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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for the Vegan and Ethically Minded

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Maya's Cookies
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Maya’s Cookies

By Anna Keeve

The holidays are here (yay!) and so too is the perfect opportunity to support vegan, cruelty-free and ethical brands. Regardless of if you have a vegan on your gift list, anyone can enjoy a present rooted in good. Plus, gifting an item with a cause, or that is made with ethics in mind, can open up a meaningful conversation and discussion.

To get your giving juices flowing, check out some of Vegan Magazine’s top veg-friendly items to consider putting on your gift list this year:

Maya’s Cookies: This San Diego-based vegan cookie company is known for its unique flavors like Chocolate Chip S’mores and Marble Fudge. Baked to perfection, we will never know how Maya gets her cookies so perfectly gooey…apparently it’s a secret family recipe. For the holidays Maya’s Cookies launched a number of festive gingerbread themed offerings. The best part is this: you can order online and use the ‘personalized note’ section to write a custom message. Shipping is fast, direct to the recipient, and cookies are packaged beautifully. Gluten-free options available as well. Order online at MayasCookie.com. ($6-$50)

Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs: Have you heard? Faux fur is hot; real fur is not. With brands like Stella McCartney making lux faux fur that you may want to snag for a splurge, gifting a $1,000 fur vest might be less-than-practical gift. Enter Donna Salyers. This faux-fur brand delivers a quality feel at a gift-appropriate price. From items like vests (a safe buy especially since sizing can be forgiving), to wraps and more, this is a must-visit online shop for your holiday gifting. With a variety of items for men and women, their site is easy to navigate and allows you to sort for items by price. FabulousFurs.com. ($120-$600)

Save The Duck: This coat company ditched down (duck feathers) and created its proprietary feather-like insulation called PLUMTECH. Save The Duck’s state-of-the-art ‘feather’ technology makes for a breathable and highly condensable coat perfect for travel and everyday wear. You will find coats, vests and more for men, women and kids. If you are luck you can snag one on sale via GILT, or at Nordstrom and various other retails. They also sell direct on their website, SaveTheDuck.com. ($100-$500)

Vrai & Oro: For the unassuming elegant woman on your gift list, check out the Los Angeles-based jewelry maker Vrai & Oro. This jewelry company sprang to prominence when it launched with the commitment to sell only direct-to-consumer online, eliminating steep markups usually seen with traditional jewelers. That means you get quality U.S.-made jewelry, minus the Tiffany’s brand-name price. For beautiful jewelry without the markup, visit VraiandOro.com. ($50 – $1,500)

Matt & Nat: Matt & Nat is the maker of stylish vegan leather bags that come in a variety of sizes and colors. Plus, as an eco bonus, bag lining is made from recycled water bottles. With a selection of clutches, briefcases and backpacks, Matt & Nat is the perfect gift item for any woman (or man) on the go that appreciates a mix of style, elegance and functionality. Sold on Amazon.com, direct on MattandNat.com, and various retailers. ($50-$400)

Bombas: By now you may have heard of Bombas, the sock company on a mission to make great socks and also do good. For each pair sold, there one-for-one social-good model gives a pair of socks to a homeless person in need. Plus, their super plush expertly-engineered sock is great quality and comes in a variety of colors and designs. In addition to classic styles, you can also find an assortment of holiday-themed socks of all shapes and sizes. Sold on Bombas.com. ($12 – $50)

Ivory Ella: If you want to wow the college-aged person in your life – or even a young-at-heart friend – then Ivory Ella is the perfect gift. Their fun and comfy clothing is not only cute, but also helps save elephants; they donate a portion of the each item sold to elephant protection and preservation. Sold via their website, IvoryElla.com. ($12-$100)

VegNews Magazine: With so much to read and see these days online, it is nice once in a while to take a digital breather. VegNews is the perfect offline read that delivers a mix of veg-foodie news, product reviews, travel ideas, recipes, and more. Vegan or not, this is a magazine subscription anyone can enjoy. Available via VegNews.com. ($20-$50)

Donation on behalf of a person: A simple and heart-warming gift can often be a simple donation in the person’s name…especially for the family member or friend that has everything. Make a homemade certificate (or print something out) that says what you gave in their name and physically gift them. Some beloved animal-rights nonprofits include The Humane League, The Humane Society, and Mercy for Animals. Also, HappyCow has an entire list of nonprofits here. And if the person you are gifting might be into causes other than animal rights, pick a charity that you know is a cause or initiative that they care about.

About the author: Anna Keeve is a contributing author to a number of publications including LA Progressive. She is also the founder of pop-up fine-dining experience company, PlantBasedPopUp.