The easyVegan Guide to Easy, Veg*n Holiday Gifts

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Update, 12/12/07

Two more gift guides, courtesy of Vegan Outreach:

* The Vegetarian Site: Top 20 Vegan Gifts under $20

* The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG): Vegetarian-Friendly Books for Children and Parents (.pdf)


Update, 12/7/07 @ 2:30PM:

Doh! As feared, I forgot a few links!

Firstly, in terms of animal rescue groups, add Eastern Shore Chicken Sanctuary to the list. You’ll have to make your own gift package, but it’s well worth it. Founded by the lovely pattrice jones, Eastern Shore

provides a haven for hens and roosters who have escaped or been rescued from the poultry and egg industries or other abusive circumstances. In addition to sheltering and advocating for chickens, we conduct research and community education aimed at diet change and agriculture reform.

Also, consider ordering a copy of pattrice’s book Aftershock for the activist in your life. (You can read my review here.)

In my hurry to get this thing posted, already (!) I even overlooked a whole mini-category of non-profit groups: animal rescue groups that primarily care for the companion animals of deployed military personnel. This could make a great gift for a relative who may not normally be concerned with animal welfare issues – but wants to “support the troops”.

Check out:

* Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet / MVP Sanctuary: The group is a network of foster homes that care for the animals of deployed soldiers anywhere from 6 to 24 months+. A sanctuary in Arkansas is in the works.

* Elgin Pet Welfare: Located on Eglin Air Force Base, the group is open to the public, but aims to serve those who serve their country.

Come back for updates – methinks there will be a few.


‘Tis the season…and this season, Americans say they’ll spend around 866 large on gifts for their loved ones. Why not put some of that change to work – changing the world?

Last year, my Holiday Gifts for Activists & Agitators proved to be surprisingly popular (as did its follow-up, Even More Holiday Gifts for Activists & Agitators), so let’s see if we can’t share the love again this year? I’ve got even more links to round up this time around, which means more options for a green, animal-friendly, and socially-conscious Christmas Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Festivus / FSMas season.

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Even More Holiday Gifts for Activists & Agitators

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Since I last posted a list of holiday gift ideas and green gift guides, many more have found their way to my inbox. Here’s a quick roundup of those I thought to bookmark.

As always, leave your suggestions in the comments!

* United Animal Nations’ (UAN) online store offers a number of practical gifts for those with companion animals, including a disaster planning handbook and a “pet” emergency starter kit. Note to frugal readers: the supplies in the first aid kit are listed online, making it even easier for you to DIY!

* World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has a store on Cafe Press, where you’ll find lotsa fuzzy wuzzies gracing the standard Cafe Press merchandise.

* PETA’s 2007 Shopping Guide for Caring Consumers would make a great gift for the veg*n on your list. Or, buy it for yourself, and use it to make wise gift choices year-round!

* In Defense of Animals (IDA) compiled their own list of cool, animal-friendly holiday gifts. Bonus: it’s got ideas for guardians and companions alike!

* Grist Magazine advice maven Umbra weighs in with her picks for green gifts for the yung’uns. More here.

* Via the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a list of geek-tested, geek-approved green gadgets for the holidays.

* Green gossip blog Ecorazzi shares their 2006 Ecorazzi Green Celebrity Gift List.

* Defenders of Wildlife offers some “trash-busting steps” to help you have a green(er), less wasteful holiday.

* Finally, check out this special, free (!) issue of Greenlight Magazine. Cover story: 50 Great Gifts With a Conscience.



DawnWatch: Newkirk interview, plus holiday book recommendations — 12/5/06

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

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Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was interviewed on December 5, by “These Days” host Tom Fudge, on the San Diego NPR affiliate KPBS. The 17 minute interview is warm and informative, and well worth listening to while you work at your computer. It is on line at

If you listen, please tell the station you heard it, and thank them for airing it. The “Audience Services” email address is members [at]

Feedback matters!

Newkirk talked a little about her new book, “50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals.” It is a terrific holiday present for kids aged 8-13 who care about animals. You can learn more about it, and purchase it from PETA here or on Amazon here.

At this time of year, as we start to think about gifts, I will make a few personal recommendations:

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Holiday Gifts for Activists & Agitators

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Activists know it’s the holiday season when the appeals for cold hard ca$h start to outnumber the calls to action in the good ol’ inbox. While all the pleas can get depressing after awhile (so many causes, so little money), a little dexterity goes a long way. To wit: since, in all likelihood, you’re locked into spending at least a little coinage this Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus, why not buy your gifts and/or holiday knickknacks from a favorite advocacy org or two?

Keep reading for a guide to creative, meaningful and/or eco-friendly gifts for the socially conscious loved ones on your list. Even if the folks on your list aren’t all that into animal rights / feminism / the homosexual agenda / environmental awareness / etc., don’t despair! – It might still prove possible to find a present that they’ll like, and you can live with.

(A note to readers: I plan on crossposting to, and I’m feeling lazy, so I didn’t edit out the non-AR stuff for your eyes. Either enjoy the extra info or skim past it, but please – no retrogressive complaining.)

For instance, my Aunt Millie’s an unconcerned omnivore of going-on-80 years. Even so, she’d probably love to be on the receiving end of a sponsored pig from Farm Sanctuary, since she’s obsessed with cute little porkers. A fifth Piglet figurine in as many years isn’t exactly original; her very own piggy, complete with certificate of adoption and a VIP tour of the farm, is way cool. But more on that later.

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