Great British Baking Gifts for Kitchen Showstoppers
The return of the Great British Bake Off has got lots of us thinking about creating our own incredible creations in the kitchen!
If you know someone who loves to bake up a storm, Bake Off themed creations make wonderful gifts for every occasion, including as personalised birthday gifts.
Jotting down recipe details can be vitally important to bakers, as this is how to recreate their latest finds. Baking is as much a science as it is an art, so it makes sense to write down the steps and exact measurements used to achieve something spectacular. As with so many other great gifts, it can be made even more impressive by adding some personalised touches such as the recipient's name or a special message.
Baking gift sets are another fantastic way to show you care, and they will also allow the recipient to use this item practically whenever they're in the kitchen. Wooden spoons and personalised baking utensils are always popular, and can also help them to make their next cake look more professional. For both established baking fans and those just getting started, this gift will help them grow in confidence and skill with each new creation.
A decorative baking apron remains one of the most popular options for impressing fans of cooking and cakes, allowing home cooks to feel fully prepared for the task of creating something truly special. In addition, aprons serve a practical purpose – protecting clothing from flour, fats and other baking hazards. To make it extra special, try looking for a personalised design and add your own flair to the gift.
Silicone cake moulds take some of the mess out of baking, and also often come in stunning colours to add some vibrancy to the kitchen. There are also a variety of different sized and shape moulds available to help the baker in your life get a bit more creative with their bakes. Silicon moulds also allow them to experiment without worrying about quite so much washing up at the end of the process...
This is an increasingly popular option for bakers, allowing them to practice their design skills before adding them to a cake. In essence, a practice board is a space where they can test their abilities with everything from lettering to borders – without making a mess or ruining the cake they're working on. If the baker you know is feeling a little unsure, yet is adventurous enough to start advancing their cake-making, they'll surely appreciate this thoughtful gift.
This is not only a practical gift, but it's also a helpful one. A cake pan can really elevate a bakers experience, and their end product, by distributing heat quickly and evenly for the perfect bake every time. Cake pans can often be purchased in packs, ensuring there will always be one clean when the baking urge strikes. Look for high quality pieces with added durability, and match against the size of cake they normally create.
Who doesn't love a cake stand? This is a gift which is both aesthetically pleasing and practical in nature, giving bakers somewhere to store the things they've made, whilst also displaying them in a beautiful and timeless way. There are plenty of different options on the market, including stands for cupcakes and domed, covered stands for larger cakes. Glass and chrome finishes will look great in any space, and are sure to win rave reviews for their next big bake.
If your favourite baker prefers biscuit based bakes, a cookie cutter (or even a set of them) is the perfect gift. Available in a wide range of different designs and shapes, cookie cutters are a great option for bakers that want to keep their creations uniform enough for the scrutinising eye of Paul Hollywood. If you want to impress, choose a design you know they'll love – personalised to an interest or a hobby – or go for a set to give them more options in the kitchen.
Want to help make baking a little more easy for the baker you love? Invest in an electric mixer. Time-saving and less labour-intensive than mixing by hand, these gifts tend to be at the pricier end of the gifting market. However, if you want to invest in their hobby in a big way, then this is the perfect way to do it. Go for a mixer with a fun design or rendered in a bright colour, as this will look great in the kitchen even when it's not in use – and could even entice others who wouldn't normally try their hand at baking to give it a go.
Know a baker with lots of utensils, and nowhere to put them? Then this could be their dream gift. A tool caddy is the perfect place to store their growing collection of brushes, spatulas, piping tips and anything else that they could possibly need. Simple and straightforward, some of the best caddies have a variety of drawers and compartments to help keep everything organised and provide a special space for each item.
Cake Decorating Set
This gift can range from items designed to add more creativity to the top and sides of a cake (such as decorating tip sets) or even ready-made pieces which can be placed on a cake for instant wow-factor. If you're going for this option, adapt it to suit the skills of the baker you're shopping for, and watch as they continue to develop their talents!
Here are a few of our favourite items, all of which can be personalised to suit your recipient:
Real baking aficionados know how important it is to keep track of their recipes, and what better way to do it than with this delightful cake baking notebook. With a mouthwatering design and a personalised cover, this is the perfect space to store new ideas and the instructions to tried-and-tested creations. Available in either an A4 or an A5 size, this notebook is perfect for either storing in a drawer for the occasional bake, or keeping close to hand for baking pros.
If you know a lady who loves baking, she'll surely love this personalised gift, which us sure to get her revved up and ready to bake! This delightful apron features a quintessentially English bunting design, alongside the classic Bake Off starting orders of 'On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!' This apron is available in either white or black, and can be personalised with the star baker's name, and is machine washable (ideal for removing floury hand prints and cake mix).
It's not just adults who love to bake – children often enjoy getting in on the act, too! A day of baking is a great way to spark a child's interest in the kitchen, and having their own apron is a great way to encourage them to keep coming back for more. This apron is also the perfect way to help younger aspiring bakers feel involved, and can be personalised with their name, as added encouragement to test their culinary skills. They'll be a mini Masterchef in no time at all...