Need gift ideas for the baker in your life? Or maybe you just need some new idea to add to your own wish list? Here’s my list of must-have kitchen tools, gadgets, and fun splurge-worthy gifts for every home baker!
Happy Cyber Monday! Are you tackling everyone on your Christmas list today? I couldn’t think of a better time to share a few of my favorite gift ideas (so hopefully you can snag a sale!).
I’ve listed favorite gifts straight from my own kitchen. Most of these links (but not all) are affiliate links to Amazon, meaning that I earn from qualifying purchases. I think you’re sure to find something here to buy the baker in your life, or maybe just grab it for yourself (especially if it happens to be on sale today!).
A KitchenAid Mixer
Here’s the one I recommend: Artisan 5qt KitchenAid.
Getting the obvious out of the way first! OK, I know this is a splurge for sure, and it’s definitely the highest-ticket item on my list… But this is one tool every serious baker should have in their own kitchen. And they come in so many beautiful colors (I also have the beautiful “Bordeaux” color!
Pictured above is my beloved KitchenAid Mixer in “Ocean Drive”. If you watch my YouTube videos you may also know it as “the Lonely Mixer” 😂, and while I don’t often use it on video I use it to test nearly all of my recipes. This mixer is a workhorse and mine has handled thousands of batches of thick cookie dough, big batches of cake batter, and sticky bread dough without skipping a beat. It’s a champ and I believe this mixer is unparalleled in quality.
If this is just too much of a splurge, I also recommend KitchenAid’s colorful hand mixers. I use my “Crystal Blue” one in so many of my videos.
Here are the tips I use:
- This Wilton set has so many different decorating tips, great for decorating sugar cookies with royal icing! And it’s on sale today!
- This set of Ateco large piping tips is perfect for effortlessly piping beautiful swirls of frosting.
- I also highly recommend the Ateco 848 tip, if you’re only going to buy one tip, make it this one! I use it for almost all of my cakes and cupcakes and even my meringues! It makes even the most novice cupcake decorator seem like a pro.
Glass Mixing Bowls
Here are the ones I use: Set of 3 Pyrex mixing bowls and Anchor hocking mixing bowls.
So simple but so necessary. I own four sets of these glass mixing bowls myself! They’ve been used in nearly every one of my videos, they’re the perfect size for whipping up a batch of cookie dough, and they’re priced really well!
A Kitchen Scale
Here’s the one I use: Ozeri Kitchen Scale
If you’ve been following the blog, most likely you know how critical a good kitchen scale is. It’s the best way to level up your baking game and, I can’t stress this enough, every serious baker should own one.
They’re critical for measuring your flour properly (or any ingredients, for that matter) and if you have any questions just see my post on how to use a kitchen scale.
Linked above is the exact scale I use. It’s accurate, the batteries last forever, and its price is comparable to that of a set of stainless steel measuring cups (which you’ll never need again after you buy one of these!).
A Good Candy Thermometer
Here’s the one I use: Digital candy thermometer
For those of you with a serious sweet tooth who are ready to hone your advanced confectionary skills, a good, reliable candy thermometer is an absolute necessity. Just being off by a few degrees can ruin an entire batch of candy! For perfect results every time, you need an easy-to-read digital thermometer.
This is the same candy thermometer that I use to make my favorite candies like toffee, peanut butter fudge, and the peanut brittle pictured above (which all make good gifts on their own, honestly!).
A Good Cast Iron Pot or Skillet
Here’s the one I use: Le Creuset Dutch Oven in Caribbean Blue
This is another splurge for the serious home chef, and like the KitchenAid it’s available in many gorgeous colors. Mine is “Caribbean Blue” but there are a few other colors I have my eye on, like their “Blue Bell Purple”.
I also own and love this 4qt Staub. It’s a wonderful gift (still a splurge) and perfect for making caramel or baking sourdough bread!
Not ready for the splurge? I get it, and my husband will be the first to tell you that Le Creuset is… overpriced (but… the colors!!!). Lodge makes some great and much more cost-effective enameled Dutch ovens as well (also on sale today!). My non-enameled cast iron cookware is all made by Lodge.
A Madeleine Pan
I own and use both of these: 12 cup Madeleine pan and USA 16-cup Madeleine pan.
Every baker should have the tools to make the perfect batch of light, buttery, perfect madeleines. This is a well-made, sturdy (it won’t pop/warp in the oven!) non-stick pan.
Psst: Even though it’s nonstick I still brush my molds before baking, but this tray cleanup is always a breeze.
Cute, Practical Kitchen Utensils
- Pretty blue spatulas and fun sprinkle spatulas add a splash of fun and color to the kitchen. They literally do make baking more fun. I’m not kidding.
- These magnetic measuring spoons are practical and they stick together in your drawer so they’re always easy to find.
For the Baker/Dog Lover!
Here’s mine: I just want to bake cookies and pet my dog t-shirt
I know this isn’t necessarily for everyone (sorry cat lovers!), but I am all. about. this. T-shirt.
Sugar Spun Merch!
Not a dog person? Grab yourself a Sugar Spun Run apron instead, or check out some of the other merchandise in my shop!
A Beautiful Glass Cake Stand
Here’s mine: Mosser 10″ glass cake stand in “Eggplant”
Is there any better way to show off a beautifully decorated layer cake than on a glossy, jewel-colored glass cake stand?
I own SIX of these Mosser cake stands, each in a different color. They’re all stunning, but my favorites are the Eggplant (shown above), Jade, and Robin’s Egg Blue (you can see that one on my Funfetti cake recipe).
Other Notable Gifts (Bonus: Made in the USA):
- A good set of bakeware. These are solid, sturdy, beautiful, and, as a bonus made in the USA!
- A cute, dessert-scented candle. “Suck it Up, Buttercup” from Milk Barn Candles is my favorite, it makes the house smell amazing even on days when you’re not baking. Locally made in Maryland! For a non-toxic candle option, check out another local favorite of mine, Fig & Fire.
- Mosser glass mixing bowls. These come in all the same beautiful colors as the cake stands I shared above and are also made in the USA! They’re certainly a splurge and not my every day mixing bowls, but they’re beautiful and make a sweet gift!
- A quality cutting board — that doubles as a charcuterie board. Another splurge, this cutting board is a work of art that I love to display in my kitchen. Also made in USA! While this may be more for the chef than the baker, I use mine all the time for cutting cinnamon rolls, mincing chocolate, etc. Use code “SUGARSPUN” for 15% off your first purchase.
Looking for even more ideas? Check out my affiliate shops on Amazon!
Whew, OK, now get to shopping! Who are you shopping for this Cyber Monday, yourself or your loved ones!?
I got the Ateco piping tips for Christmas and I’m so excited to use them! Happy New Year, Sam! Thank you for all your delicious recipes and helpful tips! 🙂
You are going to LOVE them, Kim! Thank you for your kind words, and Happy New Year!
Hi! Would you mind sharing which gel food coloring brand you use? I tried to find it on your Amazon storefront, but couldn’t find it.
Hi Blair! I love Americolor food gels. 🙂
Are you ever going to publish a cookbook? I love your recipes, and only ever use your site, but I prefer a physical cookbook rather than an online site.
I do hope to be able to publish one at some point, but I don’t have a timeline at this point. Thank you so much for your support and for following along. 🙂
Will the apron ever become reavailable? I really want to get some sort of SugarSpunRun stuff, but I’m not a dog person, so the T-Shirt isn’t for me.
Hi Seth! Sorry for the delayed response. I don’t know why it got taken down, but I have been working on getting it available again. You can find the apron here. 🙂
I was clicking through specifically to find the pizelle maker (I apologize if I misspelled that!). It is out of stock on Amazon, and I was wondering if there is another one that you recommend. I love that it is made in the USA!
Ugh! I can’t seem to find one anywhere! It’s so frustrating! I’m sorry. 🙁
I would love to buy one of your cute wooden spoons with your Sugar Spun Run logo. I enjoy your recipes so much and have learned lots of helpful tips. Thank you.
Hi Tracy! I’m working on a way to be able to have those available for sale. I’m so glad you enjoy everything so much, and I’ll be sure to make an announcement once I figure out a way to make those spoons available. 🙂
Can you do a Q and A and kitchen tour video I really love your baking so much. I really want this two videos 😊😊😊😃😃😃
I just ordered you tee-shirt. I love it and it fits the way I am 🙂
Thanks so much in posting your favorites!
I hope you love the shirt, Marianne! 🙂
A very sensible list, as one would expect from you!
I have the magnetic measuring spoons they are the worst I have ever owned. BEWARE! Amazon says they fit most jars. Does not say all.
Tablespoon will not fit in the McCormick jars. The half tablespoon barely fits but no extra room to level off in jar. I had to buy a set of narrow rectangular measuring spoons for spice jars. I could have just bought the narrow rectangular and saved $21. Best to buy one set that will work for everything. Put the money on another baking tool.
Hmm I guess it’s not very often I need a tablespoon of a spice, you can always use the teaspoon three times instead, though I agree that could be a pain if you have to measure out a lot of tablespoons! I truly LOVE these measuring spoons, though, they’re what I use in my own kitchen and I bought one for all of the bakers in my family last year. Thank you for the feedback, Joli!
They did a comparison with these spoons on Cooks Illustrated and this particular set was found to have some, I think 2, of the spoons inaccurate. Not a big deal, unless you are measuring something like baking powder. The did the test by weighing the contents of the spoons and found the inaccuracies.
Time to shop, me thinks!
Thanks For sharing this Sam. I am going to send this to my grandmother and ask my mom and dad for this stuff and I might even buy some myself.
Got to send this to my mom, all I asked for was baking supplies for christmas this year! 😉 thank you! Oh and YES, the sugar spun apron is on my list!!
I love your blue stand mixer it is a lonely stand mixer and it made me laugh in every video 😊😄😄😄
I’m bored at 1:00 am and just the post about baking supplies I need for Christmas comes right along!