Gift Ideas For That Special Vegan On Your List

1) For The Chocolate Lover: Order ANYTHING from any of these 100% vegan companies!

  Desiderio Chocolates  The caramels and nougat are divine

Desiderio Chocolates The caramels and nougat are divine

  Lagusta's Luscious  Both traditional and exotic gourmet flavors, with beautiful presentation

Lagusta's Luscious Both traditional and exotic gourmet flavors, with beautiful presentation

  Premium Chocolatiers  All vegan, plus nut-free and gluten-free items galore

Premium Chocolatiers All vegan, plus nut-free and gluten-free items galore

  Sweet and Sara  They actually specialize in marshmallows, but a lot of the items are drenched in chocolate

Sweet and Sara They actually specialize in marshmallows, but a lot of the items are drenched in chocolate

2) For the Bacon Lover:

 Kettle Brand Maple Bacon Potato Chips (available online through  Vegan Essentials , but also in many mainstream supermarkets, right in the regular potato chip aisle). Yes, yes, this is really vegan!

Kettle Brand Maple Bacon Potato Chips (available online through Vegan Essentials, but also in many mainstream supermarkets, right in the regular potato chip aisle). Yes, yes, this is really vegan!

3) For the Athlete / Fitness Enthusiast:

 Subscription to Brendan Brazier's  Thrive Magazine  for plant-based athletes.

Subscription to Brendan Brazier's Thrive Magazine for plant-based athletes.

 A copy of professional vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke's new book  Shred It!

A copy of professional vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke's new book Shred It!

4) For the Foodie: Treat them to lunch or dinner at their favorite restaurant, or get them a gift certificate! Many vegans LOVE eating, and will tell you all about their favorite restaurants if you ask. But if you still need suggestions, here are a few restaurants that ANY foodie will love, whether they are vegan or not:

  Shojin  (Los Angeles and Culver City, CA, USA). Too many faves here to list, but one of them is definitely the Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sushi Roll. Make sure to save room for dessert.

Shojin (Los Angeles and Culver City, CA, USA). Too many faves here to list, but one of them is definitely the Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sushi Roll. Make sure to save room for dessert.

  Vegilicious  (Huntington Beach, CA, USA) Must try: Housemade Japanese-Style Curry. the portion sizes here are already very generous, but You can order an extra-large portion for a small additional cost. Do it.

Vegilicious (Huntington Beach, CA, USA) Must try: Housemade Japanese-Style Curry. the portion sizes here are already very generous, but You can order an extra-large portion for a small additional cost. Do it.

  Freesoulcaffe  (Tustin, CA, USA) Their Potato Rosemary Pizza is one of the best pizzas we've ever had. Plus they have gourmet pasta, burgers, sammies, desserts, and more.

Freesoulcaffe (Tustin, CA, USA) Their Potato Rosemary Pizza is one of the best pizzas we've ever had. Plus they have gourmet pasta, burgers, sammies, desserts, and more.

  Seabirds Kitchen  (Costa Mesa, CA, USA). Beer-Battered-Avocado-Tacos. With Creamy Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce and Crunchy Lime Coleslaw. Yes, it's as good as it sounds.

Seabirds Kitchen (Costa Mesa, CA, USA). Beer-Battered-Avocado-Tacos. With Creamy Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce and Crunchy Lime Coleslaw. Yes, it's as good as it sounds.

  Peace Cafe  (Honolulu, HI, USA) Shown here is the Heart and Seoul Bibimbap with fresh tofu. They even have vegan spam musubi for kamaainas.

Peace Cafe (Honolulu, HI, USA) Shown here is the Heart and Seoul Bibimbap with fresh tofu. They even have vegan spam musubi for kamaainas.

  Veggie Grill  (CA, OR, WA west coast chain, USA). Very tasty vegan versions of classics like cheeseburgers, Caesar salad, and Buffalo wings.

Veggie Grill (CA, OR, WA west coast chain, USA). Very tasty vegan versions of classics like cheeseburgers, Caesar salad, and Buffalo wings.

5) For the Shoe, Purse, and Fashion Lover: Shoes, purses, wallets, bags, belts, gift cards, and more are available from these 100% vegan stores!

  Mooshoes  has brick and mortar stores in Los Angeles, CA, USA, and New York, NY, USA as well as an online store.  Coupon codes  for December available!

Mooshoes has brick and mortar stores in Los Angeles, CA, USA, and New York, NY, USA as well as an online store. Coupon codes for December available!

  Alternative Outfitters  online store. USE Coupon code veganholiday2014 for 25% off on shoes thru Dec 31, 2014!

Alternative Outfitters online store. USE Coupon code veganholiday2014 for 25% off on shoes thru Dec 31, 2014!

  Vegan Chic  online store

Vegan Chic online store


6) For the Animal Lover:

 Adopt in their name a rescued cow, chicken, turkey, or pig from  Farm Sanctuary  or their favorite animal sanctuary.

Adopt in their name a rescued cow, chicken, turkey, or pig from Farm Sanctuary or their favorite animal sanctuary.

 Give them a handwritten note promising you'll watch the documentary  Earthlings (view the 95 min film free online) . You don't have to go vegan...simply making an effort to understand why your loved one is vegan will mean so much to them.

Give them a handwritten note promising you'll watch the documentary Earthlings (view the 95 min film free online). You don't have to go vegan...simply making an effort to understand why your loved one is vegan will mean so much to them.

If Earthlings is too intense (many of the images of animal suffering are quite graphic, and can be disturbing even for those who are not vegans/animal lovers), there are many other great documentaries you could offer to watch. Highly recommended is Vegucated (hilarious, touching, informational), which follows three New Yorkers as they attempt to go vegan for 6 weeks. Cowspiracy is an excellent documentary for anyone who cares about the environmental impacts of what we eat. Forks Over Knives (discusses compelling and encouraging health benefits of a whole food, plant-based vegan diet) is great for anyone interested in the relationship between food and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more.  Again, simply making the effort to understand why your friend or loved one is vegan by watching any or all of these films will mean so much to them. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that don't cost much money, but show that you care.

 My treasured copy of  Vegucated  autographed by the film maker and one of the stars, Marisa Miller Wolfson!

My treasured copy of Vegucated autographed by the film maker and one of the stars, Marisa Miller Wolfson!

  Cowspiracy  is a great film for those who care about the environment.

Cowspiracy is a great film for those who care about the environment.

  Forks Over Knives  is not about animals, but provides valuable information for those wanting to learn about the health impacts of the foods we choose to eat.

Forks Over Knives is not about animals, but provides valuable information for those wanting to learn about the health impacts of the foods we choose to eat.

Thanks for reading. Please share this post with anyone who loves a vegan. Happy holidays, peace, and love to all who live.

Susan