Vegan Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are right around the corner so we’ve put together a fantastic gift guide and giveaway featuring vegan, cruelty-free and sustainably-made products everyone on your list will love!

Let’s jump right into our Vegan Holiday Gift Guide for 2021!

Hollis + Hahn / Sarah Babcock Studio

Hollis + Hahn’s coconut bowls and coconut candle holders are the perfect gift! Sustainably-sourced and oh-so-adorable, these gifts will keep giving all year round!

Happi Hippo Plant Organics Dental and Lip Products

Animal and eco-friendly beauty and hygiene products in sustainable packaging? Sign us up! Happi Hippo Plant Organics dental and lip products are as good for you as they are for the environment! Say goodbye to wasteful plastic tubes and containers, and hello to Happi Hippo Plant Organics!

ArtiSun Bath & Skincare Handmade Vegan Soap

ArtiSun Bath & Skincare offers handmade vegan soaps with gorgeous scents, colors, and designs! Pick up a few for your loved ones (and yourself) and check out their full lines of bath, body, and hair care products!

J & L Naturals Beard Oil and Aftershave Rub

Not sure to what to get the vegan, eco-friendly guy on your list? You can’t go wrong with J&L Naturals Beard Oil and  Aftershave Rub! Packed with high-quality ingredients and natural scents, these products are the perfect stocking stuffers!

INDiBAG Handcrafted Vegan Handbags

Looking for gorgeous, vegan handbags? INDiBAG’s handcrafted handbags are made with eco-friendly materials including premium vegan leathers. Exceptional quality and detailing combine to create these stylish, wearable bags with an urban point of view! 

Sweet Hazel & Co. Hot Cocoa Bomb

What’s better than hot cocoa on a cold winter night? Enjoy one of Sweet Hazel and Cos hot cocoa bombs, curl up in a blanket, and have the coziest night ever! Check out their full line of vegan holiday sweets, pies, and more!

Sustainable Haus Pot Handle Holders

Sustainable Haus makes mini pot handle holders that fit perfectly in your hands! Use these eco-friendly holders as you touch and move the lids of pots and small hot dishes this holiday season. They’re made from upcycled cotton and fully compostable. These make the perfect hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or special something for the sustainable cook or baker!

Summer & Rose 1920 Vegan Candles

Summer & Rose 1920 craft artisan candles packaged in sleek, eco-friendly glass containers. Create a stunning display with their candles and highly-aesthetic jar of matches to fill your home with holiday fragrances and magical candle light.

RUVI Age-Defying Glow Serum

Give the gift of glowing skin! RUVI’s Age-Defying Glow Serum is formulated with just five powerhouse ingredients to deeply moisturize and nourish all skin types. This ultra-luxurious beauty oil is a gift everyone will enjoy (pick up a bottle for yourself, you deserve it)!

So Boxsy Vegan Gift Box

Want a beautifully-packaged, thoughtful gift that everyone will love? Get a curated box of vegan and sustainable gifts! So Boxsy’s festive box of seasonal items is sure to make the holidays merry and bright!

Sol Terra Bamboo Reusable Water Bottle

Sol Terra Shop’s Bamboo Reusable Water Bottle is made with 100% organic bamboo and is designed to keep beverages hot or cold. Perfect for people on the go, this stunning water bottle keeps you hydrated and avoids tons of single-use plastics! Win-Win!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win all of these vegan, sustainable items! 

Happy Vegan Holidays! 

The Vegan Success Initiative’s Innovative New Program for Aspiring Vegans

What do current vegans say they needed before trying to go vegan themselves? A solid understanding of how our lifestyle choices impact animals, our health and the planet, access to delicious products and recipes, and a supportive community, were overwhelmingly the top-ranking answers. I 100% agree!

A new program called The Vegan Success Initiative offers a brand new approach to incorporate all of these aspects. Their interactive 6-week course launches on January 1st, and provides aspiring vegans with the resources needed to transition to a vegan lifestyle… all while having fun and making friends!

The Vegan Success Initiative

Every week, the group joins together for a weekly Zoom check-in to connect and support other members while discussing the week’s topics and enjoying new recipes. Partners of The Vegan Success Initiative will also provide participants with fabulous plant-based products and exclusive promotions. Shopping and lifestyle guides will also be provided.

How cool is this? I would have totally signed up when I was going vegan! I had no idea how to cook or shop for vegan food, and definitely didn’t have any vegan friends to support me!

If you know someone who wants to transition to a vegan lifestyle but needs some support, tell them to visit vegansuccess.org/signup to get on the list today!

Asheville VeganFest Returns on Oct. 3rd!

Calling all vegans & veg-curious individuals in the North Carolina area! Asheville Veganfest makes its return on October 3rd!

This fantastic event in Asheville, NC will feature vegan-friendly businesses and organizations’ resources in the Asheville area and beyond. Asheville is the perfect city for a vegan festival. When you combine foliage season and gorgeous October weather, you create a perfect destination event that can be enjoyed by all!

This event is produced by the group behind Vegfest Expos and Triangle Vegfest, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based out of Wake Forest, NC. This festival is sponsored by Wild Earth Pets, Superieur Electrolytes, and Asheville Vegan Society, and is presented by Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge out of Pittsboro, NC.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy plant-based culinary delights, samples, and giveaways from vendors such as A Peace of Soul, Imagine Vegan Cafe, Viet Grill, and Compassion Company while listening to live music, a DJ, and the children play in our Family Fun Zone.

Over 90 vendors will bring a variety of animal-friendly wellness and beauty products, apparel, health services, educational resources, and more. An up-to-date vendor live map can be found on the event Facebook page or ashevilleveganfest.com.

The last Veganfest was held in 2019 and the 2020 festival was cancelled due to the pandemic. “We take COVID very seriously at our festivals”, Event Producer, Helene Greenberg shares. “We will require face masks for everyone and will encourage social distancing by all attendees.”

Wild Earth will be in attendance with giveaways and treats for everyone’s fur kids. “The treats are so good that humans love them too”, says Mike May, a member of the marketing team for Wild Earth. Our festival is not pet friendly per the City of Asheville, but you can definitely pick up delicious treats to give to them when you get home.

Asheville Veganfest will take place, rain or shine, from 11am – 6pm at Pack Square Park, right in the heart of Downtown Asheville, NC. Admission to the event is free, but there’s still time to get an exclusive VIP Goody Bag for $25 each! Also, when you donate $5, $10, or get a VIP bag, you’ll get entered to win awesome prizes from some of our sponsors. You’ll get a t-shirt and an awesome reusable bag filled with samples and coupons from our sponsors. Festival-goers, please BYOB (Bring your own bags or bottles). Composting is encouraged and recycling bins will be available for non-compostable items.

For more information, VIP Goody Bags, and donations, please visit: ashevilleveganfest.com or vegfestexpos.com

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Bubbles & Minnie Review Bramble 100% Plant-Based Dog Food

Just like humans, dogs can thrive on a vegan diet! The lovely folks at Bramble sent Bubbles and Minnie some of their high-protein, whole food dog food to try out. As you can see, they were thrilled!

Bramble’s dog food is made with fresh ingredients and provides all of the nutrients dogs need to feel their best! The recipes were thoughtfully formulated by veterinary nutritionists, so you can rest assured that your dog will be happy and healthy.

Bubbles and Minnie absolutely love Bramble and scarf it down as soon as I feed them! Bubs’ favorite is The Cowbell with lentils, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Minnie loved The Roost with chickpeas, potatoes, and brown rice! I love that this food is made without chemicals or preservatives, so they both have plenty of energy for their nightly zoomies around the house. They both said Bramble gets 10 out of 10 nose boops (the highest honor, in their opinion).

Bramble pet food is available through a subscription delivery service based on your dog’s needs. As with most fresh or wet dog food, it can be mixed in with kibble or it can completely replace it. Head over to Bramblepets.com to get 25% off of your first order!

If you want your doggos to eat nutrient-dense food that’s vegan, packed with protein, and sustainably-made, give Bramble a try!

Follow Bramble on Instagram for info and updates!

Ethical Business Spotlight: Nowadays (vegan nuggets!)

What a time to be alive! The plant-based meat industry is booming with new products popping up in grocery stores, restaurants, and kitchens all around the world! Vegan meats are delicious and way better for your health and the planet than animal meat, but they often contain a long list of ingredients we just don’t need. The OG, plant-based chicken nuggets out there will always be near and dear to my vegan heart, but it’s time level up!

For this month’s Ethical Business Spotlight, I’m thrilled to feature the next generation of plant-based chicken nuggets: Nowadays!

With Nowadays, you don’t have to choose between enjoying a mouthwatering snack and clean, healthy ingredients. As their tagline says, Nowadays, it’s easy to indulge better. Let’s jump right in!

Nowadays Original Vegan Nuggets
Nowadays Original Nuggets

Meet the Founders:

Nowaday’s founders Max Elder and Dominik Grabinkski have a combined three and a half decades of experience in the food industry. 

Max Elder is a food systems expert and experienced consultant who has spent his career passionately advocating for food that nourishes both people and the planet. Max advised groups such as Nestlé, General Mills, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Nutrition Program during his time at the Institute for the Future. 

Dominik is an agricultural engineer and father of two. He has worked in senior positions at some of the largest agricultural food ingredient companies, including Cargill and DSM. 

The two met through their joint work in the alt-protein space in the Bay Area and joined forces to launch Nowadays, a new public benefit corporation that produces plant-based meats with only a few simple ingredients and an unparalleled nutritional profile. 

Get to know Nowadays!

What is the inspiration and mission behind Nowadays? 

Nowadays started with a craving. A craving for tastier, better-for-you comfort foods. A craving to do better for the planet and all who live on it. Nowadays, we know better is possible. That’s why we are reinventing classic favorites with simple, limited-ingredient and wholesome plant-based ingredients that the whole family can enjoy. Life is complicated enough, we believe eating well should be simple. 

Many plant-based nuggets on the market contain a long list of ingredients including sugars, additives, and preservatives. Your nuggets break the mold with just a few natural ingredients. How long did it take to create your delicious nuggets and how were the ingredients chosen?

It took about a year to develop the Nowadays nugget, which is already in it’s second version since launching in May 2021. 

Each ingredient was thoughtfully selected with your health and that of the planet in mind. Our flagship protein is non-GM, organic yellow peas that are sustainably grown here in the US — compared to raising chicken for meat, peas release 10x less CO2, use 1.3x less land, and require 3.6x less water. For an egg replacement, we chose maple fiber. Red maple trees are one of the most abundant hardwood trees in America, so in addition to being a perfect egg substitute they are an excellent source of sustainable fiber. 

One thing we consistently noticed with many other fried chicken options—conventional and plant-based—was exceptionally high sodium content. Keeping sodium low was a top priority for us, so we chose to utilize mushroom and yeast extract to create a delicious savory, umami “chicken” flavor without the need for lots of added salt. 

What was the biggest challenge and biggest surprise while developing your nuggets?

While we love pea protein for its versatility, texture, and climate benefits, our process of turning pea protein into nuggets was incredibly challenging. So challenging, in fact, that we’re in the process of patenting it. 

In hindsight, perhaps not that surprising, but what we learned really quickly bringing these nuggets to market is that personal preferences for nuggets are strong and vastly different. So much so that we’ve now updated our cooking times to ranges in order to satisfy customers’ preferences between juicy and crispy! How about you? Are you team juicy or team crispy?

What are your top 3 favorite ways to enjoy Nowadays Original Nuggets?

Fresh out of the air fryer with a little side of ketchup. Boring, we know, but they’re that good.

Mixed in our amazing Chicken & Waffles recipe – go big (for breakfast) or go home. 

Chopped up on a salad. Easy, fresh, and a feel-good protein that pairs well with every single salad dressing. We’ve tried them all.  

What’s next for Nowadays?

Right now, we’re focused on making sure that our nuggets are absolutely the best alt-meat nuggets on the market. BUT we’re also excited to expand the Nowadays family. Stay tuned for some exciting new releases this year!

We also get requests everyday from people across the country wanting to buy our nuggets online, so we’re working hard to ship nationwide soon as well. 

To try your very first box of Nowadays original nuggets, use code VEGANTREASUREHUNTER to get 25% off!

Chicken & Waffles with Nowadays Original Nuggets
Chicken & Waffles with Nowadays Original Nuggets

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