Noi’s Gluten-Free Gift Basket Ideas

Looking for something special to give the gluten-free person on your Christmas List? Or maybe you need a fab Valentine’s Gift? A gluten-free gift basket is a wonderful present that they’ll greatly appreciate. Not only did you take the time to learn what they can and can’t eat, you’re feeding them safe, gluten-free food! You sweetie, you! They’re gonna love ya for it.

The “It’s a Wonderful (Gluten-Free) Life” Gift Basket

The Gluten-Free “Go Ahead, Make My… Cake!” Basket

The Gluten-Free “Let Them Eat Cake” Gift Basket

The Gluten-Free “Eat, Pray, Love” Italian Food Gift Basket

The Gluten-Free “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Gift Basket

The Gluten-Free “Chocolat” Gift Basket

—- The “It’s a Wonderful (Gluten-Free) Life” Gift Basket —-
The holiday season is full of get-togethers with family and friends, often centered around food. And for those of us on a gluten-free diet, the typical Christmas party fare of cookies, cheese & crackers and mini-quiches can make life feel not-so-wonderful. A great way to make a gluten-free person’s holiday bright? Give them an assortment of festive holiday party goodies that they can take to any holiday gathering or host their own gluten-free (yet yummy!) party.
Click here to receive a free list of Gluten-Free Holiday Party Foods to include in your “It’s a Wonderful (Gluten-Free) Life” Gift Basket

—- The Gluten-Free “Go Ahead, Make My… Cake!” Basket —-
Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, you should. You’ve found the info you need to help you channel your inner Clint Eastwood and give your lucky gluten-free friend everything they need to go ahead and make their cake. Because if you’re gluten-free, you have to plan ahead to bring your own baked goodies or end up going without. What? No cake?! This makes a festive occasion a bit less fun.
Giving your gluten-free gift recipient everything they need to make baked goods from scratch or from a store-bought mix is a great gift basket option. You can include gluten-free flours, zanthan gum (the thickening agent that replaces the gummy gluten in wheat flour), gluten-free chocolate chips (because it could contain carmel color, wheat based “natural flavors” or vanilla that could contain gluten!)… But have no fear, there are lots and lots of gluten-free ingredients you can supply your lucky baker.
Click here to receive a free list of Gluten-Free Baking Ingredients and Mixes to include in your “Go Ahead, Make My Cake!” Basket

—- The Gluten-Free “Let Them Eat Cake” Basket —-
If you’re lucky enough to have a gluten-free bakery or store that sells gluten-free baked goods in your area, then an assortment of pre-made gluten-free delights makes an AMAZING gift basket. Whole Foods is a national chain that often stocks local dedicated gluten-free bakery treats.
And there are lots of pre-made gluten-free baked goods that are now national brands. Udi’s Muffins, Kinnikinnik Donuts and Ian’s Cookies would all be welcome additions to a GF Baked Goods Gift Basket.
Just make sure all gluten-free baked goods included in your gift baskets are truly gluten-free. (***Read more about this at the end of the post….)
Click here to receive a free list of Gluten-Free Baked Goods to include in your “Let Them Eat Cake” Basket

—- The Gluten-Free “Eat, Pray, Love” Italian Food Gift Basket —-
This Julia Roberts flick did one thing for me: made me hungry!! I came out of the movie craving an italian carb feast. But italian food can be difficult to have on a gluten-free diet since it’s all about pasta and bread and pizza… (and a lot of sauces contain gluten!). But if you know what brands to look for you can still have a fabulous Italian meal stay gluten-free. A gift basket containing all the makings for a stay-at-home Italian Night will be welcomed by any gluten-free food lover.
Click here to receive a free list of Gluten-Free Italian Food Brands to include in your “Eat Pray Love” Italian Food Gift Basket

—- The Gluten-Free “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Gift Basket —-
Dah-ling, breakfast in front of the Tiffany’s window is a wonderful way to eat a croissant. But as I have yet to find a gluten-free croissant, doing so gluten-free could prove difficult! So I’ve found other, gluten-free options like muffins, pancakes, waffles and corn tortilla wraps.
This Breakfast Gift Basket is a great option for a gluten-free basket. Especially for those who don’t like eggs or breakfast meats. Because the most important meal of the day is often the most difficult meal when gluten-free. But there are options!
Click here to receive a free list of Gluten-Free Breakfast Foods to include in your “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Gift Basket

—- The Gluten-Free “Chocolat” Gift Basket —-
Ahhh… the oft under-appreciated movie Chocolat inspired my final basket. I was saving the best for last, because anything that’s associated with Johnny Depp and chocolate can only be bliss…. ;P
But when you’re gluten-free, chocolate can actually be a hidden source of gluten. So a gift basket full of yummy, gluten-free chocolate is a fabulous way to tell the gluten-free woman in your life just how yummy you think SHE is. :)
Click here to receive a free list of Gluten-Free Chocolates to include in your “Chocolat” Gift Basket

Hope this list helps you come up with a great gift basket idea for your lucky gluten-free gift recipient. Let me know if you have any other basket ideas and I’ll add ‘em to the list! :)

***Please be sure all gluten-free baked goods included in your gift baskets are truly gluten-free. For example, pre-made baked goods should be made in a gluten-free facility. Many GF baked goods that are made in mixed kitchens (like in your regular grocery stores) and/or are baked in shared pans can have dangerous cross contamination. They will often have a disclaimer that reads something like: “made in a facility that also processes wheat.” Avoid those!
Not to scare you, but if your gift-receiver is a Celiac or highly sensitive to gluten, this tiny bit of gluten can cause serious medical issues. For this reason, you should also avoid baking or cooking gluten-free treats yourself. Your chances of being able to completely avoid all gluten (in utensils, bowls, pans and ingredients) are very slim. It took me almost an entire YEAR to fully learn about gluten and how to avoid it. So unless you are also gluten-free and know all the pitfalls of gluten cross-contamination, it’s just better to NOT cook or bake for a gluten-free sensitive.

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  1. Kacy Whittlesey 12/14/2010 at 4:37 PM #

    Awsome blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

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