According to recent polls, almost 66% of people are saving their shopping till the last minute. Believe it or not, that last minute has come! Waiting this long can cause problems when it comes to empty store shelves and a lack of ideas. If you are in that 66% and looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a gluten free friend, look no further!
No, this is not an article meant to advertise the latest gadget or specialty item. Instead, it is a bit of advice about the gluten free elite that may not be known to the general public. The fact is, gluten free food is expensive! There is no better gift for your friend than the security of knowing they won’t go broke buying groceries right after Christmas.
Some great items to put in a gift basket are:
Xanthum Gum- This ingredient is essential in just about all gluten free baking. It costs about $10 a bag, which makes it hard for some people to keep on hand.
Gluten Free Flours- There are a lot of varieties out there, and most recipes call for more than one kind. Buy a few and give your friend a head start.
Books- Cook books, eating guides, restaurant guides, all of these come in handy for anyone trying to stay current on the latest trends and research.
Gift cards to Nature’s Pantry, Whole Foods or Hy-Vee are also fantastic gifts. All three stores have great gluten free selections and are fun to shop at. Include instructions with the card encouraging the receiver to use the gift to try some new things that a strict budget may have kept them from before. There are new products hitting the shelves all the time and this is a great way to help your friend get in the know.
Another gift for those socially conscious members of the gluten free elite is a donation made in their name to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. A donation will go a long way toward helping, not only your friend, but many other people in the future.
Happy Holidays to all of you last minute shoppers out there. Good luck and God speed!
Author Information: Marissa Carter, Kansas City
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