Are you shopping for someone that must avoid gluten, wheat or other top allergens? The Gluten-Free Food & Baking Gift Ideas post includes a list of top recommendations to make your search less complicated.
Buying the best gifts for a foodie with allergies, celiac disease, or other health-related conditions with unique dietary restrictions can be challenging. A well-curated food gift basket can be such a wonderful surprise.
Table of Contents
- Gluten-Free Food & Baking Gift Ideas
- Kitchen & Baking Tools
- Gluten-Free Baking Ingredients
- Gourmet Gift Baskets
- Gluten-Free Bread Baskets
- More Gluten-Free Food Gift Ideas
- Allergy-Free Bakeries & Ice Cream Shops
- Gluten-Free Food Gifts for College Students
- Fresh Food Gift Ideas
- Top-Level Food Gifts
- Easy Gluten-Free Gift Wrapping Ideas
- Important Allergen Notice
Gluten-Free Food & Baking Gift Ideas
If the person you are buying for loves to cook and bake, filling a portion of the basket with helpful cooking and baking tools will be a perfect choice. Smaller kitchen gadgets also make great stocking stuffers.
Remember to learn more about your gift recipient’s food allergies. People with celiac disease often prefer that their food products include the gluten-free certification on the package—even if they are naturally gluten-free.
Kitchen & Baking Tools
Having quality kitchen tools and utensils dedicated to the individual with food allergies or sensitivities is always a good idea. Here’s a list of practical items that would make a great gift or stocking stuffer.
- Cutting Boards Having a few cutting boards for gluten-free food preparation is smart.
- Kitchen Knife Trio It’s always a great idea to have separate knives for gluten-free foods.
- Whisk A frother, or whisk, is practical for achieving multiple cooking and baking tasks.
- Mixing Bowls, Measuring Spoons & Cups A perfect touch to any food gift basket. Glass measuring cups are very practical. Get a larger one (4-cup) and fill it with more kitchen gadgets or gluten-free edible treats.
- Cast Iron Skillet A quality cast iron pan is a smart investment. It can last for life. The 12-inch Backcountry Iron Smooth Wasatch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is on my gift wish list.
- Toaster (Toaster Bags) A dedicated GF toaster is always best, but parchment paper toaster bags could be useful when travelling. TIP: Double the bags (one each way) to seal your bread if toasting in a shared toaster.
- Always Pan With the multi-purpose Always Pan from Our Place, you can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve and store. They also have a wonderful bread knife that cuts gluten-free, vegan bread without effort—I love mine!
- BBQ or Oven Griddle or Cooking Mat Using a griddle or mat on a cooking surface such as a BBQ is a safer way to prepare foods to avoid cross-contamination.
- Immersion Blender Hand blenders are great for blending up homemade soups and sauces.
- Small Blender (nutribullet) Perfect for making smoothies, homemade plant-based milk, and grinding GF oats or seeds into flour for allergen-friendly baking.
- Spice Grinder Smaller grinders for coffee or spices are useful for milling smaller portions of seeds, oats, nuts and spices.
- Mixing Bowls (with Lids) Gifting different sizes of glass mixing bowls is always practical. A bowl with a handle is also very nice to help hold the bowl when mixing. A bowl that comes with a cover is a plus.
- Aprons Wearing an apron when cooking or baking can make someone feel extra special and will keep clothing clean.
- Kitchen Scale (Digital) Great for weighing dry ingredients for gluten-free baking.
- Spatula (Different Sizes) A must-have tool for scrapping bowls or containers when cooking or baking.
- Unbleached Parchment Paper Having one or two rolls (also sells in sheets) of unbleached parchment paper in your kitchen for roasting, baking, and barbecuing keeps things clean and helps to avoid cross-contamination.
- Baking Pans & Sheets Gifting a starter set of baking pans is a nice touch. Baking pans can be used for many recipes, including gluten-free bread.
- Dutch Oven If your gift recipient loves being creative in the kitchen, purchasing a quality Dutch oven in either 5 or 7 quarts will make cooking meals and GF bread-baking much easier.
Gluten-Free Baking Ingredients
Does your gift recipient love to bake but doesn’t have time to purchase multiple gluten-free ingredients?
Rustic Scoop’s gluten-free flour mixes include carefully tested allergen-friendly ingredients. The Original Baking Mix Variety Pack includes Sandwich Bread Mix, Pizza Crust Mix, Chocolate Cake & Cupcake Mix and a Pancake & Waffle Mix. Each recipe is on the packages, and you can scan the packages’ QR codes for helpful videos, tips and ingredient substitutions.
Alternatively, check out Fresh is Real’s Amazon Storefront. A section includes GF baking ingredients to inspire you with even more gift ideas, such as GF flour, starches, seeds, spices and much more.
Gourmet Gift Baskets
Organic extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chocolates, dried fruit, hard candies, organic pure vanilla extract or powder, sauces, jams, jellies, pasta, salsa, rice, kimchi, gluten-free dark chocolate chip cookies, custom specialty cookies, seeds, quality sea salt, GF spices, hot chocolate mixes, pure maple syrup, crunchy snacks & crackers or GF bread sticks are examples of food items that are perfect for gluten-free gift baskets. Many of these gluten-free foods are also plant-based/vegan.
If you want to splurge for a luxury gift, try finding a gluten-free vegan cheese maker that makes creamy spreads and fermented cheeses with the ingredients your loved one can consume. There are many great nut-based cheese products, but tasty nut-free seed-based spreads are a gem to purchase when you can find them.
Violife vegan cheese products are lactose, gluten, nut and soy-free.
live. from Ontario, Canada, has sunflower seed queso red pepper spread, and it’s by far the best nut-free dip/spread I’ve ever had. The ingredients are Fresh is Real approved! The dip includes red peppers*, sunflower seeds*, filtered water, lemon concentrate*, nutritional yeast, salt, milled flax seed, garlic*, chipotle powder*, and smoked paprika* *Organic.
In Canada, and from my hometown of Alexandria, Ontario, Fauxmagerie Zengarry has developed a creative line of creamy cashew (nut-based) spreads sold in Ontario, Quebec and neighbouring provinces. Most are naturally gluten-free. All contain soy and nuts. Avoid the Ale Aged spread as it is not gluten-free. It contains wheat, soy, and mustard. The products are not certified gluten-free but could be okay for gluten-sensitive individuals.
Gluten-Free Bread Baskets
A tray or basket of loaves of bread or gluten-free rolls for anyone with special dietary restrictions is a great gift! Ensure the bread you buy does not include ingredients that your friend or family member with allergies or dietary restrictions must avoid. Verify all the ingredients before you buy, as loaves of bread without wheat/gluten, eggs, dairy, or other top allergens can be more expensive.
And also, note that often people who avoid gluten might not consume other ingredients, such as rice flour or oats as an example, due to their health condition, so it’s always better to ask to learn about their specific dietary restrictions.
Pacha offers a line of insanely simple but amazing GF and top 8 free bread products, and as their website states: Organic, gluten-free bread that’s good for you—and the planet! Their products are also sprouted and fermented, making them easier to digest—that’s a bonus!
They ship throughout the United States.
Another gift option for a bread lover is a bread machine. With the right gluten-free (no eggs or dairy) bread machine recipe, making one (or two) loaves per week is easy once you get the hang of it. A nice idea to save a few extra dollars each month. Find a bread baker that has multiple settings, including a gluten-free one.
More Gluten-Free Food Gift Ideas
Allergy-free cookbooks are also a great idea if your gift recipient seems keen on learning more about cooking and baking without some or all top allergens. Visit the Cookbooks section of Fresh is Real’s Amazon Storefront for ideas.
Share some allergen-friendly recipe blogs to inspire them to try a few gluten-free recipes. Allergy-aware food blogs: Delightful Adventures, Sweet Potato Soul, Vegan Richa, Rhian’s Recipes, and Fresh is Real. All Fresh is Real’s recipes are plant-based and allergen-friendly. You’ll find many bread recipes, including GF and egg-free sourdough.
Allergy-Free Bakeries or Ice Cream Shops
Many cities have at least one, if not a few, allergy-free bakeries with dedicated allergen-free kitchens.
Surprising a loved one with a hand-picked box of allergy-free cookies or gluten-free desserts is a great gift option for a special occasion or the holiday season. Call the bakery to ensure that the treats are free of the allergens your friend or family member must avoid.
Gifting a few pints of ice cream in different flavors or an ice cream cake is fun if your person has a sweet tooth! Nowadays, finding vegan ice cream free of a few or all top allergens is much easier. Search your city for allergen-friendly ice cream shops in your area.
Gluten-Free Food Gifts For College Students
Are you searching for gift ideas for a college student or older teen? A smaller appliance reserved for them to avoid cross-contamination when cooking their food is a practical and thoughtful gift.
Allergen-free snack gift baskets are also a great gift for college students or teenagers. We all need quick-to-grab-and-go snacks for when we are out and about. Some allergy-free brands are EnjoyLife, Stretch Island Fruit Leather, and Elevate Snack Box.
Does your person love snacks? A monthly gluten-free care package or snack box is a special idea that could also be a great corporate gift. You could prepare the monthly boxes yourself or find a company that curates specialty boxes. SnackSack is a good example of a subscription box. It offers Vegan, GF or Vegan + GF options. You can scroll through their Instagram account to get an idea of what they can put together. SnackSach offers 25% OFF on Instagram with code DEAL.
Fresh Food Gift Ideas
In a pinch, if you still have no idea what to get for someone that must avoid gluten, wheat or other top allergens, a basket of fresh fruit (i.e., oranges, pears, apples, grapes, pineapple) would be a perfect nutritious gift. Adding cool root vegetables like purple turnips or different beets (gold, candy, cylindra) would also be unique and memorable.
Chocolate-dipped fruits like strawberries, apples or bananas make tasty treats! But always make sure that the food products are allergen-friendly and that the dipped fruits are made in a dedicated facility or at least one familiar with cross-contamination.
Top-Level Food Gifts
What about a gluten-free cooking or baking course?
If you know someone recently diagnosed with a new health condition that must avoid gluten and is struggling with what to eat to heal and feel healthy, learning how to cook or bake in a whole new way might be right for them. The time spent learning new ways of cooking and baking with safe ingredients is worth the investment.
Culinary Nutrition Course Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Plant-Focused (different levels offered)
Good Food Cooking School Plant-Based Gluten-Free Meals (includes baking & fermentation lessons)
Easy Gluten-Free Gift Wrapping Ideas
Beautiful organic tea towels or bread bags are fun for gift wrapping. Afterwards, they can be washed and used for gluten-free food storage or kitchen tasks.
Reusable Cotton Mesh Bags are perfect for wrapping gift baskets, as many different sizes are available. Wash them and use them for shopping.
Large food bins with lids, glass jars, and trays make wonderful gift-packaging vehicles.
Fresh is Real Apparel
Important Allergen Notice
Lastly and most importantly, ensure the ingredients you purchase are prepared in a facility free from the top allergens (dairy, egg, nut, peanuts, gluten, soy, etc.) you or your gift recipient avoids. Gluten-free products should include the GF certification and be clearly labelled.
Dark chocolate is a great example of a product that naturally doesn’t contain gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, etc. but could be prepared in a factory that makes other products with top allergens.
Are you looking for even more gift ideas? Check out this Gift Ideas post!