What do you buy a vegan for Christmas? What’s a GREAT idea for a vegan Christmas gift? What are some easy ideas for a Christmas feast? Where can I order vegan treats for Christmas?
Never fear Capetonians! All of this and more answered in THIS blog post.
I want a hassle-free Christmas that is totally “fail-proof” which got me thinking about what would make this festive season stress-free. I decided that instead of being brave and taking several DIY risks, I’d let the experts do the work for me! And this is how this blog post was born – ideas to make your life easy by offering simple solutions for your festive season dilemmas.
What follows is a list of a few of my “favourite things” that I want to share with you, along with the best way to get a hold of each of them.
Without further adieu…
VEGAN CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS
THE BESPOKE ARTICHOKE Online Store
The Bespoke Artichoke solves the problem of having to label check which means that you can shop with confidence! They aim to make ethical shopping a convenient experience and have sourced vegan-friendly items from all over South Africa, and a little further, to fill your festive season basket.
Their hair, face, body and pet products are endorsed either by Beauty Without Cruelty, (BWC), or Cruelty Free International and all their vegan eats are from South Africa and palm oil free! Local is lekker!
The products available at The Bespoke Artichoke have been carefully selected both for their ethical value as well as quality.
TO BROWSE AND ORDER – Click HERE
For those who THINK they know Cape Town well…
EAT LIKE A LOCAL Vegan Food Tour
I thought I knew Cape Town’s vegan food scene until I met Rupesh, founder and tour guide extraordinaire.
Do yourself a favour and buy this as a gift for YOURSELF – it’s THAT good!
The city’s appetite for plant-based food is healthy and growing with eateries increasingly catering for vegans – what better way to explore this growing trend than on foot! How else are you going to burn off all the calories?
Soak up Cape Town’s diverse vibe as you visit iconic and hidden food institutions serving tasty vegan treats, where you will experience up to 8 food and drink establishments in 4 hours.
TO BOOK A TOUR: Go to the Eat Like a Local WEBSITE – vouchers can be purchased electronically for any value desired if purchasing as a gift for someone else.
ECO GEMGEM Range of Clothing and Accessories
Eco GemGem is a proudly kinder, proudly South African, proudly handmade and proudly cruelty-free clothing and accessories company aims to build community and skills development in teaching women the craft of bag making.
All of the Eco GemGem bags are made from pleather, upholstery and hemp, and next year will even include a range of clothing made from hemp too.
The Eco GemGem range also includes ladies and gents vests, tote bags, wallets, aprons (for the messy cook), retro moon bags and even a range for the kids!
For the “Eco Warrior” in your family…
FAITHFUL TO NATURE Eco Supplies
There is no doubt that Faithful to Nature is the number one online platform to order anything vegan-related as well as eco-friendly. Try giving a gift that will make a difference this festive season by making it easy for your friends and family to become Eco Warriors.
ORDER IT: HERE
ORDER IT: HERE
Or how about a glass straw? The Restraw range of reusable glass straws is a sleek and eco-friendly addition to the battle against single-use plastic. Made from borosilicate glass, these straws are of the most durable and commercially available glass. Restraws are locally manufactured in three variations to suit any use or style, the original being the standard go-to.
ORDER IT: HERE
ORDER IT: HERE
Or simply check out the Faithful to Nature VEGAN MARKET for more incredible Christmas options.
For those who are always on the run…
FITCHEF Vegan Package
FitChef is dedicated to the vegan movement and the growing trend surrounding it. They strongly support the principles of minimising our dependence on animal products for the health of humanity and the planet. They have made it clear that the more support they receive (from those buying their vegan range), the more meals they will produce in the future.
Whether you’re a parent wanting to make sure your son/daughter has some great ready-meals or someone who is constantly on the run, the FitChef Vegan Package is sure to tick a lot of boxes.
For R1506 you can get 22 meals, 11 drinks, 2 Snacks, 2 Soups and enough Toasted Wheat Flakes for 5 servings.
PLUS if you use the discount code CAPETOWNVEGAN you can get 10% off your total which means you will only pay R1355!
TO ORDER: Click HERE
For the “FOODIE” in the family…
GREEN AND VEGAN CAPE TOWN Pop-Up Dining Experience
Once a fortnight Karen and Patrick create a unique plant-based menu at their home in Green Point Village. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience some laid-back fine dining, meet folks from all over the world, and engage in fascinating conversation. No two experiences are the same as the guests differ, the menus change and the topics of conversation are anyone’s guess!
All you need to do is bring what you want to drink (no corkage) and let Karen and Patrick do the rest.
- Welcome Cocktail/Mocktail
- Amuse Bouche
- Trio of Desserts
- Vegan Cheese Platter
TO BOOK: Go to the Green and Vegan EVENTS PAGE on FACEBOOK and click on Get Tickets.
For the true animal lover…
GREYTON FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY Experience
HERBIVOROUS VEGAN EATS Mystery Box or Gift Voucher
This year Herbivorous is offering a Vegan Mystery Box with premium vegan treats and pantry essentials.
What makes this a unique gift is the element of surprise because you won’t know what’s inside until you or the person you are gifting opens it! The box comes in 3 tiers of R150, R250 and R450. The value of the goods inside will always exceed the box value. You can include a personalized message inside the box as well.
TO ORDER: Go to the Herbivorous WEBSITE to have the box mailed straight to your door, or you can arrange a collection from the Herbivorous factory in Milnerton (to save on delivery costs).
You can also buy a gift voucher from the Herbivorous WEBSITE to use at their takeaway ‘factory- shop’ in Milnerton and it can be e-mailed or printed physically for collection.
INHALE HEALTH SOUTH AFRICA Vitamin B12 Inhaler
Introducing inhalable nutrients! Inhalation is a direct pathway to the bloodstream. The Inhale Health product line works with the respiratory system allowing nutrients to enter the bloodstream immediately. They are redefining the wellness industry through their commitment to technological innovation and design. Their range contains absolutely ZERO nicotine. Inhale Health also contains no diacetyl and is free of additives and byproducts.
The Inhale Health collection has been brought to South Africa in partnership with OneLife-MyBody and is available from their WEBSITE as well as WELLNESS WAREHOUSE. Remember B12 is a VITAL supplement for anyone on a strict plant-based diet.
For the loved one who “Dares to be Different”…
LENKA SKINCARE Curated Vegan Skincare Brand
LenKa Skincare provides superior products at affordable (and therefore sustainable) prices! Their best-seller is the Sensitive Starter Kit which I have tried and LOVED and have moved onto the Anti-Ageing range (because… you know… I’m not getting any younger!).
The LenKa range is cruelty-free and the feedback and reviews posted online are always filled with praise for this down-to-earth company and its creators. And the coolest part: their motto: Dare to Like Yourself. Founder, Lenja explains, “In a world that makes it hard for you to embrace who you truly are, the most subversive thing you can do is take a conscious and determined decision to like yourself, without asking for anyone’s permission to do so!“
TO ORDER: Go directly to the LenKa Skincare WEBSITE
For the Gym Bunny, Sports Enthusiast or Lifestyle Mom…
PHYTO PRO range of Sports and Lifestyle Supplements
Phyto Pro offers South Africans a range of CLEAN, healing, complete protein of (up to) 30g per serving. The Phyto Pro Thrive range caters for a busy lifestyle, the Sport range supports repair and recovery, Boosters are your plant-based pre-workout formulas and the Essentials are L-Glutamine and Opti-MSM. A great gift for anyone you know wanting to approach 2019 with a healthier attitude.
TO BUY: go to their WEBSITE and use the discount code CTV1BQ to get 10% off at checkout.
A must-have in any kitchen…
THE SOUTH AFRICAN VEGAN COOKBOOK by Leozette Roode
The South African Vegan Cookbook is the first of its kind locally. Here you will find everything you need for a vegan lifestyle: from basic information such as the definition of veganism, why it’s good for you, answers to common questions, the essential equipment, vegan alternatives for everyday products, the pantry essentials and resources to learn more.
Author, Leozette Roode has included recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea time, braaing, entertaining and late-nights feasts. Think decadent chocolate granola and overnight oats, kale chips and cauliflower bites, easy-to-make couscous salad, lasagne and stir-fry as well as South African favourites like milk tart, banana loaf, macaroni-and-cheese and chicken burgers.
For your mom and dad, or your son and his new girlfriend or even a family treat…
WARWICK WINE ESTATE VEGAN PICNIC
Warwick Wine Estate has a well-deserved reputation for their Gourmet Picnics which are perfect for that special occasion, or just for a lazy-day-out in wine country.
Gourmands rave about their picnics and keep coming back – you will too. For families, they also create delicious children’s picnics. All Warwick wines are also vegan-friendly. as they don’t use milk or animal fining products in the manufacturing process.
TO BOOK: go to their WEBSITE
For the health conscious kitchen crusader…
WILD ORGANICS Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Bags
Wild Organics deliver fresh, organic fruit and vegetable bags to 29 collection points in and around Cape Town every Wednesday. You can place your orders from Wednesday 6pm to Sunday 8am for the following week and even have the option to have your bag delivered to your door (at an additional delivery cost).
My favourite is the Wild Mini Bag which lasts my other half and a full week. Whatever is left over goes into the steamer, then blended into a soup, or used to make fresh juices.
- Wild Standard Bag R180 (2-3 people)
- Wild Mini Bag R130 (1-2 people)
- Make-Your-Own Wild Bag minimum order of R130
My suggestion for a Christmas gift would be to contact Wild Organics to set up a regular order for a loved one, ensuring they get the absolute best produce available in Cape Town regularly delivered to them.
TO ORDER ONCE OFF: Go to their WEBSITE
TO SET UP A REGULAR DELIVERY: EMAIL Wild Organics
FOR THE BRAAI
There is only one brand that ticks all the boxes for the authentic South African braai experience…
URBAN VEGAN SA Range of Artisanal Goods
Urban Vegan SA makes (what I believe to be) the BEST range of vegan meat substitutes in South Africa.
My choice would be their Country Style Boerewors or their BBQ Vegan Spare Ribs glazed with Korean Style Sauce, both of which would go down a treat at a braai!
Their Flame Grilled Burger Patties or Smoked Bacon Style Rashers are other firm favourites.
What is a braai without all the extras that go with it!?
WAKE AND BAKE Cheezy Krispy Buttir Baguettes
The Wake and Bake Cheezy Krispy Buttir Baguettes generously smeared with garlic infused Buttir is stuffed with cheeze & peppadews sprinkled with smoky paprika and rock salt. They tightly wrap their baguettes in tin foil so its easy to braai or pop in the oven use. They are also easy to freeze should you want to purchase one (or more!) in advance to stock up for the festive season. They retail for R50 for a 40-45cm baguette.
TO BUY: You can pick up one directly from Ground Zero in Observatory or The Kind Kitchen in Woodstock
CHEESE BOARD ANYONE?
Probably one of the most delicious things I have ever put in my mouth…
FAUXMAGE Dairy-Free Nut Cheese
There is DEFINITELY sorcery involved in the creation of these devilishly good cashew nut-based cheeses. The Chèvre range starts with a base of fermented cashew cream which is then seasoned with Himalayan salt and nutritional yeast and then flavoured to become one of their magical (and highly-addictive) cheeses. Fauxmage also makes an equally good Camembert.
URBAN VEGAN SA artisanal nut-based cheeses
The Urban Vegan SA range of artisanal cheeses are all cultured aged cheeses made from a variety of nuts. Their Creamy Mozzarella (not pictured below) is a winner should you want to pop a pizza in the oven!
And while we are at it…
UTOPIA FOODS range of cashew-based cheeses
Utopia Foods is a vegan food business based in Cape Town that makes incredibly delicious dairy alternatives which are not only as tasty as the originals but kind to your health too.
Their products are free from animal-derived ingredients (all of our cultures are vegan, too), GMO ingredients, refined sugars and artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives.
And what should you add to your cheese platter? Their Herbes de Provence Cashew Nut Cheese which is my absolute favourite! Other variants include Mild and Mature which come a close second for me personally. These are genuinely enough to curb any cheese craving!
For a full list of the Utopia Foods stockists, click HERE
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS FEAST IDEAS
For those who want to appear to impress but have taken the simplest shortcut…
FRY’S FAMILY FOOD CO. Country Roast
You can’t get more authentically “Christmassy” than presenting your guests with a vegan Soya & Quinoa Country Roast from South Africa’s most well-known vegan frozen food products brand, Fry’s Family Food Co.
TO BUY: The Soya & Quinoa Country Roast is available EXCLUSIVELY in Pick ‘n Pay stores nationwide while stocks last.
And as a bonus, HERE is a link to an accompanying Sweet Tomato Glaze and Sweet Potato Mash.
VEGAN SAVOURY SNACK OPTIONS
Every feast needs some warm-up snacks…
FRY’S FAMILY FOOD CO.
Makes sure to include the Fry Family Food Co. Battered Prawn Style Pieces and serve it with a vegan tzatiki (made from tofu) or for those guests who are gluten-intolerant, serve up the Rice Protein & Chia Nuggets that have been rolled in a light gluten-free crumb!
TO BUY: You can find Fry’s Family Food Co. products at almost any Pick ‘n Pay, Spar, Shoprite or Checkers store nationwide. The bigger the store, the more of a variety of their products you will likely find.
Want to give someone that “authentic” South African experience?
tastier than your granny’s Sunday lunch;
good for you;
good for the environment; and
good for your conscience.
Genuinely the best out there…
OUTCAST FOODS FALAFEL
Would you believe me if I told you these were the best falafels I had ever eaten? What better way to impress your guests than by telling them that you made them yourself! Which TECHNICALLY wouldn’t be a lie. You would just have had a bit of help!
Outcast Foods Falafel are truly delicious and easy to prepare. You literally just have to add boiling water to the premix, combine thoroughly, roll into balls and cook. Each bag is made using activated chickpeas and the very best ingredients. There are no unnatural flavourings or preservatives, flours, glutens or fillers. There are two varieties, The Classic and Crazy (which has beetroot, cardamom, poppy seeds and a hint of chilli).
FOR A FULL LIST OF STOCKISTS: Visit the Outcast Foods WEBSITE. There are plenty of stockists distributed across Cape Town, from the City Centre to Sea Point, the South Peninsula and the Northen Suburbs, as well as options to order online.
DRINKS OVER THE FESTIVE REASON
I have genuinely never tasted SUCH AMAZING freshly squeezed fresh juices as the ones Adriana and her team prepare at Royal Juice.
How excited can one REALLY get about juices? Trust me: pretty damn excited! I happened to review them earlier this year (here) and was blown away by them probably because they are made to order and delivered to your doorstep.
Why so good?
- 100% natural (no added sugar, preservatives or HPP)
- 100% raw
- 100% cold pressed
There are six flavour combinations to choose from:
- Energy Boost (sweet potato, orange, carrot, lemon)
- Glow (carrot, orange, apple, lemon, ginger, turmeric)
- Green King (apple, kale, celery, spinach, cucumber, lemon)
- Endurance (beet, apple, carrot, orange, spinach, lemon)
- Restore (beet, celery, apple, carrot, cucumber, ginger)
- and Purify (mint, apple, celery, cucumber)
You can freeze them immediately to lock in the goodness, and then grab a few from the freezer when you want to sip them around the pool or on the beach.
TO ORDER: you can check out their WEBSITE and order online. For more information you can EMAIL Royal Juice or call them at 072 713 6436 and Adriana will assist you. She is the loveliest human being and will be so glad to help you out.
Why slave away in the kitchen when you could leave it to the professionals?
THE YUMMY VEGAN FOOD & CO.
Let Lutfiah and Roscoe from The Yummy Vegan Food & Co. sort you out this festive season. All the details are below:
THE BEST VEGAN TREATS THE MOTHER CITY HAS TO OFFER
Perfect “stocking filler”…
ANTONIA’S Vegan Chocolate Brownies
Antonia’s is a raw vegan and vegetarian online shop that is Jozi-famous! Her products can be found in and around Cape Town, but your best bet would be to shop online for products ranging from condiments, dairy alternatives, oils, butters, nuts and seeds, tonics and even healthy(ish!) snacks. After all: we want to feel like we can indulge, right? Which is why you need to add Antonia’s Vegan Chocolate Brownie to your shopping list!
TO ORDER: Check out Antonia’s WEBSITE
You’re going to think I’m nuts, but…
BODYBYDESIGN range of custom blended nut butters
Vanessa Seef has one passion in life, and that’s to share (what HAS TO BE) the best nut butters I have ever tasted. I messaged her once after trying the Cashew Salted Caramel Coconut flavour and asked her what her secret was. There is definitely sorcery of some sort at play here! Add it to smoothie bowls, spread it between gooey chocolate biscuits or simply sit down with a BIG spoon and devour an entire jar in one go. It’s THAT good.
The BodyByDesign nut butters are: made fresh to order, sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, salt free (except the Salted Caramel), vegan (except for the variant with honey), preservative free and totally natural. They are all handmade and bottled by Vanessa (from start to finish) using only natural and (where possible) organic ingredients.
My personal favourites: Cashew Salted Caramel Coconut, Cashew Cinnamon Bun, Almond Acai Berry.
TO ORDER: Visit the BodyByDesign FACEBOOK PAGE to view the price list pinned to the top of the page.
Follow the steps outlined on the Price List:
Step 1 – choose your variety (“base”)
Step 2 – choose your size
Step 3 – choose your flavour (get creative!!)
Step 4 – place your order via EMAIL
Collection points include:
– BUC Fitness Facility in Sea Point (3rd Floor, The Point, 76 Regent Road)
– Huba Fitness in Montague Gardens (Frazzitta Business Park, Koeberg Road)
– Infinetix (Unit 13 Gold Street, Northgate Business Park)
– Starting Point Health Bar (78 Jordaan Street Tamboerskloof (Inside Point Break)
NOTE: Orders need to be in before the 10th of December.
We don’t have snow, so we need to have SOMETHING festive, right?
CHARLY’S BAKERY range of Christmas-themed cupcakes
The Charly’s Bakery tagline is “mucking afazing“. Unscramble those letters and you’ll get words that shouldn’t be used around Christmas time! Hahaha! (Even though they are true!)
This festive season Charly’s Bakery is offering an ADORABLE assortment of Christmas-themed cupcakes
TO ORDER: You can get hold of Charly’s Bakery via EMAIL or phone them on 021 461 5181 or order in store. Prices unavailable at time of publishing of this blog post.
Make sure to include this…
DOLCE BAKERY Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Dolce Bakery in Observatory is a neighbourhood institution, serving the community of “Obz” fantastic baked goods, including a range of vegan options (Sweet Potato & Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free Brownies, Gluten-Free Cheesecake, Carrot & Orange Cupcakes and more!)
My personal favourite is their Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie which needs to be served as part of your dessert selection this festive season! A single slice will cost you R30 or you can do the obvious thing and buy a whole one for R350 (small) or R400 (large).
TO ORDER your Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie click HERE
You can also email owner, Russell HERE
Should you pop into their store, make sure you get involved in their Pay It Forward campaign whereby an additional R10 added to your bill will go towards donating a muffin to someone in need of food!
When you want to be naughty, but you are afraid of the consequences…
THE RIGHT BITE range of healthy treats that taste good too
The Right Bite is a one-woman operation that makes homemade vegan treats with the key ingredient being LOVE! Nicole has aimed to make her full range healthy whilst not compromising on taste! Think naughty but nice!
TO ORDER: contact The Right Bite via EMAIL or phone Nicole on 061 619 3604
Vegan Ice Cream? No problem!
UNFRAMED ICE CREAM
If you have never heard of Unframed, you are probably living under a vegan rock! They provide the Mother City with unreal artisanal nut-based ice creams. My suggestion would be to stock up on a tub or two and pair it with whatever dessert you are serving on Christmas day. In fact: it can stand on its own as the perfect way to end your festive lunch or dinner.
The following vegan options are available to the public: Beetroot Chocolate & Ginger, Caramel, Chocolate, Chocolate Passionfruit, Chocolate Tahini, Coconut Raspberry, Coffee, Dirty Banana, Lusty Coconut, Matcha Tea, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Turmeric Latte, Vanilla, Turmeric Latte, Untoasted Almonds, Zesty Lemon.
The Unframed sorbet options include Apricot Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Lime Lemon Basil, Mango Kalamansi, Mango Passionfruit Cayenne Pepper, Raspberry Beetroot, Strawberry Celery.
Takeaway tub sizes are 1ltr and the vegan ice cream is R209 per tub and the sorbet R215.
TO ORDER: Phone their Kloof St. store on 063 601 0287 or EMAIL the team
For those who know what they want…
VEGGIE GOURMET SA Imported Goods
Veggie Gourmet SA is the NUMBER ONE distributor of all of those impossible-to-find vegan goodies that have yet to reach the shores of South Africa! Don’t you hate it when you’ve travelled the world and found amazing vegan options only to have to wait for someone else to bring you back the same goods when they go on their travels? This is where Wayne from Veggie Gourmet is able to help you out!
His incredible range include is imported from Europe and he has ensured that all of the goods he brings in are free from palm oil.
TO ORDER: Go directly to the Veggie Gourmet SA WEBSITE
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AND THAT is THE END.
I hope you found this useful.
I love gifts #justsaying, so if you’re in the mood to spread some festive love then feel free to… you know… just… well… ja.
Happy holidays all! Xx