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The gluten-free holiday gift guide

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Gluten-free holiday gifts

Just because you have a few loved ones following a gluten-free diet doesn't mean you can't delight them with a gourmet gift. Check out our scrumptious gluten-free gift guide, including gluten-free foods, cookbooks and more.

Cuisinart bread maker

Cuisinart 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker

(Amazon.com, $98)

One of the most missed foods for people new to the gluten-free diet is bread. Baking your own can result in tragic unpalatable results, so bread maker manufacturers have come to the rescue. The Cuisinart 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker will let your gluten-free giftee wake up to the smell of fresh baked — and great tasting — bread. This unit is easy to operate, makes 1 to 2 pound loaf sizes, three crust settings and, most important, has a gluten-free program option. Accessories include a measuring cup, a measuring spoon, and foolproof recipes for gluten-free breads as well as jams and sauces.

Taste of Italy gift basket

Gluten-Free Taste of Italy Gift Basket

(PlanetGiftBaskets.com, $69)

Pasta is another much-missed food for gluten-free diet followers. This gourmet gift basket of gluten-free Italian goodies will be a welcome surprise for your gluten-free foodie. The basket comes with gluten-free spaghetti, Alfredo sauce, gourmet olives, Italian herb cheese spread, crackers, cashews and more.

Gluten free chessecake

Gluten-Free Cheesecakes

(Figis.com, $50)

Indulgence can be a delectable reality for your favorite gluten-free foodie with Figis' rich, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth Gluten-Free Cheesecakes. No wheat flour or other gluten-containing ingredients in the crust or the filling. Each scrumptious cheesecake serves 12 dessert lovers and comes in three flavors: New York Style, Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Truffle.

NibMor organic drink

NibMor Nib-tastic Spicy Gift Set

(NibMor.com, $40)

For the chocolate loving gal on a gluten-free diet, NibMor is a line of chocolate products that are organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, made without refined sugar and cold-processed. This Nib-tastic gift set includes one (6-serving) carton of NibMor 6-Spice Drinking Chocolate and five NibMor Organic Dark Chocolate Bars, including the original dark chocolate bar, almond dark chocolate, crispy dark chocolate, mint dark chocolate and extreme dark chocolate. This is a gift that everyone on your gift list will enjoy!

Purely Elizabeth Granola

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola Sampler

(PurelyElizabeth.com, $35)

Elizabeth Stein, creator of Purely Elizabeth gluten-free products, is a certified holistic nutritional counselor who wants those on a gluten-free diet to have healthy choices when it comes to packaged granola and baking mixes. She formulated her granola with the highest-quality natural, organic ingredients. The Granola Sampler Gift Box includes four of Purely Elizabeth’s gluten-free Ancient Grain Granola Cereals — Original, Blueberry Hemp, Cranberry Pecan and Pumpkin Fig.

Good Karma caramel snowflakes

Good Karmal Snowflake Caramel Gift Set

(GoodKarmal.com, $25)

When it comes to avoiding gluten, every food becomes suspect, including confections that you'd think would be gluten-free. Good Karmal offers a sweet tooth-satisfying assortment of gourmet caramels that have no gluten and make the perfect holiday present. Gift packaged in a keepsake box handwoven from the leaf of the Pandan tree, the Snowflake Caramel Gift Box has 10 or 20 pieces of all-natural, Kosher-certified caramel. Each piece is wrapped in wintery blue "fortune" adorned with snowflakes and inscribed with a quote of wise words. This fancy assortment includes Vanilla, Sea Salt, Chocolate Sea Salt, Café Caramel, Caramel Apple, and Chipotle.

Masala pop

Masala Pop Indian Popcorn

(EatMasalaPop.com, $36 for 2 gallon tin)

Popcorn is inherently gluten-free, but gourmet varieties may be made with gluten ingredients. Delight your gluten-free foodie with Masala Pop's organic Indian-inspired popcorn. Made in small batches and tossed with rBGH-free butter or pure coconut oil and warm spices, like turmeric, mustard seeds, asafetida, cardamom and garam masala, this popcorn is also delicately sweetened with organic agave, organic coconut palm sugar or a pinch of cane sugar. As a tasty bonus, Masala Pop will surprise your popcorn lover with papadums (Indian lentil chips), hazelnuts or toasted sesame seeds for added flavor and crunch. Choose from three flavors: Chai Masala with Oregon Hazelnuts, Tamarind Sesame with Papadams and Savory Masala with Papadams.

Fast Simple Gluten Free

Fast & Simple Gluten-Free

(Amazon.com, $15)

For the gluten-free follower who'd rather get in the kitchen and cook than risk eating at a restaurant or packaged foods, the delicious Fast & Simple Gluten-Free cookbook by registered dietitian Gretchen Brown, will be a welcome gift. Brown offers 100 healthy, family-pleasing, gluten-free recipes that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. Recipes include carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese frosting, green chicken enchiladas, cumin-turkey burgers, quinoa tabbouleh, mocha chocolate fudge cakes and more.

Allergy Free and Easy cooking

Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking

(Amazon.com, $15)

Does your gluten-free loved one also have other food allergies? Then get her Cybele Pascal's Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking cookbook, featuring 75 everyday meals that are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and sesame. This gluten-free resource is made for the family with multiple food allergies. Recipes include creamy mac 'n' "mheese," Buffalo wings with ranch dressing, chicken mole soft tacos, gnocchi, deep dish pizza with Italian sausage, and beef and broccoli stir-fry just to name a few. Best yet, every scrumptious dish can be ready in 30 minutes or less.

Gluten Free Bakers Basket

It's Only Natural Gluten-Free Baker's Gift Basket

(ItsOnlyNaturalGifts.com, $75)

Following a wheat-restricted diet doesn't have to be a baking bummer. This cheery half-bushel basket of Bella gluten-free baking mixes will delight and inspire the gluten-free followers on your gift list. Baking mixes include an all-purpose blend, multigrain and cinnamon raisin bread mixes, and a package for pizza dough, rolls and foccacia. The basket also comes with a gluten-free cookbook for even more kitchen inspiration.

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