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2013 Gluten-free holiday gift guide

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It is hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner. Time to get on your thinking cap, or take a gander at this compilation of gifts for that gluten-free person in your life. The choices range from baked good, to booze, to cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, magazines, subscription services, and so on. Hopefully, these ideas will help get the creative juices flowing!

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Baked Goods/Spices - what better time to splurge on a tantalizing gluten-free treat than during the holidays?

  • Galaxy Desserts Gluten-Free Chocolate Lava Cakes - these single-serve, premade chocolate cakes are handcrafted by the artisanal bakers at Northern California's Galaxy Desserts. The cakes are gluten-free and they are made from all-natural ingredients such as premium bittersweet chocolate and pure cocoa powder. One 24 oz. box contains six, four ounce cakes with a gooey chocolate center.
  • Kyotofu Gluten-Free Assorted Treats Gift Box - Williams-Sonoma is offering their boxes, which include choices of: cookie boxes, brownie boxes, cake boxes, and so on. All of the gift boxes are packed in a signature brown Kyotofu box and the freshly-baked goodies are made in a dedicated facility.
  • Mason Jar Cookie Company - offers Berry Berry Gluten Free Cookie mix with cherries, strawberries, blueberries and cranberries and white chocolate that you can buy on Amazon. Visit their website to customize a jar. Pair it with a new cookie sheet, pot holders, and a spatula and you have a great gift.
  • Tonguespank Spice Company - their initial spice series is called "Liquor & Heat", which is based on liquor-infused hot peppers. The blends are full of rare peppers sourced from all over the world and they are all natural, with no preservatives. These spices are only sold online and they are available in: Chipotle Bourbon Spice Blend, Garlic Grappa Spice Blend, Citrus Rum Spice Blend, Wasabi Sake Spice Blend, and Scorpion Bourbon Premium Spice Blend.
  • Whole Food Gluten-Free Bakehouse - their 20 ounce Apple Frangipane Tart is made with frangipane cream and apples accented with raspberry jam on a flaky gluten-free crust that is topped with toasted nuts. The tart is baked from scratch with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners in a dedicated gluten-free bakery. The tart contains dairy and nuts, but if neither of those allergens is of issue, I highly recommend picking one up and giving it a try. My review can be read here.

Cookbooks - there are so many gluten-free cookbooks/books to choose from, so here are a few of my recent favorites:

Drinks - to celebrate the gluten-free lifestyle are always a welcome gift. Wine, champagne,and Prosecco are gluten free as is distilled alcohol. Many gluten-free beers/ciders can be found on grocery store shelves, like Bards, New Planet Beer, Crispin Cider, Harvester Brewing, etc.

Gift Certificates

  • To a chain restaurant with a gluten-free menu like: Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s, Legal Sea Foods, Maggiano's, Mirko Pasta, and The Melting Pot, to name a few.
  • To a local restaurant with a gluten-free menu like: Arepa Mia, Bantam + Biddy, Blue Moon Pizza, Cine Bistro, Farm Burger, Figo Pasta, Four Seasons Atlanta, Fifth Group Restaurants (Ecco, Lure, South City Kitchen, Alma Cocina) Leon's Full Service, The Spence, YEAH! Burger, Zeal Restaurant, etc.
  • To a grocery/health food store, like Kroger, Ingles Markets, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Wegman's, and Whole Foods.

Gift Baskets

  • Beautiful Sweets - Holiday Gift Basket with Gluten Free Hand-Decorated Sugar Cookies, Bag of Coffee Beans from Coda Coffee, and Christmas-Themed Ceramic Mug. All of their cookies can be made gluten free too.
  • Great Arrivals Gourmet Gluten-Free Gift Baskets - is packed full of candy, chocolate, snacks and more. Products included are: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Justin’s Gluten Free Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Plocky’s Honey Caramelized Onion Hummus Chips, and Kind Cranberry Almond & Antioxidants Bar.
  • Helping Hands Bakery - this bakery was started by a mother of three autistic children who was determined to make sure her boys would learn to be self-reliant and to ensure other children in the community with special needs would have training and jobs as well. They offer a number of goodies and sample packs.
  • 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 - offers customizable gluten-free gift bags and boxes with a wide range of choices: sweets, snacks, coffee, teas, soaps, spices, cook books, Eco home items, and more.
  • Penzey's Spices - offers a number of gift boxes that can be ordered online, or you can purchase a gift card and let them pick out their own spices. Those who live here in Georgia can stop by their store in Sandy Springs.
  • 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 and each basket has a theme
  • The Saratoga Gift Basket Company - owner Rebecca Cronin and her family all have celiac disease. Armed with the knowledge and experience of reading labels, and being aware of “hidden” ingredients, they strive to take the fear and risk out of ordering the perfect gluten-free gift.

New appliance or kitchen gadget – like a toaster oven, 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, potholders or a festive apron/kitchen towels. Some of the more interesting appliances/gadgets I have seen are:

  • Beater Blade - a blade for the blender that continuously beats, scrapes, and folds ingredients.
  • Cast Iron Pan - the Lodge makes inexpensive cast iron pans that arrive seasoned in a variety of sizes.
  • Charles Viancin - has a great line of silicone storage lids/drink covers that adhere to any smooth surface. Say good bye to plastic wrap and tin foil and pick up some of these beautiful and effective lids. All of these products are BPA free, heat resistant, create an air tight seal to keep moisture in when storing and cooking, and they are quite attractive. Prices range from $2.99 to $20.99 and you can purchase these products locally at Cook's Warehouse.
  • Craft A Brew Gluten-Free Beer Making Kit - from Williams-Sonoma includes brewing equipment and ingredients to brew gluten-free dark ale, including enough gluten-free mix, hops and yeast for one batch (ten 12-oz. bottles). Complete instructions provided in the included A Guide to Craft Brewing. Equipment can be reused again and again to brew additional batches.
  • Lekue Citrus Sprayer 2 Pack - this unique product screws directly into a lemon or lime and turns it into a juice sprayer. The silicone ring around the sprayer keeps the juice from running on your hand and it comes with a stand for storage.
  • Red Cup Living - makes a line of reusable red 'solo' cups in various (dishwasher safe) shapes and sizes: shooter glass, wine glass, martini glass, coffee mug, margarita glass, and so on. Can be purchased locally at Cook's Warehouse.
  • Silicone Cookie Dough Tray - these silicone trays hold 15 scoops of dough for freezing. Imagine, how not having to freeze cookie dough in a big chunk and being able to pop each scoop out of the tray for baking will speed up the cooking process!
  • Silpat non-stick baking mats - come in multiple sizes and keep food from sticking to a baking dish/pan and to the counter. They have a new 'black' mat out called Silpain that is specifically used for baking bread because it is perforated and allows water to seep through the mat, leaving a crusty finish.
  • The Mason Shaker - Inspired by the classic southern icon, the Mason jar, this shaker is a unique four-piece cocktail shaker that speaks to American eras past. Pick one up locally at Cook's Warehouse for that cocktail lover on your gift list.

Subscription to a Gluten-Free Sample Service - These companies offer monthly, quarterly, and yearly subscription services that save you money and time by taking the guess work out of buying and trying new gluten-free products. Sample boxes contain new products each month and you can discontinue your membership at any time, so there is no long-term commitment.

  • Cuisine Cube - this new company charges $29.99 per month and delivers (free shipping) full-sized breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert items. Some of the products you may recognize, but they specialize in working with small producers and hard-to-find items.
  • G-Free Foodie - launched their Foodie Box Club this year and for $29 per month, users get five full-sized products along with recipes and coupons. All of their products are gluten free and they have a gluten/dairy-free option as well.
  • Healthy Surprise - sends out a box every month filled with gluten-free snacks that are free of artificial ingredients. Everything in the box is gluten free, vegan, and hand selected to deliver a balance of sweet and salty snacks. This box can be purchased in varying sizes.
  • PaleoPax - each month they hand-select five gluten-free and Paleo snacks from producers across the country and ship them to you on the 15th of the month. Their fees start at $18 a month and all of their snacks have been and will continue to be gluten free.
  • Savorfull - delivers samples of gluten-free, peanut-free and dairy-free foods, recipes and nutritional tips to your door for $15 per month (free shipping). They just launched and they are offering deals on membership, so check out what they have to offer.
  • Taste Guru - offers monthly, quarterly, and yearly subscription services. Sample boxes contain new products each month and you can discontinue your membership at any time, so there is no long-term commitment.
  • The Tasteful Pantry - creates 'free from' snack boxes that can be customized to avoid these allergens: gluten, dairy, vegan, soy, and nuts. The one month price is $22.99 and the ongoing monthly subscription is $21.99. If you want to try out one of these boxes, use the code 'IAChol25' to save 25% through December 31.

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