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Gluten-Free Gift Guide

 

Gluten-free gift givingHoliday shopping is tough, especially when celiac disease or gluten intolerance means standard fruitcakes and other treats aren't an option.

But dietary restrictions also can be an opportunity to get creative with gifts. Take the guesswork out of gluten-free gift buying with this handy guide.

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For the Gluten-Free Kid

  • Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? -An illustrated children’s book that explains celiac disease through a mother’s conversation with her young daughter.
  • Danny the Dragon – A book series from children’s author and NFCA newsletter columnist Tina Turbin (read her latest newsletter article)
  • Snazzy lunchbox – For toting their gluten-free lunch in style
  • Fun cookie cutters – Turn baking time into family time (Check out these Ninjabread men cookie cutters)
  • Pac Man Oven Mitt – We don’t know if they’ll even know what PacMan is, but this is cool option for older kids who like to cook
  • Gluten-free play dough – Avoid the risk of accidental gluten ingestion (Aroma Dough is one option)
  • Cooking with Isaiah – Kid-friendly gluten-free recipes from Appetite for Awareness special guest Silvana Nardone

For the Newly Diagnosed

  • Blender – A kitchen necessity, especially for making soups and smoothies
  • New serving platters – Get them excited about gluten-free entertaining, and ensure that gluten-free dishes stand out from the crowd
  • Loaf pan – They may not be ready to tackle xanthan gum yet, but gluten-free quick breads or pound cake could ease them into baking
  • Cooking with Amy – A gluten-free cookbook based on family favorites, so there’s less emphasis on what can’t be eaten and more on what can.
  • Magnetic signboard – To keep track of what’s good, what’s bad or why they’ll never buy that product ever again.
  • Gluten-free gift basket or meal delivery program – Get them off on the right foot and take the stress out of figuring out what to eat during the holidays. For product ideas, check out the GREAT Business Association members, who offer gluten-free items.
  • Gluten-free baking class or health coaching session – Learning the ins-and-outs of gluten-free isn’t easy, so a class or two could give them the confidence to shop and prepare celiac-safe meals on their own.
  • Real Life with Celiac Disease – A much acclaimed guide for transitioning to the gluten-free diet and managing celiac disease long-term, by NFCA’s celiac experts Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, and Daniel Leffler, MD, MS.
  • Insulated lunchbox – Eating out can be frightening the first few months after diagnosis, so bringing lunch to work may be the best option.
  • Storage tubs – Gluten-free foods should be kept separate from gluten-containing foods. Storage containers will make distinction clear and reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Celiac Disease for Dummies – A book that covers all the basics, by Ian Blumer, MD, and NFCA Medical Advisory Board member Sheila Crowe, MD,FRCPC, FACP, FACG, AGAF.
  • Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide - The go-to guide when you want to know "Is there gluten in that?" Written by renowned dieititian Shelley Case, RD, this book contains an easy-to-browse index and a wealth of nutritious gluten-free recipes.

For the Gluten-Free Foodie

(Thanks to Amy Green of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free for a few of the suggestions!)

  • Gift certificate to a GREAT restaurant – Give the gift of a gourmet dinner without the hassle of wondering whether gluten-free options are available.
  • Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef - Perhaps the most sought-after gluten-free cookbook this season
  • Doughnut pan – For the daring baker ready to tackle a gluten-free version of this tempting treat
  • Fondue set – What better way to entertain than with melted cheese and veggies for dipping?
  • Wine glasses – Wine is naturally gluten-free, so help them celebrate with a new set
  • Camera – For tweeting and posting photos of their successful dishes, a good digital camera is a must
  • Candy thermometer and marble slab – Candymaking is not for the meek, but can be a fun activity for gluten-free foodies
  • Dutch oven – Versatile and timeless, a cast iron Dutch oven is a common item on cooks’ wish lists
  • Spice rack and spices – Star anise, allspice and coriander can add excitement and flair to food, and the spice rack will help them stay organized
  • Fold-out or moveable kitchen island – With all that cooking, there’s always a need for more counter space

For the Gluten-Free Health Nut

  • Gluten-free energy bars – To help your favorite runner stay fueled throughout the day
  • Blossoming tea brewer – Tea is naturally gluten-free and has a number of health benefits, and the blooming flower adds a beautiful touch.
  • Exotic ancient grains – Quinoa has become a pantry staple, but teff and chia may offer new flavors and textures to explore.
  • Yoga classes – Good for mental and physical health, which comes in handy after the holiday season.
  • Personal health record (PHR) account – PHRs can be used to track medications, record food intake or report activity levels. Sign them up for a free account or offer to pay for a subscription.
  • Food scale – For divvying out the perfect portions of protein or grains. A scale can also come in handy when measuring flour by weight.  
  • Rice cooker – A healthy and easy way to steam rice, a staple among gluten-free side dishes.

For the Celiac on the Go

  • Tupperware – Last night’s dinner becomes today’s lunch when there’s little time to prepare a gluten-free meal.
  • iPhone apps – Load their iPhone with gluten-free recipe boxes and a grocery list app to avoid those frazzled moments in the grocery store.
  • Crockpot – Perfect for the busy family. Set it; forget it; and 7 hours later: dinner.
  • Wholesale buyer’s club membership – Buying in bulk means less cost and fewer shopping trips.
  • Label maker – How old is that pot roast? And which batch of cookies is the gluten-free kind? Now they’ll know.
  • Massage – To ease tension or any symptom-related aches and pains.

For the Gluten-Free Traveler

  • Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide and travel cards – In case they don’t know how to say “gluten-free” in Spanish, French or other languages.
  • A night (or several) at a celiac-friendly hotel – Nothing beats a place that makes celiac needs a priority (Check out the Gluten-Free Travel Site for suggestions).
  • Gluten-free travel packs – Fruit & nut bars, gluten-free cracker snack packs and microwaveable bags of quinoa or rice make for quick meals on the road.
  • Toaster bags – What to do when the free continental breakfast only has one toaster? Slip a gluten-free slice into the bag to avoid cross-contamination. 

 

 
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