The holiday season is an especially busy time of year for anyone who likes to bake. From dinner parties to less formal gatherings, there’s always a demand for delicious food and baked goods. If you’re searching for the right baking gifts this holiday season, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find basic essentials under $20 and higher-end gifts that require a bit more of a budget stretch.
1. Oster 2-Pound Expressbake Bread Machine
Baking bread by hand can be tedious and even challenging. This bread machine is a practical gift for anyone who bakes bread from scratch. It’s also a thoughtful gift for infrequent bakers who prefer the convenience of a machine. Aside from a generous 2-pound loaf capacity, this machine comes with multiple bread and crust settings. Its faster baking setting bakes a loaf in less than an hour.
Price: $47.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
2. Nordic Ware Bundt & Bundt Bag
Its distinctive shape makes the Bundt pan a popular choice for the holidays. However, it’s versatile enough for year-round use. This pan, made in the USA, comes with its own muslin tote for safe storage or transportation. The nonstick surface cleans up easily. If champagne isn’t the color you had in mind, you’ll find several other options.
3. Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set
Baking gifts don’t have to be glamorous. This Pyrex measuring set, made in the USA, is a practical gift for bakers of all levels. The set includes 1-cup, 2-cup, and 4-cup capacities. Each piece is made of durable nonporous glass that won’t absorb odors or stain over time. The glass is safe for the microwave, fridge, freezer and preheated ovens. It’s also dishwasher safe.
Price: $14.99 (28 percent off MSRP)
4. Lodge Cast Iron Covered Casserole
Lodge has a reputation for building durable and stylish bakeware, and this cast iron covered casserole is no exception. Its lively red color makes it a cheerful choice for the holidays and beyond. It’s also available in Caribbean Blue. The casserole is safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven. It’s also safe for a variety of cooktops, including gas, electric, ceramic and induction.
5. Breville Sous Chef Food Processor
Its 1200 watt motor makes the Breville Sous Chef Food Processor a powerful choice for just about any home baking or cooking task. Stainless steel blades and a die-cast metal base ensure this food processor can withstand daily use. There’s even a 25-year motor guarantee for peace of mind. Highlights include four chopping blades, multiple feed chute options and a variable slicing disc. This machine is available in several colors.
Price: $389.13 (22 percent off MSRP)
6. Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale
Weighing ingredients can result in more accurate and delicious baked goods. The Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale features several high precision sensors along with a TARE function. The result is precise measurements each time. Other features include a stylish and slim stainless steel platform and anti-fingerprint technology. The scale automatically shuts off after two minutes of inactivity.
Price: $11.83 (38 percent off MSRP)
7. KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
With over 20 color options available, there’s a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer for every home. This stand mixer has plenty of power and performance for most baking demands. For example, it’s handy for kneading bread dough, whipping cream and quickly blending wet and dry ingredients. Several attachments are included, such as a coated dough hook, coated flat beater, wire whip and a pouring shield. Multi-point mixing action ensures thorough ingredient incorporation.
8. Wilton Cookie Baking Value Set
The Wilton Cookie Baking Value Set includes a baking sheet, cooling rack, cookie scoop and spatula. The cookie sheet features a heavy gauge construction with reinforced coating that keeps food from sticking and cleans up easily. The wide spatula is safe for use with nonstick surfaces and is wide enough to accommodate several cookies at once.
9. OXO Good Grips Batter Bowl
Mixing together ingredients for cake batter and other types of batter is easier with a gift such as the OXO Good Grips Batter Bowl. Bright red markings make it easier to measure and keep track of ingredients. This bowl is BPA free and dishwasher safe. It also comes with a soft handle and non-skid base for stability. High walls keep ingredients from spilling over the edge when mixing.
10. Sally’s Cookie Addiction
With its simple recipes and user-friendly layout, Sally’s Cookie Addiction is an appropriate choice for beginners. This cookbook includes handy information about the key ingredients used in recipes, as well as the prep and cook time for planning. Each recipe features an introduction with background information to help familiarize the baker with the recipe.
11. Bread Bosses Banneton Proofing Basket Set
This bowl holds up to 1.5 pounds of dough and is just as suitable for traditional bread as it is for gluten free recipes. The durable rattan cane material helps to wick away surface moisture, resulting in a crispier crust, and allows bread to release easily. The bowl is splinter-free and won’t grow mold or retain odors.
Pair this set with Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza to make a complete gift for bread bakers.
12. Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish
Any pie baker will appreciate a gift such as the Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish. This pie dish is made in France and comes in a variety of colors. Its high resistance ceramic material makes it safe for use in the oven up to 520 degrees Fahrenheit. The dish is also safe for the broiler and microwave.
Price: $29.95 (33 percent off MSRP)
13. Ninja Chef Blender
A powerful 1500-watt motor makes the Ninja Chef Blender a practical prep tool for many different recipes. An assortment of manual modes and pre-set programs provides total control over meal prep. A recipe booklet is included. The attachments are dishwasher safe for a faster cleanup.
14. AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat
Bakers of all levels will appreciate these silicone baking mats, which provide an eco-friendly alternative to parchment paper and cooking spray. These mats simply go on top of a baking pan or sheet, providing a reusable nonstick surface. They’re also ideal for countertop use. The mats are made with durable food-grade silicone material and are oven safe up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. For clean-up, they can be washed by hand or placed in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Price: $10.99 (21 percent off MSRP)
15. Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Set
If you’re not sure which piece of bakeware is most appropriate, or you know that the baker on your list needs a few different items, consider this bakeware set. Along with two 8-inch round cake pans, the set also includes a medium loaf pan, 12-cup muffin pan, baking sheet, and a 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Each piece has a nonstick surface and a heavy-gauge steel core for added durability. This set is oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Price: $22.49 (44 percent off MSRP)
16. J.K. Adams Maple Wood Gourmet Rolling Pin
A rolling pin is a basic yet crucial tool for bakers of all levels. The J.K. Adams Maple Wood Gourmet Rolling Pin is handcrafted in Vermont and comes with a lifetime warranty. It also has self-lubricating bearings to keep it rolling smoothly over time, and comes with durable waxed hardwood barrels.
If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, consider the J.K. Adams Maple French Rolling Pin.
Price: $21.17 (19 percent off MSRP)
17. Wilton Buttercream Decorating Set
Cake decorating can be a chore. Help out that baker on your list with a decorating set that includes all of the essentials. This set comes with decorating bags, angled spatulas, plastic couplers and silicone tip covers. There’s also a carrying case and tray for transporting baked goods once they’re ready.
Pair this gift with the Wilton Special Occasion Cake Decorating Supplies Set for a complete cake decorating gift.
Price: $59.98 (40 percent off MSRP)
18. Zohar Shaham Ceramics Baking Dish
A handmade gift goes a long way, especially during the holidays. The Zohar Shaham Ceramics Baking Dish is made from natural clay and features a colorful geometric pattern. The serving container is safe for the dishwasher and oven. It also arrives wrapped and ready to be presented as a gift.
19. The Original Butter Bell Crock
If red isn’t quite what you had in mind for the baker on your list, there are several other color options available. This vintage crock keeps butter fresh without refrigeration and has enough interior space to fit up to one stick of butter at a time. When it’s time to clean up, the crock can go in the dishwasher.
20. The Baking Bible
The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum comes in hardcover and Kindle Book formats. This detailed cookbook covers nearly every category in baking, from breads and pastries to cakes, candies, cookies and more. In addition to foolproof recipes, there are also tips and tricks to help bakers along the way.