Finding gluten free gifts for foodie friends — and by foodie friends, I mean anyone eating gluten free! — shouldn’t be any harder than for anyone else, and it’s that time of year again, so I’m here to help!
The beginning of this post covers homemade gifts; the second part of this post is store-bought gifts ranging in cost from just a few dollars to much more expensive kitchen appliances. The appliance listings cover my recommended products if you’re in the market for a to me, love me, kind of gift, as well.
I hope you find this comprehensive list useful not just for the winter holidays, but all year long. Please add any ideas or brands you particularly love in the comments; I’d love to hear about other great companies and gifting ideas!
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. And especially this year, when the USPS seems to be super over-taxed, it’s really nice to ring and run, if you know what I mean.
Here are some of my favorite homemade gluten free gifts. What are some of yours? Please share your ideas in the comments!
If your Santa list is like mine, it has lots of folks on it with various dietary restrictions: celiac, gluten sensitivity, vegan, soy-free, nut-free … but one thing they all have in common: 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! There, you can also grab my free printable tags with directions to make it super easy to be super thoughtful!
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 or order on line, 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.
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.
Another great infused gift is Homemade Gluten Free Vanilla Extract! Check my friend Shirley from Gluten Free Easily’s post!
Chocolate bark is an opportunity to get creative! If you like it with chocolate, it will be great made into 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 pistachios, but don’t let that stop you from making your own version. Hop here for my how-tos and video tutorial.
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!
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:
You need a separate cutting board for gluten free foods 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.
So why not treat yourself or a gluten free someone you love to a gorgeous gluten free cutting board? This Baltimore husband & wife team makes cut each board to your specifications and price range.
There’s a line of gluten free cutting boards like this one (and the one with the knives, pictured), as well as less costly ones with laser engraving in their “Seriously Gluten Free” line.
Vegan and other food allergies are also available. These are the perfect gift or “to me, love me” present because they’re needed and they’re wanted!
Candles are always the right answer. And when it comes to candles, the Wax Cabin Candle Company is one of my new favorites! These candles have lovely smells that don’t dissipate with time — I’ve put them to the test! And each soy candle is hand-poured in rural New Jersey.
I love that it’s a small business run by real people making thoughtful products. Why thoughtful? Well, for starters, they’re made with delicious aromas like “Pumpkin Horchata” and they’re made from just soy, not paraffin. Soy is a sustainable, renewable resource that burns much cleaner and much longer in a candle – good for you, for the environment and for your wallet.
Ok, so there’s one more thing. They also make something so cool called the “MANDLE”. That’s right, a candle for MEN. No fruity or floral scents, just masculine stuff like bourbon, and when it’s burned itself out, the glass itself becomes a rocks glass; coaster included (which may or may not be on my desk).
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!
Or me — I’m your best baking girlfriend, right???
Baking girlfriends also love baking pans in full size. Like my favorite Nordicware bundt pan is a show-stopper! I use it for all kinds of gluten free cakes with great success and always receive rave compliments.
Wouldn’t that make a nice gift for the gluten free baker in your life?
Here’s my gluten-free Chocolate Beer Cake baked in this pan:
And speaking of pans, everyone I know LOVES my Emile Henry bakeware. Pie dish, square baker, bread pan … you name it. It’s all gorgeous, high quality, colorful bakeware. You can’t go wrong with one of these pieces!
Set of 5 stackable, space-saving mixing bowls: made of stainless steel with silicone bottoms (in fun colors!) these stackable bowls won’t take up a lot of space in your cabinets or drawers, but are multi-functional for lots of baking.
From whipping meringues to making pancakes, these bowls cover all the bases, plus they have handy measurements on the sides!
1.5, 2, 2.5, 3.5 and 7 quart bowls made of rust-proof stainless steel.
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! Jump to my gluten free waffle cone recipe here!
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.
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?).
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 personal favorite: “No Soliciting unless you’re dropping off a bottle of wine and would like to do my laundry”. Who wouldn’t want to receive that sticker as a gift?
Really Great Non-Stick Cookware – I’ve been loving this set from Abbio Kitchen: top-of-the-line non-stick cookware that’s half the price of brands like All Clad. It’s completely PFOA-free with a textured surface for extra scratch resistance. This line is solid, folks. It’s hefty and quite remarkable in its non-stick performance without any harmful chemicals. Gift the whole set or start with one piece and see how you like it! This brand is built to last!
If you’ve ever watched my gluten free pie crust making videos, you know that the two tools I recommend most are either a pastry mat or a pie bag. Either one is an essential tool for any pie baker. Lekue is the mat I use most: it’s sturdy and sticky enough to grip the counter and just the right size for transferring a pie crust.
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.
Your favorite gluten free friend or family member would SO appreciate a gluten free serving spoon to help keep their potluck dishes gluten-free. This stainless serving spoon is embossed with gluten free on the handle to prevent any tragic mi-ups!
Another fantastic way to keep gluten-free foods gluten-free is with these reusable wooden markers! Made in the USA, a pack of 10 markers from Words With Boards come in packs for Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free ….
A super clear, super classy, super unique way to proudly announce to everyone who thinks your gluten-free food looks “normal,” that it is! AND that it’s gluten free.
Made to order, puts your favorite cookie lover’s name all over their cookies.
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 bread 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!
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.
A 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.
While we’re on the subject of favorite small appliances … an Air Fryer is really one I’m finding I can’t live without. Fries are just the beginning. I use mine to make everything from small meals to hand pies and even gluten free doughnuts!
Check out my review of the most versatile air fryer in my full article on cooking gluten free in air fryers here.
I have been through the mixers! I am asked all the time about my preferred mixers, and I can tell you that I have tried many sizes, models and brands. If you’re in the market for a mixer, I would highly recommend purchasing a stand mixer rather than a hand mixer because they can do just about anything and are just so handy. If you’re into gadgets, you can also add attachments for making pasta and zoodles and lots of other fun sorts of things on the front of the machine, as well.
Most home bakers don’t need more than a 4.5 or 5 quart (like the KitchenAid pictured) and you can probably find a refurbished one that will do the job, but if you’re going to buy a new one, I really like the clear glass bowls and the flex-edge beater is the one that I use daily. Rarely, if ever, will you use a dough hook with gluten free doughs. The wire whisk attachment is super helpful for frostings and meringues.
Need THE ULTIMATE gluten free gift for someone special? The gfJules Starter Pack is it! It’s over $100 worth of flour, mixes, books and recipes for 48% off (and it comes with free shipping!).
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. Also check out my popular article on what alcohols are gluten free so you can feel more relaxed about sharing a toast.
Cheers, Happy Holidays and Stay Well!!
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