A few years ago everyone was going vegetarian, meaning that they wouldn’t eat meat, but things like eggs and cheese weren’t an issue. However, as society becomes more aware of where their food comes from, we’re getting back in touch with our roots. Many people are turning to veganism and raw veganism as a lifestyle for themselves, their families, and for future generations.
Not everyone wants to be vegan, and that’s okay! However, as the holidays roll around it might be difficult to decide what to get friends and family who are strictly following not only the diet, but also are also avoiding things like vegetables that contain GMO, plastic, and cosmetic products that are tested on animals.
Since most vegans are avidly against things like plastic bags and mass produced fruits and vegetables, consider getting your vegan friend an herb kit for their home cooked meals. You can find non-GMO kits that include environmentally friendly cloth bags for planting and are produced in the USA from small business owners, rather than your typical factory farm. There’s nothing better than harvesting your own herbs right from your kitchen countertop when preparing your favorite vegan or vegetarian dish for friends, plus it’s a great conversation starter.
Bonsai trees in themselves are fun and rewarding, and vegans tend to have a “green thumb.” or are somewhat in touch with nature. Consider purchasing a Bonsai tree grow kit that produces fruit like apples, pears, oranges, or whatever your vegan loved one prefers in their morning fruit bowl. allows them to have a relaxing hobby while creating a stylish work of art they can show off to guests. Trees also produce the majority of the world’s oxygen, so you’ll be doing your part to provide clean air as well! You can get a regular sized fruit tree, but keeping a smaller one in the house also prevents people and animals from coming by and sneaking away with their fruit.
Did you know that 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes end up as landfill waste every single year? Well, both you and your vegan friend or family member can do your part to reduce this waste by switching to bamboo toothbrushes. Bamboo a strong, durable resource that grows quickly, and using large quantities won’t hurt wildlife in the same way that cutting down a tree would. Save a sea turtle, switch to bamboo!
Buy them a canner and canning jars! There’s no better way to reduce waste while eating healthy and clean without all of the preservatives and processed foods. Do-It-Yourself jams and apple butters aren’t as simple as crushing up a little fruit and throwing it in a jar. The selected vegetation needs to be freshly picked, and the jars have to be sanitized in the canner, at the correct temperature, in order to sustain home made jam and prevent bacteria from entering.
For the vegan lady in your life, finding cruelty free makeup is challenging. Although some brands might be vegan, their parent company might test on animals. Origins for example is technically a vegan makeup brand, however they are owned by Estee Lauder, who does own other companies that test on animals. For sure cruelty-free brands would be Kat Von D Beauty, OPI, and e.l.f. If you’re on a budget.