Budgets are tighter than usual this year so you really want to make sure your holiday gifts are perfect for the recipient. Maybe you might even want to get yourself that perfect item that you have been dreaming about while everything is on sale. Here are my favorite items that I would want for the gluten free friends that I love. And remember, the season is really about sharing special times with those you love!
1. An immersion blender- this stick type blender is hand-held and the perfect wand to make soups, smoothies and sauces. I have had mine since college and I use it at least once per week.
2. An enamel dutch oven. You don’t need a fancy Le Creuset anymore. Now you can get a perfectly good model at Costco for much less money. I recommend getting a 5-6 quart version. I make soups, stews and sauces in my dutch oven. And it washes out beautifully right in my kitchen sink.
3. A ticket to the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. The perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. Tickets are discounted through December 25th. There is no better present than the gift of knowledge and experience. Send someone to the Expo so they can experience a weekend of gluten free bliss.
4. A subscription to a great magazine (such as Living Without) or a really good gluten free cookbook. I recommend: Cooking For Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy Delicious Meals, 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and The Allergen Free Baker’s Handbook.
5. A homemade baked good that someone made in a nice clean kitchen using non-contaminated ingredients. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone made you a pie, cake or cookies and delivered them fresh to you? You could enjoy it without worrying that you will get sick and you know it was made with love.
6. A membership to the Gluten Intolerance Group. Not only will the recipient receive their very thorough quarterly magazine, but they will get discounts to the annual conference (in Orland the first weekend in July next year) and be helping a very worthy organization.
7. A bread machine. Everyone recommends the Zojirushi bread machine for gluten free breads but the reality is that almost any bread machine will do a decent job of making bread for you. There are so many terrific mixes out there (Pamela’s and Breads from Anna are my favorites) and you just need to pop the ingredients into the machine and wait for your delicious steaming loaf of bread. Caution – do not leave your bread in the machine overnight as it will be soggy on the bottom by morning.
8. Basic kitchen gadgets and your favorite recipe. My favorite gift I ever received was from a friend that gave me a copy of her favorite gluten free recipe and then the simple gadgets that went with the recipe. A new set of measuring spoons, a spatula and a baking pan are always appreciated, especially if wrapped with a beautiful bow.
9. A gift certificate to a gluten free restaurant. What a decadent treat to know that you are eating safe food and that someone else is treating you!
10. A basket of favorite gluten free foods and mixes. You can get a basket, tissue and cellophane at the dollar store. Wrap up your favorite items and share the joy of the season all in one basket!