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Allergic Living’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Allergy-Friendly Gifts for Babies & Kids

[1]Babies will love this cuddly giraffe from Kids Preferred. Certified with the Asthma and Allergy Friendly® seal, it contains no harmful chemicals or irritants. Can be washed frequently. $13 US / $17 CDN, www.kidspreferred.com [2]

Winter winds may be howling, but the Wee Enchanted Garden kit from Creativity for Kids brings the natural beauty of a spring garden indoors. Kit comes complete with grass seed, rocks and garden décor, including a whimsical gnome. $25.99 US, www.creativityforkids.com [4]



Olli Lolli’s innovative Tyvek windbreaker features a handy built-in pocket just right for storing an auto-injector or asthma inhaler. Weather-proof Tyvek shell is fully lined with cotton jersey. Kids’ sizes XS-L. $79.95 CDN, www.ollilolli.com [6]

Allergy-friendly cookies become action-packed with Ninjabread Men cutters from Fred. Made from food-safe ABS plastic and packaged in a colorful gift box. $13 US / $10 CDN, www.worldwidefred.com [8]



Kids will roar about Divvies’ Divvisaurus egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free chocolate. This perfect stocking stuffer dino is hand-poured in a dedicated free-from bakery. Gluten-free; contains soy lecithin. $7 US/2.7 oz, www.divvies.com [10]



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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 [12] 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 [14]

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 [16]


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 [17]


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 [19].



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 [21]


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Allergy-Friendly Gifts for Adults

Allergic Living’s Editor Gwen Smith calls Sloane Miller’s Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies, the allergy book of the year. Miller excels at a combination of advice-giving and storytelling and her positive, it-can-be-done message will resonate with any allergic individual or parent of an allergic child. From dating to dining to travel, Miller sets out to show the food allergic how to stop missing out on life’s social joys. $24.95 US / $29.95 CDN at www.wiley.com [23]


[24]Keep warm on those cold winter nights with Dyson’s newest innovation: the Dyson Hot room heater. Fan heaters rely on inefficient motors or dust-friendly grills, and as the heat rises, you’re left with a partially heated room – not to mention that worrying burning smell. Dyson’s new heater heats the whole room and adjusts the temperature automatically. What’s more: no dust! $399 US / $449 CDN at www.dyson.com [25]


[26]Turn fresh tap water into sparkling, eco-friendly sodas with the Genesis Home Soda Maker from Soda Stream. The starter kit includes a soda maker, reusable carbonating bottle, 3 Sodamix bottles plus a 12-pack of Sodamix flavors that are free of the top allergens. $119.99 US / $129 CDN; find retailers at http://www.sodastreamusa.com [27] (US) or www.sodastream.ca [28] (Canada).


Women and teens on the go will love Epi-Essentials, a new collection of stylish leather wristlet bags and accessory cases designed to accommodate allergy emergency meds. Shown, the Grab and Go wristlet. The Accessory Case holds 2 auto-injectors, asthma inhaler, meds and cosmetics. Perfect for dropping into a big purse, and a breeze to hand off to a caregiver! $68 US and up at www.epi-essentials.com [30]



Dress up home-baked treats just like the pros with the new battery-powered Frosting Deco Pen from Kuhn Rikon. Three mess-free refillable frosting cartridges and six different decorating tips help create beautifully personalized designs. $29.99 US / $39.99 CDN at www.bedbathandbeyond.com. [32]


Add some pizzazz to a party table with cute and chic cupcake stands from Hello Hanna! Made of sturdy recycled paper with an elegant embossed design, they’re perfect for the holidays or any celebration. $10.95 US for set of 6, in stores and at www.hellohanna.com. [34]



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Got someone on your list who can’t wear a conventional watch due to metal sensitivities? Go green and gorgeous with fashionable wooden watches from Tense. We love the rugged Men’s Dark Sandalwood Sports Watch and the modern yet classic Women’s Oval Digital Sandalwood Watch. $109 CDN and up at www.tensewatch.com [36].


Her eyes will light up at the new collection of Bare Minerals READY Eyeshadow in vivid, long-wearing shades that are non-irritating to sensitive skin. Silky smooth shadows offer the benefit of anti-aging antioxidants while remaining free of synthetic fragrances and dyes. Set of 4 complimentary colors, $30 US / $31.50 CDN at Sephora stores or www.sephora.com [38].
Pour some allergy-friendly holiday cheer with Luksusowa Vodka. This award-winning vodka from Poland is distilled from potatoes, not grain, and the company promotes it as gluten-free (and free of the top 10 allergens). Refreshing served straight, over ice or as your favorite martini. $13 US / $25.40 CDN for a 750 ml bottle. At fine wine and spirit retailers. www.luksusowa.net [40] for stores and drink recipes.




Made from recycled juice boxes, this cell phone holder from Rebagz sparks colorful conversation with its eco-chic style and one-of-a-kind hand woven design. The removable strap is long enough to loop though belt loops and purse straps. $20 US at www.uncommongoods.com. [42]



There are some great and inspiring cookbooks out this holiday season. AL highly recommends The Gluten-Free Baking Book by Heather Butt and Donna Washburn, which makes a great gift for a celiac single interested in small portion recipes. $24.95 US / $27.95 CDN. Meantime, Welcoming Kitchen by Kim Lutz has 200 inspirational allergen-free, gluten-free and vegan recipes. $17.95 US / $21.95 CDN. Well-known gluten-free cookbook author Carol Fenster also turns her talents to the garden with 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes. Fenster provides a flavorful selection of main, apps, stews, baking and more. The recipes are dairy- and egg-free, to boot. $18 US/ $21 CDN.



Our approach to allergies, asthma and celiac disease is always a positive one: learn how to live with it, not suffer from it. That’s why we don’t mind suggesting a subscription to Allergic Living as a great gift for you, a friend, family member or a teacher at your child’s school. As low as $19 for one year, with best prices on two-year subscriptions. www.allergicliving.com [45]


With files from Kim Shiffman and Gwen Smith