Christmas Gift Ideas for the Baker

Posted in Blog on 08.12.2018

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Baker

Do you have a baking or cooking friend or relative that you need Christmas gift ideas for?  Because yep, tis THAT time of year already – can you believe it?

I’m pretty sure the years get shorter each time round!  Confession time – there’s not a single thing I enjoy about going out shopping.  I’m a click a button, wait a day or two, thank the delivery driver and put all the inevitable cardboard in the recycling kinda gal.  From one time purchases to the weekly food shopping, the internet is absolutely my friend.  Christmas gift ideas are a lifeline because I can’t remember the last time I actually physically left the house to do any Christmas shopping.

Doing it all from the comfort of my own home means I can choose to listen to more than the same 3 Christmas songs, my clothing of choice includes pyjamas, there’s zero queueing and no lugging stuff round.  The hardest part of all is finding stash hideaways from prying nosy eyes.

So are you ready for a little bit of my own personal inspiration?  There’s plenty of things here that I either own or would like to own *hint hint if you’re reading Mr Morris*

Time to turn on your twinkly lights and settle down with your steaming mug of Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and a slice of cake.  Or two …

READY, SET, BAKE WITH THIS NIFTY APRON!

It also comes in a variety of other colours including purple, pink and red .. need I say more?

OVER 100 INCREDIBLE RECIPES IN THIS ONE BEAUTIFUL BOOK

I love Gaz Oakley’s cooking style.  He’s the vegan chef I aspire to be.

ANOTHER VEGAN COOKBOOK FOR YOUR ARSENAL

THE perfect book for all your kitchen f*ckery

THESE ANCHOR HOCKING HERITAGE HILL GLASS JARS ARE EVERYTHING (IMHO!)

I practically designed our kitchen round these glass jars.  The second I saw them I knew I HAD to have them.  I’d have more if I had space!

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BITS OF ANY KITCHEN

I’ve had my Salter Digital Scales for years and the only thing I’ve had to do is change the battery (once!!)  They have a great ‘tare’ function so if you’re weighing several ingredients into one bowl you can zero the measurements after each addition.  These also come in a lovely variety of colours.

CUP MEASURES JUST MAKE EVERYTHING EASIER

I love this set of measuring cups and spoons and if I didn’t already have a different set THESE are the ones I’d be buying.  You can also use the cup measures to easily scoop muffin batter into the cases, giving you perfectly matching muffins!

THE BEST BIT OF KITCHEN EQUIPMENT I OWN

Yes it’s expensive.  Yes it’s worth every single penny.  There hasn’t been a single professional kitchen I’ve worked in that didn’t have at least one of these.  Mum and Dad gave me mine as a wedding present.  They parked their car miles from the shop they bought it from and had to use a little truck to carry it.  Yep it’s a heavy old beast.  And another one that comes in different colours.

THIS GLASS BOWL SO YOU CAN LOVINGLY WATCH YOUR BATTER AS IT MIXES

I’ve wanted one of these for as long as I’ve had a Kitchen Aid.  Even before GBBO made it cool.

I {HEART} MASON CASH ANYTHING

Another thing I’ve had forever.  Literally.  I inherited mine from Mum.  Feels odd but comforting mixing in a bowl that’s older than me!  These things are practically bomb proof!

HOW ADORABLE IS THIS COLOURED WHISK??!

If you get this I will have serious whisk envy.  I SO want this whisk.  But I already have a drawer full of whisks and I get that ‘how many whisks does one person need?’ look.

IS THIS A SPOON OR A SPATULA?  A SPATULA OR A SPOON?  A SPOONULA?

We got ours from a Le Crueset shop in Nottingham.  I could spend a lot of time (and money) in that shop.  I contented myself with some saucepan fondling instead.

3 TIERED COOLING RACK FOR THE SERIOUS BAKER

Cool all the things!!  This is superb if, like me, kitchen counter space is limited.

COMPLETE WILTON PIPING SET WITH ALL THE NOZZLES YOU’RE EVER LIKELY TO NEED!

Something else that’s on my actual wishlist.  I’ve had my nozzles for years and they’re all mismatched and a bit scruffy looking now.  This looks like a lovely set and includes flower nails and piping bags in its own handy little case.  Also comes in different set sizes to suit all needs.

A CAKE STAND BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH FOR ANY CAKE

You’ve made, cooled and beautifully piped your cakes and now you need a cake stand worthy of your creation.

THESE GLOBAL KNIVES ARE AS BEAUTIFUL AS THEY ARE FUNCTIONAL

Favoured by many pro chefs for their super sharp edge and, because they’re a single piece of metal, they’re also super hygenic.  No nooks and crannies where food might get trapped.  They’re on the pricier side but, with a whetstone or sharpening steel, they will literally last you a lifetime.

THIS GARLIC PRESS BECAUSE NOT ALL BAKING IS SWEET RIGHT?

A little less glamorous than a beautiful cake stand or fancy coloured whisk but I LOVE this garlic press!  It’s super strong and very easy to clean as the metal press part is detachable.  I went through several more flimsy garlic presses before buying this one.  Wouldn’t be without it now.

PERFECT BATCH COOKING WITH THIS LE CREUSET CASSEROLE PAN

Another thing I’ve had for years – I have 2 sizes and use them all the time.  They’re perfect for homemade jam, soups, stews and sauces etc.  They ARE heavy though, good for a mini kitchen workout.

They also come in a huge range of colours to compliment any kitchen.

THE WORLD EITHER HAS OR WANTS ONE OF THESE INSTANT POTS

I’m in the ‘wants one’ camp.  I love the idea of just putting all the ingredients in a pot and letting it do its thing.  And having something wonderful and warming at the end of it.  Perfect to just leave alone while you’re doing all your baking.  And for feeding yourself and your family of course.

CUP OF TEA, SLICE OF CAKE, EMMA BRIDGEWATER.  YES PLEASE

The perfect tray to enjoy a cuppa and your well earned cake/cookie/muffin.  And because Emma Bridgewater.

KEEP ALL YOUR TREASURED RECIPES TOGETHER WITH THIS HANDY DANDY BOOK

I used to have scrawled recipes on little bits of paper everywhere till I bought this recipe book.  It has a handy contents list and conversion tables.  And will make a lovely keepsake for your kids.

PHEW!!  That’s the lot, I hope you haven’t got too many awkward people to buy for and that you might have found some inspiration in this Christmas Gift Ideas list.  Happy early Christmas and happy Christmas shopping from the delightful comfort of your own home 🙂

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