2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Celebrate your loved ones or yourself with some amazing cruelty-free gifts from authors, artists, and businesses that support local non-profits! Whether you're shopping for others or wracking your brain for what to put on your Christmas or (belated) Hanukkah list this year, search no more!

 Reading

For long-time vegans, the vegcurious, and everyone inbetween!

 

Gene Bauer

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life by Gene Bauer

In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur and Gene Stone, author of Forks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of living day-to-day in harmony with your basic values.

 

The Vegiterranean Diet by Julieanna Hever

The Vegiterranean Diet puts nutrition and health into global and historical context. In an informative and engaging way, the book is a mashup of all that is fabulous with the Mediterranean diet, debunking myths, and defining why and how the most perfect diet has developed over time.

 

Persimmon Takes on Humanity by Christopher Locke

Persimmon Takes On Humanity  is the thrilling first novel of the YA series, The Enlightenment Adventures, and for anyone who loved the intensity of The Hunger Games, the social commentary of The Jungle, and the heart of Charlotte’s Web, this will be your new favorite book!

The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath

If you’ve ever wanted to make the plant-based switch but felt overwhelmed about where to start, we have good news: you don’t have to do it alone. The Plant-Based Journey provides the support you need every step of the way to make your transition into eating plant-based a fun and (ful)filling experience!

 

The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner

Studded with full-color photos, The Homemade Vegan Pantry celebrates beautiful, handcrafted foods that don’t take a ton of time, from ice cream and pizza dough, to granola and breakfast sausage. Miyoko Schinner guides readers through the techniques for making French-style buttercreams, roasted tomatoes, and pasta without special equipment. Her easy methods make “slow food” fast, and full of flavor.

 

Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart

The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most—and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of charming illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her humorous, knowledgeable voice, Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them.

 

The Vegan Zombie Cookbook by Jon Tedo and Chris Cooney

A graphic novel cookbook - killer recipes & illustrated adventures of The Vegan Zombie

 

 

 

VegNews Magazine

VegNews is an award-winning vegan magazine and website packed with recipes, travel, news, food, reviews, and so much more. Subscriptions to VegNews Magazine make the perfect gift. And they always send an attractive note announcing the gift. So sign your friends & family up!

 

 

Relaxing

 

Stanford Inn

Stanford Inn

There is perhaps no better gift than a stay at Stanford Inn by the Sea, a vegan eco-resort on the Mendocino coast. The rambling lobby of the Mendocino bed and breakfast is spacious and welcoming. Guest rooms and suites of this boutique hotel in Mendocino are paneled in pine and redwood. Every detail is attended to, from wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light to the sumptuous chef-prepared organic breakfasts in the award-winning Ravens' Restaurant.

 

Exercising

 

GU Energy

GU Energy

Every one of GU's products is formulated to further GU’s mission: to help athletes go faster and longer than ever before. GU's products were recently reformulated so all GU Energy Gels are now vegan!

 

No Meat Athlete

No Meat Athlete

No Meat Athlete is about discovering the healthiest, happiest version of you -- and for many people, that means being active and eating a plant-based diet. The website and book are fantastic resources for both, and their adorable shirts and bumper stickers make great gifts for the veg athletes in your life.

 

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PlantFit Strength and Conditioning

PlantFit Strength and Conditioning is a 1,500 square foot training facility just five blocks southeast of Lake Merritt in Oakland. With a goal oriented style, founders Ed Bauer and Holly Noll focus on helping you get leaner, stronger and better using dynamic movements and functional fitness. As the only all-vegan fitness center in the Bay Area, PlantFit offers an amazing opportunity to join the Bay Area plant-based community while improving your endurance and agility.

Fashion

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Adventure Kitty

Adventure Kitty creates feline inspired apparel that couples clever design with the bottom line softest materials. Adventure Kitty captures moments and stories through awesome design sometimes matched with a simple line description of what’s happening. The perfect gift for the cat lovers in your life.

boootees

BoooTees

Screen-printed t-shirts to show your "Spirit"! Your one-stop-shop for customized, funny, wedding, maternity, or birthday tees! Buy 3, 4th is free!

Herbivore

Herbivore Clothing

From clothing to accessories to buttons and stickers, Herbivore Clothing is the ultimate in vegan apparel. Their classic styles and snarky messages make sure you look fabulous while provoking conversation.

Meaningful Paws

Meaningful Paws

Meaningful Paws is an online clothing and other goods store that is devoted to spreading healthy, compassionate, and positive messages to the world. Launched in early 2015, Meaningful Paws' mission is to provide awareness around animal abuse and to inspire others to treat all creatures equally. Their products are chic and absolutely adorable.

Susan Nichole Vegan Handbags

 Susan Nichole Vegan Handbags

Susan Nichole makes handbags, purses, wallets, and more out of 100% vegan, recycled or earth-friendly materials. Her products fill the void of animal-friendly, designer-quality handbags with flair, elegance and beauty.

 

Vegan Police Shop

The Vegan Police Shop

Stylish designs that make a statement, screen printed by hand in Canada using eco-friendly water-based inks on fair labor clothing. It doesn't get much better than that!

Vehan Veins

Vegan Veins

Deck yourself out with animal rights pins and shirts from this Etsy store. We love its simple motto: "Love Animals, Eat Plants, Be Kind."

Bath & Beauty

Anoush Botanicals

Anoush Botanicals and Organics

Lovely soaps and balms handmade from vegan, palm-oil free ingredients. Their holiday-themed soaps make adorable gifts.

Dr. Bronner's

Dr. Bronner's

Dr. Bronner's soaps are renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness. Run by 4th and 5th generation soapmakers, Dr. Bronner's continues to make their unsurpassed soaps with care and integrity and continues its mission and commitment to building an engine for promoting and advancing positive social change.

Any friend or family member would be lucky to receive a sampling of Dr. Bronner's best-selling vegan, organic soaps, body care, and cleaning products.

Ellovi

Ellovi

Every Ellovi product is made with six wildly harvested ingredients so pure you can eat them. Ellovi butters soak in deep and keep your skin intensely hydrated and nourished for days. Try their body butter and lip butter, made from 100% concentrated ingredients, without any preservatives.

LaRitzy

LaRitzy

Sign up to become a LaRitzy babe, and you'll receive a pretty surprise from the mailman every month with 4-5 full-size vegan beauty products. The perfect fun gift for your glamorous friends.

Spa Organica

Spa Organica

Treat your loved ones in the Bay Area to a spa treatment or facial at Spa Organica, the eco-organic day spa in Berkeley, or stop by to pick up some of their hand-selected collection of cruelty-free and eco-friendly bath and beauty products.

Strawberry Hedgehog

Strawberry Hedgehog

Strawberry Hedgehog has been proudly and mindfully handcrafting vegan, safe, healthy, clean products for you and your family for more than a decade! Strawberry Hedgehog products are all made with love and the highest quality plant based ingredients available. Their soap boxes and sets make for lovely gifts.

Four-Legged Friends

Pet Food Express

Pet Food Express

If you live in the Bay Area, there's no better place to shop for your furry friends than Pet Food Express. They've found homes for more than 10,000 animals through their adoption events, and donated more than $1.6 million to animal-related causes in 2014 alone.

V-Dog

V-Dog

Do you feel guilty about killing one animal to feed another? Worry no more! V-Dog provides 100% complete & balanced nutrition. V-dog proudly meets or exceeds AAFCO adult dog food nutritional standards and is veterinarian approved. V-Dog is a family-run business committed to a win-win-win lifestyle which is for the animals, for the planet and for the opportunity to live a more peaceful life full of abundant health and happiness.

Bay Area Noms

If you or your loved ones live in the Bay Area, consider giving or asking for gift certificates to these amazing local eateries:

Animal Place’s Vegan Republic

Stop by Animal Place's Vegan Republic, the only vegan grocery store in Northern California, to buy some of the other products on this list! They can be your one-stop shop for vegan presents.

 

Citizen Fox

Any foodie would be thrilled to dine at one of Citizen Fox's delectable dinner or brunch pop-ups in San Francisco's Mission district. It was even named one of the top 10 spots for holiday-themed dates by VegNews Magazine!

 

 

House Kombucha

Everyone's favorite beverage these days, kombucha makes a perfect stocking stuffer or it can round out a nice gift basket.

 

NoNo Burger

No No Burger

Your veg friends will jump for joy if you give them a gift certificate for these crave-worthy, decadent burgers, found at the SOMA StrEAT Food Park in San Francisco.

 

Sanctuary Bistro

Sanctuary Bistro

Treat yourself or your loved ones to some fine dining at the Bay Area's only vegan, gluten-free bistro.

Taqueria La Venganza

Taqueria La Venganza

Grab any of your family and friends who love Mexican food and bring them to Taqueria La Venganza's pop-ups on 15th & Harrison in downtown Oakland. It doesn't matter if they're vegan or not, this is some of the best damn Mexican food they'll ever have! Check their Facebook for more upcoming pop-ups.

 

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The Butcher's Son

If you miss chowing down on meaty, cheesy deli fare with your Italian/Jewish grandparents (or just love delicious food), keep an eye out for the opening of The Butcher's Son in Berkeley later this month. Meanwhile, their mozzarella cheese can be found by request on pizzas at Pizza Moda and Cheeseboard.

 

Timeless

Timeless Coffee Roastery and Bakery

You can find elegant gifts for anyone who likes coffee or chocolate (so pretty much anyone) at Timeless Coffee Roastery on Piedmont. Plus, pick up a slice of peppermint cheesecake or order a holiday pie while you're there!

 

Two Mammas

Two Mammas Vegan Kitchen

Grab your favorite brunch buddy and head over to Two Mammas Vegan Kitchen in Fruitvale for some tofu spinach benedict! This charming neighborhood cafe is a work of love that focuses on making delicious healthy, ethically, and locally-sourced food.

 

well.fed.

well.fed.

We can't think of a better treat than a gift certificate for Alicia Smiley's amazing creations. Whether it's wedding catering for 200 people or a custom birthday cake for your best friend, well.fed. will make everyone happy.

 

 National Noms

Wherever you live, make a foodie's holiday by giving them a gift basket full of these delicious treats!

Beanfields

Beanfields

Vegan Doritos. Need we say more? Better yet, these bean chips pack a big nutritional punch with 5g of protein, and they have a much smaller carbon and water footprint than corn. Beanfields values sustainability and health, using as many recycled products as possible and ensuring all chips are Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan-friendly, and certified gluten-free.

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Better Bean

You'll never want to eat canned beans again. These perfectly seasoned, nutrient-packed beans make for the perfect taco filling, dip, or eat-it-with-a-spoon snack.

 

Chicago Vegan Foods

Chicago Vegan Foods

Chicago Vegan Foods makes two of the most classic vegan products - Dandies marshmallows and Teese vegan cheese alternative. Adorable gift idea: make a vegan hot chocolate kit! Include a cute mug, cocoa powder (find slavery-free brands using Food Empowerment Project's guide), almond milk, and Dandies!

Daiya

Daiya

While they're best-known for their shredded cheeses, Daiya's product line now includes cream cheese, yogurt, and frozen pizzas and cheesecakes!

Earth Balance

Earth Balance

Much like Daiya, Earth Balance's product line has grown from their classic buttery spread into a wide array of vegan indulgences! Every snack food you loved as a kid, from cheez-its to cheese puffs to mac n'cheese, is now available from Earth Balance.

Field Roast

Field Roast

Even the heartiest meat-lover will be satisfied chowing down on some smoked apple sage sausages, Chao cheese, or hazelnut cranberry roast en croute. You can make Field Roast a gift, or the centerpiece of your holiday dinner. Field Roast is also one of the few soy-free veg meat options on the market.

 

Gardein

Gardein

From orange chicken to fishless filets to crispy tenders, Gardein has it all. During food sampling events, we've convinced many a mom to switch from Tyson to Gardein when their children couldn't tell that the crispy tenders were meat-free. Adults adore them, too!

 

Hampton Creek

Hampton Creek

Hampton Creek Foods aims its sights much higher than making an egg-free mayo; they have set out to change the world. They are succeeding by replacing egg-y products like mayonnaise, cookie dough, and soon, scrambled eggs, with healthier and more sustainable versions in kitchens and cafeterias around the world.

 

Hilary's Eat Well

Hilary's Eat Well

 Hilary's Eat Well makes delicious products that are free of all major allergens; they are corn-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, yeast-free, nut-free, and egg-free. So how do they measure up in terms of taste? They've won multiple awards for best bites and burgers.

 

Lighter Culture

Lighter

Do you know someone who wants to eat healthier, but doesn't have the time/energy/knowledge to cook? Lighter offers nutritionally-crafted meal plans and groceries straight to your door! Give yourself or a family member the gift of a personal nutritionist that does all the grocery shopping and brings you food that you love, for just $5/meal.

 

Miyoko's Kitchen

Miyoko's Creamery

Make someone's day (or year) by gifting them delectable cultured cashew cheeses from Miyoko's Creamery. Even devout cheese snobs are excited to spread Miyoko's herbs de provence or smoked farmhouse cheddar on crackers or eat it straight out of the package. It also makes for a perfect gift with its elegant packaging.

 Rebel

Rebel Mylk

Stuff some stockings with delicious coffee, chai or chocolate-flavored coconut milk from Rebel Kitchen!

 

Sjaak's

 

Sjaak's Organic Chocolates

 

Looking for vegan chocolates to celebrate the holiday season? Sjaak's offers beautiful assortments that make lovely gifts.

 

Sophie's Kitchen

Sophie's Kitchen

Enjoy seafood without any of the slavery or bycatch! Sophie's Kitchen products are realistic, but healthier, more compassionate, and more sustainable. Also great for people with seafood allergies, like the founder's daughter and the company's namesake, Sophie.

 

Upton's Naturals

Upton's Naturals

In a sandwich, in a salad, on the grill, on a taco, Upton's Naturals are delicious in any culinary scenario! They've also recently started carrying jackfruit meat, which is soy and wheat free!

 

Vegan Essentials 

Vegan Essentials

Shop online for all of the food products listed above! If you prefer shopping in the comfort of your own home, or if you live in a town without many vegan-friendly grocery stores, Vegan Essentials is your one-stop shop.

 

Vegan Cuts

Vegan Cuts

Vegan Cuts is one of the most fun gift ideas - they offer a snack box and a beauty box, each with new all-vegan products delivered to your home every month. It's a great way to discover new companies and products, and treat yourself or a loved one to a fun surprise every month.

 

Zevia

Zevia Soda

Another great stocking stuffer, especially for people looking to lose weight & avoid sugar. Zevia is the perfect way to enjoy soda without any of the ill health effects (did you see what happened to the Coca-Cola polar bears?).


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