Gifts Your Gluten-Free Friends Will Actually Use
We're all about that gluten-free life — but if we're being real, we have to admit it's quite a bit of work. Gluten is in pretty much everything, and the lifestyle takes a ton of meal prep and cooking things on your own. And when the holidays hit, being gluten-free is nothing short of torture. (Hello, have you ever eaten a GF Christmas cookie that was actually good?)
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 lotion contain gluten ingredients? What do people who can't have gluten really want?
No worries — I've got you covered. Here are 12 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 they’re safe for those who avoid gluten — even those with celiac disease — so you can rest easy.
1. Compact food-prep set
As beautiful as it is ingenious, this BPA-free 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.
Joseph Joseph nesting bowls set, available on Amazon
2. Gluten-free bread loaf pan
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.
Gluten-free bread loaf pan, $17.95 at King Arthur Flour
3. Digital kitchen scale
Serious bakers know ingredients should be measured by weight, not volume. Given that gluten-free baking can be tricky on a good day, this 5-pound scale with a pullout display helps ensure great results every time.
OXO Good Grips 5-pound food scale, available on Amazon
4. A gluten-free cookbook
Since many people with celiac disease have to eliminate gluten from their kitchen entirely, it’s important to have a repertoire of recipes everyone in the family enjoys. Enter Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family, a kid-friendly cookbook, which is not only gluten-free but also vegan, so most everyone is covered.
Gluten-Free and Vegan for the Whole Family, available on Amazon
5. A gluten-free magazine subscription
While being gluten-free can be a drag, a subscription to Gluten Free & More, a magazine that “gets it” can make life easier — and more fun!
Gluten Free & More, $23 for a 1-year subscription at Amazon
6. A gift card to a GF-friendly restaurant
While a gift card to a pizza place seems like an unlikely present for someone who's gluten-free, California Pizza Kitchen is actually a great choice. As of 2015, all their U.S. locations are Gluten-Free Food Service Certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group, a nonprofit that certifies restaurants and gluten-free products.
Gift card prices vary at California Pizza Kitchen
Originally published December 2015. Updated November 2017.
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