The Best Vegan Gifts You Will Want
We all love gifts, right? Of course, we do! Vegans need gifts too, and what’s more, we really appreciate them. We love it when people take the time to think of a nice vegan gift just for us.
So, what are the best vegan gifts to buy in 2020? You can’t go wrong with a vegan food gift. You should also consider vegan clothing, accessories, vegan cosmetics, vegan cookbooks, or a donation to a vegan charity.
Welcome to my extensive guide to buying vegan gifts. Not only will I tell you the best vegan gifts you can buy, but I will also tell you what not to buy. We’re not fussy, we just like gifts that are kind to animals.
First, let’s quickly chat about what a vegan actually is.
- Who are Vegans and Why Are They So “Fussy” About What They Use?
- So, What Can I Buy for Vegans?
- What Not to Give to a Vegan
- Final Thoughts
Who are Vegans and Why Are They So “Fussy” About What They Use?
Who are we!? We’re just regular people like you. However, when it comes to the things we eat, buy, and consume, we prefer it if no animals were harmed.
Read more about veganism in our article: “Why Go Vegan“.
This means vegans avoid foods, cosmetics, clothes, and any other product that contains animal-derived ingredients or products tested on animals.
This isn’t always easy. But, with the current rise of veganism over the last few years, it is getting easier. There are now plenty of vegan food brands, cosmetic companies, clothing brands, and animal-testing is slowly becoming a thing of the past.
Vegans follow a philosophy of least harm. We know we can’t avoid harm to animals altogether. It’s simply impossible. We try to do our best to avoid animal products, testing, and entertainment as best as we can.
Thankfully, an increasing number of people around the world agree with us. And while not being vegan themselves, they’re seeing some obvious areas where they can avoid animal harm such as leather, fur, and animal-tested cosmetics.
There is a green evolution stirring within the consumer world. A new breed of eco-consumer is being born. This is forcing companies all around the world to get their act together and deliver more ethical products.
The recent spike in concern over the climate crisis, coupled with the rise of veganism, is creating vast numbers of new conscious consumers. This is making buying gifts for vegans much easier as companies accommodate them.
So, What Can I Buy for Vegans?
Buying gifts for vegans has never been easier. Here are some recommendations to help inspire you.
Vegan Food Gifts
Buying vegan food gifts can be overwhelming. Always look out the famous green vegan logo before buying! If you’re not sure, check the ingredients and watch for obvious meat, eggs, milk, and butter.
There are few ingredients which are not so obvious such as:
- Milk Byproducts
- Isinglass (Beer and Wine)
- L. Cysteine
- Whey (Bread, Sweets, and Protein Supplements)
Here are some vegan-friendly food gift ideas just for you. A great idea is to buy vegan hampers that come full of vegan treats. This way, your lucky recipient gets a mix of excellent vegan foods to enjoy!
You simply can’t go wrong with this vegan hamper from The Good Grocer Store. Inside each box is a wide selection of tasty vegan treats.
The healthy vegan snacks care package includes vegan jerky, protein cookies, corn chips, organic popcorn, cauliflower puff snacks, granola bars, plus a lot more. All products are non-GMO, which is a bonus!
Trail Truffles are perfect for avid hikers or just hungry vegans on the go. This pack of assorted flavors includes coconut macadamia, chocolate brazil nut, mint creme, and nut buttercup.
The truffles are absolutely delicious and guaranteed to put a smile on any vegan’s face. They’re also relatively healthy!
Ok, so they can’t eat this gift straight away. But it does open the door for tons of cheesy vegan goodness. This kit makes vegan cheese simple. And all vegans love the chance to eat vegan cheese!
The kit allows them to make 6 different kinds of cheese, including Mozzarella, Ricotta, Mascarpone, Cypriot Style Cheese, Greek Style Cheese, and Parmesan. This a gift that keeps on giving!
If you don’t know what nutritional yeast is, you will be forgiven. Also known as “Nooch,” nutritional yeast is flakes of nutty, cheesy flavor that vegans tend to put on everything they eat at home.
Many vegans are addicted to this stuff, plus it’s a great source of B12. If you want to buy something guaranteed to put you in a vegan’s good books, buy them lots of nooch!
Vegan Clothing Gifts and Vegan Accessory Gifts
Vegans need clothes just like you! And the vegan fashion industry is booming right now. The introduction of vegan leather made from anything from pineapple leaves to kelp has helped vegan fashion become very popular in just the last few years.
This wallet is made from the ultra-sustainable and eco-friendly material cork. It is a high-quality gift for your special someone.
Cork can act just like real leather and is also naturally water-resistant. If you’re buying a gift for a vegan man, look no further.
If you’re buying for a very special vegan and you have some cash to burn, then you should consider the vegan Dr. Martens. They look and feel just like regular Dr. Martens and are super stylish as well as comfortable.
The leather is made from synthetic materials, and the boots come in a subtle two-tone color. The perfect gift for any vegan fashionista.
It’s easy to think that veganism is all about a diet. But, we shouldn’t forget that at its core, it is an animal rights movement. Vegans feel passionate about animal liberation, and one way we like to advocate is through subtle messages on t-shirts.
These tank tops from IRISGOD are the perfect way to deliver the vegan message in a friendly way. They also look great! Choose from ten different styles.
Vegan Beauty Gifts and Vegan Care Gifts
The vegan beauty industry is currently flourishing. There are now tons of great vegan beauty and care brands for both men and women. Vegan cosmetics don’t test on animals, and they don’t include ingredients derived from animals either.
Spectrum Collections creates a beautiful range of vegan cosmetics, but their brush sets are particularly popular with customers.
This essential set comes with 10 brushes that help your special someone create beautiful looks with beautiful brushes. The set includes:
- Flat Top Buffer
- Large Domed Powder
- Small Angled Blush
- Buffing Concealer
- Large Fluffy Shader
- Tall Tapered Blender
- Small Angled Blender
- Angled Brow
- Lip Liner
- Fine Eyeliner
The Ordinary has had massive success over the last few years for their no-nonsense but effective cosmetics. This set is the perfect daily skincare routine for your recipient.
The Ordinary never tests on animals, and its ingredients are free of any nasty stuff. This Daily Set will help any vegan start their journey to better skin.
Mess-free mask application from EcoTools, the famous vegan cosmetic brand. These are spa-quality face masks that are guaranteed to make you look beautiful and gently exfoliate.
The masks are latex-free, 100% vegan, and perfect for a DIY spa treatment for any vegan. If you know a vegan that needs pampering, look no further.
Pacifica is a well known and favorite vegan cosmetic brand. Any vegan woman will know how difficult it is to get their hands on a quality vegan mascara.
This mascara from Pacifica uses natural minerals with coconut and vitamin B. It has strong nourishing powers and is the perfect gift for any vegan woman.
7th Heaven is heavily tagged about a vegan cosmetic brand famous for their face masks. Each mask deeply cleanses the skin leaving it feeling nourished and ultra-soft.
This mask contains juiced acai berries, pressed argan kernels, and squeezed rosehips. They’re completely vegan and 100% cruelty-free.
Vegan Cookbook Gifts
Read our article: TOP-20 Best Vegan Cookbooks
Most vegans love to experiment in the kitchen. A vegan cookbook could be the perfect gift, allowing them to get creative and enjoy some new vegan recipes.
One of the most popular vegan cookbooks for it’s a no-nonsense approach to plant-based eating. Thug Kitchen is full of simple, innovative, and delicious vegan recipes.
Thug Kitchen started as a website that grew in popularity. It wasn’t long until a cookbook was in demand from their loyal followers. “Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.”
The BOSH boys have risen to fame out of nowhere. They started as a simple vegan recipe blog to having their own range of best-selling vegan cookbooks, and now they’re getting their own vegan cooking show on the national UK TV station, ITV.
This simple recipe book from BOSH is precisely what it says on the cover. Simple but delicious and very inventive plant-based recipes. BOSH recipes are created to impress.
Another British vegan chef who has risen to fame. This time through his extremely popular YouTube channel. Gaz Oakley creates wholesome vegan meals designed to impress your friends and wow your mum and dad.
Inside Vegan 100, your lucky recipient will gain some top vegan cooking knowledge from one of the best plant-based chefs in the business.
Vegan Charity Gifts
If you’re really stuck for a vegan gift idea, why not donate to a vegan charity on their behalf? Vegans will always appreciate anything that helps animals and supports those who look after them rescue centers or sanctuaries.
Founded in 1977, Animal Aid is a British animal charity that has become an internationally recognized organization helping to change the world for animals.
Animal Aid frequently set up and run campaigns against animal factory farming, animal testing, and other worthy causes.
At first, this charity started as a way to reduce the number of stray dogs and cats in the USA. Now, it has developed into one of the best animal charities on the planet.
Friends of Animals are involved in projects that help support animal rights and wildlife conservation.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is one of the most famous non-profits in the world. They’re dedicated to conserving marine life and protecting our oceans.
Sea Shepherd’s aim is to “end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.”
Food for Life Global serves up millions of plant-based meals to some of the most impoverished communities in the world each and every year.
Their projects are all over the world in a bid to help reduce food poverty and uplift communities. The charity also supports communities with education, welfare, health, and non-violence programs and initiatives.
What Not to Give to a Vegan
Vegans do not use any product that contains animal-derived ingredients, or that has been tested on animals. So, when buying a gift for your favorite vegan, it’s important to do a little research on the product or company you’re buying from.
Animal Foods and Ingredients to Avoid
The most common animal foods and animal-derived ingredients to avoid when buying for a vegan include:
- Meat: from any animal
- Fish and seafood: from any animal
- Dairy: milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, ice-cream
- Eggs: from any animal
- Bee products: honey, pollen, royal jelly
Animal Derived Ingredients
- Gelatin: sweets, candy, capsule supplements
- Isinglass and egg white albumen: beer and wine
- Omega-3: derived from fish oil (Algae is an excellent vegan alternative)
- Vitamin D3: derived from fish oil
- Dairy ingredients like whey, milk powder, casein, lactose: chips, salty snacks, protein powders
Animal Materials to Avoid
Many everyday products are made using materials that are derived from animals. You will be surprised at just how many everyday products contain animal ingredients or materials.
Always double-check the materials used for anything you buy. You can make life easier when purchasing from vegan brands. This way, you can be 100% sure what you buy is vegan-friendly.
- Horsehair: makeup brushes and other cosmetic tools
Unfortunately, animal testing is still a common practice throughout the world. The cosmetic and house product industries are the biggest culprits of animal testing.
If you want to buy a cosmetic gift for your special someone, you should aim to buy them from vegan brands only. A certified vegan product will not have been tested on animals.
Some vegans don’t like products from brands that are owned by non-vegan parent companies too. Here is a list of cosmetic brands in the USA owned by non-vegan companies.
A non-vegan company is a company that also sells non-vegan products and/or tests on animals.
- Aveda (Estee Lauder)
- Awake Beauty (Kose)
- Becca (Estee Lauder)
- Bite Beauty (Kendo, Lvmh)
- Buxom (Shiseido)
- Covergirl (Coty)
- Dermablend (L’oreal)
- Dermalogica (Unilever)
- Drunk Elephant (Shiseido)
- Elemis (L’occitane)
- Erborian (L’occitane)
- First Aid Beauty (P&G)
- Hello Products (Colgate)
- Hourglass (Unilever)
- Kate Somerville (Unilever)
- Kvd Vegan Beauty (Kendo, Lvmh)
- Kylie Cosmetics (Coty)
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day (Sc Johnson)
- Murad (Unilever)
- Nyx Cosmetics (L’oreal)
- Ole Henriksen (Kendo, Lvmh)
- Oribe (Kao)
- Ureology (L’oreal)
- Ren (Unilever)
- Schmidt’s (Unilever)
- Seventh Generation (Unilever)
- Sleek Makeup (Walgreens)
- Smashbox (Estee Lauder)
- St. Ives (Unilever)
- Tarte (Kose)
- Tatcha (Unilever)
- Tom’s Of Maine (Colgate)
- Too Faced (Estee Lauder)
- Urban Decay (L’oreal)
Buying a great gift for a vegan was once tough work. But now, it’s never been easier to purchase your favorite vegan, something unique and thoughtful. Make your life easier by choosing products from vegan brands or products that carry vegan certified labels and logos.
Good luck in your hunt for a vegan gift, your friend or loved one is a fortunate person. I hope this vegan gift guide helped to find the perfect vegan gift or at least inspired you.
Why can’t we give Vegans everything?
Vegans live by a philosophy of least harm towards animals. This means they avoid many foods and everyday items that contain animal ingredients or materials. It’s essential to ensure that any gift you buy a vegan is free from animal parts and has not been tested on animals.
Why is it important to consider veganism when choosing a gift?
When buying a gift for a vegan, it’s important that you consider whether your gift is vegan or not. It’s very important to vegans that they do not use, eat, or consume anything that has come from an animal. Vegans believe very strongly in not harming animals.