Foodies tend to get lots of love around Christmastime, since the stores are awash with indulgent sweet treats and sky-high gift baskets. But what about your foodie friends who are vegan? What can you buy them besides mail-order pears or a lifetime supply of tofu?
With plant-based businesses popping up like Orville Redenbacher, there are more options than ever before. Here are five awesome gift ideas vegan foodies will be stoked about.
This is a bit of a splurge, since shipping from Northern California isn't cheap, but any cheese enthusiast would tell you that it's worth it. Miyoko creates amazing, GMO-free, dairy-free artisanal cheese creations with ingredients like organic cashews, organic coconut oil, organic chickpea miso and more. Their cheeses come in flavors like classic double cream chive, double cream sundried tomato garlic, Mt. Vesuvius black ash (yes, really) and more. They have a Winter Collection gift pack featuring four varieties for $45.
Owned in part by former NBA champ John Salley (he was plugging them at Seed!), Vegan Vine is a popular vino choice for cruelty-free drinkers. Little do a lot of folks know, but many mainstream wines use items like fish bladder, pig's hooves, egg whites and milk protein in their production process. But not Vegan Vine. Produced by California's certified sustainable Clos LaChance Winery, the company's popular varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. They each run $18.
Om Nom Nom Cookies
Made right here in South Florida, these cookies are the creme-de-la-creme of sweet vegan treats. They come in flavors like chocolate chip, orange zested chocolate chip, chocolate snickerdoodle, spicy Mexican snickerdoodle and more.
Louisville Vegan jerky
Jerky doesn't just come from cows. This Kentucky company makes a shredded-style j jerky marinated in gluten free tamari and seasoned with various spices to make unique flavors like bourbon smoked black pepper, bourbon smoked chipotle, sriracha maple and more. Snag a whole basket from FakeMeats.com for $42 (plus a gift certificate for some extra vegan goodies).
If you've got a vegan with a sweet tooth on your list, this famous candy purveyor and bakery has a Willy Wonka-esque assortment of treats. From cocoa to brittle to fudge, there are a world of options. The Salted Confections gift set features chocolate brittle, salted chocolate caramels and salted vanilla caramels for $52 -- all rare treats for vegan eaters.