God I love a good “not” joke. In my mind I live in a world where Wayne’s World just came out a couple years ago and the year 2011 still seems like the future. But the future is now and Christmas is coming, so here is my annual gift guide. This really sprung from a “things I wish people would buy me” post but the people in my life do not tend to buy me presents from the internet. So maybe your family will. Or maybe you just want to buy yourself something from independent artists or for the vegans in your life. Either way, it is one of my most favorite posts to do.
For vegans especially it is really nice to get gifts that go to a good cause so may I first suggest the Sunny Days in Texas which helps a farm animal sanctuary and was put together by myself and a bunch of awesome folks here in Texas.Or the Hungry Monkey Vegan Cookzine which I just got the other day and benefits rescued lab monkeys!
I really really want the Beagle Freedom Project 2012 calendar, because they are doing amazing work freeing beagles from animal testing operations and they are doing such a great job raising awareness of the issue. And I love beagles like crazy.
Another great gift idea that supports trap and neuter programs for feral cats is the Teal Cat Project, which reclaims or I guess claims old cat tchotkes and makes them beautiful. They are out of cats this second but more are surely on the way and they have cute T-shirts and other items.
If you’d like to support a wonderful vegan artisan and know someone who longs for the days of Mystery Science Theater 3000 check out this awesomest of awesome Tom Servo Apron. Panda With Cookiehas the cutest stuff on ety including moose onesieis, tofu pirate pillows, and even personalized cat ornaments made to order!
Panda With Cookie also teamed up this year with Food For Lovers, aka the makers of the most addictive and greatest queso in the world to make a little gift set that includes a little felt ornament or a queso cozy (soooo cute)Another one of my favorite crafty vegans, my zoetrope had the cutest paintings, pins, plushes, and even a 12 month wall calendar on sale it her shop. I ❤ the space dachshund!
If you know someone who is always cold Treewool could change their life for the better! Headbands, scarves, hats and even an ear warmer are all on sale inside her shop and it’s all vegan and handmade.
A lot of vegans are big Buffy nerds and most of them would be stoked to find these Yummy Sushi Pajamas so that they too can make rousing speeches while wearing them.
Or maybe the vegan in your life is a Star Wars nerd, if so they will probably love you for the rest of your life if you get them this R2-D2 planetarium. You can watch the stars while listening the John Williams soundtrack!
Or maybe your vegan is that other kind of nerd that has fantisized about wearing an original Star Trek uniform her whole life. Here is an etsy seller who will make them to order!
Or maybe you want to wear it for that special someone which could lead to needing these next Christmas.
Or if you know more of a general nerd baby, not necessarily star trek, then perhaps this narwhal plush is the way to go.
Other gifts that your friend might like, or maybe your friendly neighborhood hippie is this amazing mushroom growing kit which has everything you need to get started.
This kitchen tape timer is another great idea for the person in your life who maybe would be classified as a kitchen nerd. Or a foodie or whatever.
This robot tea infuser is the perfect gift for the tea drinker who is anti-lace and pretty flowers but pro robot and stainless steel.
Or maybe you know someone who loves mushrooms, woodland scenes or terrariums, or all of the above! You could buy this super cool one on etsy or you could probably make one yourself for a few dollars and googling “moss terrarium”
It is a fact that most vegans love cookbooks and a lot of us have a TON so if you are buying one for Christmas, be on the safe side and get them one that came out in the last couple months like Vegan Pie in the Sky (maybe they will make you a pie)
Or the nice glossy Candle 79 (maybe they will make you seitan piccata)
Or if they want to learn to grow their own food or flowers I highly recommend Garden Anywhere.
A fantastic idea for the child in your life it “A Christmas Horse Named Cairo” It’s about Cairo, the Palomino who was rescued last December, and told thru the eyes and voice of Brooke’s youngest, Gracie, age 5. Sunny Day Farms receives all the profit.
If you still have no idea because the only thing you know about this person is that they are vegan it’s hard to go wrong with Rescue Chocolate, who donate money to animal rescue organizations
Or if the only thing you know about them is that they stink, a nice Lush gift box will make them very happy, make sure to get one with the V symbol.
Don’t forget to that your four legged friend needs to feel love this holiday season as well, check out these adorable pet bowls, that are nice and elevated so your friend won’t have to struggle to eat.
Or if your cat is scratching up the place might I recommend this turntable for him to try.
Finally, if you know a human out there who wants to ROCK check out the Monster Ballads Xmas.
And if you really do want to get me something check out my pinterest board. You will learn that I really like blue and orange.
I’ve been looking for one of those mushroom kits locally for my sister-in-law. She doesn’t have enough light for regular gardening.
I want a R2-D2 planetarium! And that moss necklace. And that mushroom kit. Thank you for including me!!
I bought your “Sunny Days in Texas” cookbook in FOOD FIGHT, the Portland Grocery Store!
I was with my son, Josh, who used to work part time at Sunny Day, but he has been laid off, as donations are down. He and I work to help the farm move closer to Austin and raise money! Would you consider listing a book SDF founder Brooke Chavez & I wrote, “A Christmas Horse Named Cairo” on your site and your Facebook site? It’s about Cairo, the Palomino who was rescued last December, and told thru the eyes and voice of Brooke’s youngest, Gracie, age 5. Sunny Day Farms receives all the profit. Thanks! Elizabeth (Betty) Buckley – Here is the link, also on the SDF Facebook as well as mine: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2722365 Please share! Only one more week to order….
sure thing Betty! Thanks for letting me know.
Thanks for featuring Panda With Cookie! i swear by the oatmeal cream pies in the Sunny days zine. best ever.
Ooooh I love me some gift guides. This one’s great! I’m thinking an entirely separate guide needs to be made for a vegan’s pet. The kitty turntable literally made me “lol” in the middle of a rather quiet coffee shop.