With only a few shopping days till Christmas this blog is a little late but you still have time. So what do you buy for someone who has to eat only special nut and dairy free chocolate, has sensitive skin and has to plan meals out with military precision? Buying chocolates and smellies needs a bit more research if you are giving them to anyone with eczema, sensitive skin, allergies or coeliac disease.

Finding a surprise gift can be tricky, you may want to check what they want just to be on the safe side, but here are a few ideas to spark your imagination… after all, everyone loves a surprise!

OH and these would also be fab present ides for me husband, family, friends :)

  1. For that special person with eczema – a free ebook
  2. FREE ebook – 10 Eczema secrets your doctor won’t tell you

    If you are buying gifts for someone with eczema who is searching for answers and frustrated with how much their skin itches, this free ebook could provide some answers. I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t think it was well written and worth spending time reading.

    If you download the ebook and find it useful, the man who wrote it has other products with more detailed information about things that could help take control over eczema. You can’t cure it completely, but there are loads of tiny changes you could make in your life to help you improve symptoms and maintain healthier skin.

  3. Chocolate
  4. Find out what your friend cannot have, and how serious their allergy is. Most chocolate can contain traces of nut and dairy due to the manufacturing process so it’s important to understand exactly which brands are OK and which are not. It does take away some of the surprise but at least they can eat the chocolate themselves without having to give it away.

    There are loads of allergy free chocolate companies but Kinnerton and Plamil both have nut free factories. Plamil is also guaranteed dairy free. Watch out for labelling as some other brands may say ‘recipe free from’ which is not quite the same thing. Some people may find they can take a risk and eat chocolates like this but others with a very severe allergy cannot take that risk. For a bit of luxury buy Plamil Rum & Raisin chocolate which is gluten, dairy and nut free and doesn’t use soya lecithin. If a nut warning is OK Booja Booja truffles look amazing.

  5. Ceramic pans
  6. Excellent for those with multiple allergies who have to cook most meals from scratch, get rid of the old non-stick pans which peel and have a funny smell – are they really good for you? Does some of the coating come off into the food at high temperatures? Try ceramic pans and you’ll never look back.

    Ceramic coated pans give an amazing non-stick surface, so with almost no oil needed, cooking is a lot healthier. Unlike Teflon that peels off and fades, ceramic lasts forever.

  7. Clothing; 100% bamboo, merino wool, organic cotton or hemp
  8. For anyone with eczema or sensitive skin clothing made from bamboo or merino wool are natural and shouldn’t cause any irritation.

    Bamboo socks are the ultimate luxury if you have eczema. They feel as soft as silk, won’t irritate your sore skin, cause excess sweating like man made fibres can and are also very warm and durable.

    If you want to support a British company check out who also sell organic cotton and hemp clothing.

    Many shops now stock bamboo or merino 100% tops, jumpers and thermal longs – the perfect gift for someone with eczema skin as it regulates temperature and is soft on the skin and not itchy.

  9. FitBit or Jawbone – to track exercise
  10. I have just been given a FitBit Flex (thank you aunty Ro, I love it) which allows you to track the number of steps you do, add in workouts and also monitor what you eat. I strongly believe that maintaining a healthy body helps with asthma, eczema and allergies. The fitter you are the better you can cope with any reactions, and the better you eat, ie. the less processed food and more diverse and varied healthy natural food you eat the better your health will be. Both FitBit and Jawbone are latex free and should also be suitable for people with a nickel allergy.

    You can buy them in John Lewis, Boots and Curry’s, as well as online here:

  11. Goodness Direct Hamper or vouchers
  12. You choose the hamper and then select all the special items you know your loved one enjoys from biscuits and chocolates to skincare products to books. There will be something for everyone here, and if you’re really not sure you dare choose stuff, you could just order vouchers instead.

  13. Massage
  14. Everyone loves a massage. Make sure you buy some special oil if they are sensitive to any essential oils, a simple grape seed oil should usually be safe, or something more special if you know they have a favourite, like coconut oil which is amazing. That way they will know their skin won’t react to any oils the masseur might provide. And a good tip here is to buy a massage for two so they can take their mum, sister or a friend along too.

  15. ilumi hamper
  16. Try this special gluten-free limited-edition Christmas hamper from ilumi. They’ve hand-picked an array of different brands to accompany a selection of delicious ilumi treats, including a Gluten Free Christmas recipe book (worth £10!) and a bottle of organic wine. Everything has been tried and tested by us so rest assured you’ll have the best possible gluten-free treat or gift, full of top notch luxury goodies. Includes: 10 best-selling ilumi dishes, including the award-winning Kerala Chicken and 5 additional treats, including the Gluten Free Christmas hardback book, authored by Masterchef finalist, Hannah Miles. What’s not to like? Do check ingredients if you are buying for someone who allergic to corn, garlic, tomato or any other allergen not in the top 14.


  17. A crate of Greens gluten free beer
  18. If you are buying for a coeliac or someone with a wheat allergy, they will love Green’s original gluten free beer, ranging from crisp and light lagers or rich dark ales to wonderful hoppy beers, making Green’s one of the biggest original producers of gluten & wheat free beers.

    Last buying day before Christmas is 21st December so don’t miss out.

  19. A slow cooker
  20. Everyone who has allergies or food sensitivities should have a slow cooker. You know what? Everyone should own one. They are cheap to run and mean you have complete control of what goes in. They don’t take long to prep, just bung stuff in and turn it on and away you go. They do take a bit of getting used to with the amount of liquid they need and this does depend on the size of cooker, but they make the most amazing tasty casseroles and I even cook joints and whole chicken in mine.

    Make sure you get a large one and freeze left overs for days when you don’t have time to put on the slow cooker. Any kitchen shop will sell them, or you can buy online here:

You might also like to take a look at , though they are not nut, dairy or other allergen free, just gluten free.

If you are buying for an adult with eczema, check out the recent blog listed below in related posts for Soothe bamboo pajamas, an excellent Christmas present idea and lovely to wear. Another of my favourites is Pure Potions skin salvation and tea tree lip balm. You can’t go far wrong with a selection of their amazing natural and healing eczema products.

What about a pamper day at Champneys? Everything is labelled in the restaurant and they kitchen are really aware of food allergens. And if you’re looking for a great restaurant, check out the winners and shortlisted companies in the FreeFrom Eating out Awards in the last blog post.

What would you like to receive from the list above? What would your ultimate special gift be? What are you buying for your allergic friend, lover, wife, husband, brother, sister? and what have you asked santa for this year?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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