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19 Practical gift ideas for your gluten-free friends

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The perfect gifts for the gluten-free on your list

I won’t lie: Being gluten-free is tough, especially during the holidays. Eating out is tricky, parties can be minefields and cookie swaps are an exercise in torture!

Needless to say, giving a gift that makes ditching gluten easy will score you major points with gluten-free friends and family. However, shopping for someone who avoids gluten can be intimidating. Were those cookies baked in a gluten-free facility? Does that lip gloss contain gluten ingredients? What do people who can't have gluten really want?

No worries — I've got you covered. Here are 19 great gifts to thrill the no-gluten gals — and guys — on your list, from essential gluten-free cooking tools to tasty treats. Best of all, the edibles and bath products have been checked to ensure that they’re safe for those who avoid gluten — even those with celiac disease — so you can rest easy.

Happy shopping!

1. Double chocolate crumb cake

The perfect gifts for the gluten-free on your list
Image: Erin McKennas Bakery

Chocolate cake topped with yet more chocolate cake and a drizzle of gooey chocolate icing — what could be better? Oh wait, the fact that this gluten-free cake — from a dedicated gluten-free bakery — is also dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, vegan and kosher. Perfect for the gluten-free chocoholic on your list. (Erin McKenna’s Bakery, $35)

2. Compact food prep set

The perfect gifts for the gluten-free on your list
Image: Moma Store

As beautiful as it is ingenious, this BPA-free Nest 9 compact food prep set contains two mixing bowls, a colander, a strainer and a complete set of measuring cups — great for the gluten-free chef with a small kitchen. (MoMA Design Store, $50)

3. Gluten-free bread loaf pan

The perfect gifts for the gluten-free on your list
Image: King Arthur Flour

This bread loaf pan was designed with gluten-free bakers in mind, providing the extra support gluten-free yeast breads need to get a proper rise. (King Arthur Flour, $18)

4. All-purpose gluten-free flour

The perfect gifts for the gluten-free on your list
Image: Gluten-free Girl

Created by award-winning cookbook author and blogger Shauna Ahern (aka Gluten-Free Girl), this gluten-free all-purpose flour blend is 40 percent whole grain and free of the top eight allergens: dairy, egg, peanut, corn, soy, tree nut, fish and shellfish. Your gluten-free friend with food allergies will think of you every time she bakes. (Gluten-Free Girl, $7)

5. Digital kitchen scale

The perfect gifts for the gluten-free on your list
Image: Amazon

Serious bakers know ingredients should be measured by weight, not volume. Given that gluten-free baking can be tricky on a good day, this OXO Good Grips 5-pound scale with a pull-out display helps ensure great results, every time. (Amazon, $30)

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