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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Today I’m sharing my holiday gift guide with you. If there’s a baker/cook in your life that you’re still trying to shop for then I have some ideas for you. I happen to own and love several of the items on this list and others are things that I admire and would love to have. How does that saying go? The best gift to give is one that you would want to have yourself.  Maybe Santa’s reading this blog post and will see what’s on my wish list ;-).

Note: Some of the links below may change or become no longer available. If an item is no longer available or the link no longer works then I would suggest searching the internet for something comparable if there’s something you’re really interested in. The list is meant to be a guide to give you ideas. All links below are not affiliate links. I get nothing from them.

Kitchen Essentials:

1) First up let’s talk about some kitchen essentials. One is a KitchenAid mixer. If a baker/cook doesn’t have one then trust me they want one. They are a must in any kitchen especially a cookier or baker’s kitchen. Dough, cake mixes, etc are whipped up in a jiffy. Believe me they’ll thank you for it.

2) This Linden Sweden Baker’s 4-tier Adjustable Metal Cooling Rack is in my kitchen. It was a gift from a friend and it’s one of my most treasured items aside from my KitchenAid Mixer. As my cookies are coming out of the oven I place the baking sheets on here while they cool. It keeps all my baking sheets tidy and in one place. Love it!

3) I’ve mentioned the Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin before on the blog. I’ve tried many rolling pins and once I found this one nothing else compares. Whether you’re rolling cookie dough, pie crust or any other kind of dough you’ll get it just the right thickness for your liking by changing the discs to what you need.

4) I consider an anti-fatigue mat an essential in a kitchen. Standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces can cause back pain. A gel mat like this one can help alleviate some of the pressure.

5) These cookie scoops are another favorite of mine. The quality is great and you’ll get uniform cookies every time with them.

6) A Silpat is another favorite of mine and what I consider a kitchen essential. They’re non-stick and allow even baking. For cookie decorating I use silpats because I feel like my cookies don’t spread as much with them as opposed to parchment paper. For drop cookies I use parchment paper because I want those to spread.

Cookbooks:

Next up I’ve put together a list of cookbooks that I think would make great gifts. These are all recent releases so there’s a good chance that your loved one or friend won’t have them.

1) 100 Animal Cookies by Lisa Snyder is a great book for the beginner or seasoned cookie decorator. In it you’ll find instructions to make 100 different animal cookies. The illustrations are great and Lisa also provides you with recipes, tips and different techniques as well.

2) Decorating Cookies Party by Bridget Edwards is a great book for a cookie decorator that loves to entertain & throw parties. There are 50 designs in the book and 10 celebratory themes for adults and children.

3) Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers by Lynlee North Beckett is such an amazing book with over 80 creative fondant tutorials, tips and tricks. This would make a great gift for someone that loves to make cakes and cupcakes. The designs are wonderful.

4) Dessert Mash-Ups by Dorothy Kern is such a unique book. Dessert gets kicked up a notch when you combine two treats in one to create new and innovative desserts. If you know someone with a serious sweet tooth or who loves to entertain and wow friends with creativity then get them this book.

5) Artisan Caramels by Sandy Arevalo is an amazing book. I’ve ordered Sandy’s caramels and let me tell you she’s a caramel queen. They are so delicious. When her book came out I had to get a copy. The fact that we can recreate her amazing recipes at home is awesome. Give this one a try. I think it would be a great gift.

6) I realize that not everyone is into sweets so I’ve included a savory cookbook on the list that is also a healthy one. The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka is a lovely book filled with recipes that are light on calories but big on flavor. I’ve tried a few of Gina’s recipes from her blog and they were delicious. They didn’t taste diet or bland at all. I think this is a great cookbook to gift someone.

Cookie Jars:

I have to admit that this category is a selfish one. I collect cookie jars so naturally I think they’re a perfect gift idea. It won’t take you long to figure out I also have a thing for owls and the color blue.

1) A Real Hoot Canister has been on my wish list since the moment I first saw it. I don’t think i need to explain why this would make a great gift. Swoon!

2) This Mason Jar Ceramic Cookie Jar combines two of my favorite things in one – a cookie jar and a mason jar. If you add in the blue color then it’s combing three of my favorite things which makes it perfect!

3) I have a slight obsession with owls and blue or aqua colors so this Aqua Owl Cookie Jar is absolutely gorgeous in my book.

4) Finally as if I didn’t give you enough owl cookie jar ideas I had to throw one more in. This Set of 2 Owl Cookie Jars is a wonderful gift because the only thing better than one owl is two.

Measuring Cups:

Measuring cups always make great gifts. You can never have too many of them in your kitchen. I have about 5 sets in mine and wouldn’t mind adding more. Here are a few that I found while browsing the web that I think would make unique gifts.

1) These Milk Bottle Measuring Cups are so unique and would also look great left out on a kitchen counter.

2) These Mason Jar Measuring Cups are much like the milk bottle ones. Unique and great on display.

3) The Flex-It Silicone Measuring Cup Set is great for pouring liquids and dry ingredients with pinpoint control. I tend to be a bit messy in the kitchen especially when pouring liquids. These would be a great gift for the messy baker.

4) More owls I know but how adorable are these Owl Measuring Cups? Cuteness factor is important in a kitchen.

Randomness:

Finally here are some neat things I found while browsing online.

1) A Melamine Mixing Bowl is a great gift especially for someone that has tile floors. They are cute, functional and won’t shatter if dropped.

2) We’re in a digital age and chances are the baker/cook in your life uses their iPad to view recipes. This Bamboo iPad Stand would be a great gift for them.

3) This Mason Jar Ceramic Utensil Crock would look great in a kitchen.

4) A Scalloped Celebration Cake Stand would be the perfect display for any cake.

My Shop:

If you have not noticed on my navigation bar there is now a link called shop. I’ve started selling stencils for cookie decorating and crafting on Etsy. On my shop page you’ll see a few of  the items I have in stock as well as a link to my Etsy shop. Stencils are very popular right now in the cookie decorating world so if you know a decorator who you’d like to send a gift to then please visit my shop.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve given you some great gift ideas for a loved one, friend or yourself.

I’ll be working on an order this weekend so cookies will be back on the blog soon.


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  1. What a great list…there are several on here that I would love for Santa to bring me!
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