The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. – Charles Dudley Warner
Hello bunnies! Happy holidays, whatever you celebrate (if at all!)!!!
My beautiful vegan gal pals and I just had our annual holiday party & gift exchange, where we dress up, eat vegan cheese and desserts, and have a White Elephant/Yankee Swap gift exchange of all of our favorite vegan things. The exchange is always wonderful, full of amazing gifts for around $20. It occurred to me this might be helpful to anyone looking to buy a last minute gift for the passionate vegan in their life!
Last Minute Vegan Gift Ideas
1. Cookbooks (natch)
Cookbooks are always a good route with a vegan, or anyone who likes cooking. The top two books for us this year were the Oh She Glows Cookbook and the Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*uck cookbook.
Oh She Glows is a gorgeous, feminine compilation of over 100 healthy easy recipes. Thug Kitchen is a hilarious, naughty compilation of over 100 easy recipes. Both have coffee table appeal and are well loved by my group.
2. Local Gifts
Being the conscientious little vegans we are, there were a ton of gifts from local artists/vendors/shops. We are fortunate to have some cool stores in San Diego, but I think almost every town has some kind of shop that features local goods.
Some highlights were earrings made from pyrite and an adorable little herb garden in a wooden holder.
(If you would like to buy a gift at Lush instead, read my top 5 best vegan Lush products review).
It may sound silly, but us vegans love our reusable containers! Mason jars are a big hit in our group, as are glass water bottles and reusable bags and totes. A lot of vegans are aware of the environmental impact of our choices, and because of this, long-lasting, non-plastic gifts are great. Plus, we need somewhere to store all our nutritional yeast!
One company I love to recommend is Envirosax Resuable Bags. They are a San Diego based company that is committed to helping the world reduce it’s dependency on disposable plastic. Their bags are GORGEOUS (check this Envirosax Anastasia 5-pack, the designs are stunning) and extremely comfortable to use – I own several and keep them in my purse because I refuse to shop without them. My ex loved them as well, we’d keep them in the car so we wouldn’t forget them. Great for guys, gals and every one in-between/outside! Envirosax also offers water bottles and wine bottle carriers.
5. Portable Food Prep
Vegans need healthy food on the go, since we often have to bring our own food to everything. Anything that can help us transport food and/or prepare it on the fly is much appreciated. This includes things like a Magic Bullet Blender for making smoothies at work, cool lunch boxes (Bento Boxes are all the rage), or reusable sandwich bags.
One of the cutest and most unexpected gifts of the night was this Le Creust Stoneare 20-Ounce Mini Bean Pot, a ceramic pot that can withstand freezing to extremely high heat. This pot is great for transporting and heating up individual servings of stew, beans, soups, etc. It can be microwaved or baked. Also cute for condiments or seasonings.
I hope some of these ideas help you out in your mad-dash to find the perfect gift for the vegan in your life. At the end of the day, buying for a vegan isn’t as hard as it might seem. Just try to think of what will make their life a little easier, or what will represent their values. Think local, think reusable/eco-friendly, and think practical.
Happy holidays everyone!