Everybody loves receiving gifts. But you know what’s even better? Getting a gift that you REALLY want! I’ve been given a few bread baking gifts in the past. And every now and then, you get that gift that makes you say “YOU’RE AMAZING! HOW DID YOU KNOW?!”
If you know someone who likes to bake bread, and you want to knock their socks off with the best bread baking gift ever, here’s a list of 25 super cool gifts that every bread baker wishes they were given….
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#1: Bread Baking Vessel
“A bread baking vessel?! You mean an oven?” Well, obviously you bake bread in an oven. But baking bread inside a sealed heavy duty vessel that’s placed inside the oven is what gives artisan style bread its professional finish.
It’s usually one of the first things on a bakers wish list once they get into baking artisan style bread. Every bread baker wishes they had one and it’s also the one item that takes their bread baking to new heights.
There are a few different types that you can get that will give great results, but receiving any one of these will feel really special to a bread baker. Here are a few select choices that I’ve picked that are effective for bread baking, and make great gifts:
Challenger Bread Pan
This bread pan has a lovely story behind it. It was invented by a bread baker named Jim Challenger, who wanted to make a vessel that specifically gave bread bakers at home an easy way to get amazing bread results in a home oven. He sells the bread pan on his site here, and it’s one that was on my wish list for a long time before I purchased it. I LOVE this pan, and I’m sure that any bread baker would equally fall in love with it 🙂
The classic bread cloche is an effective and durable vessel that will give bread bakers a real sense of pride when they use it. This one from Amazon is made in France, and is a solid quality cloche designed for making artisan style bread boules.
Traditional Stoneware Cloche
This is a traditionally styled pot made of unglazed stone, which replicates an original brick lined oven. It’s a good choice for making boule shaped breads.
Because the stoneware is unglazed, it is porous. So the moisture trapped in the pot is attracted away from the breads surface, which increases the crispiness of the crust. Here’s a link to one on Amazon. It makes a great gift for a baker who likes all things traditional!
A Dutch oven is probably the most common vessel used for baking bread at home, as it’s very versatile and can be used for things other than bread baking as well, such as stews, casseroles, etc. which makes this gift a super practical one.
The best quality and most durable Dutch oven I know of is the Le Creuset branded Dutch ovens. You can get them on Amazon here. They last for generations and are great at higher cooking temperatures (which is important for bread baking).
But if you are on a budget, then the Lodge branded Dutch ovens provide excellent quality for the price and give great bread results too. I know this from personal experience, as it’s the brand I used for a long time before I purchased the Challenger Bread Pan I mentioned earlier. I bought this one from Amazon and loved it.
#2: Bread Slicing Knife
A good quality durable bread slicing knife makes a great gift that is long lasting and memorable. This one (Amazon link) is absolutely brilliant as a gift. It’s durable, effective, slices bread beautifully and effortlessly, and comes in a beautiful gift box.
If you ‘re on a budget, then the Mercer knife (link to Amazon) is an absolute bargain and has great performance. Make it a little more special by buying the knife guard to go with it. It’s super great value and completes the gift as a ‘set’. The guard will help protect the blade of the knife while it is not in use. A great gift at a great price!
#3: Bread Cutting Board
It’s always recommended to use a wooden chopping board for slicing your bread on. It’s a way of protecting your bread knife from becoming blunt prematurely.
Etsy have a brilliant selection of bread cutting boards like these that look gorgeous and are great quality. They can also be personalized, making it an ideal gift for a bread baker.
My favorite is the extra large walnut block here. You can order it already gift wrapped with a choice of which type of gift wrap you’d like. It’s a solid luxury chopping board with plenty of cutting room designed to last a lifetime if looked after properly, and it’s the perfect board for slicing into some homemade artisan style bread.
#4: A Fancy Bread Lame
Every baker wants a lame to score their bread professionally and with ease. And when you first start off, you usually end up just using a sharp knife or a razor blade. But receiving a great quality lame like this walnut trimmed one on Etsy feels really special. It gives that last step in the baking process a super luxurious feel.
The other option is to go for a lame that will help bring out a creative side to bread baking. This UFO lame (Etsy link) is a super trendy little lame that is good for making intricate designs and patterns on bread. It’s an excellent way to have some fun with bread and make some really unique and creative designs!
#5: Bread Baking Books
No bread bakers shelf would be complete without some classic bread baking books. I’ve picked out a few staples that every bread baker wishes they had on their shelf. This selection will offer a wide range of skills to perfect their bread baking techniques and recipes. Classic staple bread cookbooks that you can’t go wrong with:
Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish
This book is a New York Times Best Seller and is a really comprehensive guide to making breads and pizzas. A staple on bread bakers book shelves all over the world, this book would make a great gift for the aspiring bread baker. You can find it on Amazon here.
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
This is a super famous book by the famous baker Chad Robertson who worked in a world renowned Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. It has a lot of history about the baker Chad Robertson and contains background about sourdough bread baking in particular.
This book would make a great gift for someone who loves to learn about the journey towards bread baking, and to gain some knowledge around the world famous tartine bread recipes. Its available on Amazon here.
The Bread Bakers Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
This book is another classic. It’s a comprehensive guide to bread baking that contains a good range of recipes from bread to ciabatta and pizza. This award winning book is a staple that home bakers, as well as professionals can refer to regularly.
Artisan Sourdough Made Easy by Emilie Raffa
This wonderful book (link to book on Amazon) is made by a fellow blogger who explains sourdough bread baking in an easy to follow fashion without the overwhelm. Sourdough bread baking is always a harder beast to tame, so these skills will really stretch the bread bakers skill set.
The Sourdough School by Vanessa Kimbell
Vanessa Kimbell is a veteran sourdough baker who specializes in gut health and sourdough baking in particular. Her book goes through the basics of sourdough bread baking and continues on with other recipes using unusual and delicate ingredients. It’s available at Amazon here.
#6: Sourdough Baking course
What’s one better than buying a book? Buying an online bread baking course! This gift list of course would not be complete without me mentioning my upcoming online sourdough baking course 😉
If sourdough bread baking is something that your friend/loved one wants to get into, then my course will certainly cover everything from the basics, to more advanced techniques without the overwhelm. Sign up for my mailing list here to be the first to hear when it is released!
#7: Luxury Apron
A luxury apron is a great gift for the seasoned baker. I know that for me, once I have my bakers apron on, it changes my mindset. All the joys of baking overcome me and the stresses of the world simply lift away.
There are several great gift options for an apron. The first being a luxury bakers apron that is designed to be exceptionally comfortable and durable during baking. It’s an apron sold by Jim Challenger, the inventor of the Challenger Bread Pan I mentioned earlier. This apron is a solid quality apron designed to last, and can be passed down to the next amateur baker in the family!
Another lovely apron at a lower price point, is a personalized apron like this one on Etsy. This apron makes a lovely fun gift with a personal touch.
#8: Bread Accompaniments
Bread is amazing as it carries flavors so well. And it’s so versatile that the condiments you can have with it are endless. So giving something special that goes well with bread is a great gift idea. Here a few premium quality bread accompaniments that would be sure to impress:
These vintage jams/jellies from Etsy are an excellent accompaniment to bread. They are homemade and come in a variety of flavors to suit every taste.
Or if you wanted some alternative flavors, these come in a beautiful gift box, and you can choose whichever flavors you’d like from the varieties available.
Luxury Dipping Oils
This set on Amazon is a great accompaniment to dip your lovely fresh bread into. It includes quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and spices to make a wonderful range of dressings. A lovely gift to go with some freshly baked bread!
Honey is another great option to have with bread. This flavored honey selection from Etsy is a hand harvested, raw, unfiltered honey that has some unique flavor combinations added to it. It’s a lovely way to add something classic to fresh bread with an added flavor twist.
Cheese and bread are a match made in heaven. And what better gift than a box full of artisan cheeses to have with freshly baked bread! This hamper available at Etsy makes a thoughtful gift for the bread baker and bread eater alike!
#9: Bread Bakers Notebook
Do you know the secret to becoming an excellent bread baker? It’s surprisingly simple…
Making notes each time you bake bread. This is how bread bakers take their skills up a notch every time they bake. And what better gift to give than a personalized notebook (Amazon link) to keep all their bread baking notes and favorite adapted recipes in.
I was given one of these as a gift for my bread baking, and it’s still used every time I bake bread today.
#10: Sourdough Starter Kit
So I totally except that this may be my bias talking, but there’s something a little extra special about beginning a sourdough baking journey. And what better than this lovely sourdough baking starter kit from Etsy. It comes complete with everything you need to make sourdough bread from scratch, including recipes, a sourdough starter, a proofing basket, and it can also be gift wrapped upon request.
#11: Luxury Bench Knife
Jim Challenger (who I mentioned above) also now sells a luxury bench knife on his site, which is designed to be passed on from one generation to the next. It’s a solid quality luxury bench knife that makes an excellent gift for a bread baker.
If you have a tighter budget, then Etsy have some trendy bench scrapers with some fun messaging on it that make lovely gifts for bread bakers who like to have a little fun in their baking. A lovely gift without the higher price point.
#12: Proofing Baskets
A baker could never have too many proofing baskets! It’s one of those things that you wish you had loads of to make a variety of different sizes and shapes of loaves.
But sometimes, you have to draw the line and say you have enough. Until of course, somebody really sweet gets you a new shape and size as a gift for you!
Take a look at some of these proofing baskets on Etsy. They are fun and different, which adds a little fun and playfulness to the bread baking process!
#13: Bread Serving Baskets
It’s always nice to have a serving basket for your bread. Especially because it makes beautiful bread look even more beautiful!
This bread serving baskets on Amazon works well for bread because it allows for air circulation around the bread. This helps keep the bread crusts nice and crispy, and prevents the bread from getting ‘sweaty’, especially if it’s being served warm.
A couche is a simple durable cotton cloth that is used mainly for holding dough in a baguette shape. This is again one of those things that would be a lovely ‘nice to have’, that bread bakers do without for a while, making a perfect gift that would be much appreciated.
A professional grade one can be bought from Amazon for a great price (check it out here), and it’s something that is also useful for other bread baking tasks, such as lining proofing baskets, or covering resting dough.
#15: Pullman Tin
Ok, so this is one that I would love to get as a gift 😉 The pullman tin is on my wish list for making great sandwich loaves. I have a large family of big eaters who love sandwich bread, and I can never make enough, even when I batch bake!
The pullman tin is a good family sized loaf tin with a lid, making it ideal for making soft sandwich loaves that produce evenly sized slices.
It’s available in a range of different sizes and is widely available, including here at Amazon. If anybody wants to buy me one (I’m hoping my husband is reading this), I’m after the largest size 😉
#16: Grain Mill
If the bread baker you know takes their bread baking seriously, then a grain mill is definitely a gift that will impress.
It means that they can bake with freshly milled flour each time they bake their bread, and they’ll remember you every time they use it!
Although it’s a big investment, it is something that really is a one time cost if you get a good one. I recommend the Mockmill.
I have one of these myself and absolutely love it, (in fact if you buy through my link you’ll get a 5% discount! Use the code TRUESOURDOUGH5 at the checkout).
If you want more information about buying a decent grain mill, check out my article here.
#17: Bakers Weighing Scale
When making bread, weighing out your ingredients is especially important for getting consistent results. But something that many bread bakers don’t find so fun, is to calculate bakers percentages. That’s where you get to be the hero and buy a scale that automatically measures bakers percentages!
The My Weigh 8000 kitchen weighing scale measures all your baking ingredients AND calculates bakers percentages. Win win! (Here’s a link to it on Amazon).
#18: Serious Oven Gloves
Carrying a heavy scolding hot Dutch oven has it’s dangers. And buying these furnace oven gloves (link to Amazon) takes the worry out of burning yourself badly.
The glove design makes it much easier to get a good grip on the heavy bread pan, and is suited to furnace fire type heat, making it one of the safest pair of oven gloves you can buy.
#19: Dough Proofer
Dough proofing is an art that develops over years of experience as a bread baker. But one thing that makes dough proofing a lot more predictable and easier to learn, is a dough proofer like this one (link goes directly to manufacturers website where you can see videos of the product being demonstrated).
As far as I know, this dough proofer is the only type of it’s kind, because it allows you to set the temperature that you want to proof your dough at, which other dough proofers can’t do.
It’s a lovely nice to have for any bread baker trying hard to perfect their dough proofing.
#20: Food Thermometer
Perfecting bread baking means perfecting temperatures for both dough and baking. A food thermometer is a really handy kitchen gadget that allows a bread baker to really start refining their process. Amazon has a great value one here that takes internal temperatures of food relatively quickly.
#21: Baking Stone
A baking stone is a great tool to have in your bread baking arsenal. And if you already have one, it’s great to have 2! The hotter you can get an oven, the better rise you get in your bread. And baking stones help to achieve that extra heat. Amazon do a great value baking stone here.
#22: Stand Mixer
A stand mixer is handy for making an easier job of mixing and kneading. Although a Kitchenaid does the job just fine, I prefer the Bosch universal stand mixer (Amazon link) for bread dough mixing, as it simulates the way dough is mixed by hand, and it also carries larger batches of dough.
#23: Flour Dredger
This one is by no means necessary, but is really nice to have around. And that’s why it makes such a great gift.
A flour dredger is useful for spreading flour in a nice even coating onto your work surface and/or dough surface. A lovely inexpensive, casual and practical gift.
#24: Dough Whisk
A dough whisk is one of those things that you don’t really think you need until you have one and realize how useful it is! At least that’s what happened in my case.
I was lucky enough to receive this one one as a gift from Amazon. And at the time didn’t realize just how much faster and easier it made the initial mixing phase of my bread process until I started using one. Now, I see it as a necessary tool for bread making.
#25: Bread Storage Bags
Last but not least, a bread storage bag can be a great gift for storing bread in a way that keeps it fresher for longer. These bread bags on Etsy come with the option of a personalized message too, making it a lovely unique gift.
Bread bakers love sharing their bread with others. If you love freshly baked bread, these gifts will no doubt mean PLENTY of amazing freshly baked bread sent your way!
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