15 of the best baking gifts 2023
In need of some gift inspiration for bakers? Browse our list of accessories, tools and personalised baking gifts to order online for home delivery.
For anyone hooked on baking, you can be sure that baking-related gifts are likely to go down well. Plus, the pay-off is often a treat that you might get a piece of if you get the gift right.
The best gifts for bakers strike the balance of being special and aesthetically pleasing, while also practical so they can withstand regular use over a long period of time. Some items such as cake stands can be multifunctional and become the substitute for other kitchen accessories (for example, replacing a fruit bowl when not on baking duty) and a statement piece will likely be left out of a cupboard.
We've rounded up a selection of baking gift ideas that we'd like in our own kitchens and think your friends, family or colleagues would, too, from tins for making showstopper cakes to beautiful baking tools, top-rated equipment tested by our reviews experts and accessible recipe collections for all abilities from some star chefs. There are also personalised baking gifts for giving something truly bespoke. Discover all our picks of the best baking gifts to give this year and beyond to the foodies in your life.
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The best thoughtful and personalised gift ideas for bakers
Kitchen Pantry brass measuring cups
- Available from Silver Mushroom, £14.99
Secured with a leather tie, this set of solid brass ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup and 1 cup measures nest together and are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. They'll add some vintage style to any kitchen if hung on a hook for easy storage.
Silver Mushroom (£14.99)
Cuisinart Precision stand mixer
Awarded 4/5 stars when tested alongside the best stand mixers by BBC Good Food's reviews experts, the Cuisinart Precision model is a robust and elegant countertop mixer. It has all the quality-heft of a KitchenAid without the matching price tag. Its 5.2-litre mixing bowl with handle offers generous capacity for batch-baking and bread doughs. Attachments include a large stainless steel chef's whisk, dishwasher-safe dough hook and flat paddle mixer. It would make an excellent blow-out baking gift. Read our full Cuisinart Precision stand mixer review.
Hummingbird Bakery decorating kit
- Available from Hummingbird Bakery, from £23
Who couldn't love the gift of cake? Now you don't have to make it to a Hummingbird Bakery shop to try their cupcakes with their new nationwide delivery kits. Choose between all chocolate or a combination of chocolae and vanilla, then enjoy attempting to master the art of the Hummingbird icing swoosh (choose a kit with the palette knife included for extra help). No matter how they look, they'll taste delicious.
Hummingbird Bakery, from £23
Olive wood cake stand
- Available from House of Flora (£55)
Part of House of Flora's Live Wood collection, this cake stand is handcrafted from sustainably sourced acacia wood, olive wood and mango wood, and would make a decorative fruit bowl or table centrepiece when not being used for bakes.
House of Flora (£55)
Le Creuset non-stick loaf tin
Featuring in our guide to the best cake tins, this Le Creuset number was awarded best loaf tin for wide cakes at 13.5cm across and produced a fantastic loaf cake, easily removed from the oven thanks to the wide rims at either end and the tin's non-stick interior. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Mason Cash In The Forest S12 Mixing Bowl, 29cm
This earthenware mixing bowl forms the broad base of a nesting set of four, but is available on its own and is a contemporary update to the classic. Embossed leaves and woodland creatures adorn its exterior, cleverly designed to offer greater grip on the bowl. At 29cm across, it's perfect for mixing large quantities at a time, batch baking or even proving dough.
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The Pastry Chef's Guide by Ravneet Gill
- Available from Amazon (£13.99), Waterstones (£18.99)
Ravneet Gill has worked as a pastry chef in some of the best kitchens in London. Her accessible debut cookbook for home bakers demystifies complex techniques. Complete with beautiful photography, the book is divided into chapters: sugar, custards, chocolate, pastry, biscuits, cakes and puddings. Basically, all the best things in life. Check out our guide to the best baking books for more ideas.
Oliver Bonas Mixed Metallic Measuring Spoons
- Available from Oliver Bonas (£26.50)
This set of four measuring spoons are stainless steel in varying metallic hues with coloured handles for tablespoon, teaspoon, half and quarter teaspoon measures. The large safety pin in place of a ring is a wonderfully quirky touch.
Oliver Bonas (£26.50)
Knabstrup proving saucer
- Available from Nordic Nest (£35)
You can’t help but gaze into the glazed blue coating of this proving saucer. It’s a heavy-duty ceramic bowl, perfect for leaving dough to rise in. And when not filled with dough, store it on show. It would make an excellent fruit bowl.
Nordic Nest (£35)
Nordic Ware bundt tin
This brand is bundt tin royalty. The classic curving lines of this particular tin makes it a clear contender for a bundt cake crown and an exciting gift for bakers and their showstopper creations.
VonShef 1000W stand mixer
For a more affordable stand mixer to give as a baking gift, VonShef's 3.5-litre stand mixer was highly rated when tested alongside the best stand mixers on the market and also earned the title, best affordable stand mixer. This little workhorse has eight speed settings and arrives with a flat beater, balloon whisk and dough hook in the box. It's a particularly great choice for passionate bakers with smaller kitchens, plus it's available in both black and white.
Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain
Nadiya's book accompanies her BBC Two series of the same name and is packed with more than 100 recipes, from breads to traybakes and special celebration bakes. You can expect her creative stamp and signature twists on classics right from the first page.
Mon Amie cake stand
- Available from Nordic Nest (£51)
This blue and white porcelain cake stand by Rörstrand is part of the Marianne Westman Mon Amie collection and would make for a summery centrepiece for any table and celebration. The wide base also makes it stable which is useful for enthusiastic cake slicing.
Nordic Nest (£51)
Mosser jade milk glass cake stand
Available from Sous Chef, £37.50
This cake stand is something special, intricately moulded in glass to create one milky jade showpiece for presenting baking creations. There are three sizes available, from 15cm to 30cm in diameter. It’s also dishwasher-safe.
Sous Chef (£37.50)
One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber
Perfect for anyone who loves to bake, this collection of sweet and simple traybakes are a joy to flick through. And you only need a 23cm x 33cm baking tin.
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