Get Hygge for the Holidays!

Welcome to our annual Buy Vegan / Buy Local holiday post! Before we get to the shopping, I just want to remind you that newcomers and nonvegans – and you! – are especially welcome at our upcoming Thanksliving potluck, Holiday Party, and other events! More info.

For a gift they’ll thank you for all winter long, think hygge! Pronounced “hoo-guh,” it’s the Danish word for something that helps you stay warm and comfy and cozy, especially during cold weather. Our area’s premier Scandinavian superstore, GiftLoft Furniture, is offering a Vegan Holiday Hygge Bundle that includes:

  • Mulled Winter Glogg (1 liter, non-alcoholic, serve warm!)
  • Lingonberry Preserves (14 oz.) and
  • Ginger Cookies ( 17 oz. in a decorative tin), plus
  • Six 100% vegan Swedish candles

A $51.55 value; now just $39.95 plus tax.

Also, mention “Vegan Kalamazoo” for 20% off colorful (and giftworthy) Laurel Burch fabric bags and totes. Offers valid thru Saturday, Dec 23, 2017. For more information

GiftLoft Furniture (269-329-0800, is located on Romence Road, right next to the D&W.  Plenty of free parking, and gift wrapping is always free and cheerfully provided! So come get your Vegan Hygge on!

From hygge to health…a Natural Health Center Buyers Club membership is another great gift that keeps on giving. Purchase discounted vegan foods and supplements, and if you don’t earn your membership fee back in discounts, NHC will refund the difference! $107 per year, $60 for six months or $35 for three months. NHC is at 4610 W Main Street (corner Drake), with lots of free parking. 269-342-9459. More info.

Don’t forget that Natural Health Center, Sawall, and People’s Food Coop – along with Earth Fare and Trader Joe’s – offer many wonderful vegan foods, cosmetics, and skincare products that also make good gifts.

Or, give a gift certificate from one of our area’s many vegan-friendly restaurants.

Or, donate in someone’s name to one of our local animal rescue / sanctuary organizations, including the Kalamazoo Humane Society, All Species Kinship, and Sasha Farm Sanctuary.

Finally, if you’re entertaining or being entertained, don’t forget:

Natural Health Center, Sawall, and People’s Food Coop all offer great selections of vegan cheeses and other snacks. (We especially recommend Miyoko’s, Treeline, and Violife cheeses.)

Tiffany’s Wine and Spirits offers vegan wines, and vegan Bailey’s Almonde Irish Cream Liqueur (yum!), as well as several brands of gourmet vegan chocolate bars.

Confections with Convictions makes their own fancy chocolates, and offers several vegan choices. (They also do great community job training work.)

Yummy Opes Cookies, baked right here in Kalamazoo, are always appreciated!

That’s this year’s list! If you have any recommendations of your own, please post them on our Facebook group.

Happy holidays and looking forward to even more great vegan options next year!

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