The San Francisco Baking Institute is a baking and pastry school that trains bakers and promotes artisan bread baking. Their mission includes a nonprofit scholarship foundation that helps fund economically-challenged students in becoming skilled professional bakers, and 100% of the profits from these lined proofing baskets goes towards that fund.
Proofing baskets like these are used in artisan baking to give the bread an even shape and traditional design. These are lined with linen, but you can buy other baskets, or bannetons, that will imprint beautiful coiled designs on your loaves. With all the hubbub about baking and the Bittman bread, these might make a great gift for your favorite baker this Christmas, and you'll be helping a student in the process. The baskets run from $8-$12, depending on size, so they're very reasonably priced as well.