What are all the cool vegans eating/wearing/buying?
December 18, 2018 3:25 PM   Subscribe

LastMinuteGiftFilter: can you help me think of any particularly cool/interesting gifts for vegan, animal-rights types?

I'm trying to come up with a clever gift for an animal lover (longtime vegan & devoted special-needs-pet owner) in my family. They are a fiftysomething adult and they don't have kids. Normally I get them a donation to Farm Sanctuary and they do genuinely appreciate that, so I'll give that again this year, but I'd love it if I could find something clever/trendy/thoughtful that reflects their values to add to that.

Other stuff about them: they are also a brand-new homeowner so household goods would be particularly appropriate this year. They love music (rock, indie, & metal-type stuff) and they are a reasonably accomplished musician themselves. They love gadgets of all sorts.

I looked at the Farm Sanctuary merch but honestly I didn't love any of it (at least the in-budget stuff). I imagine other places must sell things to benefit them or similarly great organizations - any to recommend? If it's not something that can be shipped by Christmas, no biggie, I can give a picture - we aren't so fussy about physical/impressive gifts.

My budget is probably around $50 max, although less would be ideal so I could give a bigger donation.

Oh - and I would prefer not to support PETA.
posted by mosst to Shopping (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Hoodcats has a fun shop for social justice-y animal lovers.
posted by snaw at 3:34 PM on December 18, 2018

Veg friendly gadget I wouldn’t buy myself but would use at least once a week if I got it as a gift: tofu press.
posted by kapers at 3:38 PM on December 18, 2018 [4 favorites]

- reusable lint roller
- Mushroom growing kit
- Throws from Awakened Apparel, a fair-trade (or US-made) company that donates proceeds to charities like the International Elephant Foundation or Pets in Need
posted by devrim at 4:00 PM on December 18, 2018 [1 favorite]

Where are they located? A gift certificate to a local vegan restaurant might be nice.
posted by pinochiette at 4:12 PM on December 18, 2018 [1 favorite]

If used is ok, $50 should be enough to buy a small instapot. I'm not vegan, and this one kitchen gadget has done more for increasing the number of vegan meals in my life than anything. I use it constantly.
posted by aniola at 4:27 PM on December 18, 2018

If they foster animals, may I suggest food puzzles / enrichment feeders? Your price range fits, and they are wonderful for the animals.
posted by amtho at 4:44 PM on December 18, 2018 [1 favorite]

Mercy for Animals is an awesome vegan charity that sells gifts. It does look like a lot of their household stuff is sold out, but you can see if they have anything you like.
posted by FencingGal at 5:12 PM on December 18, 2018 [1 favorite]

Enthusiastically seconding Mercy for Animals. They've done some amazing stuff including undercover exposes that caused sweeping reforms in animal welfare standards for companies like Nestle and Walmart.

As a vegan who eats a lot, I would appreciate gift cards to local vegan/vegetarian restaurants, as mentioned above, as well as to local specialty grocers (such as Whole Foods, for instance) that sell fancy vegan products that I otherwise might not spend the $$ on.

I've never bought anything from Vegan Essentials, but it's there and they have a lot of specialty products.

There is some fun stuff on Etsy.
posted by whistle pig at 5:36 PM on December 18, 2018 [3 favorites]

Sprout kits. For humans, for critters.

Soy curls

2nding the tofu press. This is the best one out there.
posted by 6thsense at 6:51 PM on December 18, 2018 [2 favorites]

Best Friends animal sanctuary is great. Herbivore clothing is all vegan and has lovely animal and plant friendly designs and they are fun and kinda hip (says this old person.) I also really like the Minimalist Baker's cookbook here.
posted by fairlynearlyready at 9:12 AM on December 19, 2018

They definitely won't arrive in time, but I've purchased some great enamel pins from these two Etsy shops.
posted by homesickness at 10:31 AM on December 19, 2018

Also forgot to mention: Regarding Hoodcats, DO NOT buy their calendar. It's absolutely the worst calendar I've ever bought and designing a calendar is a really low bar.
posted by homesickness at 11:31 AM on December 19, 2018

I'm hesitant to buy large kitchen gifts for people; as they just might not want to use it... But the I've made more vegan dishes in my instantpot than I've probably ever made in my life before that - it's great for Indian cooking, which is super-vegan friendly.

I did gift an instantpot to a relative recently - and they loved it. Even with the current sales going on though, it's slightly above your budget.
posted by el io at 11:22 PM on December 21, 2018

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