With holidays of all kinds just around the corner, it’s only natural to start thinking about what you’re going to get everyone on your gift list! Shopping for friends and family is usually fun (especially if you do it early and bypass the last minute, pressure filled shopping trips to crowded malls!) but sometimes, it’s hard to know what to get loved ones, particularly if they have food allergies. Since food and cosmetics are great gift ideas for nearly everyone, allergies or not, let’s consider some great gluten free gifts anyone would be thrilled to get.
What Constitutes a Gluten Free Gift?
In order to buy a gluten free gift, you have to know what gluten is and what it means for an item to be gluten free. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and many ingredients derived from these two grains. It’s often in otherwise innocuous sounding ingredients like “natural flavors” and can be often found in unexpected locations like herbal tea and certain candy bars. When you’re shopping for gluten free gift ideas, it’s best to read ingredients thoroughly- if you don’t recognize an ingredient, don’t purchase the item. Additionally, many gluten free items will be labeled as such, which makes your gluten free gift shopping that much easier!
Festive Gluten Free Foods
While it may sound complicated, shopping for gluten free gifts is really quite simple, and many items that you would purchase anyway are probably gluten free. Chocolate, for example, is generally gluten free provided that it doesn’t contain any filling or toppings. Roasted nuts, gourmet cheese and salami, and tempting gift packages from fresh meat retailers (like Omaha Steaks) are all great options. Avoid spices (many contain gluten fillers) and, obviously, breads and cookies. If you have questions about your purchases, ask the vendor! Most are happy to advise you on their items and help you pick out a great gluten free gift for your loved one.
Other Gluten Free Gifts
While cosmetics like soaps, shampoos, and body lotions may seem like great gluten free gift options, be wary of additives like oats, which are often cross pollinated with wheat and are therefore not considered gluten free. Shampoos and conditioners are often full of wheat protein to give hair body. Your best bet is to check the label for a gluten free certification or to ask a salesperson.
Gluten free gifts can be easy to select and chances are, the gluten free person in your life will genuinely appreciate the effort you expended in choosing their gift. Happy gluten free gift shopping!