I don’t know the year is going for you, but 2017 seems to be flying by for me. I can’t believe that we’re already in “the holiday season.” Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means that Friday is the first official shopping day of the season.
I usually spend Black Friday hunkered down in my house, baking or crafting and avoiding stores at all costs. I’m not a fan of crowds or malls, and there isn’t much I want to purchase at a big box store, anyway.
When giving holiday gifts, I prefer to either make gifts myself or support small businesses and vegan proprietors. Giving a vegan gift to an omnivore is a great form of activism, too!
I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite vegan gift ideas to make shopping a little easier for you this holiday season.
MY 2017 VEGAN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Give the gift that keeps on giving with subscription boxes!
- Vegan Cuts Snack Box Gift Subscription – What could be better than having snacks delivered to your door each month? It’s like a mini Christmas each month when the box arrives, so your recipient will think of how thoughtful you are throughout the year. Three and six month gift subscriptions are available.
Homemade Food Gifts
Tins of cookies, bottles of flavored oils and jars of soup mix all make really great gifts, and you’ll be spreading some vegan joy by giving them. Joni Marie Newman’s book Vegan Food Gifts has lots of great ideas for, well… vegan food gifts. I’ve made quite a lot of gifts from this book over the past few years and the recipients have always loved everything. (The book itself also makes a great gift!)
Store-Bought Food Gifts
If you don’t have time to make food gifts, there’s no need to worry, because there are plenty of places to buy delicious vegan food online and your gift can be shipped directly to the recipient. Some of my favorites are:
- Miyoko’s Kitchen – This dairy-free cheese is the best around, and it’s probably even better than “the real thing”.
- Rescue Chocolate – Rescue Chocolate is “the sweetest way to save a life!” From each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country. All of the their chocolates are vegan and kosher, and they’re handcrafted in Brooklyn.
- Lagusta’s Luscious – These chocolates are heartbreakingly delicious and painstakingly made by hand with truly artisanal ingredients in New Paltz, New York. Give your loved one a few bars or barks, a box of bonbons, or a collection of luscious truffles.
- Gone Pie – These amazing treats are all gluten-free free and made with ethically sourced chocolate and organic, non-bone char sugar. I’m a big fan of their Peanut Butter Caramel Cups.
Gifts that Pamper
Skin Care Products
Because who wouldn’t want to receive products to pamper themselves during the holidays?
- Meow Meow Tweet – Meow Meow Tweet is a New York-based company that produces handmade vegan body care items. They make soaps, body oils, perfumes, balms, scrubs and more.
- The Fanciful Fox – The Fanciful Fox is a Brooklyn-based skin and body care company. They produce scrubs, body butters, soaps, moisturizes, bath fizzies, and more – and it’s all handmade. They also have also have a line of men’s products that includes facial serum, aftershave, and beard oil.
Like with food subscription boxes, you can give the gift that keeps on giving with skincare products!
- Vegan Cuts – This Beauty Box arrives once a month is chock full of new health and beauty care items that just about anyone will love. Three and six month gift subscriptions are available.
- Petit Vour – The Monthly Box also delivers fresh beauty products—culled from beauty’s kindest—right to your doorstep each month. Three and six months subscriptions are available
Clothing and Jewelry
Clothing, jewelry, tote bags, and purses are always fun gifts. There are many options out there – these are just a few of my favorites.
Gunas Handbags – Gunas is an independent high fashion label with a cause! Their bags are high fashion without any animal cruelty. I get tons of compliments on my Monarch bag.
Christy Robinson Jewelry – Super cute message necklaces and bracelets are sure to please any lady on your list!
Message Tote Bags and T-Shirts – Last year I opened a Zazzle store with some vegan and animal-themed products, such as Crazy Cat Lady t-shirts and Meat-Free Zone tote bags.
Kat Mendenhall Boots – Kat’s vegan cowboy boots are handcrafted in Texas.
For The Kitchen
I love opening presents to find shiny new kitchen gadgets inside!
Message Mugs – You’ll can find Kale Queen and VeggieGirl mugs in my Zazzle store.
Blendtec – If you’re in the market for a big-ticket item, you can’t go wrong with a high-speed Blendtec!
Air Fryer – I received an air fryer last year and I LOVE it. I use it almost every day.
Instat Pot – Pressure cookers were all the rage this year, with the Instapot as everyone’s favorite.
Dehydrator – I absolutely love my Tribest Sedona Express Dehydrator.
Juicer – I’m also in love with my Tribest Solostar 4 Juicer!
Food Processor – I received my Cuisinart food processor was as gift a few years ago and I love it!
Immersion Blender – If food processors and dehydrators are out of your price range, consider an immersion blender, which is perfect for making creamy soups on the winter.
Slow Cooker – If your recipient prefers to let meals cook while he or she is at work, consider giving a slow cooker.
2017 was an amazing year for vegan cookbooks!. They always make great gifts, and there are many, many more wonderful cookbooks than those listed here. If you’re looking for more ideas, just search this blog for “cookbooks.”
I like to give appliances and cookbooks together! If you’re giving someone an air fryer, why not tuck a copy of The Vegan Air Fryer into the box? Consider pairing an Instant Pot, include a Kathy Hester’s The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot with it.
The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran and JL Fields – This book doesn’t come out until December 19th, but that will still give you time to give it as gift. It’s part cookbook and part guide to going vegan. I have several recipes and a few vegan tips in the book, so I’m super excited about it.
Veganomicon, 10th Anniversary Edition by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero – This is a shiny, new, revised and updated 10th anniversary edition of everyone’s beloved cookbook, and Isa and Terry have somehow managed to make it even better than the first.
Veganize It! by Robin Robertson – This is a great book for vegans who love to cook and who are into DIY. With it, you can make your own milks, cheeses, bacon, burgers, sausages, butter, and even Worcestershire sauce.
NYC Vegan by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment – Take a trip to New York City without leaving your house! I’m friends with Michael and Ethan, and I designed this book, but with so many delicious recipes, I would have included it on my list even if I wasn’t involved in it.
The Vegan Air Fryer by JL Fields – As with NYC Vegan, I am friends with JL and I designed this book, but again, it would be on my list even I didn’t have anything to do with it. If you have an air fryer, you need it!
Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen by Richa Hingle – In her new book, Richa applies her culinary skins to international comfort food, and the recipes are absolutely incredible.
Awesome Vegan Soups by Vanessa Croessman – This book contains 80 recipes for seasonal soups that are plant-based and made with whole foods, and it’s the perfect gift for any soup lover on your list.
This Cheese is Nuts by Julie Piatt – This is another great gift for the DIY’er on your list, as it’s full of recipes for scrumptious homemade nut cheeses.
The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot by Kathy Hester – Before I got this book, I wasn’t really sure what to do with my Instant Pot, and I was pretty much just using it to cook dried beans. It’s a must-have for anyone who wants to get more creative with their pressure cooker.
YumUniverse Pantry to Plate by Heather Crosby – This gigantic book is kind of a choose-your-own-adventure cookbook, and it’s jam-packed with recipes, handy charts, and cooking templates.
Vegan Burgers & Burritos by Sophia DeSantis – Say goodbye to dry, boring and overly processed and hello to easy, fun and delicious veggie burgers and burritos with this new book!
The Blossom Cookbook by Ronin Seri and Pamela Elizabeth – Blossom is one of my favorite places to eat in New York City, and now I can make their delicious creations at home thinks to this wonderful cookbook!
Kitchen Creativity by Karen Page – This isn’t a cookbook, and it’s not actually vegan, but it is a must-have resource for anyone who likes to cook. The first part of the book teaches foundational skills of cooking, and the second part is an amazing culinary idea generator.
An Animal Sponsorship
Most animal sanctuary’s around the country offer animal sponsorships. Your recipient will receive photos and updates on his or her adopted animal and the money you donated goes to pay for food and care. Some of my favorite sanctuaries include:
Whats on your holiday wish list this year?