Tis the season for gift giving and for those of you not familiar with the gluten-free diet this can be a time of confusion. It can be difficult to give someone on the gluten-free diet food because some of us avoid additional allergens and not all gluten-free food is created equal.
- To a magazine that covers events regarding the gluten free lifestyle:
- To an online gluten free recipe exchange like Glutenfreeda,
- To Clan Thompson's Celiac SmartLists, which are a series of programs that make it easy to find VERIFIED gluten information on thousands of items,
- Zeer Select – for $4.95 monthly subscription fee, you can search to find products by category, brand, product name or UPC code. The database is constantly updated with an average of 500 new products added or updated weekly. This tool helps those newly diagnosed and those who are long time gluten-free shopper spend less time on weekly shopping trips.
- Gluten Free Passport iPhone or iPod applicationis perfect for finding information about safe foods and safe food preparation for gluten free dining. The application can be purchased at the Apple’s iTune Apps Store.
- iPhone applications
2. Cooking Classes. Local chefs offer cooking classes dedicated to cooking gluten free. This can be a great opportunity, not only to learn how to cook gluten free, but to learn how to eat and cook healthful foods.
3. Prepared Meals - for those Celiacs who don’t cook, there are local caterers and companies that offer prepared meals.
- MyChef.bz – is a local company offering chef services and prepared meals
- ADAiRE – is a local catering company that understands and can cook for those on the gluten-free diet.
4. Personalized Chef Services - a number of local chefs specialize in cooking gluten free. These chefs can customize your meals to be not only gluten free, but free of other allergens, as well.
- Chef Stephanie Smythmyer, Steph de Cuisine,email@example.com
- Chef Cathy Marella-Luce, Magical Meals,firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Books – Cook Books, Travel Guides, Shopping Guides, Menu Cards, and other books of interest on Celiac Disease.
6. Drinks - to celebrate the gluten free lifestyle. Wine and champagne are made from grapes, so they are gluten free. Distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten free as long as nothing glutenous is added after distillation, which would be unusual. You can even find gluten free beer locally.
7. Gift Certificate - for dinner at a restaurant that caters to those on a gluten free diet, like: FIGO Pasta, Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s, Carraba’s Italian Grill, Wildfire Restaurant, Legal Sea Foods, Maggianos, YEAH! Burger, and Farm Burger to name a few. You can even buy gift certificates to their favorite grocery/health food store, likeReturn to Eden, Life Grocery and Whole Foods. Gift certificates to an online gluten-free shopping mall like Gluten-Free Mall or Gluten-Free Pantry also make a great gift.
8. Baked Goods/Gift Baskets
- American Gra-Frutti –is a local bakery that makes gluten free and vegan baked goods: decorated cakes, fruit cakes in three flavors, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, colored icing and coconut drops complete with decorative ribbon and packaging.
- B&T Creations – is a local company that makes gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and soy free cookie bouquets for all occasions. They also make cakes and brownies. Check out their website to view their products, or to place an order.
- Bakery on Main – offers a gift basket. Inside you'll find an eco-friendly reusable Bakery On Main tote bag, 1.5 oz gluten free granola snack packs of our Apple Raisin Walnut, Nutty Cranberry Maple and Extreme Fruit & Nut flavors, 2 oz. Fiber Power gluten free granola snack packs of our Triple Berry and Cinnamon Raisin flavors, and 1.2 oz gluten free granola bars in our Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Maple Nut and Extreme Trail Mix, plus a $0.50 off coupon.
- Everybody Eats– offers Holiday Star Sugar Cookies and Chanukah Cookies.
- Gifts Gone Gourmet– gluten-free gift basket with gourmet foods and treats.
- Glutensmart– offers premade gluten-free gift baskets complete with basket, bow and teddy bear.
- Gluten Free Gratefully- offers gourmet gluten-free cookies in festive gift wrap and creative flavors.
- Gluten Free Gifts– gluten-free gift baskets that can be customized for any holiday.
- Gotta Eat Sweets – makes truffipops and truffibites that are a fusion of truffle and brownie. They come in flavor combinations such as lemon cheesecake, white chocolate, raspberry dark chocolate or dulce de leche milk chocolate, as well as many others. Gift wrapping and custom ordering is available.
- Happy Bell Bags – offers a variety of gluten-free bags that can be customized for those who have multiple intolerances.
- Harry and David– offer gluten-free gift baskets with fruit, nut and chocolate.
- I Can Have That! – offers a number of themed gift baskets that indicate the allergen status of its contents including: gluten free, egg free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and peanut free.
- It’s Only Natural Gifts –offers customizable gluten-free gift bags or eco-friendly gift boxes.
- Peeled Snacks – offers decorative tins filled with fruit and nut selections.
- Planet Gift Baskets- has searched the food industry for the most delicious and beautifully packaged gluten free foods to create this special line of gifts. Each item has been inspected to be free of gluten. It is our passion to be the leader in beautiful, satisfying and heartwarming gifts for people with food allergies.
- Sally’s Bakery – is a local bakery that offers an array of gluten-free baked goods that would make great gifts. We hope they will offer special ordering for their pies (like they did for Thanksgiving) because they are some of the best this Examiner has ever had.
- Vanilla Spoons – offers only gluten-free gift baskets for many special occasions to bring fun and delicious to the land of gluten free. They've searched far and wide for these yummy treats - which just happen to be gluten free - to honor them with the distinction of being selected for their prized gift baskets. Your personal gift message will be handwritten onto a Vanilla Spoons note card and included with your gift.
- Well Baskets - offers a selection of gluten-free gift baskets for all occasions. Details on the basket contents are listed on the site.
9. A new appliance – like a nice toaster oven, rice cooker, food processor, or even a bread machine. You could also give a new set of utensils, or a good knife and a cutting board, cookie cutters, a new kitchen timer, potholders or a festive apron.
10. A tax-deductible donation to a national organization in the name of your favorite Celiac. There are a number of great organizations out there raising awareness about celiac disease:
Most people spend time with family and friends during the holidays. Keep in mind that Celiac Disease is linked to our genes. First degree relatives (parents, children, siblings) have a 1 in 22 chance of developing Celiac, and 2nd degree relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) have a 1 in 39 chance. This is a great time to remind the people you love to get tested.
----------------------------- Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA