From cut-out cookies to the ubiquitous cheese and cracker tray, the holiday season often feels like it's knit together with strands of stringy gluten. For your friend who follows a gluten-free diet, here are some gifts that they can enjoy during the holiday season and beyond.
Earlier this year, I attended a food bloggers conference. One night we gabbed about kitchen gadgets. Someone mentioned how they loved their GIR spatula. They jokingly said that it had "changed their life." A spatula that could change my life? How could I resist? I ordered one just to see what all the fuss was about.
Over time, I noticed that I reached for this spatula over the others that are in my collection. It's sturdy enough to handle gluten-free bread dough but soft enough to clear the area around the bottom of the mixer bowl. GIR stands for "Get it Right" and with this spatula the company lived up to its name.
If your gluten-free friend loves to bake, a stand mixer is a must. And even though I've tried other brands, I still prefer my KitchenAid mixers (I own three.) They handle everything from thick gluten-free bread dough to delicate meringue.
Gluten-Free Flours and All-Purpose Mixes
Want a thoughtful yet budget-friendly gluten-free gift? Look no further than the flour aisle. An assortment of gluten-free flours or mixes is always a welcome gift. For flours, my favorite are Bob's Red Mill flours. And for mixes, Pamela's or
Betty Crocker are two great choices.
EO Hand Soap
Hand soap and lotion? Yes! It's often hard to find nice soaps and lotions that don't contain wheat*. EO makes great gluten-free hand soaps and lotions that are perfect for the kitchen. I like them all but the Lemon + Coconut is especially nice.
*And, yes, you don't eat soap but for people with dermatitis herpetiformis (aka "celiac of the skin") gluten-free body care products are a must.
Luce's Gluten-Free Bread Mix
When I heard that Luce's gluten-free bread mix just required water, I was skeptical. However, I mixed up a batch and after about 90 minutes (no rise-time required!), I was rewarded with an amazing crusty artisan-style loaf. Not only is the bread delicious, it's also egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free. Hands-down, Luce's is the best gluten-free bread mix I've ever tried.
Gluten-Free Baking for the Holiday by Jeanne Sauvage
Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays reads like a love letter to holiday baking. Author Jeanne Sauvage, the blogger behind the Art of Gluten-Free Baking, filled her first book with 60 holiday favorite recipes for everything from cut-out cookies to plum pudding to fortune cookies. Not only is the book gorgeous, all the recipes work, making it an especially sweet holiday cookbook.
For years, a doughnut pan sat unused in my pantry. What was I thinking? Baked doughnuts are are awesome! While the pans are great gift on their own, you can put together a cute gift set by packing a regular and mini-doughnut pan along with the gluten-free flours and other ingredients needed to make a batch. To finish the set, print out a baked gluten-free doughnut recipe to go with the gift!
Nested Mixing Bowls
A good set of nested mixing bowls is a welcome gift. While ceramic bowls are lovely, you don't need anything fancy. Again and again, I use my set of nested melamine mixing bowls. The three sizes are perfect for small to large projects and they don't require a lot of storage space.
Baking by weight is the most accurate, of course. However, many recipes and cookbooks use volume measurements. So either a set of a measuring cups and spoons or a kitchen scale is a practical kitchen gift that will be used again and again.
For years, it was almost impossible to find gluten-free beer. Now, there's more options than ever. For the gluten-free beer lover, an assortment of gluten-free beers makes for a welcome (and tasty!) gift. You can check out some of our recommendations here!