Whether our interest is piqued as we watch amateur bakers try to perfect a Victorian sponge in the Bake Off tent (and immediately attempt to recreate) or decide to try our hand at banana bread in lockdown, baking is all the rage right now. But for bakers who take the art of mixing, folding, piping, and decorating seriously, once they’ve been bitten by the baking bug, it’s a lifelong love affair.
After all, in the hierarchy of hobbies, it’s a pretty great one to pursue – there aren’t many other pastimes that you can say results in gooey brownies, a crisp sourdough or the perfect scone for afternoon tea. It is, however the kind of activity where you need the right equipment – from baking wares to inspiring recipe books and *all* the measuring utensils (eyeballing quantities when it comes to baking spells disaster). So if you have a baker in your life that you’re looking to spoil for an upcoming birthday/anniversary/Mother’s Day/just because, the good news is, there are plenty of baking gift ideas that will make them swoon.
For those more recent converts to the baking world who are still trying their hand at new delicacies, Nadya Hussain’s recipe book with mouthwatering treats like ginger and almond florentines will go down a treat, as would a 3-month subscription to try out new baking ideas via Not On The Highstreet. For a lavish gift that any baker would want to receive, might we suggest this retro Smeg stand mixer – with capabilities to beat, whisk and knead, it’s a piece of equipment they’ll use for years to come – plus it’s a 1950’s design makes for a super stylish addition to their kitchen countertop.
Even if they’ve been baking since way before it was cool, and have all the basic equipment (and then some) our edit of the best baking gifts will have something to surprise them. Whether it’s a quirky baking gift, like these cat measuring cups or an upgrade on their current bakeware with this stylish gold bundt tin, we guarantee you’ll find something to make their day. And with these new baking gifts at hand, we predict a show of their gratitude towards you in the form of an endless stream of cookies, breads and cakes – yes please.