Anyone else in shock that the holidays are already here? I’m just starting to come to terms with the fact that it is, in fact, 2017, and now the year is basically over. Life, slow down!!!!
Whether I’m able to come to grips with it or not, holiday shopping time is most definitely upon us (…cue panic mode…) and I’ve had quite a few of you message me, asking for recommendations for gifts to give to the gluten-free foodie in your life.
Without further ado or fanfare, here are my top suggestions for 2017:
- Baking Equipment Essentials: Cookie sheets, baking pans, baking mat, cupcake pan, cooling rack, cake pans, loaf pans, etc. To avoid cross contamination, us gluten-free folks need our own, separate baking supplies that never, ever touch gluten.
- Gluten-Free Flours: If the gluten-free foodie in your life is an avid baker, they’ve probably mentioned to you that it can be an expensive hobby. They’ll LOVE the gift of high-quality flours that they can use to make their own homemade blends. When I first went gluten-free, my mom did this for me on Christmas, and it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received! In my flour blend I use: Superfine White Rice Flour, Superfine Brown Rice Flour, Millet Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour, and Xanthun Gum (and yes, brands matter!). Many gluten-free recipes or flour blends also call for sorghum flour and arrowroot powder.
- Food Scale: Any expert bake (gluten-free or not) will tell you that all measurements should be taken by weight and not volume. This is especially important in gluten-free baking! The scale will help your giftee to make flawless gluten-free goodies every single time, and is definitely needed for making homemade gluten-free flour blends. There are many out there, but this is the one I have and love.
- How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook: by America’s Test Kitchen. Need I say more? 😉 Every recipe in this cookbook (that I’ve tried) is a home run. It also does a great job of going into the science of why certain things do and don’t work when it comes to gluten-free baking, which is fascinating!
- Meal Plan Pad: because gluten-free life can take a little extra planning, especially at the get-go.
- Homemade Vanilla Extract: My girl Lynn from Fresh April Flours has a GREAT tutorial on making your own vanilla extract at home. I’ve been doing this for a couple years now, and let me just say: homemade vanilla is SO much better than the stuff you can buy in the stores! ANY foodie in your life will l-o-v-e this gift. (Make sure you use gluten-free vodka or rum!) These are the vanilla beans I buy and I use these adorable jars!
- A Citrus Tree! A bit random, sure, but I want one of these SO badly (Anthony, are you reading this?! 😉 ). I mean, who wouldn’t love having fresh citrus grown at home? Just make sure whoever you are buying it for has an area of their house that gets lots of direct sunlight, and that they are people that keep their indoor temps between 68-72 year round so the plant can thrive.
- Instant Pot: You’ve surely been seeing Instant Pot recipes allllllll over the place, and for good reason. I am sooooooo in love with my Instant Pot and could wax poetic for hours, but I’ll let it at this: everyone needs one. Yes, needs. Well worth the counter/storage space it takes up. Trust me!
- Speaking of the Instant Pot, here are a few great accessories that the Instant Pot fanatic in your life would be thrilled to receive:
- Stand Mixer: I contribute a lot of my gluten-free baking success to my mixer. A few of my favorite accessories: glass mixing bowl, scraper blade, and ice cream maker.
- For the Coffee Addict – Moka Pot and Milk Frother: thank goodness coffee is gluten-free (well, for the most part…). If you’ve watched my InstaStories, you know I have a crazy homemade latte addiction and that I am a bit of a coffee snob. I wholeheartedly believe that this stove-top espresso+frother combo is God’s gift to sleep-deprived mankind. While the 6 cup moka pot is usually sufficient for a household of 2 coffee drinkers, you might want to consider the 9 cup or 12 cup for the larger family/serious coffee addict.
- Vegetable Spiralizer: Ok, so “voodles” (veggie noodles) may be soooo 2016, but I’m still all about them and chances are the gluten-free foodie in your life is too, especially if they’re more health conscious.
- Gift Certificate to a Local Gluten-Free Bakery. If you have a bakery near by that is 100% gluten-free, a gift certificate for some goodies that they don’t have to make themselves would be a real treat (no pun intended). Hit me up if you want recommendations for a few woooonderful gluten-free bakeries in the DC or Philly areas!
- Pasta Pot: Much like bakeware, gluten-free folks also need separate pots and pans to avoid cross-contamination, especially for foods like pasta! I love this pot for so many reasons, but mostly because it has a built in strainer in the lid, meaning one less bulky duplicate item in the kitchen. Two birds, one stone. Hooray!
So that’s it! My top gluten-free gift ideas for 2017.
What do you think? What other great gluten-free gift ideas do you have/ What’s on your gluten-free wish list this year? I’d love to hear!