I’ve started to see a few blog posts pop up for this year’s Christmas gift ideas so thought I’d write my own Gluten Free Christmas Gifts Guide. Let’s get the elephant out of the room right here; I did not get paid or bribed or kidnapped and held ransom to write any of this, these are all gifts I genuinely would like for myself (ahem, mum if you’re reading this!) and where mentioned, I’ve purchased for myself in the past anyway so I’m speaking from experience when I say they’re gooood!
Gluten Free Christmas Gifts Guide; Home Baking Gift ideas
Let’s kick off with Rana’s Bakery and their free from bread mixes, I’ve tried all packet mixes (New Italian and Winter Spice, which is a limited edition, being my favourites). Their bread mixes boast two Great Taste winners 2016, Free From Gold and Silver Winners and s Good Choice Quality Food Awards winner!
Each kit includes the sourdough mix, a baking bag and parchment sheet.
The 4 mixes included in this pack are
BOLD BUCKWHEAT: RICH, TART, NUTRITIOUS – ‘Packed with flavour, this loaf is filled with pumpkin seeds and topped with chia seeds – best served with warming soups and stews.’
NEW ITALIAN: HEARTY, RUSTIC, OATY – ‘Richly textured with a satisfying crumb, this loaf is best served with lashings of butter alongside your favourite salad.’
NEARLY RYE: RICH, FRAGRANT, UNIQUE – ‘Subtle layers of caraway and fennel seeds make for a complex flavour in this hearty loaf, which goes perfectly with cured meats and cheese or simply drizzle with olive oil.’
SUPER SOURDOUGH: SOFT, LIGHT, FLUFFY – ‘This everyday loaf has a mild sour flavour and delicious golden crust, which is ideal for toasting or freshly-made sandwiches.’
Free from: gluten, dairy, egg, nuts, soya. Free from 14 major allergens.
Suitable for vegans
No added sugar
No added oils
Also, if you’ve not bought Rana’s mixes before you can get 20% off your first order with SOURDOUGH20%
Price: £15.50 (free delivery on orders over £40)
The second home baking gift box idea comes from Delicious Alchemy, they have some delicious mixes and cereals which I’ve incorporated into a few of my own recipe ideas for example my Clootie Dumpling, Simnel Cake and Double Deckers.
Budding bakers! The Delicious Alchemy Baking Mixes gift pack is made just for you. Including our award-winning brownie, vanilla sponge and white bread mix, this pack also contains our oaty cookie and brown bread mixes.
ALL GLUTEN FREE & DAIRY FREE
Price: £15.00 with £2.50 P&P (free for orders over £35)
Last, but by no means least of the home bake boxes in my Gluten Free Christmas Gifts Guide is the Grassroots Bakery bundle box. I love Andrea’s passion for gluten free perfection and it shines bright in her award winning bread mixes. Both the bread and pizza mix won a star in the Great Taste and their white bread won silver in the Free From Best Pantry. In addition, Andrea’s boxes are always packed so beautifully, therefore making it the perfect gift this Christmas. This year you have the added bonus of a Luxury Gift Box too
When you choose this box we will pack very carefully and send one each of the following:
Gluten Free Organic Pizza Base Mix
Gluten Free Organic Choc Chip Muffin Mix
Gluten Free Organic Plain Muffin Mix
Gluten Free Organic Bread Mix – Large, White
Gluten Free Organic Bread Mix – Large, Brown
Try one of everything with this special offer bundle box (normally worth £20.55)
Price: £15 plus free delivery, also every purchase will get a complimentary bag of Organic Gluten and dairy free hot chocolate mix.
“Our new Luxury Gift box contains one Organic Gluten Free White Bread Mix (280g), one Organic Gluten Free Brown Bread Mix (280g) and one bottle of award winning Orodeal Extra Virgin Olive Oil (100ml). We love using this olive oil to dip our bread into as a great meal time appetiser. If preparing the Vegan version of our bread, this Orodeal Extra Virgin Olive Oil works very well.”
Price: £20 plus free delivery, again, every purchase will get a complimentary bag of Organic Gluten and dairy free hot chocolate mix.
Gluten Free Christmas Gifts Guide; Subscription Gift idea
I’ve talked about Lottie’s Bakehouse on a few occasions and love their cakes and bakes, they also sell packet mixes but this is a new venture by Marianne, founder of Lottie’s Bakehouse and I’m quite excited about it. I think it’s an excellent value treat for someone to receive a box of individually wrapped bakes each month. Perfect for those who love to read blogs like mine, dream about making mine and others recipes, but never quite have the time or confidence? (erm, actually why am I telling you this, bake one of my recipes IMMEDIATELY! … just kidding)
Lottie’s Bake Boxes – a monthly subscription, bringing our gluten free bakes from the Bakehouse direct to your door.
A veritable box of delights, each month you’ll receive a mouth-watering selection of our gluten-free goodies, including biscuits, slices and biscotti along with seasonal specials. Baked fresh in the Bakehouse, our tuck box treats are individually wrapped in handy grab bags, perfect for lunch boxes or snacking on-the-go.
Stuck for a present? Lottie’s Bake Boxes make the perfect gift or student care package.
Bake Boxes will be sent on a Wednesday via Royal Mail 1st Class, price includes P&P
You will be charged £15 per month on the card used at sign up.
OCTOBER: Apple, Sultana & Cinnamon Slice x2, Cornflake Tart x2, Raspberry & Almond Bakewell x2, Fiery Gingers, Triple Treats, Awesome Almond Biscotti, Ginger Zinger Biscotti.
NOVEMBER: G&T Lemony Slice x2, Millionaires Shortbread x2, Treacle Tart x2, Triple Choc Crunch x2, Cinnamon Roll x1, Awesome Almond Biscotti, Dynamite Double Choc Biscotti.
All bakes are gluten free, some are free of other allergens too. Slices keep fresh for a minimum of 10 days after delivery or can be frozen. Biscotti lasts for 4m+.
All packaging is biodegradable / recyclable.
NO minimum sign up period. Cancel at any time.
Price: £15 per month with free delivery (you can cancel at any time)
Gluten Free Christmas Gift Guide; Hampers
Well what can I say, the images do all the talking here, I’ve not personally bought from Gluten Free Hampers but the products they pack into their delicious hampers are all excellent quality and recognisable products to the free from world. These make the perfect Gluten Free Christmas Gifts if you have a slightly bigger budget, although hampers do start at a reasonable price. When I buy hampers for my gluten-eating family I often gift them to couples and in fact save money on my £20-£30 budget (depending on how much I like them, naming no names. Oh god I hope my family don’t actually read my stuff) to see the whole range click here Gluten Free Hampers
Easy-bake Gift Box
Gluten Free Christmas Gifts Guide; CHOCOLATES!
Goodness me, didn’t mean to shout there but I got all excited when it came to writing this bit! I love Nono chocolates, because a) I can eat them and b) they’re possibly the most beautiful chocolates I’ve seen….oh and c) … well just read this, love really has gone into making these chocolates
Giving forward is a beautiful concept. At team Nono we do just that. Before you give this box of chocolates to your loved one, we have already given a work opportunity to people with Autism, who decorated your chocolates. We have supported small suppliers and now you can support us – small business. The receiver will get ‘better for you’ chocolates…The gift that keeps on giving!
Perfect gift for Vegan, Foodie, person with allergies, anyone looking to avoid high Cholesterol, or anyone who value good health. We believe that even occasional treat should be nourishing, therefore we have taken all that’s unnecessary & added lot of micronutrients to our chocolates, from Calcium and Probiotic to Vitamins and antioxidants.
Created for my son who would say Nono to every food as it was making him unwell. We say No! No to gluten No to nuts No to Dairy No to Egg No to Yeast & No again to Sulphides, Artificial Colouring, GMO & Preservatives No Refined Sugar No Cholesterol And finally, No to compromise on quality & taste!
We also say #nonoexclusion supporting people with autism by offering work opportunity #teamnono
Raspberry & Beetroot – with Baobab, CamuCamu, providing antioxidants and Vitamin C & E
Matcha – balanced with creamy cocoa and sour cherries, a great little energy boost
Cinnamon – this wonderful spice can calm the mind and body as well as have powerful effects on health & metabolism
Baobab & Orange – full of antioxidants and the key electrolytes Potassium & Magnesium, which contribute to muscle function and electrolyte balance
Rose – roses can have a positive effect on your body, mind and skin and have been used since ancient times to combat stress. With D-mannose that supports bladder function.
Madagascar Vanilla – creamy and spicy Ginger – wonderfully spicy and packed with minimum 10% ginger good for health & beauty
Lemon & Turmeric – 10% turmeric this truffle is fresh, light and good for the tummy
Lime & Matcha – without the Matcha test but added crunchy pumpkin seeds.
A delicious and multi-sensory taste experience with additional health benefits.Organic, Fair Trade Cocoa, Vegan Certified, Free-From Gluten, Dairy, Nuts, Yeast, Artificial Colouring, Preservatives, Sulphides, GMO. No refined sugar – and no compromise on quality & taste!
Price: £14.50 with free delivery
It’s also worth mentioning here that if you’ve not already discovered Yumbles, then you really are missing out on a feast for the free from eyes. If I were to write about all the Gluten Free Christmas Gifts on the website this post would start to look like my thesis so I’ll just pop a few photos here to whet your appetite and let you do the rest by clicking through to the website here. Be prepared to spend a good hour browsing. Yumbles
I also wouldn’t write a gift guide without adding Nina’s (Eat Allergy Safe) delicious free from Chocolate Truffles these are both gluten free and suitable for vegans too. I have eaten these on several occasions and can hand on heart say they are divine. A box of 8 truffles costs £11.99, these are hardcore chocolate lovers truffles I bet you can’t eat more than two in one sitting! If you buy through Amazon Prime, P&P is free.
Gluten Free Christmas Gifts Guide; Gluten Free stay in Gascony, France at Pignoulet
I simply had to add this to my Gluten Free Gifts Guide, I loved my stay at Pignoulet, you can read more about it in my blog post Pilates Retreat; my little free from adventure in the South of France. Susie and James Whetton left the UK in march this year to turn their dream into a reality and now have a quickly established slice of heaven in their corner of France. You don’t have to book Pilates lessons too, that’s a different package, so this would be ideal for a gift for a whole family to enjoy together with peace of mind that they can eat anything put in front of them…how amazing is that.
The price per day is £130pp and for that you get everything…Everything you could imagine, three meals a day with afternoon home baking should you wish. The local wine flows (and is very good and free from sulphites aka, no hangover!) and there’s a beautiful secluded pool too. Each of the 6 bedrooms is as beautiful as the last and the scenery is spectacular. 40mins from Lourdes and 100mins from Toulouse it’s close enough to sight see but far enough to feel like you’re in your own corner of France and you’ve got it all to yourself.
You can find out more by visiting the Pignoulet website or simple email Susie on [email protected] to discuss your needs and budget. I promise, you will not be disappointed, and I will be very jealous!
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Photo credits: Yumbles, Rana’s Bakery, Lotties Bakehouse, Grassroots Bakery, Delicious Alchemy, Gluten Free Hampers