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We all have that friend—the one who arrives at every event with the best tasting dessert, watches every baking show on TV and is basically your on-call expert for everything sugar and flour. Or, maybe your partner is experimenting in the kitchen and you're looking for something special to gift them—or add to your registry if you're engaged.
Even the most skilled bakers can use some upgraded gear. Don’t overlook utilitarian items like heavy-duty baking sheets or epically cool cooling racks when shopping, and remember there are always ways to personalize things—whether it’s a cutting board or loaf pan. We've made your shopping list easier with a round-up of useful and creative gifts that will possibly score you more cookies or other baked goods in return.
Here, the best gifts for bakers.
Hawkins New York Cake Stand
Let them eat cake! More specifically, let them eat a homemade cake off of a chic blush stand. Even a dessert straight out of Netflix’s Nailed It will somehow look professional when it’s displayed here.
Wilton Preferred Buttercream Decorating Set
Do they watch every episode of Cake Wars live? Are they a little too obsessed with Mary Berry? Fuel their cake decorating obsession with an all-in-one kit that will have them piping buttercream roses to their heart’s content.
Williams Sonoma Gold Touch Bakeware Set
People rarely upgrade their bakeware sets on their own, which makes those pieces an ideal gift. This set feels more special than your average aluminum bundle thanks to its luxe-looking nonstick coating—which also happens to make perfectly crisp and stick-free cookies.
Sur La Table Marble Pastry Board
Professional pastry chefs will tell you that a cool marble slab is a must-have for bakers because of its ability to keep dough well chilled while you're working with it. While not all can have Carrara marble countertops, this 20” x 16” board is an easy addition to any sized kitchen.
Dominique Ansel Milk and Cookies Shot Glass Making Kit
It’s been nearly impossible to avoid talk of the mind-blowing cronut made by Dominique Ansel bakery in the last few years, but the baker also makes a pretty mean milk and cookies shot too. This kit will let them try it at home without having to travel to New York or London.
Nordicware Anniversary Bundt Pan
Bundts are back! The round treat became big in the 1950s, but today they’re just as popular as ever—possibly in thanks to all the cool new pans that have hit the market. Nordicware has a huge variety but this gold one is made in the same shape as the iconic original.,
Peter’s Pastry Smart Measuring Cup
Techy bakers (and apartment dwellers) will love this one-size-fits-all gadget. When the Smart Measuring Cup is filled up, it can read wet and dry ingredients in grams, ounces or millimeters. It’s ultra-precise and really handy when trying to convert different measurement units.