Gluten-free Living: Gluten-free Holiday Gift Guide
This is part of the Gluten-free Living series. Today we are tackling holiday gift giving for your gluten-free loved one!
The holiday season is in full-swing which means there are plenty of cookies to be baked, lights to be hung, and gifts to be purchased. If you have someone in your life who is gluten-free, whether they are newly g-free or a seasoned veteran, buying or making a gift for that person can be a bit difficult. To help the holiday gift buying go a bit more smoothly, I've compiled a list of g-free kitchen essentials that you can cross off someone's wish list or add to your own!
Gluten-free baking is tough but the right tools can make a world of difference. These are some of my favorite and most used baking tools! In addition to these items, baking pans, muffins tins, and springform pans also make great gifts for the gluten-free baker in your life!
This is, without a doubt, the most used tool in my kitchen. Gluten-free baking is tricky and a kitchen scale is essential for constructing flour mixes for baked goods. We also use our scale to help portion individually made items (like fresh made sausage patties), weigh non-baking items like chocolate, potatoes, veggies, etc., and when baking massive quantities of things (such as 7 dozen cupcakes).
Measuring Cups and Spoons
A good set of measuring cups and spoons are a baker's best friend. I prefer stainless set utensils because they don't harbor gluten, like plastic items can, and can stand up to several years of baking and cooking.
A good rolling pin is any baker's best friend. If you're buying for baker who is newly gluten-free chances are, they need a new rolling pin. Wooden items can be porous and hold on to all the gluten-full flour of previous years so a new one is necessary to safely bake gluten-free. Rolling pins come in a variety of sizes and style but you can't go wrong with a large French style rolling pin.
Living gluten-free often means taking control of your health by cooking your own meals to ensure that everyone can eat safely. These are some of the kitchen tools that the seasoned gluten-free cook will love and that will help a gluten-free newbie get started in the kitchen!
A Good Knife
My husband will be the first one to tell you that a good knife is essential if you do any sort of cooking at home. A standard chef's knife is incredibly versatile and makes chopping, slicing, and dicing a breeze. This is a great gift for someone who is just getting interested in cooking their own gluten-free meals or the avid gluten-free food lover.
Pots, Pans, and Cooking Utensils
Giving your kitchen a gluten-free overhaul is a lengthy, intimidating, and pricey project. You can help a newly gluten-free loved one get started by getting them some items they likely need to replace such as: non-stick pans, pots, and cooking utensils.
A Gluten-free Cookbook
Both newly gluten-free friends and gluten-free pros will appreciate a great gluten-free cookbook. I love Gluten-free Girl and the Chef's cookbooks because they tell a story and you can feel the love jumping off the pages. There are tons of gluten-free cookbooks out there - just check out amazon.com to find one that is perfect for you or your loved one!
This year, more than ever, I am hearing about people giving DIY gifts to their families and friends. DIY gifts such as cookies and breads can be hard to give to your gluten-free loved ones but there are tons of other gift options out there! Here is a list of some DIY items that are gluten-free and incredibly tasty.
Jams, Jellies, and Preserves
These are great gifts for friends and family members who loved the taste of fresh fruit. Check out this post to see my jam-making experience and links to help you make your own!
A box of chocolate truffles is a sweet and decadent gift. Truffles are great because you can make a large batch in bulk a few days before, keep them in the fridge, package them, and then give them out. They're simple to make but sure to impress. Try my port wine chocolate truffles for your favorite wine and chocolate lover.
Quick breads, such as banana bread, are great gifts to give to busy students, parents, and friends. My vegan chai banana-bread is easy to make and is full of comforting spices to warm up your winter. If you don't want to bake the bread, you can package the dry ingredients in a stylish jar and attach baking instructions. Easy!
This is just a small, small list of gift ideas for your gluten-free friends and family. There is are so many great baking, cooking, and DIY gift ideas out there, it's hard to narrow it down. I hope this helps check some gifts off your list or helps with ideas for your own gluten-free wish list!