Having a hard time finding just the right holiday gift for that friend or family member who is gluten-free (GF)? There are many options available to choose from, despite the restrictions of a gluten-free diet and lifestyle. Although it may seem that your friend has joined the “hard-to-buy-for” list, do not lose hope; it is becoming easier all the time. The need for gluten-free diets has increased to the point that bakeries and businesses have responded by adding menu items, products, and services. In addition, you can still make and give baked goods and desserts to your loved one. Many gift options that may make living GF easier for them are also available. If you like to order gifts online, your options are wide open.
Shipping delicious gluten-free desserts and gluten-free baked goods can be as easy as a simple internet search. Manhattan Fruitier has an array of flavorful gift baskets to choose from, including several gluten-free baskets, making it easy for consumers to find the perfect holiday gifts with free shipping! There are many businesses and bakeries that provide these services. The choices vary from fresh-baked goods to gift baskets. Many of the gluten-free bakeries ship their items frozen, in heavy styrofoam packing, or 1- to 2-day delivery maximum to ensure freshness upon arrival.
Baking your own gifts is always a nice way to express love during the holidays. For gluten-free baked goods, you need to keep in mind those items need to be given within a day or two of baking. If your gluten-free goodies need longer to arrive (you need to ship them), this may be a little more challenging, since these items become stale more quickly than regular baked goods. You may need to freeze them and send them in a well-insulated package, with expedited shipping, the same way the bakeries do. This may be more costly and time-consuming, and you may decide to opt out. So, then, what to get that friend if you do not want to take the chance of baking them some yummy bread or cookies and shipping them only to have them arrive not-so-fresh tasting?
How about a gift that will make their gluten-free lifestyle a little bit easier? Following are some wonderful ideas.
- Loaf Pan for GF Bread – specially made to help bread rise better
- Pizza Stone – helps the crust brown and crisp better
- Gluten Recovery Basket – items for the accidental ingestion of gluten. Suggestions: coconut water, Tylenol, ginger or ginger candy, charcoal tablets, digestive enzymes, relaxing music on CD
- Gift Card – to a local GF-friendly restaurant
- Magazine Subscription – for making GF living easier to navigate
- GF Cookbook – to give them new and fun options for GF meals
- Lunchbags or food containers – to make taking lunch easier and more fun. Try finding a retro lunchbox as a personal touch to bring back memories of childhood
- Gluten-Free Beer – make a sampler box to send for your friend’s indulging pleasure
- Fruit-of-the-Month Membership – express your love for a whole year of natural delights
Gluten-free gifts are becoming more and more readily available. Have some fun not only being sensitive to your friend’s or family member’s needs but also being creative with the choice you make. The surprise is always a great addition to the actual gift.