Gift Ideas for People on Gluten-Free Diets

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If you'd like to sweeten a holiday or a special occasion for someone in your life who is on a gluten-free diet, there are plenty of gift options for you to choose from, as you'll see from the lists below.

Don't forget, you can also give gifts of time and thoughtfulness!

Candies, Chocolates, Cheesecakes, Gift Baskets

While everyone else is indulging in holiday chocolates, candies, and snacks, make sure your recipient has something sweet to munch on, too. Many vendors offer collections of gluten-free delicacies that you can customize to your needs.

  • Honey Garden Gifts
    • Offers a variety of gluten-free cheesecakes and other baked goods.
  • Whole Bakers
    • Gluten-Free/Kosher-certified baked goods made with all-natural and some organic ingredients.
  • Well Baskets
    • Their gluten-free gift baskets have been featured on FOX News and in Better Homes and Gardens.
  • GlutenSmart
    • Choose from six different gluten-free gift sets, including kosher options.
  • Vanilla Spoons
    • Offers gift baskets brimming with treats, with names such as Close Encounters of the Sweet Kind, Mix, and the City, Movie Mania, Mrs. Doubt-That's-Not-Gluten, On the Camp Front, The Graduate, and The Nutty Crunchy Granola Professor.
  • A Bountiful Harvest
    • Offers 17 varieties of gluten-free cupcakes (also available sugar-free) and dozens of gluten-free cakes.
  • Curious Cookie
    • Offers gluten-free cookies in your choice of chocolate chip, lemon chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, ginger cranberry, or an assortment of the above.
  • Mariposa
    • Offers artisan-crafted gluten-free biscotti, brownies, squares, and coffee cakes. Some of their products are also dairy-free.
  • Low Carb Connoisseur
    • Offers a basket of products " delight anyone on a Gluten-Free/Wheat-Free diet. Includes delicious xylitol sweetened syrups and condiments from Nature's Hollow, Heavenly Dessert Meringues, Jennies Coconut Macaroons, Kitchen Table Baker Gourmet Cheese Thins, and more."
  • Ripe Gifts, UK
    • This UK-based company has increased its selection of gluten-free Christmas hampers for this upcoming Christmas period. "There are now four beautifully presented and temptingly-filled gluten-free Christmas hampers to choose from at very reasonable prices of between £42 and £59, all with FREE delivery."
  • Illinois Nut Shop
    • Offers gluten-free gift baskets, a flourless chocolate cake, even gluten-free chocolate wedding cake toppers! Visit the website to scroll through pictures of hundreds of different types of allergen-free candies, including old-fashioned candy sticks.

Gluten-Free Theme Items

In addition to gifts of food, grown-ups and children might enjoy T-shirts, mugs, or bags with gluten-free themes. For babies, there are shirts and hats that warn well-meaning people not to feed them allergen-containing foods.

  • AllergyKidzWare
    • This Australian company has a variety of "Allergy Alert" designs and text that can be printed on hats, bibs, and shirts for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. (They'll ship worldwide.)
  • CafePress
    • Offers a wide selection of apparel, babywear, housewares, hats, bags, stickers, buttons, magnets, and more – all with messages about being gluten-free.
  • AllerGators
    • Food allergy alert clothing items feature a cute alligator with a stop sign and message: "Stop – I have food allergies."
  • Blue Bear Aware
    • Offers allergy alert clothing and other items – even "Allergy Alert" party invitations.

Gift Ideas for Cooks

Teri Gruss, expert to Gluten-Free Cooking, has gift ideas for a gluten-free cook, including time-saving kitchen tools, a great homemade sugar cookie mix, healthy gluten-free flours with a beautiful bread pan, or a useful gluten-free products gift card.

If you'd like to sweeten a holiday or a special occasion for someone in your life who is on a gluten-free diet, there are plenty of gift options for you to choose from.


Of course, there are loads of wonderful books to consider. The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America website displays nearly 40 books and DVDs about celiac disease and gluten-free cooking.

  • The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide, 4th Edition (2009-2010) (Triumph Dining, 2009).
    • Whether your recipient is new to the gluten-free diet or an old hand at it, this book will be useful.
  • Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back...And How You Can Too, by Shauna James Ahern. (Wiley Books, 2007)
    • This memoir, by the author of the Gluten-Free Girl blog, has been getting rave reviews. Newsweek called it, "A delightful memoir of learning to eat superbly while remaining gluten-free." The book includes recipes and other resources.
  • Gluten-Free Baking Classics, by Annalise Roberts (Surrey Books, 2008).
    • This book includes the author's recipe for chocolate chip cookies, which Gourmet magazine called "perfect" and dared people to detect weren't made with wheat.
  • Gluten-Free Quick & Easy: From Prep to Plate Without the Fuss - 200+ Recipes for People with Food Sensitivities, by Carol Fenster (Avery, 2007).
    • The author is an acclaimed wheat-free and gluten-free culinary expert.
  • The Wheat-Free Cook: Gluten-Free Recipes for Everyone, by Jacqueline Mallorca (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2007).
    • The author is a former columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle's food section and has written, coauthored, edited, and/or illustrated 11 cookbooks, including the Williams-Sonoma Cookbook and Guide to Kitchenware.
  • Bon Appetit: Without the Wheat: Gluten-Free Recipes from Appetizers to Desserts, by Julie Ambrose (Infinity Publishing, 2007).
    • This book contains more than 175 simple recipes, from appetizers to desserts. Anne Roland Lee, the nutritionist from the Columbia University Celiac Disease Center, reviewed the recipes and wrote the foreword for the book. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit celiac awareness programs.

Gift Certificates

Finally (and especially good for the very last minute gift shopper), there are always gift certificates.

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