This may sound silly, but I don’t think people realise how far veganism affects your everyday life. Every ingredients list is scanned and every buying decision becomes a little more complicated than just walking in a picking up the first or the cheapest bar of soap you see, for example. It is also a minefield when it comes to the festive season, with well-meaning friends or family choosing a gift that can sometimes end up going to a foodbank or neighbour because it contains an animal product. We’re not ungrateful – honest – and we can’t just ‘not be vegan’ for a day so we consume the products we’ve been gifted either!
I’ve put together a little guide of some of the things the Canny Food family would like to see under the tree this year. I’ve listed gifts on the less expensive end of the scale to help out with the Secret Santas or stocking fillers you may have to purchase for us ‘annoying’ vegans. I hope this helps 🙂
This Bavarian lager goes down a treat with a curry – vegan, of course – and is available online to order from Amazon here. This will be especially helpful on Boxing Day with the leftovers! It seems surprising to many that not all beers and lagers are vegetarian or vegan friendly, so it can be a bit of a minefield.
YMCA Urban Mushrooms GrowBox
For those who are interested in food miles and sustainability, I personally think a GrowBox like this one from YMCA Newcastle is a great gift idea. Just open up the package, water, watch them flourish, harvest and enjoy. Even those who aren’t green fingered will be able to grow their own!
Essy & Bella Chocolate
You can’t beat the gift of chocolate and Essy & Bella’s range of Chrismassy flavours are sure to get you some brownie points. Free from the top 14 allergens, this range of chocolate is the perfect gift for those wanting to show that being vegan or having specialist dietary requirements doesn’t require a compromise on treats.
M&S Chocolate and Coconut Cream
Proving extremely popular with those missing Baileys since becoming vegan – the official Almond version is now available in the UK but difficult to get hold of – M&S have come up trumps with their coconut and chocolate alternative.
Thamon London is an eco-design company developing pure fashion accessories from real tree leaves. In 2013 with the help of UEA Norwich Thamon designed the technology of preserving leaves of plants into fibre sheets, suitable for making wallets and bags. It’s great to find a range of fashion accessories that are focused on sustainability as much as trends and practicality. From wallets to rucksacks, there’s plenty of choice,
I’m a big fan of Oliver Bonas jewellery (hint hint) but it was The Little Book of Veganism that caught my eye last time I was in store. A great stocking filler for those about to embark on Veganuary or as a friendly ‘prod’ to loved ones who say ‘But bacon!’ when you discuss an animal product free lifestyle.
Lush Christmas Bath Time Favourites
Many of the products from Lush are suitable for vegans, although it’s worth looking out for the V logo to be doubly sure. This Christmas Hamper is packed with goodies that are bound to get a thumbs up from those who love a bit of festive sparkle! For those looking for something a little cheaper for a stocking, check out their range of bath bombs.
For those who are time pushed, supermarkets like Asda and Tesco have launched their own Free From lines that have been very popular over the last few months. The Truffle Collection from Asda is a great gift idea if you’re visiting friends over the Christmas period.Moo Free selection boxes are a great idea for kids who are dairy free for whatever reason. Available from Holland & Barrett, local vegan stores and Aldi, you won’t have to venture too far to find one.Speaking of Aldi, many of their special Chrismtas lines – like these Spiced Biscuits – are accidentall vegan. You’ll also find a variety of chocolate creams flavours that are also SFV. Budget friendly, they’re sure to win a smile from those they’re gifted too. It just goes to show how far veganism has come in the last 12 months.
Thanks for reading,