Christmas is around the corner and that means gift time! It can be hard sometimes to get the right things for friends and family and honestly, I’ve often found it quite a stressful experience in the past. However, especially since becoming vegan, I changed my perspective on it all and started thinking about useful, sustainable and ethical gifts and suddenly, it became so much easier. I love to give something that I can identify with and that means a lot to me. It’s also nice, to share an experience with someone, or a service that you have benefited from yourself. In that way, your gift is personal and truly comes from your heart.
A subscription to a service you enjoy
A great and equally useful gift is a subscription to a service that you have enjoyed in the past. It’s a cool way to get something useful and personal for your loved ones. I recently became obsessed with Headspace for example – an amazing meditation app that makes sure you get your daily dose of zen by reminding you. You can even check what your friends are doing and how their meditation practice is going. Another fun idea would be a vegan meal kit such as the Purple Carrot – how useful for busy people that want to eat creative and healthy food but don’t have time to shop and plan or just hate grocery stores. The options for health and wellness subscriptions are truly endless!
Your Favorite Vegan Cookbook
One of my favorite things to share, are recipes. I think there is something super personal about giving a recipe to a friend or family member that you enjoyed so much, that brought you culinary joy or just tastes delicious. It’s almost like you are enjoying the food with that person, to whom you are providing an experience through the recipe. So what’s better than sharing one recipe? Well, sharing a whole book full of recipes! One of my recent favorites is The Help Yourself Cookbooks For Kids by Ruby Roth. Actually, Jenné told me about it first and then when I bought it, I became obsessed with it. The simple kid-friendly recipes are definitely also adult friendly and the illustrations are just so charming. I also highly recommend Isa Chandra Moskowitz’ books – her recipes are indulgent and just perfect for winter and the holiday season.
A gift certificate to a restaurant or store you love
Some people think this is not super creative but I love giving restaurant or food store gift certificates because I like encouraging my friends and fam to discover new, cool, delicious places in their city. Yep, it’s a tiny bit selfish because afterwards we always talk about how much we love those places for hours ;) But really, if you want to inspire your loved ones to explore and eat off the beaten path, then give them a gift certificate to your latest obsession. Some of my current NYC favorites, are Riverdel, the Brooklyn based vegan cheese store, that also carries tons of other delicious treats and snacks. And of course, By Chloé, the new vegan fast food chain, available in NYC, LA and Boston.
A homemade goodie bag
Finally, I love gifting homemade goodies. Especially items like granola, cookies, cakes and other sweet treats, tend to do really well. Jams and marmalades are good ideas too, as they keep for a while and can be used over time. Have a look at some of these recipes here for some delicious inspiration for your very own, personalized, goodie bag:
Jenné’s Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies
Isabelle’s Easy Granola
Jenné’s Tahini Granola with Rose and Pistachio
Isabelle’s No Bake Granola Bars
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.