It’s that time of year again! Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your gluten free friend or family member? Well, look no further. Here are 21 thoughtful gifts any gluten free person in your life will appreciate.
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Tech Gifts for the Celiac
1. Nima Sensor – If you have Celiac Disease, you know how hard eating out can sometimes be. Let your friends enjoy more freedom and a greater sense of comfort with Nima Sensor! By feeding the device a small sample of food, it can actually detect if there is gluten in your dish. Each test only takes a few minutes, and just provides an extra layer of comfort when eating out at restaurants (or even at holiday gatherings). I always have mine in my purse! Know someone who already has a Nima Sensor? Try gifting them a pack of Nima Testing Capsules instead! You can now purchase them on Amazon, or take a look at their website for more information.
2. Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Slicer / Spiralizer – I LOVE my spiralizer! It’s a great alternative to gluten free pastas, and this tool lets you make noodles out of just about any vegetable. I personally love making pasta with zucchini noodles, but other veggies like sweet potato and squash also work really well. This model currently has 4.5 stars and over 10,000 reviews on Amazon! It’s easy to clean, comes with multiple blades, and is also BPA free.
3. FoodSaver FM2110 Vacuum Sealing System – I love buying buying meat in bulk, especially because I can get a pretty good deal on it. With how much I spend on gluten free food, I hate to put anything to waste. My Foodsaver is literally a life saver! This model is pretty slick and easy to store, and has moist and dry food settings. Just portion out your food or meat, then seal and freeze for later use! Trust me, your friend or family member will definitely thank you for this.
4. Crock Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer – Don’t miss out on family gatherings or dinner with friends just because they won’t have gluten free options at their home. Load up this mini crock pot with your food, and just plug it in to warm when you arrive at their house. When dinner is ready, your meal is already hot and ready to enjoy! Better yet, you can eat right out of this pot and save them some extra dishes.
5. Digital Kitchen Scale – A lot of gluten free baking is done by weight, since it tends to be more precise… especially when trying to convert an old family recipe to something that’s gluten free. Help your fellow bakers with their gluten free recipes by gifting a digital kitchen scale.
6. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour – This is for the gluten free baker! Learning to bake gluten free can be full of mess ups and total frustration, but Bob’s Red Mill makes it easier. They have a whole line of gluten free flours, but their 1:1 gluten free baking mix works almost as well as regular wheat flour and already has xanthan gum in it… so no need to figure out how much gum to add or what ratio of flours to use. I use this for all of my baking recipes, and tend to buy 5 lb bags in bulk to score a good deal.
7. Red Apple Lipstick – A lot of makeup has gluten in it, especially lipsticks. For someone with Celiac, anything that goes on their lips could be ingested and needs to be gluten free. Red Apple Lipstick is gluten free (lab tested), allergen free, paraben free, cruelty free, non GMO, and corn free. All products are also lead, talc, toxin, and chemical free! Not only do they have a wide selection of colors, you can even get samples of certain colors to try before deciding to buy the full-sized item. I love their color variety and they stay on well – my favorite colors are Audrey and Maven Mauve. You can only buy online on their website, but they do have a 6 month money back guarantee policy!
8. Afterglow Cosmetics – Another gluten free makeup brand! These products are actually certified gluten free and made in a 100% certified gluten free facility. All ingredients are also organic, made for sensitive skin, soy free, paraben free, and free of toxic chemicals and ingredients. You can purchase their makeup on Amazon or at their online store, and if you purchase from their site they do have a 30-day money back guarantee policy.
9. Jason Personal Care Products – They have a whole certified gluten free line! From body wash to hand lotion, there is something for everyone… but I personally recommend their shampoo and conditioner.
Subscription Services and Gift Boxes
10. Freshly – Know someone with a busy life? Freshly’s meal delivery service isn’t just full of healthy choices, it’s all gluten free and prepared in a dedicated gluten free facility! Meals are high protein, low carb, and are free of artificial sweeteners and ingredients. Each meal is cooked and delivered straight to your door, and they only need a few minutes to be heated up before being enjoyed.. so you can leave the shopping and cooking to someone else! Freshly offers meal plans with 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals delivered per week, and has dozens of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to choose from. For someone who needs to be gluten free, a meal delivery service like this can be a godsend.
11. Green Chef – Maybe you know someone who loves to cook, but just doesn’t have the time to shop. Green Chef is a subscription meal plan that let’s you do just that. Not to mention, they are the first meal kit company to be certified gluten free! Just choose from a variety of meal plans, follow the easy step-by-step cooking instructions, and your dinner is ready in about 30 minutes.
12. American Gluten Free – A food subscription box service that is Celiac safe, 100% gluten free and dairy free. They offer quite a few different monthly plans, and also offer one time box purchases.
13. Thrive Market Membership – Help your friend or family member find great gluten free products with an online membership to Thrive Market! This site is like an online version of Costco, but offers tons of healthy food and gluten free options.
Books and Magazines
14. Gluten Free on a Shoestring Cookbook – This blog was one of the first ones I found after going gluten free, and the cookbook is full of 125 gluten free recipes you can make on a budget. The author shares tons of money-saving secrets, with advice on the best values and where to find them, as well as meal planning strategies and pantry-stocking tips.
15. Gluten Free and More Magazine – I came across this magazine while at the gluten free allergy expo. It’s more than just a food magazine, it’s a guide to living well with food allergies. You can find tons of gluten free recipes, ideas for baking substitutions, and even articles to help with a new Celiac diagnosis. They really do a great job in comforting anyone with food allergies or sensitivities! You can purchase a one or two year paper subscription, or keep it simple with a one year digital subscription.
16. GFF Magazine – Gluten Free Forever magazine is another great one, sending out issues quarterly and showcasing gluten free products and the best recipes around. The photography is just beautiful, and makes me want to make everything I see!
17. Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free – This was the first book I read after my diagnoses. Full of great information on diagnoses and symptoms, and even helps you understand ingredients in depth. One of my favorite sections of the book is the chapter on travel tips and how to vacation more comfortably with Celiac Disease!
18. Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease – If you know someone who is newly diagnosed or is struggling to understand their Celiac Disease, this book is a fantastic read. Jennifer goes through her many years of dealing with health issues and describes her journey to her Celiac diagnosis. Her story can make anyone struggling with Celiac much more comfortable with their symptoms, especially when knowing someone else out there has gone through the same symptoms as you.
Household and Miscellaneous Gifts
19. Gluten Free Serving Spoon – How cute is this labeled spoon! Let your guests know a dish is gluten free with this beautiful vintage serving spoon, the perfect gift for the gluten free foodie.
20. Meal Planning Pad with Shopping List – On a budget? This fun memo pad can help someone with easy gluten free living. Use the left side to write down weekly meals, and the other side to keep track of the shopping list. The shopping list is even perforated to tear off and bring to the grocery store.
21. Food Blogger Pro Membership – For your blogger friends or family! If you know someone who is either thinking of starting a food blog, has just gotten started, or is looking for help growing their blog, Food Blogger Pro is the absolute best! It’s created by the couple being the blog Pinch of Yum, and has dozens of step-by-step videos to get you started. They even have forums where you can meet other food bloggers and get help with your questions. You can pay for a yearly plan, or monthly, but membership is only open a few times a year… so Join the Food Blogger Pro Waiting List! and be notified when it opens.