Updated November 26, 2012
If someone on your Christmas or Hanukkah gift list can't have gluten, you may think food-related gifts are off-limits. But the truth is, there are plenty of presents you can buy for someone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity that can make coping with the diet easier. Here's a list of food- and cooking-related Christmas and Hanukkah gift ideas your giftee may really like.
There's no getting around the fact that living gluten-free means cooking more frequently. Luckily, there are plenty of great gluten-free cookbooks available to help with the task. My personal favorite is the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam of Elana's Pantry, but there are many more you can choose, including cookbooks for gluten-free vegetarians.
One of the first things I recommend for people who are newly diagnosed is to get rid of their non-stick cookware the non-stick surfaces can harbor gluten. If you have celiac or gluten sensitivity and you're sharing a kitchen and cookware with someone who eats gluten, stainless steel cookware can help keep you safe - and, it makes a wonderful Hanukkah or Christmas gift, even for someone whose kitchen is entirely gluten-free.
Few things occupy gluten-free folks more than the pursuit of decent gluten-free bread. Although commercial gluten-free bakeries have made great strides in recent years, there's still nothing like your own gluten-free bread, fresh from the oven. A bread maker and some well-tested gluten-free bread recipes make the task so much easier. Some bread makers, including models from Breadman and Zojirushi, even include a pre-programmed gluten-free setting.
Stand-alone grain grinders tend to be big and expensive, and so I generally don't recommend them unless you bake constantly (say, if you're trying to keep gluten-free teenagers fed). But if you're gift-shopping for someone who has a Champion juicer or a Kitchen Mill mixer, they might enjoy a grain-grinding attachment that will allow them to turn whole gluten-free grain into fresh, healthy flour. One drawback: both are extremely noisy, so you might want to throw in a set of ear plugs.
A few years ago, if you wanted to give a gluten-free gift basket for Christmas, Hanukkah or another occasion, you had to make your own. Not so anymore now multiple specialty and mainstream merchants such as GiftBasketsForDelivery.com and specialty food company Harry & David offer pre-made gluten-free gift baskets. You can choose from Kosher gift baskets for Hanukkah, gift baskets intended for children, fruit gift baskets, gluten-free/casein-free gift baskets and vegan gift baskets.
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