2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

Jewels By SJB – Review

Company: Jewels By SJB

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‘Jewels by SJB is a collection of hand forged, cruelty free jewels made with attention to detail out of my home studio in Toronto, ON. I’m passionate about creating pieces that are not only cruelty free but also share the vegan message through hand stamping.
To create high quality pieces that are made to last I use genuine gemstones, .925 sterling silver and 14k gold fill metal.”

“G I V I N G B A C K – When you make a purchase from Jewels by SJB, you’re not only helping to spread the vegan message but you’re also helping to save animals in need. With each purchase, a portion of profits go to The Animal House located in Ocho Rios Jamaica.”

Pieces:

Delicate Hand-Stamped Sterling Silver Cuff  – C$26.25

Dream Stack – C$76.71

Green Amethyst Gem Drop (Silver) – C$36.75

 

Reviews:

I must admit, I had been eyeing up some of the pieces from Jewels By SJB for quite some time before reaching out to them about working together. Sue, the extremely kind and hard-working woman behind the company, is based in Ontario where she creates stunning pieces of jewelry for a great cause (see above).

The pieces Sue creates are eye-catching, dainty, and celebrate Veganism. With their beautiful gemstones, hand-stamped charms, and high-quality metals, there is truly a special piece to please just about everyone (the holidays will be here sooner than you think, guys!).

The first piece that I received was the Delicate Hand-Stamped Sterling Silver Cuff. The word VEGAN is hand-stamped into the super shiny sterling silver cuff. It is thin yet sturdy, and is able to be adjusted to fit various wrist sizes and is easily taken on/off.  I love this piece because it matches everything and looks amazing stacked with other bracelets. The reason I love this bracelet most of all, to me at least, is that it’s empowering! I don’t know how other vegans feel, but sometimes when I’m out in the real world, it seems that no one else shares my values. This bracelet is a nice little way to say, Hey! You’re kind, compassionate, and making a difference! Keep up the good work!”

Next, was the absolutely stunning Dream Stack set of 3 braceletsIncluded in this set are the faceted jade with a sterling silver heart charm bracelet, the “v” for vegan matte howlite bracelet and the aqua chalcedony adjustable bezel bracelet. All three look incredible when worn together, but are also interesting and beautiful enough to wear on their own.

The Faceted Jade with Sterling Silver Heart Charm Bracelet is probably my favorite out of the three. I just love the smoky blue/purple color of the beads and I absolutely adore anything with hearts on it (I have 3 heart tattoos!).

The “V” for Vegan Matte Howlite Bracelet is as cute as can be with its hand-stamped charm and round white beads with gray marbling. This bracelet is another piece that can be worn with anything and has secret Vegan inspirational powers (like the cuff)!

The Aqua Chalcedony Adjustable Bezel Bracelet is so gorgeous! The gemstone is my all-time favorite color and it pairs perfectly with the silver and white satin drawstring. It is adjustable to fit any wrist size, and each stone is one-of-a-kind!

Last, is the dainty and elegant Green Amethyst Gem Drop Necklace. This petite gemstone hangs from a thin silver chain and is the perfect way to draw attention to your pretty little face! Both the silver and gemstone catch the light and just glow! It is perfect to layer with other necklaces or to add some shine to your day on its own!

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for spectacular, unique pieces of jewelry that have a great message and also helps animals, I highly recommend Jewels By SJB. Sue is so talented when it comes to

making these beautiful works of art. It is easy to see that she puts her heart into every piece, and that makes her jewelry truly special.

Thank you, Jewels By SJB, for working with me! You are so kind and generous and your continued success is inevitable!

 

 

 

Sand Cloud – Whale Tail Necklace Review

Company: Sand Cloud

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Sand Cloud supports the following organizations; Marine Conservation Institute, The Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, San Diego Coastkeeper, and Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

Product: Sterling Silver Whale Tail Necklace – $27.00 USD



Review:

The pictures speak for themselves this time! Look at this cute 100% Sterling Silver necklace! It’s made high-quality silver and matches any outfit! The front of the whale tail catches the light and has a brilliant shine, while the back of the tail has “Save the Fishies” engraved into it. The dainty chain is 16″ long and there are multiple loops for adjusting the length. I truly love this necklace and the fact that 10% of Sand Cloud’s profits are donated to the awesome organizations listed above.

Thank you, Sand Cloud, for accepting me into your Ambassador Program!