My Great Green Vegan Christmas: Gifts

Ahhhh so here is the post that you’ve all been waiting for! How did my Great Green Vegan Christmas actually turn out???? I would have told you yesterday morning were it not for the fact that I slept in and had to rush to work:( So lets start off the way I laid it out last time:

Gifts

Himalayan Crystal Salt Coffee Scrub

For my next oldest Sister…

2C Ground  Fair Trade Coffee

1/2C Organic Brown Sugar

2-3Tbs Avocado Oil

Mix together, pop in a lovely container, decorate & give! You may need to add more oil because mine was quite grainy. I advised for the receiver to add desired olive oil on the bottle.

Peppermint Aluminium-Free Deoderant

For my second oldest Sister…

1/4C Organic Coconut Oil

1/4C Instant Clear Jel (or cornstarch)

1/4C Baking Soda

Measure all three ingredients into a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the coconut oil melts and the ingredients are combined. Pour the liquid into the container of your choice. An old, empty stick deodorant container works well. Allow the mixture to cool and solidify, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Apply to underarms daily. During warm weather, keep your deodorant in the refrigerator or it may melt.

Breakfast Superfood Trail Mix

For my Mother…

Mix everything together to taste/appearance

Walnuts

Sunflower Seeds

Goji Berries

Raisins

Maca Powder

Coconut Shreds

Cranberries

Pop into a large jar & shake shake shake. This is a delicious mix – pop 1Tbs on breakfast each morning for a hit of fatty acids and other vitals.

Jam Drop Cookies

For my two nieces…

Adapted from Oh She Glows

Ingredients:

  • 3/4C + 2/3C Wholemeal Flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely crushed or processed in food processor
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown rice syru/glucose syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp soy milk
  • Approx 1/3C berry jam
  • Ground flaxseed to roll cookies in

Directions: Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment or non-stick mat. Combine the flour, crushed walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and whisk. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla, syrup, and soy milk. Stir well. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until just combined. Roll the dough into balls. Now roll the balls in ground flaxseed and place on baking sheet. With your thumb and finger press a large well (approximately 3/4 inch in diameter) into the center of each ball (but don’t go all the way through!). Fix any cracks that may form in the dough with your fingers. Fill the hole with a generous amount of jam- about 1/2-1 tsp. Place cookies about 1 inch apart. Bake in the oven for 17-18 minutes. The cookies should be slightly firm to touch. Cool for about 15 minutes on the baking sheet. Now, chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving. The cookies are also really good from the freezer too.

Trade Aid Chocolate

For my Grandmother…

Almond & 70% Flavours

Vegan Recipe Books

For My Mother and oldest Sister…

These were the biggie! They took me weeks and weeks to do: making the recipes, snapping the recipes, printing the photos, choosing the books, sticking the photos in and writing all 44 recipes by hand.

I a relatively even balance of breakfast, mains, snacks and desserts with fewer drinks and condiments. I choose my favourite vegan recipes that were easy and quintessential (e.g. Cuties.)

It’s a lot of hard work, but definitely worth it if you plan ahead enough. I recommend giving yourself more than a month otherwise you will be stressed to X-mas day (I was still working on my Sister’s on Boxing Day.)

Avocado oil infused with Basil & Avocado oil infused with Chilli

For our Fathers…

Hubby bought these from the store as we ended up running out of time to make them. I highly recommend trying to make your own infused oils – they are so delicious!

Almond Body Butter, Vanilla Body Butter, Lime Body Butter

For my Mother-in-Law and two Sisters-in-Law…

1 and 1/3 Cups of Shea Butter

½ Cup of Olive Oil

1 tsp. Of Vitamin E Oil

1Tbs fragrance oil

Heat the Shea Butter slowly in a medium sized sauce pan until it is in liquid form. Add in the olive oil. Let mixture cool for 30 to 40 minutes – do not let it set fully back up. At this point, add Vitamin E and the Fragrance Oil. Use a stick blender to whip the mixture until its very light in texture. It will give off a “mousse” like consistency. Make sure you have blended your fragrance oil and vitamin E oil in well. When selecting your fragrance oil choose something you will like as this whipped body butter will be an all over body delight.

Spoon your finished product into some kind of container. Do not expose this to air for long periods of time. Do not over pack the whipped body butter or you will defeat the purpose of it being whipped and light.

I got organic, unrefined ingredients which are easy to find on TradeMe.

Coconut Milk Lotion

For my Sister-in-Law…

4Tbs coconut milk
4Tbs water

Heat the milk and water together in a bowl in microwave until warm, about a minute, don’t boil, set aside.

1Tbs emulsifying wax
1/2Tbs shea butter
1/2Tbs cocoa butter
4Tbs sweet almond butter or oil
2Tbs coconut oil
a few drops of Avocado Oil
Combine and melt in glass measuring cup in 30 second intervals in microwave, stir between and don’t boil. Then combine the milk and water with the melted oils and waxes in the glass measuring cup. Add 1Tbs of lemon juice and stir in until it disappears.

Use electric mixer on a low speed for about 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy consistency. Pour into storage container(s). Lotion will thicken overnight. Store in refrigerator or freezer for optimal freshness.

This lotion can go moldy because of the lemon/coconut milk. Keep it in the fridge and monitor it.

Photo Book

For my Mother-in-Law…

Hubby bought a beautiful fair trade journal, looked for photos that chronicled all the great things in his Mum’s life, ordered them chronologically and gave each one a lovely caption. Every second page was blank to write one thing she loves about herself each day. She LOVED this present!

Stay tuned for the food side of things next Wednesday! I need a few days off:P

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4 Responses to My Great Green Vegan Christmas: Gifts

  1. Michelle says:

    Wow, you are the queen of home-made gifts Ana!! Am seriously impressed, I bet your family loved their gifts! Will definitely be trying some of these recipes in future, thanks! 🙂

    • Ana Lenard-Sokorac says:

      I’m glad you like them! They are definitely worth giving a go, but I recommend mixing gifts up with bought ethical gifts such as charity vouchers & SAFE Shop/Trade Aid stuff. We found it very stressful to make all of these gifts and for people who are into consumerism, I don’t think they ended up appreciating them proportionate to the amount of effort we put in!

  2. Gordana says:

    Hey Biiiiiiiiiiiibi
    The presents were abs awesome and in the spirit of anti-consumerism!!! I LOVE my ORGANIC Breakfast Superfood Trail Mix – ethical on all points, he he… have just had some!

    • Ana Lenard-Sokorac says:

      I’m so glad! I can see you’ve run out of it already. It definitely isn’t the sort of gift that will clog the cupboard for another 20 years – simple, easy and useful.

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