Celiac disease is a relatively prohibiting condition in regards to your diet. When shopping for a friend who happens to be on a gluten free diet you may think that your choices are restricted to non-food or non-sweet gifts. While it may be your safest bet, this is not necessarily the case.
Celiac disease is a tough pill to swallow for those who are diagnosed. Your dietary confinements will typically become the most relevant part of any day and cravings will start to take over.
For this reason, the number one gift for a loved one suffering from Celiac is simply one without a price tag. This may come in the form of exhaustive effort in preparing a special gluten free meal for him/her. Maybe you carry a toothbrush as to not contaminate your loved one with something as simple as a kiss after a meal containing gluten.
On the other hand, special occasions provide the opportunity for thoughtful gift-giving and you may not realize there are plenty of options on the table for your hard-to-buy-for friend. A few great ideas are listed below.
A staple of any occasion, the gift basket offers a multi-faceted guarantee that at least part of the gift will be thoroughly enjoyed by the recipient. For the gluten-free dieter, this is one of the sweetest, most “normal” food-related gifts possible. Luckily, it’s also one of the most convenient gift ideas with widespread variety and production from many businesses.
Search around for a quality product offering with strictly gluten free products in the basket. Be sure the company has a firm understanding of celiac disease and is capable of adhering to the strict dietary confinements. Often times, this comes at the hand of a business owner who themselves suffers from the disease.
While gluten free gift baskets are plentiful, with a little research you may find that there are in fact many common treats offered in a gluten free way. Everything from cookies to other baked goods, a skilled chef can create a tasty product using some of the following “allowed grains and starches”.
How about a gift that keeps on giving? Cookbooks offer not only recipes for delicious meals and snacks for someone on a gluten free diet, but they can offer a glimmer of hope and strength for those recently diagnosed with Celiac disease. With a new found ability to create meals that adhere to their strict dietary confinements, the disease can begin to lose its stranglehold on someone’s life. Truly a wonderful and possibly even inspirational option.
Amy is a freelance writer most notable for her work with a local company offering gluten free gift baskets, compliant with the dietary needs of those with Celiac Disease.