My vegan friends, Halloween is over and it’s now acceptable to begin discussing Christmas. I myself love the festive season like no other. I am fond of the dark, of wind and rain and of sleet and snow. I am fond of wet wintry walks followed by a hot bath and a bowl of soup. I am fond of old English ghost stories, read from under a blanket. I am especially fond of twinkly Christmas lights and sage & onion stuffing. I am a true Christmas romantic trapped in a very convincing steely, cynical exterior.
And who doesn’t love PRESENTS OMG. If you are a vegan, particularly if you are a fairly new one, navigating the receipt of gifts from family and friends can be hazardous. But fear not, all you need to do is send them a link to this post and your Christmas wishes can all come true. U R WELCOME.
1. Christmas cards from Suitable for Vegans
Emily is a one-vegan-woman business, designing and drawing adorable greetings cards that are printed with eco-friendly materials, whilst also juggling Mum duties to two young children. In short she is a vegan superhero here to meet all your Christmas card needs! She is hoping to have her designs printed on other items soon, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. (I blogged about Emily’s cards before, here.)
2. Bathtime goodies from The Dirty Vegans
I’ve talked about The Dirty Vegans before as I’m a HUGE fan of their sugar scrubs. The satsuma scrub is just divine, and they’ve recently launched an adorable Christmas range. Cheaper than Lush but just as wonderful, this is another vegan-owned/run business with brilliant products.
3. Vegan propaganda materials from Chiaralascura
Italy-based Chiaralascura produce some of the most squee-worthy vegan gear around. Their products are amazing (eco-friendly and fair trade) and shipping rates reasonable. My mug + stickers order arrived in really good time. There is a vegan unicorn pooping out vegetables what more do you need to know?
4. Isa Chandra’s newest and oldest
Vegans of a certain ~vintage will remember the Post Punk Kitchen fondly. It was a wonderful, radical, online vegan space and was an excellent place for me to ‘meet’ lots of other super cool vegans whose politics were in all the right places when I was just a wee baby vegan myself. Isa Chandra and Terry Hope Romero have both moved on to other (greater?) things now and soon the PPK will be no more. So if you’ve never heard of the PPK, or our Vegan Foremothers, then put these books on your Christmas list for some classic and bang up to date post punk vegan yumminess.
5. Vegan embroidery, patches and pins from That’s Sew Bethany
That’s Sew Bethany is a Manchester (woohoo) based vegan embroiderer and maker of stuff, and her vegan and feminist themed goodies are uh-mazing. For handmade items they are super-reasonably priced and she even offers custom orders.
6. Patreon subs
Here are some Patreon subs that I subscribe to, and that are really worthy of your contribution. So for the vegan who has everything, how about setting up a Patreon subscription or two in their name? These folks are all vegans doing valuable work:
- Sistah Vegan/Dr Amie Breeze Harper
- Pax Ahimsa Gethen
- Christopher Sebastian
- Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack podcast
7. Manchester’s first and only vegan diner merch
Shout-out to Manchester’s first and only 100% vegan diner, very soon to reopen in bigger and better premises, having served the city’s vegans with filthy burgers and big fat slices of cake for the last few years. This is their first wee bit of merch and I’m sure there’ll be more to come.
8. Christmas specials from Hannah Banana Bakery
Hannah is a vegan baking QUEEN, and I’ll be very surprised if this Christmas range lasts long at all. I’ve tried Hannah’s amaaazing chocolate brownies before now and I highly recommend anything of hers you can get your hands on. She is tremendously talented and takes great care over all that she creates, and everything is 100% vegan.
9. Vegan friendly dog treats from The Greenhound Bakery
The Greenhound Bakery is based here in the UK North West and produces yummy homemade treats for your pooch without using any animal ingredients. Does your doggo need a personalised cake for Christmas Day? Sure s/he does, and here’s where you can get one! When you order let them know your chosen charity because 10% of all profits go to animal rescue.
10. More vegan propaganda from Compassion Co.
Andy Tabar of the Bearded Vegans podcast heads up this brilliant range of sassy, eco-friendly vegan goodies. Obvs I am a big fan of fat happy & vegan, woohoo!
11. Vegan and fat-positive propaganda from Rad Fat Vegan
Rad Fat Vegan aka Rachele Cateyes creates amazing feminist and body-positive illustrations which you can choose to have printed on a huuuuge number of items via her Redbubble store. She also has an Etsy store where she sells her colouring book zines and is just wonderful <3
My vegan chums, what does your eco-friendly, cruelty-free heart desire this festive season? Let me know!
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