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.)
The best whisks
The best storage containers
The best cookbooks
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
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
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.
The best cake carriers
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