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Gluten-Free Mother's Day

Yes, Flowers Are Gluten-Free ... But Here Are Some More Ideas


Updated May 04, 2014

Gluten-Free Mother's Day
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If your mom eats gluten-free due to a diagnosis of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, you may be stumped for potential Mother's Day gifts ... especially if you're not also following the gluten-free diet.

Yes, you always can send flowers (flowers are gluten-free, as long as the florist doesn't stick a wheat shaft into the arrangement). But there are plenty of other options that actually take into account your mom's problem with gluten, and which may even please her more. Here are some ideas.

• Buy her a box of gluten-free candy. Although most of the gift-boxed candy in the stores combines gluten-containing candies with safe ones (rendering the entire box inedible for someone who can't eat gluten), it's possible to find gift-boxed candy that's gluten-free. In addition, you can dig into your creative side and make your own gift box of gluten-free candy. Here's what you'll need to know:

• Consider a gluten-free gift basket. The gluten-free diet is getting pretty popular these days, and it's quite possible to find a gorgeous ready-made basket of gluten-free treats. If you want to serve your mom breakfast in bed, consider a gift basket with gluten-free pancake mix, or (if you're feeling adventurous) gluten-free scones.If your mom is vegan, look for a gift basket featuring only gluten-free vegan foods. A quick search turned up numerous options, and surely one of them will bring a smile to your mom's face on Mother's Day.

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• Take your mom out to dinner. Eating gluten-free doesn't mean you can't eat out — there are plenty of restaurants that are capable of preparing a safe and delicious gluten-free meal. Your mom may have a favorite local spot, but if she doesn't, you might want to start with a local branch of a chain restaurant that has a gluten-free menu. Here's some more information on dining out gluten-free:

• Cook your mom a gluten-free meal at home. Normally I don't recommend that people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity eat food that other people cook for them (I explain why in Gluten-Free Food Made By Friends or Relatives). But I have to admit that it sounds really appealing to me for someone to make me a perfectly gluten-free dinner for Mother's Day ... I spend too much of my time cooking as it is. If you want to try making breakfast, brunch or dinner for your mom on Mother's Day, I suggest cooking it at her house (especially if she has a completely gluten-free kitchen), and consulting with her at length about safe ingredients. Here's some menu ideas you may want to consider:

• Get tested for celiac disease or gluten sensitivity yourself. Okay, this isn't really a gift idea for Mother's Day. But both conditions are quite genetic in nature ... and many people who have been diagnosed themselves express frustration (and, it has to be said, sadness) that their close relatives, including their children, refuse to be tested. If your mom is diagnosed but you've declined to be tested thus far, you may make her day by changing your mind ... and you may save yourself from some serious health complications down the road. Here are the details you need:

So yes, you can always buy your mom flowers for Mother's Day ... but isn't it nice to know you have options that actually will suit her gluten-free life?

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