The frantic Christmas shopping season has begun in earnest, and judging by the number of internet searches for "Christmas Gift Ideas for Vegans/Vegetarians" which are landing on last year's Gift Guide here on The Veg Space, it seemed about time to give you some more ideas for the perfect presents for foodie friends and family.
Forgive the terribly self-indulgent gift idea no. 1.... I'm really excited to share the news that my new book is out, hooray! I've been working with the lovely people at Short Books to produce a book of 15-minute vegan recipes, and you can order it now - more details below. Thanks for your support!
1. Vegan in 15 by Kate Ford (Short Books)
The vegan revolution is here... More and more people are looking to eat and shop in a way that treads as lightly as possible on our fragile planet and doesn't cause suffering to animals. This book presents the easy way to go vegan showing you how to conjure up incredibly tasty meals with simple, accessible ingredients in just 15 minutes.
Packed with tips and advice, shopping lists and meal planners, Vegan in 15 offers irresistible recipes which are full of flavour and character, containing all the nutrients you need for optimum health. It will inspire you to get the most out of a vegan lifestyle, whether you are an established green eater or just looking for a way to begin.
2. Twist 'n' Sprout by Chef'n - Preparing sprouts has to be one of the low-points of the festive season, but this nifty little gadget does the hard work for you. Why not give it as a stocking filler to someone who you would like to help you out with the sprouts on Christmas morning, as an un-subtle hint?! It trims and cores the sporouts in one simple twist, so no matter how many you are cooking for, the job will be done in no time at all.
3. Sukin Supergreens Face Products - I was sent a selection of these lovely vegan cosmetics by Sukin, and must admit that the ingredients sounded more like something you might find in a smoothie rather than face creams - think kale, parsley, chia and acai, but in the short time I've been using them I've found them lovely - quickly absorbed and really moisturising. They aren't heavily perfumed so smell fresh and green rather than the usual harsh chemicals. I've tried the Detoxifying Clay Masque, Detox Facial Scrub, Facial Recovery Serum, Facial Moisturiser, and the brand new Nourishing Chia Seed Oil.
4. Grow Your Own Christmas Tree by SeedCell - a fab little stocking filler which you plant in your garden to grow your own Christmas Tree for next year! (I can't guarantee how big it will be by next year of course, but it's such a cool idea).
5. Vegan Inspiration or Vegetarian Inspiration Tea Towels - whether for a newbie vegan or vegetarian, or an old hand who has got stuck in a rut of cooking the same things, these organic cotton tea towels are jam-packed with inspiring ideas for creative meals and flavour combinations. Banish the boring and get cooking!
Nifty Kitchen Gadgets
6. Popcorn Maker by Judge - this fab gadget from Judge is such a brilliant way to make healthy snacking fun, creative and outrageously tasty. My 3-year-old pesters me to use it every day - watching the kernels pop and shoot out the funnel into a waiting bowl is admittedly lots of fun, and we've experimented with all sorts of lovely flavour combinations. There's a little scoop sitting in the lid which doubles both as a measuring tool for the kernels, and then when filpped over it becomes a warmer for butter (or dairy-free margarine), and whether you're a salty or sweet kinda person, (or even a bit of both), the sky's the limit with what you can flavour your popcorn with. One of the most fun and family-friendly kitchen gadgets I've tried this year, I really recommend it for some sensational snacking this Christmas!
7. Hand & Stand Mixer by Breville - if you're a regular reader you will have noticed that I've been experimenting a lot with vegan baking recently, and have really enjoyed making cakes, biscuits, bread, muffins and edible treats. If you're the same, but the super-expensive food mixers are a bit eye-wateringly expensive (or too big to sit on your worktop all year round), I can't recommend this Hand & Stand mixer from Breville enough. They come in a range of pretty pastel colours, and can be used either as a stand-along hand whisk for quick jobs, or can clip into the stand to become a proper food mixer perfect for beating, whisking and all sorts of other baking jobs. I'm really impressed, and this would make such a fab Christmas present for keen bakers of all ages.
8. Scoop 'n' Saw by Chef'n - another nifty gadget from the people at Chef'n, this one is perfect for preparing butternut squash, (one of the kitchen jobs I've always found a pain), or equally pumpkins, melons and similar fruit and veg. There's a sharp, serrated knife which is held safely inside the unit until needed, which makes light work of even the toughest skins (as long as you use a sawing motion, rather than pressing down as you would with a normal knife), then a scoop gives you an easy job of removing all the seeds and stringy fibres from the centre.
9. Optimum High Speed Blender by Froothie - I've mentioned before that I couldn't be without my Optimum blender, I use it almost every day for so many jobs in the kitchen. A high-speed blender like this (as opposed to a cheap as chips blender from the high street) really is worth the investment in the long run, particularly if you're keen to experiment with nut butters, making your own nut milks, and all sorts of other kitchen prep jobs that require serious horsepower. Smoothies and soups are like drinking velvet - so different from what I was able to make before my beast of a blender arrived. Do take a look - there are now quite a range of Optimum blenders to suit all budgets.
10. Grow Your Own Gourmet Mushrooms Kit by GroCycle - we've had lots of fun in our house recently testing out these gourmet mushroom growing kits from GroCycle. They cleverly use recycled coffee grounds to grow the mushrooms in, so this is a super-ethical and fun Christmas gift for the mushroom-lovers or keen cooks on your list.
11. Edible Herb & Chilli Wreath from Rocket Gardens - this fabulous wreath will be hanging on our front door this Christmas, and what could be more perfect for food lovers than a wreath of chilli and fresh herbs. It smells gorgeous and looks really striking too.
12. Natural Decorations Box from Rocket Gardens - also from Rocket Gardens is this wonderful box of natural decorations. If like me you spend November pinning beautiful gift wrapping and Christmas decoration ideas from Pinterest, but wouldn't know where to find such a huge selection of fresh greenery, this huge box stuffed to the brim with holly, ivy, festive fir, mistletoe, bay, rosemary and pine cones is absolutely perfect. Such a fantastic gift for someone who is keen to deck the house in festive greenery without the hassle of finding and picking it yourself.
13. La Jara Prosecco Frizzante from Riverford - this lovely Prosecco is perfect for the festive season, with light and crisp flavours of apple and raspberry. What's more, it is vegan and organic - who could ask for more? A great party fizz at a decent price.
14. Besos de Oro Liqueur from Yumbles - if you're a recent vegan convert missing a tipple of Irish Cream Liqueur this Christmas, you need some of this this really lovely liqueur called Besos de Oro in your life. A blend of brandy from Jerez and horchata from Valencia, it has the benefit of being gluten-free, nut-free, dairy- and lactose-free, and of course vegan, but doesn't taste "free-from" anything at all. Totally delicious and great for using in any recipe which calls for that other famous Irish Cream Liqueur.
15. Sloe Gin in Gift Box from Sloemotion - Sloe Gin is such a wonderful Old English tipple, and makes a fabulous kir-royale type drink which is perfect for the festive season. Sloemotion's gorgeous gin is warming and fruity, and makes such a lovely gift in their beautiful gift box sets. It has won lots of Great Taste awards, and is also suitable for vegans.
16. How to Make Your Own Drinks by Susy Atkins - if you have a little time to get creative in the kitchen, making your own drinks is such a brilliant thing to do for Christmas gifts. I've made so many over the years from this brilliant book by Susy Atkins that my copy is totally spattered in puréed fruit and booze - surely the sign of a much-loved book. Every recipe I've tried has been excellent and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes for all sorts of creative drinks that would make such lovely presents.
Subscriptions and Pretty Things
17. Snack 4 Change by CHIKAs - these brilliant snack boxes help underprivileged African Children gain their fundamental right to an education. Each box that pops through your letterbox contains four delicious CHIKAs snacks which are GMO, gluten free and vegan, and each subscription purchased means one child sent to school.
18. Adopt an Olive Tree from Pomora - this is an unusual but really lovely gift idea for any foodie - adopting an olive tree with Pomora, which subscribes you to a regular mailing of really top quality olive oil throughout the year. I've been subscribed for a year now and the oils I've received are really fantastic, both plain extra virgin, and flavoured oils like garlic and basil which are so good drizzled over.... well, just about anything!
19. Mint Green Digital Scales from Brabantia - I can't believe I managed for so long without digital scales, these are one of the most-used gadgets in my kitchen! Perfect for weighing porridge oats (and nut milk - it also measures ml!) straight in the cereal bowl in the morning, and can cope with large quantities (such as lots of fruit for my Ultimate Vegan Christmas Cake!). These come in a range of lovely colours, but mint green is my absolute favourite.
20. Vintage Kitchen Gifts from DotComGiftShop - for some really unique and pretty gifts for the kitchen, I can recommend a look at DotComGiftShop. Pictured is my latest haul of little stocking fillers and pretty things - this lovely Vintage Apple Apron, a Love Heart Biscuit Cutter, and the cutest Barbershop Moustache Baking Set.
21. Vegan Chocolate Hamper Gift Box from The Goodness Project. This beautifully packaged Vegan Chocolate Gift Hamper is sure to impress! 13 varied vegan chocolate bars chocolates come nicely packaged in a sturdy box, each box is hand-packed with care and you can even include a handwritten note.
22. Blackberry Ketchup from Sloemotion - I'm a huge fan of interesting ketchups, (my Beetroot & Chilli Ketchup is one of my most popular recipes at this time of year), and so I was intruiged to try this Blackberry Ketchup from Sloemotion. Guess what - its really good. Fruity, but still sharp and savoury enough to be exceptionally good for chip dunking. It is vegan and vegetarian too.
23. Chocolate & Love - I discovered this fab brand of chocolate recently and have really enjoyed all their flavours. Five out of the seven flavours are vegan: coffee, rich dark, mint, orange, and panama, (and sea salt & caramel and creamy dark are vegetarian but not vegan). Bars are available from Sainsbury's or Ocado.
24. Primal Pantry Advent Calendar - Primal Pantry bars are a very tasty way to get a protein and energy boost, and this Advent Calendar gives you a different bar from their seven flavours each day. All the bars are vegan, gluten-free and paleo, and taste incredibly good. And yes, we're a few days into Advent already so you will have some very tasty catching up to do.....
25. Breakfast Lovers' Hamper from Primrose's Kitchen - Primrose makes the most incredible raw vegetable museli in Dorset, (all vegan and gluten-free), and this hamper of goodies would be such a treat to wake up to on Christmas morning.
26. Nauteas Gift Box - the brilliantly named Nauteas make really unusual flavours of tea, beautifully packaged and creatively named which makes them such a lovely gift for tea drinkers. This pretty gift box contains three flavours - Cherry Loves Rose (which is caffeine free), Pina Colada on the Beach (a green tea blend) and Don't Make Me Cycle to India (which is a black chai tea).
27. Berry Power Bundle Superfood Powders from Goodyfull - anyone who makes smoothies reguarly would be totally thrilled to receive some of these superfood powders in their stocking. You can sign up for a regular subscription, or just buy online as you need them. Take a look at the Gift Sack for an extra special gift from Santa!
28. Booja Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles from Riverford - these are most definitely the most rich and decadant vegan treat I've tried. Beautifully packaged and dusted in cocoa, these truffles are indulgently creamy and surprisingly soft, with a crunch of hazelnut throughout. You won't believe they are vegan, (but they are!), and organic too.
Homemade Treats from the Kitchen
29. Beetroot & Chilli Ketchup - if you're making Christmas gifts from the kitchen this year, this spicy ketchup couldn't be easier, and makes such a lovely gift.
30. Shortbread Sweethearts - these little vegan shortbread hearts are deceptively simple to make, and one batch of dough can be divided into to flavour combinations. Package them up in little bags or jars for a thoughtful present.
31. Red Onion & Merlot Marmalade - perfect in sandwiches, on canapés, in wraps or even a pizza topping, this versatile savory marmalade is a lovely festive treat.
32. Figgy Christmas Chutney - a festive-flavoured chutney which would be a treat on any Christmas buffet table.
33. The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Cake - a homemade Christmas cake would be such a lovely gift. Why not make individual cakes in tiny tins, (reducing the cooking time), and marzipan and sugarpaste them as tiny vegan treats for teachers or colleagues?
I hope that's given you some ideas.... what's on your Christmas list this year?
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