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Hi all, I'm after some advice. I own a small company and every year for the last 8 years I look through my top customer list and buy a load of presents for them, which depending on who I am buying for is normally wine/beer/spirits/posh biscuits and large tins of chocolates.

I would normally do my shop this week and thinking about it earlier, it has of course occurred to me that I can no longer buy the boxes of biscuits and tins of chocolates as I turned vegan in March. The tins of chocolates are for companies like the local authority and university who are good customers, but are not allowed to take any presents, but you can pass something like that to them as it can be shared to an office of 50 people.

So what can I buy that would make a suitable gift for a large office? Before you say vegan biscuits and vegan chocolate, it would cost 10 times as much to buy it, so I'm not too keen on that idea.
 

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I think you should check your premises. Vegan goods don't always cost more. Stick to dark chocolate because that's often vegan. For cookies, try looking at the list from PETA of "accidentally vegan" treats.

Failing that:
-Fresh or dried fruits are great. Pure fruit Edible Arrangements are great.
-In the US it's common for businesses to give big tins of flavored popcorn during the holidays. Some of those may be vegan. It's worth considering.
-There are plenty of vegan beers and wines. Check barnivore.com for specifics.
-Pure breads and pastas are often vegan. Those may make good gifts, particularly if paired with spreads or sauces in a gift basket.
-Like greenish said, nuts are nice. As a gift you can give unshelled nuts with a holiday nutcracker. It's a very attractive gift! And totally vegan.
 

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Perhaps a basket full of organic coffees and teas to put in the staffroom?
That's a great idea. I too thought of dried fruits, nuts. Also I've seen sweet and salty popcorn varieties that are vegan. Jams and preserves?
 

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I think the organic coffee and tea is a great idea for the type of gift I need. There are some other great ideas for gifts above that I hadn't thought of, but most of them unfortunately can't be divided between 50 staff very well. I love barnivore.com and have it favourited on my phone so when I am in a bar with beers I don't normally drink I can check first. Great site. Thanks all.
 

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Tea and coffee sounds really good to me. Maybe hot chocolates too


Chocolates like elizabeth shaw mint crisps, a lot of the bendicks chocolates, own-brand mint thins are vegan and reasonably priced (or at least, not designed to be vegan and so therefore not ridiculously overpriced!). A lot of dark chocolate based chocolates are - things like dark chocolate with orange, dark chocolate with ginger, dark chocolate with marzipan, dark chocolate covered things (watch out for shellac). I saw vegan dark chocolate covered cherries in M&S last year I think. You just need to hunt it out a little, but you don't need to rely on specifically vegan-made things.

You could also look for sweets which is a bit easier. Things like boiled sweets or boiled mints would be good for a work environment. Debenhams do these big jars for £8.50, about 3 of which are vegan. They have a mixed one too but they only have a couple online but this kind of thing http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/...Etxtsweet+shop (they say vegan on the ones that are too so that's nice and easy).

A lot of biscuits are accidentally vegan too. When I first went vegan I spent a fortune on "vegan bourbon biscuits" before I realised a lot of them are vegan anyway. Finding a box may be difficult though. Some I can think of are: Jammie dodgers, mcvities hobnobs, gingernuts, fruitshortcake, ricetea, sainsburys bourbon creams, Lotus caramelised biscuits (really good!), there are lots more but you get the idea! I don't know how suitable these would be for coportate gifts though, they may do the mcvities ones in those big tubs or something which would seem giftier but I don't know.

Also thinking of tubs... maybe those big tubs of twiglets or something similar? A bit messy (twiglet dust gets everywhere!) but could be passed around 50 people easily. I've also seen tubs of hula hoops but only the sour cream ones, but if they did tubs of original (or salt and vinegar I think) that might be okay too, I don't know. Mr kipling pies are often vegan, and I found these "winter warmers" ones which may be BUT i just did a quick scan of the list so maybe not. You get 12 for £2.60 at sainsburys so you could potentially buy enough for 50 at less than £12 or so.

Anyway those last few ideas I'm not so sure about but... my point is vegan doesn't have to mean specialist vegan product and therefore expensive.
ETA: This website may help for chocolate and things http://accidentallyvegan.tumblr.com/ I can't vouch for it's reliable ness, I only just found it, but a lot of the things look about right to me (ie: I've seen them and found them to be vegan too).
 

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Thanks for that thief. I like the idea of the glass jars of sweets and we have a Debenhams in Lincoln, so I will pop in and check them out. I didn't know Jammie dodgers were vegan, but I did the rest after spending a good half hour reading every biscuit label in Tesco one day lol. Like you say though, great for home, but not an ideal corporate gift. I had the winter warmers a few weeks ago and they were decent so that isn't a bad idea either. On a similar not Mr Kipling mince pies are not vegan, but the Iceland mince pies and also Tesco Value mince pies both are.
 

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Cool. Ooh good news about the pies, I hadn't looked yet
Saves me some eye strain ! I wasn't 100% sure what would be suitable since my experience in a coporate environmental is about three weeks of work experience haha. Hope you find something suitable, awesome and vegan
 
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