Amazing Vegan Gifts for a Compassionate Christmas
Hello my lovely, how are you today? I can’t believe it’s that time of year again already, but yes, Christmas 2018 is nearly upon us. If it’s your first vegan Christmas, don’t panic! Whether you want to give vegan gifts to your loved ones or are looking for ideas for yourself, there are so many ethical choices available nowadays. You just have to know where to look. Thankfully, your girl has done all that pesky searching work for you. Today, I’m going to be sharing the best vegan gifts for the plant-based babe in your life (did I mention it’s totally cool if that’s you?). I’ve included low-cost ethical presents as well as luxury vegan gifts so there are options for whatever budget you’re working with. You’ll find the best vegan cookbooks of the year in this guide, gorgeous cruelty-free beauty & home ideas and well, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a big ole’ box of chocolate, would it?!
What not to buy a vegan for Christmas
Firstly, let’s start by talking about what not to buy a vegan at Christmas. This might seem obvious, but every year there’s at least 1 thing I give or receive that I’ve just assumed is vegan, only to discover that it actually contains lanolin (wax secreted from wool-bearing animals) or cochineal (acid extracted from insects). DIY Gingerbread Houses are particularly bad for this! Double check everything with an ingredient’s list when it comes to food, just to be on the safe side. Many alcoholic drinks, particularly wine and beer, are processed or refined with animal derived ingredients like isinglass (fish bladders *quietly heaves*). Take a look at the Vegetarian & Vegan Society’s approved drinks list here to be certain your bottle of bubbly is ethical. Beauty products and make-up are also often made with non-vegan products like beeswax and lanolin. Shoes, clothes and accessories made from leather, suede or wool should be avoided when buying vegan gifts too. Finally, steer clear of bedding and blankets containing down, other types of feathers and real fur. Now that the boring bit is out the way, let’s get on with the fun bit – presents!
Vegan Gifts for Christmas under £10
Sponsor a rescue animal until they find their forever home with the Blue Cross – from £3
When you sponsor an animal with the Blue Cross, you’ll receive a certificate and monthly updates on how they’re getting on. This is one of my favorite ideas on the list because you can choose from so many different animals. Just don’t get carried away and sponsor all of them…
Gaz Oakley – Vegan Christmas – Check Amazon for latest prices
The author and chef behind Avant Garde Vegan has bought a cookbook especially for the festive season and it’s full of delicious plant-based recipes for every meal of the holidays. I’m particularly excited for vegan pigs in blankets!
© Lush UK
Lush Cosmetics – Sweet Christmas Gift – £9.95
This fabulous little gift box contains a Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb and a Candy Cane bubble bar and would make a perfect Secret Santa present.
Vegan Gifts for Christmas under £20
Vegan Bunny – Lavender Soy Candle £12
Vegan Bunny recently won Peta’s Vegan Candle of the Year and it’s no surprise. This lavender soy candle has a relaxing, dreamy scent and is perfect for long relaxing baths and bedtime.
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Plant Faced Clothing – Plant Faced Beanie in Marle Grey £19
Keeps your head warm without stealing any poor souls fur coat. It’s also lovely and soft.
Nikki Leffer and Zuzana Fajkusova – Vegan Weight Loss Manifesto – Check amazon for latest prices
This cookbook is a great find for anyone looking to get involved in Veganuary in 2019. Nikki and Zuzana from activevegetarian.com make planning and preparing for a healthy weight loss on a vegan diet easy and accessible. You get access to an online community too which is great for accountability.
Vegan Gifts for Christmas under £50
Hotel Chocolat – All Dark Vegan Chocolate Hamper – Check Amazon for latest prices
It really wouldn’t be Christmas without outrageous quantities of chocolate and this big ole’ box of goodies should fit the bill perfectly. This delicious hamper includes dark chocolate ginger puddles and an 80% Dark Fruit & Nut Slab. I’m salivating just thinking about it.
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The Little Beauty Parcel – The Vegan Beauty Edit £40
For the plant-based beauty babe in your life this is the perfect gift. It’s presented beautifully and features pocket-sized products from Cowshed and Elemis, as well as a full size Charcoal Soap from Sister & Co Skin Food.
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Vegan Snack Attack Box – Planet Organic £50
This selection box of organic and vegan goodies includes healthy sweet treat’s like Bounce’s vitality balls and Raw Millionaire’s Shortbread Bites from Livia’s Kitchen. There’s also delicious savories like Hippeas & Love Corn so there’s a snack for whatever you fancy.
Vegan Gifts for Christmas under £100
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Zara Home – Plain Weave Blanket £89.99
This cosy and warm blanket comes in five different colours and is made from 100% acrylic, making it cruelty-free.
Not on the High Street – Vegan Cookery Class £80
This 2 hour vegan cookery class held in London and taught by a professional chef teaches you the tricks and tips to make the most of your vegan diet. All the ingredients and equipment you’ll need are provided, plus the packaging to get your delicious goodies home too.
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Beyond Skin – Bay Black Lace Up Vegan Mid Heels Vegan Women’s Shoes £89
This cruelty-free British company has a great selection of peta-approved vegan shoes and accessories handmade from faux leather. If only I went anywhere smart enough to require such nice shoes!
Vegan Gifts for Christmas under £150
Votch is an awesome vegan watch company that started in London in 2017. They’ve got a beautiful collection of vegan leather watches as well as this rose gold mesh stunner. Their watches are also made using recycled and renewable materials so winner all round.
Will’s Vegan Shoes – Large Backpack – Check Amazon for latest prices
This sturdy backpack is made from vegan leather and a heavy weight cotton lining, making it practical and long-lasting. A great gift for carrying all your other gifts home in too.
Ninja 1500W 3-in-1 Food Processor, Jug Blender and Nutri Ninja – Check Amazon for latest prices
Ah the blender, every vegan’s best friend! So many healthy and delicious plant-based recipes rely on a good food processor so it’s worth investing in a decent one. Over the years I’ve tried a few different blender/ processor systems and I can personally vouch for the greatness of the Ninja. It’s not quiet, but it is hella effective and won’t completely break the bank like some really high-tech blenders. Unless you’re actually blending golf balls, 1500W should do the job. In fact, Gaz Oakley recommends it in his Vegan Christmas book above.
So what’s next?
- Check out my recipe for gingerbread energy balls to get you in the festive spirit
- Share this gift guide to your mum/bestie/significant other before they ask ‘What do you want for Christmas?’