‘Tis the season for massive shopping binges and checking names off of lists (regardless if they are naughty or nice). If you’re shopping for a gluten-free person (with celiac, gluten sensitivity, etc.), this is the gift guide for you. There are plenty of awesome products that will rock your celiac Christmas (Hanukkah, etc.) this year.
IN THE KITCHEN
KitchenAid Stand MixerI ask Santa for one every year, but so far I’ve only received a food processor. Probably because I really don’t bake enough intense items to really deserve a stand mixer. But…they’re…so…pretty! Seriously, I’m such a sucker for things that come in different colors! They’re around $300-$320. However, you can purchase different varieties at different price points too depending on what you want to accomplish with the stand mixer.
Chalkware Re-Writeable Canisters
Time to re-organize your kitchen using these adorable write-on chalk canisters for everything – including gluten-free pasta! Use these to easily identify gluten-free items from gluten-full items in your kitchen. They’re about $12-$18 each at Target.
Spicely has amazing spices – and the best part is that they’re certified gluten-free! They’ve got a ton of box sets, from Indian spices, to salad lovers, to this holiday gift set full of all the necessary spices for holiday baking. They’re great ideas for the home chef, especially those who can’t find certified gluten-free spices in their corner grocery store! Purchase them by clicking the photo.
Wine is gluten-free, and it’s amazing. Wine is the perfect holiday gift in my opinion, especially for me. I’m really into pinot noir right now – especially A to Z Pinot. I also love giving gifts of wine tastings at the local wineries here in AZ (like my favorite – Dos Cabezas).
For anyone who has a food allergy, intolerance, or something like celiac disease – you know that it’s hard to feel happy and excited about our food issues. You know that we often feel lonely – like we’re the only one with our issues. But Allermates tries to make life with food allergies fun, while keeping kids safe with awareness wearables that are fun for the kid too! Allermates has an entire line of products for a whole range of food issues available in their store. This includes:
- Allergy wristbands found here. You can find them in a host of food allergies and intolerances, as well as drug allergies (penicillin for me!) and latex allergies. I would get a cat allergy bracelet, but Murphy would know it was just a sham for me to avoid petting him. They’ve also added their new VEGAN bracelets – which rock!
- Allergy charm wristbands. Have more than one food intolerance or allergy? You can get a multi-charm bracelet here.
- Allergy dogtag necklaces here. These are great, and available in many of the same allergens as found in the wristbands.
- Allergy stickers here. You might remember that I used all of the Allermates stickers on my Thanksgiving items last year when I went to a highly-contaminated household!
- Allergy lunchboxes here. I feel pretty special because they have two versions of their larger lunchboxes – “I have food allergies” and “I’m gluten free.” These bright green insulated lunchboxes are great for kids and adults – as I bring mine to work, functions, and trips! They also have reusable bags too – even one for vegans!
- Epi-pen injectibles & medicine bags here. These newer additions to Allermates are extra awesome for the anaphylaxis community. They fit the Epi-pen and Avi-Q injectables. They can strap onto backpacks, bicycles, purses, etc. They also have bags for asthma inhalers too.
AROUND THE HOUSE
Gluten Free Calendar 2014 Calendar
If you haven’t heard, I’m officially a 2014 Gluten Free Calendar Girl! And, besides me, there are some AMAZING (all caps) people featured in this year’s calendar. Believe me, you’re going to want one! And no, I don’t mind if you keep my month up all year long. I know my mom will! They are only $12 and you can buy them here on Gluten Free Calendar’s awesome website (and if you haven’t checked out their community calendar, it is the place to be!
Red Apple Lipstick
Red Apple Lipstick is one of the hottest gluten-free brands, IMHO. Not only are they gluten-free, but they’re also paraben-free as well, and huge advocates for safety in make-up products – delivering the best products with the highest performance that are the safest for the lovely ladies rocking their products. However, they are also really really badass. I ditched all of my regular eyeshadow and lipstick the second I tried these guys out. I’m not lying to you, I’ll never go back to another brand of eyeshadow after trying RAL’s. The lipstick is smooth, creamy, and something that I know won’t give me mouth ulcers from undisclosed gluten. Also, they just came out with several new shades of lipsticks, a new eyeliner, and some new eyeshadows available for Holiday 2013. You can find these in their lookbook here. These products are a must for any newly-diagnosed celiac that is afraid of everything, because there’s no need to worry with RAL! Combine a few lipsticks, lip glosses and and eyeshadow and brush for a great gift for the gluten-free gal in your life. Buy them all at RedAppleLipstick.com
Au Naturel Botanicals
You can find these guys here. They’re a cool little company from the Pacific Northwest and I love their aromatherapy toner found here. I met them at a GIG conference a few years ago and really dug the fact that they are not only gluten-free, but also paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. They’ve got lotions, balms – the whole shebang of body products. Put together a few of these body products and you’ve got a great gift!
Make Ahead Paleo – Tammy Credicott
You may know that I’m not the strongest advocate for the paleo diet trend – as so many people in the paleo community are judgey and pushy and kind of rude about the whole all-you-can-eat-meat lifestyle or make me feel like if I don’t do crossfit and hunt my own meal with a bow and arrow I suck at life. But Tammy, who writes Make Ahead Paleo, and her husband who runs Paleo Magazine – well, they are just the coolest cats around. They are awesome people, and they’re awesome at paleo – without being pushy about it. They have found what works for them and their health and they’re all about education and promotion of healthy lifestyles. Tammy Credicott has quite a few books, and all of them would be great for the holidays, but I really dig her newest one, Make Ahead Paleo. I’m especially excited about the make-ahead slow cooker section of recipes! This is also a great book for someone who wants to be introduced to the paleo diet kindly – as the upfront portion is a great wrap-up for not only the paleo lifestyle, but living it in a crazy rushed world (hence the whole “make ahead” part of the book). Tammy shows you that you can eat well, eat paleo, and not drive yourself crazy spending hours in the kitchen every night. Click on the photo to purchase her book on Amazon.com
The Gluten-Free Table – The Lagasse Girls
You can find the review of The Gluten-Free Table here. I think it’s a great well-rounded cookbook for those who want to prepare gluten-free food from scratch, but need extra instructions and love from the writers. Also, this book has great stories behind each of the recipe – something that’s a must for me and my low tolerance for cookbooks (since I care barely function in the kitchen). I loved this book and find myself making recipes from it frequently – although I sheepishly admit that I can only make a handful! It’s another beautiful book that would make a great gift!
Sweet Cravings – Kyra Bussanich
While I haven’t gotten around to writing a review of my friend Kyra Bussanich’s (of Kyra’s Bake Shop – formerly Crave Bake Shop) new cookbook Sweet Cravings (since our books launched at pretty much the same time), I can guarantee you that you’ll love it. Why? Because Kyra is one of the best bakers around – for God’s sake she just won another episode of Cupcake Wars! She’s like…big time. And her baking speaks for itself. I’ve been in love with her food (especially her scones and donuts, ohhhhh yeah) since I first walked into her shop in Lake Oswego, OR. If you want a reminder of that magical moment, here’s the post about it. Click on the photo to order the book on Amazon. While it’s available on Kindle, I would suggest you buy the hardcover version as it is a beautiful book and would make a perfect gift!
Celiac and the Beast – ME!
Of course I’m going to tell you to buy my book for Christmas. I feel like I would be a terrible PR person if I didn’t. You can order the book from our website here. But if you’re a big Amazon.com user, you can always order it on Amazon.com (or there for your Kindle too). It’s available on all platforms, so feel free to search your favorite bookstore’s website to find it if you’d rather do that!
Living Without Magazine
I’m clearly biased, since I write for Living Without’s website – My Life With Food Allergies – but I also have a subscription to the magazine! I love this magazine, and it’s part of my gluten-free/allergen-free magazine subscription arsenal on how I stay current with gluten-free issues and get all of my great recipes that I attempt (and fail at, and subsequently don’t even make it to my Instagram account).
There are so many great books out there – I also have to shout out to Amy Fothergill from The Family Chef (The Warm Kitchen) , Pam Jordan from I’m A Celiac (Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes), and April Peveteaux who wrote the hilarious Gluten Is My Bitch (blog by the same name) that all have amazing books out! Click on their name for the link to purchase their books – also great gifts for the holidays for the gluten-free cook that has everything.
Celiac and the Beast merch
Celiac and the Beast shirts, tanks, and hoodies are all available in our store! If you can’t find the size you’d like – message me at celiacandthebeast (@) gmail.com and we can figure it out (message me for international shipping too).
What’s on YOUR gluten-free holiday wish list?