Wondering what vegan gifts to get your vegan friend/mum/boyfriend? Here are more than 101 ideas for vegan gifts for the vegan(s) in your life, whether they're a foodie, traveller, chef, sports enthusiast, fashionista or techie. I've even put together some suggestions if you're buying for their kids or dogs and cats! (And if you're not sure what their interest areas are, I have some suggestions for any vegan out there.) Just click on the links below to be taken to the section for that interest area.
Vegan gift giving needn't be complicated, but it can be. Especially if you know and love a vegan but aren't sure what to get them or even 100% certain what is and isn't vegan. Vegan gift giving can be fraught because so many seemingly innocuous products aren't vegan -- like that shower gel you always used to buy Anton before he went vegan, or the sweater you found that would be perfect for Susie, except it contains silk.
Makeup that has been tested on animals or that contains non-vegan ingredients (frequently used non-vegan ingredients include lanolin, beeswax and carmine)
Bath and body products that have been tested on animals or that contain non-vegan ingredients
Clothes made out of fur, leather, wool or silk
Coats or bedding made with down or feathers
Jewellery made with leather, feathers or pearls
Homewares made with bone china
Candles or other items made with beeswax or other bee products
Non-vegan wine, champagne, beer or cider - that's right, some alcohols aren't vegan assome brands are filtered through egg whites or fishbladder. Find out which ones are vegan on Barnivore.
Help! I'm a vegan and I don't want to get non-vegan gifts!
On the other side of the coin, if you're vegan it can be incredibly awkward to receive presents that aren't vegan. We all want vegan presents that we can appreciate and use, so take the time to educate your friends and family about what is and isn't vegan prior to the holidays or your birthday, or give them some suggestions of what you'd like to receive (by forwarding this list, for example!).
No matter whether the vegan in your life is a food lover, an avid fitness enthusiast, a travel lover or fashionista, you'll find vegan gift ideas for them here. Click on the menu items below to jump down to the vegan gift category for each interest area.
I'm slightly obsessed with my Magimix Blender (£159.99, UK) and have even taken it around the world with me. It's durable, with a heavy duty glass jug, and blends smoothies and crushes ice to perfection. If you're flush with cash, go all-out and gift your vegan with one of the two blenders most widely regarded as the best in the world: Vitamix($573.95, US) or Blendtec ($279.95, US).
This cute little 900ml Cuisinart mini food prep processor is one of my favourite kitchen implements. It's only £39.99 right now on Amazon UK and it's perfect for making sauces, pesto and cashew cheese - plus it's small so fits perfectly on your counter.
For the serious cook who needs a big food processor, I'd recommend this 14-cup Cuisinart, $149.98 (Amazon US). Cuisinart make fantastic food processors that last for years -- my parents have had theirs almost as long as they've had me!
Cast iron frying pan
I love cast iron, because it's relatively inexpensive, incredibly durable (these things have been passed down through families for 100 years!), work on any cooking surface including campfires, can go directly from stove to oven, are naturally non-stick, add iron to your food (nutrition!) and most importantly can double as a weapon of self-defence if an intruder breaks into your house.
Ice cream maker Your gift recipient might have to save this one for summer (unless you live in Hawaii!) but making your own vegan ice cream is pretty exciting. I love my Cuisinart ice cream maker and think it's the best in its price range. The 2-quart automatic ice cream maker is $69.99 on Amazon US or £58.49 on Amazon UK.
Or, for the UK-based baker, you can get this vegan apron (£9.95).
Anyone into vegan baking will have heard of (and possibly experimented with) aquafaba, the water from a chickpea tin, which somehow miraculously whips up into meringues and can be used as an egg white replacer. The new cookbook, Aquafaba ($12.76), by Zsu Dever, is a perfect choice for the vegan baker.
For the raw vegan chef A spiralizer is a must for anyone who loves vegetable pasta ($28.70). (Or £16.95 on Amazon UK) A dehydrator for making kale chips or other vegetable chips is also an excellent present - this one is $99.95 and made to fit on the countertop. This dehydrator from Amazon UK is £43.50 and has a digital temperature control and timer. Finally, a salad spinner ($29.98) might seem like a strange present but for anyone who loves eating fresh salads frequently, they're a huge help. (Only get this for someone who you're sure would appreciate it!)
To go with the spiralizer: Nourishing Noodles ($14.71), a cookbook with 100 recipes for spiralized vegetable noodles, makes a perfect companion.
Set of knives
Although they might not be preparing meat, any chef would love a good set of knives. Chopping tough veg like squash can be really difficult - and even dangerous! - with subpar knives. This 18-piece knife set is $94.84 and has excellent reviews.
For entry-level in the UK, I really like this 5-piece knife set (£29.95). If you really want to push the boat out, I've heard good things about Zwilling knives, and this 10-piece set for £316.55 is comprehensive.
Pick up a ravioli cutter for $7.99 to go along with the pasta maker or instead of one (as long as the aspiring pasta maker in your life owns a rolling pin they can still make great vegan ravioli with a ravioli cutter and a rolling pin). In the UK, you can grab a ravioli cutter for £5.99.
Ah, the cookbook. A firm favourite of vegan gift-giving, I've received many vegan cookbooks over the years. These are always a good bet for vegan cooks. These are the best of 2016.
The Homemade Vegan Pantry ($14.32): OK, so I'm cheating slightly as this book came out last year, but this makes an excellent present for any vegan who loves cooking and wants to learn how to make more of their own pantry staples. I love this book, especially the recipe for vegan butter. (UK price: £15.90)
Aquafaba ($12.76): Since aquafaba, or bean water, burst into the vegan scene just a few years ago, amateur chefs and foodies have been discovering all the ways it can be used to replace egg whites in baking. This new cookbook (the first ever on aquafaba!) shows the trendsetting vegan how to use aquafaba. (Available for £15.99 in the UK)
Selection of salts
Salt might just be salt to you, but to a foodie there are a million different kinds of salts. A great starter selection of different salts comes in the form of this $14.99 selection from Sea Salt Shack, which has Himalayan pink salt, French grey sea salt, Red Alaea Hawaiian salt and Black lava Hawaiian salt.
Dried limes are also predicted to big a food trend next year, and you can get 75g for £1.59 from Medbury & Appleton.
Personalized guidebook Foodies love to eat on their travels (I ought to know!). Give your foodie the gift of excellent food on their next trip. We'll find the very best vegan options in their destination and put them together in a personalized vegan guidebook. We even use a unique ranking methodology to create a ranked list of the best vegan restaurants using an aggregate score across a number of different review and ratings sites and sentiment analysis of blogs and articles. Because they'll want to eat the very best of the best. We'll also include a list where to find vegan versions of local delicacies!
Superfoods and other health foods
For the healthy vegan foodie, you can't beat a selection of superfoods and supplements. Bonus! Baobab, lucuma and moringa are all predicted to be food trends in 2017.
Get your vegan foodie the gift of cheese - vegan cheese, that is! While a lot of vegan cheeses have a reputation for tasting and feeling like plastic, in recent years a whole slew of amazing artisan vegan cheeses have sprung up, leaving their industrial plasticky counterparts in the dust. These new cheese are usually made from nuts and often aged in a way similar to cheese.
In the US, try Miyoko's Kitchen artisan cheeses, which make cashew-based cheeses out of California. If you're in Switzerland, or don't mind the postage, New Roots do a vegan camembert that looks out of this world in the photos (though, with £18 in postage to London, I haven't been able to sample it so can't speak to how it tastes!). For those of you in Germany, or again those who are willing to cough up the postal fees, Happy Cheeze do nut-based cheeses that have garnered good reviews (though again, thanks to postage fees, I haven't had the chance to sample any!).
Chocolates & Snacks
A perfect vegan gift for someone with a sweet tooth, Vegan Town (a UK-based vegan chocolate company - yes, that's right, they specialise in vegan chocolates!!) offers a fantastic chocolate surprise box. It comes with a variety of different chocolates and sweets to satisfy every dessert lover. They come in two sizes - standard for £20 (which usually contains 10-14 different treats) or extra large (20-28 different chocolates and sweets) for £40. Mine came with a huge range of both old favourites (like mini moo bunycomb and a Go Max Go bar) and new-to-me chocolates (like chocolate covered honeycomb bites). Plus the box itself was fun to open, as it was filled with small truffles, creme eggs and heart-shaped chocolates hidden throughout the packing material.
If you're in the US, Little Secrets make the most amazing looking vegan M&Ms. They look light years better than M&Ms, in fact, with delicious twists on classic flavours. Several of their candies are dairy-free, like sea salted peanut, peppermint, and raspberry. Just double check ingredients as some, like coconut, peanut butter and pumpkin pie, contain dairy! Here's where to buy.
Because nobody should have to eat undressed salad leaves on their vacation. Get your vegan travel lover the perfect gift; a vegan guidebook! Choose from a city guidebook for their next trip, or The Essential Vegan Travel Guide (just $14.95), a DIY guide showing how to plan a stress-free, meat-free trip. Or if you really want to treat your vegan traveler, buy them a premium personalized guidebook. A personalized vegan guidebook ($325) makes a perfect vegan gift for the traveler so they can kick back and relax before their next trip, without having to do any research. They just need to tell us their destination and requirements and we'll write them their very own guidebook.
A vegan travel memoir Vegan travel lovers can indulge their desire for armchair travel with this memoir by Kristin Lajeunesse of Will Travel for Vegan Food. It recounts her tale of quitting her job to travel the country and break free, while visiting over 500 restaurants in 48 states. ($19.95 on Amazon, or £14.96 on Amazon UK)
A vegan guidebook showing you how to do away with guidebooks When I set out to write The Essential Vegan Travel Guide, I wanted to do the opposite of most guidebooks. Instead of listing restaurants, I show vegan travelers how to make their own list of vegan restaurants and vegan-friendly accommodation, social events and more, wherever they end up in the world. Think of it as the anti-guidebook, this is for the DIY-ers. ($14.95 on Amazon, £9.95 on Amazon UK)
These handy little pocket-sized guides, put together by the Vegan Society, only cost £4.95 and contain an explanation of vegan food and ask for vegan food to be prepared for the passport holder. Now in 79 languages (covering 96% of the world's population), an intrepid vegan traveler can just pop a book in their bag and whip it out at any restaurant if they don't speak the local language.
Packing cubes may not sound like the most exciting vegan gift out there, but those who use these swear by them. I can't go on a trip without! They keep your clothes separated and handily compress them, meaning you can fit more in your rucksack. The Eagle Creek 3-piece set of cubes is what I use and love ($27.95).
Vegan travel clothes
Some travelers swear by travel clothes, which are clothes specifically made for travel, because they dry quickly, are wrinkle-free or are great for warmth. However, vegans beware because many clothes marketed as "travel clothes" contain silk or wool! If you want to get a vegan gift that will delight your vegan travel lover, then steer clear of these and opt instead for items like this wrinkle-resistant layering tank top ($38) or these antimicrobial cushioned socks, which are also compression socks meaning they're great for the plane ($30).
Portable cutlery Portable cutlery is any traveler's best friend, especially the vegan traveler who likes to cook in Airbnbs and holiday apartments. This 4-piece cutlery set for $14.95 comes with a knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks and also a carrying case. This 3-piece stainless steel set is £7.45 on Amazon UK.
Vegan tour If you really want to treat your vegan, gift them with a place on a vegan trip. Vegan River Cruises and Fat Gay Vegan have teamed up again this year to offer a New Year's river cruise from Amsterdam through the winter scenery of Holland and Belgium, from the 29th of December to the 1st of January. (From $1065/£735)
BPA-free water bottle with a built-in filter Fitness enthusiasts always need water bottles for their workouts, so a BPA-free Bobble water bottle with a charcoal filter would make a great vegan gift for the sporty vegan. Get an 18.5-ounce bottle for $5.99 -- plus they come in a range of colours. For an extra touch, gift them with some replacement filters along with the bottle (2-pack for $4.99).
Vibram five fingers shoes
These toe shoes are favoured by many fitness enthusiasts because they're allegedly closer to natural barefoot walking/running than other running shoes, and improve your posture to boot (boot! haha). Most (though not all) of the Vibram range is leather-free and vegan. Some models have a leather/hemp sole, but most are rubber. This cross-training pair starts at $63.80 and is leather-free, making it a perfect vegan gift for a runner who likes running in Vibrams. (On Amazon UK, you can grab a pair from £51.99)
Matt & Nat handbag or wallet Matt & Nat are the (non dairy) creme de la creme of vegan bags and wallets. They make beautiful and durable designer vegan goods. Many are lined with recycled materials too. They really do last - I've had my wallet for over 5 years! A perfect gift for the vegan fashionista. Wallets starting at $30.
Cri de Coeur or Beyond Skin shoes
My favourite vegan shoe brands, Cri de Coeur and Beyond Skin make beautiful and long-lasting vegan shoes. Cri de Coeur shoes feel like walking on air! Beyond Skin come with adorable stamps on the bottom that say "Genuinely Not Leather". For men's shoes, my favourite brand is Wills.
A lot of high-quality ties are made out of silk, and while you can find non-silk ties they're often not the best quality. Luckily, Jaan J. make beautiful luxury satin ties (from $35.50) that are vegan.
A beautiful winter coat Vaute Couture makes gorgeous, warm and most importantly long-lasting vegan coats. The first vegan designer coat company, Vaute now also do a whole range of clothes, swimsuits and accessories. I've written before about how much I love my Vaute coat (I've since acquired a second extra-warm Vaute coat that I wear in winter, and my first one is my spring/autumn coat!). I've owned it for half a dozen years and it's been to more than a dozen countries with me and still holding up strong! All Vaute coats are made in NYC. My personal favourite at the moment is the Emily Future in Cherry (above), currently on pre-order for 25% off ($371.50). Mainly because I miss the red coat I had for years which made me feel like Little Red Riding Hood, and which allowed me to dress up for Halloween as Little Dead Riding Hood. Like basically every day I miss my read coat.
(P.S. If anyone's reading this and wants to buy me that red coat feel free :P)
Vegan t-shirt Another great vegan gift for the fahionista is a vegan t-shirt. Gone are the days of functional tees, I've seen so many cute vegan t-shirts recently. Vaute make super-cute vegan tees and sweatshirts. V Apparel are also a great option; their organic and fair trade tees are made in the US. In Europe, Bazaar de Luxe is a new Belgian brand I came across at VegFest London. Their tees and tank tops are packaged in recycled or reused materials.
Eco-friendly sunglasses Velo (from €100) make the perfect vegan gift for the fashionista. Cute, eco-friendly and vegan (leather and animal glue-free) sunglasses made in Greece of materials from Italy, France or Greece, with a portion of profits being donated to animal charities.
Vegan eyeshadow palette The Serpentina eyeshadow palette from Kat Von D is vegan and was so popular it sold out on most sites within a few weeks of launch, but is still available on Amazon (in limited quantities). $69.99 on Amazon (£66.99 on Amazon UK).
This cool mint lemonade salt body scrub (on sale right now for $7.77, normally $20) from Giovanni probably smells mind-blowingly amazing if their other products are anything to go by. Or you could make your own 3-ingredient coffee sugar scrub and pop it into a pretty jar with a ribbon for a fantastic homemade present; trust me, this stuff is MAGIC.
Spa pass There's nothing more indulgent and perfect (vegan) gift material than a pass to a (vegan) spa. Lush have spas in NYC, Philadelphia, Bath, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh and London, and after a particularly heavenly birthday present one year, I can highly recommend them. The synaesthesia massage (£125), based on the condition of synaethesia, where one sense is experienced as another (for example, hearing a musical note might conjure up a specific colour), sounds especially appealing. The massage experience was developed by synaesthetes.
Also in London, a new spa and club, Bhuti, has opened in Richmond recently with an all-vegan kitchen and tea room and what looks like mostly (possibly all?) vegan treatments (can't tell you more as they haven't been very responsive to my emails!), plus yoga and pilates classes. Spa packages include 90 minutes of treatment (£110), 2 hours of treatment for £155 (includes vegan tea and cake in the tea room) or 4 hours for £300 (which includes unlimited treatments and classes, lunch and tea and cake).
Hurraw lip balm
When it comes to vegan lip balm, there's only one brand (not literally, I mean in my heart), and that's Hurraw. All-vegan, raw, organic and fair trade. My favourite is Black Cherry (£5.18), which has a slight red tint, although they all smell amazing. This 3-pack of black cherry, cinnamon and grapefruit ($13.94) looks like a perfect vegan gift.
Men's shaving brush
For reasons unbeknownst to everyone, including me (I think it was one of those internet rabbit hole-type situations) I spent some time awhile back reading about men's shaving brushes and soaps. From what I read, it seems that using a shaving brush is a good experience and possibly easier on sensitive skin than not bothering with a brush. Many shaving brushes aren't vegan (they're made with bristles), but this synthetic brush from the Body Shop ($12) is vegan and has great reviews. Obviously never having shaved my face I can't confirm, but people on the internet seem to like it a lot. (£7 at the Body Shop UK)
Beauty or Makeup Box
Beauty lovers will rejoice at the sight of a monthly box of vegan products allowing them to discover new brands and experiment. Vegan Cuts offer a beauty box with 4-7 products for $18.50 a month. Vegan Cuts also do a makeup box, which ships every 3 months so that vegan beauty lovers can stay up to trend with the season's styles, for $39.95 per quarter.
In the UK, The Vegan Kind sell a beauty box for £15, and in Australia The Vegan Box ships every 2 months with 5 - 8 new beauty products ($49.95 every 2 months)
Billed as the world's first ethical smartphone, the Fairphone has a transparent supply chain and is made with conflict-free minerals and recycled materials in fair working conditions. The Fairphone 2 (€523) is now available for preorder.
Vegan leather iPhone wallet
This vegan leather wallet ($34.99, on sale now from $64.95) has space for an iPhone (6, 6+, 7 or 7+) plus money or cards plus has RFID theft protection and an easy-to-open clasp.
Eco-friendly personalized phone cover
This Etsy shop in California, iMakeTheCase, makes customized iPhone covers out of eco-friendly bamboo. Or you can choose from premade designs ($20).
Vegan leather Kindle cover
I love my Kindle cover by rooCASE - it's really durable and easy to use. When I open and shut the cover it automatically turns the Kindle on and off. Their latest version for Kindle Fire also turns into a stand and is currently on sale for $12.95 (normally $39.99).
Children's clothes, just like adult clothing, might contain wool, cashmere, silk, fur, felt, mohair or leather, making it not vegan. Sense Organics offer a beautiful range of durable baby and children's clothing made from organic and fair trade cotton. Sense also have a vegan skincare range for babies.
Hanna Andersson make long-lasting children's clothes that can be passed down. Their products are known for being super-soft and seam-free for sensitive little ones' skin (I know because I was a child that complained of scratchy clothes a lot and Hanna Andersson tights were the only ones I would wear!). They also have some organic cotton clothes too.
Who would have thought crayons might not be vegan? Some brands are made with beeswax and some with beef tallow, but these plastic crayons from Melissa & Doug (24-pack for $5.99) are completely vegan, and apparently the shape makes them easier for little fingers to grasp. Get them on Amazon UK for £4.99. Or, make your own crayons as a great vegan gift (make sure to use soy wax!).
Veggie Sidewalk Chalk
We can too make vegan sidewalk chalk made out of veggies that's even safe to eat! $11.99 for a pack.
Homemade play dough
It turns out play dough is easy to make - and safe to eat if made following this recipe, which uses just flour, cream of tartar, salt, olive oil, water and vegetables or fruit for dyes.
These "dental d'light" chewies are my dog's favourite treat. Low-fat, high-protein and vegan, they're good for dogs' teeth and small enough to be used as a reward (depending on the size of the dog, I cut mine into smallish pieces for my 5kg furry friend). £1.99 per pack.
Great for dogs who love to chew, these "bones" are completely meat- and cruelty-free and made of rice! My dog absolutely adores them -- though be warned, they can be a little messy. And always keep your eye on the dog while they're chewing anything destructible like this in case of choking. Though they're much safer than bones (which aren't vegan anyway!), which should never be given to a dog because they can splinter and cause choking. £1.85 per 2-pack. (Or, get this similar product for $18.99 for a 10-pack)
Handmade vegan dog biscuits
I brought a pack of the peanut butter and cinnamon dog biscuits from Lincoln's Lunchbox back from VegFest in March, and my puppy loved them (see photographic evidence above). They're £2.99 for a bag and they do a range of other flavours too. Just a word of caution though - as tasty as your pup might find them, they don't taste good to humans (or at least not to this one!).
Plush dog toy
Some dogs love plush toys while others couldn't care less. If the dog you're buying a present for is a stuffed toy fan, then they'll love these. I really want this fuzzy sheep (£3.99) mainly because my dog looks a bit like a sheep. (Sometimes I think he secretly is one, deep down.)
The adorable bird pictured above is an organic cotton knit squeaky toy is just $9.50 and would also make an excellent vegan gift.
This candy-cane toy is stuffed with organic catnip ($13.99). Available on Amazon UK is this cute lady bug (£3.99) stuffed with organic catnip and only coloured using vegetable and soy-based colourings.
Wooden cat toy
I don't know much about cats but my friend's cat, who's not very playful, refuses to play with most cat toys (even catnip!), apart from those little plastic balls filled with bells. She loves chasing them! This wooden ball is a great alternative to plastic ones and is just $5.48.
Donation to a local animal sanctuary
Not sure what to get your vegan friend? Make a donation in their name to a local animal sanctuary, or better yet make a donation and take them on a trip there. Animal sanctuaries offer refuges for farmed (and non-farmed) animals rescued from horrific conditions, and more and more are opening each day, so you can likely find one in your area. Google "animal sanctuary near me", and Google should show you a list and even map. It's best to call or email the sanctuary and check it's a vegan sanctuary.
Vegan guidebook for their next trip Whether they're traveling for business, on a big trip, going on their honeymoon or just headed off on a weekend away, this is the perfect vegan gift for the vegan in your life. Choose from the full range of The Vegan Word guidebooks; a city guidebook, The Essential Vegan Travel Guide (which will show them how to plan a stress-free, meat-free trip absolutely anywhere in the world) or if you really want to go out, a personalized guidebook. Gift a personalized guidebook ($325) and the vegan in your life can choose when they want to get a guide written just for them. We'll do all the work for them and send them their very own personalized vegan guidebook to a destination of their choice - made just for them.
Clothing like t-shirts can be tricky to buy if you're not sure of someone's size, but pins fit everyone! Get this set of 3 for $3.99.
Vegan candles Some candles aren't vegan as they're made with beeswax, but soy candles are fairly easy to come by these days. Harper's Bizarre make a huge range of vegan candles and their Christmas scents smell AMAZING so I'm pretty sure the others must as well. (£8 each or 3 candles for £20)
A great vegan gift for anyone, get the vegan in your life a subscription to a vegan magazine such as firm favourite VegNews ($20 per year or $36 for two) or UK-based Vegan Food & Living, who are offering 50% off right now (£17.95 per 6 months, or £35.90 a year).
If you're going to a vegan's house, you'll want a vegan gift to give the host and hostess. Keep in mind that some beers, wines and ciders (and occasionally spirits) aren't vegan, so check Barnivore to find out what's vegan. Or order from Vintage Roots, who do a good range of vegan wines and other alcohols and label all vegan products. They also do gifts - for example this organic white (£8.75) would make a great present and you can even get a wooden gift box (£4.50) to go with it.
Chocolates are another classic gift for your host/hostess and a box of Booja Booja truffles never goes amiss (104g box for $12.99). (Or, on Amazon UK, a 2-pack of hazelnut truffles for £14)
Hope you've found this guide helpful! What started out as a short(ish) guide morphed into 160 vegan gift ideas and over 6,000 words! It was a huge amount of work (over 40 hours!) but lots of fun. :)
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