Gift Ideas for the Baker on your List

Great Gifts For The Baker You Know Are Here! 

If you need great gifts for someone who loves to bake, then you are in luck! From quirky baking gifts, funny baking gifts, and practical gifts for bakers, our list is loaded with ideas – including gifts for the baker who has everything!

So, to get started shopping for bakers, we’ve linked these gift ideas through to Amazon for easy browsing. Here are a few gifts that’ll put the icing on the gift cake – pun totally intended.

Things to Consider When Buying Gifts For The Baker

There are a few things you’ll want to consider before you start just buying gifts for bakers that you know. Here they are – in no particular order!

Price/Quality. Obviously, price can dictate quality of the product but this is not always the case. The best mixers are genuinely expensive – but they do the job right and are tried and tested so it’s worth the investment. As for cookie cutters, it doesn’t necessarily matter if you buy cheaper ones – as long as they don’t stick or break and are a shape your baker likes!

We have obviously separated the gifts in this post from cheapest to most expensive. This can help you get an idea of what kinds of baking gifts are generally what amount. Knowing this, you can piece together a gift set yourself or simply buy one thing to be a standalone gift.

Purpose. In baking, this is an important one. When you are buying a gift, think about whether it’s in the realm of what you baker does. This is will help determine it’s usefulness and therefore its purpose.

For example, is your baker exclusively a pro cake maker? Then maybe don’t buy cookie cutters as a first choice gift for them. See what we mean? Something like an apron or a recipe book, however, CAN be used by different bakers so gifts like these can be a great choice if you are unsure what kind of baker you are buying a gift for.

Yakamoz Pastry DIY Cake Decorating Pen Icing Piping Tips Nozzles Bag Sugar Craft Fondant Cake Deco Tool Kit

Yakamoz Pastry DIY Cake Decorating Pen Icing Piping Tips Nozzles Bag Sugar Craft Fondant Cake Deco Tool Kit

 

Bamboo Book Stand,HENGSHENG Adjustable Book Holder Tray and Page Paper Clips-Cookbook Reading Desk Portable Sturdy Lightweight Bookstand-Textbooks Bookstands-Music Books Tablet…

Bamboo Book Stand,HENGSHENG Adjustable Book Holder Tray and Page Paper Clips-Cookbook Reading Desk Portable Sturdy Lightweight Bookstand-Textbooks Bookstands-Music Books Tablet...

 

Outshine Vintage Wood Recipe Box & Recipe Card Gift Set 4″ x 6″

Outshine Vintage Wood Recipe Box & Recipe Card Gift Set 4

PL8 Cupcake Carrier & Display PL8 5200

PL8 Cupcake Carrier & Display PL8 5200

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red

 

 

4 Homemade Baking Inspired Gifts

1. Snowflake Mix

Salty meets sweet as cereal, pretzels and peanuts get a coating of melted white baking pieces. Package this gift in cute holiday boxes!

Ingredients

  • cups bite-size rice square cereal
  • cups bite-size corn square cereal
  • cup small pretzel twists or pretzel sticks
  • cup honey-roasted peanuts
  • 12 – ounce packages white baking pieces
  • 12 – ounce package mint-flavored candy-coated milk chocolate pieces

Directions

  1. In a very large bowl combine cereals, pretzels and peanuts; set aside.
  2. Melt baking pieces according to package directions. Pour melted chocolate over cereal mixture. Stir gently to coat. Spread on a large piece of waxed paper or parchment paper. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Cool and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 1 month. Makes 16 cups.

 

2. Sweet Greeting

When you want to give more than a card, but less than a gift, slip a cookie or two in a plastic treat bag (available at crafts stores) with a solid-color piece of scrapbooking paper. Fold contrasting paper over the opening, punch two holes, then tie with ribbon.

3. Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice

These adorable treats will be an especially popular gift for families with kids. Give in a small box nestled in holiday-colored chocolate candies.

Ingredients

  • 12 – ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 10 – ounce jar maraschino cherries with stems, drained and patted dry
  • 36 milk chocolate kisses with stripes
  • Sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Place chocolate pieces in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute or until chocolate is melted, stirring twice.
  2. Hold cherries by the stem and dip, one at a time, in melted chocolate to coat. Place coated cherries on a large baking sheet. Immediately press the flat bottom of a kiss up against the cherry (forming mouse head). Insert two almond slices between head and body to form ears. Use a toothpick dipped in remaining melted chocolate to make eyes. If you like, dot some of the melted chocolate on tip of kiss for nose. (Or, place remaining melted chocolate in a resealable plastic bag; seal. Snip off a very small piece of one corner and pipe on eyes and nose). Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and let chill for 15 minutes or until chocolate is set. Use a small flat metal spatula or table knife to help remove mice from baking sheet.
  3. Store mice in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Makes about 36 mice.

4. Coffeehouse Chocolate Spoons

Coffeehouse Chocolate Spoons

For gifting, these chocolate-dipped spoons are delightfully delicious to stir into coffee or hot chocolate.

Ingredients

  • ounces semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 20 -24 plastic spoons
  • ounces white baking bar

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan heat semisweet chocolate pieces over low heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate begins to melt. Immediately remove from heat; stir until smooth. Dip half of the spoons into chocolate, tapping handle of each spoon against side of pan to remove excess chocolate. Place spoons on waxed paper; refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow chocolate to set up.
  2. In a heavy saucepan heat white baking bar over low heat, stirring constantly until baking bar begins to melt. Immediately remove from heat; stir until smooth. Dip remaining spoons into the melted baking bar. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set up.
  3. Place the remaining melted white baking bar in a small, self-sealing heavy plastic bag. Using scissors, make a small opening at one bottom corner of the bag; drizzle one or both sides of the chocolate-coated spoons with the melted white baking bar. Drizzle remaining melted bittersweet chocolate on white baking bar-coated spoons.
  4. Refrigerate spoons for 30 minutes to allow chocolate to set up. Wrap each spoon separately and store in cool, dry place for 2 to 3 weeks. Makes 20 to 24 chocolate-covered spoons.

5 Easy and Festive DIY Christmas Table Decoration Ideas

We’re willing to bet that some of your friends and family’s favorite holiday memories happened at the dinner table. with these Holiday decorating ideas, set a memorable Christmas table to serve your delicious food.

1. Garland Centerpiece

Dress up your table in holiday style with shiny candlestick holders that resemble baubles and bells.

Click for the complete tutorial

2. Simple napkin ideas

It’s the little touches that mean the most. This busy holiday season, take a few extra minutes to show your dinner guests how much they mean to you by setting a pretty table. Here are some cute and easy Christmas napkin ideas.

   

3. Fold a mini forest

Colorful papers, scissors and our creativitiy. Cut and fold a mini forest to decorate your table.
    

4.  Hanging greenery

Add a splash of greenery around the table to complete your table decor.

 

5.  Natural centrepieces

Fill a glass compote dish with fresh clementines, nuts, pine boughs, and candles for a display that smells as good as it looks.
  

 

What goes with Turkey?


Finding the right side dishes for your main courses is always important.  From the common potatoes to more unique side dishes, here’s 5 sides dishes to go with your main courses.

Tangy Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 12 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 4 green onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

  1. Place potatoes in oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain potatoes; mash with yogurt, onions, butter, salt and pepper.

Pecan Sweet Potato Bake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; beat until light and fluffy. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  2. For topping, combine the brown sugar and flour in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Fold in pecans. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes.

Sausage Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (14 ounces) seasoned stuffing cubes (about 9 cups)
  • 1 large tart apple, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage with onion and celery over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage mixture to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Stir in broth, eggs, melted butter, sage and pepper. Add remaining ingredients; mix lightly to combine.
  3. Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°, 3-4 hours, stirring once.

Cumin-Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 3 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 4 1/2-inch sticks
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a dry small skillet, toast coriander and cumin seeds over medium heat 45-60 seconds or until aromatic, stirring frequently. Cool slightly. Grind in a spice grinder, or with a mortar and pestle, until finely crushed.
  2. Place carrots in a large bowl. Add melted coconut oil, garlic, salt, pepper and crushed spices, and toss to coat. Divide carrots between two 15x10x1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly.
  3. Roast 35-40 minutes or until crisp-tender and lightly browned, stirring and rotating pans halfway. Before serving, sprinkle with cilantro if desired.

Honey-Butter Peas and Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas

Instructions:

  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 5 hours. Stir in peas. Cook, covered, on high 15-25 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.

Vegetarian alternatives to Turkey and Ham


Lets face it, not everyone eats meat.  Planning for a variety of guests can become quite complicated, especially when traditional Christmas dinners usually involve meat.  Here are two quick and easy main course ideas to include your vegetarian guests.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ a bunch of fresh thyme , (15g)
  • olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 large cauliflower , with outer leaves (1kg)
  • 4 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 x 400 g tin of quality plum tomatoes
  • 40 g flaked almonds
  • ½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley , (15g)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F.
  2. Peel the garlic, then add to a pestle and mortar with the paprika and half the thyme leaves. Bash well to a rough paste, then muddle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season.
  3. Zest the lemon into a separate bowl and set aside.
  4. Trim the outer cauliflower leaves. Trim away and discard the stalk so the cauliflower can sit flat, then cut a cross into the base.
  5. Rub the paprika paste all over the cauliflower, then place in a medium casserole pan. Drizzle over the sherry and squeeze the lemon juice on top.
  6. Cover and pop in the hot oven for around 1 hour 20 minutes, or until tender, removing the lid for the final 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven, then pour in the tomatoes, tearing or slicing them up into chunks. Sprinkle over the lemon zest and pick over the remaining thyme leaves.
  8. Return the pan to the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is golden.
  9. Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a dry frying pan over a medium-low heat until golden, then leave to cool.
  10. Once ready, take the pan out of the oven. Scrunch over the toasted almonds, then pick, roughly chop and scatter the parsley leaves on top.
  11. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, then carve up and serve with pilaf rice and steamed greens, or as part of a bigger spread.

 

Broccoli Cheddar Brown Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (whole is best, but reduced fat will do)
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked according to package instructions (when cooked, it should be between 3 and 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Bring an inch of water to a boil in a medium saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Place the broccoli and carrots in the basket, cover, and steam for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. Transfer the veggies to a large bowl, then drain and dry the saucepan.
  3. Return the saucepan to medium-low heat. Once the saucepan is warm, add the butter and let it melt, then stir in the onions and garlic. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until the onions are softened and translucent. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and cook 2-3 minutes more, stirring constantly, until flour is golden brown. Slowly pour the milk into the saucepan, whisking to incorporate it into the flour as you pour. Take your time with this step! Once all the milk is in the saucepan, bring the mixture to a simmer, continuing to whisk constantly. Continue to cook, whisking often, until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon (about 5 minutes more). Remove from heat and whisk in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, the Parmesan cheese, mustard powder, and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the cooked rice to the bowl with the broccoli and carrots and pour the cheese sauce on top. Stir to incorporate; taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed. Grease a square baking dish with butter or spray it with an oil mister (or cooking spray, if you don’t have an oil mister); transfer the rice mixture to the baking dish and top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and the Panko. Spray the top of the casserole with additional oil and bake for 25 minutes, then broil for about 3 minutes more, until the Panko is lightly browned. Remove from oven and let the casserole sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

 

Fun and delicious Christmas Appetizers

So you’ve decked out your house with homemade Christmas decorations and piled your hand-crafted Christmas gifts under the tree. Now, complete your DIY holiday party with these Christmas appetizers you can whip up yourself.

PITA TREES

Plant a forest of pita bread trees on your table in less than 30 minutes by topping wedges with store-bought guacamole. Click for the recipe.

Pita Trees
Pita Trees

HO-HO-HO HOTDOG CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

It’s very easy to do as well. You just need some hotdogs, barbecue sticks, cream cheese, a few sprigs of parsley and a few slices of red bell pepper.
Click for the recipe.

Hotdog Christmas Stockings
Hotdog Christmas Stockings

PINE CONE CHEESEBALL

A pine cone cheese ball is so easy to make and the perfect party food for the holiday season.  Click for the recipe.

Pinecone Cheeseball
Pine Cone Cheeseball

CHRISTMAS TREE PULL_APART

This adorable Christmas tree pull-apart is a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love and takes just minutes to make. Click for the recipe.

Christmas Tree Pull Apart
Christmas Tree Pullapart

PIGS UNDER A BLANKET WREATH

This adorable holiday app will become legend to all of your family and friends.
Click for recipe.

Pig-In-A-Blanket-Wreath
Pig Under a Blanket Wreath

FRUIT AND CHEESE PLATTER CHRISTMAS TREE

Build your Christmas tree cheese platter using the mix of cheese and fruit in the order of ingredients or any order you like! Click for the recipe.

Fruit and Cheese Platter
Fruit and Cheese Platter