11/17/14 11/14/13 Holiday Gift Ideas For Vegans The Gourmet Gifts to Get Your Vegan Foodie Friend November 14, 2013 by Michele Foley 369 Loading If you have a vegan food-lover in your life, then we have the perfect holiday gift list. Any one of these items will have you begging to come over to your friend's next vegan feast. Appetite For Reduction Cookbook What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Isa Chandra Moskowitz's cookbooks have become cornerstones of vegan cooking. Her plant-based recipes rely on natural ingredients and never leave you wanting; whether you're looking for brunch, desserts, comfort food, or simple recipes, Isa has you covered. Appetite For Reduction ($14, originally $20) is a presentation of 125 low-fat vegan recipes that don't skimp on taste. Inside you'll find lasagna, tacos, barbecue, curries, stews, and desserts that all fall under 400 calories per serving. Silpat What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! If the vegan in your life loves to bake, a Silpat reusable mat ($21) is a necessity. Made of fiberglass and silicone, it's nonstick, so no need to use cooking spray. Aside from cookies, it's also great for making your own fruit leathers and dried fruit, and can also be used for roasting veggies. It washes easily, and since it's reusable, it creates less waste for the environment. Vegan Wine Sampler What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! You might be surprised to find out that all wine is not vegan — heck, some of your vegan friends might even be surprised! Many wines use animal products like gelatin or milk proteins to clarify wine after the fermentation process. A great holiday gift for your vegan foodie is the vegan wine sampler ($45) from The Organic Wine Company. Your giftee will enjoy a Cabernet Sauvignon, Côtes du Rhône, and an Entre-Deux-Mers. Wholesome Chow Baking Mixes What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Vegan and gluten-free folks can rejoice at this gourmand Easy Baking Gift Set ($33) from Wholesome Chow. This gift set includes mixes to create baked goods like chai spice cake and even vegan-friendly vanilla icing. Mandoline Slicer What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! To make fruits and veggies even more appetizing, try cutting them into different shapes and sizes. This de Buyer Mandoline ($100) will allow the vegan you love to make waffle, straight, or julienne cuts — the possibilities are as endless as their creativity. It's dishwasher-safe, folds for compact storage, and if they're not into red, it also comes in black and green. Grow Your Own Sprouts Kit What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Topped on sandwiches or salads, sprouts add a healthy crunch, but they can mold quickly. Your vegan buddy can enjoy the freshest of sprouts by making their own at home. This 4-Tier Sprouter Kit ($17) includes all you need to make sprouts in three days — reusable BPA-free trays, certified organic alfalfa sprouting seeds, and easy instructions. Brad's Raw Kale Chips What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Brad's Raw Kale Chips ($8 and up) are a tasty and healthy alternative to potato chips. Your giftee will especially love Brad's Kale Chips because, unlike other kale chips, they aren't frail and crumbly and are made using all-natural, local ingredients. Flavors include Naked, Nasty Hot, and Nacho "Cheese." Allison's Gourmet Artisan Chocolates What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Vegans can be chocoholics too! Give the gift of rich, dairy-free ganache truffles and chewy vegan caramels from Allison's Gourmet ($30-$58). Orange blossom truffles, peppermint swirl truffles, and mocha caramels are just a few of the luscious flavors. Hot Cocoa Kit What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! For an inexpensive gift, any vegan would love to cup their hands around a hot cup of cocoa — Mug O' Love ($9) is vegan and so are these Dandies marshmallows ($5). Throw in a vegan-inspired mug ($13, originally $15) to offer a little warmth this holiday season. Crazy Sexy Kitchen What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Bestselling author and wellness guru Kris Carr teamed up with chef Chad Sarno to create Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution ($23, originally $30). In this "veggie manifesto," Kris breaks down her vegan philosophy and how both resident vegans and those tinkering with a vegan plan can benefit from a healthy, plant-based diet. Penzy's Spices What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Since spices are the cornerstone to good vegan cooking, look beyond McCormick's, and splurge on a gift box from Penzey's Spices (prices vary), known for its in-demand and high-quality dried herbs, spices, and seasoning mixes. One pinch of a Penzey spice takes a good dish to great. Source: Flickr user massdistraction Vitamix 5200 What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Ask any vegan foodie and they'll tell you — all they want for Christmas is a Vitamix 5200 ($449). From frozen smoothies to perfect soup purees, having a Vitamix on hand makes life so much easier and more delicious. Bake and Destroy What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! This punk rock- and pop culture-inspired recipe book called Bake and Destroy: Good Food For Bad Vegans ($15, originally $20) by blogger and Food Network judge Natalie Slater is a refreshing and quirky vegan cookbook unlike any other. Your vegan friend will love jumping in the kitchen to whip up foods like Pinterest Pie, Banana Bread French Toast Cupcakes, and Crouching Cornbread, Hidden Broccoli. The amazing photos of each recipe and the tips for how to turn any recipe vegan are sure to inspire. Monthly Snack Box What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Your vegan friend will get giddy once a month with this tasty special delivery. Vegan Cuts Snack Box ($20 per month) includes seven to 10 vegan goodies delivered straight to her door from chips to dried fruit to energy bars — all vegan, of course. Tree Nut Cheese Box What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Cheese is such a treat, but in vegan cooking it's often lackluster — think grainy, slimy, and just generally fake-tasting. Dr. Cow artisan tree nut cheeses are a game-changer for vegans looking for a cheese tray worthy of fancy crackers, wine, and fruit. The Tree Nut Cheese Box ($85) comes with five aged cheeses and one cream cheese: gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free. It's also 100 percent organic. Dehydrator What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Your health-conscious friend can save money by making her own dried fruits, veggies, fruit leathers, herbs, and teas with this Nesco 4-Tray Dehydrator ($49, originally $68). It has a top-mounted fan and adjustable thermostat from 95 to 155°F to make yummy, healthy snacks in hours. Just tell your vegan friend to throw out the two jerky spice packets. Liz Lovely Cookie Sampler What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Being vegan isn't always about green smoothies and kale chips. When cookie cravings strike, arm your vegan with this Liz Lovely Oh-M-G Gift Sampler ($30). Packed in the company's exclusive "eco-chic" gift box with biodegradable ribbon, it contains one tub each of chocolate-covered Lovely Oh's, Cinnamon Lovely Oh's, and Vanilla Lovely Oh's — enough that she might even share. Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Because of their high nutritional content — most especially protein — beans are a vegan's best friend. Do your loved one right by buying her a Rancho Gordo Great Beans gift box ($41). Rancho Gordo heirloom beans have a cult-like following among food lovers and professional chefs — they elevate the most ordinary dish into something special, and are the best I've ever eaten.