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The holiday season is upon us! And if you’re still looking for some presents – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Most of us probably vow every year to get this done earlier, but sometimes life gets in the way. This is why we’ve got 27+ gift ideas in the following five categories to help you on your quest to find the perfect gift for the plant lovers in your life:
Donations/Gifts That Keep on Giving
So, this might be the most obvious category, but food can be a great gift. Because if you’re plant-based, you’re more than likely a food enthusiast to some extent. The first option for a plant-based gift is a vegan cheese assortment from Miyokos. I did this a couple Christmases ago, and it was a hit!
Dear Bella is a vegan ice cream company that ships nationwide. They’ve got a bunch of different varieties of dairy-free ice creams that you can ship to a plant-based person in your life.
Another company that we are big fans of are Three Girls Vegan Creamery. If you go to their website, the Three Girls have different desserts, pizzas as well as holiday bundles. So, if you’re even looking for just something to add to your holiday dinner, look no further.
Or, if you’re looking for something gluten-free, why not try Karma Baker? They ship nationwide and provide vegan and gluten-free desserts and different treats. They offer many drool-worthy desserts and are very creative with their baking. Rather looking for a cold treat?
Do you like the idea of edible cookie dough? Then try DŌ, which is totally plant-based.
If you want to support something more local, you can buy a gift card for your local vegan restaurant. And if they don’t offer gift cards, why not gift a personalized coupon for a meal together? That way, you are sharing your time, too. And remember that during the pandemic, a lot of restaurants were suffering, so your money will go to the right place.
Donations / Gifts That Keep on Giving
Donations are the kind of gifts that keep on giving. You can donate to a sanctuary in honor of the person you’re gifting it to. If you are looking for a gift for an animal lover, then this is perfect. One that we really like is the Woodstock Sanctuary in New York. They usually sponsor a turkey towards Thanksgiving, for example. Another sanctuary is When Pigs Fly Ranch, where they offer sponsorships for little piggies. And again, a lot of sanctuaries are struggling after COVID because they couldn’t do their tours and had to keep people away. So, any help that you can give them is always nice and will add to those karma points.
A great gift for a plant or garden lover is a year of composting services. They’ll just come and pick up your compost for you. If you don’t have a yard or if you don’t want to deal with worms or dirt, they’ll take care of that for you. Or if you are lucky enough to live near a farmers’ market or CSA, your community-supported agriculture, go and see if they have some type of produce subscription. A lot of times they may include some unique items that are not available at the store.
But perhaps you want to opt for more educational books, which there are a million out there. One that we really like is Intuitive Eating, which isn’t necessarily plant-based, but it’s a very important book, along with Body Respect, which really challenges fat phobia. Or maybe Fiber Fueled and the Fiber Fueled Cookbook by Dr. Will Bolsowitz, if you want to learn more about fiber and the microbiome. And of course, there is Dr. Greger’s How Not to Die or Dr. Campbell’s The China Study, which are staples in the plant-based bookshelf. If you have someone in your life who likes more of the educational aspect of plant-based nutrition, those might be some great options for them.
Most likely, if you are plant-based, you also spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Therefore, kitchen gadgets make great gifts. And when you’re vegan or new to it, you also might find that you need new kitchen gadgets. And it all starts with a good knife. We like Wustof, which is really money well spent. Invest in a good blender, which will stick with someone for a long time. A good Blendtec or Vitamix can last for over 12 years. But you can also get a refurbished one, which is even more sustainable AND affordable. Instapots or air fryers are other common staples in plant-based kitchens. They make cooking in batch and meal prepping so much easier.
Do you want to learn more about plant-based nutrition and intuitive eating or want to surprise someone with a gift like that? Then we’ve got what you’re looking for. We are offering $100 off for our course in November and December: You can use the code HOLIDAY22 to get your discount. You can gift that to a friend or to yourself. We’ll talk about meal planning and meal prepping, intuitive eating and how to go plant-based.
Other than that, there are also vegan virtual cooking classes if you prefer a more hands-on approach. You could also plan a trip to a local sanctuary or invest in a vegan cheese-makingkit. That can be fun for someone who likes to be creative in the kitchen and experiment and try new things. Or perhaps a Kombucha brewing if someone like drinks and fermentation.
There you have it, 27+ gift ideas for a plant-based person. Hopefully, this was helpful, and we could inspire you. We hope you have a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season with a little less stress this time, as you now know what to gift your loved ones.
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