It’s that time of the year! Gift giving time, for those who celebrate holidays – and gluttonous eating/hibernation time for all.
Have loved ones you’d like to gift, but also want to support local, vegan businesses? Vegan CT gotchyoo.
Vegan CT Holiday Gift Guide
Local Author Cookbook!
You’ve got a few family members that are on the veg fence, but just don’t know what to make at home. We’ve all been there. Give them a cookbook by a local CT author!
Avon resident Terry Walters‘ books Clean Food, Clean Start, and Eat Clean Live Well, are all awesome collections of delicious, healthy, and animal product-free recipes, as well as ingredient guides and cooking instruction that can help any novice get on the path to gourmet at-home vegan cuisine. Or, at least, they’ll be able to throw together an amazing stir fry.
Connecticut raw food chef Anastasia Voss has a brand new (un?)cookbook that is a great way to get more raw fruits and veggies into your life. And who couldn’t use a little more roughage, amiright? Plus eating raw feels awesome and can be easy and delicious. The book is available for order on her website, AnastasiaRaw.com.
Local vegan swag!
We love all of the amazing merch that comes out of Compassion Company, an all-vegan clothing company run by Connecticut native Andy (also co-host of The Bearded Vegans podcast!). The designs are incredible and have a great, pro-veg message (and sometimes use profanity, sorry not sorry).
Bonus: Compassion Co. sources organically-grown cotton and water-based inks, so as to help the planet even MORE, and 5% of every sale is donated to a featured animal-saving organization. So much karma!
Friends of Animals, a wonderful animals rights organization based in Darien, has an awesome online store full of fun stuff, including a plant-based dog treat cookbook (!), t-shirts, tote bags, hats, stickers, and more. Something for everyone on your list!
Plus, proceeds support FoA’s many animal protection initiatives (including the promotion of a vegan lifestyle). Win. Win.
Remember how I said all that stuff about cooking? Forget it! Give your loved ones a personal chef and you are golden for like a good 5 years of holidays.
New Haven-based Well On Wheels is a personal chef service that creates whole-food, plant-based meals that look delicious and healthy. And, Chef Mary offers classes and private instruction. So you can do it yourself, maybe, if you ever want to stop being lazy (never!).
Give the gift of vegan eats!
Everyone loves them some delicious food. We’ve got quite a few amazing veg restaurants, bakeries, and specialty stores throughout the state that all offer gift cards. What better gift to give than the gift of not-having-to-cook? (none, IMHO).
Check out our Restaurant Guide for a list of vegan and veg-friendly restaurants and shops, and pick up a few gift certificates for the fam. And while you’re there, pick up one for yourself too, because Happy Holidays Me.
Make a donation
What’s even better than stuff? Generosity. Make a donation to a Connecticut farm animal rescue and sponsor an animal in the name of a loved one. You’ll all get the warm and fuzzies knowing that an animal in need will now be warm and fuzzy too, thanks to your gift. Try Ray of Light Farm, Tara Farm Rescue , and Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue.
Note: these organizations do not identify as vegan. But they do great work to save animals. So it’s up to you.
Whatever you give, have a wonderful, cruelty-free holiday season all!