I am opposed to giving one’s Vegantine anything on February 14th since we have been suckered into thinking the only way to make a fellow being feel loved and cared for is via the only “humanizing” way we’ve been indoctrinated to do so – through material consumption. Vegantine’s is projected to make $18.6 billion in profits from vday related chocolate, flowers, perfume, etc. sales at the expense of commodifying both human and nonhuman animals. Yet the drive to buy a gift is still there so I decided to amuse myself by posting a list of do’s and don’ts for Vegantine’s Day.
Vegantine’s Day is fast approaching and omnivores all over the world are in a panic over what to do for and give that very special vegan in their life. That doesn’t come as a surprise since vegans are super hot, intelligent, and compassionate individuals.
Take this vegan as an example:
Despite all the great qualities mentioned above I am Vegantine less this year (I guess some of us can be choosers.) But my solitude will be coated with a batch of vegan cupcakes and does not deter me from posting about el dia del amor y la amistad.
The biggest question is what to get a person who has chosen not to consume meat, dairy, and eggs; especially when these industries have been very successful at making sure animal products and byproducts are unnecessarily used to make many products sitting on store shelves.
What Do I Give [Or Don’t Give] My Vegantine?
1. Do not give him/her Dunkin Donuts
The donuts look super cute, but trust me when I say the egg used to make them will not thrill your cutie. If vegan pastries are on your list visit BabyCakes on the Lower East Side.
2. Do not gift perfume
Most perfumes are not vegan. Do not waste your time or money and be happy because I just saved you $80.
3. Whatever you do DO NOT buy chocolate for your Vegantine at the local drugstore
Breeze Harper from Vegans of Color posted about the child labor involved in the production of most chocolate.
In addition to who grows and picks the cacao beans most chocolate out there is not vegan.
Check out the back of the bag of these famous little chocolate balls: milk, skim milk, and sugar—not organic sugar, but the bad non-vegan kind of sugar.
Opt for fairtrade vegan chocolate.
4. Stay away from conversation hearts
This classic candy is loaded with glycerin and gelatin making it a big vegan no no.
5. I would also stay away from flowers.
Most flowers are grown by exploited workers in South America, exported to the great U.S. of A., and sold at ridiculous prices that feed the overflowing pockets of the 1%. But if your vegan is one of those who only cares about animals I guess flowers are an option.
On Vegantine’s Day simply enjoy your partner’s company and make a nice compassionate dinner to show omnivores can cook. If you insist on splurging go to Candle 79 where you can have some Vegan Vine wine and eat at what many have called the best vegan restaurant in the country.
As for me, I plan on eating chili fries and drinking a glass of wine with my bff Bridget Jones and her famous diary.