2012 Vegan Gift Guide

December 14th, 2012 · Lisa · Fun with Friends, product review, Review · Comments

Hi Friends!

Just in case you still have some gifts to pick up for the people you love I thought I would put together a quick list of some of my favourite discoveries of the year.

Many of the items on this list can be purchased online in an instant!

1. Etsy – Nutritional Yeast Jar with a scoop

Etsy is a great place to pick out fantastic gifts. This is one of my favourite finds, seriously…it is just too awesome.


2. Graydon ProductsThe Green Cream

A local company, Graydon, makes the most wonderful natural products I’ve ever tried. I love the “salad for your skin” tagline and the intent behind the words – nourish your skin as you do the rest of your body and you’ll love the results.

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3. Living Libations – Best Skin Ever

Also made locally, Living Libations has quite a fan-base in Toronto. At every healthy-living event there is always a crowd, at least four people deep, around their table. I started using their “best skin ever” oil this year and have never had so many compliments about my youthful glow.


4. Healthy Surprise Box

This box arrived at my doorstep a few weeks ago. Opening it up to discover so many delicious snacks was such a treat. I plan to send boxes to friends who need a special surprise throughout the year. I will post a full review soon.

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5. Sick on Sin clothing and pins.

Also Toronto-based, Sick on Sin is one of my favourite companies for their message wear. My fridge is covered in their magnets and I have buttons with their “veganisms” on all of my jackets. This year they created this “I ? kale” design which, of course, captured my heart. I have it on my keychain and on a black t-shirt!


6. 30 Day Vegan Challenge site

If you need a for a gift to share with a friend who is looking to make 2013 their best year yet, a subscription to Colleen’s new site could be the perfect choice. She has created an amazing online resource and community to support anyone looking to live a more compassionate life.


7. VegNews Magazine

I love magazines. I love the pictures. I love the recipes. I love the ideas they inspire. VegNews is one of my favourites. If you still love to have each issue arrive in your mailbox you can subscribe for the traditional paper-based magazine but if you’re happy to consume your periodicals online -sign up for a Tree-Free subscription and flip through each beautiful issue with a click of a button.

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8. Hurraw lip balm

It is pretty amazing what ingredients people are willing to slather on their lips. I prefer to keep the things that go on or in my mouth as natural as possible. The ingredient list on the Hurraw balm is impressive – but what really sold me on this product was how soft and supple it makes my lips feel. Hurraw is the best thing I’ve found to combat the cold Canadian winter wind.


9. Books

More than everything else, my favourite gift to receive is a great new book full of interesting ideas or reliable recipes. Here are some of my favourite releases from this year.

Tiny Treats!

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I couldn’t help but include it. Nicole and I have been delighted by the rave reviews and we’re so close to raising enough money to feed 13 hungry elephants this year.

Mainstreet Vegan (review will be up soon)

I just adore Victoria Moran’s writing. Mainstreet Vegan is a wonderful introduction to veganism – the issues, the ethics and the intent behind the passion for compassion. It is a compelling read without anything too graphic. I would feel comfortable sharing this book with any of my friends or family members.

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Let Them Eat Vegan (my review)

Well, if you read the review you’ll understand why this makes my list of favourites. Dreena Burton is a culinary genius. If you don’t already consult her before every major meal…start now and make 2013 your most delicious year yet.

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Vegan Eats World (review and giveaway coming up soon)

I’m still exploring this tome – but my review will be up in the next week or so. Everything I’ve tried so far has been absolutely fantastic. Given Terry’s track record I have total confidence in this recommendation.


Crazy Sexy Kitchen (review will be up soon)

Chad Sarno and Kris Carr have created a beautiful book that really celebrates nourishing food. I have been playing with their recipes for a few weeks now and I’m feeling pretty fabulous!

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Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats

If you know Allyson’s blog Manifest Vegan, then you don’t need me to tell you she’s phenomenal at creating the most delicious, vegan and gluten-free recipes. Her creations are inventive, playful and produce reliable results. I just made a batch of her “Turtles” to add to some holiday party trays and was absolutely blown away by how perfectly she recreated that festive favourite.

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Chloe’s Kitchen (my review)

Chloe’s Kitchen is a great book to share with your non-vegan friends. Her recipes are very accessibly. They feature familiar ingredients but the results are unbelievable. She doesn’t shy away from bold flavour – making each meal you make from her book truly memorable.

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Eat Raw, Eat Well (my review)

Doug is a Toronto-based vegan chef who has created many vegetable lovers with his innovative recipes. Doug’s book offers a delicious introduction to raw food cuisine with 400 incredible recipes to tempt your taste buds.

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Raw Chocolate (my review)

Matthew Kenney’s Raw Chocolate is one of the books I used most this year. With weddings, parties and treat of the month packages to cater, I used his recipes as a constant source of inspiration.

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10. Meals.

Finally, I just have to say, I think finding time to sit down with the people you love around a table to share a healthful, nourishing meal is a pretty great gift. I know Homer Simpson says “You can’t win friends with salad”, but this Lisa knows he’s wrong. Thanks to so many wonderful bloggers my 2012 was full of fantastic meals inspired by friends.

This Millet and Pumpkin Winter Salad from Green Kitchen Stories was one of my favourite finds this year. I plan to share it with as many people as possible this season. Put some pomegranate in your salad and I promise your friends will ask for seconds.

I hope that for all of you the last two weeks of 2012 are full of joy, love and friendship: the greatest gifts of all.



  1. Posted December 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    With you by my side, I know that my final two weeks of 2012 will be filled with exactly such greatest gifts.

    Though the memory of Terry’s Sauerkraut Soup doesn’t hurt either.

    • theveganlisa
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Come back and hang out by my side. I need more Hannah.

      • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm


  2. Posted December 15, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Lovely list, Lisa. Sharing meals together is probably my favourite way to spend the holidays as well! 🙂

  3. Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Such a wonderful list! So many things I want to try! I love that nutritional yeast jar with scoop from Jeanette Zeis. Her work is so fabulous. I already have several of her pieces, but I’d always love more! I’d never heard of the two skincare lines you mentioned, but I pinned them to check out in the future! For Christmas, I should just hand your list to my loved ones and say, “One of everything, please!” 🙂

    • theveganlisa
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Next year, before I post my gift guide I’ll send it directly to your husband as a shopping list. xo

  4. Kimmy @ rockmyvegansocks
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Wow these are great gift ideas! I mostly want them all to myself though ;p

    Love the healthy surprise box – you had me at Hail Merry!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      I just love the idea of a box full of surprises – all of which I can actually eat and enjoy.

  5. Heathypace
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Such great gift ideas! I esp love that cute nutritional yeast jar!!!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Isn’t it adorable?

  6. Posted December 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I’d already purchased two of those books for my sister-in-law. Now I feel completely assured that I made good choices!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm


  7. mare
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    You are ever so lovely … these are wonderful suggestions, thank you. xo

  8. Bitt
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I want one of everything! Happy new year Lisa !

  9. Shawn Chong
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Great list and great gifts for anyone, not just Vegans.

    Most people think of food when it comes to being Vegan… but, it also includes not buying any other type of product that harms animals (e.g. leather, fur, etc.). It’s the reason that my wife and I make wallets out of paper, rather than leather! Our wallets are just as sturdy and beautiful as leather, but feel like paper and are even biodegradable: http://www.etsy.com/shop/sidonieyang

    We’re even more proud to say that the majority of our customers are not Vegan. It’s something to be proud of, because you want to offer non-Vegans options that they’d choose anyway if given the choice between a Vegan and a non-Vegan product. Imagine a Tofu Burger so good that people would choose it over a Beef Burger? That would be pure success! Not everyone gives equal value to all life.

    Anyway, great list here and I hope to see more and more peopling realizing that Vegan should not even be a label…

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