I remember a few years ago I gave a good friend some spiced pecans for Christmas. There were no allergies in her house, but her husband just hated nuts. Since then, and of course, since my daughter’s allergies, I have been much more careful in the gift giving of food. It is the holidays, however, and we all love to eat! It’s time to eat some things that year round we may not indulge in, but it’s also a time to be extra vigilant about our allergies or one’s our friends may have.
I recently wrote on giving a donation as a gift, but here is another option for those of you that you like to give something more tangible. Following are some sites who do allergy safe food gift baskets and another option or two for those with allergies. Speaking of, I think I need to start my shopping…
Gift baskets start at $60 and go upwards of $100. Alison’s Gourmet is a vegan bakery, therefore is dairy free and egg free. She does organic whole wheat so her products are not safe for those with wheat allergies. Her chocolate is even vegan (dairy free). You can also do Monthly Clubs or sampler platters. Featured in The Wall Street Journal and award winning products.
“Safe Sweets” Peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free and egg free confections, including cupcakes, candy and cookies. You can purchase gift boxes starting around $28 and going up to around $70 or create your own combination.
Safe chocolate and candy for peanut and tree nut allergy sufferers. Though gift baskets are not available, you can create your own combination and “bucket” for $25. Tp honors from Forbes and winner of The 2005 Food Allergy Initiative Leadership Award.
Gluten free gifts provides reasonably priced themed gift baskets including a pizza basket, soup basket and kids basket. Each is done by hand and is individually unique.
If you want to stay away from food altogether, put together your own basket (or box) of books like Understanding And Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies, The Parent’s Guide to Food Allergies, Food Allergies for Dummies ( a good one for helping explain allergies to others), or a children’s book like Peter Can’t Eat Peanuts. Enclose a few bookmarks and you have a nice gift.
Good luck with your holiday giving. Remember the most important part of the season, however, and be sure to count your blessings.
– Heather Legg