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Your favorite chef will love the combo pack, which includes the 16 oz. bag of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt (coarse) and a Kyocera Salt mill, made from mostly glass with a very durable ceramic grinder, so that no metal comes in contact with the salt.

Bliss Mix by Royal Himalayan

Also available, their award-winning "Bliss Mix." Ingredients: Organic Pistachios, organic Himalayan Raisins, organic Mulberries, organic Gojiberries, finest Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts, organic Cashews, organic Cacao Nibs. One of the best ways to bliss out for the holidays.

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Allergen-Free Gingerbread House created by the author from the kit by A and J Bakery

6. Look Ma, No Wheat!

Kids and grownups with allergies have often been unable to participate in holiday culinary fun. But now they can with the Allergen Friendly Gingerbread House Kit. It is free of most allergens including peanut, tree nut, wheat, gluten, soy, egg, dairy, and sesame. A & J Bakery's kit includes pre-baked gingerbread house pieces plus allergen-free candy for decorating it. Now, when the enticing scent of gingerbread fills your home, even folks with allergies can nibble on a piece of the yummy roof!

The kit comes with prebaked gingerbread pieces, allergen-free candies, and an assortment of non-edible decorations. You make your own icing (they include a couple of recipes, I made the vegan version, with Trader Joe's organic confectioner's sugar and water) My house was fun to build and nibble!

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Orange Cranberry Biscotti by A and J Bakery by Meryl Ann Butler

For a somewhat more mature gift try "The World's Best Biscotti." Their claim is no exaggeration. Allergy-friendly, the orange cranberry biscotti I tried was without a doubt the best biscotti I have ever tasted, wheat-based or otherwise. They offered a stunning burst of flavor plus lightly crunchy, textural bliss--miles ahead of those tasteless, rock-hard imposters. 29 scrumptious flavors are personally handmade by the owners who say, "we never cut corners and we'd rather explain the price than apologize for quality." No wonder they've been featured as "Snack of the Day" on the Rachel Ray Show - twice!

A & J Bakery has one of the only 100% Nut and Gluten Free Dedicated facilities in the country.

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Global Symphony by Stewart St. John by Stewart St. John

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7. Music of the Spheres

Immerse yourself in the unique, relaxing tones of Stewart St. John's newest release, Global Symphony, a collection of celestial sounds that's bound to carry you off in a dream to higher realms. The CD includes 12 mystical melodies (which just happens to be one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas) and will melt away holiday stress.

Stewart, who is a voting member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts & Sciences (the organization that awards the GRAMMYs), submitted Global Symphony in the Best New Age Album category for the 2011 GRAMMYs.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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