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#1 Old 12-14-2010, 12:51 PM
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I don't really know what to get my parents for Christmas.

The only thing I can think of is buying them a giftcard to a nice restaurant, but I know my meat-loving dad would NOT want to go to a vegan restaurant for a romantic dinner with my mom.

My parents really deserve to have a nice dinner since they hardly go on dates. But, I'm at a crossroad here. Would it be non-vegan of me to buy them a giftcard?


Buying a giftcard to a nice restaurant gives them the opportunity to decide for themselves what they want to eat.


Would it be un-vegan of me to buy them a giftcard to a restaurant?


Does anyone else have any other Christmas gift ideas? I cannot think of ANYTHING to get for my dad.
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#2 Old 12-14-2010, 12:53 PM
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I've done that in the past, eating out in a nice restaurant is one of my father's favorite things to do. Prime rib and 'taters of course.

I'm thinking of getting everyone gas cards this year instead. I'd rather enable their reliance on fossil fuels than their eating of meat.

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Well, if the idea is to give them a nice date night, there are other options besides the restaurant. Have you considered tickets to some sort of show or concert that they might both enjoy?

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I think you could give your parents a gift card to a non veg restaurant without feeling guilty. When I offer to buy lunch when I'm out with a friend I don't insist that they eat a vegan meal. Omnis are going to eat animals no matter where they are, so I don't view it as increasing the demand.
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I think buying them that gift card is ethically no different from buying them animal products directly, so where you stand on it depends on where you stand on the latter.

I would second that juggling dude's suggestion of tickets. I think some movie theaters might have these general tickets where people can decide what to go see. That would have your parents spend a short while out together.

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Would it be un-vegan of me to buy them a giftcard to a restaurant?

IMO, No it's not unveg*n. I've bought giftcards to restaurants, coffeeshops, and pizza places that serve non veg*n food.

I also think that it's really sweet that you want them to have a nice romantic dinner since they don't get the chance to do that
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I was thinking along the "other activities" line too. Movie tickets, DVD rentals, etc. If they'd do DVDs, you could make up a nice basket with either a film or Blockbuster certificates, etc. and some popcorn and snacks.

Does your dad read? Play sports? Watch sports? Have a job that he loves?

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I don't really know what to get my parents for Christmas.

The only thing I can think of is buying them a giftcard to a nice restaurant, but I know my meat-loving dad would NOT want to go to a vegan restaurant for a romantic dinner with my mom.

My parents really deserve to have a nice dinner since they hardly go on dates. But, I'm at a crossroad here. Would it be non-vegan of me to buy them a giftcard?


Buying a giftcard to a nice restaurant gives them the opportunity to decide for themselves what they want to eat.


Would it be un-vegan of me to buy them a giftcard to a restaurant?


Does anyone else have any other Christmas gift ideas? I cannot think of ANYTHING to get for my dad.

I don't think it's unethical. You are not really encouraging your dad to eat more meat. He's already eating it. However, if your aim is to help animals whenever you can, maybe you can look at other options that have nothing to do with harming animals directly or indirectly.
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What about a mall card that they can spend in any number of different shops?

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How much do you want to spend? You could get them a giftcard to Ticketmaster so they can search for shows that interest them at times they can both go.

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