Dietary Restrictions Can't Bring You Down

So your best friend, Secret Santa or favorite niece just became a vegetarian. Don't let his or her food restrictions daunt you. There are still plenty of great gift options.

For meat eaters and anyone else who doesn't abide by strict dietary rules, buying gifts for vegetarians can seem overwhelming. No, you can't just give them gift certificates to Outback Steakhouse and hope they'll come to their senses. Try these gift ideas instead.

Vegetarian-friendly kitchen supplies

Your veggie-loving friend won't need a meat cleaver anytime soon. However, he could probably use these helpful utensils.

Asparagus pot with basket

Asparagus pot with basket

It's not a necessity, but an asparagus pot certainly gives these babies a fighting chance at reaching their best possible texture. The sleek, stainless look will go well with any kitchen (Macy's, $60).

Vegetable steamer

Vegetable steamer

This contraption sits inside any pot the chef has on hand and keeps the vegetables out of the water, enabling them to steam instead of boil. The rubber ones seem to sit the snuggest while still fitting a vast array of pot sizes (Bed Bath & Beyond, $10).

Food processor

Food processor

You don't need anything huge, but a good food processor with all the extra blades will help you turn nuts into creams and butters, and fruits and veggies into smoothies or soups (Macy's, $220).

TofuXpress

TofuXpress

Buying premade tofu can be super expensive, and even then the tofu can seem rather sketchy sometimes. This cool gadget will help them make their own (TofuXpress, starting at $40).

Juicer

Juicer

With juicers, you should always go big or go home. Save yourself some time by buying one like the Breville, which can take whole or halved fruit and won't get clogged with seeds (Best Buy, $200).

Vegetarian cookbooks

When you cut out meat, you cut out many meal options. Even if your beloved vegetarian is a master home chef, it's always good to offer him some new ideas. Try one of these cool cookbooks.

Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes

Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes

You can never go wrong with Martha Stewart, right? Meatless is filled with vibrant pictures, easy-to-follow instructions and good food (Amazon, $25).

Student's Vegetarian Cookbook, Revised: Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Tasty Vegetarian Recipes

Student's Vegetarian Cookbook, Revised: Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Tasty Vegetarian Recipes

The title says it all! If you know of a recent, college-age, meat-free convert, the Student's Vegetarian Cookbook is for her. After all, it's hard to have dietary restrictions on a budget (Amazon, $14).

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

Forks Over Knives — The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

The Forks Over Knives cookbook is about a food movement that not only promises guilt-free breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but also a healthier body. Most important, this cookbook provides almost a year's worth of new recipes to try (Amazon, $19).

Vegetarian chocoholics

Even tree huggers need chocolate! Help your vegetarian and vegan friends indulge in their favorite treat with these cruelty-free vegan chocolate snacks.

Cacao vanilla orange-flavored mix for hot chocolate

Cacao vanilla orange-flavored mix for hot chocolate

For a new, yummy spin on an old winter favorite, try this vegan hot chocolate mix. The best part? It's made with organic and natural fair trade ingredients (Etsy, $9).

Chocolate and toasted coconut candies

Chocolate and toasted coconut candies

These prettily shaped chocolate treats are perfect to snack on and will even look nice sitting out on the table at parties (Etsy, $28).

Chocolate hazelnut spread

Chocolate hazelnut spread

Finally, something for the Nutella nut who recently went vegetarian. This yummy spread even comes in a super cute jar (Etsy, $10).

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