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Looking for unique gluten-free gifts to give someone with food allergies? We have you covered with this Gluten-Free Gift Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!
This Gluten-Free Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Olivia on the MoneySavingMom team. Olivia loves cooking but has had to learn to be creative in the kitchen to avoid her food sensitivities (including gluten). She is happily married to her best friend Michael, who also has food sensitivities. Olivia considers it a fun challenge to make delicious meals that they both can enjoy!
Do you know someone who has gluten allergies? You’d be surprised how many items contain gluten — chocolates, personal care items, and more. Check out this gift guide for some really unique gift ideas you can safely give someone who avoids gluten!
Gluten-Free Gift Ideas
1. Spiralizer — Spiralizers allow you to turn fresh vegetables into faux pastas, which are a great gluten-free alternative to the traditional wheat noodles. This is a kitchen gadget every gluten-free person should have!
2. Gluten Conversion Chart — This refrigerator magnet would be a beneficial gift for the gluten-free baker! A gluten-free conversion chart is essential to have on hand while converting traditional wheat bread recipes to make them gluten-free.
3. Toaster Bags — Toaster bags are perfect for those who are concerned about cross-contamination. They can be used to cook or heat up all kinds of food in the oven, microwave, toaster, or on the grill and would be a great gift for someone who travels often or shares a kitchen with those who are not gluten-free.
4. Small Cooler — A lunchbox cooler is handy for those on a gluten-free diet as they often need to transport food when gluten-free food options are not available. This cooler not only works to keep foods cold but also warm!
5. Gluten-Free Diet Guide — This practical diet guide would be a great gift for someone who is new to the gluten-free diet.
6. Gluten-Free Labels — These labels would make a great gift for those who are gluten-free and share a kitchen. They guard against cross-contamination and also alert others of what is not gluten-free.
7. Food Storage Containers — Glass food storage containers work well for transporting gluten-free foods or keeping them fresh in the refrigerator. These are some of my favorite — I use them every day!
8. T-Shirt — This “gluten-free” t-shirt would be a fun gift for someone with a sense of humor who doesn’t mind being asked about their diet!
9. Bubble Bath — California Baby bubble bath is completely gluten-free and would make a wonderful gift for a child with very “sensitive skin, eczema, or allergy concerns.” The bubble wand included in the bottle provides more bath-time fun!
10. Natural Soy Cinnamon Rolls Candle — Enjoy the lovely aroma of traditional cinnamon rolls without the risk of coming in contact with gluten! I love products that smell like desserts, especially those desserts I can no longer eat!
11. Gluten-Free Snacks — Enjoy Life products are all gluten-free and incredibly yummy! Any of their cookies, snack bars, or baking mixes would make a great gift!
12. Loaf Pan — This bread pan is ideal for gluten-free loaves which require more support than traditional wheat loaves as they rise. This would make a good gift for a gluten-free baker!
13. Bread Thermometer — An instant-read bread thermometer is another kitchen tool every gluten-free bread maker should have. It can be difficult to know when the bread is cooked, but this thermometer will take out the guesswork!
14. Assorted Chocolates — These gluten-free chocolates would make an excellent gift for those with multiple allergies as they are free of many other common allergens too!
Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers
15. Play Dough — Traditional Play Doh contains wheat, so this is a great alternative for children with a gluten allergy!
16. Lip Balm — Many lip balms contain a small amount of gluten. These Badger lip balms are certified gluten free and would make a great gift for anyone avoiding gluten!
17. Whole Foods Gift Card — You can never go wrong with giving someone a gift card! Whole Foods offers a variety of options for those who are gluten-free. If you don’t have a local Whole Foods, consider giving a gift card to a natural health food store in your area.
18. Gluten-Free Living Magazine — Magazine subscriptions are a fun gift that keeps giving throughout the year! Gluten-Free Living is a magazine full of practical tips for the gluten-free individual! If the first issue doesn’t come in time, print a photo of the magazine cover and roll it up to stick in a stocking with a little personalized note! (Use code MONEYSAVING to get an extra 20% off the listed price!)
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Have you heard of Truman’s? It’s a relatively new subscription service that delivers non-toxic household cleaners to your doorstep!
Each Truman’s delivery includes four different cleaners for your kitchen, floors, bathroom, and glass surfaces. (And the kitchen spray is also an all-purpose cleaner!)
You receive the spray bottles and cleaners on your very first delivery and then cleaner refill cartridges on each subsequent delivery. Each delivery of cleaners should last you 6 months, but you can pause, skip, cancel, or change your subscription at any time.
And right now you can get 50% off your first subscription with code SUMMER at checkout. Here’s how:
Head over to this page.
Click on “Get Your Starter Kit.”
Choose the $15 option. When you choose this option, you’ll be signed up for automatic subscriptions but you can pause, skip, or cancel your subscription at any time after your first order ships out.
Click through to checkout.
On the page where you enter all of your information, look on the right side of the page where it says “Have a discount code? Enter it here.” Use code SUMMER to get 50% off!
You’ll pay just $7.50 and shipping is FREE.
If you love Truman’s cleaning products and want to continue with your subscription, you’ll be automatically charged at the regular price of $15 for your subsequent deliveries. (Note: The next delivery ships out after 45 days, so be sure to go in and change that since each delivery lasts for 6 months!) If you don’t want to continue after your first discounted starter kit, just go in and cancel before your next shipment. Super simple!
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Older workers are re-entering or staying in the workforce in the highest numbers in decades. And many of them are giving the gig economy a shot.
According to the latest workforce projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the participation rate for seniors age 65 and up has increased nearly 20 percentage points since 1996.
Flexible work arrangements through side-gig apps and work-from-home jobs are making the transition easier. The customer-service and retail industries are also tapping into this burgeoning population of workers with targeted recruiting through AARP and churches.
All this amounts to a lot of competition among employers — and ripe job opportunities for retirees.
8 Jobs For Retirees
From errands to English-teaching or from ride-sharing to renting, these part-time jobs for seniors are tailor-fit for any older worker who wants to make a little extra money.
1. Become an Airbnb Host
Got a spare room, apartment, house ― even a tent in a serene backyard? You can rent it out for extra cash on Airbnb.
Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows folks to list their space for short-term rentals. Airbnb, after all, is short for Air Bed and Breakfast, which refers to the co-founders’ initial idea of charging guests to stay on air mattresses to help pay their San Francisco rent.
In our guide to becoming an Airbnb host, staff writer Carson Kohler outlines all the do’s and don’ts of hosting on Airbnb. The five big tenets to qualify are:
You must be able to provide the essentials, including toilet paper, soap, linens, and at least one towel and pillow per guest.
You must be responsive to your potential guests, answering requests and inquiries within 24 hours.
You should accept reservation requests when you’re available.
You should avoid cancellations. In fact, the Airbnb cancellation policy is pretty strict — you’ll find it outlined in our guide above.
You should be able to keep a high overall rating from guests.
Before listing your home or apartment online, be sure to check with your local government, which may regulate or outright ban short-term rentals.
While there is no cost to register your rental, some things to consider are fees Airbnb charges every time someone books your space, in addition to municipal short-term rental taxes. Depending on your area, taxes and fees could reach as high as 21% of your listing price.
2. Chauffeur With Uber or Lyft
By now, you probably know the gist of driving with ride-sharing services: You use an app to connect with people who need rides. You drive them somewhere in your own car, and they pay automatically through the app.
The two biggest players in the space — Uber and Lyft — have an intense rivalry, but both apps are fair options if you’re just starting out.
Each app is fundamentally the same for drivers: You log in when you want to work, wait for a notification that means someone’s hailed a ride, then pick them up and drop them off at their destination. You earn money based on how many rides you take, and you automatically get paid each week (or more often, if you choose) through direct deposit.
To become a driver, applicants need:
To be at least 21 years old.
A four-door automobile, 2002 or newer.
A valid U.S. driver’s license.
At least a year of driving experience.
Beyond that, senior editor Dana Sitar breaks down the nuances in our Lyft vs Uber guide.
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3. Rent out Your Car
If you don’t feel like chaufferring others around — or driving at all, for that matter — you can rent out your unused car.
If you try to do that on your own, you’ll probably invalidate your insurance. And you have to find customers.
But companies like GetAround and Turo will find the customers for you and provide the insurance. Even General Motors launched a car-sharing service called Maven for owners of a GM vehicle (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) that’s a 2015 model or newer.
Creating an account with all three companies is free.
Listing your car on GetAround costs $20 a month, plus a one-time $99 installation fee for a remote receiver to unlock your car for customers. Maven and Turo don’t charge monthly fees but take a percentage of earnings from your listing.
According to Maven estimates, renting out your car for a day could earn you between $80 and $225 depending on the model.
Payout is in as little as five days (for Turo) or as much as a month (for Maven).
4. Run Errands for Others
Through side-gig apps like TaskRabbit and Postmates, getting paid to run errands is as easy as it’s ever been. With both apps, users can browse through a list of tasks that locals need help with. Grocery runs, picking up a package from the UPS store, taking someone’s animal to obedience training — all fair game.
Postmates is focused on delivery-related tasks. You can deliver via car, bicycle or foot. Just create a free account, then you’ll receive a welcome kit in the mail within a week (a free delivery bag and a prepaid card to make your purchases). Link the card to the Postmates Fleet app, and you’re off to earning extra money.
TaskRabbit works a little differently. The services are much broader, including home improvement, maintenance, administrative, cleaning, event planning and — of course — delivery and other errand-related tasks. Creating an account is also free.
Income from both apps varies on a task-by-task basis. There aren’t any minimums in the amount of tasks you’re required to complete, either. You’ll be able to see the rates and choose to accept them before embarking on the errand.
While not average earnings, some high-performing users make more than $2,000 a month. See how these Taskers made thousands using TaskRabbit.
5. Teach Your Craft at Michael’s
Can you knit? Do needlepoint? Build a ship in a bottle? These crafts, once thought of a throw-backs, are back in a big way.
The arts-and-crafts retailer Michael’s unveiled its Community Classroom in late 2018. The program offers a way to connect local “Makers,” aka people skilled in hands-on crafts, to teach at the nearest Michael’s. It’s up to the teachers, however, to recruit students for their classes. Michaels splits the profits from student registration, with Michael’s keeping 30% of the course price, and the teachers pocketing 70%.
The program is still in beta as it expands to all U.S. Michael’s locations, but most Michael’s stores currently offer it. No previous teaching experience is required and the program is open to everyone — not just Michael’s employees.
To become a Community Classroom instructor, submit a proposal that includes:
A detailed description of what you plan to teach.
A personal bio that explains your expertise, including a photo of yourself.
Logistics, such as the location, required materials for the lesson, date and time.
Accepted instructors receive Community Classroom ID and a 15% in-store discount.
6. Tutor English Online
English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers are in high demand. To keep up, many [...]