If you have great bakers in your life, you know it. You drool over their IG shots of perfect galettes, or try to change the subject when they share too much about how to laminate pastry. If you have bakers in your life who are just starting out, you know that, too — through the delicious cookies they bring to the office, or the well-intentioned (and unappealingly named) nut loaf you quietly slipped into the trash can after an exploratory bite. Whatever level baker you might be shopping for this holiday season — whether they’re just starting out or prepping for their run on The Great British Baking Show — here are the best items you can buy for them.
The best measuring cups
Leave the cheap plastic measuring cups behind and hook your favorite baker up with this easy-to-clean stainless-steel set, which are so much easier to scoop with thanks to their sharp edges. (This kit even comes with measuring spoons, which they’ll need too.)
These sturdy kitchen workhorses are as fun to look at as they are to bake with thanks to their hefty wooden handles.
The best whisks
Great bakers live and die by their whisks. This set of three will cover everything from whisking dry ingredients to mixing brownie batter.
Whipping egg whites or heavy cream by hand is a pain. Once you start doing it more often, you’ll want a whisk with a bouncing head, which makes the process much easier.
The best storage containers
These eight airtight containers give you convenient and easy-to-access storage for all the flour, sugar, old-fashioned oats, powdered sugar, and other foundational baking ingredients you’re going to need to start keeping in stock.
At a certain point, you might shift from simply wanting to have containers for your ingredients to wanting to have beautiful containers for your ingredients. That’s when you buy these.
The best cookbooks
For more than 30 years, Rose Levy Beranbaum has helped people ditch Duncan Hines and make things from scratch using simple, easy-to-understand language that’s perfect for beginners. Gifting this book helps continue her mission.
Every baker worth his or her salt (flour?) should make a pilgrimage to San Francisco’s Tartine, arguably one of the nation’s best bakeries. If that’s not possible, you can buy them the newly revised version of the restaurant’s seminal book, featuring 68 brand-new recipes and updates to another 55, tweaked for modern tastes. Just be ready: These recipes can get complicated (and delicious).
The best rolling pins
Even a beginning baker should ditch the handled-rolling pins for one like this with tapered ends, which allow for much more control. Plus this stone one will stay cool if that first roll out doesn’t go according to plan.
How do you upgrade a rolling pin? You don’t really — if it’s a good one, it’s a good one. But you can make the whole baking process much, much easier with this gorgeous wooden board with embossed rulers for measuring rolled-out dough, including pies, and a nice lip on the bottom that keeps the board from sliding away as you put more elbow grease into it.
The best mixers
Life as a baker almost always begins with the purchase of a KitchenAid. It’s an expensive necessity, which is why, with so many other things to buy for themselves, they’ll appreciate it if you buy it for them.
No matter how many years they’ve been at it, most bakers are still just as reliant on their mixers as they were in the beginning. Now they just need attachments, like this brand-new one that sifts and weighs flour automatically, right into the bowl.
The best pie dishes
Solid metal plans aren’t fancy, but early in a baking career, neither is what they’re making. Plus, metal conducts heat well and is sturdy enough to survive any mishaps. Also, the folks at Detroit pie shop Sister Pie swear by solid metal pans, and they seem like appropriate mentors.
When your pies become beautiful, you’ll want to make sure you put them in a dish just as nice. There’s nothing better than one from iconic French manufacturer Emile Henry.
The best cake carriers
They might be so focused on learning to bake pies that they forget that they’ll need to transport them sometimes too. Don’t let another pie suffer through the aluminum-foil-tent treatment.
Classic, protective, and a little attention-seeking.
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