15 Last Minute Gifts for Candy Lovers

Christmas is tomorrow. Can you believe it? I feel like these past two weeks have seriously flown by so fast!

My next question is the big one…are you ready? Perhaps this sounds a little familiar:

You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it more than twice, and you think you have everything covered. But then, you realize you’ve missed your neighbor across the street, the hostess of the party you’re attending tonight, or your secret santa pick for your friend. There’s someone that didn’t make it onto that list and you need to grab something super quickly.

Food always makes a great gift, especially sweet treats like candies. So today I wanted to share a few gluten-free candies that won’t take you too long to whip up, but will surely please whoever you’re giving them to.

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles
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10 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

With Christmas just days away, you may find yourself scrambling for those last-minute items to stuff into stockings. Fear not! We’ve got 10 quick ideas for simple gifts that will leave your loved ones delighted without draining your bank account.

DIY Satin Flower Hair Clips

For all you do-it-yourselfers, these DIY hair clips are cute, simple to make, and easy to personalize to the tastes of the recipient. Chances are, if you’re a regular crafter, you might have some of the supplies on hand already.

Spiced Maple Pecans

A jar of spiced nuts is a quintessential holiday gift. These healthy nuts are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, so you can feel good about giving them away…or whipping up a batch for yourself!

source: Alta Mantsch

source: Alta Mantsch

Lavender Olive Oil Body Scrub

This rich and luxurious lavender olive oil body scrub is an easy-to-make gift that will encourage your loved one to pamper themselves in the new year with a relaxing spa night at home. Pair it up with a dry skin brush and some lotion for a heftier gift set.

Food Rules

Food Rules, by Michael Pollan

For the foodie in your life, a copy of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is a fun and educational gift that makes for great light reading over a holiday break. The slim paperback copy fits easily into a stocking or shoebox.

Mismatched Recycled Sweater Mittens

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the mantra of these mismatched sweater mittens! Find a unique and cozy pair on Etsy or a festive holiday pair from Uncommon Goods.


More quick stocking stuffer ideas:

  • Fresh fruit. I love hearing the stories my mom tells about my grandfather receiving a piece of fresh fruit in his stocking every year. His annual orange was one of his favorite gifts…and often the only gift. Sometimes simple says it best!
  • Notepads and paper. I love giving cute notepads to my family members each year, since most of us are always scrounging for scratch paper. Pair it up with a set of pens or pencils to sweeten the deal.
  • Small jars filled with paperclips, thumbtacks, magnets, or stickers. Repurpose jam and honey jars for holiday gifting by filling them up with useful office supplies (or stickers for kids).
  • Essential oils. Available at most health food stores, pure essential oils make a lovely stocking stuffer for the ladies in your life. Choose lavender for stress relief and better sleep, peppermint for sore muscles and body aches, orange for increased energy and immunity, and lemon for natural home cleaning purposes.

What are your favorite holiday stocking stuffers to give and receive? Leave a comment and let us know!

Hallie KleckerHallie Klecker is the author of Super Healthy Cookies and  The Pure Kitchen, both gluten- and dairy-free cookbooks focusing on fresh ingredients and whole foods. Her newest e-book, Crazy for Kale, makes use of kale in 40 creative ways. She is also the Editorial Content Manager for Simply Gluten Free Magazine. Hallie writes the recipe blog Daily Bites, where she shares her passion for cooking with whole, natural foods. Hallie is a certified Nutrition Educator and former personal chef. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

12 Healthier Christmas Cookies

Healthier Cookies Christmas can be a time of serious excess when it comes to cookies! If you’re trying to eat a little healthier at the holidays or have dietary restrictions, the cookie tray can be a bit hazardous. We’ve got some fantastic allergy-friendly cookie recipes here to keep your dessert options just a little bit healthier. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

Say “Merry Christmas” with Homemade Treats

This is a guest post from Sarah from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats:

There may be only a few days left until Christmas, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for some holiday baking! I’m in the kitchen quite a bit this time of year, doing lots of baking for my family and friends. From cakes, to cookies, to breads. Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite for this season (my most favorite season). All of these recipes are gluten, egg and dairy free. There is something delicious for everyone on your list!

I love to say “Merry Christmas” with homemade sweet treats!

Gluten Free Vegan Apple Cranberry Bundt Cake: This cake is not only beautiful, it’s also so easy to make! I love bundt cakes for their simplicity. This cake is studded with juicy, tart cranberries and gets it’s moisture from freshly shredded apples. A perfect cake for your next holiday party!

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