Baking is no longer only a pastime of children in food tech classes and our grandmothers. From Carrie Bradshaw’s Magnolia Bakery cupcakes to the Great British Bake Off, baking has seen something of a revival over the last few years.
Now, budding bakers up and down the country are spending their weekends whipping up batches of scones and agonising over the perfect macaron. But if there’s one thing that your favourite baker loves more than cake, it’s adding to their collection of whisks, piping bags and silicone moulds.
From a personalised ‘baked with love’ stamp to a humorous apron, we’ve put together eight great gift ideas for your favourite baker.
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Best baking gifts
Best baking gifts
1/8 Kitchen Jotter
Pretty and practical, this magnetic kitchen jotter is a great gift for any cook to keep shopping lists and recipe notes handy on the fridge. £8.50, carolinegardner.com
2/8 Cath Kidston Painterly Rose Mixing Bowl
This mixing bowl from Cath Kidston's new ceramic baking range makes a nice change from the usual Pyrex and is just too beautiful to keep in the cupboard. Plus it’s also unusually deep so you can avoid unnecessary spillage. £25, cathkidston.com
3/8 Set of 3 Cake Tins
A decent collection of cake tins is an essential for any baker and our favourite is this set from Emma Bridgewater. It’s a bit quirky, but still neutral enough to go on display in any kitchen. £30, emmabridgewater.co.uk
4/8 KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
If you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off you’ll recognise this mixer – the baker you’re buying for certainly will. KitchenAid Artisan mixers are the holy grail of kitchen equipment, but you’ll have to be prepared to splash a fair bit of cash. It comes with a 4.8l stainless steel bowl, beater, whisk and dough hook and 10 speeds to give you greater control than a usual hand-held. You can also buy extra attachments to make everything from pasta to ice cream. £429, houseoffraser.co.uk
5/8 Green and Co. Happiness Cake Apron
With a touch of humour and a good dose of truth, this is apron is a mantra to live by for any baker. Plus it’s quite handy for keeping your clothes clean too. £20, johnlewis.com
6/8 Tala icing bag set
Have a friend who makes great cakes but always tends towards the ‘cover it in sprinkles’ approach when it comes to decorating? Tala’s set of icing bag and nozzles is a great place to start for the rookie cake decorator. £11.99, lakeland.co.uk
7/8 'Baked with Love' Rolling Pin Stamp
Bakers love to share their creations with others, and this ‘baked with love’ stamp from Pretty Rubber Stamps is a great addition to those homemade gifts and can be personalised with your friend’s name. £14.75, notonthehighstreet.com
8/8 Jamie Oliver Big Cookie Jar Set
If you like to start them young, this apron, rolling pin and cookie cutter set makes a great start to a collection of baking equipment for the budding chef. £18, johnlewis.com
If you’re after something useful and a little bit special for your favourite baker, Cath Kidston’s Painterly Rose Mixing Bowl makes a great gift, but if you want to buy someone’s undying love (and a lifelong supply of cake), a KitchenAid is the way to go.