Looking for some gift ideas? I’ve got you covered with ideas for a gluten and dairy-free diet, some ideas for family members, and kids!
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If you’re like me, you’re looking for gift ideas that are meaningful, yet will allow me to spend more time at home with my family than out in stores with lots of people and lines. I’m not a big fan of crowds, but I am a big fan of gifting from the heart.
While I love sharing what I’m gifting to people I love, I thought it would be really fun to share a few things that are either on my wish list or things I’ve tried to give you a little inspiration for the folks you’ll be gifting to this year.
And even though I’m writing this for the holiday season, I realized as I was creating this list that there are some REALLY cool services out there that I just didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to share with you.
In fact, these are great gifts to give for any celebration – birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations – not just holidays!
I’ve got something for everyone on your list, so check out these cool ideas and consider picking a few of them up for people on your wishlist this year!
For your gluten and dairy-free friends and family
Do you know someone who would love to get ahead with their meal plans during the week and need to stick with a gluten and dairy-free diet? Check out my GFDF Weekly menu plans and shopping lists. I send out 5 new recipes and a menu plan each week.
Gift for a month, quarter or an entire year – you can cancel at any time!
If you know someone who is just getting started with a gluten and dairy-free diet, you might consider picking up a copy of my ebook for them!
The Gluten and Dairy-free Diet: A Beginner’s Guide will walk you through everything you need to know to cut gluten out of your diet, stock your kitchen, come up with delicious meal ideas, and learn to enjoy this diet for the long-term.
Want to find out once and for all what foods you should consider eliminating from your diet? Or know someone who does?
Enter Everlywell Food Sensitivity Tests. These tests are extremely easy to administer, get results, and make changes in your diet and lifestyle – without needing insurance or getting on a doctor’s wait list.
Food & Consumables
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been decluttering and trying to acquire less in my home. That’s where asking for and gifting consumables for gifts come in.
I love consumables for holidays, because I can be sure I’m not cluttering up someone’s house with something they don’t need AND I can gift them something that they’ll be able to enjoy.
If you know someone who is gluten and dairy-free, consider one of these consumable ideas that they might just love to receive.
Gluten-free Dairy-free Snack Gift Baskets
What’s better than getting a basket full of snacks that you can actually enjoy? This is a great gift idea for any of your friends that are also following a gluten and dairy-free diet. Not to be selfish, but this is also a pretty great gift to give yourself too…
What I love about this gift idea is that with all these different brands and options, you can try out a bunch of snacks that you may have never heard of or seen locally. This is a little “sampler” of how great a gluten and dairy-free diet can be – and discover new brands you can check out in the future.
- Vegan Gluten Free Dairy Free Healthy Snacks
- Premium Gluten Free and Vegan (Dairy and Soy Free) Healthy Snacks Care Package
- Allergen-Free Snack Basket Delicious Kid & Adult Variety Pack
- Christmas Snack Box | Deluxe Snacks Variety Pack for Adults
- Premium Vegan, Gluten Free Healthy Snack Box
DIY Snack Gift Basket
Use some of your favorite gluten and dairy-free snacks from the store, combine them with a few that you make yourself (using the post above) and create a completely unique food gift for someone you love!
Here are a few of my favorite snacks I’d love to receive in a homemade gift basket:
- My favorite beef and turkey sticks
- Dairy-free peanut butter cups from No Cow
- Gluten-free crackers or pretzels
- A bottle of wine from Firstleaf wine club
- Any of the tasty snacks from Thrive Market
For the Wine Lover
Do you have any wine lovers on your gift list? I have a few really amazing products to recommend to you.
This service is hands-down one of my favorite things to get in the mail. My husband and I have been using it for the past two years and it’s so much fun!
If you love wine or know someone who does, this service will be perfect for them.
FirstLeaf allows you (or the gift recipient) to fill out a quiz based on your preferences for wines you’ve had in the past. Then they create a custom profile based on what you might like and make recommendations for six bottles of wine at a time to be shipped to you.
You get to choose the wines they select for you or request a new recommendation if you don’t like the ones given to you.
Best of all, you review each of the wines you get so they can make even better recommendations next time. If you don’t like a wine, they will even refund the amount back to your account for the future!
We’ve both learned so much about our favorites from using this service. Like we prefer Pinot Noirs and “lighter” red wines to more full-bodied red wines. And we like a mid-range between sweet and dry for white wines. Almost every wine we’ve received from Spain, we’ve loved! Now we have a short list of what we look for every time we get a batch so we know we’ll love it every time it comes.
Best of all (for me) is that during the holiday season, I’ll add one extra shipment from Firstleaf to help me round out our choices for holiday dinners or keep on hand for gift-giving. It’s really one of our favorite services!
You can sign up as a member for a recurring subscription or purchase gift cards for a set amount to gift to your friend or family member.
Big Gifts for People You Love
If you’re looking for a big gift for someone you care about, consider one of these fun small appliances that can really up the ante in your cooking and eating experience. These are all tools I have and can vouch for.
I absolutely adore my Vitamix blender. I’ve owned mine for 10 years and it’s still going strong. If you’re looking for one or know someone else who is, this brand truly can’t be beat. It gets things smooth and creamy every time, and you can even make soup in it!
The version I’m linking to is as close to the one that I bought way back when. What’s different is that I bought a certified refurbished option rather than a brand new model. Believe it or not, these are the EXACT same product, but with a lower price tag. And they have been tested rigorously to ensure they work just like the brand new models.
This a great way to get the best from Vitamix for a major discount.
I’ve had this Zojirushi bread machine for two years now and it is incredible. While it can make any standard bread, what I love about it is that it has a gluten-free setting. I’ve been able to make my own bread that is gluten, dairy, AND egg-free – and it’s actually good!
I haven’t shared much about the process on the blog or with the community much, because I don’t really use it in any way that feels noteworthy. I literally follow one of three recipes in the booklet that comes with it for gluten-free bread and that’s it.
This has been one of the best big-ticket gifts I’ve received (from my husband) and it’s still one of my favorite kitchen tools.
This KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment is one of the reasons my KitchenAid mixer gets used really well year round. I’ve had this for about three years now and my family and I have loved making our own dairy-free ice cream flavors every summer.
This might not be something that you’re thinking about in the middle of the holiday season, but I promise this is a gift that keeps on giving if you know someone who has a Kitchenaid stand mixer.
If you’re a big espresso drinker or know someone who is trying to kick the habit of going to the drive thru for coffee every day, you might love this item.
As a point of full disclosure, we did not buy ours. The company my husband used to work for gave stipends during the pandemic when everyone was stuck at home and this is what he spent his on. His love of coffee runs deep!
These days, I’m the one who uses it the most. I love that I can use whatever milk I want (usually Oatly oat milk) and decaf coffee (because I’m super caffeine sensitive). But it’s fun for me to make my own holiday drinks too, and I try to come up with my own “signature drink” every season just for fun.
This would be a great gift with some fresh espresso beans that someone in your local area has brewed, along with their favorite coffee syrups.
This dutch oven by Le Creuset was on my lifetime wish list and my husband and I decided about two years ago that it would be a good gift to each other for Christmas.
What I love about this dutch oven is that I’ve literally never been able to replicate the flavor I get from it using any other pot, crock pot, or Instant Pot. It’s honestly the best pot I own.
What’s better is that as long as we take care of it, it will be with us for the rest of our lives. These pots can truly last a lifetime. I’ve made countless soups and stews in ours and I absolutely love the color, so I leave it out on the stove through all of the fall and winter months just because it’s pretty to look at.
Reading is such an important part of my life. If you’re like me, you love to see what others have read to add some books to your own “to read” list.
These are a few of my favorite reads from this year (and years past). They’re great as gifts for others or to yourself.
- The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi
- Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
- The Lazy Genius Kitchen by Kendra Adachi (look for my name on page 199, second row!)
- Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki
- Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab
- How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White
- Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillin Smith
- Welcome Home by Myquillin Smith
- Essentialism by Greg McKeown
- Effortless by Greg McKeown
- Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski
Fiction (you’ll see I’m a big fan of love stories and happy endings)
- Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
- The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
- 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Eamons
- Dream On by Angie Hockman
- Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
For The Kids
If you have kiddos in your life, here are a few fun ideas that we’ve tried in the past or are currently using now.
My husband and I bought my son a Kids Kindle Paperwhite for his birthday about a year and a half ago and I don’t think he’s put it down since.
If you have a kid in your life who loves to read, this is such a great gift idea, because you get one full year of the Amazon Kids app that gives you thousands of books for free for kids to “check out.”
There are parental controls, you can send your own paid Amazon books or Kindle Unlimited books to the Kids Kindle, and even send library books to it!
It’s been one of the best gifts my son has ever received and he truly takes it everywhere with him. It’s one of my favorite things he owns too.
My son has been obsessed this year with crafting using cardboard. He even made an entire arcade with cardboard boxes, including a ski ball game, table soccer, and a basketball game.
He used a book from the library to get a lot of his inspiration, but this book is in line with a lot of the fun ideas that he’s been coming up with on his own.
Gifting a magazine subscription feels like an idea that never gets old. My son has been receiving this for years after his grandma started him on it during the pandemic.
He loves getting mail and this one is full of fun activities, great stories, and even comics. This is a great choice for just about any kid who can read!
My son had a subscription to this service for two years and we loved it! We ran the full course of the program, otherwise we’d still be receiving it.
When we were doing this, he got the World Edition and it opened up so many great opportunities for conversations around different cultures and how people are all the same and all different, based on where we live.
They also offer Early Explorers, Science Junior, Science Expeditions, and USA Editions.
I highly recommend this for any little one in your life!
Cooking tools & supplies for kids
When my son was just two or three, I bought him his own set of knives and an apron to help out in the kitchen. Now, he can make almost entire recipes on his own.
For the People Who Have Everything
Know someone who just seems to have everything? Here are a few ideas that I’ll be gifting this year to some of my friends and family who I never know what to buy.
Reading Apps and Subscriptions
I use this for most of my fiction reading. There are thousands and thousands of books to choose from, and I turn to it to pick something I’m in the mood for in the moment. At $10/month, it’s an easy “yes” for me to subscribe to when buying books can be expensive.
While this service certainly isn’t perfect, I spend a lot of time carting my son around in the car. This service is great for audiobooks when you’re on the go.
With a huge library and more current content than other services, like Kindle Unlimited, it’s a fun way to listen to “read” even if you can’t sit down to enjoy it.
If you’re a fan of audiobooks, another great option is Audible. You can check out one book for a month at a time. Consider gifting this to someone you know is an avid reader or likes to listen to audiobooks on the go.
Do you know someone who wants to try out Amazon Prime, but hasn’t taken the plunge yet? Gift them a subscription to show them how great it can be!
Thrive Market offers tons of healthy food options from pantry essentials to unique meal boxes, pet supplies, wine, supplements, and even meat and seafood. This service is great if you know someone who has a special diet and has a hard time finding specific foods.
You can filter foods on their site by diet. One of the things I love the most about this business is their commitment to quality… you can’t beat their prices on many items too!
This is my go-to place for healthy snacks and specific gluten and dairy-free options that I can’t find locally. I’ve been using them consistently for years now.
If you know someone who loves handmade items, etsy is the perfect place to find a gift. I love getting one of a kind handmade items from there as gifts.
But even if you don’t know what your friends or family are in need of, you can also give gift cards so they can choose their own items. What I love about etsy is that you’re supporting someone’s livelihood and passion projects.
I hope this gift guide has inspired you with some ideas for what you can send to friends and family this holiday season. Stay home and stay healthy!