Every December, we rush about buying presents for loved ones and friends in anticipation of seeing their eyes sparkle with joy when they open our gift. But the older I get the more I realize that the very best presents, Christmas or any other kind, aren’t those that cost the most, but those that require a great deal of thought and sentiment.
In my family, food allergies have been a part of our world for almost fourteen years so we are always on the look out for things that can make that journey safe and fun. So as the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, I thought we’d share a few of our favorite food allergy related things in hopes that they might also bless you or someone you know too. Enjoy!
A Few Of Our Favorite Things
- Izzi B’s: This allergy conscious company makes THE most delicious holiday treats. My family is especially partial to their fabulous gingerbread house kit and gingerbread cookies. Mmmmmm! Be sure to put your order in soon to allow time for delivery.
- Hersheyettes: These chocolate goodies are one of our holiday favorites around here and make a fabulous substitution for m&m cookies. I’ve found these at Target, Kroger, H-E-B, Amazon, and Walmart. These are also great stocking stuffers! Warning: These usually disappear fast, so make sure you buy enough to share!
- SunCups: My son simply adores these peanut-free versions of Reese’s. Unfortunately, I haven’t found them locally here in Houston, but my mother-in-law who lives up north has a store that carries them and she ships them to us. You can also order them on Amazon from the comfort of home. 🙂 These are excellent stocking stuffers as well!
- Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries: These don’t last long around our house…like between the four of us we’ve gone through a whole box in one day! They are sinfully delicious and a decadent treat. These make great stocking stuffers and are easy to find at Walgreens, Kroger, Amazon, and more.
- Liberation Gluten-Free Bakery: Unfortunately, this may only work for you if you live in Houston, but even if you aren’t, it’s honestly still worth the trip. Angela is amazing and her sweet treats are such a treat. From birthday cakes, to cookies, to just about anything sweet, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who does it better. Read my past review of the company here.
- Stephanie Sorkin’s Nutley The Nut-Free Squirrel: This adorably written children’s book makes a great read for kids and a wonderful addition for any teacher’s classroom! Read my review of the book here. Better yet, Sorkin donates 100 percent of the proceeds of this book to FARE! Sorkin has several books including Frenemy Jane The Sometimes Friend and Chocolate Shoes With Licorice Laces that also make fantastic additions to any child’s book collection.
- SPIbelts: My son has used this handy little belt to carry his epinephrine injector, inhaler, and antihistamine for a number of years. The rest of the family has a SPIbelt too as they are perfect for holding a few small items during a workout. You can read one of my past reviews here.
- Honor Donation to FARE: Organizations that work tirelessly to educate, advocate, and research when it comes to food allergies are truly a gift. Our family is always honored and grateful when someone makes a donation to FARE on our behalf. Consider making a donation on behalf of someone you love who has food allergies.
- Homemade Advent Calendars: There aren’t always a lot of choices when it comes to allergy-friendly Advent calendars, but it is a tradition we wanted to incorporate into our family. So, a few years ago I decided to come up with my own. This calendar is inexpensive to make and a lot of fun to do each day. The calendar is also a way to make time for Christmas activities you might not have otherwise worked into your busy schedule.
- Gifts To Others: Food allergies have been a challenge for my family over the years. Because of the kindness and love from others, we’ve been afforded many opportunities and much hope. So each year, our family comes together to give to another in need…and not necessarily someone with food allergies, because quite frankly the world is a big place with a lot of hurting people and even if you help just one person, you are giving them the gift of hope. The funny thing about this gift, is it is one of those gifts that when you give it, you get so much more back than you could ever imagine.
May your holiday season be full of special blessings, immense peace, good health, and lots of love!
Kimberly, The Food Allergy Mom
P.S. Would love to hear what some of your favorites are too in the comments below!