This christmas we're committed to buying local and supporting small makers and businesses who provide awesome vegan products and services in The Hunter. In this guide we've included some of our favourites to help you choose some great gifts for your loved ones. If we've missed out on one of your favourites please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to hear about it!
For the Coffee Lover
Golden Grounds Coffee Scrub
This coffee body scrub is all natural, smells amazing, is great for your skin and comes in recycled packaging. Even better for those who hate wrapping gifts it comes in this recycled coffee hessian bag, just grab a ribbon to tie it and you'll be set.
Find Golden Ground this weekend at the Hunt and Gather evening markets or check out their Instagram account for more details.
For Someone Who Deserves a Pampering
A Gift Certificate from The Hair and Beauty Project
The Hair and Beauty Project at Wickham can tailor a range of services to be vegan and they use beautiful natural products from companies like Skin Juice, Eco Tan and Kester Black. Penny's tanning and waxing is already 100% vegan and they can tailor facials, manicures, pedicures and more to be completely vegan easily. Pick up a gift certificate or some great vegan beauty products from The Hair and Beauty Project.
For the Wine Drinker
Inner City Winemakers
These folks make well crafted wine, all of their reds are vegan friendly and some of their whites. Call in to have a chat and pick a beautiful, vegan friendly wine for your celebrations or as a gift for a loved ones.
For the Beer Drinker
Wilde Gluten Free Raspberry Pale Ale
This gluten free beer is not just for coeliacs, it's light and refreshing, and sessionable without bloating. There are two flavours currently available, their regular pale ale and their raspberry pale ale pictured above. The raspberry flavour doesn't add any extra sweetness, but the rich berry flavour makes it a great summer celebration drink.
For the Yogi
Bound Yoga Apparel
Ethical yoga gear that is made with organic cotton and hand drawn designs by local tattoo artist Melanie Mitchell.
For the Gemstone Lover
Raw Crystals Jewellery
These Novocastrian jewellers are making stunning crystal jewellery including necklaces, chokers, rings and more. They're now working with a beautiful vegan leather for some leather pieces. Their work can be purchased at Hunt and Gather Markets or online.
For the Brave
Voucher for the FLT Tattoo Studio in Hamilton
The artists at FLT are three young women who have set up their shop very recently with a fully vegan practice and the aim to be as environmentally conscious as possible, they plan on constantly updating their practice to reduce waste wherever they can. Not to mention the fact that they are all wonderful artists creating stunning tattoos.
For the Foodie
A self made vegan hamper from Nina's IGA
Head to Nina's IGA on Beaumont Street with a basket and seek out the green tags for vegan treats to thrill your favourite vegan foodie. There is a fantastic range of mediterranean ingredients and vegan specialty items to fill a hamper, including these delicious vegan Pico chocolates.
The Sydney Spice Market
Visit this stall at the Newcastle City Farmers Market on the weekend to pick up a great variety of beautiful spices. Green cardamom pods for unusual desserts, za'atar middle eastern spice for roasted vegetables, ras el hanout warm Moroccan spice for tagines and smoked paprika for everything.
For the Beauty Product Lover
Beauty Products at Baggas Pharmacy
Bagga's Pharmacy in Hunter Street Mall helpfully label all their vegan products! Pick up some lovely make up items, beauty necessities and bath products for the beauty lover in your life this holiday season.
For the Chocolate Lover
Loco Love Chocolates
Loco Love Chocolates can be found at Goodness Me Organics and Momo Wholefood Cafe. They are hand made raw vegan chocolates that come in a range of flavours. Pick a range and purchase a cute box to store them in for your favourite chocaholic. Choose between a selection of flavours. We love the salted caramel crisp, the matcha mint cream and the coconut flavours.
Girl Made Chocolate
Girl Made Chocolate is made right on the Central Coast with healthful, whole food ingredients by hand. There is a great range of flavours to choose from. Pink bits is filled with yummy goji berries, salted walnut is a nutty favourite and it is hard to beat the Australian native flavours like wattleseed.
These lovely jars of raw vegan truffles come in a range of flavours and are delivered by bicycle! Flavours include cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, coconut rough, jaffa and snickers. Add a cute ribbon to your jar to make it extra special.