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Gluten Free Christmas Gift Guide 2015

gf christmas gift guide

It’s nearly Christmas, woohoo! I love this time of year, and especially love finding the perfect gift for my nearest and dearest. I know not everyone loves shopping as much as I do, so I’ve put together a gluten free Christmas gift guide.

If you have a special gluten free person in your life that could do with a treat (or you’d like to treat yo’self!), read on.

(THE best Christmas song, no?) 
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1. Sweet Mandarin Cookery Book & Dipping Sauces

sweetmandarinIf you’re gluten free and missing Chinese food, you’ve got to check out Sweet Mandarin. I ate my first ever gluten free Chinese meal at their restaurant in Manchester and it was GLORIOUS. The recipes in this book are straightforward with colourful photographs (always a plus in my view) and each recipe has guidance on how to make the meal gluten and/or dairy free.

Sweet Mandarin Cookery Book – total bargain at £3 from The Book People

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The dipping sauces are also very tasty

Sweet Mandarin Dipping Sauces – £2.50 from Ocado

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2. Gluten Free Beer ‘Mystery Box’

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For the gluten free beer-lover in your life. Celebrate beer o’clock with a selection box from The Gluten Free Beer Store.

£32 from The Gluten Free Beer Store (Individual bottles from a lot less!).

 

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3. Italian treats from Coori
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Christmas is a time for little luxuries. To me, posh Italian goodies are the best luxury of all. Read my review of their ravioli and pappardelle here. Coori also do subscription boxes if you fancy a larger treat.

Ravioli £3.95 from Coori.co.uk

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4. Little Leon Cookbooks

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 Though not specifically GF, Leon cookbooks (and restaurants) have long been a friend to the hungry coeliac. With clear labeling and oodles of naturally gluten free food, they are good reads for the gluten free cook.

£5.99 for 4 from The Book People

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5. Indigo at One Aldwych

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If you really want to treat the gluten free person in your life, why not take them for a meal at a 100% gluten (and dairy) free restaurant? I haven’t been yet but it has great reviews, and peace of mind when ordering is worth its weight in gold.

Vouchers from £31.50

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6. Rubis Chocolate Wine

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Yes, you read right! Wine + chocolate are two of my favourite things. Together, they taste like rich velvety amazingness. I tried a shot of this at Bath Christmas Market and immediately wanted to buy a bottle. Perfect festive treat.

NOTE: There is a random person on the Amazon listing who claims the wine is not GF. I emailed the company directly and they confirmed that it is gluten free.

Rubis Chocolate Wine £14.95 via Amazon.

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7. Gut by Giulia Enders 

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I found this book really interesting. Giulia writes about the science of the gut in an accessible way, with funny illustrations. Useful reading if you have unanswered questions about your symptoms.

Gut by Giulia Enders £10.49

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8. A Box of Doughnuts from Borough 22

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Image via Borough 22

Finding a gluten free doughnut is still a bit like sighting a rare bird in the wilderness. If your gluten free person gets very excited about doughnuts, why not surprise them with a whole boxful?

£15 for 6 or £25 for 12

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9. A Breadmaker with a Gluten Free Setting!

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Other models are available. I chose to feature this one because it has good reviews across the board, including from coeliacs (you can search with the keyword ‘gluten free’ to read reviews from other GF folk).

Panasonic SD-2500 WXC Automatic Breadmaker with Gluten Free Program, White – £82.59

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10. Montezuma Chocolate Buttons

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Because what is Christmas without chocolate? These buttons are the most addictive substance known to (wo)man. I challenge you not to eat an entire bag in one sitting.

£2.99 from Ocado

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11. A Bunch of (Delicious Alchemy) Flours

chocbrownieFor the time-strapped baker. These mixes are tasty, easy and they work! I particularly like the chocolate brownie and the vanilla sponge cake.

£3.49 from Holland and Barrett (currently on Buy one get one half price offer)

 

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12. Marks and Spencers Orange and Cranberry Shortbread Biscuits (AND EVERYTHING ELSE)

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M&S have the best gluten free Christmas range, hands down. I’m not too fussed about the Christmas pudding etc., but I think the shortbread (top right) would make a nice little gift. Their savoury party food is also gorgeous. I recommend going on a spree in your nearest store.

Check out Marks and Spencers Gluten Free party food here. 

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13. Gluten Free Baking and Living Course – Basics, Bread or Pastry

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I tried Ian and Deborah’s baguettes at a GF Gathering long ago (see pics here) and was v. impressed. Gluten free shop-bought bread is still frequently holey and disappointing – why not learn to bake your own?

Vouchers from £100

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And finally…these lovely things don’t have to be a gift for someone else. Why not treat yo’self?!

God love Parks and Rec.

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Let me know in the comments if you end up buying anything! Or what other gluten free things are on your Christmas list.

If you’ve enjoyed this post (or want to drop some heavy hints to your family and friends) please share. :)

Yours festively,

Issi x

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