and the platform is removable and can be hand washed.
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KitchenAid KSM150PS Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
If you’re splurging, a stand mixer is a gift any baker would relish. The KitchenAid is a classic for a reason: It’s durable, extremely functional, and a beautiful addition to any countertop. This one has 10 speeds and includes a flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip, plus a hub for additional attachments like an ice cream maker and pasta maker.
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There are so many baking tools and accessories that make great gifts for the bakers in your life. A mix of necessities and extras that are fun and functional give options for presents like cookie cutters and cookie sheets, bundt pans and cake stands, and rolling pins and spatulas. This list offers a variety of items and price points to choose from.
What should I include in a baking gift basket?
If you’re looking to put together a gift basket with several items, Poliafito suggests including a wide variety of items. “There are so many directions you could go in, but I’m going big here: a scale, measuring cups, measuring spoons, a liquid measure, mixing bowls, whisk, rubber spatula, offset spatula (my favorite baking tool!), rolling pin, loaf or bundt pan, and half sheet pan. And then, it might be fun to throw in a bag of all-purpose flour and sugar, and a good cookbook like 'The Joy of Baking or Baking Bible,'” says Poliafito.
When is a good time to shop for gifts for bakers?
According to Poliafito, anytime is a good time to shop for gifts to give the bakers in your life. “But,” he adds, “I think fall is usually the best time because people bake a lot leading up to winter and the holidays. That said, fall is quickly followed by spring, to take advantage of all the fruits and berries that are in season.”
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Devorah Lev-Tov is a freelance journalist who specializes in food and beverage trends, recipes, and product reviews. For this piece she consulted third-party customer reviews, spoke to experts, and conferred with her inner deep love of baking. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and dog—who love eating all the baked goods she makes.
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