I promise this isn’t really my letter to Santa! It’s my pick of the best options for vegan gifts this Christmas.
Before I begin my list, I want to take a moment to stress the importance of reducing our consumption and being conscious consumers. I like to give to my loved ones of course, but without going too overboard. Choose wisely, choose items you feel will be well-loved and long-lasting.
Make gifts where you can too. Food gifts are always well received, maybe you have other talents? I live with two artists so I know they’ll be giving me something creative. I have included some ideas for making gifts at the end of this post as well. I still have things friends have made me from decades ago, I treasure them more than anything else I have been given. In my family we are all making one gift for each other- I better get onto mine now that I think about it.
I also recommend supporting local businesses, where possible. So scout around your area and see whats on offer, ask questions about the materials, the company behind it, that sort of thing. If you can’t find something locally, then online shopping might be your best bet. The internet has made things a lot easier to find vegan-friendly gifts, so I have compiled a list of some gorgeous things I think are perfect Xmas pressies, with links to online stores if you need them.
HEDGE WYCH Bodycare Gift Bag- £15.00
I have tried quite a few Hedge Wych products now and have honestly loved every one. My most favourite has been the Starry Skies Bath Salts, which is one of the four options for this gift bag. Inside each bag is a handmade soap ( they’re gorgeous ), a 75g tin of Bath Salts, and 30ml moisturising oil, in your choice of fragrance. It would make a wonderful christmas gift for anyone and you’re also supporting a small British company as well.
KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick- £16
available at debenhams.com
Kat Von D is now in the UK! You’ll find a selection of her products at Debenhams, and this Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is a real favourite amongst Kat Von D make-up fans.
EDEN PERFUMES £18
I was so surprised to find this little UK based company that made vegan perfume. What’s also really cool is you can match them up to designer brands that you know you like. My husband and I tried one each and were really impressed at how similar they were. This is a unique gift that your vegan friend will be very grateful for, vegan perfume really isn’t easy to find.
Crown Slippers £69.95
available at vegetarian-shoes.co.uk
I was looking on this site for mens shoes and found these fabulous Crown Slippers! A slightly more extravagant gift but lots of fun and of course, practical too. They make a brilliant and quirky gift.
Booja Booja Truffles box from £6.99
available in a wide range of supermarkets, health stores and online at planetorganic.com
Any of the Booja Booja chocolates would be a beautiful gift, they’re exquisite chocolates. I particularly recommend the Hazelnut and Around Midnight Espresso.
Vegetable spiralizer £14.99
available at lakeland.co.uk
This is a great kitchen gadget for a anyone, but raw vegans particularly would get a lot of use out of this. You can find different brands and styles, the one I have selected is a good value and well designed one I found. I would recommend ones with suction cups to hold the spiralizer steady and metal replaceable blades. The little hand held ones are cheaper but not as effective and I don’t think they would work with some root vegetables very well.
HOW NOT TO DIE by Dr Michael Greger £11.99
available at all good bookstores, or online at waterstones.com
For the vegan who is interested in the nutrition side of things, this book is the perfect gift. While the title is somewhat exaggerated, the contents of the book is what matters and it is a best seller for a reason. Dr Greger founded a website, nutrition facts.org, which provides free and easy-to-understand science-based information on a huge range of nutrition topics. In this book, Dr. Michael Greger examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and shows us what nutritional and lifestyle habits will lower your risks of suffering from them. Like his educational videos, his book lists all the studies he bases his conclusions on, along with some helpful tips and a few recipes of his own. It’s the perfect book to read while you’ve got some time off over Christmas.
available at mattandnat.com
I have a Matt and Nat backpack and one of their wallets, both I love, and my daughter was lucky enough to get spoilt on her birthday with one of the handbags. They’re all extremely well made, very sturdy and beautiful at the same time. They are a more expense gift, but if you can stretch your budget a little, this stylish briefcase will last for many years.
Belt from £31
available at wills-vegan-shoes.com
I got one of these belts for my husband last year as a birthday gift and it’s still going strong! It’s well crafted, just as strong and durable as any other belt. Wills also have a great selection of shoes.
Isa Does it by Isa Chandra Moskowitz £20
available at all good bookstores or online at waterstones.com
There are loads of great vegan cookbooks out there but I like everything I have seen from Isa so far and this is the one I put on my own christmas wish list! Her recipes are really popular, seem easy-to-follow and look totally delicious too.
Gifts to Make
All you need to make the foodie gifts look special, is a jar or cool tin of some kind. The cheese ball could be wrapped in cheese cloth and then some simple brown paper, keeping it refrigerated until the last minute. I am making at least half of these in the next few weeks myself!