7 Gluten Free Christmas Gifts
‘Tis the season to be jolly, unless of course you’re unable to join everyone else in festive indulgence due to a food allergy! Fortunately, our list should give the inspiration needed to find the perfect stocking filler for a gluten-intolerant loved one, secret santa gift for a coeliac colleague, or early Christmas present for yourself! Here are our Top 10 Free-From Festive Treats in no particular order, with enough time left to ensure your gluten-intolerant peer has a very merry Christmas:
1 – Smith & Sinclair’s Free-From Cocktail Pastilles
Combining two of Intolerant London’s favourite things in the world – alcohol and fruit pastilles, Smith & Sinclair founders Melanie and Emile aim to “take you back to the joy of childhood discovery” through their unique dairy, preservative and gluten-free cocktail pastilles. The adult treats are surprisingly stingless, despite each one containing a full shot of whisky, gin or rum and when we met Melanie a couple of weeks ago we were particularly taken by the festive ‘Cake Icing’ pastilles, combining whiskey and amaretto.
Using kitchen space in East Finchley, on the same premises that Ricky Gervais sitcom Derek was filmed, Smith & Sinclair have taken off impressively in the mere eleven months they have been in business and their cocktail pastilles can be purchased at Harvey Nichols across the UK, Selfridges, London Borough Wines, Fenwicks Bond St & Not on the High Street.
Retailing from £8.95 for a box of six, they make a perfect secret santa gift for your free-from colleague.
2 – Ganache Macaron Holiday Range
It’s difficult to believe London-based Parisian Audrey Cadostin’s stylish and delicious macarons are dairy and gluten free. Following an eventful Autumn which included an appearance at Taste of London, an incredible Day of the Dead inspired edible masterpiece featuring in Wahaca’s Covent Garden branch and the release of their Autumn range, Ganache have demonstrated typical innovation with their new Christmas collection, with Mince Pie, Bitter Orange, Chocolate & Chilli and Brandy Snap macarons available for a short time.
Audrey will also appear in Topshop Oxford Circus between 2pm and 4pm this Tuesday, giving away festive macarons to those who quote the code word “Topshop Treats” at the event, and she’ll also be demonstrating how to make the special edition snowflake macaron.
You can buy a beautiful small wooden gift box of 16 hand-crafted macaroons for £27 + P&P.
3 – Cookery Classes with Ceri Jones
Certified Natural Chef Ceri Jones, of the excellent Natural Kitchen Adventures blog, with her impressive list of certificates can safely be deemed an expert on the Paleodiet – a hark back to the paleolithic era when diary products, grains, processed foods and refined sugar were unavailable to humans. While there are undeniable health benefits to this dairy and gluten free diet, it is often difficult to cook interesting meals with so many ‘regular’ ingredients unavailable. This is where Ceri’s renowned cookery classes come into play, in which she teaches the art of cooking simple, healthy and tasty meals from scratch.
Ceri has several classes in January and February available for booking now on her blog.
A three hour class, in which you’ll learn three nutritious and delicious meals retails at £46.
4 – Hummus Bros Recipe Book
Christian Mouysset and Ronen Givon met at Cambridge University, and via a shared passion of hummus, became the Hummus Bros in 2004 when they opened their first Mediterranean inspired café in Soho. Hummus Bros recognition of the plight suffered by those with food allergies is demonstrated on their menu and they’ve been contacted by MP’s for advice on how other restaurants can cope with the EC allergen regulations that are being implemented this month. Recently, they released their first recipe book, showing the public how to recreate their simple yet tasty menu. Find out how to cook their amazing hummus with chicken tikka, fresh ginger and mint lemonade, and infamous gluten-free chocolate brownie.
Order the book, full of delightful, straightforward recipes here.
5 – Hotel Chocolat Gluten-Free Christmas Hamper
A chocolate-lovers dream, Hotel Chocolat rival Thorntons in their decadent cocoa-based delights. This Christmas Hotel Chocolat have an extensive gluten-free range on offer. Need a stocking filler for your chocaholic coeliac loved one? You could do worse than turning to their gluten-free ginger bread men. Alternatively, if you’re seeking something bigger, go for the stylish gluten-free hamper, containing a Mini Hazelnut & Dark chocolate log, a praline H-Box, a bag of Salted Caramel Puddles, a bag of Strawberries & Cream Puddles and six Florentine Isabelles. With all these to choose from, who needs a yuletide log?
The list of gluten-free goodies on offer can be viewed here.
£7 for a dozen ginger bread men makes them another ideal secret santa present. The hampers retail at £35.
6 – Gluten-Free Hampers
On the subject of hampers, glutenfreehampers does exactly what it says on the tin. Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for those with a gluten allergy or wheat intolerance, with many traditional Christmas foods containing gluten, from stuffing to Christmas pudding and mince pies. Fortunately, the days of a boring Christmas for those with special dietary requirements are fast becoming a thing of the past thanks to people like those behind glutenfreehampers. They sell individual items including the aforementioned Christmas pudding, mince pies and stuffing, and give customers the option of creating their own hamper. The piece de resistance, however, is their Luxury Gluten-Free Christmas hamper, containing two bottles of wine (one red, one white) and 16 other gluten-free Christmas treats, all in a gorgeous traditional wicker hamper.
If you order now from their online shop you’ll receive your hamper in time for Christmas.
Prices start at £24.95 for their gluten-free beer hamper. Try out their ‘create your own’ feature where you can customise your own hamper!
7 – Coeliac UK shop
What is it?
The Charity Coeliac UK have been fighting the corner of those with coeliac and gluten intolerance since 1968. Their shop, as you would expect, offers many items of interest to those pursuing a gluten-free diet. With cookbooks, t-shirts, mascots and even an excellent gluten-free for dummies guide available, there are many great Christmas gift ideas here. The proceeds go towards raising awareness of coeliac and the related issues, and researching into the symptoms and an eventual cure, so not only will you be purchasing a thoughtful Christmas present, you’ll be furthering the cause of coeliacs across the country. If your colleague, friend or loved one already has everything money can buy, why not make a donation on their behalf?
At their online shop, here.
Living Gluten-Free For Dummies retails at £15, while donations can be made in your loved one’s name for £20.