A Guide to Gifting Compassionately
By: Natalie Blanton
If you are like me, your family and friends who are not yet living the plant-based life, are so confused by you — particularly during the holidays. “So, you really cannot eat these creamy mashed potatoes? I mean, potatoes are vegetables.” Or, “There is only a little bit of butter in this baklava, eat up!” Through these common dialogues, and as I was doing outreach on last week’s Fur-Free Friday, I was reminded of the confusion that often shrouds cruelty-free gift-giving (devoid of all animal by-products including wool, leather, down, fur, etc.)
In an effort to help clear some of this confusion — I have created a compassionate gift guide — including some of my unique favorites — both local and abroad!
- Ahimsa Swag
Our friend Kent Maurer, Park City plant-based fitness expert and creator of One Single Act has created these “Ahimsa” and “Do No Harm!” t-shirts and hoodies for order. There are various colors ands styles to pick from in order to spread this message. We love them! Order yours here.
- Vegan French Pastries
We have fallen in love with Salt Lake’s Passion Flour Patisserie, an all-vegan, non-GMO, and organic bakery complete with croissants, macarons, creme brûlée, mousse, and everything delectable in between!
- Plant-Based Twinkies
Salt Lake’s very own Cake Walk Baking Company [located within the incredible Frisch: Compassionate Eatery] is home to the nation’s only vegan twinkies, or dillos, and they are remarkable! Perfect stocking stuffers!
- Vegan Bike Bags
Velo City Bags of Salt Lake City stands by their ability to make comfortable, modern, and rugged bags to survive the Utah weather. “We make our designs. We cut our patterns. We make every bag by hand. Made vegan, by vegans.” These bags are a locals favorite because they are innovative and unique!
- Purring Buddha
Wow, we love these soaps. Made in Salt Lake City, the creator of these delicious scrubs and bath bombs ensures the soaps are 100% vegan friendly.
- Ride for the Animals
The 2016 Animal Liberation Racing team kits have been announced, and this year they are benefitting Sage Mountain! We could be more grateful/excited to sport these, while proceeds go
directly to farm animal advocacy! Order your cycling, swimming, running or other ALR Sage Mountain active wear here.
NOT AS LOCAL
There are so many wonderful books for your animal loving friends and family, as well as some guides to further the plant-based movement! To peruse vegan cookbooks, animal stories, or other incredible titles, I recommend shopping local at Dolly’s Bookstore.
One of our favorites from this year is Tracey Stewart’s Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better. We are overwhelmed with joy to see this remarkable book repeatedly hit #1 on the NY Times Bestsellers list!
- Vegan Knit Co.
Incredibly affordable and adorable ear-warmers, hats, etc. all hand-made with love and cruelty-free acrylic yarn!
- Matt & Nat
Higher-end and amazing cruelty-free bags, purses, wallets, etc. from this innovative Canadian company.
- Necklaces with a Message
Friends Not Food or Spay and Neuter are just a few of the wonderful inscriptions on these vegan necklaces. Make an adorable gift for dog & cat people or the fully plant-based individuals on your list!
- Men’s Grooming Items
Shaving soap, skin care, sugar scrubs, and the like, here!
Or, how about some bay rum scented beard oil?
- If you want to keep the innovative gifts coming, try Vegan Cuts as they collect the very best cruelty-free products, pack them up, and send them to your favorite people!
Lastly, here are our friends of Utah Animal Rights Coalition doing a banner drop on last week’s Fur Free Friday, reminding you and yours to keep your holidays cruelty-free!
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