How To Put Together Three Great Gluten-Free Gift Baskets.

Whether it's due to celiac disease, other health issues such as eczema, or simply a matter of choice, thousands of people have adopted a gluten-free diet as part of their daily healthy living lifestyle.

Therefore, if you're looking for a great gift idea for the gluten-free friend, family, or acquaintance in your life, here's a simple how to, on putting together three gluten-free gift baskets.

* The Tools You'll Need.

Container:

1.) Large (or Over-sized) Wicker Or Wire Storage Basket - great for everyday storage

2.) Tull Lace - used for wrapping the basket (this material looks so much better than plastic and it comes in a variety of colors you can also use shrink wrap if you prefer)

3.) Rubber Bands (the thick tan ones are the best) - to secure the tulle lace

4.) Ribbons - to camouflage the rubber band and add some charm to the basket

5.) Basket Filling - this would only be necessary if you feel the basket lacks a look of fullness

6.) Scissors - to cut the tulle lace and ribbon

Contents:

A.) The Gluten-Free Cereal Basket.

This basket should include several boxes of gluten-free cereals and cereal bars.

Chex cereal offer six tasty varieties such that include: corn, rice, honey nut, chocolate, cinnamon, and strawberry.

Glutino and Enjoy Life offer a good variety of great tasting gluten-free cereal bars that will tempt even the pickiest taste-buds.

To complete the basket, include a copy of the book, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Peter Green.

B.) The Gluten-Free Baker's Delight Basket.

Don't forget about the baker aficionado.

This basket should include gluten-free cake, cookie, or brownie mixes, and a great gluten-free baking book such as: The Best-Ever Wheat and Gluten Free Baking Book: 200 Recipes for Muffins, Cookies, Breads, and More, All Guaranteed Gluten-Free! by Mary Ann Wenniger and Mace Wenniger.

Betty Crocker has come out with a line of gluten-free brownie, cookie and cake mixes (processed in a gluten-free processing facility).

In addition, Bob's Red Mill and the Gluten-Free Pantry- that has a great coffee cake mix - both have several non-gluten mixes for the baking lover.

To take the basket to the next level, why not include a set of baking pans and wooden spoons held together with a snazzy ribbon.

C.) The Gluten-Free Snack Basket.

Everyone loves a good snack every once and a while.

The gluten-free snack basket should include gluten-free snacks such as: gluten-free popcorn, pretzels, potato chips and dried fruit snacks.

Deep River, Glutino, and Funky Monkey provide several varieties that taste really good (Glutino is my personal favorite).

To add a little more variety, add some fresh fruit such as apples, oranges, bananas, and packaged coat-free nuts (like almonds, walnuts, peanuts - if the recipient does not have an nut allergy).

* [it's important to note, that the nuts should be absent of coatings since most coatings contain wheat byproducts]

In addition, include several gluten-free snack recipes printed on index cards. Several recipes can be found at (http://glutenfreemommy.com/30-snack-ideas/).

* Putting It All Together.

Once you've gathered all your materials together, strategically (don't just throw everything in) place everything from the content list into the basket.

Ensure that the items are placed in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.

Once that is done:

1.) grab the tulle lace; and using the basket for scale; cut a little more than what you actually need

2.) pull the lace snugly around the basket - not too snug though or you're snag the material

3.) gather it at the top or to the side (whichever looks best), and secure it with a rubber band (the thick tan ones are the best since they can snugly secure a good amount of tulle lace material).

4.) Cut off the excess material; leaving about an inch to a half an inch fanned at the top.

5.) Proceed to camouflage the rubber band with a ribbon, and tie it in a bow - Voila! You've got yourself a great gluten-free gift basket.

In addition to the gluten-free gift baskets listed above, you can combine the contents to your desire, or in whatever way that would fit the health concern or diet restriction of the recipient.

They can be tailored made for college students, children, single persons, and families.

Gluten-free recipe books that cater toward college students, kids, single person cooking, or family cooking can be used in place of the books listed above.

If you want to kick it up a notch, add tickets to an all expense paid, gluten-free cooking course in the gift-baskets as well.

Therefore, with the aid of these tips, a little creativity and thought, you too can put together a great gluten-free gift basket that will please anyone suffering from food sensitivity.

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks for a great gluten free gift basket hub. creativeone59


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

You're welcome creativeone59.


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

You really put the lot together. I am sure gluten sufferer will be interested and it would help them. Thank you for writing this hub to help people.


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I hope so Hello, hello. My toddler is on a gluten-free diet, therefore I am as well. It can be quite a challange to find things to put together in a giftbasket for those who suffer from this condition.


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caitlincheek 7 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

This is a great hub. I'm gluten free and would be overjoyed if someone gave me one of these baskets. Also, I just have to say how much I love Betty Crocker's new gluten free mixes. Yay for Betty and yay for you!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks caitlincheek for your feedback. I've tried Bob's Red Mill, too, but I tend to like Betty Crocker's better. Isn't great that there are so many choices now for those on a gluten-free diet.


Pam Brown 6 years ago

Thank you for this information. One of my good friends is gluten intolerant and I would love to send her a variety of foods that she could eat with no hesitation.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

You are so welcome Pam Brown. Thank you for stopping by. In the beginning, it was quite a challange to find gluten free foods that really taste good, but now there is such a large selection now. I'm so glad this will help you put together a gift for your friend.


Monik 23 months ago

U vas tam pryam gastronomicheskie isikzi ne huje, chem vo Francii. Ya donuts tak eshe i ne probovala, kak to ne privlekajut, hotya v Strarbucks navernoe doljni bit nichego. I eshe menya porajajut ceni, u nas kakoj-nibud jutkij sandwich prodaetsya po 6 evro(((A les huitres probovat obyazatelno, oni ni v kakoe sravnenie s midiyami ne idut, eto prosto klass, ya bez ustric uje ne predstavlyaju svoju jizn)))))U nas toje est sans gluten, no ya, chestno govorya, osobo na eto vnimanie ne obrashala, t.k. ne znala o ego effectah.A eshe u nas celie otdeli tolko productov bio, i ya starajus tam pobolshe pokupat, hotya, pravda, obichno eto doroje


Tomas 23 months ago

March 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm I have so many wonderful mroeeims of stopping at Herma's over the past 20 yrs. It's still my favorite shop & I always stop there, every time I go to Cobourg!

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