Can you believe that the holidays are here? This is my favorite time of year. I love twinkling lights, shinny ornaments, and the smell of cinnamon. I don’t like shopping malls, however. I prefer to avoid the crowds and support indie vegan businesses. By doing so, I help vegan companies stay in business, and I look at sharing a vegan gift with an omnivore as a tiny bit of activism. I’ve put together a list of my favorite gift ideas to make shopping easier for you this season.
My 2015 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.
- Gone Pie – Gone Pie is a 100% vegan bakery specializing in wheat-free and gluten-free treats. If you’re looking for a one-time gift, you can choose from a selection of cookies, brownies, pies, bars and more. If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, they also have a Treat of the Month club.
- Allison’s Gourmet – Like Gone Pie, Allison’s Gourmet is an online vegan bakery. Allison makes delicious gourmet treats such as cookies, brownies, fudge, caramels, nut brittles, and toffees. If you can’t make up your mind, samplers are available, and they have four monthly clubs to choose from: Brownie of the Month, Fudge of the Month, Cookie of the Month, and Taste of the Month.
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.
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.
Christy Robinson Jewelry – Super cute message necklaces and bracelets are sure to please any lady on your list!
For the Kitchen
Blendtec – If you’re in the market for a big-ticket item, you can’t go wrong with a high-speed Blendtec!
Dehydrator – I absolutely love my new Tribest Sedona Express Dehydrator.
Juicer – I’m also in love with my Tribest Solostar 4 Juicer.
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.
Instapot – Pressure cookers were all the rage this year, with the Instapot as everyone’s favorite.
Slow Cooker – If your recipient prefers to let your meal cook while he or she is at work, consider giving a slow cooker.
Sprouter – If you have raw food enthusiasts on our list, a sprouter makes a great gift!
2015 was the Year of the Vegan Cookbook, and cookbooks always make great gifts. There are many, many more wonderful cookbooks than those listed here. If you’re looking for more ideas, just search my blog for “cookbooks.”
Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease is a great book for someone who’s transitioning to meat-free eating or friends who might want to start eating healthier.
Teff Love by Kittee Berns is perfect for those on your list who love to cook ethinic food.
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kichen by Richa Hingle is also a good option for those who want to learn to cook foods from other countries.
DIY Vegan by Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman is the perfect book for friends who want to make their own products such as dairy-free cheese and salad dressings.
The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner is also a great do-it-yourself book.
Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking by Annie and Dan Shannon is a wonderful gift for those on a budget.
Street Vegan by Adam Sobel is perfect for everyone in the tri-state area that misses The Cinnamon Snail.
Cook the Pantry by Robin Robertson is a great book for those who are just learning too cook vegan foods.
Crossroads by Tal Ronnen is perfect for more accomplished chefs on your list.
Plant-Powered Families by Dreana Burton is great for those with little ones at home.
I like getting creative with cookbook gifts. Why not give some potholders and kitchen utensils along with a cookbook? Or maybe a gift card to a grocery store like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods? How about pairing a copy of Kathy Hester’s Vegan Slow Cooking for Two with a small slow cooker; giving a copy of Julie Hasson’s Vegan Casseroles with vintage Pyrex; or Zsu Dever’s Vegan Bowls with a nice set of dinner bowls? Other ideas include Terry Hope Romero’s Salad Samurai with a salad spinner, Fran Costigan’s Vegan Chocolate with chocolate and flour, Beverly Lynn Bennett’s Spiralize with a spiralizer, Vegan Pressure Cooking by JL Fields and an Instapot, and The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters with a blender.
Some people like to read, rather than cook, and there are plenty of book choices for them too.
The Happy Vegan by Russell Simmons is a great book for those who are just beginning their vegan journey.
The Carrot Purple by Joel S. Denker is the perfect book for people who are interested in food history.
Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart should be on your gift list for every animal, vegan or not.
The Good Karma Diet by Victoria Moran is perfect for anyone who wants to clean up their diet and live a more healthful life.
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life by Gene Baur is a great gift for anyone who wants to live a gentler, more compassionate life.
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. Two of my favorite sanctuaries are Farm Sanctuary and Catskill Animal Sanctuary.
Health Coaching or Cooking Class Gift Certificates
And now it’s time for my shameless plug. I’m offering gift certificates for my health coaching programs and personalized cooking lessons. Is someone in your life trying to go vegan but needs a little guidance? My Four Week Jump Start program would be perfect! Do you know a vegan who needs some inspiration in the kitchen? I can help! Gift certificates for my programs are 20% off from now until Christmas.
What’s on your holiday wish list this year?