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Allergic Living’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

This season’s must-haves for loved ones with the allergies, asthma and celiac disease.

Allergy-Friendly Gifts for Kids

19162 [1]Let little ones snuggle with a Sweet Velvet Teddy in classic brown, pink or blue. The super-soft stuffed toy, which bears “asthma friendly” certification, fits an assortment of Build-a-Bear outfits and accessories.

US: $16-$26 for embroidered at www.buildabear.com [2]
Canada: similar Velvet Hugs Teddy, $20; see www.buildabear.ca [3] for locations.


New Doll House and Roller Coaster sets join the award-winning Citiblocs collection this season. Each simple piece is crafted with highly sustainable New Zealand Pine, non-toxic water-based colors, and creativity in mind.

US: $32.99 at www.citiblocs.com [5]
Canada: same price; see same site for retailers.


Candy Kits- All Three [6]Expect wiggles and giggles when kids dig into the Make Your Own Candy Kits by Glee Gum. The Gummies and Chewing Gum sets are made with all-natural ingredients and without top allergens (the Chocolate kit contains dairy).

US: $13.95 at www.gleegum.com [7]
Canada: same price; see site for retailers.


Online Gift Guide - Maxs Mud [8]Encourage kids to get their hands dirty with Max’s Mud Organic Sculpting Dough. Certified organic, non-toxic, gluten-free and vegan, the dough is also free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn and fragrance. Available in eight colors, Max’s Mud will help creative kids bring their best ideas to life.

US: $3.95/3 oz tub at www.planethappyonline.com [9]
Canada: same price; additional shipping charge.


Crayola Digitools Paint Pack [10]Forgo the toxic fumes of traditional allergen art supplies with Crayola DigiTools. The new tablet-compatible Photo Mix & Mash and Paint Pack come with special effects accessories to help your child stretch his or her imagination.

US: $19.99-$39.99; see www.crayola.com [11] for retailers.
Canada: same prices; see www.crayola.ca [12]


Piggy Paint Mistle Toes [13]
Stuff your young diva’s stocking with holiday-inspired gifts from Piggy Paint. The non-toxic, water-based nail polish is as “natural as mud” and can be easily swiped away with the company’s acetone-free remover.

Collections include Mistle Toes and Jingle Nail Rock, which include new green and reformulated red colors. All shades are free of top food allergens, gluten, formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, BPA, ethyl acetate and animal-by-products.

US: $19.99/set at www.piggypaint.com [14]
Canada: $24.99/set; see www.piggypaint.com [14] for retailers.

Next: Gifts for Teens, Family Finds

Allergy-Aware Gifts for Teens

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The new Urban Expression styles from Swatch are in vogue with vibrant colors and edgy prints. Available in dozens of designs, the comfortable plastic watches are made of skin-sensitive silicone, which is completely nickel- and latex-free.

US: $60-$75 at www.swatch.com [16].
Canada: same price; see website for retailers.

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Give the ultimate motivation to get active with asthma: a pair of hyper-colored Nike Free Flyknits.

This new performance hybrid merges modern technology with a seam-free “barefoot” upper that helps to prevent friction, a bonus for those with atopic dermatitis [18].

US: $160 at www.nike.com [19]
Canada: $194.98 at www.sportchek.ca [20]

Online Gift Guide - Tasteful Pantry [21]
Growing adolescents and starving college students alike will be champing at the bit when they receive a safe snacking package from Tasteful Pantry.

Stocked with items that are customized to allergen preferences, these thoughtful boxes can be shipped direct as a one-time gift or ongoing monthly subscription.

US only: from $21.99/month at www.tastefulpantry.com [22].

Gifts to Thrill the Whole Family

cpb300_sd_parenting_ads [23]Small but mighty, the Cuisinart Portable Blending / Chopping System offers unbeatable convenience for food allergic households. The blender jar and chopping and travel cups in this 15-piece set are BPA-free and shatter-resistant.

The powerful 350-watt base boasts an electronic touchpad and comes in kitchen-complimenting white, pink or stainless.

US: $69.95 at www.cuisinart.com [24].
Canada: $94.99 at www.cuisinart.ca [25]


Rabbit Air - Cherry Blossom [26]

The certified asthma & allergy friendly MinusA2 HEPA Air Purifier includes a six-stage purification system, odor-fighting carbon filter and it will quietly clean a sizable space. The machine’s sleek profile doubles as decor, especially when upgraded with the Artists cover series.

US: $490-$580 at www.rabbitair.com [27]
Canada: same price range + duty via www.rabbitair.com [27] or $659 at www.homedepot.ca.


cover [28]May we immodestly suggest a great stocking stuffer – a gift subscription to Allergic Living magazine. Our beautiful lifestyle publication is filled with insightful and helpful articles, expert Q&As, superb allergy-friendly recipes and great product reviews. And, for a limited time, there’s a special discount on gift subscriptions: $19.99 for 2 years; $14.99 for 1 year. Just use the promo code – HolALgiftoffer13

US residents: here [29]
Canadian residents: here [30]


Online Gift Guide - Laurens Hope Collage [31]
Outfit all loved ones with safety bling from Lauren’s Hope. Fresh new bracelet designs combine the recognizable medical ID symbol with fashion-forward looks so that men, women, girls, boys and even fido will proudly don their information.

US: Bracelets from $14.95 at www.laurenshope.com [32].
Canada: same price; additional shipping charge may apply.


Next: Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him

Gifts for The Woman on Your List

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Holly Yashi Jewelry
combines a hint of romance with nature-inspired designs for a sophisticated spin on bohemian chic. Each piece in the diverse line is handcrafted from hypoallergenic nickel-free silver and niobium, or gold.

US: $42-$225 at www.hollyyashi.com [34].
Canada: same price; see website to purchase and for retailers.

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Woven entirely from the highest-grade alpaca fiber, the stylish sweaters from Peruvian Connection give cozy new meaning. Unlike sheep’s wool, alpaca is allergy-friendly and lanolin-free, and so soft to the touch.

US: $99-$269 at www.peruvianconnection.com [36].
Canada: same price; additional shipping charge may apply.


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Compliment her beautiful eyes and support Living Beyond Breast Cancer with Jane Iredale’s Bright Future mirrored compact.

The Swarovski-embellished case contains five elegant mineral eye shadow hues (Peach Sherbet, Pink Glaze, Red Carpet, Pink Cloud, and Dusk) that are free of talc, fragrances, preservatives and petroleum-based dyes.

US: $30 at shop.janeiredale.com [38]
Canada: $35 at shop.janeiredale.com [39]

Allergy-Friendly Gifts for Guys

TwinLuxe_Shaving_Skincare_Essentials_Gift_Set_Open [40]Treat your man to a luxurious experience with the TwinLuxe Essentials Gift Set. The award-winning booster serum, face balm (contains wheat) and shave cream are made with calming Asian botanicals and hypoallergenic ingredients for gentle grooming.

US: $174 at www.twinluxe.com [41]
Canada: same price.


Garmin VIRB Elite [42]

The new compact Garmin VIRB HD 1080p Camera is rugged, waterproof and built with novel tracking capabilities to safely encourage outdoor pursuits. Special sensors even monitor how hard your heart pounds when life gets extreme.

US: $299.99 at www.garmin.com [43].
Canada: same price; see site for retailers.

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Surprise “your Santa” with one of the freshest gluten-free beers to hit the market, New Planet Brown Ale. The first nationally available, gluten-free dark ale in the U.S., it comforts with coffee and chocolate flavors and a subtly hoppy, cinnamon and vanilla finish.

Canadians, meantime, can choose among four styles of Quebec’s La Messagère beer, including recent additions “aux Fruits” Berry and “La Rousse” Red ales.

US (New Planet): $8.99/4-pack; see www.newplanetbeer.com [45]
Canada (La Messagère): $16/6-pack; see www.lesbieresnouvellefrance.com [46]

Next: Gifts for the Host/Hostess

Host / Hostess Gifts

Online Gift Guide - Amore di Mona [47]Who wouldn’t swoon over a gift of rich dark chocolates and caramels? Fortunately, Amore di Mona doesn’t tease, they deliver a beautiful gift package with three of their “everyone-friendly” varieties.

Decadently smooth and oh-so rich – no one will believe these delights are made in a gluten- and top allergen-free facility, while organic, non-GMO, fair trade and low sugar to boot.

US: $9.60/3-pack; see www.amoredimona.com [48] for retailers.
Canada: $3.49/package at www.peanutfreeplanet.com [49].

Festive Drops [50]These Festive Chocolate Drops from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are so good they could turn Ebenezer Scrooge into a committed caroler – in the middle of July. The bite-sized, pure-chocolate drops are available in milk or dark chocolate forms, and come in a convenient and eye-catching Christmas tree box. Free of tree nuts and peanuts; milk chocolate version contains dairy; dark chocolate may contain dairy.

US: $8.65 at www.vermontnutfree.com [51]
CA: same site and price; additional shipping charges may apply.


Online Gift Guide - Core Bamboo with Salad [52]

Make entertaining easy by gifting a gorgeous and eco-friendly Bowl Set from Core Bamboo. The color-matched utensils sequester allergy-friendly bites and help to avoid cross-contamination by cuing diners to keep the set together.

The hand-crafted, 13-inch bowls will handle large salads, pastas and more. Available in Lime, Cherry, Teal and Squash.

US: $70 per set at www.corebamboo.com [53]
Canada: same price; call 646-845-6000 for retailers.


Online Gift Guide - Go Dairy Free - Slight Border [54] Arm entertainers with a copy of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook, and they’ll be dishing up special diet feasts with confidence. The book is filled with more than 200 recipes, including homemade substitutes and holiday favorites, which are 100% dairy-free and suitable for egg allergies, too.

US: $19.95 at www.amazon.com [55]
Canada: $20.84 at www.amazon.ca [56]

See also Allergic Living magazine’s book reviews for our editors’ picks among the newest gluten-free, allergy-friendly books and cookbooks.
Cookbooks: here [57]
Allergy resource books: here [58]
Children’s books: here [59]

Online Gift Guide - Spud Vodka [60]


Skip the sulfites and join the spirited trend toward artisan liquors with Spud Vodka. Distilled five times for a clean, smooth taste, this attractively packaged alcohol is 100% gluten-free and comes in four varieties: Original Potato, Red Hot Chili Pepper, Ginger Lemongrass, and new Pumpkin Spice.

US: $29.99/750 mL; see www.spudvodka.com [61]
Canada: $22.99-$29.99; only available in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba