A Holidays Shopping Guide for Vegans and Health Conscious Friends

It’s that time of year again! Lights are lining the streets, carols are ringing throughout the malls, and we’re all searching for a few perfect gifts. Shopping isn’t always a simple task since friends and family often have different interests and lifestyles. At Sweet Vegan, we’ve heard from customers who love having an option that fits almost any lifestyle. With that in mind, we’ve put together a holiday shopping guide for those on your shopping list who live a vegan lifestyle, or just those who value healthy choices.

Vegan Cookbook


A vegan cookbook is an excellent gift to share with the vegan on your shopping list. Who doesn’t love sharing recipes that are delicious, creative, and healthy? Here are a few of our favorites:

NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple

This is a new cookbook by Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman of the popular vegan blog, Vegan Mos

“Make New York City’s iconic foods at home with easy plant-based recipes. NYC Vegan brings New York’s fabulous foods to the plant-based table. The book was written by native New Yorkers as a tribute to the city they love. From the diners and delis of Brooklyn to the traditions of Little Italy and Chinatown, the foods of New York are the foods of the world.”


Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking: Healthy Plant-Based Recipes with a Kick

“Celine Steen, founder of the popular food blog Have Cake Will Travel, embraces dynamic seasoning with umami-rich, meat-free ingredients like dried shiitake mushrooms, tamari, miso and matcha. Celine adds new levels of flavor to your favorite dishes with unique combinations of aromatic spices, from Szechuan peppercorn to dried árbol chiles. Her dishes are nothing short of bold and memorable.”


Field Roast Cookbook: 101 Artisan Vegan Meat Recipes to Cook, Share, and Savor

“To make your own delicious, plant-based meats, all you need are grains, vegetables, and spices. This book will teach you how to create cutlets, roasts, burgers, sausages, and so much more, without all the killing. Chef Tommy McDonald shares his culinary passion and teaches fundamental food techniques that will enable you to make your own vegan grain meats or how to best use Field Roast Grain Meats to make delicious vegan meals.”


The Naked Vegan: 140+ Tasty Raw Vegan Recipes for Health and Wellness

“Chef Maz Valcorza traded in a corporate career to open the first organic, raw, and vegan café in Sydney, Australia: Sadhana Kitchen. In her second cookbook, she shares recipes for raw vegan delectables such as Bananarama Cupcakes, Zucchini Pasta Carbonara, and Mango Float Cake. Chapters are divided into helpful categories, such as “Super Food Smoothies,” “Main Meals,” “Snacks and Sides,” “Sweet or Savory Condiments,” and more.”

Sweet Vegan Chocolates

sweet vegan chocolates box

Our delicious chocolate truffles are free of nuts, dairy, gluten, and soy, making them a perfect, allergen-free, vegan-friendly gift.

Handmade and made from fresh, wholesome ingredients, Sweet Vegan chocolates make an ideal gift for everyone our your shopping list - vegans and not! We offer eight enticing flavors, some favorites being a Fruity Bites, Fig & Ginger or Dreamy Bites, such as Energizing Espresso, and Midnight Passion -  a silky-smooth truffle, laced with kahlua coffee liqueur and covered in a luxurious outer layer of rich dark chocolate.

We offer a variety of gift boxes and baskets to meet your gift-giving needs. All of our chocolates are handmade to order and delivered to you. Check out our shop - you may even want to get a box for yourself!


Gift Cards to Vegan Restaurants

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. Being able to wind-down at a restaurant with a vegan-inspired menu is a thoughtful gift that’s certain to be a favorite.


Using an online resource like Happy Cow, you can search for vegan and vegetarian restaurants by zip-code. They also offer reviews from fellow vegan and vegetarians, so you can be confident that you’re sending your friends to a memorable, delicious dinner.

For those near Granby, Connecticut, we recommend checking out The Sweet Beet. They offer “Plant Based Eats, Sweets, & Treats” including soups, sandwiches, salads, cupcakes, and Sweet Vegan chocolates!


Spa Treatment

Much like Sweet Vegan chocolates, this pick can be given to anyone on your shopping list. Treating your friends to a day at the spa, complete with a massage, is a great way to wish them a happy, stress-free new year!

Services like Groupon offer nearby offers for treatments of all kinds. With discounted prices, you may want to pick up a second appointment for you too!

With the holidays approaching quickly, now is the time to check off your holiday shopping list. Whether you’re shopping for your best friend, parents, colleagues, or neighbors, picking a thoughtful gift is important, but not always easy, task. We hope you, and your gift recipients, love the ideas we’ve outlined here - making for a happy and healthy holidays season.