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The 2014 Holiday Vegan Gift Guide, Part 2


So I had some more ideas for holiday gifts for vegans. 10 more to be exact. I hope you find them helpful. Let me know what you think on Facebook or in the comments.

1. House plants

I saw this image about house plants that clean your air on pinterest and it made me crave a baby rubber tree for my apartment. How cool would it be to have all of these plants in your room. Anyway, you could pick up one of these at a nursery or order them online. Another great idea is to get someone a potted lemon tree. I bought one for my dad last year and it has grown so many lemons, even in snowy, cold Connecticut.

2. Wooden Bowel and Mezzaluna for chopped salads

Ever since I got the idea to buy a wooden bowl and chopper on amazon, I have eaten salad almost every night. I like the taste of chopped salads way better and it is a lot of fun to see how effortlessly the mezzaluna chops everything.  I don’t know what I would do without mine now. I think it would be a pretty cool gift.

3. Warrior Princess necklace

For some reason I never wear jewelry but I fell in love with this woman’s jewelry store SdeVDesigns when I saw it in a holiday market in NYC. She travels all around the world sourcing stones and beads from exotic locales and she has a great eye because all the colors work so well together.

I bought this necklace they call the Warrior Princess for myself and I love it.

4. My current favorite item from my cool vegan shoes pinterest board

I don’t make any money from my cool vegan shoes pinterest board, but I just thought I’d mention it again in case you are in need of a vegan gift since there are already 752 vegan items on there you can buy online (although some of the really old ones are probably sold out by now and shouldn’t count(but most are still available)). All you have to do is click on the image and it will take you to the place they’re selling it online. One of my favorite items on there now is this fairy tale like snow white/evil queen ish coat I found from fellow vegan blogger @fashionveggie.

asylum coat in prussian blue

I would feel as if I were being chased by wolves through a snowy Russian forest wearing this or maybe that I was a enchantress versed in the dark arts who communed with the wolves.

5. The Vegan Stoner Cookbook for New Vegans

I am not a stoner, but this vegan cookbook that I found in the book section of Urban Outfitters is surprisingly amazing. I wanted to buy it, but thought I shouldn’t because I am trying to do the whole High Carb Low Fat fruit based vegan thing. But if you know someone who cares more about eating amazing vegan food than being uber low fat, this recipe book would be perfection because the recipes look so good yet are so simple to make using only a couple of ingredients. If I knew anyone who had just gone vegan I would buy them this book for sure. Maybe I should have a copy on hand just in case…..

6. Salt Crystal Lamp

There is something so magical about these lamps with their warm pink glow. You see them in spas a lot and I’ve always loved them. You can find them for pretty cheap on amazon and in different shapes like a pyramid and a globe if you prefer. This one is the highest rated though and the one I think I would buy after much thought.

7. A dehydrator 


A dehydrator is a really cool thing to have for a person interested in raw veganism or health. You can make apple chips, kale chips, your own sundried tomatoes, dehydrated bananas, and these really awesome raw vegan cinnamon rolls which caused a panic/feeding frenzy at the Woodstock Fruit Festival.  I want one. 

8. Tickets to the Woodstock Fruit Festival in Hawaii

Although this would be a really extravagant gift, it would be an experience of a lifetime. I’m really excited for this event. Michael Arnstein, the founder of the festival, said he wanted to throw it so people can really experience what it’s like to live a fruitarian lifestyle in the tropics where it is meant to be lived. Anyone planning on going?

9. 3 Creamy Vegan Cheeses

Out of curiosity I am very interested to try these vegan cheeses made by this famous vegan cheese maker. I think this would be an awesome gift. Classic double cream chive? Imagine how good that tastes!

10. 7 hot dates sampler

7 Hot Dates is an organic date farm in California that grows many cool varieties of dates that are way fresher and better tasting than dates you can get at a supermarket. You can get a sampler that will last you months. The dates taste like caramel candies and everyone loves them (I made the mistake of leaving my sampler on the counter and my favorite section was picked clean in a day).

Well that’s 10. Also check out my first Holiday Vegan Gift Guide for 2014 if you missed it. And let me know if you have any other good gift ideas. Hope you all have a wonderful day.


Top 5 Places for Men to Find Cool Vegan Shoes

Sorry to any men reading about that pic.

Ok now here are some cool places for men to get vegan shoes. I feel there are only a few cool vegan shoe companies for men, so in a way it is good because everything is simpler for them. They just have to go to one of these stores, buy the basics and they are set. Luckily all these companies are super cool so they can’t really go wrong. I have to admit I don’t really know what cool shoes are for men. I grew up with 5 sisters and have just one tiny brother, only 8 years old. But I do know a cool company when I see it so I will just list the companies with my thoughts, then the men can make their own selections.


1. Brave Gentleman. 

This vegan shoe company has got you covered if you are a menswear blogging vegan hipster living in Brooklyn. I mean that with no disrespect. I think it is a great look and all the shoes are seriously perfect looking. You couldn’t go wrong with any of those shoes. They also have vegan suits for men made without wool. Very important. Also actually cool looking vegan belts. And even fake suede vegan gloves.



I want these still: worker tan

Here is a pic of the founder Joshua Katcher

2. Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

This is the second ultimate vegan shoe store for men, if you are going for a more Bob Dylan retro cowboy surfer 70s look. This store is amazing for vegan shoes for men and if I was a man I would totally work this look.

3. Hooves

This vegan shoe company specializes in casual classic relatively inexpensive desert boots. What other shoes do you need, men?

check out my interview with the founder here

4. Vegan Doc Martens

For the punks out there, hopefully you knew doc martens has a vegan collection. Iconic shoes for men!


5. Keep Shoes

This is another vegan shoe company with a lot of cool sneaker options for men.


6. You can also get your standard converse and vans…


if you are ok with your chuck tailors possibly containing a glue with an animal byproduct. Check out the controversy on my post “Once and for all, are converse vegan.” And not all vans are vegan, but if you chat with customer service (which you can do 24/7 online) they will let you know which current styles are. (Quite a few are).


Ok men, you’re set now, right?

Let me know if you know of any other cool vegan shoe companies for men or where you get your shoes. And if you know of a man who needs vegan shoes, please share this with him, so he doesn’t buy any leather.