It's 2013, and more than likely, you have at least one member of your family or circle of friends who is a vegan.
The lifestyle, which excludes any animal products from the diet and often clothing and accessories as well, doesn't necessarily require any special gifts, but just like anyone with a special interest, your loved one will appreciate something that reflects their choices.
We've pulled together some suggestions in the list below, but considering how food-centric Christmas can be, perhaps the best present you can give the vegans and vegetarians in your life are some dishes that work for their diets as well. Check out a selection here — and of course, see some potential gifts below:
<a href="http://www.alternativeoutfitters.com/christy-robinson-friend-not-food-pendant-vegan-necklace.aspx" target="_blank">Christy Robinson Friend Not Food Pendant</a>, $20, Alternative Outfitters. A sweet little pig with an important message to boot? Your vegan friend will love this one.
<a href="http://www.mattandnat.ca/product/minka-cognac-3898/" target="_blank">Minka Messenger Bag</a>, $125, Matt & Nat. Matt & Nat is known for its vegan collection, and this gorgeous bag also boasts recycled nylon lining.
<a href="http://www.btcelements.com/product3108/mine-and-yours-glasses" target="_blank">Mine & Yours Upcycled Ale Glasses</a>, $40, BTC Elements. Clearly define whose beer is whose, while enjoyed the heft of these upcycled glasses.
<a href="http://store.sweetandsara.com/non-gm-marshmallows/" target="_blank">Non-GM Marshmallows</a>, $6.75, Sweet & Sara. No longer will your vegan baker need to abscond from recipes containing marshmallows. Heck, he may just be happy to be able to make 'smores again.
<a href="http://coconutbliss.com/coconut-bliss-products/salted-caramel-chocolate" target="_blank">Salted Caramel and Chocolate Organic Coconut Bliss</a>, approximately $7, Luna & Larry's Ice cream could easily be one of the few things the vegan in your life misses the most, so satisfy that sweet tooth with this pint beloved by veggies and non-veggies alike. (Many, many more flavours available as well.)
<a href="http://www.blissoma.com/Tin-Candle-Aromatherapy-Gift-Trio--Balance-Happiness-Energize_p_33.html" target="_blank">Tin Candle Aromatherapy Gift Trio in Balance, Happiness, Energize</a>, $45, Blissoma Whether or not the vegan you love enjoys aromatherapy, they will adore the fact that these candles are completely natural with no synthetics, and made of soy to keep their air soot-free.
<a href="http://www.theveganwoman.com/shop/shop/vegan-themed-kitchen-aprons/" target="_blank">Vegan Themed Kitchen Apron</a>, $22, The Vegan Woman A huge part of the vegan lifestyle is about the food, so why not let your vegan wear their lifestyle on their chest while they demonstrate their skills around the kitchen?
<a href="http://shopify-wix.herokuapp.com/store/products/travel-size-organic-biodegradable-soap-1-of-each-5-2oz-handmade-all-natural-organic-cold-process-soap-bars-comes-with-2-muslin-bags-ask-a-question?instance=lWUo2ihQhaCiZ23DoS7Mds2dWS3R0B_AuX5WfdYvNmo.eyJpbnN0YW5jZUlkIjoiMTJmNzViZTAtZTNlOS1lZTY3LTg5ZjctNWY2ZjYwYjEyMWYxIiwic2lnbkRhdGUiOiIyMDEzLTEyLTA0VDEwOjQ1OjA5LjA3MC0wNjowMCIsImlwQW5kUG9ydCI6Ijc0LjIxNi4yNTQuMTAxLzUzMjA1IiwidmVuZG9yUHJvZHVjdElkIjoiV2l4X0Jhc2ljIiwiZGVtb01vZGUiOmZhbHNlfQ&compId=TPSctn1&cartId=513c9a0a-f0e7-4821-81bf-4c0256d8d19a" target="_blank">Travel Size Organic and Biodegradable Soap Five Pack</a>, $20, Caru These very cool (and very specific) all-natural soaps for both the face and hands can be used for everything from exfoliating to moisturizing to healing.
<a href="http://www.stellamccartney.com/ca/stella-mccartney/chemise_cod48152073hu.html" target="_blank">Clara Whispering Chemise</a>, $250, Stella McCartney. Sexy and eco-friendly? Stella McCartney creates without leather or fur, so your conscience will rest easy.
<a href="http://www.amazon.ca/VB6-Before-Weight-Restore-Health/dp/0385344740/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386191884&sr=8-1&keywords=vb6" target="_blank">VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good</a>, from $14.99, Amazon Mark Bittman, a food journalist who has written for The New York Times and published many cookbooks, has been a believer in the vegetarian lifestyle for years. VB6 was hailed by many as one of the best food books — period — of 2013.
<a href="http://chocolatas.com/shop/shop-by-preference/vegan/green-vegan-tin-4pc.html" target="_blank">Green Vegan Tin</a>, $7.95, Chocolatas. Vegan chocolate can be hard to come by, even during this season of treats and goodies. So make sure your vegan bud is well taken care of.
<a href="http://www.blissoma.com/Yoga-Mat-Cleanser_p_9.html" target="_blank">Yoga Mat Cleanser</a>, $11.95, Blissoma Now we're not saying everyone who is vegan does yoga, but there can be a correlation. And if your friends happen to fall into that category, they'll be happy to have a yoga mat cleanser that works without synthetic scents, colours or other ingredients
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