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!

Go Max Go Candy Bars

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.

So, it’s cold out, and perhaps very, very, very cold out depending on where you’re wintering, and certain body parts easily get chapped.  That’s why Eco Lips Bee Free Vegan Lip Balm and The Merry Hempsters Vegan Hemp Lip Balm have your lips’ back, providing ethical, soothing relief after the big snowball fight with your creepy uncle.
Did you know that the Kiss My Face bath and beauty company is almost entirely vegan?  Yep, except for a few products that contain beeswax and honey, all of them clearly marked.  Soaps, lotions and all bathwares make great double-whammy gifts in that they’re totally practical and useful while maintaining a refined and even sentimental gift status. And Kiss My Face’s product line is so various, from foot scrubs to toothpaste to bug spray, that the website is pretty much a one-stop shop.  Try the Trail Size Spearmint Breath Blast.

Gama-Go Bling Bonsai From AlternativeOutfitters.com

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.

Praise Seitan Button from HerbivoreClothing.com

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.

I just saw a holiday card online that says “Soysons Greetings.”  Say that out loud to a few people tomorrow and see if they understand what you just said the third time.

-Jeremy Pearson

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