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Vegan Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Vegan Christmas Gift Guide 2016 Posted on 12/11/20169 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

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:

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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  1. I’d kill for that Lisa Simpson embroidery!!
    I didn’t know Isa had a new cookbook! I’d kill for that too!

  2. Brilliant! I’ve already got Isa’s new book on my wishlist, and I’m thinking of asking for some bath stuff from The Dirty Vegans. A well-timed post!

  3. I will be buying Harper’s Bizarre candles for lots of people this year. They are the best candles I have ever used

  4. I really appreciate that your gift guide is for vegans by vegans and that you added four awesome Patreons to support <3

  5. Every single one of those is adorable! (Well, maybe not the Patreon subs, but I’d be thrilled if someone got me a Patreon gift card, lo)l. Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack is such an awesome podcast, btw, glad you used them as an example!

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