Which could be the perfect gifts for bread bakers? This is a question with a lot of different answers. And a lot of different prices.
I definitely don’t know the person for whom you’re looking gifts for bread bakers. That means that it’s up to you to establish what that person already has in their kitchen and which baking tools they might be lacking.
Obviously, you already pretty much have a budget in mind. That’s a very important factor, too. Some gifts for bread bakers can be quite pricey but also just wonderful.
I can tell you one thing: this post about gifts for people who love baking is going to be an absolute joy for me. It will contain all the good things and some tools that even I dream about.
12 Affordable Gifts for Bread Bakers
Let’s start off with the cheaper tools that can constitute the perfect gifts for bread bakers.
Don’t be fooled by the more affordable price.
All these tools are incredibly useful for those who bake bread at home. Each can be the perfect gift, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to achieve that, which is awesome.
1. Bench Scraper – Spring Chef Bench Scraper
This is actually a very cheap gift but it’s one that it’s so amazingly good.
If you want a gift for bread bakers that will be really useful and used on many occasions but you don’t have a budget that exceeds $10, a bench scraper will be perfect.
A bench scraper works primarily for scraping the dough from the work surface without damaging it. It will also make kneading easier.
But it can also be used to portion the dough and it’s great for working with sticky dough. And it even works for transferring vegetables.
It’s a pretty versatile cheap tool that pretty much everyone should have in the kitchen.
Among the many best bench scrapers, the Spring Chef Bench Scraper manages to stand out.
It’s actually a cheap set of two: a dough scraper and a bowl scraper. They both look great and the design will fit in any kitchen.
The dough scraper is made of stainless steel with a black sturdy plastic handle. The bowl scraper is completely black and it has a convenient measurement conversion chart printed on the surface.
2. Books about Bread – Bread Baking for Beginners by Bonnie Ohara
You can’t go wrong with giving books as a present. I’ve always been obsessed with reading and I tried making my friends and relatives love books a bit more by gifting them books.
Just because we’re talking about gifts for bread bakers, it doesn’t mean that we should forget about books as an excellent idea.
There are just so many to choose from.
If you want to read even more suggestions, read my post on books about bread, it contains a large selection.
I also have an article on cookbooks for Dutch oven, if you know that the person receiving the gift loves cooking in a Dutch oven.
Bread Baking for Beginners by Bonnie Ohara is pretty much a cookbook that covers a lot of topics from no-kneaded breads to enriched breads to sourdough starters. It has a bit of everything, it’s very nicely written.
If you want a book gift for someone interested in mastering sourdough breads, you should consider the Tartine Bread by Robertson Chad. It’s just fantastic and the best book on sourdough loaves.
3. Digital Kitchen Scale – OXO Good Grips 5-lb Food Scale
A digital kitchen scale is definitely a tool that most of us should have in the kitchen.
The very good news is that most of the time the price is truly affordable.
I must admit that this one from OXO is not exactly the cheapest but it’s one of the best.
The price is pretty much worth it because this digital kitchen scale has great precise accuracy, which is what truly matters.
It measures in 1/8-ounce and 1-gram increments. As I said, it strives to be precise.
Another interesting addition is the fact that the display pulls away from the base to avoid shadowing from bowls or plates.
The numbers are displayed in a large font with optional backlight, which is another addition that I like.
It also looks pretty amazing, I love the black matte look, it just fits in any kitchen. I also love its simplicity and ease of use. It’s what every baker needs.
It works on 2 AAA batteries, which are included. The receiver of this gift will lack for nothing, the OXO Good Grips 5-lb Food Scale is pretty much perfect.
4. Pizza Stone – Honey-Can-Do Oven Round Pizza Stone
A pizza stone also falls into the more affordable category when it comes to gifts for bread bakers.
It only gets expensive if you set your sights on a baking steel.
It’s pretty much absolute that every person who loves baking bread also loves making pizza.
A pizza stone is perfect for baking the perfect pizza outside of a wood-fired oven. But you can also make round loaves and even baguettes on it. It’s pretty amazing.
The Honey-Can-Do Oven Round Pizza Stone is definitely one of the best and one of the most popular.
Also, the price is pretty affordable and it offers everything you can ask for from a pizza stone.
It’s made of cordierite, which is a type of ceramic that’s more resistant. Still, if it’s dropped, it will break. It needs a certain level of care.
But cordierite can withstand large fluctuations of temperature and that’s what you should be looking for. Making an excellent pizza requires very hot temperatures.
That’s one of the secrets and the reason for which pizza stones can be such wonderful gifts for bread bakers.
It has a 16-inch diameter that fits well in most ovens.
For more options, you can also check out my post on the best baking stones for bread.
5. Loaf Pan – USA Pan Bakeware Aluminized Steel Loaf Pan
Another absolutely perfect affordable gift for bread bakers is the classic loaf pan. It’s especially great for those who have to make a lot sandwiches.
The USA Loaf Pan is absolutely the best. It’s very famous and immensely popular, exactly what it deserves to be.
It will bake perfect loaves every times. The release will go down effortlessly. The cherry on top is that the price is really affordable.
USA Loaf Pan has the standard 8.5 x 4.5 inches measurement. It’s great for recipes that require 3 or 3.5 cups of flour.
Aluminized steel is a very good choice for material because the loaves will be baked evenly with a pretty perfect crust.
6. Baguette Pan – Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Perforated French Bread Pan
For a more unique or a more interesting kind of gift, a baguette an might be what you’re looking for.
Who doesn’t absolutely love baguettes? I can’t think of a cold platter without thinking of baguettes and vice versa.
Bruschetta is another absolutely delicious dish for which baguettes are the absolute best.
A baguette pan is not something most of us think of buying for ourselves so, it can be the perfect opportunity to buy it as a gift for bread bakers.
The Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Perforated French Bread Pan is definitely really cheap. It’s also one of the most popular.
The quality is great, this baguette pan has 2 slots for baking 2 baguettes at the same time but there are also models with 3 or 4 slots.
Thanks to the fact that it’s made of perforated steel, the air circulates freely, which will lead to a crisp golden-brown crust.
If you have serious money to spend, I recommend also checking out the Emile Henry Baguette Baker, it’s pretty much a piece of art and I’m mostly referring to that price tag but also the quality.
7. Proofing Basket – Frieling USA Brotform Round Bread Rising Basket
Another useful gift, especially for those baking in a Dutch oven or a bread cloche, is a proofing basket.
The proofing of the dough is done in a proofing basket in order to achieve that perfect loaf shape that we all admire in pictures and in professional bakeries.
Those who are into baking sourdough loaves almost always use a proofing basket, too.
The good news is that the price is pretty affordable for most of them.
If you want to go for the more affordable option, check out the Forsun Round Bread Banneton.
But if this gift is special and you absolutely want the best manufacturer of proofing baskets, then the Frieling Round Bread Rising Basket is the best choice.
The 10-inch size will be pretty much perfect for everyone.
Frieling stands on top when it comes to quality and I discovered this manufacturer by reading a famous book wrote by an amazing baker. I think that says it all.
8. Bread Knife – Victorinox Cutlery 9-Inch Wavy Edge
On our list of affordable gifts for bread bakers, we should definitely include a bread knife. Most people already own one but it might be old.
There’s always a good time for receiving a sharp knife that will make cutting bread as easy as cutting butter.
I am very well aware that there are very expensive bread knives out there, some that cost more than some Dutch ovens or even a bread maker.
Well, the focus is definitely not on those.
If a bread knife is the perfect gift for bread bakers when it comes to your choices then you need a good one. A knife that will cut through loaves without making too many crumbs. Swiftly and effortlessly.
That’s what I’m talking about when recommending the Victorinox Cutlery 9-Inch Wavy Edge.
It’s affordable, has a long 9 inch blade, and a quirky design that looks awesome.
The design also has a functionality purpose: it keeps our knuckles from being in the way of slicing.
The sharpness of the blade is really the winning feature, the reason why this bread knife from Victorinox is totally worth it.
9. Toaster – Black+Decker Toaster 4 Slice
I just love toast and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t. But if you decided on a toaster as one of the best gifts for bread bakers, I will tell you that most of their prices are not cheap.
And who would have thought that shopping for an awesome toaster was not as easy as you would have thought?
Fortunately, I did quite a lot of research.
I’m very happy to say that I ended up finding a great toaster that has a price under $50. Compare that to Breville and you’ll see a massive difference in prices.
First of all, the Black+Decker Toaster 4 Slice looks awesome thanks to the fact that it’s made of stainless steel.
That gray really does it for me and I think it will fit nicely in any kitchen. Since toasters usually go on the counter I think that’s an important aspect.
With this 4-slice toaster the time for toasting only 2 slices at a time can be long gone.
I usually eat at least 4 slices at once, especially in the mornings with bread and marmalade and a big cup of green or black tea.
If you haven’t tried toasted baguettes or toasted ciabatta, you shouldn’t waste a second more.
The quality is impressive, too. Especially considering the price tag.
There are two buttons, one for each slot so you can toast bagels and slices of bread at the same time.
There are 7 levels to experiment with. The recipient of the gift can decide the level of crispness they’re set to use.
I like that it’s got the classic setting, just two dials that are easy to operate. Nothing complicated, just toast and bagels done perfectly.
10. Oven Gloves – Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitts
Oven gloves might not sound like an exciting gift for bread bakers but let me tell you something.
Most people, myself at the top, won’t get a new pair of oven gloves even if ours are stained or damaged or have been with us for years to come.
It’s not something at the top of the list when it comes to replacing it. A new pair of oven gloves might be just perfect and so well received.
There are definitely a lot of oven gloves to choose from but most look like we’re supposed to put our hands through the fire and hold them there for a while. I’m not a big fan of how those look.
The Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitts are not exactly the prettiest but at least you have a whole array of colors to choose from.
Why I chose them is that they’re very good at keeping fingers from getting burned. You would think that it’s what they’re made to do but there are many pairs that simply fail at doing their job.
The Homwe Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitts offer protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
They’re definitely comfortable and the very nice part is that their length ensures that these gloves also protect the forearms.
On top of that, they also have a non-slip grip. With all that going on, it’s surprising that they’re incredibly cheap. Lucky for all of us, they are.
11. Bread Box – Alhom Bread Box
Could we be talking about gifts for bread bakers without mentioning bread boxes?
I don’t think so. They’re just so good for storing bread and for keeping loaves from molding. And they can also look pretty while doing those practical things.
That’s definitely true for the Alhom Bread Box.
It has quite a few things going on for it:
- combination of wooden lid with stainless steel body – looks really nice, comfy
- great for tinier kitchens, as well
- measures 14.5 inches length and 9 inches height – it offers plenty of space
- taller than the classic bread keepers that we’re used to
- it can be attached to a wall
- fingerprint proof
- the lid can serve as a cutting board for even more functionality
- good price
12. Gluten Free Mixes – Simple Mills Gluten Free Mix
If you know that the person receiving the gift has to eat or chooses to eat a gluten-free diet, then gluten-free bread mixes can be a wonderful surprise.
Some of these mixes are absolutely delicious. Besides being really good, the fact that some of the most important ingredients are already mixed together makes baking so much easier.
There are a lot of mixes to choose from. A lot of really awesome ones.
You can create a melange of gluten-free bread mixes. Buy as many as your budget permits.
Those from Simple Mills have a lot of options when it comes to gluten free mixes of all kinds: for artisan bread, pizza dough mix, almond flour crackers, cookies and plenty of gluten-free mixes for desserts.
4 Expensive Gifts for Bread Bakers
These are pretty serious expensive gifts for bread bakers.
They are definitely worth it if your budget allows you to spend more money on a practical incredibly useful gift for people who love baking bread at home.
1. Stand Mixer – Hamilton Beach Electric Stand Mixer
Beginning my recommendations for expensive gifts for bread bakers with a stand mixer seems like the best start.
Who doesn’t love a nice stand mixer?
It’s perfect for making dough without putting in any effort. If you know someone who loves baking but doesn’t care for making the dough by hand, a stand mixer would be the perfect solution.
Moreover, it can be used to make all kinds of desserts. It has so many uses. It’s no wonder that their price is pretty high.
If you have a fortune to spend, then go straight for a KitchenAid stand mixer. They’re worldwide famous, after all.
I’m not going to recommend the most expensive model. Instead, I’m going to shortly review one of the best most affordable stand mixers for bread bakers.
The Hamilton Beach Electric Stand Mixer is a fantastic choice and one of the cheapest best stand mixers for dough making and so much more.
The body is made of plastic, a tilt design. If the receiver of this gift for bread bakers treats it gently when lifting up and lowering down the lid then this model can last a very long time.
Its main feature is the planetary action that KitchenAid models boast of. This Hamilton Beach Electric will mix ingredients absolutely perfectly.
It has 7 speeds and a 4-quart bowl with a handle. It’s pretty powerful, good enough for amateur bakers.
If you want a stand mixer made entirely from metal, check out the Cuisinart SM-50BC.
2. Dutch Oven – Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven 5 qt
There are a lot of Dutch ovens that are very expensive. That’s why I put Dutch ovens in the expensive category.
If you want to check out those expensive models and see what they have to offer I just have to mention the two most famous manufacturers: Le Creuset and Staub.
But there is another manufacturer who makes really affordable Dutch ovens. Even those of very large size, like a 7 qt pot, are cheap.
You should start first by checking out the Lodge Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven 5 qt. It has a lid with loop handles that can also work as a 10 inch cast iron skillet and the pot is also made of cast iron and it’s pretty big.
The price is really cheap and you can’t find a better combination that this one, no matter how hard you look.
There’s another Dutch oven that I want to recommend and this one is exclusively for baking bread.
I’m talking about Emile Henry Bread Pot/Potato Pot.
It’s actually made of clay and, as long as you don’t drop it, it will last a very long time.
Since it’s made of clay, it can be preheated empty with the lid on for as long as you want.
The spherical shape is really interesting and the lid resembles more of a dome. They both create the perfect seal for perfect steam, which will help the receiver of this gift create the most perfect loaves with a perfect crust.
3. Bread Machine – Zojirushi Virtuoso
If we’re talking about bread making and baking that happens without too much contribution from our part, then we’re talking about bread machines.
Bread makers are the absolute best gift for bread bakers who are just too busy to bake bread frequently but who still want to enjoy only homemade bread at the same time.
I love my bread maker and maybe that’s why I decided to include this recommendation on my list for the perfect gifts for bread bakers.
There are plenty of models to choose from. Some are pretty affordable, well under $100. Others have prices that exceed $300. There’s a big gap between models in terms of price tags.
If you want the absolute best, I recommend the Zojirushi Virtuoso. It’s expensive but it’s also pretty incredible and quite complex.
If you still think that a bread machine would be the perfect gift but you can’t spend more than $100, I recommend the Hamilton Beach Bread Maker 29882.
This Hamilton Beach bread maker is very good, it’s really easy to use by absolutely everyone no matter their age.
It’s perfect for those who are on a gluten-free diet, as well. It has a gluten-free cycle and it will create gluten-free breads that will taste great. It’s especially easy and delicious if you’re using a gluten-free bread mix.
4. Grain Mill – Roots & Branches Hand Operated Mill
It only seems fitting that as a last suggestion for gifts for bread bakers, I would be including a grain mill.
A grain mill is not something that the large majority of people would go for when it comes to picking out a gift.
But I have an awesome one in mind that you could check out.
I’m not talking about an expensive electric grain mill. Those are definitely great but they require a considerable budget.
I’m actually referring to the Roots & Branches Hand Operated Mill.
That’s right, it’s hand operated, having a screw-type steel grinding mechanism.
It will require some effort, the receiver of this gift will have to crank the handle, but it can be worth it for those truly passionate.
The good news is that it grinds everything, a wide variety of grains, rice, oats, etc.
The Roots & Branches Hand Operated Mill is also small, it fits into a drawer, it doesn’t have to always stay on the counter.
The price is pretty affordable, it’s very nice overall.
If you know a person who would love to make their own flour, this hand operated mill would be one of the best gifts for bread bakers.