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#1 Rowena

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:47 AM

So I work in a law office in the copyroom/mail room. We may be the runts of the firm but we sure get one heck of a lot of presents when Christmas comes around. Only one problem.... All the presents come in the form of food. And even if I could eat the things I am intolerant too, its way too much... Oh and did I mention... SWEET Choco9lated covered pretzels, chocolate cover nuts, sugared nuts, cookies, chocolate this, chocolate that. I am pretty sure we ha have a mountain of junk food for a counter...
Frustrating part... Can't eat most of the goodies... though some people did know I can't eat wheat or chocolate, so they gave me funny presents.
One person said I can have the box that all the goodies were in... (Its a pretty box so I don't mind...)
One person, knowing I can't use most lotions for one reason or another gave me craisins... (YUM!)
My visiting teachers (church thing) gave me a bag of pamelas baking mix.... (I thought that was funny)
One person comes up to me and hands me a box of chocolates, and says, give these to your husband... (I thought that was funny beause she's only seen my husband in passing)
Another person hands me a cute purple stocking ornament (Same person who told me I could have the box) and somehow managed to know my favorite color... I swear the woman stalks me! *chuckle*
MY RA (Resident assistant) gave us all packs of tissues...

And then of course there are all the presents that annoy me....
Chocolate covered pretzels...
Cookies...
Mints...
More chocolate covered pretzels...
Cookies...
Nuts coated in odd things...
More cookies...
*stares at the pile of goodies taunting her*


Anyone else getting odd or "annoying" presents from the good hearted community around them? (By the way, I love the people for giving me things and thinking of me even if I can't eat what they give me... in case ye were questioning.... its the thought that counts.)

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#2 GFreeMO

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:53 AM

Same thing happening here. I think some people give food gifts b/c they are quick, inexpensive and easy. Just try to remember it's the thought that counts and re-gift them or give them away.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:00 AM

My squirrels and blue jays really enjoy the nut gifts. :P

I think the ornament gift is a good idea. My hub has given hand blown glass ones to employees a few times. Even if you don't celebrate Xmas, they are pretty in your window. Also, my Jewish friends have Xmas ornaments all year round that people give them that are not Christmasy. - a football or cheeseburger or dog.

Keep up a sense of humor, Ro! :)
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#4 TooManyHats

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:19 AM

PLEASE tell me that chocolate is not one of the things we can't eat.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:30 AM

Yes, I'm sympathetic. You're right to appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness, at least!

I got a handmade packet of amaretto hot cocoa and asked the person what ingredients were in it because I have food allergies. She told me ingredients like "milk powder, creamer, almond flavoring, cocoa poweder, etc". I realized after I asked her that I would have needed to ask her the ingredients of each "ingredient" she used in order to know for sure it was safe. I thanked her and hope my husband will be able to enjoy it ;) . Sounds delicious but it's not worth the risk of contamination. I think I'll go buy some cocoa powder so I can make my own hot cocoa. (By the way, anyone have recommendations? I need dairy free, so I plan to mix whatever powder with almond milk).
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:32 AM

I got some lotion and lip balm from someone...no clue whether it's safe or not so I'm re-gifting it to my 12 year-old granddaughter, who loves all things smelly and lotiony.

Also got a little bag of candy (either questionable or not safe) when I had my nails done yesterday. She knows I have celiac so it's the thought that counts. It will become a package tie-on to the same granddaughter.

I also received a bottle Bath & Body Works foamy hand soap, which I just put in the guest bathroom.

If I got a lot of candy or other things I couldn't eat, I'd either re-gift them or donate them.

I love Pamela's baking mix so it would not go to waste...makes great muffins, banana and pumpkin bread. That would defintely be a keeper (providing there were no ingredients in it that you couldn't have).
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:37 AM

I'm not sure almond milk would be your best choice, it's a bit grainy...

I'd try coconut milk, maybe thinned with a bit of almond milk.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:40 AM

Yes, I'm sympathetic. You're right to appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness, at least!

I got a handmade packet of amaretto hot cocoa and asked the person what ingredients were in it because I have food allergies. She told me ingredients like "milk powder, creamer, almond flavoring, cocoa poweder, etc". I realized after I asked her that I would have needed to ask her the ingredients of each "ingredient" she used in order to know for sure it was safe. I thanked her and hope my husband will be able to enjoy it Posted Image . Sounds delicious but it's not worth the risk of contamination. I think I'll go buy some cocoa powder so I can make my own hot cocoa. (By the way, anyone have recommendations? I need dairy free, so I plan to mix whatever powder with almond milk).

Hershey's Cocoa Powder is gluten free. It does sound good but the powdered milk would get me, too. How about using Vance's Dari-Free if you want to make instant hot chocolate?
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:18 AM

PLEASE tell me that chocolate is not one of the things we can't eat.


Chocolate itself is gluten free (although some types of chocolate candy have malt and are out). Rowena just cannot eat chocolate in addition to the gluten I believe. If you need a gluten free chocolate fix, Snickers are safe. Yum! And welcome to the community, BTW.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:37 AM

I'm donating a bunch of stuff to the local women's shelter this year. I think I will do this from now on. I'm given those fragranced gift sets of lotions etc. from time to time and I am sensitive to them.

Rowena, interesting list. Funny how people think sometimes but as you said at least some thought. Kinda sad picture of where our society is though because food intolerances or not, people just shouldn't be eating all that junk. And then there's the attitude that people in work places give each other for not indulging.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:45 AM

I just appreciate the thought and find someone else to give it to. The people who really know me would never give me that stuff. I'm sure I've given my share of misguided gifts throughout life.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:37 AM

My co-worker gave the office chocolate oranges. Just as he was getting to me, I was preparing to smile and say "I'm sure my husband will love this!" when instead he handed me a Smith's gift card. It was SO thoughtful, and he's only worked here six months.
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Posted 25 December 2010 - 04:42 PM

I just appreciate the thought and find someone else to give it to. The people who really know me would never give me that stuff. I'm sure I've given my share of misguided gifts throughout life.


I do too. Plus, they'll never realise but in giving me a box of chocolates with "may contain" warnings that I won't eat they have (a) expressed kind appreciation to me through their gift and (B) saved me going out to buy similar gifts for other people since I've just been passing them on. Anything to keep me away from having to go christmas shopping is highly appreciated, more so than any happiness I'd have gotten from actually eating those chocolates :-)

(and these gifts are all from people who really don't know me - mostly my brownie guides' parents. I'd be annoyed if they were friends or family)
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Posted 26 December 2010 - 03:45 PM

I am new to the gluten free world but in general...

Those "office gifts" that people share...yes I have gotten my share of those and I am sure given them too, LOL. And yes it's annoying when it appears the gift has no thought in it whatsoever...but please remember they didn't have to get you anything.

I just thank them and smile and remember it's the thought that counts. Then I save the item to regift possibly or I donate it. Or bring it home for my family to have.

If someone is giving out candy to the whole office or even loaves of bread (it could happen, LOL)I would never say "well I can't eat this but my family can". Just smile and say thank you. I most certainly would never expect them to get me something different than everyone else got.

Well, except my husband better not get me a food gift unless it's gluten free, he should know better! : )
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Posted 27 December 2010 - 08:53 AM

I think the only food gifts I received were a holiday lunch from my boss (at a restaurant where I could get a safe fish and rice meal- he was kind enough to ask before making the reservations for our group) and a fancy box of Penzey's baking spices from my sister- and brother-in-law. Oh, and a bottle of wine in a gift exchange. My parents and in-laws cooked dinners for us, but they were both very careful and kept the meals simple on purpose (and they apparently did well since I didn't get sick).

I admit to giving (gluten-free) goodies as gifts this year. Family and co-workers got homemade candy boxes from us- although I specifically only gave candy to people who I know would like to receive it. It's tricky to give it to acquaintances since I don't always know dietary habits. And on that note, I like the idea of regifting sealed packages of candy. I'll have to remember that in future if it comes up.
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