30 Gifts the Bakers on Your List Will Actually Use

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Christmas cookie cutters dough
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If you're lucky enough to have a friend or family member who loves to bake, the holidays are the perfect time to help them stock their kitchen with all sorts of handy baking tools. Whether you're shopping for a beginner or a lifelong baker, you'll find these gifts go beyond the basics, yet remain useful for all sorts of baking endeavors. Shop our picks for the best gifts for bakers this holiday season.

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Bowled Over

ceramic mixing bowl with forest design

A good mixing bowl is an essential tool in any kitchen, but especially in a baker's kitchen. These bowls from Mason Cash — the same brand used by contestants on The Great British Bake Off — have a beautiful embossed exterior. The handle and pour spout make it perfect for mixing and pouring cake batter, pancake batter, and more.

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Grandma's Recipe

Wooden board with hand-written recipe inscribed
Uncommon Good

This beautiful cherry wood board comes with a personal touch: Choose a favorite family recipe to be engraved on it in the original handwriting. The personalization even goes as far as to capture fingerprints, creases, and other markings from the original recipe card.

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Labor of Loaf

bread in bag and bowl with cover

For the baker who has picked up a sourdough habit, this bread bag and dough cover set is the best gift. The cotton and linen bowl cover is perfect for when you're letting your dough rise (say goodbye to plastic wrap), and the drawstring bread bag will keep their ciabattas and brioches fresh.

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Good as Gold

Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt

A beautifully crafted gold Bundt pan is perfect for holiday baking, or anytime you want an elegantly shaped Bundt cake. The Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt pan is made with heat-responsive cast aluminum, a nonstick interior, and side handles for easy lifting.

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Roll With It

Marble rolling pin on countertop next to pie
Crate and Barrel

This rolling pin will become a staple for any baker you choose to gift it to. Marble is naturally cool, and helps to keep dough at the right temperature as you roll it. This chic rolling pin from Crate and Barrel comes with sturdy wooden handles and a wooden cradle for storage.

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Cutie Pie

Emile Henry Ruffled Pie Dish
Photo by Williams-Sonoma .

Inspired by vintage French bakeware, this pie dish has ruffled edges shaped from Burgundian clay, which evenly bakes and browns pies. The hand applied glaze comes in a number of colors, making it an elegant addition to any kitchen table.

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Let Them Eat (Cup) Cakes

rainbow cupcake liners

This set of reusable cupcake liners is the gift that keeps on giving. It's the perfect gift for the environmentally-conscious baker!

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Stir Crazy

Red KitchenAid mixer with glass bowl, pink batter inside

KitchenAid stand mixers are like the Swiss Army knives of baking — use them to prepare large batches of cookie dough, cake batter, and more. Treat the baker in your life to this special design series mixer, complete with a stylish glass bowl.

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Less Mess Less Stress

woman wearing crossback apron
Hedley & Bennett

Friends don't let friends wear old, scrappy aprons. These fan-favorite aprons are beloved by professional chefs and home cooks alike, and they feature a crossback design that's so comfortable you'll forget you're even wearing it.

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Flour Power

OXO Good Grips 11 lb Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull Out Display
Sur La Table

The best bakers know you often need to weigh, not scoop, your ingredients, so let this top-rated food scale take the guesswork out of measuring flour, sugar, and all other ingredients. This scale came in first among six of the top-rated food scales in our food scale testing.

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Be Sweet

Nielsen-Massey World Vanillas, Set of 3

Nielsan-Massey is known as the "foremost name in vanilla" among bakers and ice cream makers. This set allows bakers to sample extracts from three distinct places around the world: Mexico, Tahiti, and Madagascar.

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Fully Baked

set of green bakeware
Great Jones

Great Jones's bakeware set is the ultimate gift for someone new to baking or anyone looking to replace old, tarnished bakeware. This seven-piece set includes on aluminized steel sheet pan, two cake pans, two loaf pans, a ceramic casserole dish, and a pie plate.

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Mix It Up

set of nesting melamine mixing bowls with lids

A set of melamine mixing bowls is the gift that will be more appreciated than you can imagine, and the recipient will think of you each time they reach for them (which will be often). These nesting bowls can be used for prep, serving, and storage.

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Season's Greetings

set of 12 spices and bag of vanilla bean sugar
The Spice House

Bakers know the importance of using high-quality spices. This set of warm, fragrant spices includes everything from nutmeg to espresso powder to crystalized ginger.

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Can't Touch This

different colored oven mitts and pot holders on pink background

Any baker will tell you — you can never have too many oven mitts and pot holders. These top-rated oven mitts and pot holders from Food52 feature heat-resistant silicone for a no-slip grip and machine-washable cotton.

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Double Duty

Glass Domed Cake Plate/Punch Bowl

Put cakes, pies, and pastries on display with this lidded glass pedestal that doubles as a punch bowl when inverted. Add a monogram or name for a personal touch this Christmas.

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Send a Sweet Message

Cookie stamp next to cookie dough cut out

Cookies are the perfect way to say "I love you" — at least they were before these personalized cookie stamps came along. Choose any message to be stamped onto your cookie creations.

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Easy Breezy

silpat baking mat on flat cookie sheet with baked cookies on top

These silicone nonstick mats are essential for any baker. This mat from Silpat makes removing cookies or other baked goods from the baking sheet a breeze. Plus, it helps to uniformly heat foods for the perfect brown every time.

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Whip It Good

dough whisk with wooden handle

This funny looking tool is actually considered a must-have in the bread baking community for its ability to seamlessly blend together hard-to-incorporate ingredients such as water and flour. It's the perfect gift for the baker who has everything.

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Rise Up

two rising bread baskets

Proof your sourdough in style with one of these natural cane rising molds. Available in varying sizes of round, rectangle, baguette, and oval shapes, each mold helps to give your bread a thicker crust, and allows some of the dough moisture to evaporate during proofing.

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Nuts About You

Cuisinart spice grinder

An electric grinder takes the dirty work out of grinding fresh nuts and spices to add to baked goods. The storage lid even allows you to store the spices right from the grinding bowl.

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Some Like It Hot

Made In Sheet Pan on white background
Made In

These sheet pans were designed with the help of a professional chef. The commercial-grade aluminum is the ideal material for even heat distribution and retention. It's a difference you'll be able to tell.

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Squeaky Clean

whisk with plastic whisk wiper attached

We're fans of licking the excess batter off the whisk around here, but sometimes you do a little too much licking, and lose too much batter in the process. This handy tool allows you to wipe the batter right back into the bowl, no dripping on the countertop.

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Recipe for Magic

Rifle Paper Co recipe tin with recipe cards

Preserve precious family recipes with these stylish recipe cards and matching tin. This is a great gift for a newlywed, new parent, or anyone looking to save family recipes and add a sentimental touch to their kitchen.

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I Loaf You

Stainless steel bread maker on countertop next to loaf bread

Know a busy cook who wants to bake homemade bread but doesn't have the time to do it all by hand? This fully automatic bread maker does all the work for you, from kneading to rising to baking.

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Bake Me Smile

two icing spatulas, pastry brush, and bench scraper

This set of two offset (icing) spatulas, a pastry brush, and bench scraper is exactly what a baker needs to complete their toolkit.

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We Dough Together

set of three silicone spatulas

A silicone spatula is going to be a baker's go-to for mixing wet and dry ingredients, folding chocolate chips or nuts into dough, or scraping batter from a mixing bowl. This set offers lots of variety at a great value, with a small spatula, an everyday spatula, and a spoon spatula, each of which feature a heat-resistant silicone construction.

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Just Beat It

KitchenAid Black Hand Mixer
Crate and Barrel

This fan-favorite hand mixer won the "Best Basic Hand Mixer," superlative in our hand mixer testing. In classic KitchenAid fashion, it's available in several stylish colors.

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Cast Your Cares Away

cast iron loaf pan with bread inside on table with dish cloth

Lodge continues to be the industry standard for all things cast iron, and this loaf pan is no exception. Cast iron gives a thick, evenly-browned crust to all your bread loafs.

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Cool Down

two copper cooling racks stacked with cookies on top

Here's the space saving solution the baker in your life has been looking for: This stackable cooling rack provides twice the amount of cooling surface.

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