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From My Closet Giveaway: Comfy and Cozy Eco Gear

We have a winner!

Congratulations Janet Sullivan!

We’ve emailed you regarding the next steps for collecting your prize, so please be sure to respond as soon as you are able.

And thanks again to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for another fun From My Closet Giveaway soon!

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The closet goodies continue (congrats to last week’s closet giveaway winner)! This time I’m giving away some of my comfier pieces.

Comfy and Cozy Eco Gear Giveaway

I was gifted this deliciously soft Vaute Couture charcoal hoodie a while a back, along with this Rock My World Inc. Earth Day necklace, which was originally made out of recycled sterling silver in celebration of 2013′s Earth Day. I also never got the chance to use this adorable Sew Beastly ikat clutch made entirely out of fabric scraps. And the vintage army cap was my husband’s that he picked up at an army surplus store in Amsterdam. He put it on me one day, liked how it looked, and I’ve worn it for many years ever since.

Comfy and Cozy Eco Gear Giveaway

All of these items are super comfortable and eco-friendly, and now I’d love to find them a new home by giving them away to one lucky winner!

For your chance to win these pieces from my closet, all you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know what you consider to be the best gift you’ve ever received.

I will select and announce the winner on Wednesday, October 30.

Good luck!

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  • Tori Spooner

    The best gift I’ve ever been given was my married last name. I never considered myself a part of the family that I grew up with, so marrying into a “real” family and taking their name has been my most favorite gift ever. And come on, Spooner is a pretty awesome last name :D

  • Jacqueline Hall

    The clarity and realization that I’m doing my best, that I’m learning along the way, that we all are, owning where and who I am, realizing where I used to be and who I’m not anymore- those moments where I remember… are a wonderful Gift.

  • http://thisveganlife.tumblr.com/ This Vegan

    The best gift I ever received was my puppy, Bobby, when I was 11 years old. My great love for him helped turn me into a vegetarian and eventually a vegan!

  • Laura Stijnen

    The best gift I ever received was from my now hubby, but then boyfriend. Because we are originally from different countries, we met when he lived and worked in my homeland. After going out for some months and then deciding to live together he gave me for my birthday the last Harry Potter book, which I adored. But this was not the real present. Hidden inside was a ticket to visit the Netherlands and meet his family. He said that he wants me to meet them because I am the one. 6 years later and 3 years of marriage we are still happily married and I cannot imagine my world without him. This was the best gift I’ve ever received.

  • Dannita Lindsey

    My daughter! other than that our shih-tzu Lexie. She was given to us a puppy last year from an irresponsible owner. I am just so glad they gave her up!

  • Joy Palmer Frost

    The best gift I ever received was after my divorce. A kind lady took me under her wing. She found out that I had been left with a great deal of debt and there was no way for me to get a loan. She went and took out a loan herself and turned around and set up a personal loan with me with all the terms. She didn’t really give me anything other than the one thing I needed most and could not get myself. She was taking a big risk and she would end up with the penalties if I didn’t follow through. Her gift left a huge impression.

  • Janet Sullivan

    My husband and I used to go to concerts. It was our thing. He died 15 yrs ago. Seeing Pearl Jam was on my bucket list. Recently I got last minute “worst seats ever” tickets. When I got there the seats were upgraded to 5 rows from the stage. I know he had sething to do with that! Best gift ever!!!

  • Idieh Yrreb

    The best gift I’ve had the pleasure of receiving was a trip to Colorado this summer. I got to visit my cousins who I haven’t seen in years and I went on one of the most beautiful hikes in Nederland Co. My cousin even took me to the Boulder farmers market and there was so many vegan treats. I live in the central valley of California so it was a real treat to find so many vegan options.

  • Ranae York

    The best gift I ever received was from my mother… The year after my father passed away, she gave me his ‘ditty bag’. It was the bag that he kept all of his grooming stuff in… his aftershave, his hair cream, his deodorant, shaving cream, comb and razor. My dad had a very unique scent. When you lose someone dear to your heart, you miss the smell of them. I would open that ditty bag and inhale deeply and suddenly my dad was there with me. It couldn’t have been just one item… they had to all inner-mingle in order to really represent my dad. I gave the ditty bag to my son a few years ago so that he could recreate the same experience because he missed his grandpa so much. <3

  • LightBrigade

    Years ago in high school, I was sick with mono and hadn’t been out of the house in a week or two. My best friend and boyfriend-at-the-time stopped by and brought me my favorite ice cream, homemade cards, books I’d wanted to read, and other feel better presents. I was absolutely touched and I’ve never forgotten their simple and sweet kindness.

  • Kristen Percival

    my children… especially #3, he was never planned. I am so super glad God gave him to us. I named him Gracen because grace means ‘undeserved gift from God’. That is what he is.

  • jilljoslin

    The best gift I’ve ever received is my two daughters!

  • Tara Berry

    The best gift that I have received is a birthday card that my husband and two year old son drew for me. The card and my son’s excitement for me getting it were so sweet that I teared up a little!

  • Stacy McCord

    The best gift I have ever been given is my beautiful, wonderful daughter! She is the best gift ANYONE could ever receive!!!

  • Janet Sullivan

    My husband and I used to go to concerts. It was our thing. He died 15 yrs ago. Seeing Pearl Jam was on my bucket list. Recently I got last minute “worst seat ever” tickets. When I got there they were upgraded to 5 rows from the stage. I know he had something to do with it! Best gift ever!!!

    • TheKindLife

      Congratulations, Janet, on winning the From My Closet giveaway! We’ve sent you an email with follow up directions to receive your prize. Thanks for participating!

    • Traci

      Congratulations, Janet! I know your husband is your angel. :)

  • Crystal Smith

    As cliche’ as it sounds, motherhood is the greatest gift. I am always loved, always being the one little ones go for comfort and care. I am never lonely, or without purpose.

  • Sarah Wentworth

    My three children. My life has been made so much better by having them in it. Our lives are not easy, we struggle daily, but the love they bring me is the greatest gift of all.

  • Jennifer Parrucci

    The best gift I ever received was a proposal from my husband on Valentine’s Day 2004.

  • Michelle Leasley Reed

    Suffering with psoriatic arthritis has made working out difficult-after surgery this past spring, I have been able to start a walking program at a local rec center. My husband gave me matching work out clothes, shoes, socks, etc.,
    -stating that he thought I needed to look the part and not hide behind the old baggy cast-offs from his closet.

  • Malena Halm.

    It may sound very cheesy, but I actually think the best gift I have ever received was the first smile of my little niece that was directed only at me!
    She is the most beautiful and contagiously happy little person that I’ve ever met!

  • [email protected]

    The best gifts I have ever received are my two rescued pups from shelters. They bring so much joy and happiness into my life and I am so thankful for them!

  • chicaroja

    the best gift i ever got was my parents sending me to college. i think about what they had to sacrifice and how hard they had to work to send me and my 4 siblings to college and i will be forever grateful!

  • Michelle Leasley Reed

    After suffering with psoriatic arthritis for some time, I had surgery this past spring and was able to start a walking program at a local rec center. My husband bought me matching work out clothes and shoes stating that I deserved to look good and not use his baggy closet cast offs while doing something good for myself.

  • Mehzeb Chowdhury

    The best gift I ever received was my parents. Without them, I would be nobody right now. It is a gift I cherish every single day, and it is a gift that translates into material gifts throughout the year, which is not a bad thing either. :)

  • Monica Mansfield

    Love Vaute Couture! The best gift I’ve ever received was probably my acoustic guitar. Though the gift card I used to get Eating Animals, which pushed me to go vegan is a close second!

  • Cil G

    I came to visit my mom after living many years away from the Philippines. I was saving a lot and not buying anything and my Mom surprised me with her gift which was a collection of handicraft jewelry that she was saving for me until i get home. I miss my mom just sharing that story.

  • Sarah Metcalf

    The best gift I’ve ever been given was a summer trip to see my out-of-country fiance. This trip was especially sacred because it was the last time I saw him before he died.

  • Celena

    Super comfy and eco-friendly are two of my favorite things! One of my other favorite things are family heirlooms and the historical bond they represent. So, I have to say the best gift I’ve received was just a couple weeks ago, when my boyfriend asked me to marry him (!!) and presented me with a beautiful antique ring that was passed down from his GREAT-Grandmother. That is really two amazing gifts in a single package. I get to marry my very best friend AND wear a beautiful piece of his family history. <3

  • Julie Swartz-Maynard

    As cliché as it sounds, my greatest gift was my son 17 years ago! He has blessed me everyday since and is the greatest treasure I hold

  • Kathy Koogler Lewis

    The best gift I’ve ever been given was a bronze statue of a German Shepherd I rescued. He was my inspiration for going to veterinary school, and my parents had a bronze statue of his likeness (he was a big, beautiful, three-legged boy) made and gave it to me for graduation.

  • sherry

    My children

  • karena rendon

    life! simple as that. life. <3

  • Ashley Elizabeth

    The best gift I have ever been given is my sweet dog, Zooey. My boyfriend and I adopted her from the humane society, and now all we want to do is spend time with our new best friend!

  • Thekla Wißler

    The best gift i have ever been given was my health…i got very sick but now i’m fine and thankful for that every day…i was vegetarien since i was nine…and a few month ago i changed to vegan…and you inspired me to take this step :) thank you!

  • tisha matthews

    the best gift i ever received was meeting my wonderful boyfriend after a decade of being in the wrong relationship with someone else. I prayed for 2 years for the right person, and when i was ready to accept maybe not meeting someone he appeared out of no-where! he is amazing and i am so blessed!

  • Bing Cañete

    The best gift that I ever receive is God. He changed me to a person that He wanted me to be. He helped me to forgive with those people who did wrong to me. He gave me a second chance to live in a godly life and allow to share this with others. He helped me to love people unconditionally (which is the AGAPE LOVE). And most of all, He gave me the Salvation that I don’t even deserve it… And that’s why God is the best gift that I ever had!

  • Crystal White

    The best gift I have ever received was a Fitbit on my last birthday. I was really feeling down and wanted something to motivate me to do more, be more active. My aunt bought me a Fitbit One, at first I was really surprised that in a normal day I was walking no more then 2000-3000 steps a day! Somehow I had convinced myself that I was moderately active…boy was I wrong. I slowly got my steps up to 10,000 steps a day and I feel so much better about myself.

  • SF Tse

    The best gift I’ve ever received is the birth of my son. For 9 months, I watched my wife carry that boy to term. All my hats off to her and all mothers everywhere; being pregnant was no picnic. I love my boy dearly; having him born health was a gift I know I will cherish for life.

  • Sammi cure

    The most precious gift i ever received was from my best friend, she gave me a postcard book with photographs of all our best memories together and a few cute notes that made me laugh, i really do love her, she means a lot to me c:

  • Julia Jackley

    The best gift I’ve ever been given was a bouquet of flowers and a card that reads, “Jules, No matter the score, the grades or the points- you always earn a gold star in my heart!”. My mom gave this to me in elementary school. I still have it pinned on a bulletin board above my desk.

  • Rafael Czypull

    The best gift I have ever received in my life was my daughter. Thank you and have a great Weekend!

  • erinmiche

    My dog Alex, who I adopted when I was 19. I consider him a gift because that crazy border collie mix was the best thing to happen to a meat-eating couch potato. He changed my life!

  • Anna

    The best gift I ever received was a handwritten, hand drawn card my husband gave me, accompanying a beautiful Tiffany’s necklace, as a bridal gift. While I loved the necklace, it was the little card, crookedly cut and colored in with crayons and colored pencils. Inside, he wrote a lovely note and it’s something I’ll always cherish. I love handwritten love notes!

  • Jolanda Van Iersel

    The best gift I ever received was when I was about 22 years and living the life of a art-college-student. My roommate and a friend of ours made a “personal memory” for me. Every card as based on my life. There were different section: “stories I used to tell a lot, favorite clothes, drinks, boys, bars I went to.
    A great gift to receive then and it became more valuable to me now I’m a lot older.
    A creative gift and you can see the effort and love they put into in…

  • Stephenie Huston

    My best gift ever was both of my babies. 9 and 11 mo girls. Both so pretty, I can scream. I love them sooo much!

  • VirginiaF

    The best gift i ever recieved was when i was 9 . My stepdad come in with a book and lil yellow bunny. My biological father tried to show him up by buying me a barbie car. Needless to say the Barbie car broke and eventually went to the trash. But the lil bunny now belongs to my 3yr old as a keepsake of my stepdad who passed when i turned 12 of cancer. Value of money never meant anything to me, it was always the thought that mattered.

  • Jennifer Grandpre

    Grace.

  • Lacy Jones

    The best gifts i recieve..are the little notes my daughter leaves me in special places….shes 8 and has been doing it for years:)<3

  • Rebecca

    The best gift I have ever been given is a 2nd chance at life. I was horribly sick with high blood pressure (hospitalized 2 times in 1 year and had debilitating migraines almost every day). My great friend Elisa came around and patiently showed me the way to a vegan lifestyle. I can say without a doubt- she saved my life and in turn I will get to be a mama to my 3 beautiful kids for many, many more years!

  • marina v

    i love you Alicia! I would be thrilled if i won! <3

  • ChelsE

    The best gift I’ve ever received was this drawing from my sister-in-law. This is a drawing of me (left) and my sister Christi, who passed away from breast cancer 3 years ago. I’ve never had such a thoughtful and heartfelt gift. It brought me to tears and is hands down the best gift I have ever received! My sister was my partner in crime and best friend. I miss her every day. Thanks for doing this contest to remind me how amazing this gift was!

  • Kristy Turner

    The best gift I ever received was life. After being on chemotherapy and treated twice for cancer. Now being in a wheelchair I feel like I’m one of the luckiest people alive

  • Clinton Blake Squitieri

    The best gift I have ever received is life. I enjoy it and am glad I know more about how to help others enjoy it through the vegan and eco lifestyles.

  • Shannon

    The best gift I ever received was my life. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at age 26, when my son was only 10 months old. 6 years later, I’m still here, and I credit that to God for his grace and my son for being the best motivation ever.

  • lauren

    The best gift I ever received. Toss up. My memory. My dad passed after he was hit by a drunk driver when I was 8. All I had for a long time were memories. The second was the best birthday present I could ever have asked for. Just 3 days after my birthda 17 years ago my oldest child was born– a boy. He’s named after my dad. :)

  • Stephanie

    The best gift I ever received was my son! Having him has brought so much joy to my life.

  • Sue Mankins

    Some of these comments are so heartwarming. I can’t compete with them! Give them to somebody that has has suffered a loss or overcome hardships. What a hard decision for you. <3 ( I have 9 beautiful gifts: my kiddos.)

  • Diana Mueller

    The best gift I’ve ever received was the tattoo my boyfriend got me for Christmas last year. It’s on my upper right arm and it’s a picture of my dog and I walking through the woods. When I was going through a rough time, my dog (Millie) became the best friend I’ve ever had and going on walks with her through the woods was the best therapy I’ve ever had. I wanted a constant reminder of her and our special time together to always remind me that there’s nothing some puppy love and outdoor time can’t fix!

  • Alexandria MoonStar

    The best gift for me has to be my six children, raising them alone and home schooling can be hard but I would never change anything. The love I give them is returned six times over every single day. I hope some day Love alone will change the world.

  • Chris Weber

    Love that hoodie

  • Lee Ann Whalen Odonohue

    Life :)

  • Allyson Barnes

    The best gift I ever received was probably anything from my grandma. Her stuffed cat, I called Sammy, who I slept with every Friday night (I slept over at her place for 15 years in my childhood). She gave me him before she died. After she passed I was given her doll that she kept in her bed and was in her casket when she died and her afghan that she crocheted (she crocheted one for each of us during her life, but this one was her own that she kept warm with). She passed away this summer at 96, I was taking care of my boyfriend after his surgery (he lives in the US, I’m from Canada) and missed saying good-bye to her by a few hours… something I’ll regret forever.

  • Lanni

    The best gift I ever received was when my best friend showed up at my door step with a (much needed) key ring and a delicious fig he picked on the way over. It was very thoughtful

  • Laurie

    I love and cherish any gift. Especially, the hand made notes and cards from my kids.

  • Mary

    The best gift I’ve received was a card made by my artist friend, who spend a lot of time making amazing drawings on it. :)

  • colson2

    On my one year vegan anniversary, my cousin emailed me and told me I inspired her to become vegan. It was my veganniversary present, and it made my heart burst!

  • Jean-Michel Bergeron

    The best gift I ever received was the hope of a better future…

  • Allison M Benson

    Best gift I ever received was my son. He is so bright and radiates goodness. I would be lost without him, and I am hoping my daughter to be born later this year will just as sweet a gift.

  • Jess Vaughan

    The best gift I have ever been given is grace. I make so many mistakes on a daily basis and the grace I receive from the people in my life make it that much easier to love others the same way.

  • Susanne

    My greatest gift is being born in a free country to loving parents and all the amazing opportunities that has provided. Thank you for your generosity Alicia and for giving us the opportunity to express our gratitude.

  • Julianne Wais

    The best gift was the knowledge that came with reading books like yours so I could change my life by becoming vegan! :)

  • Kathy

    My husband gave me my first vegan cookbooks last year. It meant so much because he’s not vegan, but is so supportive of me, and as a result he eats mostly vegan and loves it!

  • Amelie Laurent

    The best gift I’ve ever received was my two cats that I have adopted. I almost lost my 2 years old cat last year due to a big infection and my little one (3 month) this year and I thank god that they’re not gone. I don’t know if I would have been able to handle another loss after my grandmother last year.
    I love them so much, they changed my life!

  • Kimberly Langlais

    I received the gift of Reiki. A gift that can give back unconditionally.

  • melissa

    I think the best gift is to have another day at life and be the best you can be to yourself, others, and mother earth.

  • Traci

    My fave gift was my drawing easel. Drawing helps me channel my energy.

  • Britney Layne Photography

    My daughter is the best gift I’ve ever received. I wasn’t supposed to be able to ever have kids! <3 She turned 3 Sunday!

  • Amanda Sileo

    The best gift I ever received was bakeware last year from my best friend. I was struggling with my PTSD and housebound, I was also a newer vegan and just started trying to bake vegan recipes. I only had one cookie sheet, I didn’t have a square pan…I didn’t have a lot. Then I received a box in the mail full of all sorts of bakeware and I was able to bake all types of different recipes. It really helped me through a very difficult time.

  • Christina

    The best gift I was ever given was salvation from God. I know many may think that’s cheesy but I mean it. There was a time when I was lost and lived doing awful things. When I received this, I gained a different perspective on life. I appreciate the beauty of not only people but of the world. It’s as if my heart has been filled with love that I did not know existed. This gift had allowed me to not only make a positive difference in my life but also in the lives around me.

  • Tiffany Wilkerson

    All gifts that come from the heart (especially homemade items) are my favorite.

  • Irene Stone

    My best present I’ve ever had was from my 3 years old son – he was trying do well on potty for long time and finally one day he did his first ” pick a boo” :)) he was so proud and happy then he got lovely sticker “gold star” so he stick off that sticker from his jumper and stick back to mine – and sad- for you. I felt so special and proud ! The best gift ever!!

  • sarahthetraveller

    The greatest gift I’ve received was being hired at an organization that aligns with my values of healthy living/helping people (helping cardiac patients get back on their feet through exercise and diet).

  • sarahthetraveller

    My greatest gift was getting hired with an organization that helps cardiac patients get back on their feet (through diet and exercise) – it’s pretty special that my workplace aligns with my values of healthy living and helping people :)

  • Gillian Boult

    The best gift I have ever been given was receiving a past life regression session. It was different but a very neat experience.

  • Andrea Weber

    The best gift I ever got was rescuing 3 dogs from the local animal shelter. They are the loves of my life!

  • Charlotte

    The best gift I’ve ever received was some vegan chocolate. Not so much for what it was but for what is signified.

  • Tracy Campbell

    The best gift I ever received was an immense love for animals. As much as I love and care for them it is often the animals that give me far more than I give them

  • Amy B

    The best gift I ever got was the chance to study abroad in college. I couldn’t afford it by myself, but friends, family and the community at large chipped in to help me live the dream.

  • kira

    My sweet puppy holly that we resued 2 days before my birthday. She just lights up everyday for me and we feel constantly happy and greatful to be involved in such a great rescue.

  • Julia Adrock

    My husband often reads out loud to me whatever he may be reading at night before bed. We have now been married for five years. For our first wedding anniversary, we decided to not buy gifts for each other, but my husband decided to make me something instead. In the tradition of paper as a first anniversary gift. My husband wrote me a story. It was an adventure about me and our dog in the park beside our house. He got a friend of ours to illustrate it. My favorite part of his gift is when he read it to me as its the best thing in the world is to hear his voice before sleeping. It was the greatest gift I ever received, because I could both see, hear and feel his love for me. : )

  • Maji

    Still photos have always given me pleasure. Hundreds of moments captured in time, a collection of family events. When my kids were grown, they shared their appreciation by pitching their money together and buying me a Video camera. Best gift I ever got!

  • Jordan Maisonet

    Wow… there are so many to choose from, but the best was getting a 2nd chance in life… once we had it all, then lost everything and ended up homeless for a couple of years… took some time, but we are slowly getting back on our feet. We have jobs, a home (rented), food and a life… now we are returning the favor by helping others by renting rooms in our home for those who need help and a 2nd chance too. Best gift we could ever get.

  • Tamara Kubiak

    The ability to choose from the seemingly endless options available each and every day to enhance my life and share my successes and failures with others so they may do the same

  • Ashley

    The most heart-felt gift I ever received was my engagement ring and the unique little pear wood box it came in. My partner had my ring custom made by an Etsy seller who fashioned rose gold to resemble the buds of a sprig of lavender. The box it came in – what I refer to as the special fairy box – was custom crafted by another Etsy seller out of reclaimed pear wood. It opened up like a little storybook, and was engraved with leaves and a special request :-) I consider these items to be my favorite gifts because when they were given to me, I realized how well my partner knew and loved me. I couldn’t have envisioned a more perfect gift for myself, even if I had been asked to do so.

  • Nerdz Rage

    The best gift I have ever received was my best friends. Who have been my family which up until I met my friends I was lacking. They have supported and helped me though so many hard times too may to count.

  • Isabel C

    The best
    gift I’ve been given is my son. And he was given to me twice. They told me that
    I couldn’t get pregnant, than I became pregnant to the perfect time.

    My
    boyfriend didn’t want to have kids, so I had to decide, my boyfriend or the
    baby.

    This was
    the easiest decision ever.

    But the night of his birth was the best night and the following day the worst
    day in my life.

    At the early morning they found out that he was born with a congenital heart
    defect. They told me that everything will be ok if he gets a surgery.

    But in this
    situation you cannot believe them. You hope, but you cannot believe…

    Every day I was standing at his bed and at night I was pumping milk, calling
    the intensive care unit to ask for him and I was crying.

    The feelings inside me have been like more than ~ x the worst lovesickness you
    can imagine.

    I never
    felt something like this before. I was thinking about the few hours after his
    birth, the few hours I could hold him in my arms. Should this be the only time
    we would have together?

    After three days they told me that they will section me to the women’s hospital
    if I’m not willing to rest 2-3 hours a day. I had a beginning intoxication
    after birth.

    Than at day six my son got his 10 hour surgery.

    They told
    me that we would have to stay at the hospital for more than six weeks, but he
    was getting better so fast that we could leave the hospital at the day as he
    was three weeks old. This was the day as he was given to me the second time.

    Now he is five years old and allowed to stay away from his controlling
    cardiologist for one and a half years. He can live a 99% normal life.

    He is the best gift I’ve been given, and I’m thankful for him every day, even
    if it is really hard to be single and nearly 100% working mum. I love
    him more than my life.

  • Isabel C

    The best
    gift I’ve been given is my son. And he was given to me twice. They told me that
    I couldn’t get pregnant, than I became pregnant to the perfect time.

    My
    boyfriend didn’t want to have kids, so I had to decide, my boyfriend or the
    baby.

    This was
    the easiest decision ever.

    But the night of his birth was the best night and the following day the worst
    day in my life.

    At the early morning they found out that he was born with a congenital heart
    defect. They told me that everything will be ok if he gets a surgery.

    But in this
    situation you cannot believe them. You hope, but you cannot believe…

    Every day I was standing at his bed and at night I was pumping milk, calling
    the intensive care unit to ask for him and I was crying.

    The feelings inside me have been like more than ~ x the worst lovesickness you
    can imagine.

    I never
    felt something like this before. I was thinking about the few hours after his
    birth, the few hours I could hold him in my arms. Should this be the only time
    we would have together?

    After three days they told me that they will section me to the women’s hospital
    if I’m not willing to rest 2-3 hours a day. I had a beginning intoxication
    after birth.

    Than at day six my son got his 10 hour surgery.

    They told
    me that we would have to stay at the hospital for more than six weeks, but he
    was getting better so fast that we could leave the hospital at the day as he
    was three weeks old. This was the day as he was given to me the second time.

    Now he is five years old and allowed to stay away from his controlling
    cardiologist for one and a half years. He can live a 99% normal life.

    He is the best gift I’ve been given, and I’m thankful for him every day, even
    if it is really hard to be single and nearly 100% working mum. I love
    him more than my life.

  • skinnybetch

    My best gift? A used guitar. It was my first Christmas with my partner. She wasn’t making much money, but she wanted to get me something I wanted but she knew I would never get myself. She wanted me to be able sing with my students.

  • Hannah Sharp Walker

    The best gift I ever received was the grace and support of my husband as I battled (and continue to battle) an eating disorder. But if I had to pick a physical gift, my grandmother gave me a blanket which was crocheted by my great grandmother. They are a family tradition and it was the best wedding present we got!

  • lauraaragon

    The best gift ever was a homemade card from my daughter with pictures of my dogs. I hope to win this gift for her, she’s such a blessing.

  • Aurora Parlin

    The best gift I’ve ever recieved was a CD my now fiancee gave me of her singing love songs when we first started dating. It was such a sweet gift and I will treasure it always!

  • Sheri Magnuson Unruh

    The greatest gift for me was being able to be with my mom (along with my brother and sister) the last two days of her life. My sister had put all of our home movies, circa 1967-1975, on dvd. She brought them with her when my brother called us and told us to get to the hospital asap that it would be any day….the three of us kids sat with my mom who was not conscious at all, and watched those movies and laughed and cried…I know my mother knows we were there and could hear our laughs and our cries…and felt us holding her hand and telling her we loved her as she took her last breath.

  • Allison Jones

    The best gift I’ve received is my bike. My boyfriend found all the parts (except the brakes) off old bikes in junkyards and put it together for me as a random surprise!

  • Aaryn

    The best gift I ever received was the gift of…veganism! Truly, it was a gift. Living as a minor with my parents when I became vegan, it was an incredible gift that my parents gave me, to be supportive of me through this journey, even when they didn’t quite understand. It has taught me so much. I’ve been vegan for three and a half years now and it has been the best gift I could ever have asked for. It has taught me how to have love and compassion, not only for animals, for the earth, and for my fellow human beings, but also to have love and compassion for myself. On my bad days, I know that I can sit and reflect on what it means to be vegan, what it means to live with as much kindness and compassion and love as is possible, and I know that as long as I listen to my inner truth and return time and time again to the very principles that led me to veganism, everything will be okay. To me, that is the greatest gift of all.

  • Erin Draper

    The best gift besides my family of course it my wedding ring. It was given to me by my husband’s mother this year before our wedding. It was very special to her as it was her wedding ring over the years and it was made from diamonds that belonged to her mother. It is so special and meaningful to me now and I will treasure it always and someday pass it on to my daughter.

  • Sheri Magnuson Unruh

    Let me try this again :) The greatest gift for me was being able to be with my mom (along with my brother and sister) the last two days of her life. My sister had put all of our old home movies on dvd, and when my brother called us from Houston and told us to come asap, that it would be any day, she brought them with us. So for those last two days we sat together in her hospital room and watched the old movies and laughed and cried… she was not conscious at all but I know in my heart she knew we were there and she heard us remembering so many memories, and I know she could feel us holding her hand and telling her how much we loved her.

  • Elliott Fisher

    My family’s my best gift because our love keeps on renewing.

  • Anna

    The absolute best gift I have ever received would be the gift of forgiveness.

  • rebecca macivor

    The best gift I ever received was my dog. He was a surprise birthday gift during a time of really big scary changes in my life. He gave me everything to live for and is the best friend I’ve ever known.

  • Beth

    The Gift of Life by God! <3

  • Simona Cat

    A beautiful vegetarian cookbook by my boufriend when i told him i was considering going vegan. I absolutely loved it and knowing that he supported me!

  • Leslie Linder

    I think the best gift I ever received was a paid vacation to salem, Mass., where I love to go. It was so fun to have that whole week all to myself and I never would have done it if the hotel hadn’t been a gift. :)

  • Tina

    The best gift I ever received would be my husband. He has given me the fairy tale life I always imagined as a little girl, not to mention 4 beautiful little girls.

  • Megan Sanchez

    Better then anything I’ve every received on Christmas or my birthday was the gift of having my two little girls. I felt lost for awhile before they were born. Not only was I completely knocked off of my feet by how much I wanted to give them and be there for them. How absolutely stunned at the amazing thing my husband and I had made but I wanted to be the best me for them. I wanted to show them what it looks like to be 100% you all the time and that life is good, people are good and they are the most precious things in all the world. Coco and Clementine were the best gifts I’ve ever received. Thanks for the giveaway Alicia! XO Meg

  • alicia

    I gave myself the permission to be myself and celebrate my imperfections. I feel great about just being because I am here in this moment enjoying the simplicity and beauty of life. Truly has been the best gift ever:)

  • Beth

    Gift of life By God! <3

  • KaleFueled Yogi

    Hi Alicia!
    The best gift I’ve ever received is my wonderful vegan baby boy! I just finished listening to your lecture with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and i was blown away by how happy and healthy and beautiful you are! Your Bear sounds just like my little Kayden. :) I am very excited about your book you discussed! I want to thank you for taking time in your beautiful life to share all these truths with the people of the world! With thats said, my second greatest gift so far has been finding my true path. I am so grateful for everything this crazy universe we all share has to offer. :) Maybe ill get super lucky and win some of your comfy cozy eco gear! ;)

  • Kerina Lim

    Freedom is given, I just had to realise this gift. For a very long time, I felt trapped in my body, mind and soul. I felt like nothing I did was up to “my” standards and I was always preaching freedom like it is something that I need to attain. Truth is, all I had to do was to let go of my preconceptions on freedom and just feel it. I feel free through food, and it led me to you to learn much more, Alicia. Thank you!

  • Julie S

    The BEST gift I have ever received would clearly have to be my 4 children…. They are my reason for working as hard as I do, and living a “cleaner,greener” life. I also and tremendously thankful for my husband who is the best- ever!!!!

  • Lisa

    The best gift… My two new alaskan klee kai pups! Love them.

  • Tina Martinez

    The best gift I have ever received was a pair of wooden spoons for a family Christmas gift exchange that my brother in law gave me. He carved the spoons out of pieces of wood he found when he was camping in the woods (part of his job). They are beautiful, one of a kind pieces crafted with love! My kind of gift!

  • Mary

    The best gift I ever received was a boxed set of all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. That sounds really shallow but my husband knew how much I loved the show and heard me lamenting about Netflix not having it available so he went out and bought it for me :)

  • Lesley

    There are so many wonderful things I have received in my life. I have a wonderful husband, an amazing baby boy, and a career I adore (teaching pre-school.). I thought a lot about this question and I think the best gift is choice. I live in a place where I can choose who I marry, where I can work and when to have children. I can also choose my own lifestyle. My environmentally conscious way of life is supported by my community!

  • Sarah Cotter

    The best gift was a poem that one of the fourth graders wrote for me when I left the school

  • Kiran Berrien Lawrence

    On the day I was born my father, a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, went
    home and wrote a poem. It was packed away when we returned to the
    states (when I was a few months old) and never really mentioned again.
    For my 40th birthday my parents had that poem framed for me and now it
    hangs in my family room. That was by far the best gift that I have ever
    received.

  • Cara

    The Best gift I ever have been given is a hand made quilt . My girlfriend worked on it for a year and put a lot of love into it. She gave it to me on my birthday before she moved to Oklahoma . Now she made a baby quilt as a gift for my new grand daughter to be born in December. I love the Quilts and use them often.

  • Jen Henderson

    “The Kind Diet” is the very best gift I have ever been given! It lead me to find my new life direction and I couldn’t be happier! It vastly improved my health physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The best gift anyone could give someone they love and care about!

  • Stephanie Vargas, MD

    The best gift I have ever received is more time with my grandmother. She is so close to my heart. She battled breast cancer and won!