Looking for holiday gifts for the vegans and vegetarians in your life? Whatever your price range and your vegan’s interests and tastes, the right present is out there, and it’s probably in here. Use our gift guide for all your holiday shopping, and what the heck — you may not be able to resist getting a little something for yourself.
Gift Baskets & Goodies
For the newbie vegan, the Go Vegan! Gift Basket is a welcome resource, stuffed full of snacks plus a cookbook to get started down the cruelty-free path. $52.95.
If your vegan is the punk or biker type, a commanding faux leather jacket is the way to go. Find an almost bewildering variety of them at Polyvore, ranging from $32 on up.
If you’re looking to spend a little more, check out the luxurious, non-wool coats at Vaute Couture. If the vegan you’re shopping for happens to be me, take a special peek at The Audrey. $420. Hey, I can dream.
Your mecca for non-leather shoes is Mooshoes, an online store with a brick & mortar location in Manhattan. They carry all the big names in vegan shoes, plus belts, bags, jackets and message wear like buttons and t-shirts. No need to guess your giftee’s size: just get a gift card.
Pangea and Vegan Essentials both carry a wide selection of goods beyond sugary delicacies, including clothes, accessories and toiletry products for him and her. Vegan boutique Alternative Outfitters is another good choice for these items and makes holiday shopping easy with a collection of “cruelty free and animal friendly gift ideas for men & women!” Ideas include four pages of products for women including faux Uggs ($39) and vegan nail polish ($7.75), and three pages of men’s shoes, wallets, card holders, belts, t-shirts and more.
For men only, surf on over to The Discerning Brute for their round-up of the season’s enviable fashion do’s, like Matt & Nat’s line of bags for Apple ($149.95-$199.95) and socks “made from recycled pine-tree pruning [that] are soft as hell, not to mention they are…temperature-regulating and anti-bacterial.” These sartorial miracles cost 13 English pounds plus, I assume, the cost of shipping across the pond.
It can be hard for men to find quality non-silk ties. You can help out the dapper vegan guy in your life with a little something from Jaan J. They’ve got something for every style: traditional, skinny, bow ties, ascots, plus tie clips and some other snappy accessories. The ties range from $24.50 to $80.
Gifts That Do Good
Show your vegan you care with a gift that helps one of her or his causes. Here are a few possibilities:
Farm Sanctuary, a leader in the crusade to rescue and care for animals who were trapped in the factory farming system, has an Adopt-A-Farm Animal program that lets you take a special role in one of the farm residents’ lives. The gift recipient will get an “adoption package, Sanctuary newsletter, and calendar and shelter event invitations.” Pick your species and price range. Visit the website to complete the sponsorship form or call the Sanctuary.
Our Hen House, an online magazine promoting pro-animal activism (full disclosure: I write a kick-ass column there), offers a range of gifts, including a silver and hematite necklace ($75 donation) and access to the magazine’s members-only content ($100 donation).
Compassion Over Killing, an activist organization working against factory farming, offers a collection of gifts that includes holiday cards featuring a photo of some cute snuggling piggies, a five-DVD set of “Clinical Nutrition” by the ever popular and informative Michael Greger M.D. and vegetarian guides to a bunch of cities.
There are so many vegan cookbooks on the market that it is hard to pick out the best ones. Authors Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero are always popular, so for starters take a look at their collaboration Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. A bit of vegan cookbook news: PETA has reissued its classic 1993 The Compassionate Cook: Or, Please Don’t Eat the Animals! Flip straight to the fudge recipe. You’re welcome.
Fans of handmade crafts will find a lot to love at the Vegan Etsy Team’s website. A diverse group of artisans come together to offer a wide variety of vegan handmade products from fudge to t-shirts, personalized ornaments to an Elvish Princess Crystal Headdress, and paintings to perfume.
Some Time With You
If you’d like to give the gift of yourself, take your vegan out for a great meal and some quality time. You can find information about vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants at Happy Cow, a global “healthy eating guide.”
One thing most vegans want is for more people to go vegan. If you’re really into the holiday spirit this season, commit to your vegan that you will go vegan yourself for a week, or a month, or forever. You won’t be sorry, and you will make your vegan’s holiday. That’s a present that will never be forgotten.