The GF blogosphere is well stocked with gift ideas! Most of what I have read advises that people put together gluten free food gift baskets for their GF friends and family, either by baking GF goodies, buying GF goodies or finding premade GF gift baskets online. While this will show that you went out of your way to get a gift and demonstrate that you understand your Celiac friend’s needs, I advise against this approach. Why?
1. It’s a stressful gift – I am so touched when my friends bake gluten free for me but I also have a residual and unrelenting fear that they may have chosen incorrect ingredients or cross-contaminated while using their kitchen. I don’t want to ask a million questions about how and where they baked the goodie, I mean, it is a gift after all! If the gift is a bought/packaged food product, I can always read the label but I still feel nervous about trying new products.
2. Uncertainty of quality – When you buy premade food gift baskets, there is a chance that not all of this company’s products are very good. Why take the risk?
3. Creatures of habit – most Celiacs I know, myself included, are creatures of habit. We know what we like and what is safe and like to just stick to those products. I am always willing to try new things but I like to do so at my own pace and only after I have the chance to do some research on whatever the new food or product is.
Of course, these 3 factors probably do not apply to everyone so if your heart is set on baking or buying GF goods don’t scratch it off your list per se! These are just some things I think you should consider before buying a gift for a GF buddy.
Here are my 2011 Holiday GF Gift Suggestions for various types of GF people (coworkers, family members, friends, parents etc)!
For a coworker: A mouse pad for the office is a great and professional gift you can give to a GF coworker that will definitely make them smile. You can order one online from Zazzle. Here is the link for this GF mousepad
This license plate frame is a great gift for a gluten free friend! It is something that your GF friends probably haven’t come across before and is a great way to spread awareness. Click here for ordering information.