Last week, I gave you some kitchen gift suggestions for the gluten-free folks on your list (or to buy for yourself). Christmas is about 10 days away, so time is getting short. Of course, you can always pick up a lovely plant at the grocery store, like this Christmas cactus which I’ve had for many years.
But sometimes, it’s nice to give a gift that is helpful. Here are some other suggestions that serve a useful purpose: they keep us up-to-date on this ever-changing, gluten-free world we live in.
Give the Gift of Knowledge
Someone said recently, “If your gluten-free information is more than a year old, toss it.” The knowledge in our gluten-free world is advancing so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up. So, these gifts will keep everyone abreast of what’s going on. And, you can shop from home..…no crowds to avoid or parking lots to navigate through!
We have several national associations in the United States that you can become a member of just by going to their websites. Subscription fees vary but are priced very reasonably. Many also publish newsletter/magazines that are available with subscriptions. Each website also has lots of free valuable information.
Celiac Disease Foundation: www.celiac.org
Celiac Sprue Association: www.csaceliacs.org
Gluten Intolerance Group: www.gluten.net
Although the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness does not accept members, it offers an informative website at www.celiaccentral.org
Early on, the only gluten-free magazine was Gluten-Free Living. Today, that marvelous magazine has been joined on newsstands by several others―including Living Without and Delight, as well as Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and Easy Eats which is a digital magazine. Together, they provide information on a wide range of gluten-free issues, including cooking, dining out, legislation, labeling, and so on.
I think it is so important that we stay up-to-date on gluten-free advancements so we can be as healthy as possible. Subscription information can be found one each of these websites. Even if you don’t want to give a gift subscription, share the website URL with your friends and family so they can learn more just from the website.
GFreeCuisine.com: Weekly Online Cookbook and Menu Planner
What’s for dinner? My weekly online gluten-free cookbook at GfreeCuisine.com is an excellent gift for someone who likes to plan meals ahead of time and streamline the whole grocery shopping experience. Subscribers receive weekly menus, from which they choose five entrees/side combinations. They then receive, via computer, all the recipes plus a grocery shopping list organized by sections of the supermarket. Plus, they have access to a whole online cookbook of gluten-free breads, desserts, dairy substitutes, and so on. Check out the website for more information.
Give a Donation
Finally, all of the associations accept donations so if you can also make a donation in someone’s name if you wish.