With the holidays quickly approaching are you agonizing over what gift to get your gluten free friend? Fear not! I have some awesome suggestions for anyone on your list!
For the chocolate/sweets lover:
- See’s Candy – I highly recommend their chocolate truffles. The perfect decadent treat.
- Brooklyn Dark – Dark chocolate made locally in NYC. Organic and vegan.
- Pascha Chocolate – Very allergen-friendly dark chocolate.
- Cocomels – Delicious dairy-free caramel candies.
- Goodie Girl Cookies – Their “Mint Slims” are just like your old favorite girl scout cookie! This is a great gift for a GF newbie or GF veteran – make their gluten free dreams come true!
For the home cook who likes to bake from scratch – Often times experienced home cooks know exactly what ingredients they need and what new kitchen gadgets they are dying to try, which makes a gift card to the right store a perfect gift! Some say gift cards are not personal – I disagree. They are very practical and thoughtful.
- Nuts.com gift certificate –Gluten free flours, nuts, and baking ingredients can get expensive, so I’m sure that any home cook would love the gift of a full pantry!
- Bed Bath and Beyond gift card –Not sure what gadget your GF friend is missing? Let them pick!
- Blendtec blender with twister jar – The most useful gadget in my kitchen. I seriously use this multiple times a day. What did my life look like before it?
- Culinary classes – Cooking classes are a fun way to grow your culinary repertoire. However, not every organization that offers gluten free cooking classes are run in a 100% gluten free facility. If you are unsure at all about a facility, I suggest you create a handmade voucher/IOU for a class and ask your GF friend to determine if that facility is appropriate for their needs. If you are in NYC, look into classes at ICE (shared facility) and Krumville Bake Shop.
For those who like easy baking projects:
- King Arthur Flour gluten free gift basket – Give your GF friend a bundle of amazing cake, brownie, scone, and pancake mixes – maybe they’ll share their brownies with you!
- Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Bread Mix – The most delicious bread mix on the market. Sourdough! Rye-flavored! Italian! All you do is add water and bake.
- My Grandpa’s Farm – My favorite cake mixes – the pumpkin cake and banana cake are both ridiculously good.
For Celiac/the gluten free diet newbie:
- Love with Food Gluten Free Subscription Box by G-Free Foodie – A monthly subscription box that allows you to sample new gluten free products every month – it’s like Christmas twelve times a year! Also great for someone who doesn’t live near large grocery stores and has a hard time finding gluten free items.
- “1000 Gluten Free Recipes” by Carol Fenster – my first cookbook when I went gluten free, and boy was I glad I had it!
- Gluten Free Labels – Fun labels, stickers, tags, and toothpick flags that will easily help distinguish the gluten-free products from the gluten-filled products in a shared kitchen.
For the beauty product lover:
- Red Apple Lipstick – Amazing allergen-friendly makeup. You can also order samples of various lipstick colors, so your GF friend can have fun trying out different shades before buying. Extra bonus – get 22% off orders of $50 with code “TastyMeditation”! (Update: RAL informed me that they no longer sell gift certificates, but you can purchase store credit – just as good! I’m also a big fan of the homemade “IOU”-type gift cards)
- Jason Skin Care – Excellent allergen friendly lotion and facial care products. Look for the “Certified Gluten Free” label.
For the book/magazine lover:
- GFF Magazine subscription – Stunning magazine that strives to spread the joy of good food from one home to another. You’ll find excellent recipes, articles, and travel recommendations. (Use code “GFFTM” for 20% off subscriptions and single issues)
- “Celiac and the Beast” by Erica Dermer – An informative and humorous book about what it’s like being diagnosed and living with Celiac Disease.
- “Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease – What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again” by Jennifer Esposito – A truly inspiring account of Jennifer Esposito’s journey. A must read for anyone – Celiac/GF folk, non-Celiac/GF loved ones, those struggling with diagnosis, people who have never even heard of Celiac Disease – everyone can learn something from this true story.
- “Gluten is my Bitch” by April Pevetaux – I loved everything about this book, especially the title. An entertaining, honest, and very funny book about living with Celiac Disease.
Fresh GF treats shipped to your door:
- Krumville Bake Shop – My favorite NYC-based bakery. Delicious cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread. This company ships nationwide, but shipping rates will be the best for east coast friends.
- Kyra’s Bake Shop – I’ll admit that I haven’t tried her treats yet, but with three “Cupcake Wars” wins and rave reviews from all of her customers how can you lose?! Her shop is based in Oregon, so it’s a great option for west coast friends.
- Good and Pleasant – A new bakery that is inspired by family ties and southern cooking. Their apple pie is to die for! Great for GF friends in the NY/NJ/CT area.
- Meredith’s Bread – Wonderful breads and the best black and white cookies you will ever eat. Their jams would also make a lovely gift. They are in farmers markets all over NYC (also in NJ/CT). Order online or visit their website to order directly.
- Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery – Delicious and incredibly allergen-friendly for your highly sensitive GF friends. Gluten free, vegan, kosher. No soy, dairy, eggs, nuts, casein, refined sugars, artificial colors, trans-fats, preservatives, or cholesterol. Located in CT. Fresh baked custom orders are available for pick-up, deliver, or shipping.
In a category of it’s own – the Nima Sensor – a portable sensor that detects gluten down to 20ppm. Excellent for GF friends who are nervous at restaurants, travel often, or simply want to take more control over their food.
And when all else fails – WINE!!!
Disclaimer: I am an affiliate for some of these companies, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.