I hope you’re all enjoy the holiday season and getting geared up for the big days ahead (whichever days you’re celebrating!).
I’m up here in CT snuggling in with my sick little one watching endless hours of Disney+ (sent from the heavens, am I right?) in front of our top half-decorated Christmas tree (#toddlerlife), drinking coffee that’s been reheated 4 times. Fun times!!
In the next few days, I’ll be hunkering down in the kitchen with my cousin, Mariah, to do another cooking, baking, and photography marathon for the blog. We’ve got something like 12 recipes planned to make and I can’t wait to share them with you over the next month!
In the midst of all the cooking and baking we do for this site and my family, I thought I’d share a few of the most used and well-loved on tools from my kitchen as a gift guide for you.
These products are the ones I swear by! Some have been used for years, and some are used every.single.day.
They are the work horses of my kitchen and if you have a cook or baker in your life – or someone who wants to learn! – start with this list of suggested gifts for them.
I’ve also included a few coffee-related items because: COFFEE. We’re big coffee drinkers so no kitchen gift guide of mine would be complete without our favorite items.
I hope this gift guide helps you in your holiday shopping endeavors! I’d love to hear what you decide to purchase, but feel free to also leave your own favorites in the comment section below! Happy Holidays, friends!!
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Best Gifts for the Cook or Baker in Your Life
This list includes some of the best holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers for the cook, baker, or coffee lover in your life. These are some of my favorite kitchen products and all have been WELL tested!
While this may not be a kitchen gift specifically, I've been meaning to share this coffee with you for years. It's our FAVORITE whole bean coffee! We discovered 44 North on a trip to Maine in 2015 when my friend Lydia brought it to the brunch we hosted at our rental house. The beans are organic and fair trade certified, and are roasted right in Stonington, Maine. You can order online or pick up in some local stores in Maine.
50% OFF REGULAR PRICE!* We've had this Nespresso machine for 3 years now and I'm still touting it as the most well-used appliance in our kitchen. We use it daily for quick cups after our morning pot is empty and I can't stress enough how much we love the coffee and espresso this machine makes. I use it to make my iced lattes in the summer and for cappuccino with the Aeroccino milk frother in the winter. (*Sale as of 12/10/19)
If you have a baker in your life who has a KitchenAid mixer, they will LOVE having an extra mixing bowl to use for baking projects! There have been so so many times when I've used 2 bowls at once or have needed an extra bowl when one was in the dishwasher. This is an invaluable gift for home bakers that comes in under $50!
A great apron is an absolute necessity in the kitchen and if you're thinking about one as a gift for the cook, baker, or griller in your life, Hedley & Bennett is the best around. Handsewn in California, these aprons are built to last. They wash beautifully and the fabric softens as it ages. I purchased one for myself a few years ago and wear it every single day in the kitchen (you can see me wearing it on my About page). Also! They have a collection of Christmas aprons!!
The perfect stocking stuffer (coming in at under $10!), every cook and baker needs this tool in their kitchen. I use my dough scraper allll the time from cutting cold butter and yeast dough into pieces to scraping dry dough and flour off my countertops. It's dishwasher-safe, which is good because I use it at least 5 times a week!
Another invaluable gift for the baker in your life, this mat has graduated diameter measurements for rolling out pie or pizza dough and linear rulers to make rolling and cutting long pieces of dough SO much easier! I use my mat frequently and I love that it's so easy to clean with just soap and water.
50% OFF REGULAR PRICE!* I know it seems like everyone and their sister has an Instant Pot these days but I only purchased mine this past summer and I have plenty of friends and family who I know would love this as a holiday gift. I've used my Instant Pot a bunch of times in the past few months (like for this shredded taco chicken) and have since stopped using my regular crock pot because the Instant Pot also has a crock pot function. (*Sale as of 12/10/19)
Bravetart is one of my new favorite cookbook of this year! If you know me, you know I love classic recipes and this book is chocked FULL of them! Stella has definitely done her research for every recipe in the book and each one includes a history of how the recipe came about in the American baking culture. The book is a pure joy to read, if you're into reading cookbooks, as I am, and the recipes are flatout tremendous. Stella's make-ahead whipped cream and marshmallow frosting are 2 of my favorites that I've made so far. You won't be sorry by purchasing this book (especially if it's a gift to yourself)!
I only have a few baking-specific cookbooks on my cookbook shelf and the Vanilla Bean Baking Book is one that I regularly reach for when I'm looking for a recipe or some inspiration. Sarah Kieffer is the blogger behind The Vanilla Bean Blog and after having spent years working in bakeries, her recipes are reliable, creative, and utterly delicious! Her yellow cake, cinnamon rolls, and banana bread are my go-to recipes now. The recipes in this book include straightforward classics with some twists to make new modern favorites. I love that they're not funky recipes with hard-to-find ingredients that I'd never make!
These are the espresso glasses that I use for serving espresso and for styling in my blog photos. I use the 2.5 oz glasses (perfect for a double espresso) but Bodum offers cup sizes up to 15 oz so they're perfect for all size drinks. The double-walled design insulates the glass and they're SO great at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.
I am utterly in love with these bowls! We've been using them as our everyday kitchen bowls for cereal, oatmeal, ice cream, soup, etc. for the past 5 years and I'm so happy to have found a set of bowls that I'll never tire of. They're well-made, heavy-duty, dishwasher and microwave safe and in 5 years, we've only broken 1 of the 12 we purchased. Not bad!
When Kyle gave this air fryer to me for Christmas last year, I was a little doubtful that it would get used very often but let me tell you: we use this oven every.single.day. No joke! We use the toaster most often (also allowing us to get rid of our dying conventional toaster), but also for reheating leftover pizza, and air frying tater tots, chicken strips, and basically small batches of anything else that a regular oven would be used for. I absolutely LOVE this appliance!!
I've mentioned my favorite Farmhouse Pottery pantry mugs a few times over the past few years and just in the past year have I finally treated myself to some of their other pieces. I'm a collector of pitchers and the Farmer's Pitcher is by far the most beautiful in my collection. I use it for lemonade in the summer and as a water pitcher on the table when we have company.
Another great stocking stuffer idea, this set of 3 Y peelers is completely perfect for the cook or baker who does lots of peeling. I've had this set for YEARS and it's another one of my kitchen workhorse tools. Each peeler in the set has a different blade and the straight/flat blade makes peeling annoying food like apples and potatoes an absolute breeze!
I have a number of Spode pieces in my Christmas dishes collection and my platter is the one I reach for most often during the holiday season. It's such a classic design that's perfect for serving cookies, appetizers, cheesecake, and breakfast treats when we're entertaining.
There is no more well-used pan in my kitchen than this cast iron pan! The pan lives on my stove top so it's always ready to go on a whim for cooking and I use it more often than any of my stainless steel or ceramic non-stick pans. It's easy to clean, care for, and costs WAY less than any of the ceramic-coated cast iron pans. Cast iron pans will last for YEARS and in my opinion, no kitchen would be complete without one.
For years, I used a 7-cup food processor that worked like a champ. The only problem I had was that the bowl was too small and on more than 1 occasion, I accidentally overfilled the bowl, which spilled the liquid all over the machine and my counter. So last year, we invested in this very same 14-cup Cuisinart food processor and it's been AMAZING! No more batching my recipes so they fit properly in the food pro! This is an absolutely essential tool in the kitchen that every cook and baker needs and would truly love!
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