Let the War on Christmas begin! Happy Holidays, everyone! So, you’ve already bought all your large-ticket, “from Santa,” 8th-day-of-Hanukkah items (or not) and a dreadful little void has yet to be filled in all the debit card merrymaking: stocking stuffers. Or, any little gift you might want to give to a co-worker, in-law or conveniently not assign to anyone in particular and joyfully re-discover a few days after Christmas. This ballpark of gift-giving can be the most fun of all, and it’s so easy to make it vegan that you really won’t have any excuse, you flag-hoisting neo-hippy!
Yo, vegans: In case you haven’t seen them yet, you can now relive your simple yet exhilarating childhood moments of getting to pick out your favorite candy bar at the store, thanks to Go Max Go, a Portland-based company that makes a few select and dead-on replicas of the mainstream candy bar heavy-hitters such as Snickers, Almond Joy and Three Musketeers. I’ve tried them all, and loved them all. Buy them at the mall (or not). Another sweet favorite: Candy Tree organic lollipops! Perhaps the only lollipops you might be able to justify giving to small children with delicate, virgin teeth and years of potential dentist bills ahead, these tasty guys will actually dissolve in your body and not stain your insides with all the colors of the rainbow.
I’ve seen my fair share of Costanza wallets lately; many people you know and love may be suffering from one as you read this. Thus, a wallet is always a perfect small-sized gift, and many of the vegan persuasion have small-sized price tags. Check out the variety of both conventional and inventive styles at Alternative Outfitters vegan boutique. Mighty Wallet makes them out of can’t-bust-it Tyvek in awesome prints and patterns, such as the NYC subway map, with a DIY look and feel. And I don’t care how middle-school-girl it is, I kinda want the Gama-Go Bling Bonsai Vegan Zip Wallet.
It’s a bit sad, but the 1″ pinback seems to be disappearing from lapels, jackets and backpacks everywhere; how does such a timeless and versatile bit of flare go out of style? Or, am I just hanging out at Alameda County Superior Court every day? Regardless, buttons are always well-received as little token gifts and add-ons to things like vegan wallets. For those of you with vegan friends who enjoy a subtly outspoken expression of their lifestyle, check out Herbivore Clothing‘s button section. With artful design, the slogans vary from the diplomatic “herbivore” to the straight-up “fur is fucked” to the best vegan pin of all time: “somebody give the vegan corndog a handclap.” Splash.