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Gluten-Free Food Gifts

Homemade Gluten-Free Food Gifts for the Holidays


Updated December 15, 2009

Homemade gluten-free food gifts are a wonderful way to bring the warmth of your kitchen to your friends and family. Whether or not your loved ones are on a gluten-free diet, they'll all appreciate these special treats. Don't wait for the holidays -- you can bring or send these gifts at any time of the year.

If you don't have celiac disease, please read How to Avoid Cross-Contamination before you prepare food for a loved one on a gluten-free diet.

(Would you rather buy your gluten-free food gifts ready-made? See Gift Ideas for People on Gluten-Free Diets.)

Sugar Cookie Mix in a Jar, Tied with a Ribbon

2009 © Teri Lee Gruss
A jar of this delicious gluten-free sugar cookie mix makes a terrific gift for gluten-free family and friends.

Candied Nuts

© 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Three recipes! 1- Spiced Nuts (lighter-than-air bites of crispy cinnamon love). 2- Caramel Nuts (walnuts and pecans covered with crunchy caramel). 3- Fudgy Nuts (nuts coated with a soft, sweet layer of fudge).

Vanilla Sugar

© 2008 Miri Rotkovitz
This vanilla bean-flecked sugar uses the entire vanilla pod for an intense flavor. Package the sugar in a crystal sugar bowl for a special gift.

Cranberry Cashew Chocolate Bark

© 2008 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Cranberry-cashew chocolate bark is a delightfully chunky bark candy that features two types of chocolate, sweet-tart cranberries, and the salty crunch of roasted cashews.

Peanut Brittle

© 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com
Peanut brittle is a classic with a crunchy texture and rich, nutty taste. (Along with the recipe, you can view an instructional video.)

Kettle Corn

Erin Huffstetler
Kettle corn is the perfect sweet and salty treat. Package it in a festive holiday gift tin or bag.

Butterscotch Sauce

Use this butterscotch sauce on puddings, ice cream, gingerbread, or other desserts, or give as a gift.


Along with gingerbread men, here are recipes for lots of other gluten-free cookies: brownie tartlets with peppermint glaze, cashew butter cookies, amaretti cookies, chocolate chip mint cookies, and more!

Layered Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

Layered bean soup mix in canning jars is so pretty -- and so easy to make! It makes a great gift and is also quite handy to keep stocked in your own kitchen.

Strawberry Jam

© Margaret Edwards /iStock
Homemade jam is always so much richer and more flavorful than what you can buy in a store -- and if you've never made any, you'll be amazed at how easy it is!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

© 2008 Miri Rotkovitz
Like the flavor of pure vanilla extract, but hate the pure vanilla price? Invest in three vanilla beans, and you can make enough extract to last you for years. (If you're giving this as a gift, you'll have to make it well in advance.)

Candied Citrus Peel

© 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com
This step-by-step recipe (with a photo guide) is extremely adaptable to many citrus fruits: oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits all work well.
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