Treat yourself to something special AT A DISCOUNT and help Vegansaurus! »
Hearts all around! Groupon knock off, Living Social, is doing this crazy deal where you get a $20 Amazon gift card for only $10! Ow! That’s basically free money. It’s like you give them a ten dollar bill and they give you back TWO ten dollar bills, ya know? I don’t know why or how but I’m not asking questions since the company is legit so LEZ DO IT.
Now, some suggestions on what you can purchase (and if you follow the links, you can help Vegansaurus make a little moola! Don’t you want us in the finest finery? Or at least, not homeless? Because we love you!)
GET YOURSELF SOME OF OUR FAVORITES:
Crazy Sexy Diet! (#1 on Amazon RIGHT NOW! That’s right, a vegan book! Ow!)
So, yeah. Go crazy. You deserve it because you are awesome and we love you until you disagree with us and then, we’ll SEE YOU IN HELL!
Gifts that give back! For vegans and beyond! »
That’s right errrybody, a Vegansaurus Gifts That Give Back list! Because there is nothing like secretly imposing your values on others! I think I’ve got something for everyone on here. I’m kind of known for being the best gift-giver in the world so you’re pretty lucky I’m here. Now, it’s not as easy to recommend stuff for strangers but I found some good presents. Let’s do this!
First up, this is a present for your fashionable dog-lover. What? Why, yes, I guess that does describe me very well! And I can assure you I would love to get this:
This is the “found my animal” set and it’s available at Uncommongoods.com and on the manufacturer’s site. It celebrates all the adopted pups out there! Totally leather-free, each leash has a little brass tag with a number on it, counting your dog among the league of the proud rescue dogs. They have super-cute harnesses on their site too, all totally cotton. The best part, 25 percent of their profits go to the Louis Animal Foundation. Awesome!
Now for the “foodie” (“foodie” is like more stigmatized than “hipster” in my mind) or tea-lover, Douglas Fir tea! You can purchase the tea from my favorite vegan sneaker company, Keep! Made by the Juniper Ridge, 10 percent of sales go toward “protecting the western wilderness.” Ha! You thought I was only going to do animal charities, didn’t you! Well, guess what: lots of animals live in the wilderness so it’s important to protect our environment, too! Plus, I know lots of people that care about the environment and don’t care about animals so they will like the extra benefit from the gift and not know that you are secretly supporting the vegan agenda. Ha! Ha-ha!
Above we have a nice gift set from Aveda. Toiletry gift sets rule. I said it. Plus with this set, you get a little tagua nut accessory, sustainably made by women in Colombia: “Aveda’s alliance with indigenous people and women artisans in Colombia helps support BETTER FUTURES FOR 400 FAMILIES, and helps PRESERVE 400 RAINFOREST ACRES.” Dope!
For the bambino in your life, here’s a super great gorilla from miYim:
A portion of the proceeds go to everyone’s favorite ape-woman, the Jane Goodall Institute. I’m really into the description of the stuffed animal: "…this thoughtful and realistic looking Gorilla…" Does he look thoughtful? Or realistic? Doesn’t realistic mean we’d see his frank and beans?
Here’s another good gift for kids or a family:
The Mission: China board game, available at Amazon, is all about endangered animals! Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to Conservation International. I will admit that I totally enjoy playing board games with my family on holidays. Don’t tell anyone!
Now this next thing, I’m totally into:
A wildlife habitat kit! Awesome! Perfect for the gardener or just I guess anyone with a house or backyard. It’s available from the National Wildlife Federation. So cool! Shut up, it is cool.
For my next trick, candles that give back!:
With Jimmy’s candles, five dollars from every candle goes toward charity. You get to pick the charity from a list that includes Paws SF and the ASPCA, so that rules. I know candles aren’t the most exciting thing ever but you can kind of give them to anyone and they are actually useful, unlike 90 percent of presents. Oh! And all the candles are soy. Shweet.
OK, OK, this list is getting long! I will leave you with one final idea:
OK that’s two but they are from the same place! This is the Treahouse crossbody and the Mend messenger from the Mend collection and they benefit Invisible Children. See, I don’t only care about animals! I care about kids too. But that’s where I draw the line! Kids and animals. They are innocent and we should take care of them. Plus, these bags are FLY! Come on, you know I’m right.
There you have it! A nice list if I do say so myself. Happy holidays!
Deal Alert: Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian! »
Amazon’s Black Friday sales are a weeklong series of “lightning deals” which kicks off today. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, by Mark Bittman, goes on sale in two hours for (I think) just two or three hours, or until they’re all gone.
The price is hidden until then, but based on the sale price of the non-vegetarian version, it looks like it’ll be $17.50, which is half off the list price, and $5 off Amazon’s regular price. If you’ve been waiting to get this book, for yourself or for others, now’s as good a time as any!
Here’s a newish video about moths by Lucy Cooke, creator of that awesome and adorable baby sloth video. It can’t compare to baby sloths, but what can?! It’s still cool though. So many kinds of moths! I like the ones that look like leaves—who’s with me?! Those guys are totally cool. They’re all, “I’m a moth! I’m a leaf! I’m a moth! I’m a leaf! I’m a moth AND a leaf!”
As suggested in the video, head over to the Amazon Conservation Association to see how you can help save the rainforest. And if you need a sloth fix, Cooke created a longer, more informative, slightly less cute video for The Cute Show. I love Alfie! He’ll stay a puppy forever! That’s the ultimate dream. And how cute is it when they hold the babies by their arms? So cute. OMG I need a sloth!!! Seriously, I can’t continue without one. Purse sloth! I’m coming for you!