I should know better. Christmas season is no surprise….it comes the same date every year. So, I really should not be getting gifts at the very last minute (and maybe even a few after the fact), but I do. And I CAN do the budget thing; I’ve tried a few times to do the save a bit every month so you can have a great Christmas. But in the end, I still end up shuffling things around and stressing on the Dec 15 pay day to try to do Christmas on that pay check and still pay my bills. This year, I’m particularly bad, but by the looks of the lines in the stores, I’m not the only one. So, for those of you just like me, who have a gluten-free spouse or friend….here is my *WISH* list and a few other things that I’d recommend to help inspire you.
My Wish List– feel inspired to run with it and adapt for your friends!
- waffle iron – yes, usually these are one of those appliances that get pulled out once a year….Maybe Christmas. However, I miss grilled cheese. This wish inspired when I visited a little tiny cafe, called The Mouse Pad in Johnstown, CO last summer. She made these incredible waffle sandwiches. If you use Pamela’s Waffle and baking mix, plus some fresh herbs, you have the finest Panini bread you can possibly imagine. You can make any of those delicious sandwiches in the William’s & Sonoma Fall catalog. Bring back the Ham and Cheese or a grilled cheese. Make sure to include a big bag of Pamela’s baking mix. (When it comes to Gluten free- it’s so HELPFUL to get the flour or baking mix, etc.!)
- griddle and Panini press- this would round out the waffle iron gift. make the waffles, then set them on the griddle and press down the cheese and oooy goodness. I’m drooling already! Plus, I can make my own corn tortillas since I have a press and love making the tortillas, but have a too small comal.
- TOP WISH! Chef’s quality Anti-fatigue Mats- anyone new to gluten-free baking or who bakes a lot would deeply appreciate these. I’m on my feet so much more since going gluten-free and double that now for dd who is in kindergarten and we are doing so many cupcakes, etc. My feet hurt. This would be one of those wonderful gifts and you would bless anyone with these.
- Harry and David Fruit of the Month club – I don’t know why, but I have always wanted one of their fruit of the month clubs. Considering fruit is gluten-free, this would be a treat. Those pears are incredible and the other fruits sound so divine.
- Crockpot and Stephanie O-Dea’s Make it Fast, Cook it Slow crock pot cook book. My crockpot broke this fall….and for people who are super busy and need to learn gluten free, this might be a fantastic gift.
- Cake Pop and Caramel Apple Kits from Chocoley Chocolate. You’ve missed the shipping window for those to arrive by christmas, but they’d be a very welcome gift to people if anyone is trying to actually learn how to do cake pops.
- New Laptop- That would be why you haven’t seen me post much lately. System issues. However, for friends who blog or are gluten-free (ok, this is probably a spouse gift!) a new system that plays nice with the blogging programs (forgive any mis-spellings in this post; the new WordPress isn’t playing nice with my browser! You could make blogger very happy.
- 2nd TOP WISH! Website customization- if your friend or spouse blogs and they are on a wordpress.com account, or blogger, etc….what a neat gift if you help upgrade their blog. That is sort of my next step, and another reason I haven’t posted as much as I’d like. I’m trying to figure out how to move mine over to my own domain. Blogging is one of those things that helps people get through the gluten-free transition.
- A gift certificate to an e-course called Inside Out– I did a write up of this class for the fall course and it’s something special. Right now they she is offering an amazing 2-fer deal that people might want to take advantage of.
- Jules Shepard from Jules GlutenFree Flour – Free for ALL Cooking Book (if you go this route for a friend, be sure to check out her new Daily Deals and grab some gluten-free flour to go with he book). It’s so much easier to do something gluten-free with the tools, or the special flour!
- A cake decorating class- somewhere that would be willing to work with someone gluten-free. I want to learn how to decorate the cupcakes for my kids since I will be doing most their cakes and cupcakes for the next 18 years!
- Non-food related things such as some canvas prints for some photos I took during the Balloon Fiesta this fall. I actually won 2nd place in their contest and I think I’ve found a new hobby!
- Mommy What is Celiac Disease– by katie Chalmers
- Subscriptions to Living Without, Delight GlutenFree, and/or Glutenfree Living
- Gift Certificate to AfterGlow Cosmetics – I love this company and their makeup! Other mineral makeups make me feel like I want sandpaper for a washcloth. These are just lovely and luscious. There are FINALLY some articles coming out about how lipstick and makeup can affect us. I’ve known it the hard way for over a year, but research always has to catch up with what people figure out. It’s very expensive to replace ALL your makeup because it’s everything and at once. So, this could really help someone if they have decided to transition over to gluten-free makeup. If you buy a gift certificate for someone to help them change out their makeup, if you can afford it consider also buying some nice brushes for them too. I’m so thankful my makeup advisor reminded me of that. They will need to replace ALL their brushes, otherwise, they just contaminate their new gluten-free makeup.
Other things I suggest, but am already blessed with
- The Almond Flour Cookbook and the Almond Flour Cupcake books by Elana Amsterdam. Make sure to include a bag of Almond flour for them! If you have Prime, You can still get both these in time!
- Heidi Kelly over at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom posted on Facebook the other day that Santa came early with Adobe Lightroom and a macro lens for her! That is a FOOD bloggers’ dream…..Lightroom makes things so much easier to work with. A macro, so much fun. I’d love to get a 105 Nikon, so that should be up top. We do already have Lightroom and love it.
- Pampered Chef tools- some of them are very helpful for gluten-free cooking. I use the taco meat turner for just about anything else including separating my almond flour if it clumps and it worked really well to break up the cake for my first attempt at cake balls.
- Asian Cooking sauces that are naturally gluten free- I haven’t written up much on these yet, but check out Meals-in-a-Minute for some amazing sauces to help eat healthy at the beginning of the year!
What gluten-free Goodies am I missing that you want for Christmas or that would be a great gift for someone?
Make sure to check out the Home for the Holidays Blogging Event- these giveaways are inspiring and have great gift ideas!
Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas! Or Happy Hanukkah and definitely a Happy New Year!