The holiday season is officially upon us. For many, this is a time of spending time with family and friends, watching way too many holiday specials (I would be considered the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of this sport), and eating lots of vegan treats. But with these leisurely traditions comes the inevitable pressure and stress that looms when there are gifts to be purchased. Now more than ever it seems difficult to think of what to buy for our loved ones, as we are greatly aware of the environmental impact of our purchases, not to mention mail delivery is going to be much slower this year.
Our action towards a more sustainable future does not halt at the thought of buying gifts for our loved ones at a time where it seems we are expected to over-consume. So, how does one who wants to be as cruelty-free and environmentally friendly as possible make a holiday gift list? A great way to begin your list is to shop locally. This boosts the local economy and makes it easier to shop in-store when feasible, which puts a bit less strain on the postal service. It can be difficult to begin your holiday shopping when everyone on your list has specific gift requirements but you know you want to buy vegan. Luckily, VeganZine has done the work for you by meticulously curating a holiday gift guide featuring New England based, vegan-friendly businesses and products that the recipient will love and that you can feel good about giving.
Phenic Skincare, based out of Worcester, MA brings a generational mediterranean recipe to skincare, using natural, skin healing ingredients such as olive oil to balance and soothe skin. We are approaching the dry winter months where skin is most susceptible to dryness and irritation, and Phenic Skincare has been a personal savior when it comes to getting ahead of rough texture and parched skin as the weather has shifted into cold temperatures.
From owner and founder Sophia El-Hayek:
“Phenic was started based on my family’s history and tradition of growing olives and pressing them for oil. The recipe for our first product – the Oil Cream Moisturizer came from a family recipe passed down to me from my grandmother. All of our products are Cruelty Free and this is incredibly important to me because aside from being a lifelong animal lover I would rather test out the products on myself! I feel that if I’m not willing to test certain ingredients on myself then they don’t belong in one of my products. Our serums, masks, and beauty oils are all vegan because they don’t need any animal derived ingredients to make them perform any better. In my opinion the best skincare oils and extracts are plant based.”
Our moisturizing aloe-based serum was designed to nourish and brighten your complexion. Our Aloe vera serum works to soothe and moisturize skin, while promoting a more even and balanced skin tone. This aloe and oil blend is quick absorbing so your face is left refreshed without any greasy residue.
This Coconut Rose Face Mask exfoliates, detoxifies, and soothes the skin. Developed using proven skin enhancing and anti-aging ingredients from nature. You’ll love the strong deep clean this mask provides while nourishing skin. Use twice a week for deeply hydrated skin with a luminous even complexion. Black lava salt and clay blend pull impurities out of pores.
Our beauty enhancing oil blend with the added scent and benefits of jasmine essential oil. This fast absorbing beauty oil will leave your skin with a luminous velvety finish.
Name someone in your life who is 21+ who doesn’t need to take the time to relax and take the edge off… you can’t! Hempire, with retail locations in Amesbury, MA and Portsmouth, NH, understands the importance of wellness and self-care, which is why they sell the finest quality CBD to their loyal customers and community.
From owner and founder Kirby Mastrangelo:
“At Hempire, we’re proud to carry only the highest quality hemp & CBD products. Our 2021 commitment was to eliminate all products (specifically edibles) that contain artificial coloring, flavor and other potentially harmful ingredients. Making our product selection completely guilt-free. Today, we are proud to share that we are more than 99% away from completing this goal!”
These gummies are created with full spectrum hemp extract and other botanicals that may help promote sleep, relaxation and inflammation relief! Created with certified organic Hemp & flavoring made from real fruits and vegetables. These gummies are amongst Hempire’s best selling products.
This product is as close to the hemp plant as it gets! Raw hemp products go through a minimal decarboxylation process, meaning they contain most (if not all) of the plant’s nutrients, phytocannabinoids, vitamins & minerals. Hempire loves this product for its transparency & minimal ingredients: Organic MCT (coconut) oil, hemp seed oil & full-spectrum hemp extract.
GRON hemp infused chocolates are not your average candy bar. They’re made with Fair-Trade sourced, single-origin cacao beans, and are 100% vegan! Available in milk, dark or adaptogen infused for sleep or calm! Gron is also Oregon’s first fully compliant edible processor, certified by the state’s Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Health Authority. Just some of the reasons why Hempire is so grateful to partner with this brand
Face Food Natural Beauty Market located in downtown Newburyport MA offers a wide range of vegan and cruelty free bath and body products, as well as their own in-house made cosmetics line. From their website:
“Khaki [Owner and Esthetician] is a strong believer in natural, effective ingredients that do their job. There are never any “filler ingredients” in the products, and so a little goes a long way with every single product you’ll find here. There are no parabens, artificial fragrances, phthalates, artificial preservatives, or any junk at all. The Face Food theory, tested, tried and true, is that real ingredients are the key to obtaining real results.”
All-natural gorgeous shadows that are 75% organic, gluten free, cruelty free and vegan.
These shadows are highly pigmented and apply velvety smooth. Can layer together or wear dry or wet! Perfect for sensitive eyes since no artificial colors, preservatives or fragrances.
Pamper yourself or someone else with the all-natural body care set that includes: a Body Butter of your choice, Raw Shea Butter Balm of your choice, and a Natural Perfume Roller of your choice. Totally customizable. A $40 value that comes at a 10% discount!
Organic antioxidant rich Jojoba, Avocado & Coconut oils deeply nourish & moisture lips. Naturally derived organic butters (Mango, Cocoa & Capuacu) are soothing, hydrating & also have regenerative properties to help heal dry lips & improve elasticity.
100% natural, 85% organic, made in the USA, vegan and gluten-free.
Sip of wit is a mug shop run by best friends keir & jessie – two Massachusetts gals with a passion for pop culture, social justice, and all things vegan. Their adorable mugs are a great secret santa gift or stocking stuffer for your friends and family. All mugs are dishwasher & microwave safe. Check out their shop at sipofwit.etsy.com & follow along for new finds @sipofwit on instagram.
Get the foodie in your life an unexpected treat from Hot Date Kitchen. Based out of Somerville MA, Hot Date Kitchen is a sustainable vegan business dedicated to ethical facility operations and meticulous ingredient sourcing. Their dates are small batch, plant-based, gluten-free, palm oil free, preservative free, non GMO and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are offering a delicious holiday gift bundle that includes:
1 Bag of Hot Dates – Dark chocolate coated Medjool dates filled with spiced sunflower butter and sprinkled with sea salt.
1 Bag of Coffee Dates – Dark chocolate coated Medjool dates filled with tahini + espresso and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
1 Jar of Curio Magic Salt – A smoky, sultry creation from the Curio Spice kitchen that will bring magical flavor to all of your meals. A blend of our favorite Turkish Maras chile flakes with smoked paprika, chipotle, cayenne, and Maine sea salt, this medium-hot salt blend makes seasoning any breakfast, lunch, or dinner a breeze.
1 Bag of Tiny Arms Earth Tones Coffee – Earthtones tasting notes are dark chocolate, toasted almonds, with a hint of candied orange. This is a fuller body coffee that captures strong rich chocolaty notes and light candied orange that lingers on the tongue. This coffee can be enjoyed both as a pour over or espresso.
This holiday season be sure to check out This Stop Is Willoughby – Vegan Shoppe, an all vegan retail shoppe owned by Sabrina Moore of White Muck Vegan Apparel. Willoughby Vegan Shoppe is located in Downtown Dover, NH but also has a website with an online shopping feature. Featuring products mostly created by other female-owned vegan small businesses, Willoughby offers everything to support a vegan lifestyle- food, clothes, books, bath & body products, teas + coffee, dog products, jewelry, eco friendly items and more! Plus now through December 19th when you spend $100+ in the Shoppe or online, receive an extra Gift Bag with 4 Items for Free! Find all the vegan products you want and need for your vegan friends + family, your non-vegan friends + family and yourself!
Find them in person at 6 School Street, Dover NH 03820 or online.
Willoughby offers countless items for $10 or Less and for $20 or less. Seen in these photos are just some of what they have to offer. They make great gifts on their own or use them as stocking stuffers! Either way, Willoughby has affordable options to check off gifts for all the vegans on your list (though of course their vegan products are suitable for non vegans as well). Show your friends and family how great vegan products can be for them, the animals, and the planet!
Willoughby Vegan Shoppe has plenty of fun holiday items now in stock. From Specialty Teas available in Chocolate Chip Chai, Gingerbread, Apple Cider and Peppermint Bark to S’mores flavored Coffee! They also have an extensive line of holiday/winter scented soaps as well as vegan/cruelty free nail polishes to get your nails into the holiday spirit! And don’t forget to grab an Allergen Friendly Gingerbread House Village Kit (they only have a couple left!). Willoughby has got you covered with lots of fun seasonal and year round vegan products.
New to the Shoppe this year are Allergen Friendly Gingerbread House Village Kits made by Pastry Base. Now your allergen free loved ones don’t have to miss out on the fun! Pick up one of these kits soon though as there are only a couple left!
Jerome George Luxury Accessories, operating out of Boston, specializes in vegan leather luxury travel accessories such as toiletry bags, fanny packs and duffle bags. Get the chic vegan in your life a piece from Jerome George’s collection, such as their Crocodile Vegan Leather Laptop Sleeve, or their Vegan Leather Unisex Crossbody Sling Bag
“Vegan leather is important to us because it’s better for the environment. Jerome George wanted to focus on using vegan leather products so that everyone can experience luxury no matter what is made of. Jerome George accessories are carefully made with the finest vegan leather that has the luxury and feel of real leather but the benefits of being vegan and better for the environment.”
Give the gift of wellness and clarity this year with an unlimited yoga package from the newly opened The Studio South End. Their 2 week unlimited classes package costs $50 and monthly unlimited classes are $145. The Studio South End is a welcoming and inclusive space for beginners and experts. During such a stressful time for all of us, this is a gift that could start 2022 off on a positive and uplifting note for the recipient.
From owner and instructor Nicole Samaha:
“The Studio is a space where we openly gather and put away all feelings of intimidation and judgment. Yoga at The Studio is a physical practice as much as it is a spiritual one. It’s a practice that brings about serenity, clarity, mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as self-confidence. The Studio is a safe and uplifting space.
One of the distinctive aspects of The Studio is our team of teachers. Our intimate team of teachers (a thoughtful blend of local & international flair) are committed to work with our students, guiding them along the way day after day, posture by posture. Our teachers view each student as unique with the undeniable possibility to reach their highest potential.”
Give your animal lover friends and family the gift of sponsoring an animal at Peace Ridge Sanctuary. Peace Ridge’s busy season in the winter, when farms cannot afford to feed their livestock and animals are left neglected more than any other time of the year, therefore donations help immensely. With a monthly donation, you can put the sponsorship in the gift recipient’s name who will receive an adoption card with a color photograph and story of their new friend. With over 400 animals to choose from, you are bound to find a namesake for the gift receiver.
Allowed to Grow Old- Portrait of Elderly Animals From Farm Sanctuaries by Salem, MA photographer Isa Leshko is a photography book that every vegan would be pleased to add to their book collection. Serving as both a beautiful vanity book that captures a rare subject and a touching narrative of elderly farm animals that were saved from slaughter, Allowed to Grow Old captures a visual of why every animal’s life is worth saving. You can purchase the book from Indie Bound listed on Isa Leshko’s website to support local bookstores.
From the University of Chicago Press:
“Isa Leshko shows us, brilliantly, with this collection of portraits. To create these portraits, she spent hours with her subjects, gaining their trust and putting them at ease. The resulting images reveal the unique personality of each animal. It’s impossible to look away from the animals in these images as they unforgettably meet our gaze, simultaneously calm and challenging. In these photographs we see the cumulative effects of the hardships of industrialized farm life, but also the healing that time can bring, and the dignity that can emerge when farm animals are allowed to age on their own terms.
Each portrait is accompanied by a brief biographical note about its subject, and the book is rounded out with essays that explore the history of animal photography, the place of beauty in activist art, and much more. Open this book to any page. Meet Teresa, a thirteen-year-old Yorkshire Pig, or Melvin, an eleven-year-old Angora Goat, or Tom, a seven-year-old Broad Breasted White Turkey. You’ll never forget them.”