Bread-making is a wonderful way to de-stress while doing something productive that everyone can come together and enjoy. There is nothing quite like the smell of bread baking in the oven. Whether it is rye bread, a loaf of sweet bread or the classic sourdough, this is a hobby that can grow into whatever you want it to become.
These gift ideas for bread makers is great for any bread baker: whether you are a bread maker who has just started making bread or you are wanting to make bread more often. Or perhaps you are someone who has been baking bread for a little while, or you have been baking bread for years and years and you are looking for new bread making ideas.
We have put together the best gift ideas for bread bakers for every level of bread-making expertise! There is something for everyone.
The first few are the that "bread novice" (see our definition at the bottom)
Let's start with a bread machine for the bread maker. I purchased this exact Cuisinart Bread Machine in 2008. I can still remember the day actually haha. This little machine is what started me on my bread maker journey! Here is a funny story, my little bread maker actually got accidentally sold one year in a garage sale. I was devastated. Honest mistake by one "innocent" unmentioned husband... However, I loved this machine so much, I went and bought the exact. same. one. I recommend this bread maker as a great cooking gift for anyone!
I like this bread machine as a bread makers gift because of many reasons, but I mostly love how it is so user-friendly and easy. It can make three different sizes: 1lb, 1.5lb and 3lb loaves. The recipes are great, and my favorites include the beer bread, lemon poppy seed loaf (not quite a "bread" I guess but is sooo yummy) and the focaccia loaf, which makes the dough for you, then you take the dough out, form it into long loaves on a pan, slice for indentation marks (for aesthetics) and bake. The focaccia bread was my favorite bread to make for company, it is just picture perfect when it comes out on the pan and it is absolutely fantastic with some bread dippers!!
This bread maker can also make pizza dough, sweetbreads, stuffing for Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey and regular bread loaves. The best part is that you can start the bread machine early in the day and come back to HOMEMADE BREAD later! Done!!
Adding these amazing bread dipping oils by Papa Vince as an add-on gift for a bread baker is an excellent cooking gift idea. These oils come straight from Sicily, Italy and are amazing. They are made by a local family using fresh, local fruit in Sicily, and are made with their own family recipes! You will need to read the reviews on these bread dipper oils to believe me. And someone please put these in my stocking this Christmas!
Now the following items are for THE OCCASIONAL LOAFER:
A kitchen scale is a very necessary tool for bread makers at all experience levels, and makes a really nice looking bread makers gift that can be kept on the counter. This is also great for anyone who loves to cook in general. It is hard to accurately measure an ingredient in a measuring cup, and when you are making bread, it is all chemistry. So you will need to be very accurate in all of your measurements! Many times, when your bread loaf doesn't come out as you had hoped, many times it is because the measurements were slightly off which affects the way the bread rises, bakes and browns. Measuring by weight on a scale will give you accurate numbers and even more accurate, predictable results.
This kitchen scale by Ozeri from Amazon is both sleek in design and is easy to use. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors to choose from! There is red, silver, lime green, a classic black, but I personally love the teal one. I love adding pops of color to a kitchen through really pretty and uniquely-colored kitchen tools!!
Now, getting more into the hands-on bread making tools, your bread baker is going to love how much easier things are with a Danish dough whisk. This is the tool that will be used to blend the ingredients together before you throw that bread on the counter to knead! I bought this tool as a bread making gift for my husband years ago for his sourdough bread making, and this is not a tool that is just an add on. It sees use!
These sure are handy to have around! The dough scraper we like is this one on Amazon by Spring Chef. This pastry scraper comes as a combo with a dough cutter, also handy for dividing dough. We like that this one has a measurement converter right on it, and it even comes with a lifetime warranty! Now how about that.
What a name for such a useful tool!!! Not lame at all. We think this is a great gift idea for a bread maker. This bread lame is anything but! It is very handy, and you may wonder, why don't I just use a knife? Well, if your knife is not sharp enough to split a hair, it won't fare very well for slicing rivets into the top of your loaf to make that loaf sooo pretty. You truly need something of razorblade sharpness to make those slices in the dough. Use at your own risk- please be careful when using sharp tools as your cooking and baking accessories.
When you slice your bread dough after it has risen, it creates those beautiful cut lines you see in artisan loaves such as baguettes and focaccia. If your knife is not sharp enough like a razor blade, it could deflate the dough in spots if it catches the sticky, doughy substance. This tool is made for slicing those beautiful rivets in your loaves to have your bread looking like a thing of beauty.
A bread proofing basket is also a very handy tool and gift idea for the bread baker! The dough will not stick to the basket as it is rising, so long as you remember to not wash this basket ever. It is made for bread proofing and should never get wet. To clean, tap upside down over your sink or garbage and get any flour out.
TIP: You can take this basket and fill with some of the items we have listed above, and then if you can get some different size mason jars to fill with different kinds of flour, then, you can wrap it all with cellophane and give as a gift basket! Can't you just picture it with a nice red plaid or burlap bow?? This would be a really great bread makers gift idea!!!
Needed for accuracy. When every minute counts, you want that loaf to come out perfect, and every oven is different. That is why it is good for your cooking time to be a guideline. Your bread will be done when it reaches a certain internal temperature, and you can check with a bread thermometer.
Add this tool on as a gift for the bread maker. And if you are going for a colored theme, this bread-making kitchen tool matches the kitchen scale listed above!
The last few items are for THE MASTER BREAD MAKING GURU:
I have been cooking my bread in one of these for many years now, and absolutely love it. It is made out of red clay, so before you use it you will soak the lid in water for 15 minutes before putting the bread in it and into the oven. The clay lid absorbs the water and slowly releases that moisture which stays inside the Romertopf and does not escape. This helps your bread develop that that beautiful brown, crispy crust that sometimes is achieved by spritzing water on your baking loaf!
Plus, this beauty is versatile and you can really cook anything in it! We love to use our Romertopf to cook fish in as well! Any bread maker will fall in love with this piece, and we HIGHLY recommend using it as a great gift for a bread maker or bread baker. Plus, it is really gorgeous to display! We keep most of our bread-making tools inside the Romertopf so they are all together, including our bread lame and extra blades, thermometer, whisk and dough scraper. Just make sure to keep out of reach from your kids if you decide to do the same.
If the bread baker you are buying for is a bread making guru, then this is a bread making gift that they NEED to have. They are probably making bread quite often and are constantly looking for something to keep it in. These natural linen bread bags by Bread Story are a great option to store bread in and are so cute!
This is an item that will really be something exciting for that person who loves to make things from scratch, and it is not as intimidating as it sounds. Imagine milling your own flour for your homemade bread? That sounds like an absolute dream to me, and I have one for those of you who own a KitchenAid stand mixer.
This grain mill attachment will fit into any KitchenAid stand mixer model, making it an easy accessory to have on-hand in a kitchen with little storage! I like to keep my KitchenAid mixer on my counter all the time and all of the attachments stay in their boxes in a cupboard (they just stack so easily this way) :)
This KitchenAid grain mill attachment from Amazon easily grinds low-moisture grain such as wheat, oats, rice, corn, rye, and buckwheat and you can choose your level of grind so you can have a smooth flour or a more coarse 'cracked wheat' kind of texture for your bread (or pizza dough, polenta, baby food or anything else you can dream of making from scratch with this baby!)
If you are looking for a more dedicated bread mill that isn't an attachment to a Kitchen Aid, you will definitely want to check out the NutriMill Harvest Stone Grain Mill. This grain mill stands alone and is absolutely fabulous, and would make an amazing gift for the bread maker in your life.
If you are considering buying a grain mill, I HIGHLY suggest you check this one out.
There is a video in the link that shows it in use and I love everything about this one. I absolutely love the bamboo design and how nice this looks sitting on a counter. I also really like that the motor is encased inside the machine and it doesn't use springs inside of it like most do; instead, it uses a cushion-flex suspension system, making it much easier to clean.
If you were wondering about the categories we were talking about for the items above, we have divided bread making into three levels of experience and frequency of bread baking:
The Bread Novice, with the dream of bread making. You may hear the bread dreamer say things such as: "Ya, that is something I have always wanted to do. I just haven't gotten into it yet!"
The Occasional Loafer. This bread maker uses a bread machine or makes it by hand, and can often be heard in the midst of conversational quips stating: "Oh, I love homemade bread! I'm going to host a dinner soon and make sure there is a fresh loaf on the table!"
The Master Bread Making Guru. This yeasty bread master can be found in the kitchen at ALL times. They have a sourdough starter in the fridge sleeping...and have proudly "had it for years!"
What category do you fall into? What about the bread maker in your life?
We have plenty of gift ideas for bread makers and bread bakers and for any and all of the bread maker wannabes! Baking bread can be as easy as you want it to be and no matter which level you are at, a warm, fresh out of the oven loaf is soooo rewarding.
Bread is the food that brings us together. It is comforting, delicious and is great for dipping, with butter, in soup, with pasta, as a bowl for chili and so many other things. What many people don't know (who are not *yet* bread makers), is the joy that comes with making bread from scratch. It is honestly like therapy. It is a favorite past time in my home and is something we all enjoy doing together.
I hope you enjoy this bread makers gift list and you have a great time picking out the best items for that bread maker or bread baker in your life! And if you want to come back to this post and find it again, be sure to PIN one of the above pictures NOW to a PINTEREST BOARD so you can come back and read again LATER! We would appreciate that!