Here at PlantBasedPopUp (PBP), we are all about bringing the best veg-friendly foodie experiences to people (and we certainly did that this year)! So, with the holidays around the corner, we thought it would be apropos to put together our list of recommended veg-friendly, ethical items to consider putting on your shopping and gifting list this year.
Matt & Nat bags: Matt & Nat is the maker of beautiful and stylish vegan leather bags that come in a variety of sizes and colors. Plus, as an eco bonus, bag lining is made from recycled water bottles. With a selection of clutches, briefcases and backpacks, Matt & Nat is the perfect gift item for any woman on the go that appreciates a mix of style, elegance and functionality. Sold on Amazon.com, direct at MattandNat.com, and various retailers. ($50-$400)
Save The Duck: Who needs real down (duck feathers) when you have coat company Save The Duck filled with its proprietary feather-like down called PLUMTECH. This state-of-the-art technology makes for a breathable and highly condensable coat perfect for travel and everyday wear. With coats and vests for men and women, snag one on sale via GILT, or at Nordstrom and various other retails. They also sell direct on their website, SaveTheDuck.com. ($100-$500)
Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs: Everyone knows Stella McCartney makes great lux faux fur, but lesser known Donna Salyers delivers a high-quality feel at a more affordable price. From pillows to vests, to wraps and more, this is a must-visit online shop stop for your holiday gifting. Plus, you can sort for items by price, making it easy to find something within your desired price range. FabulousFurs.com. ($120-$600)
Vrai & Oro: This jewelry company flipped the industry on its head when it started offering elegant handcrafted jewelry direct to consumers online, eliminating steep markups often seen at retail shops. Made in downtown Los Angeles, Vrai & Oro's stylish yet simple designs make for a perfect gift item. For beautiful quality jewelry without the markup, visit VraiandOro.com. ($50 - $1,500)
Bombas: Who would have thought one sock company had the propensity to do so much good? Bombas is the perfect gift item for the consciences gift giver who wants to shop while also giving back. Not only does Bombas make a high quality, super cushioned sock, they also gift a pair to a homeless person in need for each one you buy. You can find an assortment of holiday-themed socks for all shapes and sizes, plus more classic looks. Sold on Bombas.com. ($12 - $50)
Ivory Ella clothing: If you have a teen or college-aged girl…or even a young-at-heart woman in your life, then Ivory Ella is a perfect stop for her gift. Not only do they make super cute, fun and comfy clothing, they do so while helping to save elephants (by donating a portion of the sale to elephant protection and preservation). Sold via their website, IvoryElla.com. ($12-$100)
Maya’s Cookies: This San Diego-based cookie company makes a variety of some of the softest most delicious vegan cookies around. It’s no wonder Maya’s secret recipe is in fact, secret…. we will always wonder how she gets her cookies perfectly gooey! Order online and use the personalized note section to write a custom gift note. Shipping is fast, direct to the recipient, and cookies are packaged beautifully. Order online at MayasCookie.com. ($6-$50)
VegNews magazine subscription: With so much to read and see these days online, it a wonderful and refreshing moment when a magazine you really want to read arrives in the mail. VegNews delivers a mix of veg-foodie news, product reviews, travel ideas, recipes, and more. And vegan or not, this is a mag anyone can enjoy. Available via VegNews.com. ($20-$50)
Donation in someone’s name: For that person that has everything, a simple and heart-warming gift can often be a donation in their name. Make a donation online and print out or make a little certificate that says what you gave in their name. Some favored animal-rights nonprofits include The Humane League, The Humane Society, and Mercy for Animals. Also, HappyCow has an entire list for more ideas here. And if they might be into causes other than animal rights, donate in their name to a charity that you know is near and dear to their heart.