Gift Ideas for Newly or Experienced Gluten Free Friends and
It can be overwhelming to go gluten free. There is so much more to being gluten free than just changing your diet. If your family member or friend has been diagnosed with a medical condition like celiac it is important for them to be educated about the disease. There are many things to take into consideration as someone who is newly diagnosed and wanting to regain their health. Of upmost importance is understanding the issues with cross contact and cross contamination.
Cross contact is the reason why there are so many kitchen items on this list!
These gift ideas are great for both the newly diagnosed as well as those who have been gluten free for a long time.
1. Gluten Free Licorice!
Licorice contains gluten and it can be hard to find a good gluten free licorice! I recently found Yum Earth gluten free licorice and it has satisfied my yearning for licorice.
The best snack foods contain gluten. Snyder’s of Hanover has a gluten free pretzel which will make you think it is too good to be gluten free! These individual packages will last your newly diagnosed family/friend long after Christmas is over.
This is a great treat for anyone who is gluten free or not! The whole bag is half popped popcorn and tastily flavored!
4. Gluten Free and Vegan Healthy Care Package
Everything from Lara Bars to Skinny Pop Popcorn!
6. Gourmet Rocky Mountain Popcorn- Gluten free and nut free
7. More From The Gluten Free Gourmet: Delicious Dining Without Wheat
Written by Bette Haggman. I think everyone should have at least 1 Bette Haggman cookbook!
8. Irresistibly Gluten Free
This cookbook was written by Christina Davis and has come to our local support group meetings to speak. This is a cookbook I absolutely love! Her pancake recipe is my favorite and is so light and fluffy! There are so many kid friendly recipes and is a great go to for feeding newly diagnosed kids and picky eaters.
9. Gluten Free Cookbook for Families: Healthy Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less
This is a Pamela Ellgen cookbook. I haven’t tried it, yet. I love the idea of faster, easier recipes because cooking can take a long time, some nights! We don’t always have the time and it is nice to have some quick delicious recipes!
10. Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes For a Delicious Life
Written by actress Jennifer Esposito who has celiac disease. This book is on my personal wish list as well! Inflammation is the enemy of all auto-immune disease and anti-inflammatory recipes are helpful in healing the gut.
11. Gluten Free On A Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap
Written by Nicole Hunn. Let’s face it eating healthy, let alone gluten free can be expensive and we could all use some help in how to lessen the expense.
12. Gluten Free Bread Machine Cookbook
“The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker’s 300 Favorite Recipes For Perfect-Every-Time Bread From Every Kind of Machine”
Scratches and nicks in pans can hold onto the gluten protein. So, it is wise to replace pans and anything that is porous (stoneware and non-stick cooking surfaces) with new pans and appliances. (In some cases it is wise to have two sets or go with non-porous cookware. Especially, if you have a kitchen shared by people who are not gluten free.)
13. Non-stick Bakeware Set
This is great if you are only baking gluten free. Otherwise look for bakeware that is metal and without any coatings.
Don’t use old stoneware that has had gluten cooked on it. The porous surface holds the gluten protein and can continue contaminating your food.
15. Pots and Pans
Non-stick or metal pans without a non-stick coating are best. Non-stick pans hold protein in its pores, as do nicks and scratches.
16. New Bowls
These need to be replaced if they have nicks and scratches. Also, it is nice to get new bowls and you may need new storage containers with being newly diagnosed.
A new colander is a must! Those little holes are notorious for grabbing on and holding gluten in them. If you have family that isn’t eating gluten free, you may want to consider having two distinguishably different colanders or have one in a different color.
For all the home cooking you will be doing! Again, if your old mixer had any nicks or scratches in the bowl or beaters they need to be replaced.
19. KitchenAide Spiralizer
A spiralizer can make cooking fun! There are so many things you can do with this including making your own French fries!
20. KitchenAide Pasta Roller and Cutter
Great for the newly diagnosed that loves to cook! Make your own gluten free pasta!
21. Cuisinart Bread Machine
Making your own gluten free bread is a great way to cut down on gluten free diet expenses!
The toaster cannot be shared with those who are eating gluten! So, a new toaster is a must! The crumbs float around when heating and it is impossible to get all of the gluten out of a toaster.
A good blender is always good to have, but essential if your old one did things that contain gluten and the blades have nicks and scratches.
24. Convection Oven
These ovens are great, if there is a filter, make sure it is changed frequently.
25. Deep Fryer
Being able to eat fried foods without worrying about cross-contamination makes life a little more enjoyable.
26. Baking Spatulas
Many baking spatulas get nicks and scratches and hold onto the gluten protein, causing cross-contamination, even when you have washed them well! Have spatulas in different colors if you have a shared gluten/gluten free cooking.
27. Spatula/Pancake Turner
Same issues as with the baking spatulas, but because of the holes in, gluten can get caught and trapped just like the colander.
28. Gluten Free Pasta and Pizza Gift Basket
29. Gluten Free Gourmet Gift Tower
30. Gluten Free Nut and Chocolate Basket
31. Bath Bomb Basket
My daughter is so addicted to bath bombs! They are a fantastic gift!
32-35. T-shirts about being gluten free
36. Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce
37. Bone Suckin Sauce
Bone Suckin Sauce is gluten free, non-GMO, Dairy free and Kosher. Many of their sauces are also free from HFCS.
38. Individual Bath Bombs
Pick several different kinds of bath bombs (Always check to make sure they are gluten free.) and put together your own basket or stocking stuffers.
39. Gluten Free: The Definitive Resource Guide
By nutrition expert, Shelley Case, RD. A comprehensive and practical guide for eating gluten free.
40. Gluten Free Kitchen wall decor