Our wonderful little vegan community is not that little anymore, and it’s easier than ever to support local businesses with cruelty-free offerings. The holiday season is upon us, but these gift ideas are for any time of year.
Note: While many of these places make and sell 100% vegan goods, not all are fully vegan so double check before purchasing. For example, Urban Forage sells mead in addition to vegan cider and wine, and The Buzz has non-vegan waffle mix.
Simple and affordable, check out the cute little mug cake mixes from Coconut Whisk. They’re only $6! Coconut Whisk makes other fun, easy mixes as well.
Also check out The Buzz Coffee and Cafe’s Vegan Waffle Mix.
Sweet Root makes a variety of treats, but I’m partial to the Snickerdoodle Cookies. I picked up a jar of 4 cookies for $10 at North Local Market which runs through December 27 in downtown Minneapolis. Make sure to follow Sweet Root on social media so you know when and where they’re going to pop up next!
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Gift recommendations from Sweet Root: Excelsior Candle who uses soy wax and lead free cotton wicks, and also Essence One who makes personal care products with essentials oils and other natural ingredients.
If the vegan you’re shopping for enjoys cooking, check out local cookbook author Robin Asbell. Her latest book is all about plant based meats, and you can’t go wrong with Big Vegan which has over 350 recipes.
I recently picked up lip balm from Noble Soap Gallery, LLC., and it’s probably the best lip balm I’ve ever purchased. I love me some Hurraw, but Noble Soap’s balm sticks around longer and the price is comparable at $5. They have an Etsy shop or you can find them out and about. All of their packaging is biodegradable, too!
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If none of these options has seemed quite right for your gift receiver so far, considering donating to an animal sanctuary in their name. You can sponsor an animal or pay for a year’s worth of Patreon for as little as $1 per month.
Little Acorn Sanctuary
Iowa Farm Sanctuary
SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary
Chicken Run Rescue
…to name a few
For something on the unique side, check out the fermented goodness from Pickle Witch. You can find them regularly at pop ups around town, and they seem to always have something new to try, from kraut to kimchi to pickled veggies and more.
A bottle of cider or wine from Urban Forage Winery & Ciderhouse is a great choice for someone who’s eco-conscious and enjoys a libation here and there. The “forage” aspect comes into play in that they harvest fruit from local trees (with homeowners’ permission, of course) that might not otherwise be used. They even pick dandelions to make wine, and it’s delicious!
What would you add to the list that can be purchased in the Twin Cities? Please feel free to drop a comment below!