Archive for December, 2009

Gluten Free Gift Baskets – Christmas Ideas

Still looking for that perfect gift for the Celiac or Gluten Intolerant person in your life?  I’m here to give you some more recommendations!  Today’s topic is Gluten Free Gift Baskets.  I found several companies that sell these specialty gluten-free gift baskets and the nice thing is that we’re all familiar with Amazon and it’s a company we know we can trust.  While the companies selling the baskets are independent sellers, there is a bit of implied trust in dealing with Amazon as the middleman.  These baskets can be shipped anywhere that Amazon delivers.

Gluten Smart Gluten-free Gift BasketGluten Smart Gluten Free Gift Basket

Product Description:  A gift basket perfect for: Autism and Food Allergies – Special Diets for Children with Autism – Nutrition and Autism – Biomedical Treatments for Autism – GFCF (GF/CF) – Gluten Free Autism Diet – Autism Children – Casein Free Autistic – The GFCF Diet – Gluten Free Casein Free Food – Wheat Free Dairy Free. A gluten-free casein-free diet (or GF/CF diet) eliminates foods that contain gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye) and casein (found in milk). The Autism Research Institute and other advocacy groups recommend the GF/CF diet as a treatment for autism and related disorders. The Centers for Disease Control reports significant increases in Autism and ADHD – both affecting primarily boys. The CDC estimates that 1 out of 175 children (age 4 to 17) currently have Autism. Before 1985, Autism occurred in less than 1 out of 2000.

ADHD is much more common in that it affects 4.4 million U.S. children (age 4 to 17). Common to both of these conditions is the negative impact of certain foods – especially milk products and glutens such as wheat. One of the challenges that parents face is coping with children who have picky appetites and crave the very foods that affect their behavior, focus and development. The other challenge is finding ways to get their children to eat healthy foods and improve their nutritional status. GlutenSmart is proud to present a special gift basket to help introduce your child to the Gluten Free/Casein Free lifestyle.

The Casein Free, Gluten Free Gift Basket Contains:* Bakery on Main Cranberry Orange Cashew Granola, Glutino Pretzels 2.6 oz. bag, Mrs. Mays 2 oz. Coconut Almond Crunch Snack Bag, Mrs. Mays 2 oz. Cran-Blueberry Snack Bag, Gluten Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix, Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake Mix, Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Frosting Mix, Enjoy Life Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Road’s End Organics Mac & Cheese Mix, Glenny’s Brown Rice Chocolate Marshmallow Treat Bar, Ener-G Foods Gourmet Onion Crackers, and more.

chatilas bakery gift basketChatila’s Bakery Gluten Free Gift Basket

Product Description: Delicious Gourmet Assortment of our freshly baked gluten free, sugar-free treats! This beautiful gluten-free gift-basket is filled with cheesecakes, cookies, pastries, and chocolates! Perfect for anyone on a special diet as all of our items are also low sodium, low cholesterol, and high in fiber!

Price includes basket, beautiful holiday gift wrap and bow, and your message on a personal card. All items should be refrigerated or frozen upon receipt. Please note** Customers in the following states must select expedited shipping as ground shipping to these states takes a full week: CA, WA, AZ, UT, ID, OR, NM, ND, SD, TX and NV.

well baskets gluten free gift basketWell Baskets Gluten Free Gift Basket

Product Description: Our Gluten Free Gift basket for Christmas is filled with delicious, gourmet gluten-free treats. Perfect for those with gluten sensitivity.

Includes: Dr. Lankin’s Awesome Almonds® Flavored Almonds, (2) Betty Lou Gluten Free Vegan Bar or Krispy Bite Lesser Evil Flavored Popcorn Gluten Free Cookie with all-natural & organic ingredients, Sensible Foods Dried Fruit Mix Boomi Bar, Glenny’s Organic Soy Crisps Gluten Free Plantain Chips, Handmade Basket

A Bountiful Harvest Gluten free gift basket

A Bountiful Harvest Gluten Free Gift Basket

Product Description: Decadent freshly baked gluten free gift basket filled with 2 gluten free loaf cakes, gluten free brownies, gluten free muffins & gluten free cookies. Baked in our dedicated facility fresh to order.

It should be noted that each of these companies have several baskets available on Amazon, so if you don’t see what you want right away, just click on the company link near the top of the Amazon page.

I have to tell you.  I received a gluten free gift basket for my birthday last year and it was a wonderful gift!  I enjoyed having such a choice of goodies that I could  confidently reach into and grab whenever I wanted a little something.  I highly recommend a gluten free gift basket as a GREAT gift for the gluten-intolerant individual in your life–for Christmas, a birthday, or “just because.”

Celiac Christmas Gifts – Magazines

I would like to make some recommendations for some gifts that may be very welcomed by the Celiac or person with Gluten Intolerance in your life…even if that’s you!  (Hey, who says we can’t give ourselves a gift at Christmas?)  Today’s recommendations include a couple of magazines that I have come to love and read faithfully over the past several years.  And what’s even better is that they are a great price for a subscription–quite a bit cheaper than buying them individually at the store!

Living Without Magazine for Gluten-free eatingThe first one is Living Without Magazine, which I have been reading for over three years now.  The information is always timely and relevant to those with food allergies, but specifically for those who can’t tolerate Gluten, Wheat, and Dairy.  Living Without is published every two months and it is currently selling for $23/year.  The publisher description reads:

Living Without is a lifestyle guide for people with allergies and food sensitivities. It provides guidance, direction, products and encouragement for people living on a gluten-free or other restricted diet. Living Without can help you open the door to living abundantly with your special needs. It isn’t about minimizing the challenges of living with allergies and intolerances…It’s about learning to live well while living without.

Gluten-free Living Magazine for Gluten-free IndividualsMy second recommendation is also a great magazine for those who can’t eat gluten.  Gluten-free Living focuses most specifically on the issue of gluten, but helpful general information can also be gleaned for those with other food allergies.  This magazine is pretty new to the industry–just a couple of years old, but a very fun magazine to read each time.  This magazine is published quarterly and is currently going for $34/year.  The publisher description reads:

Gluten-Free Living is a national magazine for people who have celiac disease and follow a gluten-free diet. Since the writers and editors are living with celiac disease, they understand the challenges faced by those who must follow a gluten-free lifestyle. Issues offer practical advice and tips, information on how to decode mystery ingredients, and lessons about what celiac disease is all about.

If you read the reviews on Amazon, you will notice that both magazines have had some issues with timely publication and delivery in the past.  As far as I can tell, these have been resolved.  I did notice these issues, myself, but not in the past year or so.  Both magazines are worth the money, in my opinion.  For those new to eating gluten-free, they are great educational tools and for those who have experience, there are plenty of recipes and stories to keep me interested–and I’ve been gluten-free for over three years now.