Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Looking for vegan Christmas presents? Read my gift guide of cruelty-free presents to find the perfect vegan gift this Christmas.

Christmas is fast approaching so if you're stuck for ideas on what to give your vegan loved ones, I've put together this guide of presents I can wholeheartedly recommend. These are both gifts I've happily received myself and a few other things that I've used and loved for a while.

The Vegan Kind Subscription

I'm a big fan of The Vegan Kind, having been a subscriber for over two years now. If you're unfamiliar, they curate a monthly box of vegan food and lifestyle goodies such as chocolate, marshmallows and candles. Opening my box is something I always look forward to and it's so much easier to have some tasty vegan snacks around when you don't feel like making something. You can read my posts about some of their past boxes here and here.

Lush Fighting Animal Testing Bag

Any Lush fan will love this tote to show off their support for animal rights. Made from Fair Trade organic cotton, it's a really great way to raise awareness of the cruelty-free message and of course means you don't need to use plastic bags.

Vegan Life Magazine Subscription

This is such a fantastic magazine if you're interested in cruelty-free and veganism. Every issue has a mix of cruelty-free news, interviews with well known vegans, animal rights articles and delicious recipes too. I love the feeling of community I find reading this magazine and it was one of the very useful resources that helped me to go from vegetarian to vegan.


Looking for vegan Christmas presents? Read my gift guide of cruelty-free presents to find the perfect vegan gift this Christmas.


A Living Tree

A potted Christmas tree is a great environmentally friendly option as you can plant it in your garden after the season to enjoy all year round. If you want to keep things even more sustainable you can make your own Christmas decorations from natural materials like dried fruit, cinnamon sticks and pinecones.

The flower delivery company Bloom & Wild have this beautiful table-top tree* that arrives through the letterbox, and even comes with moss and a little collapsible canvas pot to keep it in. It's really so exciting to get a tiny Christmas tree in the post! This makes for such a pretty and unusual present that's also very thoughtful if someone's out at work all day and isn't home for deliveries.

Soy Candles

Soy candles are the best cruelty-free alternative to beeswax, and the gorgeous vegan ones from Harper's Bizarre are handmade from sustainable sources. My favourite is Jingle Bells - a warm scent of spices and oranges that just smells so much like Christmas. These candles burn for hours and certainly make the holiday evenings feel cosy.

Cookbooks

Such a helpful present for anyone just getting started with vegan cooking. Currently my most used recipe book is Deliciously Ella Every Day. Complete with gorgeous foodie Instagrams and weekly shopping lists, I really like that the same ingredients are used throughout for practicality. So far all the recipes I've made have been much quicker and easier than I expected, thanks to the short ingredients lists, and turned out really tasty too. It is a plant based cookbook so sometimes honey is included in the recipes, but this can easily be replaced with maple syrup.

Keep It Vegan is another great one, particularly if you want to make something a bit special like a 'shepherdess pie' or mint chocolate birthday cake. Most of the ingredients are easily available and there's such a variety of recipes that you'll never get bored cooking vegan. Both books have encouraged me to be more confident in my cooking and learn to use up what I have, as well as eating healthier too.

Tesco Free From Chocolate Selection Box

At £2 you can't go wrong with this mini collection of dairy free chocolate! I haven't tried this yet but I'm hoping it'll be under the tree for me this year.


If you're looking for even more cruelty-free gift ideas, take a look at my guide to Vegan Beauty Stocking Fillers. And of course let me know your ideas for vegan Christmas gifts and what's on your wishlist this year ;)

Gemima


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Resources | November

Confused about cruelty-free? Read my round-up of the latest cruelty-free and vegan resources for news, events and Christmas gift guides.

Tis the season for Christmas shopping! I've rounded up a list of cruelty-free and vegan gift guides for this year, so you'll have no problems deciding what to buy for any vegans in your life (or treats for yourself).

Parent companies were a hot topic again this month and whilst there's a lot I could say on the subject, I always think it's best for people to make their own decisions on who to buy from and to support each other's cruelty-free choices.

Cruelty-Free News & Beauty

India banned the use of the Draize test on rabbits for drug testing, ending a notoriously unreliable practise to adopt more advanced and humane alternatives.

Estée Lauder bought out cruelty-free brand Too Faced. Too Faced have stated they intend to remain cruelty-free and will not be entering the Chinese market. This is Estée Lauder's second acquisition of a cruelty-free brand in recent months, after they bought out make-up brand Becca, who also state they will stay true to their cruelty-free status

If you're confused about what all the recent buy outs mean, Vicky put together this excellent guide to explain Parent Company Animal Testing.

Vegan Food & Events

Tofurky are launching a range of vegan sandwiches and they sound so good. Pre-packed vegan lunch options can be pretty scarce so these are long awaited.

A Vegan Christmas Festival is coming to Cardiff this Sunday December 4th. The first festival was a great success, hosting all the best local vegan food and this one has another excellent line up of tasty treats.

If you're looking for a vegan event near you, Sarah has some great cruelty-free Winter Dates For Your Diary.

Christmas Gift Guides

Vegan Lifestyle | A Festive Gift Guide from (not so) quiet girl.

The Mini Vegan Christmas Gift Guide from Katie Vibes.

Vegan Holiday Gift Guide For Him from Ethical Elephant.

Vegan Christmas Gift Guide from Spice Box Of Earth.

Why I'm Buying Second Hand Gifts This Year from What Lauren Did Today.


Gemima

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