Wondering what presents to buy for vegan friends? Look no further than our ultimate guide to plant-based gifting.
Ahh, it’s that time of year again: yep, the time where we collectively panic because we’re so close to the end of the year, and we’re far too busy having an existential crisis about how it went by so fast that we don’t even have TIME to think about buying Christmas gifts … or is that just me?
Existential crisis aside, we really are getting closer and close to Christmas, and that means it’s time to start shopping for presents. But deciding just what to buy isn’t always easy, especially if there are certain restrictions involved. Yup, we’re talking about all the vegan family members and friends you know and love – if you’re unsure what’s safe and what’s off-limits when it comes to gifting, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve rounded up 15 of our favourite cruelty-free vegan presents to treat your plant-based pals with this Christmas – happy shopping!
The Body Shop has a huge range of vegan gifts on offer, and we particularly love this masking duo – because who doesn’t love a little face mask pamper sesh? Both masks contain vegan and cruelty-free ingredients like Community Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera and Hemp Seed Oil.
Available in three chic colours, this clutch is made from vegan leather and is the perfect size to fit all your essentials – including phones up to an iPhone 11 Max.
No matter which type of mylk your friend is a fan of, this bag will allow them to make it fresh themselves, to save on money and waste – plus, they can use it to make cold brew coffee, cashew cheese, and even for sprouting seeds. Gotta love versatility.
Buying for a vegan household or couple? This gift is perfect. It has two reusable keep cups, two reusable drink bottles, a set of reusable straws and two string shopping bags, and what more could you really need?
This gift trial pack from Ethique features eco-friendly and vegan hair and skincare all in one with its trial-sized shampoo bar, conditioner bar, face cleanser and solid moisturiser. Check out variations on the Ethique gift trial packs here.
Packed full of natural and sustainable ingredients (including Australian Pink Clay, Activated Charcoal, bamboo and a plant-fibre Konjac Sponge), this luxe beauty pack ticks the boxes of eco-friendly AND vegan. And as a konjac sponge convert myself, I can say with honesty that they’re everything they’re cracked up to be. Check out all the G+K Luxe Beauty packs here and choose whichever one will suit your friends needs.
Tofu is a staple in vegan cooking, but there’s nothing worse than soggy, watery tofu. That’s where a nifty tofu press like this one comes in handy – it helps to squeeze out excess liquid for a tastier result. Gift one to your friend and they’ll be forever grateful (and if they’d prefer a plastic-free one, this wooden tofu press is pretty neat).
Tea lovers (whether vegan or not!) will love this cute gift set in a reusable tin. It contains 36 tea bags that are certified organic and vegan, featuring flavours like “Post Party Refresh” and “Gingerbread Treat”.
A subscription box that’s filled with delicious wholefood health products and samples (that actually taste good), a GoodnessMe box makes for a great gift – especially since you can tailor it to your friends’ dietary needs, including veganism! Choose how many times you’d like them to receive it – monthly for three, six or 12 months – and you’re all set. It’s a great last-minute gift, too.
Let your friends grow their own herbs (no matter how tiny their home is) with this windowsill planter that comes with basil, parsley and chive seeds to take their home-cooked meals to the next level.
If they’re new to vegan cooking, or just in need of some extra inspo, get them a vegan cookbook like this bestseller by the owners of Melbourne institution Smith & Daughters! There’s plenty more vegan cookbooks to check out here that get rave reviews too.
Another nifty kitchen gadget they’ll love is a veggie spiralizer – which can help them make zoodles and every other variation of veggie noodles their heart desires. It’s also good for making salads or potato chips, peeling apples, and more.
Reusable water bottles have never looked so glam. Containing a citrine crystal to encourage motivation and self-expression, this water bottle reminds your friend to stay mindful and hydrated – plus, it’s made from eco-friendly steel and glass.
Filled with healthy and tasty vegan treats including fruit chocs, lollies, truffles, and more, this gift box is great to send to a loved one who you might not be able to visit in person this Christmas.
Cleaning goods don’t sound like the most glamorous gift … but these ones are actually kinda fun, because they’re part of a practical DIY kit that allows your friend to create their own non-toxic, sustainable sprays and cleaners. We’re into it.
What do you get a vegan for Christmas?
It might seem intimidating, but there are plenty of great vegan gifting options out there. The above examples cover everything from beauty to cooking, but if you’re looking for even more options, you can find vegan gift collections packed full of great presents at Hard To Find, Flora and Fauna, Nourished Life, and Biome.
Are candles vegan?
It depends what candles you buy – because no, not all candles are vegan! Many candles include beeswax or stearic acid, both of which are non-vegan, animal-sourced products. Fortunately, there are some good vegan options out there. You can buy homemade vegan candles from Etsy, vegan candles from Flora and Fauna, and soy candles from Dusk and Glasshouse.
What is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?
The difference between vegans and vegetarians is that vegans follow a stricter lifestyle free from animal byproducts – which essentially means that in addition to avoiding meat like vegetarians do, they also avoid products sourced from animals, including eggs, dairy, honey, leather and more.