Vegetarian Gift Guide + A Giveaway

A vegetarian gift guide with holiday kitchen, home, fashion, and stocking stuffers ideas for the vegetarian in your life.

vegetarian gift guide

And here we are again – already at the last month of the year. Seriously, 2016, where in the world did you go? Last year’s vegetarian gift guide focused on cruelty-free brands and shopping locally. I, of course, included some of my favorite cruelty-free (read: doesn’t test on animals) brands again this year (vote with your money!) as well as favorite cookbooks for helping you thrive on a cruelty-free diet and a few favorites from small brands and makers.

In addition to the vegetarian gift guide, I’m so excited to also introduce a GIVEAWAY! It features a ton of the items featured in this guide! I really really appreciate you for following along with VV and want to say thank you in the form of this giveaway! I’m giving over $300 worth of gifts to one lucky reader so make sure to scroll all the way down and enter! And THANK YOU again for being a part of this community. <3

Vegetarian Gift Guide:

Stocking Stuffers:

Rescue Chocolate: This chocolate has become a staple in my family’s stocking. Pretty sure I even mentioned them in my gift guide last year but it’s just too great of a company not to bring up! 100% of their net profit goes to animal rescue organizations around the country. If that is not the best excuse to buy chocolate than I do not know what is!

Bob’s Red Mill flours: It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Bob’s Red Mill flour and I use their all-purpose flour almost daily. If you know someone who loves to bake, I recommend sneaking a few fun types of flours they probably don’t usually get the chance to bake with in their Christmas stocking. I’m talking quinoa, hazelnut, coconut, and all sorts of less common types of flours that are perfect for the baker that likes to experiment! Each bag even has a recipe on the back to get you started.

Dog for Dog: Planning to buy your pup a ton of gifts? Each purchase made at Dog for Dog is matched with that equal amount and donated to a puppy in need. Just imagine, not only will your pooch be brimming with happiness but another dog will also get that same treat thanks to you!

Cruelty-free cleaning supplies: Living in a 900 square foot home that also operates as a photography studio, test kitchen, and home recording studio just doesn’t leave a whole ton of space for “junk”. That is why I always hope for only practical gifts and why I am more than excited to receive much needed cleaning supplies in my stocking! Not to be that pushy friend but I also find it a great opportunity to introduce my family to cruelty-free (products that don’t test on animals) home products such as Method, Tom’s of Maine, & Dr. Bronner’s.

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Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Back when I was growing up in a small Midwest town, Isa introduced me to a world of meat-free options through her cookbooks. This encyclopedia of vegan fare is an essential for anyone looking to incorporate less animal products into their diets.

A Modern Way to Cook: 150+ Vegetarian Recipes for Quick, Flavor-Packed Meals by Anna Jone. Anna Jones has made her way into my heart as my favorite current veg author. Her food is approachable, minimalist, flavorful, and straight up delicious.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. Any new vegetarian should start with this book. Mark shows you everything from how to cut vegetables to how to cook them into delicious meals.

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. With more than 1,600 recipes in this book, you can’t own this cookbook and ever let anyone ever tell you again that eating meat-free is limiting. This cookbook is another must for all vegetarians.

Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe: Celebratory Menus and Recipes from New York’s Premier Plant-Based Restaurants by Joy Pierson and Angel Ramos. I find the holidays to be some of the hardest times to have a specific diet. I love how this book helps you navigate through those holidays without having to feel like your plate is lacking compared to your meat-eating relatives.

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Fashion & Beauty:

Ellovi: I featured Ellovi last year as well but had to come back to them because I’m such a fan. This animal loving company’s newest addition is a line of amazing lip butters. Ellovi products are made with natural ingredients and they come in an array of flavors. My favorite is the blossom one but they are all worth trying.

Lush: The animal activist in me just can’t not promote this brand. Lush not only refuses to test on animals but they also have yearly campaigns that help raise awareness about the abuse of animal testing. I use their American Cream conditioner often and also really love their lipsticks.

Meow Meow Tweet: This vegan skincare line has the best packaging I’ve ever come across from a body care line. To be honest, I haven’t actually used any of this brand yet; with that being said, I am excited to order a few things to support this ridiculously cute vegan line.

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For the Kitchen:

Bomisch: I collaborated with Bomisch last month for bring you all an incredible Thanksgiving spread and am still so smitten over their stuff. Not only is the founder a vegetarian (booyah!) but her style is beyond on point. I literally use these little wooden bowls daily and can’t get over how cute the triangle napkins I have are.
Mariella Luz ceramics: Another classic when it comes to my photography, I use Mariella’s ceramics more often than any other ceramics I own. I was so into the set of bowls she sent me earlier this year that I turned around and immediately ordered my mom one for Mother’s Day. Her ceramics are simple yet durable (dishwasher safe!) and some of the most reasonable priced pieces I’ve come across.
Kate Lewis Made – This vegan stylist has a lot of very unique pieces that I’m pretty madly in love with. They are a little in the splurge price range but they are also pieces that I plan to keep forever.
Herriott Grace – If there is a time to splurge, it’s for the holidays…am I right? Or at least to ask your parents to splurge on you. Herriot Grace’s stuff is pricey, to say the least, but it’s so stunning. I mean a kitchen isn’t complete without a $225 cake board, right?
Now that you’ve read my vegetarian gift guide, what are some of the gifts on your wish-list?

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See that photo above here? That is everything included in my VEGETARIAN GIFT GUIDE GIVEAWAY BUNDLE that I am sending to one lucky reader. Giveaway Bundle includes the following:

  • Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
  • A Modern Way to Cook: 150+ Vegetarian Recipes for Quick, Flavor-Packed Meals by Anna Jones
  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman
  • The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
  • Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe: Celebratory Menus and Recipes Joy Pierson and Angel Ramos
  • How to Be Vegan: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Cruelty-Free Eating, Living, Dating, Travel, Decorating, and More by Elizabeth Castoria
  • 100 Best Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson
  • TWO Ellovi Lip Butter bundles
  • 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Flour
  • 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Rye Flour
  • 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour
  • 1 package of Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa Flour
  • Bundle of Method Cleaning supplies

The giveaway is open until Thursday, December 15th and winner will be selected on Friday, December 16th. Please note that you must be a US resident to enter and must be 18 years of age. Now go enter!!



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Disclaimer: I was not paid by any of these brands to feature their items in my vegetarian gift guide. You will notice several brands on this guide that I collaborated with throughout the year because these are the brands I trust and use. I also did reach out to certain brands after I made my gift guide list and receive some free products to use in this giveaway. All opinions are my own, of course!



  • Victoria Gillet
    December 2, 2016

    The big item on my wishlist is (and probably will continue to be for some time) a Vitamix. I want to blend up some maximally smooth cashew cream!!

  • Annie L
    December 2, 2016

    A waffle maker is definitely high on my list this year!

  • Natalia M
    December 2, 2016

    My no. 1 thing on my wishlist is a Europe vacation with my husband. I know, sounds like a lot. But experiences are usually way better than more things. Unless it’s food of course :). Or cookbooks that you can use daily to make food to nourish your soul.

  • Leah
    December 2, 2016

    One of the things I’m asking for is the baking soda free deodorant by Meow Meow Tweet Tweet.

  • sweetkabocha
    December 2, 2016

    I don’t think I’d been able to choose one item. Maybe the only think I’d really like would be a Green Card, lol – I’m joking. Well, not really.

  • Jenny
    December 2, 2016

    This is a great list! Thanks for helping me get in the holiday spirit — I’m not quite ready for hot cocoa but I’m getting there πŸ™‚ Top of my list this year is new cookbooks to work my way through in the new year, as well as the Vegetarian Flavor Bible. Something to keep warm and busy until it’s light out in the evenings again!

  • Allison
    December 2, 2016

    Wow- what an awesome giveaway! The number one thing on my wish list is a white Christmas. (Cheesy, I know.)

  • Anna Wallace
    December 2, 2016

    Amazing giveaway Shelly! My big wish this year is a break from graduate school!

  • Polly
    December 2, 2016

    Wow, what an amazing mix of stuff! I really want (and need!) a new daily bag. Other than that, we’re trying to keep things minimal this year!

  • Senna Kory
    December 2, 2016

    My greatest wish has to be a new perfume! πŸ™‚

  • jacquie
    December 2, 2016

    no wish list for the upcoming winter solstice. just trying to be making it day by day and be great full for that.

  • DJ
    December 2, 2016

    I am hoping for a food dehydrator this year.

  • Holly
    December 2, 2016

    Haha, well, I’d really love a trip to Hawaii (not a fan of cold Ohio weather), but I’ll happily settle for a tripod and a pretty coffee pour-over set I found on Etsy πŸ™‚

    Loving your gorgeous kitchen suggestions!

  • Kim Henrichs
    December 2, 2016

    My number one item on the wishlist is Hamilton tickets!

  • Sandra
    December 2, 2016

    Vitamix is also on my wish list. I’ve been dreaming of one for years! Thanks for sharing your list-I got some great ideas for friends and family.

  • jaime // the briny
    December 3, 2016

    whuhoooah, what a giveaway. i’ve heard multiple recommendations for deborah madison’s book just in the last few weeks, definitely wishlisting it! happy december (and yeah, how did we get here already?)!

  • Stephanie
    December 3, 2016

    Shelly. This is fab. Hmmm. Kid Rock tickets, Nsync tattoo, rollerblades, Albanese gummy bears, new tires, and a visit to the Wizarding World. ???

  • Lindsay
    December 3, 2016

    I wish for some new pots and pans. Our current ones are on their way out!

  • Shoshana Rose
    December 3, 2016

    A vitamix!!!

  • Kelly D
    December 3, 2016

    A new laptop is on my list.

  • Rose M
    December 3, 2016

    An instapot.

  • carolntx
    December 3, 2016

    a new fridge

  • Hannah (BitterSweet)
    December 3, 2016

    At the top of my ultimate wish list is a new camera, but realistically, I’d be pretty thrilled with a new tea kettle.

  • Hana Cadieux
    December 4, 2016

    I recently visited a Scandinavian store and fell in love with everything there; wool blankets! slippers! gnomes! table linens! I especially would love a pair of Duckfeet boots. Or a giant box of candles for burning all winter long. Fantastic list and giveaway! Thanks!

  • Ashley Mauceri
    December 4, 2016

    My blender broke, so fingers crossed Santa brings a new one! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Allison
    December 4, 2016

    I want to try the lip butter–sounds delightful!

  • Grace
    December 4, 2016

    I’m wishing for a small food processor, grilling sticks for campfires, and now that you’ve introduced me to them, I’d love to try those lip butters! What an amazing giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! πŸ™‚

  • Leah
    December 4, 2016

    I am always looking for things to add to my new kitchen! Cooking tools, interesting spices, cookbooks, you name it!

  • Samantha
    December 4, 2016

    I’ve got a big cable knit throw on the top of my wish list this Christmas to keep me cosy warm.

  • CC
    December 4, 2016

    some cozy mugs would be lovely

  • Annamarie V
    December 4, 2016

    My Husband has been working a lot this year so I would love a weekend away where he doesn’t get bothered by work.

  • Angela Hendricks
    December 4, 2016

    I would love to get a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer for the holidays! I have been wanting one for forever but anytime I save any extra money a bill pops up. I’ll get it one day!

  • Suryakiran Vadrevu
    December 5, 2016

    Spending time with my children

  • Sarah | Well and Full
    December 5, 2016

    What an amazing giveaway!! The number one thing on my wishlist this year is a VITAMIX!! πŸ˜€

  • Susan
    December 5, 2016

    The number one thing on my wishlist this year is a Copper Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer!

  • Krista
    December 5, 2016

    The first thing on my wishlist is a set up for mixing cocktails — shaker, giant ice cube mold, fancy glassware and some bitters.

  • cheri
    December 5, 2016

    My wish list is quite simple, I don’t need or want anything except peace and forgiveness in this place we call earth. It’s been a troubling year, politically…..and thank you for turning me on to Ellovi, their butters are wonderful as well a their lip balms.

  • Edlyn
    December 5, 2016

    My wishlist has nothing at all except to grant all my friends and family a happy and healthy new year.

  • Emily
    December 5, 2016

    My wish includes: a cookbook with fab new vegetarian recipes that use interesting combinations of spices, herbs, veg and might as well be roasted, baked, stewed, or blended ?!?!?!?!?!?! Sure, why not!

  • Katie
    December 5, 2016

    The number one thing on my wish list is a vitamix!!

  • Amy H
    December 5, 2016

    Thank you for putting together a great list. It’s nice to hear to learn about some new products and companies to support! My wishlist is simple…for a sense of peace and direction after a very painful loss in my life/my family. I know that beauty does await us all and remain hopeful.

  • Michelle
    December 5, 2016

    What wonderful collection! As the year gets closer to an end, I’m truly just looking forward spending some quality time with friends and family, relaxing a bit, and spending some time in the kitchen creating some new dishes. Hoping that the rest of the year treats you and yours well and wishing you the best for the year to come.

  • Alyssa
    December 5, 2016

    My wishlist include a gift certificate for a massage–the perfect relaxing gift, that’s such a treat I wouldn’t buy for myself!

  • Alicia Elizabeth
    December 5, 2016

    My wish is that I have a healthy baby girl! Since I’m due with her…my 1st child shortly after Christmas!

  • Sydney
    December 5, 2016

    What an awesome giveaway! I really want tickets to see Hamilton this year.

  • Fraida
    December 5, 2016

    One thing on my wishlist is a sous vide machine.

  • Meg
    December 5, 2016

    Love Shelly! So glad I was able to follow you since taking BeFreeLance! I love where you have gone with your blog πŸ™‚

  • Caroline
    December 5, 2016

    My number one wish is that my sisters & I are happy & together; if not physically then spiritually together!

  • LΓ©a
    December 5, 2016

    Wonderful list. I think all suggestions would make for great gifts for non vegetarians as well.

  • Ellen
    December 5, 2016

    My wish is for a le crueset Dutch oven someday (I’m not holding my breath it will be this holiday season)

  • Megan Betz
    December 5, 2016

    I’m finally getting rid of the remaining plastic spoons around the kitchen and getting some local wooden ones I’ve been coveting for years. Can’t wait!

  • Meghann
    December 5, 2016

    My number one wishlist item is a fancy new range for our new house!

  • Anna
    December 6, 2016

    My biggest Christmas wish is for peace on earth and good will among us all. A girl can dream big, right?

  • Jocelyn
    December 6, 2016

    My number one wish is to find more peace in the chaos of each day.

  • Brenda
    December 6, 2016

    Really enjoying your blog. Made the shortbread slices for Thanksgiving. Being an Autumn Berry girl I substituted the cranberry sauce for A. B. pulp. It turned our delicious and was very pretty. Really liked the addition of the Amaretto. We need to meet up so I can give you some to work with. No big wish list here. My husband had a major heart attack in march, the widow maker. Fortunate and blessed that my husband and I will spend another Christmas eve together . We will be making our traditional crepes with anything they can stuff in one! Thanks Shelly for a great new to me blog.

  • kalexsmith
    December 6, 2016

    Wishing for a healthy, happy, and friend-filled 2017!

  • Tess
    December 6, 2016

    I’m traveling/working abroad for a short stint – dark chocolate chips are on my wish list because they’re impossible to find!

  • Emilye
    December 6, 2016

    To have someone remodel and organize my place, that would be helpful

  • Caroline
    December 6, 2016

    I really hoping Santa brings me a puppy…it’s not likely, but I’m hoping. πŸ™‚

  • Aly
    December 6, 2016

    Love this post & everything on it! I’m crossing my fingers for a running training plan πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie S.
    December 6, 2016

    I’m hoping for a Fitbit and a conflict free Christmas with extended family…we’ll see if that happens. Thanks for the gift ideas!

  • Hannah Greendale
    December 6, 2016

    Top kitchen item on my list is Black Crack from Obis One (garlic that’s been aged and fermented until its smoky and sweet, bottled, and used to sprinkle over foods like scrambled eggs and roasted vegetables).

  • Jeananne
    December 6, 2016

    I love your give-away! an amazing collection for sure! New boxing gloves or a slow cooker top my list this year, besides just enjoying time with my husband.

  • Tamara
    December 6, 2016

    No wishlist, but wanted to say thanks for the great recipes. I’ve made many of them this year.

  • Marieke
    December 6, 2016

    Ah the giveaway looks exciting! I’m on the hunt for a rising basket to bake more (and better?) sourdough bread this season! Thanks for the lovely recipes!

  • Cassandra
    December 6, 2016

    To Truly feel the Spirit of Christmas. To remind myself of the great sacrifice Christ made for the world!

  • siegalpaula
    December 7, 2016

    I want a fancy new kitchen lol

  • Alexandra Thomas
    December 8, 2016

    My wish is for time πŸ™‚ Time off from my “regular” job to work on my website/blog and holistic consulting business. Trying to make the shift from day job to entrepreneur and I’m using every spare Christmas minute to work on SEO, blog posts, and food photography. Thank you for being a constant inspiration on my feed that helps fuel me to get it going! Also, your food photography tips are amazing. Much gratitude!

  • Nicole @ Kneading Home
    December 8, 2016

    The first thing on my wishlist is an aerogarden so I can grow herbs even in chilly Chicago winters!

  • Brenda Haines
    December 8, 2016

    I really want a projector with an outdoor screen for summer time movies outside.

  • Jordan Dunne
    December 9, 2016

    I really wanted a Roomba vacuum, but I couldn’t wait for Christmas so I already bought one haha. I’d like a new winter jacket, though!

  • Barbara K
    December 10, 2016

    What I would like to have is a new coat and hat.

  • Celia
    December 10, 2016

    Been eying some cookbooks this holiday season – especially pumped to try out Molly on the Range.

  • landen
    December 11, 2016

    I really want some new ankle socks for Christmas. A super lame thing to ask for, right? But definitely needed around here!

  • Sadie
    December 11, 2016

    What an amazing giveaway! Honestly, all I want for the holidays is to curl up with some new books and relax.

  • Eden
    December 11, 2016

    I hope for something unexpected. Not huge but, lovely.

  • Josie
    December 12, 2016

    Gifts that give me experiences and bring me joy are at the top of my wishlist.

  • Justine
    December 14, 2016

    My main desire is a vitamix, of course! OH what a magical piece of equipment, that would turn my mediocre kitchen into a place of wonder πŸ™‚

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