When it comes to holiday gifting, the accepted wisdom is that everyone loves food. Don’t know what to get someone? Get them some baked goods, stat! However, when you have a friend or family member with celiac disease, gifting just got a little bit harder. It’s pretty accepted that I’m a foodie, so I love getting food related gifts. That’s why we’re sharing our gluten free gift guide for foodies!
Gluten Free Gift Guide For Foodies:
For the traditional foodie with celiac, try a package of gluten free baked goods from Harvard Sweet Boutique! We received an assortment of gluten free goodies from Harvard Sweet Boutique, including a mint brownie, a double chocolate chip cookie, and more. Even gluten-lovers will be able to enjoy the decadent brownies and soft cookies that Harvard Sweet Boutique offers, although the celiac in your life won’t want to share! If you aren’t shopping for a celiac, no worries, as Harvard Sweet Boutique offers traditional, low-carb, and sugar free sweets as well. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas list, no matter how hard they are to shop for. As for us, we’ll be dreaming of a stocking full of Harvard Sweet Boutique gluten free mint brownies! Order online, or visit their Hudson, Massachusetts retail location. Check out their twitter and Facebook at @harvardsweets.
If baked goods aren’t your style, but you’re still looking for something sweet to gift, consider McCrea’s Caramels. These caramels come in a variety of intriguing flavors, from black lava sea salt to curried butternut. We received black lava sea salt, cinnamon clove, and deep chocolate caramels. McCrea’s Caramels are smooth and creamy, enhanced- but not overpowered- by thoughtful and unique spices and flavorings. The black lava sea salt is perfect for anyone who loves salty and sweet, the deep chocolate will make any chocolate lover’s Christmas, and the cinnamon clove tastes like the holidays wrapped up in a single candy. It’s hard to pick a favorite, so you’ll have to try them out for yourself and decide! Visit their website to order online or to find a retail location near you. Follow them on twitter and Facebook at @mcreascandies.
For the tea lover on your list, consider Inca Tea. Featuring a superfood you probably haven’t heard of, Incan Purple corn, these teas are gluten free, preservative free, and GMO free. These teas are Fair Trade and are certified by the Rainforest Alliance, Ethical Tea Partnership, and NON-GMO project. Inca tea comes in several varieties, such as Peruvian Spiced Berry, Punchau Peach, Tawanatin Black Tea, Machu Picchu Mango, Cusco Chamomile, and Pachamama Green Tea. For the adventurous tea drinker, consider the Peruvian Spiced Berry, which is based off a traditional Incan tea featuring purple corn, hibiscus, apple, spices, and more. For the less adventurous tea drinker in your life, consider one of the other blends, which include purple corn among more common flavor profiles. You can purchase Inca Tea on their website, or at several major retailers including Whole Foods. Find them on Facebook at @IncaTeaLLC.
Blue Moose of Boulder makes small batch, preservative free dips and spreads for the discerning snacker. We received the original and green chile hummuses, the roasted red pepper and aged cheddar cheese spread, and basil pesto. (Our pesto contained walnuts, but Blue Moose of Boulder makes a nut-free version if you’re so inclined.) As a celiac who loves to snack, Blue Moose of Boulder products are on all my Christmas wishlists. You can give them as a gift, or you can purchase them for yourself to use as appetizers for the best Christmas party ever. Pair the dips and spreads with veggies or gluten free crackers and you have a snack spread your friends will all be jealous of. Use the pesto with pasta, or spread a spoonful in the center of a grilled cheese sandwich before cooking it. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. If only the containers were endless, too! Visit Blue Moose of Boulder online to find where to purchase their products near you. Find them on twitter @BlueMooseofBldr and Facebook at @bluemooseboulder.
Oil & Vinegar is a company offering gifts for any foodie in your life, both at their retail locations across the USA and on their website. We received the Bruschetta Trio, offering their most popular product in a gift set featuring three delicious and unique flavors. This includes their original bruschetta, a bruschetta with cheese, and bruschetta with olive. This herb mix comes with preparation instructions on each bottle, and is delicious made according to package directions. However, that’s not all it can do. Mix it with sour cream for a holiday party dip, and check the Oil & Vinegar website for more ideas. Whether you’re giving this as a stocking stuffer or as someone’s Christmas gift, it’s sure to be a gift that leaves a good taste in their mouth- literally. Find them on Facebook at @Oilandvinegar.
Remember that tea from earlier in the gift guide? Well, if you give a gluten free girl some tea, she’s going to want something to sweeten it with. Nature Nate’s is honey you can feel good about giving. Nature Nate’s honey is raw and unfiltered, and is free of antibiotics, pesticides, and contains no corn or rice syrup. Nature Nate’s follows a philosophy of “serving God by serving you” and hopes to help your family live healthy, abundant lives. We received three of Nature Nate’s Honey Tins, which are beautifully decorated tins containing a 16 oz bottle of honey. There are 5 tins to choose from, including a beautiful red tin with a cream-colored Christmas print. Let your gluten free foodie know you think they’re sweet by gifting them a tin of honey this Christmas. Find Nature Nate’s honey on their website or at a store near you. You can also find them on twitter and Facebook @NatureNates.
If you are like us, you have tried lots of gluten free cakes and some just fall flat. They’re dry, tasteless and have a dense texture. Until you have to be gluten free you don’t miss how good cake can taste! Inspired by Happiness fills that need for cake. Their 3 layer cakes come in three delicious flavors; Cravin’ For Cookies and Cream, Dreamin’ of Chocolate and Dreamin’ of Strawberries. These cakes will make you smile! The middle of each cake has a creamy filling, surrounded by two layers of moist, flavorful cakes and topped with a flavorful frosting. The cakes not only look pretty, they taste delicious and don’t have the weird aftertaste found in many gluten free cakes. With Natural flavors, No artificial colors and No artificial trans fat, these are the perfect end to a holiday meal. Find them on twitter at @IBHappiness and on Facebook at @inspiredbyhappinessdesserts.
What are you gifting your gluten free friends this holiday season?