Gift Guide for the Baker

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Baking Gift Ideas

Many are shopping early this year, so let’s celebrate the season of giving with my annual Gift Guide for Bakers. ♥

Gifting something thoughtful to another baker is a wonderful way to spread (delicious!) joy. Here are 100+ gift ideas for the baker in your life or if you need ideas for your own wish list. Team member, Hilari, and I curated this list and broke it into several categories.

  • 70+ More Gift Ideas: We also updated last year’s gift guide since some of the products were no longer available. Everything should be in stock, so hop over to that post if you need even more gift giving inspiration!

All of these gifts are items I own or are products I see with wonderful reviews. None of this is sponsored– truly just items I love! Some of these links are affiliate links.


Gift An Experience!

Tickets to The Bake Fest (I’m doing a virtual baking demo!) – Give a valuable and fun experience this holiday! Bake Fest is a virtual conference that takes place May 21-22, 2022 where you can log-in and watch baking tutorials (sourdough bread, cake decorating, cookies, pie art, macarons, and more), hands-on demos, talented speakers, and virtually meet other baking enthusiasts.

  • It’s open to all bakers: home bakers, bakers who run a baking business, baking bloggers, bakery owners, and anyone who loves baking!
  • Here are all of the speakers/bakers and their baking demos/presentations
  • Over 20 LIVE Interactive Virtual Baking Classes
  • 30 Minute Live Q&A Sessions With Speakers
  • Printable Recipes
  • Recorded Sessions for 1 Year if you are unavailable that weekend
  • My 90-minute session is about baking the perfect chocolate chip cookies and all my best cookie baking success tips!
  • $100 early bird price ends December 31st, 2021.

Small Business/Individual Etsy Shops

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Baking Pans


General Baking Supplies

  • Glass Mixing Bowls – A staple in my kitchen. I switch between glass mixing bowls and these OXO stainless steel bowls.
  • Cookie Scoops – Purchase all 3 sizes. I use the small for small cookies, truffles, and as a melon baller. I use the medium for cookies and the large is wonderful for large cookies, ice cream, and shaping meatballs.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – This magnetic set keeps everything together– no missing cups or spoons.
  • KitchenAid Hand Mixer – I typically reach for this mixer over my stand mixer for quick recipes or when I’m in a rush (unless I’m making something that truly necessitates the power of a stand mixer). 5 speeds is perfect– I don’t think more speed options is particularly necessary.
  • Food Processor – I love that there are 2 conveniently sized containers for processing. I use mine for nuts, pesto, sauces, graham cracker crusts, and more.
  • Kitchen Scale – This is by far the most important tool in my kitchen. Precision is everything and that slight mis-measure could spell baking disaster. I also recommend an oven thermometer for accuracy.
  • Flour & Sugar Storage Containers – I highly recommend these. They snap shut so ingredients stay fresh. I own 6 for various flours and sugars.
  • Fun Spatulas – Spatulas are a fun add-on to any baking related gift. These colorful mini spatulas are adorable!
  • Adjustable Rolling Pin – The adjustable discs make it easy to roll any thickness– no more uneven dough.
  • Oven Mitt – I own and love the navy, pink, and sage green.
  • Mini Whisks Set – Great for smaller bowls or even little helpers’ hands.

Specialty Baking


Home & Personal Accessories


Little Bakers


Cookbooks

  • American Cake by Ann Byrn. Ann shares the history, stories, and recipes behind more than 125 well-loved cakes including gingerbread, classic layer cake, king cake, pound cake, and more. Recipes span 1650 to today– I was introduced to several new-to-me recipes that I’m excited to try!
  • Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book by Kristin Hoffman. Comes out in 2 weeks so preorder now! This cookbook is a goldmine if you enjoy learning about the science of baking and kitchen creativity because Kristin shows us dozens of her Master Recipes and how to make them with endless flavor variations. I also authored the foreword of this book!
  • Black Girl Baking by Jerelle Guy. I find myself reaching for this beautiful cookbook often! The wild blueberry drop biscuits are my favorite.
  • Cookies – The New Classics baking book by Jesse Szewczyk. Gorgeous photography and chock full of new takes on classic cookie recipes.
  • Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book by America’s Test Kitchen. I’ve learned so much from this cookbook. It’s my favorite and what I recommend to anyone who wants to begin developing recipes!
  • Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking by Jessica Gavin. I have and LOVE this cookbook! Just as she does on her blog, Jessica breaks down the science of cooking in a practical way so you can have a better understanding of how recipes work.
  • Even Better Brownies by Mike Johnson. Mike is a fellow blogger and his recipes are always a hit. Try his cake for two if you ever need something smaller!
  • Hello, Cookie Dough by Kristen Tomlan. My dear friend wrote a gorgeous cookbook all about edible cookie dough. My daughters love looking at all the pictures. This is a fun cookbook for all ages!
  • Life Is What You Bake It by Vallery Lomas. 100 recipes from the winner of the 3rd season of The Great American Baking Show! I just ordered it and can’t wait to try some of Vallery’s recipes.
  • Mooncakes and Milk Bread by Kristina Cho. Kristina breaks seemingly complicated recipes into manageable steps. She’s a Bay-area blogger and I love how she weaves her family’s personal history into the pages of this book– it’s more than a cookbook!
  • New World Sourdough cookbook by Bryan Ford. A bread baker must-have.
  • Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi. No fuss cakes with simple ingredients!
  • The Book on Pie by Erin McDowell. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make the best pies from scratch, start here. It’s a masterpiece!
  • The New Way To Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi. Stunning photography and very clear instructions. I’ve loved this cookbook.
  • Weeknight Baking by Michelle Lopez. One of my favorites for practical baking recipes.
  • Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoë François. A gorgeous cookbook featuring layers, loafs, Bundts, and more. She’s one of the most knowledgeable bakers I know and this cookbook all about cakes is approachable with delicious recipes! 

My Cookbooks!

Thank you so much for spreading sweetness inside and outside of the kitchen.

11 Comments

  1. I had no idea that mixer decals existed! I have a boring old white one, going to order some pink to brighten it up.

  2. Thank you for all of the gift ideas! I even found some items to add to my Christmas list.

  3. Hello ,
    is the Bakefest fee in US funds?

    1. Hi Sue! Yes, USD. Just confirmed that the payment will convert to whichever currency when purchasing. If the timezone is an issue for the event, attendees can watch the recordings for a full year after the event.

  4. Anyone with kids the Hasty Baker game is so fun! My kids got it for Christmas from Sally’s previous list, and all my kids love playing it! Definitely recommend.

  5. I love you hair it looks so good!! Thanks for all the gift ideas 😉

  6. Hi! I not only a baking addiction, but i love to cook the food from different countries or cultures. I really like your recipes and I hope the website can add a function to save those recipes to a personal email.

  7. Super excited about Bake Fest! Now to sell some items to pay for it, lol! Thanks, Sally!

  8. This is an amazing list!

  9. Thank you for this gift guide! Do you have any recommendations for boxes/small tins when gifting baked goods? I’ve been wondering if there are any air-tight ones that could be used.

    1. Hi Steph! What a great question. I’m not sure if this will link properly (copy and paste into your browser if needed), but I’ve used something similar to these before: https://www.etsy.com/listing/189290434/6-kraft-compostable-salad-boxes-wedding
      I like boxes with transparent window so you can see the beautiful baked goods. These are cute for the holidays: https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Cookie-Boxes-Packaging-Containers/dp/B098QZVBH8/ and so are these: https://www.amazon.com/OurWarm-Christmas-Holiday-Packaging-Containers/dp/B08D6QJQHQ/

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