You might be visited this holiday season by the ghosts of Christmas gift ideas. Do not feel dispirited, because our bread maker gift guide will present you with a few ideas for filling up the empty spaces beneath the Christmas tree. There is still time to mend your miserly ways.
We decided to present our choices a bit differently. It is very loosely inspired by A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens. We know that there are no electric bread machines in the original story. It was not invented yet. Nevertheless, here are our bread maker gift ideas.
Cheap Bread Machine for Christmas
Bob Cratchit is Scrooge’s clerk. Unfortunately, he is underpaid and overworked. He also has a family to feed, which includes Tiny Tim, so he needs an affordable bread machine for Christmas.
Bob might consider the Oster CKSTBRTW20 which is a very popular but affordable bread maker (we reviewed it here). It can bake a 2-pound bread loaf. This loaf size is enough to feed his family. The Oster CKSTBRTW20 is still small enough to put away when not in use, which is good because the Cratchit family probably has a cramped living space.
The Oster CKSTBRTW20 has an Expressbake cycle which makes a bread loaf quickly in only one hour. Great for when Bob has to prepare a fresh bread loaf when he comes home at night with ink-stained fingers feeling cold, tired and hungry. He can even use the 13-hour delay timer function to make a bread loaf for breakfast on Christmas Day.
|Unlike Bob Cratchit, you have the ability to buy the Oster CKSTBRTW20 bread maker online at Amazon.com.|
Small Bread Machine for Christmas
Ebenezer Scrooge is a real piece of work. He is a miserable, misanthropic, miserly, money-loving money-lender. Did we leave anything out? I think we ran out of descriptive words starting with the consonant “M”. Nevertheless, Ebenezer Scrooge eventually learned his lesson and became a more generous and compassionate human being due to the tough love attitude of the four ghosts and the memories and visions they shared with him.
We assume Scrooge has got some cash stashed away under his mattress. He might be able to buy a more expensive bread machine for Christmas than poor Bob Cratchit. However, he only needs a small bread maker for a single person since he lives alone and has no family. A compact 1-pound bread maker, such as the Zojirushi BB-HAC10, will suit his miserly needs.
The BB-HAC10 mini bread maker (review) bakes a one pound bread loaf in its vertical baking pan. Its economical control panel offers only a small number of menu options for making bread, dough or jam. Scrooge might actually enjoy making his own bread because it might appeal to his frugal nature.
|Scrooge might scrounge up the extra cash needed to buy the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 mini bread maker (view best offers at Amazon.com).|
Bread Machine of Christmas Past
The first bread maker that comes to our mind is the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme. It bakes a 2-pound loaf in its rectangular baking pan with dual kneading blades.
The horizontal bread pan might be its best feature because the bread loaf it produces has a rectangular shape instead of the squarish loaf shape of most other electric bread makers. However, the bread pan shape makes the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 large and heavy. It also costs more than 200 dollars, which puts it beyond the grasp of Bob Cratchit. Unless Mr. Scrooge increases Bob’s wage by a significant amount, he will never be able to afford a Zojirushi bread machine.
|Many people will have fond memories of using this expensive, but excellent, Zojirushi bread machine. Nevertheless, this bread making ghost from the past is still lingering around and haunting the online marketplace. You might yet find the Zojirushi BB-CEC20 for sale at Amazon.com.|
Bread Machine of Christmas Present
We instinctively choose the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso (reviewed here) as the very best bread machine for the current Christmas season. Its presence haunts the online marketplace with its expensive price, good reviews, high ratings, horizontal loaf pan and double kneading blades. It also has an extra heating element in its lid to ensure that the bread loaf crust is evenly browned from top to bottom.
|You can view prices, details, questions, answers and reviews for the Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso at Amazon.com.|
Bread Machine of Christmas Yet To Come
It is difficult to predict the best bread machine of the future because appliances are not set in stone. Newer bread maker models are slowly added while older models are discontinued. Who knows what the future holds for bread machines? Nonetheless, the Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf (read review) with its automatic fruit nut dispenser, collapsible paddle and LCD display might give a hint of new features for future bread machines. The dispenser is convenient for automatically adding mixed nuts or fruit to a Christmas bread recipe!
Christmas Bread Recipes
You might use your bread machine to bake a festive bread loaf for the Christmas table this holiday season. You could try Christmas bread recipes for pumpkin bread, gingerbread or even eggnog bread. However, you might want to buy a bread machine with a fruit and nut dispenser which will add the extra ingredients automatically.
Thank you for reading our bread maker gift guide for Christmas.