Whenever giving homemade treats as gifts, it's a good idea to include a little hangtag or sticker with the ingredients listed. Your friend may not be allergic to what's inside, but you never know if someone else might try some.
A lot of people get stressed out about cooking for parties during the holiday season because, despite all of the planning, shopping and preparation that goes into putting a meal together, hosts can often be surprised by guests who may have allergies or specific dietary preferences.
In the year before I decided to attend culinary school, I asked many of my clients and friends how their Thanksgivings and Christmases went, and it became clear that this was an even more common issue than I had thought. Vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, and the lactose-intolerant find slim pickings at winter feasts, causing hosts to feel guilt at not knowing how to feed them, or not having the time to throw together dishes made especially for them.
For any cooks who are looking to branch into allergy-aware treats, today's post is a great place to start. My best tip for any apsiring holiday cook is to make sure that you have a few dishes that are friendly to many types of dietary needs. This way everyone (or almost everyone) can enjoy something. It also helps to post cute signs listing ingredients next to dishes that include possible allergens.