Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers + A Giveaway (CLOSED)!

Christmas is right around the corner, and I can hardly believe it! We just got back from visiting family in Northern California, and now we’re scrambling to get our house decorated and our shopping done! There’s just so much to do and so little time! This year I thought I’d do something a little different and share a holiday gift guide with you all. These are some of my favorite tools/gadgets, ones that I use all of the time! They’d make great gifts for just about anyone, but especially someone who loves to bake as much as I do!

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Bakers

❶ KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Series I use my stand mixer every day- it’s my workhorse! I love the paddle attachment with the scraper, the whisk along with the pasta cutters and ice cream bowl. I couldn’t imagine baking without it!

➋ OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper These handy tools are not just for cleaning off your kitchen counters. Yes they are for scraping off dough, but I also use mine for moving vegetables off my cutting board and into the pan, chopping bars and fudge, and creating perfectly even cuts.

➌ OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie ScoopIf you want evenly shaped cookies that are all the same size, this scoop is a must! I also like to use two scoops to fill cupcake liners too!

➍ Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence What’s not to love about this book?! All of Joy’s recipes are incredible, you seriously won’t be disappointed! I can’t stop reading it!

➎ Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat Once you start baking with one of these silicone nonstick mats, you won’t go back! They are designed to evenly transfer heat and prevent foods from sticking at temperatures anywhere from -40 to 500°F. I love using mine for cookies, but also for candies and pastries. Let me tell you, it certainly beats buying expensive rolls of parchment paper!

➏ Microplane Classic Zester/Grater Creates perfect flakes of chocolate and zest. I also like to grate fresh cinnamon and nutmeg into desserts with this guy too!

➐ Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-½-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven I know, this is more for cooking, but this dutch oven is so incredibly versatile! I love baking loaves of bread in it, sautéing apples for pie and even baking brownies in it! Plus I use it almost every night for dinner!

➑ Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Paste The secret ingredient in all of my baked goods. I hardly use extract anymore! This paste is made from both the seeds and the vanilla pod. It’s thick and syrupy and adds more of an intense flavor to recipes such as ice cream, frosting and pastry cream.

➒ Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet Everyone needs a sturdy baking sheet with sides! This is one of my favorites. It’s durable, easy to clean and the Silpat mat fits perfectly on top of it!

➓ OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Silicone Balloon Whisk I never thought a whisk would change the way I bake- I was wrong! I love using this whisk for just about everything, especially whisking dry ingredients, wet ingredients and for anything on the stovetop. It’s a silicone whisk which means it’s easy to clean, doesn’t rust and wont scratch you cookware/bakeware.

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  1. I would love the Le Creuset! I have a crummy one from Ikea but I think it’s time to move up to the big leagues. 🙂

  2. If I opened a box on Christmas with a Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven in it I might faint (my husband knows this, so we will see).

  3. I would love the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Marseille. It would be great for making Artisan bread in the oven.

  4. I’d really like to try the vanilla paste sometime. I’ve always used extract, but the paste sounds like it would add a lot more flavor. Happy baking!

  5. I’ve had my Kitchenaid mixer since 1973-what I really need is #6-the Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater.

  6. I would love to have the Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat this holiday season. I would love to use it when I make snickerdoodle cookies and fudge this month.

  7. I love the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Dutch oven. I’ve wanted one of these for a looong time!

  8. I would like the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven if I win. Thanks for this awesome sweep 🙂

  9. The mixer is beautiful! I already have one, but would love to gift it to someone in my family. For myself, I would like the baking sheet. You can never have too many of those!

  10. I choose Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven because I like that it is so versatile.

  11. I would absolutely LOVE the MIXER!!!! I don’t have one right now, and it is awful having to mix things by hand. That would definitely be loved in our house!!!

  12. I would love to receive a Kitchenaid Mixer because my arms get so tired from stirring baked good batters! My arms are usually tired to begin with from yoga so stirring just makes me whine LOL

  13. I would like to have a OXO Good Grips 11-Inch Silicone Balloon Whisk; it’d made a perfect addition to my collection of cooking utensils!

  14. Absolutely without a doubt the Kithenaid mixer. I would love to have one so much. My mother had one forever and I really miss it.

  15. I’d love the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven
    Thanks for the contest.

  16. I would love to have the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven.

  17. I’ve been dreaming of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer forever! I can just see it on my counter….and imagine all the delicious things I could make in it!

  18. I could really use the KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Series, The hand held that I currently have is a bit cumbersome.

  19. I would love to receive a stand mixer. I only have a handheld one and it doesn’t do everything a stand mixer does.

  20. (Dutch) Oven because mine is a hand me down from my grandma and it has a hole in the bottom the aluminum ribbed bottom dutch oven pan

  21. Oh wow, I’d LOVE to get the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven!! It sounds amazing!

  22. I have wanted the KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan mixer for years so it is definitely on my list. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and Happy Holidays 🙂

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  23. Love, Love, LOVE my Sil Pat baking sheets!! I need more Sil Pats and would be ecstatic to own a Kitchen Aid mixer!!!

  24. the Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat is something that looks very useful- would love to give or receive it 🙂

  25. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven

    I would like cooking something in this.

  26. The Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat for me. I am notorious for hating to clean up after myself when I bake. This would make clean-up easy.

  27. Thanks for the giveaway… we like the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven !