Procuring the perfect gift—something thoughtful, clever and made with care—can be a total pain in the ass. And while abstaining from animal products is awesome for the animals, it makes holiday shopping even more challenging. The trendy Uggs you’ve picked out for your niece? Eight sheep lost their lives to make them. The carefully handcrafted salumi and fancy cheese for your son in law? Well, you know.
Luckily, Salt Lake City is a vegan-friendly town, with fun and unique hand-crafted gifts perfect for the vegan in your life. There are plenty of local goods that will fit the bill, ranging from artisan chocolate to a natural skin-care products. Below are a few local ideas to stuff your vegan stockings.
Candy Everything sells charmingly old-fashioned clear toy candy made from antique molds in a variety of sizes and elaborate shapes. Intricate perfume bottles, cute squirrels and owls will make a fun, colorful and tasty contribution to anyone’s stocking. Candy Everything sells its wares at farmers markets and boutiques; visit CandyEverything.com for a schedule.
CRUDE skincare is cruelty-free and made from 100 percent certified organic ingredients. Master esthetician Denise Cartwright invented the skin-care line as a solution to her own skin-care woes. The CRUDE system is “designed to soothe and nourish” your skin. The starter kit is $36 and includes a 1-ounce bottle of Everything Oil and a 2-ounce detox mask—perfect for tucking into stockings. For the bearded guy in your life, CRUDE’s scruff oil ($18) softens and conditions the beard and skin and, according to the website, smells “like a wolverine in a smoking jacket.”
360 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-450-3621, LiveCrude.com
A T-shirt or mug from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a great way to help the animal lovers in your life show their support for the popular animal sanctuary, located in Kanab. Each sale benefits the sanctuary, with 50 percent of the profits going directly to saving our animal friends. It’s also pretty darn convenient to order online.
If you’re looking for something larger to wrap, I’d suggest the handcrafted pottery of Vanessa Romo Brekke. Cheerful and funky, her bowls and spoons make splendid gifts. Every vegan has their signature macaroni and cheese recipe, and they need a special bowl with which to enjoy it. Find a variety of present-worthy items at her Etsy store.
The folks behind Chili Beak hot sauce has put together a gift bag full of local goodies, wrapped up and ready for gifting. For $55, you can surprise someone special with two chocolate bars from Millcreek Cacao Roasters, Real Salt, Emperor’s Tea, two jars of Amour Spreads jam, Allgood pistachios and a jar of Chili Beak, a smoky hot sauce that improves everything it touches. You can find these gift bags at the Downtown Farmers Market or order them online.