A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Cool* People!

*That is, people who are concerned about their impact on the Earth, who are interested in furthering their own development as human beings, and who love good food.



Manduka eKo Yoga Mat

I’ve had one of these since the spring, when I could finally no longer in good conscience use my toxic plastic mat. It’s thick, luxurious, and just the perfect amount of sticky. I use it every morning and night—making it probably my most intimate and cherished possession currently. (That’s my very own moss-colored mat in the photo.)

Food, Inc.

Buy this DVD, show it to everyone you know, change the world! It’s that simple. Do it now. Future generations will thank you.



The Lunchbox Bunch Totes

Kathy Patalsky, creator of The Lunchbox Bunch and Healthy.Happy.Life (one of my fave vegan blogs—great recipes, beautiful photos, and lots of posts!) sells adorable veggie totes in a wide range of designs, styles, and colors—and for pretty cheap!


 Evolve Accessories

I heard about this new cruelty-free jewelry company from its proprietor at Vegan Drinks. A lovely, original way to represent your beliefs.

Vegetable Slut Buttons

I will never get tired of these! (I currently own the “I {heart} vegan girls” and the “I {heart} vegan boys”—love for everyone!) Buy online or at Viva pizza in the East Village or at MooShoes on the Lower East Side.


The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food

Best advocacy book for veganism in a long while. Perfect for omnivores who don’t want to read a screed about their eating but are interested in learning more about the meat, poultry, egg, and dairy industries’ impact on animals and the environment. There’s a must-read section on how the only way omnivores can eat is through willful denial at every meal.  The paperback comes out in April, but you really shouldn’t wait till then to read this book.

Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For—From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes

I can’t wait until Terry Hope Romero’s Viva Vegan! Latin cookbook comes out in April, but in the meantime, I’ll be hoping to receive for Christmas her friend Isa’s recent release, Vegan Brunch, which is full of insane deliciousness.  

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

I’ve read many books on Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism this year, but this is the one that is really changing my life and guiding me down the path to clarity, peace, and happiness. Om.  


The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Someone please buy me this book so I can stop fondling it in bookstores. So freaking cute!



The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet

I have not read this, and I will always feel weird about Ms. Aerosmith Video becoming someone I kind of admire. But this year Alicia Silverstone has emerged as a vegan icon (and our first “sparkle vegan”) and I very much appreciate her work in getting the word out, and am interested in what she has to say in this book.


Daiya Vegan Cheese

Probably the No. 1 topic in the vegan community this year, this cheesiest of vegan cheeses has taken our world by storm—a gooey, melty, über-yummy storm. It debuted in April and is still available retail in only very limited locations, especially on the East Coast. If you love a vegan, buy her (ahem!) some of this cheese in bulk online. Then have her make you a quesadilla and you’ll see why all the fuss!


Seems like vegans these days are moving away from nutritional yeast as a parmesan-like condiment or ingredient.  You either like the flavor or you don’t. A great alternative is Parma!, which comes in various flavors and combines nutritional yeast with walnuts and other flavorings. I was actually already given this as a gift by a kind gentleman, and I think it really adds to pizza and pasta. In New York, it’s no longer carried at Whole Foods here, but you can find it at other, better natural markets (see list here).

And above all, remember that the holidays are not about gifts but about sharing warm experiences with those you love. So if you’re poor (and who’s not right now?) consider alternative gifts: crafting, baking, regifting, offering favors, or simply spending happy times together and being glad you’re all in this world at the same time.

Happy holidays!


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What an excellent list! Thanks for sharing it.

Comment by wolfshowl

Very nice post. BTW, NY City is more toxic than your yoga mat.

Comment by Steven Morrisroe

Also, I started shopping early this year so it is too late too buy things on your list. I already got you something and now I am broke.

Comment by Steven Morrisroe

Thanks, Steven! I don’t need things. This is just meant to be a list of suggestions for other people wondering what nifty items they might get their loved ones!

Comment by Carrie M

Cool yoga mat; mine is too slippery so I always end up using the ones that belong to the studio.

Please post photos of the snow! I love snow!

Comment by Laura

I too, have that yoga mat, and it is glorious.

Thanks for the list!


ps. Is it raining on your page, or am I imagining that?

Comment by Klaus

Is snowing on my page! For the holidays. 🙂

Comment by Carrie M

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