7 months ago Events, Funny

We’ve all been there – it’s the day of your bezzie’s birthday party and you’re a sweaty panicky mess, ransacking the Primark gift section for any nail varnish/ankle sock/candle that your friend might be content with. In the end you settle for a candy-floss scented chap stick set and start to wonder why your friend even likes you in the first place. Anyway, it’s the thought that counts, and this year we’ve done the thinking for you. Here are a few fantastic gift ideas for the coeliac in your life…

  1. Coeliac T-Shirt

There’s an old saying that goes “you’re not a true Coeliac until you own a coeliac-related slogan t-shirt”, making this an especially thoughtful gift if your friend has been recently diagnosed. They’re in for a lifetime of gluten-free-inspired shirts/tea towels/socks/posters from uninspired family/friends – so why not start them off early with this interesting number…



  1. Pork Pie Mug

Nothing gets our pals going like a big ol’ pork pie, so we’re going to go right ahead and assume that this is the case for all your pals too. We’d suggest heading over to Moonpig.com and creating one of these lovely looking Pork Pie Mugs – a real treat for any fans of our goodies…



  1. Beer!

Like with most of you out there, if we’re unable to think of anything that the friend in question actually likes, then alcohol will usually suffice. Some of the gluten- free beer options available today are truly delicious, and a selection of some of the finest could go down a storm! Alternatively, if said friend hates beer, give it to them anyway and there’s a good chance you’ll get them back when your birthday comes around…



  1. A big ol’ Cake

The cheapest of all the options and ideal for those of you who’ve left their gift-hunting until the night before. This gluten free chocolate cake is a real corker and is sure to secure that prestigious title of ‘BFF’. Much more time consuming than the previous gifts, but pays off many times over in friendship points…


  • 100g gluten free self raising flour*
  • 45g cocoa powder
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g cooking margarine or butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence or extract
  • 280g icing sugar (for the icing)
  • 140g butter (for the icing)
  • 75g chocolate (milk or dark), melted* (for the icing)
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or water (for the icing)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4
  2. Melt the butter or cooking margarine until soft – but not runny – in a large mixing bowl
  3. Mix in the caster sugar
  4. Add the flour, cocoa powder and eggs, mixing well, then add the vanilla essence
  5. Pour the mixture evenly into two 20cm round greased and lined cake tins
  6. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the cakes have risen and are lightly golden. To test if they are ready, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready
  7. Cool completely
  8. To make the icing, beat together the icing sugar, melted chocolate and butter, slowly stirring in two or three teaspoons of boiling water or milk. Be careful not to make the icing too runny
  9. Spread the chocolate icing over the top of one of the cakes, then carefully place the other cake on top. Cover the top with more icing, then serve.


Hope this helped!

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