Every holiday season as I sit, so cozy-like under a sweater blanket with a cup of cocoa, gleefully turning the pages of the Christmas catalogs that have somehow stampeded to my house, I’m inevitably disappointed by the edibles sections. There on the glossy pages, amongst festive cotton totes, tins and baskets rarely is a cruelty-free item found. Even the pancake mixes featuring wild-crafted Maine blueberries usually contain whey or casein or another dairy euphemism.
Of course Vermont Maple Syrup is what the rivers in heaven flow with and ordering Royal Riviera Pears from Harry & David is a special treat, but it’s not the same as ordering a cheese sampler to gift to far-away relatives. So this year I’ve compiled a list of websites so you can veganize the holiday food gift-giving experience. I hope you find it helpful and inspiring.
Fresh Baked Goods
I recently ordered Donuts and Apple Fritters from Larsen Bakery, located in Racine, Wisconsin, via the Vegan Essentials website (think…Vegan Amazon). If you follow me on Instagram you saw my obsession as it was unfolding. I still have some in my freezer that I’m attempting to save for enjoying closer to Christmas. Fluffy, fragrant and mouthwatering with thick creamy frosting that can be melted into a glaze.
French Macarons are just as popular on social platforms right now as donuts. I’ve been posting pics of these delicate delicious treats on my Instagram all week. Such a refined gift for someone on your list to receive via mail or in their stocking.
Gift Baskets/Snack Boxes
You may also want to consider sending a subscription style snack box. Many companies, such as Healthy Surprise, allow you to send just one box as a gift. I’ve also tried Vegan Cuts which offers a variety of one-time boxes for gifting. (here and here)
Anytime someone wants to send me chocolates I’m over the moon, so of course they are a favorite of mine for gifting too. Better still, there are loads of vegan versions of this Christmas classic. Vegan Cuts has an assorted box of truffles. (here) Vegan Essentials has a plethora, including cookie truffles. (here)
Then there is the famed Lagusta’s Luscious which is basically where I want to go when I die. It is chocolate emporium heaven. (here)
Self Selected Treats
Last year for my best friend’s birthday I sent her a big box of vegan groceries so she could try out items that she may not typically find in her area. Scrolling through the selections online to consider what she might enjoy surfaced many memories of our friendship and made the experience more meaningful.
Vegan wine does indeed exist. Ordering bottles from The Vegan Vine and letting them handle the shipping, may be the easiest thing you do this season. John Salley, former NBA champ turned Animal Advocate, is a co-owner of this California-based sustainable vineyard. They even have a page with vegan food and wine pairing advice.
Vegan Cheese and Meat Sampler
So once the wine arrives, you’ll need the vegan cheese and meat sampler to go with it. This year we were blessed with the opening of The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis and further blessed when they began nationwide shipping.