Salt & Straw Delivery
This Portland-based ice cream company is known for its interesting flavors (think foie gras or mincemeat) but the Favorites Gift Pack is a home-run for any ice cream lover, adventurous or not. Flavors include Stumptown Coffee & Bourbon, Chocolate with Gooey Brownie, and my favorite, Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons. Available online.
Size Marked Pastry Board
Forget trying to handle rulers or tape measures with sticky or floured hands. This pastry board has the size for most standard pies and tarts written right onto the board. So useful and, in natural hardwood, visually appealing too. Available online.
5 Pounds of Swedish Fish
The gift that keeps on giving. At least through February.
$21.25, available online
I don't get up to Boston very often, which is a shame because that means I rarely get to eat the treats at Flour Bakery + Cafe. Luckily chef and owner Joanne Chang has published many of her recipes in this cookbook. Homemade Pop-Tarts anyone? Available on Amazon.
We recently asked the owners of Levain Bakery in NYC to share their top picks at the bakery. And while I'll definitely be trying new items as per their recommendations, there's nothing I'd rather see on Christmas morning than a box of their cookies. The giant cookies are super delicious—don't let Santa eat them all. Available online or at their bakery locations.
Pattern Press Set
This is one of my secret baking tools. The Pattern Press Set comes with 14 assorted shapes—you just press the shape into the top of your cake, then trace the outline in frosting or sprinkles. Voila, a beautifully decorated cake that looks like it was done by a professional. $6.99, available online.