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Food Allergy

Allergic Living’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

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Allergy-Friendly Gifts for Kids & Teens


A classic fairytale gets a royally allergic twist with The Princess and the Peanut, a vibrant new picture book by Sue Ganz-Schmitt. Educational and entertaining, this beautifully illustrated book also includes kid-friendly allergy definitions. $14 US / $18.99 CDN, www.royallyallergic.com or at major bookstores.


The inflatable LoJo Ball is a cool combination of function and form. Teens will love it as a sitting ball or footrest, or unzip it to turn it into a chaise. Made from nylon and fleece; cleans easily. Pump included. $45 US, www.lojoballusa.com


Magnetic wooden blocks from Tegu Toys are eco-friendly, easy to clean and extremely durable. These blocks will inspire hours of creative play. For kids 3+. 26-block Discovery Set, $70 US, www.tegu.com

 

Now even allergic kids can enjoy creating a holiday favorite with an allergy-safe gingerbread house kit from A & J Bakery. Free of peanut, tree nut, wheat, gluten, soy, egg, dairy and sesame seed, the kit also includes allergy-free candies, non-edible décor and how-to instructions. $30 US, www.aandjbakery.net

Healthy eating can be fun with the Today I Ate a Rainbow reward chart and book set that encourages kids to “eat a rainbow” of vegetables and fruits. Adheres to most refrigerators; see the website for ideas about stainless steel. $25 US / $19 CDN, www.todayiatearainbow.com.

 

American Girl makes food issues the new normal with the School Lunch Set for Dolls. Your child’s “allergic” dolls will stay safe with the set’s food allergy stickers (peanut, soy, wheat and dairy). $28 US, www.americangirl.com

 

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