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Inspired by our recent appearance in The Rush holiday gift guide, I wanted to compile some of the crème de la crème when it comes to vegan-friendly gifts this holiday season. Look no further. Fret no more. We’ve got your effing back.

1. What To Feed That Effing Vegan: The Holiday Edition.

If you haven’t made the investment for yourself, it’s an incredible $7 that will cover all your holiday cooking, from appetizers and mains, to dessert and Christmas brunch. This is an eco-friendly option that can serve as both a resource for vegans, and an intro to those who may be venturing into vegetarian/vegan holiday cooking for the first year.


2. Vegan Cooking at Home: Plant-Based Living Made Easy, and/or Jacked On The Beanstalk: Plant Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes, by Bridget Burns and Samantha Shorkey.

Another eco-friendly option, the two inaugural publications from The Vegan Project are ideal for seasoned vegans, newbies, or those that are simply curious!


3. Treat your favourite vegan to high tea, with a gift certificate from La Petite Cuillere.

Tucked away in East Van off of Broadway and Kingsway, this delightful café features specialty baking, almond milk, and soy milk. Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes, chocolate oreo cupcakes, Earl Grey cookies, and chocolate avocado icing are just the beginning. Drop-ins are welcome, but make a reservation if you’re attending on the weekend or the holidays.


4. Contribute to one of the many organizations and non-profits that are based in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Gather a few friends for the day and volunteer for a few hours. Add a supply drive to one of your Christmas social events, and collect items. Donate!

Some of our local favourites include SAINTS (Senior Animals In Need Today Society), Hearts on Noses, and HugABull (to name a few.)




5. Jewelry inspired by vegetables- specificially, the Multicolor Spinel-Dipped Kale Leaf in 14k gold (shown) by FrankieSaysSeattle.

Due to the surge in popularity of the nutrient dense vegetable this year, Etsy is full of designers who are created unique, beautiful pieces….inspired by kale.


6. A session (or two) with a vegan-friendly trainer.

Karina Inkster is the brain and body behind Ki Health and Fitness, a local business that offers “ a friendly kick in the ass, that inspires and empowers you to live a healthy life.” Inkster herself is a long-term vegan, so in addition to leading you through amazing dead lift and weight sessions, she can support with specialized diets, meal planning, and food prep.


7. Take them away to Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort, on Vancouver Island.

The resort offers several types of accommodation, including pet-friendly cottages. Vegetarian menus are offered, with the open-armed offer to adapt any dish to suit dietary needs. (Zoom in to “add firm grilled tofu” on the menu.) The resort has been featured on Ethical Deal before, so sign up for special offers!


8. A vegan gift-basket from the Saul Good Gift Co.

This ingenious collection of treats brings together goodies from some of the best local companies, ranging from coffee and chocolate to artisan salsa. You can order online, and ship directly to your receiver!


9. Take me on a date to Cartems Donuterie.

The Vancouver pillar of the donut scene recently opened their first bakery and café combined, at 534 West Pender. Whether it be chocolate-glazed, maple glazed, earl grey, or one of the feature flavours, these gems are delicious either in house, or by the box…anywhere.


Also acceptable date spots featuring vegan baking: Fairy Cakes, Culprit Coffee Co., or Edible Flours.

10. When all else fails, food. In the form of gift certificates, to some of the amazing vegan/ vegetarian restaurants in the city- and some that are not exclusively vegan/veggie but have amazing options!

The Acorn, Heirloom Vegetarian, Bandidas, The Black Lodge, Gorilla Food, Eternal Abundance, Dharma Kitchen, Nuba, The 

Wallflower, The Parker, Calabash, Cuchillo, and/or Yew!


Zoe Peled | The Vegan Project

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ig. @zoemarg



  1. Great ideas…I will check out some of the restaurants/tea house.
    Those are my three favourite animal rescues as well! Also, Small Animal Rescue Society: smallanimalrescue.org.

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