Gluten Free Gifts for Foodies
Finding gluten free gifts for foodie friends shouldn’t be any harder than for anyone else, and it’s that time of year again, so I’m here to help!
I don’t know about you, but the holidays have really snuck up on me this year – I’m woefully behind on my shopping already, and I know I’ll blink and it will be too late for me to find the perfect gluten free gifts for everyone on my list.
If you’re close enough to hand deliver, it’s times like these that I like to remind myself that homemade is from the heart, and always appreciated. Homemade gluten free gifts take time, yes, but they are thoughtful and show that you really care. It’s kind of like sending a real card in the mail with a real stamp that was delivered by a real postal worker — it’s really thoughtful.
Here are some of my favorite homemade gluten free gifts. What are some of yours? Please share your ideas in the comments!
Gluten Free Cookie Mix in a Jar
Now I don’t know about your list, but mine has lots of people on it with various dietary restrictions: celiac, gluten sensitivity, vegan, soy-free, nut-free … but one thing I know for sure: everyone loves cookies!
Hop to my Gluten Free Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe post to see how to make these adorable Gluten Free Cookie Mixes in a Jar!
Another gift that’s a fun craft for the younger kids to help make (think teacher gifts!) is a candy tree. These are easily made with $2.99 floral tree forms you can find at any craft shop, some colorful pushpins and colorful candies.
Here’s a list of some individually wrapped candies that would suit most on your Christmas list:
- GoOrganic® Hard Candies – Organic, gluten free, no artificial flavors or colors.
- McCreas Handcrafted Caramels – Connoisseurs of caramel will taste the difference with these premium gluten-free caramels in flavors ranging from Black Lava Sea Salt to Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt and all the “normal” flavors in between. (contains dairy)
- GoLightly® Sugar Free Assorted Toffees – Gluten free, sweetened with Splenda®. Kosher, dairy-free, contains artificial flavors and colors; some contain peanut.
- JJ’s Sweets® Cocomels® – Caramels made from coconut milk. Organic, vegan, gluten free and kosher.
- Lovely Candy Company® Sea Salt Caramels — kosher, gluten free, no high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients or colors, soy-free, does contain dairy.
- Tootsie® Frooties® – Watermelon flavored is nut free, gluten free, peanut free. Contains soy and milk.
- Yummy Earth® Organic Candy Drops – organic, made without corn syrup or artificial dyes. Gluten free, free of the Top 8 food allergens and corn free. Kosher and contains the daily requirement for vitamin C.
- Dum Dums® Lollipops – Gluten free and free of the top common allergens, kosher but does contain artificial colors and corn syrup. Perfect tree toppers!
- Jolly Rancher® Hard Candies – free of the Top 8 food allergens as ingredients and no gluten ingredients, but does contain artificial color and corn syrup. Not included in the Hershey’s Gluten Free Candy List because it has not been tested for gluten yet (according to customer service at Hershey’s 2017).
- Atomic Fireballs® – Gluten free, kosher and corn syrup free. Ingredients: Sugar, modified corn starch, artificial flavor, carnauba wax, gum arabic, titanium dioxide, red 40 lake.
Herb-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The how-to couldn’t be easier:
Pick your favorite herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme …) and place several sprigs in a jar. Cover with high quality extra virgin olive oil, seal the bottle, and set aside in a cool, dark place for 1-2 weeks.
Wrap a bow around the bottle and gift with herbs still inside for extra flair.
Homemade Chocolate Bark
I have recipes for white chocolate (even dairy-free!) with peppermint sticks, chocolate with gluten free pretzels and pecans, and chocolate with dried fruit and pistacios, but don’t let that stop you from making your own version. Hop here for my how-tos and video tutorial.
Mini Loaves or Cakes
When I was a child, my mother used to bake her famous Rum Cake and divide it into fourths (or halves, if you were really lucky!), wrap and deliver to friends and neighbors. It became a highly coveted gift, anticipated for weeks but enjoyed for mere minutes, I’m sure!
It was one of the recipes I most wanted to convert to gluten free after my diagnosis with celiac disease so many years ago. It took quite a lot of experimentation, but I finally created the perfect gluten free copy of this delicious holiday rum cake treat. I share the recipe with you so you can pass the tradition on, gluten free!
Of course, gluten free banana bread, pumpkin bread, gingerbread, cinnamon swirl bread, cranberry bread … all of these make super cute and compact from-the-heart homemade gifts, too! Find festive single-use paper loaf pans and your wrapping has been done for you!
Non-Food Gifts for Foodies
Of course, there are also loads of gifts of the non-edible variety. Big or small, they don’t have to break the budget, either. Here are a few ideas of all sizes & prices to get your gifting juices flowing:
Bamboo Nested Mixing Bowls Set – compact, colorful and environmentally friendly.
A pizzelle iron is a not very expensive appliance that makes holiday baking so much fun! (Check out my easy gluten free pizzelle recipe) They don’t take up much room, and in the summer when it’s not “pizzelle season,” it’s perfect for making homemade gluten free waffle cones! Check out my recipe here!
Cake Box – this wooden cake and cupcake carrier is almost as fun as it is functional. Totally unique – any food lover would appreciate how stylish this cake box actually is.
Ceramic Knives – if you’ve ever used a dull knife in the kitchen, you’ll love ceramic knives! These things revolutionized my cooking, making me look like a better knife-wielder than I really am, and saving me time prepping veggies for dinner. They’re sharp as sharp can be, and never need sharpening (did I mention they’re sharp?). Through this link you can get an awesome discount on a set, too!
Words with Boards® Gluten Free Cutting Board – you need a separate cutting board for gluten-free if you’re living in a “mixed with gluten” household, and you’ll need to replace your old gluten-y cutting boards, even if not. This Baltimore husband & wife team made cut each board to your specifications. There’s a line of gluten-free cutting boards like this one (and the one with the knives, above), as well as less costly ones with laser engraving in their “Seriously Gluten Free” line. Also, vegan and other food allergies are available. These are the perfect gift or “to me, love me” present because they’re needed and they’re wanted!
Custom Printed Stickers for Any Purpose or Occasion – these stickers stick to anything, and survive dishwashers, washing machines, microwaves and anything your kids can throw at them. Keyboard stickers to water bottle name stickers to my favorite: “No Soliciting unless you’re dropping off a bottle of wine and would like to do my laundry”.
Measuring Spoons & Muffin Pan Necklace – for the baker in all of us … for any girl who likes her jewelry! This necklace is so cute and fun. There are tons of iterations of this concept out there, made by people far craftier than I. Some have monograms, whisks, colored beads … find one that suits your best baking girlfriend!
Really Great Non-Stick Cookware – Cuisinart®’s eco-friendly GreenGourmet™ line is IMHO the perfect cookware. Exclusive Cuisinart Ceramica™ nonstick technology is ceramic based instead of petroleum based, and completely free of PTFE and PFOA … AND it works! It’s made to provide high heat conductivity, which requires less energy to reach desired cooking temperatures. AND, the stainless handles stay cool on the stovetop! and are made from 70% recycled stainless steel. What’s not to love?
A Gluten Free Bread Maker – if you don’t have one, it needs to be on your Santa list. There are so many reasons to try baking your own gluten free bread at home: it’s not hard to make delicious bread when you use the right ingredients; the results are far better than any frozen loaf you would buy at the grocery store; the slices are sized to make real sandwiches (without holes!); and it is far more cost effective in the long run to bake delicious breads at home (how much money have you already wasted buying GF bread your family wouldn’t eat? I rest my case.) Read about my favorite machines here.
Herb Garden Indoor Set – herbs make everything better, so grow your own in an urban indoor garden sort of way! This reclaimed wood box fits perfectly in a kitchen windowsill.
Kombucha Home-Brew Kit – Kombucha is all the rage … why not make your own?
Personalized Name Cookie Cutter – made to order, puts your favorite cookie lover’s name all over their cookies.
Fun Baking Spatulas – I love these “Be Grateful, Give Thanks, Eat Pie” Spatulas, but any fun, cheerful or themed ones will do (like these fun ones in a three pack)! Cute when tied with a bow and inexpensive, but thoughtful. Perfect gift, actually!
Measuring Spoons – who doesn’t need some? And these are super colorful, unique, long-lasting and easy to read.
Measuring Cups – while you’re at it, a matching set!
Baker’s Pastry Blender – one of my favorite tools for cutting in butter in scones and pie crusts.
Bench Scraper – cut scones, pie, ravioli, pierogi … any kind of dough!
The perfect stocking stuffer: an instant read thermometer! This takes all the guess-work out of baking your own homemade gluten-free bread, as the thermometer tells you exactly when it’s cooked all the way through!
Cuisinart®’s electric pressure cooker cooks up to 70% faster than conventional methods — who doesn’t want to save time when cooking? It makes everything from sweet potatoes to pot roast cook FAST and healthy! Steam trapped in the pot builds up pressure that creates hotter temperatures, and the pot is so tightly sealed that vitamins and minerals can’t boil away. Foods stay moist and flavors stay true.Features Browning, Simmering and Sauté functions for perfect roasts, stews, vegetables, cheesecake or custard.
Personalized wooden tablet stand – perfect for holding “mode
rn” cookbooks, aka tablets. Functional for the modern cook’s kitchen.
Electric Yogurt Maker – is it just me or is yogurt expensive? Especially when you buy the non-dairy kinds my family needs and when you use it not only as a food but as a baking ingredient! I use yogurt to make scones, cakes, muffins, yeast breads … it helps keep baked goods soft and moist for days! The Cuisinart Electronic Yogurt Maker with Automatic Cooling is the answer! It turns milk and soymilk into nutritious yogurt – automatically!
Love with Food Subscription — their monthly gluten-free box is curated by gluten-free experts (like me, once in awhile!). It’s always fun to open a box of surprise gluten-free goodies, plus each box bought also pays for 2 meals for hungry children in America.
Gluten Free & More Magazine Subscription — the gift that keeps on giving year-round! Full of recipes, health news, product and book reviews and so much more, a subscription is always a great gift! Look for my articles in every issue!
- I was inspired by several of the ideas posted on my my friend Sharon’s post at her What The Fork blog – check out her post for even more great ideas (that don’t involve actual food) for food lovers!
- Here’s another great post with 57 gifts (almost all) under $50, categorized by hobby – how cool!
And if you’re all the way in the holiday spirit, hosting a holiday party or get together, you know all too well how stressful planning the perfect meal can be. Be sure to connect with your friends to see their food preferences and dietary restrictions before the party. Now you can rest easy knowing no one will go hungry at your party. Cheers!
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