It’s that time of year to be picking out gifts. I know it’s getting awfully close to the deadline for Christmas, but there is still time to either a) order from Amazon and get it before Christmas or b) head down to your local stores and pick things up. If you’re looking for gluten-free gifts for someone in your life, whether they are Celiac, or intolerant, here are the top 5 BEST gifts you can get them.
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- One of my new favorite cookbooks is Gluten-Free Wishlist by Jeanne Sauvage. This is an AWESOME cookbook packed with all of those things that you likely miss from pre gluten-free days like sourdough bread, beignets, calzones, and baklava. Jeanne recognizes that we shouldn’t have to live without our favorites or settle for second best simply because we need to eat gluten-free, so she has put together a book full of high quality recipes that are guaranteed to please. We have personally tried the fried doughnuts, calzones, deep-dish pizza, and churros and every last one of them was a resounding win, even amongst those who don’t need to be GF in the house! Buy this for the person who misses the trips to Krispy Kreme or the pizza shop down the street.
- While you’re browsing Jeanne’s cookbooks, check out her book Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays. This is book is page after page of classic holiday dishes like panettone, stollen, rugelach, cannoli, and even king cake! Her cinnamon roll recipe is even what I am using to try to make gluten-free elephant ears (those of you from the Northwest will know what those are). If there is a childhood holiday favorite that you miss, there is a good chance this book will have it. I got to meet Jeanne in person a few months ago and we discussed why she wrote this book. Her reasoning was very similar to what I talked about in Thanksgiving Dinner, It IS About the Food. There are emotional connections to the foods we grew up with, especially those tied to holidays. These are connections to our past and to family members who have come before us. Jeanne wants to make sure we can all keep up our traditions while maintaining our gluten-free diet. Get it for anyone who wants to reconnect with their pre-GF traditions.
- Calling all bread bakers! The perfect gluten-free gift for the bread baker in your life is the cookbook Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. When you bake the bread from this book it smells like REGULAR BREAD! The best part about the book is that you make the dough ahead of time and it can sit in the fridge for a week or more (depending on the recipe) and then with 5 minutes or less you can use that to get FRESH bread into the oven! So, let’s say you want fresh baked rolls each night at dinner, you make a big batch of the dough on Saturday or Sunday when you have extra time and then you can quickly get rolls ready to go into the oven that can bake while your meal cooks. The Challah is now our go-to for holiday meals and I even successfully made the soft pretzels on my own (I am NOT a bread baker)! The cookbook even includes ‘fancier’ options like baguettes, braided/stuffed breads, and gourmet flatbreads. This is a must-have for the artisan baker in your life!
- Baking all of these treats and gluten-free gifts for others is going to be immeasurably easier with a sturdy stand mixer like the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer. Gluten-free batters and doughs are heavier than non-GF ones, so they can easily burn out the motor on hand-mixers (don’t ask how I know that). To make life easiest and achieve the most consistently successful results, a stand mixer is key. The best feature about KitchenAid mixers is that they last just about forever. I have known of people who have inherited mixers from their grandmothers that are still going strong! This is probably the best gift possible for someone new to gluten-free living. If they don’t have one they will need one and if they do have one it needs to be replaced to prevent cross-contamination.
- Without a doubt, Better Batter flour is THE best GF all purpose flour on the market. No question about it. It is the flour I used in my Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Pinwheels that have been such a big hit. This is a ‘cup for cup’ product that you can substitute for ‘regular’ flour into almost any recipe (I have turned many non-GF recipes gluten-free by using this flour). Not only is their product FABULOUS, but so is their company. They use part of their company profits to donate to worthy causes like clean water initiatives and Autism advocacy. They also offer ‘financial assistance’ in the form of reduced prices to people who a) have a child with an Autism diagnosis, b) have financial difficulties enough to qualify for food aid (food stamps, WIC, etc.), c) are full-time college students, or d) are experiencing sudden and extreme financial problems. A gift certificate to Better Batter would be fantastic for anyone from the newly diagnosed to the serious and experienced baker. Alternatively, you could order the flour itself as a gift through either the Better Batter site or Amazon.com. Yes, there are other ‘all purpose’ GF flour blends on the market, but they just don’t compare. They make food that is edible, but Better Batter flour makes food that is DELICIOUS! Which would you rather your food be?
Even once Christmas passes, there are plenty of other times to be shopping for gifts. All of these would work equally well for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s/Father’s Day, and even a ‘welcome to the GF world’! So, even if your Christmas shopping is done, tuck this post away on Pinterest or print it off and keep it in your wallet so you know exactly what to get when the next occasion arises.
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