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Last-minute gifts for veggies and vegans, 2013 edition

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Christmas is a few days away. Have you picked up something for everyone on your gift list? If you've drawn a blank, are still looking for the perfect thing, get, or just haven't started shopping, here are some gift ideas for you.

1) Gift basket or box
If you have foodies or new veggies or vegans on your list, a selection of gourmet ingredients will make them smile. Swing by a natural food store, specialty retailer, ethnic grocer, or your favorite grocery store and select a few items and package them in a reusable shopping bag, stock pot, or basket. Southern Season has ready-made baskets marked 40% off right now.

2) Books
So many books, so little time. Whether you choose physical books or e-books, there are several to choose from. Select a type of food or style and shop away! Vegan cheese lovers will love John Schlimm's newest, The Cheesy Vegan. Healthy eaters will enjoy Lindsay Nixon's Happy Herbivore Light and Lean or Dr. Joel Fuhrman's The Eat to Live Cookbook. Busy cooks will find Isa Does It both delightful and invaluable. Budget-minded veggies might prefer Eat Vegan on $4 a Day or any of the Happy Herbivore cookbooks.

3) For the gluten-free veggies
Gluten-sensitive or Celiac Disease suffers will appreciate something delicious. Sweet Radish Bakery on St. Phillips Street offers a mix of sweet and savory options and vegan options are always available. Check their daily posts on Facebook for that day's offerings.

If you want to ship your gluten-free eater some sweet goodness, Brody's Bakery in Kansas City offers 100% vegan, gluten-free cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, and bread that pleases everyone, gluten-free or not. If Brody's seems familiar, it's because owner Katie's gluten-free flour blend was published in three of Lindsay Nixon's cookbooks. It’s a little late to get something shipped in time, but a gift certificate could do the trick!

4) Sports Nutrition
Make the gym rat smile with a gift from Charleston's own Performance Nutrition. If you can't find the supplements they want, snag a gift certificate. Personal training and nutrition plans are also available. Prefer to shop online? Check out Vegan Proteins.

5) Cruelty-free beauty

Vegan beauty products have come a long way over the years. Skin care and cosmetics free of animal products and questionable ingredients are available nationwide. Pop into Earth Fare or Whole Foods Market for vegan beauty products, including some local and regional offerings.

6) Homemade with love
When in doubt, bake or put together bags or jars of your favorite cakes, brownies, pies, cookies, or soup. You’ll find fab ideas on Pinterest, the PPK, and in the pages of your favorite books.

It’s not too late to pick up or prepare a lovely holiday gift. Be creative and have fun!

Have you finished shopping? Tell me about it on Twitter, Facebook, or G+. Share your favorite vegetarian and vegan tips, hints, and Pinterest finds.

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