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The Vegucated Last-Minute Holiday Guide

Holidays have you stressed? You’ve come to the right place…

Sure, shopping can be a drag. But if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for that difficult-to-buy-for person on your list, or you’re hunting for creative ideas to make the season’s eats and activities bright, we’ve got you covered. Grab a mug of mulled wine, hot apple cider, or Mexican hot chocolate and sit by the fire.

Compassionate Last-Minute Gifts for Everyone

// 1. Jill Milan Sterling “Lucky” Pendant benefitting the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue is a gorgeous, heirloom-quality piece by one of the hottest designers / 2. Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison, a great primer for folks who want to get in to gardening, cooking, or both / 3. Eco-friendly Recycled Children’s Playhouse comes in two colors, is a cinch to assemble (and disassemble). Perfect for those kiddos on your list who will undoubtedly play with the box instead of the gifts therein / 4. Meow Meow Tweet Soy Candle in Coffee Nutmeg to give the gift of holiday atmosphere anytime / 5. Vegan-Themed Stamps from Big City Vegan will encourage that old-school thrill of letter writing / 6. Modern Sprout Indoor Hydroponic Planter with Reclaimed Wood makes growing gorgeous veggies and plants a cinch, and is completely self-sustaining / 7. “Animals Are Not Fabric” shirt by The Tree Kisser benefitting Animal Rescue Corps / 8. Healthy Surprise Vegan Snack Box, perfect for those hard-to-buy-for folks / 9. One-of-a-kind Vegan, Italian-Made Shoes from Krze Studio. Give the gift of incredible footwear and support an up-and-coming humane and oh-so-stylish line / 10. Citrus Zinger Water Infuser BPA-Free Bottle encourages a healthy H20 habit and makes infusing lemon, lime, or herbs easy / 11. Booda Butter Gift Set perfect for everyone on your list. Organic, vegan, cruelty-free butter for even the most delicate skin / 12. Tofu Xpress, the Maserati of tofu presses / 13. dsenyo’s Little Friends dolls are fair-trade and handmade from recycled cotton by artisans living with HIV in Africa. And they’re darling to boot //

Need more inspiration? Check out these gift guides for Hard-to-Buy ForGirlfriendsMom, and the Dudes in your life. And, if you’re more the giveaways type, check out the “12 Days of Giveaways” on The Little Foxes, lasting until the new year. 

‘Tis the Season for Chow and Charity

The holidays are about so much more than presents and carols. The true essence of the holidays is in our service to one another, kindness, and compassion. Spreading joy and making peoples’ and animals’ lives easier doesn’t require a lot of money or time. Here are some recipes and ideas to get your holiday glowing with goodness.

  • Perfect for the “milk and cookies” set: Check out the Vegan Cookie Swap over at Keepin’ It Kind. 30 days of unique and delish all-vegan cookie recipes from the blogosphere’s most talented chefs! Pair with some almond milk and you’ve got a jolly holiday.
  • Bring a new family member home: Yeah, those are my own rescue pups (Theo and Banjo, respectively) in the pic above, suffering the momentary humiliation of wearing holiday costumes. Shelter animals are amazing, plentiful (around 8 million waiting for you), and each every one deserves a home. Consider opening yours to a needy animal today. Dressing them up totally optional.
  • Recycled gifts that bring new joy: Get vintage and thrifty! Fill thrift-store vases with sprigs of pine or flowers for a unique hostess gift. Repurpose vintage casserole dishes by filling with a decadent mac and cheez and attach the recipe for a tasty (and darn thoughtful) party take-along. Put a reclaimed cake stand to good use crowning with a holiday cake or pie that will bring joy to a teacher, maintenance person, mail carrier, or someone who deserves sweet recognition in your life. Check out more thrifty and thoughtful gift ideas here.
  • Themed menus for that special meal: Sure, these are for Thanksgiving. But these clever themed menus, which take the guesswork out of that important meal, are forever, baby.
  • Enduring tips for a charitable holiday: Crafting for shelter animals? Gift backpacks for kiddos in the foster care system? Gifts for lonely seniors? YES. All of these simple ideas make a difference in the lives of someone who could use some joy. What are you doing this holiday to give back to those less fortunate?
  • Let gratefulness in: Simple tips for cultivating thankfulness and gratitude all year long. What are you thankful for?
  • Make meaningful resolutions that stick: Going plant-based? Want to live a more vibrant 2014? If you’re in to crafting resolutions for the new year, you’re going to go bananas for these suggestions.

From all of us at Vegucated, we wish you a marvelous holiday and sparkling new year!

Join the conversation in the Vegucated Schoolhouse today and tell us how you’re celebrating the season!