07 December 2011

Holiday gift guide for the vegetarian or vegan in your life

The holidays are in full swing with Christmas trees, Menorah lightings, snowflakes, spiritual music, Tofurky cooking, and family gatherings. Many shoppers are trying to mark friends and relations off their holiday gift buying list.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the vegetarian or vegan in your life, this list should help set your mind at ease.

Small kitchen appliances, like the Ninja Kitchen System or Vitamix, are ideal for making sauces, salsa, and dressings are always handy items to have in the kitchen.

Herb garden kits with parsley, cilantro, basil, dill, and chives allow fresh flavoring to be grown indoors all year long.

Spices are a must-have for all meat-free eaters. Every major grocery store has a large variety of seasonings from thyme to cumin to chili powder, all offering a great enhancement to a vegetarian’s spice rack.

Say “I care” by finding the vegetarian in your life a shirt that reflects their lifestyle choice. PETA has a large selection of clever apparel and many blogs have their own line of clothing available. Also check out the Farm Sanctuary and Humane Society shops.

Progresso Soup makes buying for vegetarians and vegans effortless. All cans are labeled under the ingredients as vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Purchase a variety of soups, wrap them individually or stick them in a gift basket, and give as a delicious and fitting gift for the winter months.

Food preparation supplies like pots, pans, and cooking utensils are always thoughtful and useful gifts.

Vegetarian Times magazine offers “the world’s largest collection of vegetarian recipes” which is a perfect addition to a vegetarian’s cookbook and recipe assortment. VegNews gives the very green option of having the magazine delivered to an email address rather than a postal address.

Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians and vegans are normal people and will enjoy typical gifts like gift cards, coffee mugs, trinkets, jewelry, and night vision binoculars. (Okay I threw that last one in there because it's on my wish list.)

I would be remiss not to mention that the holiday season should be about more than just material items. This time of year we need to remember to open our hearts and minds to lifestyles that may be different than our own. Maybe the best gift a non-vegetarian can give a vegetarian is the gift of understanding. People who choose to remove meat from their diet have chosen a compassionate lifestyle not accepted by all, yet they forge forward with healthy bodies and caring spirits. Vegetarians should be supported and applauded by all.

Happy Holidays!

Daelyn Fortney | Facebook |@daelyn | email
Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

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