If your spouse or significant other has celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it can be hard to find a gluten free Valentine gift that is food-related.
It can be a bummer since Valentine’s Day is so often equated with chocolates and romantic dinners.
If you’re looking for a gluten free Valentine gift, here are some gluten free ideas.
1. GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOK FOR A VALENTINE GIFT
There are a lot of gluten free cookbooks out there. And trust me, a celiac can never have too many gluten free cookbooks!
As I’m sure you know, eating out is especially challenging. So the more options we have to make a variety of foods at home, the happier we are.
2. GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATES FOR A VALENTINE GIFT
Personally, I’m a fan of Endangered Species chocolate bars. You can find them in most grocery stores, they’re certified gluten free, and sooooo melt-in-your-mouth yummy.
If you start reading labels, you’ll be surprised how many brands you can find that are gluten free. Remember that certified gluten free is better than simply labeled gluten free.
Some common brands with gluten free options include Lindt, Hershey’s, Reese’s, and Dagoba.
Be mindful, not necessarily all chocolate candies by these companies are gluten free. Make sure you read the label.
3. A GLUTEN FREE ROMANTIC DINNER OUT
Find out if there’s a completely gluten free restaurant in your city. If so, take your valentine there! One of the best luxuries for those of us with celiac disease, is being able to eat out without fear.
If you don’t have a completely gluten free restaurant nearby, try to find a restaurant with a separate area in the kitchen for making gluten free food. Call around and ask to talk with the manager or the chef.
4. A ROMANTIC HOME COOKED DINNER
If you’re living with your Valentine, you probably know the kitchen rules that ensure the kitchen remains a safe eating space for your gluten free partner.
But if not, or if you don’t share a kitchen, don’t be afraid to ask your spouse or significant other a ton of questions to make sure you can prepare his/her meal safely.
Trust me when I say, your Valentine would much prefer no surprise to ensure a safe meal. It’s the thought that counts—don’t get hung up on the surprise. But maybe what you learn can help you surprise them in the future!
5. A NIMA GLUTEN SENSOR
The Nima gluten sensor is a portable gluten sensor that tests food for trace amounts of gluten. It’s the first technology of its kind.
I’ve had my Nima gluten sensor for almost a year now, and honestly, I think it’s an amazing tool. It’s really helpful if you want to try to eat out safely every once in a while.
Common sense and extreme caution should always be your primary means of self-protection, but it can be a very useful tool to keep yourself safe.