10 best baking gifts
Know someone who loves baking? We've found unusual and practical presents to delight them this Christmas
'Tis the season when scents of cinnamon and nutmeg fill the air, where baking doesn’t become a festive activity – it becomes a necessity. If you’re not a baker yourself, but you know someone who loves spending their time in the kitchen, finding the right presents can be tricky; but don’t fret because we’ve got you covered with our top 10 Christmas baking gifts that might make present-finding that little bit easier.
Personalised Wooden Spoon: £5, Not on the High Street
Need to fill that last stocking? Well, you can never go wrong with a present that’s personalised and these wooden cooking spoons are just what every baker needs. Whether it’s to mix the mince pie filling or purely for decorative purposes, these cute spoons are a perfect gift and not too expensive either.
Tala Icing Bag Set: £11.99, Lakeland
Packaged in an old-school vintage cake tin, this icing set is the perfect starter kit for anyone who wants to start baking. With a reusable piping bag and a step by step “How To” guide, any baker will be delighted to unwrap this goodie on Christmas Day.
Baking Heaven Magazine Subscription: £44.90, Food Heaven Mag
OK, so it might not be edible (or electrical) but Baking Heaven magazine is up there with the top kitchen necessities for any baker. It’s filled with recipes, articles and features, and every month, the magazine showcases the best bakes and seasonal recipes so you can feel inspired any time of year.
Shot Glass Silicone Mould: £7.99, Wilton
Your festive desserts just got to a whole new level. Create festive cups or shot glasses using anything from chocolate to candy canes. These cups can hold your favourite winter drink, be it hot chocolate or mulled wine – they’re yours to experiment with. Not your usual shots, eh? Better, we think!
Baking Mix Gift Set: £28.95, Not On The High Street
Having ingredients pre-weighed can be super helpful when you’re cooking up an entire festive meal. These recipes come with their own mixing bowl and spatula, too, so you can whip up something easy, quick and delicious.
These gift sets can be personalised and gift wrapped to make it extra special for your loved one.
Novelty Cake Tins: £20, John Lewis
We tend to go a bit mad when it comes to Christmas baking; we end up with endless amounts of gingerbread cookies and mince pies but nowhere to store them. Even though cake tins can seem old fashioned, they’re a great way to keep your bakes airtight and fresh.
These Christmas themed cake tins not only keep your baked goods in great condition, but also add a festive feel to the kitchen.
Limited Edition KitchenAid Stand Mixer: £699, KitchenAid
If you’re feeling extra generous this year, a stand mixer is the ultimate baking gift. This centenary KitchenAid mixer has the same properties as the original mixers, but comes in a beautiful misty blue colour with a textured ceramic mixing bowl. This gift will make this Christmas one to remember.
The GBBO 2018 Cookbook: £7.99, Amazon
If you haven’t already bought this book, then Christmas is a perfect excuse. We were all hooked on this year’s Great British Bake Off and this book features all of our favourite contestants and their recipes, plus some of Prue’s and Paul’s technical challenges.
Mosser Glass Cake Stand: from £36.99, The Cake Decorating Co.
You’ve got to have a cake stand for all those beautiful Christmas bakes, right? Out of the many stands that are on offer, nothing beats the Mosser Glass cake stand. Available in an array of colours and sizes, the glossy finish and beautiful design will add a touch of sparkle to any cake.
Gingerbread House Kit: £12, John Lewis
What’s Christmas without a gingerbread house? This kit contains ready made gingerbread pieces, sugar “glue” and plenty of sweets to decorate (and eat). We advise to top it off with a sprinkling of icing sugar to add an extra Christmassy feel!
The Verdict: Best baking gifts
Whilst it’s tempting to purchase everything on this list, a few gifts stand out amongst the others. Every baker, whether beginner or experienced, would benefit from the Baking Heaven Magazine Subscription, with its endless recipes and hundreds of original ideas all year round.
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