A (Not Boring) Gift List by Personality TypeDecember 10, 2014
As a fellow tree-hugging, animal-loving, system-bucking rebel, I'm sure, like me at this time of year, that you get a little 'toxicated on the fumes of mass consumerism.
It's total madness and repulsive, but you know you're going to shop a little, too. So if you're buying in, just do some good at the same time.
Here's a list of gift ideas full of things I've enjoyed this year, people whose products I love, people I love, and companies who make cool stuff and leave animals out of it.
Cheers to them!
THE HOT MAMAS
For fashion-inclined girls with a heart.
• Bruceheart apparel by vegan hotties Rylee and Elle (per their usual animal
support, 5% of sales go to Little Love animal rescue this month).
• Jessica the Tree Kisser takes "tree-hugging" to the next level
with her T-shirt line.
GoJane is one of my favorite stops for vegan shoes you can afford.
Use the code FREESHIP60 to get free shipping on orders over $60.
They have gift cards, too (scroll to the very bottom of their site).
THE MANLY GENTLEMAN
• The Way of the Superior Man (ladies and gentlemen, I love this book...every
man needs a copy and every woman seeking a manly man needs it for her
own clarity, too).
• All-vegan, cruelty-free luxury colognes and suits for the Brave Gentleman.
• Love these reusable drink-container-slash-beer-mugs.
• Kick and stomp with these serious vegan boots (unisex, actually!).
THE HEDONIST / ASCETIC:
Whether this person lives for life's pleasures or usually denies
themselves all things enjoyable, the list is the same...
• The best organic Rose Water Hydrosol in the world, from a wonderful farm
owned by a veteran crusader of the California organic farming
movement, Janet Brown.
• I learned this year that great socks are a life changer in terms of daily
happiness. These are fair-trade, non-toxic organic cotton and use wind
power—do consumer products get any better?! And these ones are just
super warm—an alternative for friends and fam in cold ares who need a
push to give up wool.
• Detox Market has a great selection of vegan/cruelty-free beauty products,
nail polishes, and makeup brushes (check individual items, though—not
everything is vegan).
This person seriously needs to calm down. These things will help.
• The loveliest essential oils (and wrinkle creams, ha!) for calming one's
• Stress/anxiety/tummyache-reducing toothpicks (I turn the car around if I
leave the house without them). Or your local health food store should have
them...leave some for me, though.
• Force laughter. On paper, she really works for me (I was never a fan
until there were books).
THE BLEEDING HEART:
Aren't we all, though?
• Adopt an elephant from Lek Chailert's reputable sanctuaries (she's the
incredible activist in the film "How I Became and Elephant").
• These faces! Support a senior dog rescue.
• Nature is all-powerful! This non-fiction book about how the world might
recover without us here is a mind-boggler.
• With your purchases, support Farm Sanctuary with their very own credit card!
• Moral Minority has great message T-shirts and hoodies that support all kinds
of activism: animal rights, women's rights, LGBT, ocean conservation, education,
and more...and 20% of each purchase supports the specific cause.
For the friends who "don't have time or money" to be healthier. Help them
get their priorities straight.
• The prettiest salad spinner/storage (wash salad once, eat it for at least a couple days).
• This little blender is super powerful, portable, and affordable. As seen on TV and in my house when David Wolfe comes over and makes everyone smoothies like he does on the Home Shopping Network.
• Pretty plants that hardly ever need watering for people with "no time" for plant-life. Your local nursery should have them, too.
• Non-GMO groceries delivered to your door at discount prices. Use code GPDB15to get $15 off your first order (with club membership).
THE REBEL / PUNK-ROCKER
• This hardcore vegan message T-shirt. Or this one.
• Send the vegan message to any meat-eating rebel type with this book.
• Controversial authors have to stick together! Check out my friend, Sirius Radio host Rude Jude's book of wild and depraved life adventures (á la Charles Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson. Warning: not for the easily offended, but I find the brutal honesty refreshing and the vision of the world actually relatable!).
Happy conscious-gifting! Please nominate your favorite gifts in the comments below!