2020 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I’ve put together the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free gift guide so you can make the holidays merry and bright for everyone on your shopping list! This year’s guide is all about treating yourself and your loved ones to something special (we deserve it!).

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!

Let’s jump right in!

MERSI Ruby Cross-Body

Look at this stunner! The Ruby Cross-Body from MERSI adds style and a pop of color to any outfit! It’s made of the highest quality vegan leather and is the perfect gift for the conscious fashionista on your holiday shopping list!

Fyve 5 Ingredient Skincare

Give the gift of amazing skin! Fyve’s Facial Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Face Oil, and Bamboo Clay Mask gently cleanses, hydrates, and purifies with just five natural ingredients for glowing skin all year round! Read my full review and learn more about the brand in my Ethical Business Spotlight series!

FINE & RAW Chocolate Truffles

Whether you’re looking for a hostess gift, a stocking stuffer, or just want a delicious box of artisanal chocolates for yourself, you can’t beat FINE & RAW Chocolate’s Truffle Gift Set! These adorable boxes include eight handcrafted truffles that are coated in 70% dark chocolate (coconut sugar based), and include flavors such as classic bonbon, hazelnut, sea salt, and a selection of the chocolatier’s choice.

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line Body Butter and Scrub

Colder weather means everyone’s skin needs a little more moisture and TLC. Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s Oatmeal & Vanilla Body Butter features a super hydrating formula made with organic sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. The sweet, comforting scent of vanilla and oatmeal is the ultimate holiday treat! Pair it with the Dulce de Leche Body Scrub that’s made with organic sugar for a gentle yet effective exfoliation to reveal healthy, hydrated skin all season long!

Looking for something for the guy in your life? Try out the Burly Men’s Line!

Grow Fragrance Plant-Based Candle

Grow Fragrance recently launched the first certified 100% plant-based candle! The Ginger Pumpkin scent features a festive blend of fresh ginger, toasted pumpkin, fall spices & a touch of vanilla bean. This highly-fragranced candle is made with soy and coconut oil and is designed to fill large spaces with holiday cheer!

My Favorite Indulgence World-Class Granola

My Favorite Indulgence‘s decadent granolas are a satisfying and delicious meal or snack! If you’re ready to discover the best granola around, try the Chocolate Mocha, Pumpkin-Spiced, Granola with Nuts, and Nut-Free Granola flavors! Then, pour yourself a bowl and be merry!

Hempfield Botanicals Topical CBD

Why not treat yourself or loved ones to some high-quality wellness products? Hempfield Botanicals Topical CBD Sample Pack includes a Massage Oil, Muscle Recovery, CBD Salve, and CBD Lip Balm to ease the stress of the holidays. Give this gift to say you care!

Daily Crunch Snacks

Daily Crunch Snacks sprouted almonds are the perfect stocking stuffer and guilt-free treat! Soaking almonds boosts their nutritional value while enhancing their crunch! There’s a wide variety of flavors to choose from, so there’s something for everyone including Coffee-Soaked Sprouted Almonds for java enthusiasts! Check out my review of these mouthwatering sprouted almonds!

Apothepurity Aromatherapy Roll-ons

Everyone needs a little self-care time! Apothepurity‘s aromatherapy roll-ons are a quick and convenient way to feel better in no time! The Breathe with Ease Aromatherapy Roll-on is crafted with organic peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon oils to help you say goodbye to congestion! The Need My Beauty Sleep Aromatherapy Roll-on includes organic clary sage, frankincense, sandalwood, and ylang ylang so you can peacefully doze off and dream! Use code VTH20 for 20% off!

The Friendly Vegan Cookbook

The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, created by Michelle Cehn, founder of World of Vegan and Toni Okamoto, author of Plant-based on a Budget, features mouthwatering pastas, cookies, soups, sandwiches, and much more! Anyone who wants to master creating delicious vegan entrées, snacks, and desserts is sure to love this cookbook!

Threepaws Gourmet Organic Vegan Dog Treats

Don’t forget a gift for the doggos! Threepaws Gourmet offers healthy, plant-based treats your dogs will drool over! With fun flavors like Coconut Bacon and Strawberry Coconut Cream Bones, you can expect some extra tail wags and cuddles as a “thank you” this holiday season! Learn more about the company in my Ethical Business Spotlight!

Green Apple Active

Looking cute while doing yoga, enjoying time out with friends, or just lounging at home is easy with Green Apple Active! The Mya Essential Leggings, Mya Utility Leggings, and 18″ New Gia Crop Cami with Bamboo Support Bra are made with organic cotton and bamboo! They use anti-microbial, UV resistant, and biodegradable materials to make super high-quality, stylish, and sustainable activewear! How cool is that?!

EVOLVh Healthy Color Trio

EVOLVh’s Healthy Color Trio is a haircare lovers dream! Made from clean, plant-based ingredients, this set includes full-sized bottles of the SmartColor Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner (2019 Glamour Magazine Beauty Award Winner for Best Conditioner in the Clean/Plant Based Category) and SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner (my personal fav!). There’s a Healthy Hair Trio for every hair concern, so no matter who you’re shopping for, you can make sure they have healthy, beautiful hair!

ADORAtherapy Chakra Boost and Room Boost

The holidays are all about joy and love! ADORAtherapy‘s Joy Chakra Spice Roll On Perfume Oil is formulated with organic ingredients to activate your heart chakra with top notes of rose, gardenia, and jasmine. The Passion Room Boost Spray will fill your home with love with sweet, earthy notes of patchouli, sandalwood, and jasmine.

Heartland Farm Sanctuary

Not sure what to get the person who has everything? Make a donation in their name to Heartland Farm Sanctuary! This amazing sanctuary’s mission is to inspire compassion for all beings by offering a safe, welcoming space where people and farm animals come together to experience growth, healing and connection. They provide high-quality, specialized care to nearly 100 rescued farm animals, offer inclusive humane education programs for learners of all ages, and provide experiential therapy to ensure the Heartland community is accessible for everyone.

Make a donation to help care for Maxwell the pig, Daisy the cow, Jemma the rescued turkey, and many more!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! Head on over to Instagram for a chance to win all of the fabulous products in this guide! (Giveaway launches on 11/15 at 12pm ET)

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Healing Home Foods – Delicious Vegan Snacks You’re Gonna Love!

Company: Healing Home Foods

Products:

Chocolate Chip Baked Biscotti Bites

Pizza Thins Raw Crackers

Almond Butter Chunk Baked Granola

Reviews:

Super crunchy biscotti pieces with Chocolate Chips? Yup! They exist and I’m loving them! Healing Home Foods’ Chocolate Chip Biscotti Bites are not too sweet and have a wonderful oven-baked flavor, which paired perfectly with my almond milk latte. They’re made with almond flour and other plant-based ingredients, so vegans and people that avoid gluten will be able to enjoy them! A handful of these and my regular cup of coffee kept me full and running ’till lunch time!

Next up, are the amazingly delicious Pizza Thins! These crispy little crackers are bursting with Italian flavors thanks to Sun-dried Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Oregano! These little guys pop with tangy tomato and they’re completely addicting! I may or may not have polished off the entire bag in one sitting (I absolutely did). You will think you’re diving into a freshly baked slice of your favorite vegan pizza! I’m in love!

Last but not least, is the Almond Butter Chunk Granola! What’s not to like about big, hearty pieces of baked oats and almond butter? This raw, gluten-free granola is subtly sweet and makes a  satisfying snack or meal. It’s made with Gluten-Free rolled oats, *sprouted almonds, *maple syrup, *almond butter, gluten-free quick oats, *maple sugar, *ground flaxseed, *coconut oil, vanilla flavor, and Himalayan crystal salt. It’s so tasty, you’d never think it was raw, vegan, OR good for you!

The Bottom Line

Healing Home Foods makes unique snacks that are vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and truly delicious! If I had to choose one item from the list above to recommend, I would say definitely try out the Pizza Thins… or maybe the Biscotti Bites… or the granola. Haha, I don’t know, just try them all and let me know which one you like the best!

Thank you, Home Healing Foods, for sending me these awesome snacks to try!

My Favorite Indulgence – World Class Granola That Tastes Like Dessert!

Company: My Favorite Indulgence

Products:

Chocolate Mocha Granola

Pumpkin Spiced Granola

Maple Cinnamon Granola

Classic Almond Granola

Reviews:

Is your morning routine missing a little something? Toast and coffee not cutting it anymore? Try My Favorite Indulgence World Class Granola! (How’d you like my infomercial impression?) These granolas are vegan and made with natural, non-GMO ingredients. There’s nothing on the labels that you won’t be able to pronounce and the flavors are incredible! Alright, let’s jump right in!

First up, is the Chocolate Mocha Granola. I love chocolate. I love coffee. I love granola. So obviously I had high hopes for this one! I was not let down! The sweet, cocoa flavor along with the crunchiness of the oats and almonds really can’t be beat! There is even a hint of cinnamon which really amps up the flavor. I paired this with almond milk and it was like eating a dessert for breakfast. I’m in love!

Next, is the Pumpkin Spiced Granola. As far as I’m concerned, Pumpkin Spiced flavored foods should be eaten year round! Some “pumpkin” flavored foods taste artificial and not very appetizing. This granola, on the other hand, is done right! It contains actually pumpkin which is the primary flavor of this granola, along with pure maple syrup, dried cranberries, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. It is subtly sweet, crunchy and tastes like pumpkin pie. It’s pumpkin perfection!

The Maple Cinnamon Granola (listed on their website as “Nut-Free Granola) is phenomenal! The sweetness from the pure maple syrup with the pleasant bitterness of the cinnamon and the crunch of the oats; this granola does not disappoint! This flavor is nut-free and perfect for someone that isn’t into “dessert” flavors like the ones above or just prefers simpler flavor profiles.

Last but not least is the Classic Almond Granola (listed on their website as “Granola With Nuts”). If you’re a traditional granola lover, this is for you! This variety contains almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. I’ve never had granola with all three, so I was interested to try this! Just because it is “Classic” doesn’t mean it’s boring! The blend of maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla along with the oats, nuts, and seeds is truly delicious!

The Bottom Line

These granolas from My Favorite Indulgence are fantastic. They’re vegan, healthy and oh-so-delicious! All of the flavors are non-GMO and make a satisfying meal or snack.  I love each and every flavor and actually couldn’t pick a favorite! I love that they come in a large 10 oz. size for home and also come in 2 oz. snack sizes to take on the go! Head on over to the My Favorite Indulgence website to check out their world-class granola!

Thank you, My Favorite Indulgence, for sending me these products to review!

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Zeke’s Beans N Bowls

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Location:

Zeke’s Beans N Bowls

616 Norfolk Ave.

Virginia Beach, VA

757-963-5155

Atmosphere:

As I pulled up to this place, I wasn’t sure what I was going to find.  Zeke’s outer appearance is what some might call “shabby”.  I was happily surprised when I walked in the door.  Mom was right again, damn it, don’t judge a book by its cover.

For lack of a better term, the style of this place is “surf hipster”.  Mismatched sofas and cushioned chairs, retro stereo equipment that played some sort of dance/electronic songs, books that looked liked they have been kicked around for a decade or so, surf magazines and boards, and random items such as old school badminton rackets.  They even had paintings on the walls for sale, including a yogi meditating in a sunset and a psychedelic storm trooper right next to it.

Food:

Well, there were plenty of vegan options here. From smoothie bowls to salads, and an array of pitas and sandwiches that could sub-out the meat for tofu. Yay!

I ordered a latté and the “North Pole Bowl”, both pictured above. The latté went for $4.00 and the bowl went for $9.00. I ordered the Regular size, but there is also a smaller option.

The latté  had a lotté of cinnamon. Haha, see what I did there?! I did not get much of a coffee flavor, just a mouthful of cinnamon, but I appreciated that it was made with almond milk and had lots of foam. Party in my mouth!

The North Pole Bowl featured an acai smoothie with cinnamon granola, mango, sliced banana, blueberries, almonds, and shredded coconut.  This was exactly what I didn’t know I needed in my life! So fresh, fruity, and flavorful, my vegan heart and tastebuds were singing Katy Perry’s “Firework”, and I’m pretty sure I was dancing a little as I ate this cool, crunchy, and sweet combo.

DIG IT or DITCH IT? 

DIG IT! The relaxed hipster attitude, delicious and fresh ingredients, along with the multitude of vegan options, makes this place a must. I’ll definitely be returning in the future, and also recreating this bowl at home!