As anyone who has eaten plant-based can attest, going vegan is fulfilling…but can also be a bit overwhelming (especially at first). The same goes for gifting: What do you get a friend (or yourself!) cutting out animal products? If you’re an omnivore trying to give a plant-based eater a great present, don’t worry–you don’t have to spend endless hours searching the internet for the best vegan-centric gifts.
Whether you’re shopping for the fearless cook or the person who has never heard the word “aquafaba” before, pick up the Thug Kitchen cookbook or VegNews magazine for endless recipes and cooking hacks. For those plant-based peeps who might be craving some sweet vegan treats at every hour of the day and night (I mean…who doesn’t?), check out some awesome subscription box services for stress-free snacking.
But being vegan also goes beyond just food: It’s a lifestyle. That’s why when shopping for vegan gifts, you’ll want to consider beauty, clothing, appliances, and knick-knacks, too. Cosmetic companies are expanding every day to make high-quality products that don’t use animal products or testing, from everyday skincare to festival-ready glam. And don’t forget about self-care! Vegan and cruelty-free candles, bath bombs, moisturizer, or anything else they may need to relax all make perfect presents.
Without further ado, check out these 27 best gifts for vegan friends, family, and loved ones.
Whether your friend’s been vegan for years or days, it’s never a bad idea to go back to cooking basics. Thug Kitchen now has three volumes of plant-based recipes, but their latest book focuses on getting food from fridge to table as fast as possible. Simplicity never tasted so delish.
It’s the Rolls-Royce of vegan accessories. If you were headed to a deserted island, you’d grab this blender before taking your partner. (Another mouth to feed?! You’re making the smart choice here.) Of course, it’s the Vitamix. Hefty price tag, but plenty of juice–literal and figurative–to go around.
Give your makeup-obsessed vegan bestie the gift that keeps on giving with this set of mini- and full-size essentials from legendary vegan makeup brand KVD. They’ll get cult-favorites like the Tattoo Liner, Cake Pencil Eyeliner, Go Big or Go Home Mascara, and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.
Sometimes a cute “I’m Vegan!” apron just isn’t enough–add your loved one’s name to make it all their own. This option comes in two colors, and any name can be put on the front, along with a vegan tagline of your choice. (Hopefully they’ll repay you with some homemade vegan cookies…)
So much food goes wasted by grocery chains, simply for being, well, ugly! Imperfect Foods is changing that–they “rescue” fruits and veggies that may not look super appetizing, but are more than safe to eat. Grab your vegan friend (or yourself!) a subscription, and look forward to plenty of hilarious Instagram stories showing off these wares.
For your friend who’s always packing the snazziest lunch, get them a set of bamboo utensils with a trendy carrying case. It even comes with chopsticks for vegan sushi!
Being a veghead isn’t as easy as grabbing a cookbook and a can of chickpeas: This book addresses the good, the bad, and the ugly about going vegan. It pairs recipes with helpful tips and tricks to navigating an alternative lifestyle in a carnivore-centric world. (Friends not included.)
Veganism is all about what’s best for your body and the planet–shouldn’t smelling great be part of that, too? Pacifica perfume is vegan and cruelty-free and comes in all kinds of interesting scents, from classic Island Vanilla to Hawaiian Ruby Guava.
The “dad cap” trend is far from over–help your vegan friend wear their lifestyle right on their forehead with this embroidered hat. It also comes in eight different colors.
If you want to add flavor and reduce stress in your friend’s life, give ’em an herb garden. This set allows them to grow basil and mint from the comfort of their home. No balcony needed!
If they’re as stylish as they are earth-conscious, pick up a vegan leather jacket. In addition to looking cool AF, you’ll probably grab it at a fraction of the price of regular leather. Score!
If they’ve been wanting to hop on the meal delivery box trend but haven’t found a great vegan option yet, Purple Carrot is the perfect gift. The company thinks beyond the standard “dinner” and has options for breakfast, lunch, and pre-packaged snacks, too!
LUSH has already made a name for itself supporting several important causes, from anti-whaling initiatives to fundraising for LGBTQ youth. Their extensive list of vegan products gives you loads of opportunity to support them. By gifting their long-standing Sex Bomb bath bomb, your pal can soak up an evening full of jasmine scent and soothing soy milk.
The perfect complement to a vegan bath bomb? A vegan and cruelty-free soy candle, of course! The collection from P. F. Candle Company has some of the best scents around, from black fig to sandalwood rose.
Be gone, plastic! These rustic produce bags come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for toting around the grocery store. The best part: They’re easy to wash and can be used over and over again.
For that vegan friend who always looks chic, this sleek reusable water bottle is break-resistant and has a felt cover for added protection. Your giftee will love reducing waste, as well as having the coolest water bottle around during workouts.
You may know Alicia Silverstone best from her bubble gum-snapping role as Cher in Clueless, but she’s also been an outspoken advocate for a vegan lifestyle. In her cookbook, she focuses on super-clean eating and links it all back to scientific studies and her personal experience. Eating meat? Ugh, as if!
Why should femmes have all the fun? Help the bearded veg-head in your life take care of their facial hair (and the skin under it!) with this vegan essentials kit. Beard Balm softens the hairs and makes their mane look a little less scraggly, while the beard shampoo and conditioner are made for gentle cleansing.
The best accessory for a great vegan leather jacket is a few bright and colorful pins. Whether your pal wants to wear avocados or vegan tacos on their sleeve, look no further than this collection of cute catchphrases and even a cartoon pizza.
Has your friend always wanted to grow their own jungle at home, but doesn’t know where to start? House Plant Box sends them one indoor plant a month from a variety of categories, giving new plant parents plenty of time to practice their green thumb in between. They even have a pet-friendly option.
In case there wasn’t enough avocado memorabilia in their closet already, gift ’em this cute rocker tee. You can even grab it in a wide array of colors, so the whole squad can look cute and ready for (vegan) tacos.
Every vegan knows tofu is only boring if you let it be. Gift them this handy kitchen tool so they can make crispier, tastier tofu (the less water it has, the more flavor it can soak up from their fave marinade) without an extra 20 minutes of waiting around. Plus, it’s translucent so you can watch the #satisfying squeeze as the tofu presses.
MooShoes is committed to ethical and sustainable business practices–that’s why all of their items are cruelty-free and has a backstory of exactly where it came from. These unicorn socks are no exception, so get a pair for your vegan friend who’s truly one-of-a-kind.
With a snarky name and a heartwarming mission, Bitchfix is a chocolate subscription service that gives back: 10 percent of all sales go to spay and neuter at-risk dogs. With this all-vegan chocolate box, your friend not only gets plenty of chocolate, but also a tiara and canvas tote.
Make sure they never worry about a growling stomach in between meals again–VeganCuts ships an assortment of plant-based snacks to their door, from savory to sweet. Plus, everything is guaranteed vegan, so their only headache will be waiting (patiently) for it to arrive every month.
Send the ultimate gifting variety pack with this collection of five skin milks from Fourth Ray Beauty. Each soothing moisturizer features a different “hero” ingredient with added benefits–from papaya to acai, so they can get a taste of every fruit available.
On top of so many great cookbooks, get your friend an annual subscription to VegNews. Each month’s issue is full of new recipes and gorgeous photography; the hardest choice will be deciding what to make first!