1. A good gluten-free cookbook. Or three. Take the general level of interest in cooking of your recipient in account when making your selections. But here I some of my thoughts. Start with an interesting, basic book that provides recipes that can be immediately put to use. I like "Cooking for Isaiah," by Slivana Nardone.
2. Kitchen gadgets and utensils. Even if your recipient has a kitchen full of doo-dads and gizmos, this is still on the list. Why? While a lot of things can be cleaned sufficiently to be used for both gluten-free cooking and "regular" cooking, there are things that cannot. For instance, flour sifters,
3. Canisters. Gluten-free baking and cooking tends to utilize a much wider selection of flours and adjunct ingredients than most of us are familiar with. Your recipient is going to need somewhere to keep them. Many of these flours have a fairly short shelf-life, and need to be kept in an air-tight container. Some of them are also best kept in the freezer. I love the POP canisters by Oxo:
4. A Magazine Subscription. Especially useful for those new to a gluten-free lifestyle, there are now a number of magazines being published that are geared toward providing recipes, advice, and assistance. My favorites include "Gluten Free Living," and "Living Without":
If your recipient is fond of online sources of information, give some serious thought to a gift-subscription to "Easy Eats," an online magazine with lots of high-quality content also published by Silvana Nardone.
5. A Stand Mixer. If you're feeling particularly generous, a stand mixer would be deeply appreciated by anybody who enjoys baking or cooking. But it's especially helpful to have one if you're gluten-free. Many baked goods, especially bread, require a stand mixer to get good results.
I love my KitchenAid. Now, I have the Heavy Duty model, which is no longer made (Her name is Geraldine). And I currently lust after the 7-qt model available exclusively from Williams-Sonoma. (Sorry, Geraldine). But this artisan is SO pretty and would be a blessing to have in the kitchen for anybody making gluten-free bread.
6. A Bread Machine. If you REALLY want to make bread-making easy for someone new to gluten-free living, a bread machine is an excellent option. Be sure to include a book on baking gluten-free bread in a bread machine (there are a number of them available on Amazon.com). And read some reviews online before choosing a model.
Buying one with a programmable option, where ingredients can be loaded in at night and bread ready first thing in the AM can make gluten-free breakfast on future Christmas mornings something to look forward to.
7. A Selection of Mixes. Especially for someone who might be less enthusiastic in the kitchen, a gift basket of gluten-free mixes can be an appreciated gift. So far, my hands-down favorite are the King Arthur brand. In particular, their muffin mix is exceptional:
8. "Flour of the Month" If your recipient already has a favorite flour or mix, it's possible to set up an "autoship" at regular intervals via Amazon.com. Overall, Amazon's selection and pricing on gluten-free products is pretty good, and they offer an even better deal on autoshipped items.
9. A Kitchen Journal. Nothing helps with the learning process of converting recipes for use in a gluten-free lifestyle like keeping notes on what has worked and what didn't. Consider looking on Etsy.com for a handmade one, or even making one yourself!
10. A gift certificate to a local gluten-free bakery, market, or restautrant. Sometimes it's nice to have someone ELSE do the gluten-free cooking, even when you like to cook. Search Google, Urban Spoon, and local guides to find businesses in your area.
I hope this little list makes shopping for the gluten-free person on your list a little easier this season.