My birthday is this month, and it makes me crazy when people ask me what I want, because ALL YEAR I’m see things I want and then in December, my mind goes blank I’ve got nothin’. I seriously can’t think of a single thing that I want! This year I got clever though, and I started to bookmark cool stuff as I saw it that would also make great holiday gifts for bakers. In case you too have no idea what to ask for, here’s some great stuff to ask for this holiday season including classes, products, books, and charities to support:
Here are some classes all bakers will enjoy:
Chocolate Baking Essentials by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Rose’s book was one of the first I owned and it remains to this day my “go to” bible for all things baking. She’s all kinds of awesome and I love her very easy to follow approach.
Better Buttercream by Erica O’Brien. I learned to decorate with buttercream (thank you, Wilton Level One class!) and it remains my first decorating love…and I think it’s come back in a BIG WAY and it’s going to be hot this year.
The Essential Guide to Photoshop: I’ve been wanting to learn this software for ages! I think basic knowledge of this is super useful for cake makers, we all need help with our pictures, right? Great pictures are part of our marketing.
Tea Breads: Biscuits, Scones and More: When I’m home with my kids over the holidays I like to bake, but they like to eat faster than I can do it, so I rely on quick breads. The house always smells amazing, the ingredients are often in the pantry, and within an hour we can be eating warm, delicious smelling treats. Win!
Lucky Bitch Bootcamp: I actually recommended this earlier this year, and several of you bought it and have said it’s changed your lives. I did this class a year ago and I now sing it’s praises to everyone I meet. It changed how I think about money, how I think about my life, and it changes how I teach my kids about money and life too. Honestly, doing this class was WAY WAY WAY out of my comfort zone but it not only paid for itself quickly, it really changed a lot of things in my life for the better.
Here are some fantastic products which make a business owner’s life easier:
The Cake Stacker and Cake Slicer Apps – I wish they had invented these YEARS ago!
This Heavy Duty Trolley for transporting stuff – quite possibly the most useful thing I had in my bakery. I used it to move around heavy bags of flour, and to transport heavy cakes at venues. Why is the parking lot always so far from the room?!
Digital Baker’s Scales: I use these ALL DAY LONG in the bakery, not just for ingredient measuring but also for weighing packaging that I’m going to send (very useful for the cookiers who mail orders to customers!) FYI: All of you should be weighing ingredients not using cup measures.
Kitchen Aid Mixer: I already own one of these (mine is red). This new color is AMAZING though, right?! (And I want that glass bowl!) It’s called sea glass and I’m in LLLLOOVVVEEE with it so it’s on my gift list.
Books I recommend:
The E-Myth is the best book I’ve ever read about owning a small business. I think it should be required reading for small business owners.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown: I read this recently and although it’s not directly related to business or baking, reading it changed my life. Honestly, it’s an incredible book that stayed with me long after I turned the last page.
Grow Your Handmade Business: This wonderful book by Kari Chapin is not only delightful to read, it has some great suggestions for business, and it’s very readable (not boring!)
My Life from Scratch: A gorgeous book about the realities of starting and running a bakery in a small town. Just a fun, quick read.
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch: Above, I recommend buying Denise’s class, but if you can’t, the book is a great place to get started.
Happy shopping to you all and a happy. healthy holiday season to you and yours.