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So, I just got an easter present from a friend of mine through the mail, and lo and behold, chocolate. I just recently became vegan, so I was still eating chocolate at the time he sent it, and now I'm not sure exactly what I should do. I mean, the chocolate's already been bought and paid for, but I've been good so far with my whole vegan-ness, and I don't want to give up already. I'm thinking I might just give the candy to my brother, but then I'd feel bad for giving away a gift. Thoughts? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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I got a leather gift from an aunt who later realized her mistake and apologized and told me I could dispose of it but I told her I'd keep it and cherish it.<br><br><br><br>
Since your gift is food, give it to someone who'll use it.
 

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When I was in town the other day I saw they had a big donation box, where you could put in easter eggs that would get given to disadvantaged children... maybe theres a scheme like that around?<br><br><br><br>
if not just give it to your brother<br><br>
its only an easter egg!! not like superspecial gift (unless other people hold easter to more than the "heres something i got in woolies for £1!!" i associate it with)
 

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I would agree that since it's food, just give it to your little bro.<br><br><br><br>
He bought the chocolate so someone would eat it. If you're strong about your beliefs then just let someone else eat it.
 

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You could give it to your brother, you could bring it to work/school and share... there's no reason you're obligated to eat it. You appreciate the thought, and you're spreading the love. Everyone's happy.
 

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I forced my brother to take it, because I had a feeling staring at it sitting there would end up with me eating it and feeling guilty about it later.
 

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The CEO of my company sent all the employees a gift pack of Omaha Steaks for Christmas this past year. You could imagine the look on my face when I opened the box on my front porch.<br><br><br><br>
I was livid.<br><br><br><br>
Luckily, I'm a peon here at work and nobody really knows that I'm veggie. Worked out in my favor to leave a nasty anonymous complaint letter with HR. I ended up giving the steaks to a friend's parents. I really didn't know what else to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:">
 

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yeah, I would have given it away too.<br><br>
I know it's not the same thing as a real "gift" but recently I volunteered to talk with some other students at a teacher meeting at my school, for my maths teacher. He gave us each a Cadbury's easter egg to say thanks (he knows I am vegan, but he forgets. He has bought us chocolate before to say thanks too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">). I gave it to my little sister, who is lacto-ovo. I appreciate the gesture, the easter egg isn't thrown away, and my little sister gets chocolate. It all works out.<br><br><br><br>
(I actually thought about re-gifting it to her for easter but decided that would be too mean. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">)
 

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Around Christmas time my aunt and uncle visited and gave me a care package of assorted candies and chocolates. Nothing in it was Vegan, I thanked them and decided I would give it to a friend. Thanks for reminding me I need to find someone to take it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> yeah... I'm just good like that.
 

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I got some non-vegan chocolate for Easter (dark chocolate -- my mom did try). I ate the one vegan thing she did give me and took the rest to work. It was much appreciated there.
 

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I'd give it away, but thank the person who sent it and don't let them know that you didn't eat it, unless they ask. You could eat it, only if you've been trying really hard to break the habit, it'll send you back into your milk chocolate cravings (most likely).<br><br><br><br>
Personally, I would give it away.
 

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Gifts that go against my ethics get given back. But when you are in that transition period these sort of errors are unavoidable. Giving it away to someone who would happily accept it and telling them the truth could work, after all a gift is supposed to make you happy and there are few things more pleasurable than making other people happy.
 

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I feel like I'm in a real pickle with a ongoing gifting situation. My parents have, for years, donated things in my name to Heifer Project, which is a charitable organization designed around providing poor people with animals to provide income and food (whether meat or milk or eggs). This has become a family tradition.<br><br><br><br>
I've been veggie for 3 years now and they have not made the connection. Now I'm eating vegan and they still haven't figured it out.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure what to do partly because this *is* a reputable charitable organization, and I respect their motives. This charity is also close to my parent's heart. I think in some parts of the world people are forced by circumstance to rely on animal products some of the time whether for food or profit in order to live. I don't know which way is up on this one.
 
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