10 dairy-free family gift basket ideas you’ll want for yourself

I had so much fun sharing some of my family favorite last minute gift ideas last year I decided to write another list. These gift basket ideas are ideal for most households, including dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan families. You might even want several of the items for yourself!

10 dairy-free gift baskets you'll want for yourself (vegan, plant-based, and gluten-free too!) - ideas for mom, dad, kids and the whole family

Dairy Free Gift Basket Ideas You’ll Want For Yourself

Editor’s Note: Sarah’s ideas really inspired me! So with each collection of gift baskets below, I’ve included a couple of personal ideas. ~ Alisa fleming

Baker’s Pack

For the sweet treat bakers, wrap a gift bag with novelty items they might not buy on their own. We like LorAnn Oils Super Power Cream Cheese Icing Flavor. Simply add two drops of cream cheese flavoring instead of the vanilla extract to turn dairy free vanilla frosting in a dairy-free cream cheese frosting. It’s very strong; an ounce lasts a long time!

All LorAnn “super potency” oils are specifically dairy free, nut free and gluten free. You can package the Cream cheese frosting flavor with more fun super potent flavors like cheesecake, Rum butter, Cake dough, and toffee.

For another unique addition, King Arthur wears a kosher pareve Sweet pieces with cinnamon. These can be a great substitute for cinnamon chips, which usually contain dairy.

My mom loves to give Tad, Dash, Pinch, Smidgen, Drop Measuring spoons novice bakers to help them understand what these quantities are when requested in recipes. They are so cute! Tie a set atop a box or bag of these baking ingredients to complete the theme.

Addition of Alisa: Every baker needs a nice stand to display their fresh pastries, and I love it La Jolie Muse Bunny Cupcake / Cookie Stand. It’s excellent quality, adorable, and a perfect match for Sarah’s pastry gift ideas.

Tea time trio

My family drinks a lot of herbal tea, even in the summer. When we were on vacation we enjoyed my aunt’s house a lot electric kettle. I requested and received one for my birthday. I use it for tea, Scott uses it for French press coffee, and kids use it for herbal tea and dairy-free hot chocolate mix. If there are pretty stainless steel electric kettles, I chose this one to make it safer for children to handle.

Pack the kettle with a few fancy holiday tea and Alisa’s favorite dairy free cream for tea, and you have a perfect gift basket.

Addition of Alisa: For a unique and cute addition to this tea lover gift basket, I can’t resist these Tilevo Dinosaur tea infusers.

DIY coffee basket

My daughter received a milk frother for a birthday present so that she can make dairy free coffee drinks at home. Her favorite dairy free cream is So Delicious Dairy Free Barista Style French Vanilla Cream, which is designed for use with a milk frother. Instructions are included on the box, and it foams amazingly well!

The creamer is shelf stable, so it’s perfect for wrapping the milk frother and a pot of my favorite DeLallo Instant Espresso Powder. We also like to have Vanilla powder on hand for use in homemade drinks. It’s definitely a specialty item that’s fun to give as a gift.

You can also include recipes for a Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Latte and Espresso brownies. For a bigger gift, combine the items from the coffee gift box with the electric kettle mentioned above.

Addition of Alisa: You can also combine this gift box with some Irish coffee cups to complete the coffee experience.

Playing with food

If you have a very young chef on your gift list, a basket or case of wooden food is still a favorite. My kids especially enjoyed the interactive play foods that you can cut or decorate, like these cookies and cupcakes. Last year I gave one of my nephews a wooden coffee maker so that he can be like his mother and father.

Addition of Alisa: Wood play food is a great way to get kids interested in fruits and vegetables, too much.

Cultivated collections

Years ago Scott ordered dehydrated products sourdough starter, brought him back to life, and he’s still going strong today. He has shared it with several members of his family, and we use it all the time. If someone you know is interested in sourdough baking, give them a starter and a sourdough. You can order dehydrated starter so they don’t have to start taking care of it right away. Gluten-free sourdough is available too!

In addition to sourdough, Scott also makes kimchi, sauerkraut, and he has recently started making his own. water kefir and kombucha. Water kefir is dairy-free, unlike milk kefir, and is faster and easier to prepare than kombucha. It’s a great substitute for soda or juice, with the added benefit of probiotics. My sister started doing it too, and we had fun coming up with different flavors using various 100% juices and ginger. Homemade kombucha takes longer to ferment and can be a bit more finicky. But it’s still a great gift for the Experimental Chef on your list.

The two water kefir starter kit and kombucha starter kit can also save you a lot of money if you know someone who buys a lot of store-bought varieties.

Addition of Alisa: Fermented: A beginner’s guide to making your own sourdough, yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and more is a cute hardcover book to pair with any of these gift sets. While not entirely dairy free, it does offer all the advice you need!

Family on-the-go kit

Last spring Scott and I chaperoned the high school marching band’s trip to Disney World. We left the hotel every day at 8am and didn’t get back until late at night. We were expected to follow our student groups during the day, and I knew our phone batteries wouldn’t last. I read a lot of reviews and ended up buying it Anker PowerCore Battery. He was able to fully charge both of our phones every day with power to spare. It’s a great gift idea for parents with food allergies, food bloggers, people who travel for work, teens, college students, or anyone else you can think of. We use it all the time, even when we are not traveling. He is wet and is still going strong.

Another travel item that I love is the FRIO insulin cooler case that you can buy in their favorite color. It is touted as an insulin transporter, but it also works well for EpiPens. It is very convenient for travel as it does not require a freezer or refrigerator to keep it cool, just cold water.

Snacks are a must on the go, and dairy-free desserts have always been the hardest thing to find on a school trip. I like to bring individual bags of Chocolate No No and Mini Chocolate Peanut Cups as well as treats to share for my daughter and her friends. Add them to this travel gift set for something fun to enjoy now and in the future.

Addition of Alisa: These adorable Fit & Fresh Coolers are whimsical and practical to keep this dairy-free chocolate from melting while running. They have several designs to choose from and are so cute that even adults love them.

Dairy Free Cookbook Set

Don’t say it, but my mom is considering buying Go dairy free and or Eat dairy free for all his relatives. His two daughters have recipes in the new 2nd edition of Go dairy free and one of his daughters helped test the recipes for Eat dairy free, and she is very proud. These are great books to give as gifts, even if you don’t have a parent who helped them.

Addition of Alisa: I love this! And for a fun gift box, pair the books with a bag of nut milk (can also be used without nuts!) and stamen. These are inexpensive items to pitch the recipient into homemade dairy-free “milks” and “cheeses”. Those Country milk jars are also a nice compliment.

Instant Pot Essentials

Thanks to the Black Friday sales, I think Santa Claus brings me a Instant pot This year. My sister has one and after trying the rice she cooked in it, I am a convert. I wouldn’t mind replacing our rice cooker and pressure cooker with one single item. I think I’m going to hang on to my slow cooker anyway! Black Friday is over, but keep an eye out for other deals this month.

Addition of Alisa: If your recipient is already addicted to the Instant Pot, then these Accessories for instant jars will be valuable. And don’t forget a cookbook! We are fans of The ultimate vegan cookbook for your instant pot and The fresh and healthy instant jar recipe book.

Tradition of holiday cookies

I grew up with two Italian neighbors, both of whom were fabulous cooks. One of my favorite Christmas cookies is the pizzelle. The two women I knew used pizelle irons for cooker to make beautiful cookies. My wish is a electric pizzelle iron make mine dairy free pizzelles. One day!

Addition of Alisa: Complete the dairy free gift basket and inspire them with this delicious collection of kosher pareve Pizzelle Reko Cookies. If your recipient is gluten free, start with this wonderful Gluten Free Pizza Mix.

Indoor gardener’s gift

I was looking The Great British Pastry Fair the other night, and I noticed that one of the contestants was using herb cutting scissors. How cool! This is perfect for the chives in my herb “garden”. You can nest them in a nice little one pot of herbs with a collection of sustainable herb seeds.

Addition of Alisa: Add The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs to this gift basket – it’s every home cook’s resource for naturally dairy-free flavor.

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