Gift-giving season is officially underway. There are elves on shelves and naughty or nice lists being drafted. For some, there are already presents under the Christmas tree. This is the perfect time to start assessing those helpful holiday gift guides that are floating around. I created this allergy-friendly holiday gift guide to provide a bit of assistance for those who are looking for allergen-free/allergy-conscious gifts for their loved ones. Of course, this list wouldn’t be my list without some of my favorite things.
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Tis’ the season for gifting! I love this time of year, especially now that I have a toddler in the house. She is fascinated by the holidays, even though she has no idea what they truly entail. The world has been confined to their homes for almost nine months now, which made this the perfect time to get a jump on this gift guide. Since April, I have been keeping notes of cool things I wanted to share in this allergy-friendly Holiday gift guide. This gift guide is not only about food but about enjoyable gifts for folks, who like me, enjoy the art of both cooking and eating.
If you’re not used to purchasing allergy-friendly food, you may end up gifting expensive, crumbly turds of cookies or whatnot, which is the opposite of the holiday spirit. This is why, in addition to food-themed items, this allergy-conscious gift guide features super-cool kitchen gadgets, allergy-friendly subscription boxes, and a few of my black-owned businesses and brands! Everyone deserves a little sweetness around the holidays, especially after a year like 2020. I am optimistic that you will find something on this allergy-friendly holiday gift guide that will bring joy to any foodie.
ALLERGY-FRIENDLY FOODIE GIFTS
An assortment of my personal favorite allergy-conscious snacks and products. Click on the respective links to learn more about the specific product and their ingredients.
eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R is the perfect way to shower your loved ones with allergy-conscious sweet treats (and gift cards). Their pre-made cookie and cake mixes are grain, additive, nightshade, gluten, soy & legume, tree nut, egg, and refined sugar-FREE! ♥ Use my referral code Gristle&Gossip and receive 10% off of your order at checkout.
Caroboo Choco Bars are the newest sweet treat that I’ve added to my list of favorite things. These delicious, 100% vegan and dairy-free “not-choc” bars are made with carob instead of chocolate. They are full of carob, creamed coconut, and all of the good stuff nature has to offer. Emory has an aversion to the nickel found in cocoa, so these bars are perfect for her to have a little nibble on every now and again. Caroboo’s Taster Pack Trio is the perfect stocking stuffer and includes one of each legendary flavor!
Bread SRSLY reunites people with sourdough when they thought good bread was off the table. This was certainly the case for my family. Their bread is one of my favorite things on earth. I recently used their cinnamon-raisin sourdough in my bread pudding recipe. If you’re looking for delicious bread that is safe and free of the Top 8 allergens, check them out! Their Gluten-Free sourdough mixed pack is the best bang for your buck and the perfect gift! ♥ Use my referral code for 10% off your order SRSLYGristleandGossip
Avocado Crackis the world’s first avocado seasoning. Although it’s made for avocados, this flavor-packed seasoning tastes great on everything. Additionally, this company is black-owned and woman-run. Making the support of Avocado Crack a sweet holiday gift all on its own.
Beanfields Vegan Cracklins – Snack Bold, Live Bold with Beanfields Vegan Cracklins. Their holiday variety pack is the perfect gift for the “snacker” in your life. The chile lemon is our favorite flavor. We literally can’t get enough of these plant-based, grain, gluten, and dairy-free cracklins.
Escuminac Maple Syrup – I use maple syrup as an alternative to sugar in many baked goods. Escuminac is one of my preferred brands. Their Maple Syrup luxury gift box includes (3 x 200 ml) Canada Grade A pure organic Maple Syrup, and it comes in an elegant gift box! Their organic syrups can also be purchased separately.
Every Body Eat – These delicious allergy-friendly snack-thins are highly addictive. Please take advantage of their special offer and get a FREE variety pack of their thins for a friend! Now through December 15th, spend $50+ and send a FREE Variety Pack to a friend (or yourself – I won’t tell)! Upon purchase, you will receive a link via email to submit a second order for free.
FITJOY Snacks – Finally! Salty snacks that are grain-free & gluten-free. FITJOY’S tasty pretzels are made with cassava and chickpea flour, then tossed in pink Himalayan sea salt. Their protein bars are the perfect stocking stuffers, and their variety of deliciously crispy, crunchy pretzels are scrumptious!
Black female CEO & founder Denise Woodard has created one of our favorite cookie brands. Partake Cookies are always gluten-free, vegan, and free from the top 8 allergens—but that’s not all. Each recipe is meticulously curated to find the perfect combination of safe ingredients for those with food allergies, healthy, AND absolutely delicious. Click below, order a few boxes, wrap them, and put them under the tree today!
WINES & SPIRITS
This year called for a lot of booze, and these are my Top five sips and spirits of 2020. Add them to your SAFE holiday gatherings, or send them to friends and family as gifts!
Stella Rosa Golden Peach – Embody the confidence that comes with Stella Rosa Golden Honey Peach. It’s the perfect sip for Christmas brunch. The notes of Apricot, honeydew melon and peach will literally dance on your tongue. We love to pair this with pumpkin and sweet potato pie!
Empress 1908 Gin– If you’re looking for a gift to share with your favorite gin lover, look no further. Empress 1908 Gin’s combination of exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation provide the perfect base for a new aesthetic of cocktail creation and enjoyment. On top of traditional botanicals, find signature blends of black tea served at the Empress Hotel and butterfly pea blossom, an exotic herb that balances the traditional citrus notes of gin with a warm herbal earthiness and gives the gin its natural indigo color. Find local store locater and pricing here.
San Simeon – No matter what your plans are this holiday season, San Simeon wine is the perfect addition to any table. This Riboli Family wine collections boast various thoughtfully crafted wines that pair tremendously with all the holiday classics. Learn more about their Estate wines, Imports, and Traditional wines + pricepoints here.
Ron Barcelo Rum– The perfect gift for the rum connoisseur in your life! Ron Barcelo Rum celebrated 90 years since its conception this year. The brand quickly gained popularity throughout the Dominican Republic and was soon exported internationally throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas. Today, Ron Barcelo is the #1 exported dark rum globally, available in more than 70 countries worldwide, is a leading brand in Spain and Chile and continues to expand its superior quality product worldwide. Learn more about the brand by visiting www.ronbarcelousa.com.
Maddalena Wines – Offer soft, rich, and warm flavors of ripe red fruit, including raspberry, plum, and spicy black cherry. Barrel aging contributes notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak spice. The mouth is round with a rich, silky texture that is framed by soft tannins. The matriarch of the Riboli Family started Maddalena Wines, and her soft touch is written all over her portfolio of wines. This happens to be one of our favorite table wines to sip on and hopefully can be put under someone’s Christmas tree this holiday season.
My husband and I received a sample of Cognac Brand Rome De Bellegarde XO as a gift and can’t stop talking about it. Rome De Bellegarde is known as the most expensive Cognac in the world. Their exclusive XO is aged more than 30 years and is a truly unique drink. Distinguished by an impeccable blend of 6 eaux-de-vie with the most delicate balance of spicy and tannic notes, enriched with soft hints of vanilla. It’s exquisite Ugni Blanc vines originate exclusively from the Grand Champagne appellations in Cognac, France. If you’re looking to truly bring in 2021 with a bang, I highly suggest placing your order today as shipping outside the EU can take up to 10 days.
MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES
Give the gift of a healthy, chef-curated delivery subscription. These allergy-friendly monthly subscription services deliver fresh, healthy food directly to your loved ones. This is a great gift idea to keep your friends and family safe during the pandemic.
Hungryroot™ – The one-click grocery trip! Enjoy eating healthy with groceries delivered weekly from Hungryroot™. Fresh, healthy food. Ready in just minutes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert. Under 500 Calories. Ready to Eat in Minutes. Free Shipping. Nutrient-Dense Foods.
Daily Harvest – creates delicious and nourishing smoothies, soups, oats, lattes, and more. Their smoothies, oat bowls, chia bowls, harvest bowls, bites, and lattes are built on organic, thoughtfully sourced fruits and vegetables. Their custom gift boxes and gift sets are just the perfect gifts for the allergy-conscious foodie in your life!
Freshlydelivers chef-cooked meals perfect for friends and family that least expect it but might need it the most. With no cooking, cleaning, shopping, each meal you give is one less thing for them to worry about. Freshly is perfect for giving and delicious to receive. Simply choose the plan size, and Freshly takes care of the rest!
ButcherBox is my main trusted source for humanely raised beef, chicken, and pork products. I personally use this service every month and swear by the delicious cuts of steaks and organic chicken. In addition to prime cuts, hormone, and antibiotic-free meat, ButcherBox offers monthly customer incentives. Their most popular incentive FREE BACON FOR LIFE, is occurring now! Starting now – Dec. 21, new members will receive one pack of bacon for FREE in every order for the lifetime of your membership.
Revive Superfood Smoothies – Ready to Blend Superfood Smoothies. Chef-crafted superfood smoothies packed with protein and pre-portioned with clean, nutritious ingredients. Delivered right to your doorstep.
TOP 10 SUPER-COOL KITCHEN GADGETS
These super-cool kitchen gadgets are perfect for the foodie, Chef, or Kitchenista in your life. I personally want all of these fun items but have no room for them in my kitchen!
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Obol – The Original Never Soggy Cereal Bowl tops my list because It’s a gift I will be gifting. One of my closest girlfriends doesn’t like for her cereal to touch her milk. She literally eats her cereal from a bowl and, while the dry cereal is in her mouth, takes a sip of milk. This gift will hopefully end the madness!
Taco Holder Stands Set– Assembling your tacos for taco Tuesday just got easier. These holders help your tacos sit great upright eliminating the loss of your toppings and enhancing the at-home taco experience. Not only could you use these as taco trays but also for Hotdogs, fried Apple pies, egg rolls, and whatever you want. Use the colors to identify different ingredients should you be using both allergen and non-allergen free ingredients.
Nostalgia Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster – Hot dogs! Get your hot dogs! The Nostalgia Retro Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster makes your dreams of eating delicious stadium hot dogs at home come true. This toaster cooks 2 regular-size or plump hot dogs and 2 buns at the same time. It features simple controls to adjust the cooking timer and a stop cooking button when you’re really hangry. The removable hot dog cage makes getting to your hot dog easy, the mini tongs make it safe to remove them, and the drip tray makes cleaning anything but the worst.
Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper– With a simple twist of the Cob Corn Stripper by Chef’n, you can effortlessly remove corn from the cob to make your next summer salad or salsa quickly and easily. The stainless steel blades work hard to strip an entire cob in seconds. Simply place the corn cutter on top of the cob; in one twisting/pushing motion, you’ll have fresh corn to add to any meal. This corn stripper is top-rack dishwasher safe.
Deiss PRO Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater – This Grater-Zester has a razor-sharp stainless steel blade that won’t rust and a comfortable, non-slip handle. Shear the hardest cheese into grated fluff using almost no pressure. Simply zip the cutter-knife across the rinds of oranges, lemons, and limes. In seconds, you can have finely grated garlic or ginger or treat yourself to a favorite dessert topped with fluffy chocolate flakes.
Chef’n Original Stem Gem Strawberry Huller – Breeze through food preparation tasks with the beautifully designed Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller. Get the kids involved in kitchen prep with this simple, safe, and effective alternative to hulling or coring with a knife. Simply insert the stainless steel claw, push gently, and twist out the stem of strawberries to leave the sweet flesh intact for filling and more. The strawberry stem remover’s bold colors and style make this tool easy to find in the drawer. When your sweet treat is ready, easily clean the strawberry tool in the dishwasher’s top rack. –
Zulay Kitchen Pineapple Corer and Slicer tool – This convenient pineapple corer is a simple tool that peels, slices, and de-cores a pineapple effortlessly. Zulay’s Kitchen Corer and Slicer’s Comfortable Ergonomic Handle is Designed with a non-slip easy-grip handle that comes off so you can slide off the pineapple ring slices. Additionally, this pineapple corer is easy to clean, compact, and lightweight.
OXO 1 Good Grips Baker’s Dusting Wand – The OXO Good Grips Baker’s Dusting Wand is perfect for evenly flouring baking pans or sprinkling surfaces for rolling dough. Simply twist the Dusting Wand open, scoop out some flour, and twist to close. Then you’re ready to dust any surface with a quick flick of the wrist. One half of the Wand is perforated for even distribution, and one is solid so you can neatly rest it on countertops. The Baker’s Dusting Wand is also great for dusting baked goods with cinnamon or powdered sugar, cinnamon on a cappuccino, or decorating cakes cupcakes with stencils. Dishwasher safe.
Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin with Removable Rings – Joseph Joseph’s Adjustable Rolling Pin will take the guesswork out of preparing pizza and pie crusts, cookies, lasagne sheets, and filo pastry. The rolling pin has four pairs of colorful, removable discs, which raise the rolling pin to the required thickness of 1/16-inch, 1/6-inch, 1/4-inch, and 3/8-inch off the counter. This clever design will ensure that the pastry or dough is rolled to an even thickness throughout. The rings are held to the rolling pin with plastic screws. Also etched into the wood is a width measurement guide—Hand-wash for best results. Do not submerge in water; dry immediately after washing.
These non-stick silicone baking mats add a whole new level of enjoyment to baking. They are easy to use and make clean up a breeze. They are the perfect kitchen gadget for the kitchenista in your life.
Iconikal Grip Cookie Cutters are perfect Christmas morning cookie makers.
I hope you enjoyed this allergy-friendly holiday gift guide post! Should you have any questions about the timed included, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment or connect with me on Instagram or Facebook.