It's that time of year again! This time we've got a bevvy of new things to recommend to you to make a cruelty free Christmas extra special for your loved ones while also supporting local businesses. 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 Foodies
Treat Dreams' Christmas menu is coming out very soon and is loaded with amazing chocolates that your chocoholic family members are bound to love! Check out the great range of bonbons, bars, and beautiful Christmas treats that are all fair trade, cruelty free and vegan.
Their website is currently going through up update but will be back online at the start of the week!
Girl Made Chocolate
Girl Made Chocolate make their gorgeous choccies right on the Central Coast. These little squares are all raw, refined sugar free and made with organic ingredients. Every block is hand made with love and there's a flavour to suit every taste. You can find them at markets or purchase through Farmhouse Direct. You can check out our interview with Sanela, the girl in Girl Made here.
Nina's IGA is the perfect place to stock up on a load of non-perishable vegan items to make a rocking Christmas hamper for someone special this year! They label everything vegan with handy green labels, so you can find divine treats like these jokers bars to fill your basket with!
Smith & Daughters Cookbook
What vegan foodie's 2016 would be complete without this Smith and Daughters tome perched on their shelf?
This tome is chock full of amazing vegan recipes for all sorts of skill levels.
Pick up a copy and support your local book shop at Macleans Booksellers on Beaumont Street.
Gift Certificate for Bonta Vera
This year Bonta have set up a website to make it super easy for you to purchase a gift certificate so you can treat your loved ones to stacks of burgers and freakshakes!
For Those Who Love a Tipple
We all love a bevvy, especially over the summer. Here are some of our local favourites & great options to treat your best drinkers.
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.
Inner City Winemakers
Stop in and visit Inner City Winemakers at Wickham and pick up one of their choice vegan wines. They usually have one or two reds which are filtered using natural processes, without the aid of animal ingredients, such as their Tempranillo. Check with the cellar door about their current vegan wines.
This subscription is the perfect way to spoil the gin lover in your life! Gin Lane deliver hand picked craft gins directly to your door.
For the Beauty Babe
Christmas is the time to treat someone to something they wouldn't normally get for themselves so we've put together this little list of ways to pamper loved ones to help them sparkle and glow.
Little Vegan Makeup Shop
Little Vegan Makeup Shop has opened their online store's doors just in time for the silly season. This rad shop is stocking amazing Australian and international indie brands which are all vegan and cruelty free! Not sure what to get your cruelty free babe? LVMS have got you covered with gift certificates.
Nikki from Delicious Skin is one of our favourite part-time Novocastrians. She makes incredible, all natural, environmentally friendly, vegan skin care products. Her trial packs for the skin care range and the infused oil sets are the perfect gift for someone who loves a spa experience at home. Not sure what your loved one would love from the range? She's got gift cards covered too!
The Hair and Beauty Project
Treat your sweet to a pampering at The Hair and Beauty Product. Located in Wickham they 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.
Baggas' 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. They also stock a small range of vegan food items!
Earthly Soap is locally made, small batch soap, all vegan, palm oil free and free from harsh chemicals. Check out their Instagram to find out which markets they'll be at before Christmas or get in contact to order some custom soaps.
Something a Little Different
Zombie Junk Tees
Zombie Junk is a Newcastle based, DIY clothing label which aims to support local artists and musicians with their hand printed designs. Available for purchase in their online store.
Cute Vegan Pins by Sail x on Pins
Not a local, but we couldn't resist including these gorgeous Sail x On pins! They are the creation of a passionate vegan (and mega craft nerd) who loves crafting most when it holds a message to carry out into the world. These pins are shiny little reminders to always be a voice and best of all $5 from every pin sold is donated to a non profit animal rights/advocacy group.
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.
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.
Cardwell and Ink
Check out this gorgeous local illustrator and card maker for cards with a point of difference.
The gift of giving isn't lost on local charities who do it tough over the Christmas period. We suggest that while you're supporting local businesses you also make the holidays extra special by seeking out some of these fantastic organisations and making a donation.