Beat the malls and skip the endless lines—spirited handmade marketplace Etsy has everything you need to stuff stockings, deck halls, and trim trees, in cruelty-free style. The passionate craftspeople behind these goods devote their skills to create the perfect presents for everyone on your list. As a bonus, you’ll be supporting small businesses and individuals who lack the marketing resources of big-box superstores. From indie ‘zines and homemade cookbooks to couture clutches and vegan-inspired jewelry, check out Etsy’s extensive collection of products to gift this season.
Etsy gives a whole new meaning to the old adage “good things come in small packages,” and there are myriad vegan options for little treats and trinkets. A sassy patch is perfect for messenger bags and jeans to proudly proclaim that pigs are not food, and with an affordable price (just $1 per patch), you can give one to everybody in your office. Even though World Vegan Day was more than a month ago, jewelry-lovers will adore stacking posey rings, which will remind the recipient to devote themselves to a compassionate lifestyle every day. Even Fido will love waking up on Christmas morning when he finds Sweet Potato Dog Chew treats in his doggy bowl. There’s always one person who makes gift-giving difficult, but who doesn’t love to receive luxurious bath products? Festive gingerbread people soaps will spruce up any stocking, and with aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla, you’ll have to resist the temptation to eat these cookie-shaped guys. Or, maybe Ninja Bread Men are more your style. We don’t judge.
Think the craftspeople of Etsy don’t have what it takes to create a show-stopping gift? Think again. While Etsy offers amazing gifts at nearly any price point, the vibrant community also creates incredible top-of-the-line apparel. Hailing from Tel Aviv, shop owner Roni Kantor doesn’t skimp on details when it comes to her vintage-inspired vegan shoes. Step up with white and blue sailor heels or strawberry-red kitten heels, or stay grounded in turquoise-accented chocolate brown flats—the wearer of these kicks will surely be the envy of their stylish pals. As for cruelty-free handmade bags, there’s no better place to turn—a brown vegan suede crossbody bag will turn heads, whereas a black and grey messenger bag is both modern and useful. For those who like to be loud and proud about their veganism, consider gifting them a Sleepy Belgian Hare Purse, redefining what it means to wear your heart on your sleeve. Etsy clothing designers love creating menswear, as well—a classic striped hoodie is perfect for dads and brothers to boyfriends and tomboys alike.
For the fiercely independent, subculture-obsessed friend on your gift list, Etsy has an impressive line of vegan magazines, cookbooks, and other media. The Radical Uprise’s 40-page, full-color ‘zine on going veg comes complete with a collaged, anarchist art theme. If you’re looking to gift something sweet, seller Sara Malazzo-Miller has released the perfect gift for chocolate lovers—her new vegan e-cookbook dedicates itself to beloved chocolate, and with recipes like Rich Mousse, Almond Butter Cups, and Chocolate Cherry Truffles, it’s guaranteed to please. Or, pick up the Peace Ridge Sanctuary 2011 Cookbook—all proceeds are donated to the sanctuary, making it a heartwarming gift for both humans and animals alike. Wander-lusting giftees will adore exploring the Middle East from the comfort of their own kitchen after receiving a copy of Veganistan, and all sales will benefit Iran’s Vafa Animal Shelter.
Treats and Eats
If there’s one thing that Etsy has in abundance, it’s vegan food. Prepared with love from small kitchens across the world, these treats come from some of the most passionate cooks around, and deliver a personal touch of homemade flavor for the holidays. Baker Jennifer Fitzgerald whips up to-die-for Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches smothered with cream cheese frosting, as well as traditional Venetian Rainbow Cookies—a seasonal classic. With this time of year giving added temptation to indulge in the best things of life, order a batch of Vegan Red Velvet Cake in cute jars for a candy cane-colored treat. Seller Sweet Spell also offers batches of vegan chocolate chip sugar cookies as well, so leave some out for Santa and his reindeer. End the year sweetly by giving your favorite sweet tooth a batch of vegan organic marzipan caramels.
With unique handmade options aplenty, Etsy make it easier than ever to give loved ones, coworkers, and friends one-of-a-kind vegan gifts they’re sure to love. Did we miss your favorite cruelty-free Etsy shop? Let us know in the comments!