A Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Baker

Yes! Ambassador
A Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Baker
by Yes! Apples Ambassador Josh Lehenbauer, creator of joshisbaking.com and @joshisbaking.


Shopping for the home baker in your life or looking to drop some hints for yourself (we all do it, let’s be honest)? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you're looking for essential kitchen tools, inspirational cookbooks, or delicious ingredients, this holiday gift guide has it all! 

Note: Prices listed are from date of publication and are subject to change. Yes! Apples and Josh Lehenbauer do not receive commission on purchases.


1. Adjustable All-in-One Measuring Spoons

Stop worrying about losing or fussing around with all those separate little measuring spoons—grab one of these adjustable teaspoons and/or tablespoons instead! They’re incredibly easy to adjust AND wash, saving you both space in the drawer and time in the kitchen.

Retail Price: $9.99 (teaspoon) and $10.99 (tablespoon)


2. Pastry Brush

Never let the mention of an egg wash deter you from making a recipe ever again! Make those pastry dreams come true. Not only that, but it makes brushing pans with melted butter an absolute breeze for all those loaf and cake recipes!

Retail Price: $12.95 (1" brush) and $14.95 (1½" brush)


3. Box of Yes! Apples

The holidays are all about using the best (and freshest) ingredients, so why not use the best apples in the game? Grab a box of Yes! Apples and elevate all of your holiday recipes this season. Choose from over 10 varieties, ranging from sweet and juicy to tart and crunchy. EverCrisp® is my all-time favorite, but the choice is yours!

Retail Price: varies by variety, from $35 to $46


4. Wood Rolling Pin with Measuring Rings

Every home baker needs a reliable rolling pin at their side and this hefty wooden one will do the trick. The best part about this one is that it comes with measuring rings to take out all the guesswork in rolling out those doughs. No more eyeballing what a ¼" thick crust looks like—just use the appropriate rings on either end of the pin and achieve perfect thickness every time!

Looking for something lighter and more tapered? Try this French rolling pin ($29.95)—another favorite of mine!

Retail Price: $39.95


5. Digital Food Scale

Baking with a digital food scale ensures you're following a recipe to its most accurate potential. Once you go scale (AKA grams), it’s hard to go back! Trust me, the future of baking looks metric—so it’s best to hop aboard the train now. You also don’t have to break the bank in grabbing one, since you can find a decent scale at pretty much any price point (just be sure to calibrate!). These little scales are lightweight and can be easily stored away with the rest of your baking equipment!

Retail Price: $41.95


6. Microplane Grater

After upgrading my basic grater to this Microplane one, I thought to myself, "How on earth was I surviving without one?" Zest those lemons or grate that garlic with ease, truly no sweat being broken here! This Microplane grater comes with a comfortable soft-touch handle and at just under $20, is an affordable and durable kitchen essential I think every home baker needs.

Retail Price: $18.99


7. The BEST Non-Stick Bakeware

If you’re looking for truly non-stick bakeware that smoothly releases your sweet treats every time (and is a breeze to clean), then look no further. Almost all of my bakeware is from this line! Grab this handy little bundle here if you’re looking to start fresh or search for the specific pan of your dreams.

Retail Price: $99.99 (5-piece set)


8. Pre-Cut Parchment Paper

This line of parchment paper comes pre-cut and in almost every size you’ll ever need! No more struggling to get that perfect cut across your parchment to fit the sheet. These come individually cut and in low-profile packaging, making them easy to store and saving you a bit of sanity along the way. Bonus: they're compostable. A win-win, I’d say!

Retail Price: $44.99 (Baker's Bundle)


9. A New Cookbook

Holiday Cookies  •  Savory Baking  •  Snacking Cakes  •  What's For Dessert

Every home baker loves a new cookbook. Help them build up that library! I’ve been baking a lot out of Snacking Cakes by Yossy Arefi—it’s loaded with approachable recipes for any experience level. Holiday Cookies will up your holiday cookie game (and features yours truly). Looking for some of thew newest cookbooks on the market? Check out Claire Saffitz’s What’s For Dessert or Erin McDowell’s Savory Baking to learn from the best of the best.

Retail Price: varies


10. Cake Stand

Elevate those bakes by serving them on one of these gorgeous cake stands! American Heirloom stands are functional, sturdy, and one-of-a-kind. Choose from a variety of sizes, all boasting beautiful hardwood bases that are sure to make a statement. Proudly display your bakes this holiday season!

Retail Price: $95 (10" plate), $110 (12" plate), and $125 (14" plate)