Basket Case: Gluten-Free Gifts for Special Delivery!
By Ellen Wilcox, Delight Contributor
Who doesn’t enjoy getting a special gift of yummy treats delivered to their doors? It’s a great way to say “thank you” or “congratulations” to someone special.
Unfortunately, finding gift baskets for people with celiac disease, diabetes, or food allergies can be a challenge. And when giving a gift of food to someone with dietary restrictions, it’s important to know you can trust the gift will be safe to eat! Here are some to explore.
Price range: $22 - $38
Home: Oakland, CA
My Pick: Biscotti and Tea Gift Set, $27
A box of almond biscotti is paired with two coconut lemon squares and matched with a box of caffeine-free Numi tea, in a gift box tied with a red satin ribbon.
Their Story: Mariposa Baking was founded by Patti Furey Crane after she discovered her gluten allergy. Their brownies and biscotti are baked in a dedicated gluten-free facility in small batches, in the artisan style, based on an old Italian recipe.
Good Health Baskets
Home: Dallas/Ft. Worth
Price range: $24 - $150
My Pick: A Book of a Thousand Words, $50
Who could resist the fabulous presentation box shaped like a book? Inside, you will find an assortment of snacks, treats, and mixes to make an enjoyable meal with someone special.
Their Story: Founded by a husband and wife team, both with family histories of diabetes, Good Health Baskets offers gifts for a variety of special dietary needs, including sugar-free, gluten-free, and organic. They also offer baskets for special occasions, including Mothers’ Day, Valentine’s Day, and Welcome Baby gifts.
I Can Have That
Home: Dublin, Ohio
Price range: $35.95 - $96.95
My Pick: Happy Days, $69.95
A basket that’s filled with lots of fun treats, including dark chocolate, mint squares, dried fruit, cookies, caramels, and peppermint taffy.
Their story: I Can Have That! was started in 2009 by Jane Erickson and Diane Goodman, after Jane and her son were diagnosed with celiac disease. While everything on the site is gluten-free, offerings are divided into sets that avoid each of the eight common food allergens. The site also includes a useful table that shows the allergen status of each of their products.
Gifts Gone Gourmet
Home: Santa Maria, California
Price range: $33 - $118.75
My pick: Gluten Free Treats, $38.25
A charming basket full of gluten-free treats, including corn tortilla chips, a variety of cookies, energy bars, dried fuji apple rings, and dark chocolate.
Their story: Gifts Gone Gourmet, a department of Garrett’s Emporium, is a family business devoted to quality gourmet foods, naturals foods, fine wine, and gift baskets. They offer a nice variety of gift baskets to choose from, including vegan and organic baskets. They also offer custom gift baskets, allowing you to chose specific products to include.
Carriage House Gifts
Home: Des Moines, IA
Price range: $15.95 – 39.95
My Pick: The Dutch Lunch, $39.95
Everything you need for a lovely picnic: summer sausage, gluten-free crackers, shelf-stable cheese, and gluten-free pretzels. The basket arrives with a cutting board, knife spreader, dinner napkins, and even a bouquet of silk flowers!
Their story: Founded by Kay Crow, whose husband has celiac disease, Carriage House Gifts’ mission is to help people with celiac disease enjoy the thrill of receiving a beautifully appointed gift basket. In addition to offering eight standard gift baskets, Carriage House also accepts special orders.
Home: New England
Price range: $59.95 - $119.95
My Pick: Movie Mania, $69.95
All the snacks you need for a fabulous movie night with your family or friends: this “party in a tub” includes kettle corn, assorted nuts, and Dagoba chocolate, lollipops, and gluten-free licorice. Arrives in a rustic steel bucket which is perfect for repurposing.
Their story: Vanilla Spoons’ “eco-chic” philosophy means the company strives to minimize basket toss-out by using alternative type containers that are a bit more functional and eco-friendly, and certainly more interesting! "Owning an online gluten-free gift-basket company has enabled me to nurture my creative side while at the same time it has allowed me to bring on the fun and yum for all those who can't eat gluten," says Jackie Geschwind, whose son has celiac disease. You can follow Jackie’s blog at http://vanillaspoonfuls.blogspot.com.
The Royal Basket Company
Home: Bronx, NY
Price range: $33.95 - $263.95
My Pick: Super Snacker, $68.95
This super snack basket includes tons of yummy gluten-free treats, including crunchy tortilla chips, crispy pretzels, sweetened cashew crunch, strawberry and banana fruit crisps, organic fruity candy drops, and a variety of cookies.
Their Story: The Royal Basket Company offers gift baskets in a variety of healthy categories, including gluten-free, allergy-free, vegan, sugar-free, low carb, and organic. In a hurry? They offer overnight shipping!
Home: Over 1000 stores world-wide
Price range: $15 - $213
My Pick: Berry ChocolateR Bouquet, $69 - $209
Gotta love this perfect combination of fruit and chocolate! This beautiful fruit bouquet is filled with fresh strawberries, chocolate-covered strawberries, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, and grapes. And just like floral bouquets, you can adjust the size of your gift based on your budget.
Their Story: From more than 1000 stores world-wide, you can order a delivery or pick up yourself. If you live near an Edible Arrangements store, you can purchase a wide variety of lovely 6-piece chocolate-dipped fruit gift boxes priced under $20.
Home: Sherwood, OR
Price range: $34.99 - $200
My Pick: Kids Gluten-Free Gift Box, $34.99
Designed especially for children, this gift box includes animal crackers, cookies, chocolate turtles, crackers, and peanut butter squeeze packs.
Their Story: Mary Erichsen founded CeaSalt to help others who follow a gluten-free diet enjoy a variety of gift baskets. CeaSalt offers a full complement of gluten-free and vegan gift baskets with various components that are grown, processed, and packaged in the U.S. No additional charge for shipping!