Looking for a Christmas gift for a keen baker? If there's somebody in your life with a penchant for patisserie, who's barmy about bread-making and crazy about cake; if you are greeted by the of sweet smell of freshly-baked goodies every time you step through their door, or if there is a go-to person for birthday bakes in the family, who is glued to every episode of Great British Bake Off, you've come to the right place.
We’ve rounded up the perfect selection of treats to butter them up this Christmas. Fingers crossed you get to taste the results too!
1. The Bake Off food mixer
As seen in the Bake Off tent and coveted by passionate home cooks for a century, KitchenAid has been one of the industry leaders in stand mixers for the last 100 years, and it’s easy to see why. Extremely versatile, the attachment-ready Artisan stand mixer has a 4.8 litre bowl. It comes with four accessories included. It will be top of Santa's wish-list for many a home cook.
2. A classic cake stand
A must-have for showing off that fresh batch of perfectly risen scones or showstopper Victoria sponge, a classic cake stand is always a safe bet. Sometimes it can be tricky to know what kind will suit their tastes, so if in doubt go plain and simple. Designed to suit any kitchen, Garden Trading’s Brompton range is includes timeless pieces such as the classic Brompton cake stand along with matching storage canisters.
Steel Brompton cake stand in white | £28 at Garden Trading
This elegantly simple cake stand measures H12xDia.34cm and is made from powder coated steel. It is finished in Garden Trading's neutral Chalk colourway, making it well suited to any scheme.View Deal
3. A kitchen essential
The team at Period Living magazine thinks it’s hard to beat the retro weighing scales, but these Salter conversion electronic scales are pretty nifty, too. Featuring Aquatronic technology, you can switch from measuring in grams to milliliters in the press of a button, completely removing the need for measuring jugs and difficult guess work. It works for all water-based liquids (including wine, milk, stock, cream) meaning less time washing up!
Plus they come in this adorable gingerbread design.
Salter Gingerbread Scale | £19.99 at John Lewis
These adorable digital scales feature an unique Limited Edition gingerbread design and including an aquatronic function for measuring liquids.View Deal
4. A festive mixing bowl
A baking essential, the magic starts in the mixing bowl. Serving cooks and bakers since 1899, Tala offer a range of bakeware and cookware in a variety of colours, including the 5.5ltr stoneware mixing bowl in festive red.
Tala Originals Red mixing bowl 5.5 Litre | £15 at Dunelm
This classic mixing bowl is just the right size for mixing up a festive cake or cookies. It is made from stoneware and measures D30cm.View Deal
5. Merry mitts
Every baker needs a good pair of oven gloves for those bubbling crumbles and steaming hot mince pies. Featuring everyone's favourite bright-eyed and bushy-tailed forest friend, the new Squirrel & Spruce kitchenware collection from Thornback & Peel will delight cooks and nature-lovers alike. Featuring their signature vintage-style illustrations, the design is also available across aprons, tea towels and coasters.
6. Build your own hamper
Looking for a gift with that personal touch? This year Dobbies are offering a build-your-own baking hamper service allowing you to customise the contents for that special baker. Take your pick of everything from mixing bowls and cake tins to aprons and recipe books.
7. Scandi-style baking utensils
Embossed with pattern reminiscent of Scandinavian knits, this rolling pin will add a festive flourish to Christmas biscuits. Find it and similar designs at Lemonbaum's Etsy store.
Embossed Scandinavian Knit rolling pin | £27.68 at Etsy
This handmade rolling pin features a metal axel and is manufactured from European wood.View Deal
8. A star-baker worthy gingerbread house kit
Nothing says Christmas like a gingerbread house, but so often they end up looking like they've had a serious case of subsidence. However, with pre-made panels, their special recipe icing and a whole host of decorative treats, the Biscuiteers gingerbread house kit provides you with everything you need to create a festive showstopper.
Biscuiteers DIY gingerbread house kit | £35 at Selfridges
With everything you need for decorating success the kit includes pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, royal icing sugar, piping bags and an assortment of delicious decorations in beautiful frosty colours.View Deal
9. Cookbook Christmas decorations
Inspired by the nostalgic memory of baking Christmas biscuits, this decoration is certain to bring some smiles this year. Perfect for lovers of all things baking, it's destined for many a home-chef's stockings.
Traditions Cookbook Bauble | £6 at John Lewis
Made from glass, this is sure to look elegant on any Christmas treeView Deal
10. A beautiful recipe tin
We all have our favourite recipes, whether it's a heartwarming beef stew or our grandmother's Victoria sponge. However, with so many recipes online these days it's difficult to keep track. This beautifully illustrated recipe tin is perfect for keeping your recipes organised and makes the perfect gift for any cook.
Wrendale Designs Recipe Tin | £14.99 at Amazon
With six illustrated dividers to categorise different dishes (including 'Family Secrets'), and 64 recipe cards to keep stored inside, this recipe tin is the best way to stay organised.View Deal
11. Kitchen conversions wall art
If your keen baker also has a love of interior design, then there's nothing better than a gorgeous print that's actually useful. Save yourself time (and a flour covered phone screen) with this beautiful Kitchen Conversions illustration. Hang it in your kitchen and you’ll become a master in no time.
12. Glittering gold bakeware
Dazzle bakers partial to a bit of sparkle with some statement accessories. From whisks to sieve sets and measuring spoons, bakers won't want to hide Audenza's gold utensils away in the drawer!
Gold sieves, set of 3 | £4.50 on Audenza
These sieves come in three sizes (D8cm, D14cm and D20cm) to suit everything from sieving flour to dusting a hot choc with cocoa powder. View Deal
13. Classic cutters
A good set of pastry cutters is essential for preparing those perfect mince pies and classic scones. The National Trust has a set in a lovely vintage-style presentation tin for just £12, along with a plethora of baking goodies from crumble recipe books to a build-your-own gingerbread house kit.
For a limited time you can get a set of cookie cutters for free when you buy Christmas Living magazine, which is filled with interior inspiration and whole host of recipes, bound to inspire the baker in your life.
14. A subscription to Period Living
Featuring tasty seasonal recipes in each monthly issue, Period Living magazine is a brilliant gift to inspire future culinary creations while the magic is happening in the oven and what's more, this month there's a spectacular 42 per cent off subscriptions as a little Xmas treat from us.
A subscription to Period Living provides you with all you need to know about maintaining, renovating and decorating your traditionally styled home, with pages enriched by beautiful photography and insightful editorial, informing and inspiring you on your home improvement journey.View Deal