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.
Cookillu Portrait Face Cookie Cutter
Send in a picture of your favorite baker—this shop will craft a personalized, look-alike cookie cutter. It’s a fun gift that they’d never expect and will use again and again.
Price at time of publish: $45
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.
Price at time of publish: $22
Jamie Oliver Round Cake Tin with Cover and Lid
Cake carriers tend to look a little boring, but no worries, we’ve found one that is just as special as whatever is underneath it. The coated tin makes it extra sturdy and gives a vintage vibe.
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.
Billeresque Bread Baking Poster
Whether they’re in the mood to make brioche, ciabatta or pretzels, this poster will keep them inspired. Gift it to them with a great cookbook and your friend status will be on the rise.
Price at time of publish: $33 for 24 in x 18 in
Personalized Family Recipe Cutting Board
Hand down a cherished family recipe in an incredibly special way with this custom-etched board. Future brides will treasure getting one of their favorite family dishes in your handwriting to have forever.
Price at time of publish: $100
Minted "Your Recipe"
This gift was made for families with a treasure trove of batter-covered index cards. Pick a favorite, scan, and send, then watch it get turned into a work of art. It's a great way to preserve a prized recipe in its original handwriting.
Price at time of publish: $128
Silpat Ultimate Baking Set
Help them solve one of their biggest kitchen gripes—cookies that stick to the pan—with a set of silicone baking mats. They’ll be amazed by how easy it is to pop out perfect muffins and madeleines.
Price at time of publish: $160
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Serious bakers need one of these iconic pieces to knead the dough, beat eggs and do a million other things. Bonus: they come in nearly every color under the sun, so you'll be sure to find one that's perfect for your kitchen decor.
Price at time of publish: $450 for Metallic Chrome
Emile Henry HR Collection Pie Dish
Come Thanksgiving, this couple will be grateful for their perfect oven-to-table pie dish. It’s made by a heritage French brand, this dish can withstand use in the dishwasher, oven, microwave, and fridge. The 10-year warranty isn’t a bad bonus either!
Price at time of publish: $55
All About Cake: A Milk Bar Cookbook
Who better to take flavor inspiration from than Milkbar founder and all-around baking badass Christina Tosi? The book contains tons of great baking advice and includes recipes for unique treats like a cherry cola bundt cake, liquid cheesecake, and chocolate malt truffles.
Price at time of publish: $35
Minted Jackie Graham Doughnut Bother Me Art Print
Score your favorite bakers some whimsical wall art for their kitchen, but fair warning— it may lead to serious doughnut cravings. The frosted print can be purchased with a frame for a thoughtful and complete gift.
Price at time of publish: $38
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.
Price at time of publish: $104
Sweese Porcelain Round Brulee Dishes
If the baker in your life posts all their creations to Instagram, they’re going to want some gorgeous dishes to do it with. This set of six pretty ramekins should do the trick and make their creme brulee look tres magnifique.
Rosle Kitchen Torch
Speaking of creme brulee—everyone knows that the crunchy brown coating is the best part. This torch will help them get the perfect crackle, plus, they can use it to caramelize vegetables, toast bread or melt cheese.
Price at time of publish: $70
Fox Run 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.
Price at time of publish: $73
Mosser Glass Mixing Bowls
This heritage company has been crafting classic glass pieces for decades, and this 3-piece set is our new favorite. Your lucky recipients will be able to take these beautiful vintage-looking bowls from prep to table with ease.
Price at time of publish: $83 for Milk
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.
Price at time of publish: $72