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It's that time of year again - when we get give gifts to the ones you love. But what do you get for the baker who has everything? Check out our list for the top 5 gifts for that special baker in your life. If you play your cards right, you may even get some free dessert out of it.

5. The Unique Gift - For something different this holiday season, try buying a Sourdough Starter Kit. This gift is the perfect solution for cooks who are tired of the same old cupcake decorating kits, baking sheets and measuring spoons. You can find tons of different starters online, but I like the Sourdough & Crock Set ($26.50) from King Arthur Flour. The kit comes with fresh sourdough starter, a 1 qt stoneware crock, instructions and recipes. Add on a Sourdough Cookbook, and I see a sourdough pancake thank-you breakfast in your near future.

4. Baking Gadgets & Tools - With so many awesome gadgets out there, I couldn't choose just one. I'm obsessed with a million - like this Linzer Cookie Cutter Set ($25)...or this Cake Batter Dispenser ($29.95)...or a Cupcake Corer ($5)...or these adorable Owl Measuring Cups ($19)...or this omg I'm totally geeking out Marvel Hero Cookie Cutter Set ($19.95). But still, my personal favorite, solely because deep down I'm a serious pyromaniac, has to be the Kitchen Torch ($40). Disclaimer: Make sure to take the gift recipient's maturity level into consideration when purchasing this. With that said, I in no way suggest that anyone gets me this gift.

3. Serveware - Walk into someone's kitchen/dining area and you'll immediately know if they suck at like to cook or not. Let your baker show off their talent with an adorable Homemade Cookie Jar ($24.95), to die for Footed Cake Stand ($56.95), or modern 3 Tiered Serving Platter ($27.99).

2. Cooking Classes - If your loved one is new to the baking scene or just wants to pick up a few extra tips and tricks, a baking class makes the ideal gift. On January 14th, City Centre's Sur la Table is offering a 4-Hour Fearless Baking Workshop ($85), a class where students will master the basics of baking and creating treats like Chocolate Hazelnut Torte and Crème Brulee (told you that torch would come in handy). Special bonus: each student will receive a free autographed copy of The Fearless Baker, the cookbook by renowned chef Emily Luchetti for which the class is based. On January 17, Central Market will host a Baking with Citrus class ($55), teaching students how to make Meyer Lemon Shortcakes, Citrus Pound Cake, and more. Or try Cake Craft Shoppe in Sugar Land; they offer a wide variety of classes from private lessons to cake decorating.

1. Bakeware - Gone are the days of lopsided Betty Crocker cakes. There are new desserts in town and they're here to stay, from treats like Cake Pops($19.99) and Filled Mini Cupcakes ($29.99) to old-school favorites like Whoopie Pies ($12.95), Baked Doughnuts ($9.99), and Mini Bundt Cakes ($36). Of course, you can't make the desserts without the proper bakeware, so these new age baking pans are the hot ticket this holiday season.

Now get shopping...

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