Best Gift Ideas for Vegans: Holidays, Birthdays, and Special Occasions

Updated on November 24, 2018
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Great gift ideas for vegans.
Great gift ideas for vegans. | Source

A Beginner's Guide to Vegan Gifts and Presents

If it's that time of year; perhaps you are going down your list of family members, friends, and significant others to gift to. Maybe you have a vegan on your list! You may have a basic idea of what to give, but there are many consumer products that vegans choose to live without for the greater good of the planet!

Here's a gift-giving guide to some of the hottest seasonal trends—gifts that your special someone will surely appreciate and delight in.

Great Vegan Gift Idea

Natural Coconut Bowl with Spoon by Kalea | Real Organic Coconut Shells Sealed with Coconut Oil | Eco Friendly Coconut Serving Cereal Bowls | Waste Free - Healthy Vegan Friendly Recipe Included
Natural Coconut Bowl with Spoon by Kalea | Real Organic Coconut Shells Sealed with Coconut Oil | Eco Friendly Coconut Serving Cereal Bowls | Waste Free - Healthy Vegan Friendly Recipe Included

These bowls are less than $11 and are so easy to use. I recently purchased one for my friend for the holiday season. Each coconut comes with a spoon, as well. I pack it with me when I travel abroad and found them to be an extremely great travel addition for snacking on the go.

 

What Kind of Gift Do You Give to a Vegan?

If you have a vegan friend, you may be curious about what they do and do not consume, purchase, or wear. Many animal products are hidden in items we consume every day, so it does take some research. Vegans do not consume immediate animal products (meat), and anything produced by animals (wool, beeswax, silk, eggs). As a general guideline, this is what you should avoid:

  • animal products: gelatin, honey, beeswax (candles), lanolin
  • materials: silk (made by silkworms), wool, leather, fur
  • shellac (produced by the lac insect)
  • cochineal (red dye derived from insects; found in skittles, lipstick, juice, yogurt)
  • makeup and bath and body products that have been animal tested or contain ingredients like squalene (derived from sharks)
  • accessories with feathers or pearls
  • bone china
  • alcoholic beverages that have been filtered with animal products (egg whites or fish bladder)

Essential oil diffusers make excellent, affordable gifts.
Essential oil diffusers make excellent, affordable gifts. | Source

Great Gift Ideas for Vegans

1. Donate to an Animal Shelter in Their Name

Clearly, this is not just for vegans! Any animal-lover will delight in this gift. Consider submitting a donation to an animal shelter in your person's name. The shelters often send a confirmation and thank you note to the individual. Be sure not to sign them up for news blasts (unless you think they'd like it). Some shelters, too, offer a gift in return. This is sure to bring about that seasonal joy!

2. Waste-Free Eco-Friendly Coconut Bowl

One of my favorite gifts of all and something I use daily (see below), these coconut shell bowls are perfect for your zero-waste friends. They are lightweight and pack up well for use on the go—clean easily with mild soap and water. Did I mention they are bio-degradable, sustainable, and compostable? The bowl even comes with a reusable spoon. This item is an absolute favorite.

Kalea Coconut Bowl

I use this bowl daily and it has become a favorite for making beautiful snack and breakfast bowls!
I use this bowl daily and it has become a favorite for making beautiful snack and breakfast bowls!

3. Essential Oil Diffuser

NEXGADGET makes a super sleek looking 400 mL BPA-Free ultrasonic aromatherapy essential oil diffuser. I purchased one last holiday season and gave it to my yogi friend. I love its awesome features. Its bamboo-style design is aesthetically pleasing and offers 7 alternating LED colors to enhance the mood and has an automatic safety shut off and timers. You can carefully select your essential oils according to your friend's personality—choose either mood-lifting EOs like orange, or refreshing scents like lemongrass, or seasonal scents like fir. Just be sure to encourage EO oil safety—especially if they have cats, dogs, or children in the house.

4. Vegan Wine, Beer, Cider, Liquor

The Barnivore website is excellent for looking up vegan-friendly alcoholic beverages, and most individuals will always appreciate a nice bottle of wine or champagne for a special occasion. It may be surprising, but many wines are processed with animal products. During the fining process, a fining agent is added to the wine to help accelerate precipitating out particles in the wine. These non-vegan agents include: casein (milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin, and isinglass (fish bladder protein). Activated charcoal or bentonite is typically used in vegan alcoholic beverages.

5. Organic Earth-Friendly Meditation Pillow

Perhaps your friend is not only interested in saving the planet through actions but also takes time for self-exploration, self-care, and meditates. This meditation cushion is absolutely fantastic and is one of my favorite gift items. It's filled with buckwheat hulls and is easily washable. It also comes in a bunch of earth-friendly tones—plum, orange saffron, grass, and burgundy.

Great Green Gift Idea

Waterglider International Zafu Yoga Meditation Pillow with USA Buckwheat Fill, Certified Organic Cotton- 6 Colors (Twilight)
Waterglider International Zafu Yoga Meditation Pillow with USA Buckwheat Fill, Certified Organic Cotton- 6 Colors (Twilight)

I bought my Waterglider International cushion in twilight for only $30.00. It also comes in earthy colors like plum, orange saffron, grass, and burgundy. This cushion is filled with buckwheat hulls and is easy to wash. A wonderful gift for your meditative friend.

 
Give the gift of mindfulness with an eco-friendly meditation cushion.
Give the gift of mindfulness with an eco-friendly meditation cushion. | Source

6. Happy Light

I was gifted the Happy Energy Health Light last holiday season and I absolutely love it. It's easy on the eyes with its wooden stand and petite size, but it certainly does the job at 10,000 lux (also adjustable). This is perfect for the colder months and areas prone to less sunlight, rain, and snow. If you know someone who is often bright and cheery but prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition which affects an individual's mood due to decreased vitamin D levels, this is a perfect gift! It's an instant mood booster.

Great Mood-Boosting Gift Idea

Happy Energy Health Light Daylight Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp 10,000 Lux Adjustable with Wooden Stand(HL12CW)
Happy Energy Health Light Daylight Portable Light Therapy Energy Lamp 10,000 Lux Adjustable with Wooden Stand(HL12CW)

The Happy Energy Heath Light is easy on the eyes, petit, but gets the job done at 10,000 lux. I use mine in the winter seasons and it really boosts my mood especially during rain spells and sunless days. A great gift for anyone sensitive to the seasons.

 

7. Vegan Cosmetics

Elf Cosmetics are absolutely vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and affordable. Considering the excellent selections of eye, lip, and face makeup, you can throw together a wonderful gift basket of trendy makeup. Also consider Everyday Minerals, Milk Makeup, and Kat Von D Beauty—Kat Von D is a well-known tattoo artists, glam wizard, and has been a key figure in the vegan community for years. My favorite eco lipstick is "beach goth" by Pacifica—100% vegan and cruelty—only 10 dollars.

8. Toms Womens or Mens Classic Vegan Shoe

Everybody loves a good pair of Toms classic slip ons, so go check out their website for their vegan shoe styles. The great thing about Toms is that the company is founded on giving back to the planet and the planet's communities—with their One-for-One mission, they provide 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need. You can get away with a little guessing for size on these cute styles—a benefit of the slip-on. This is a fun gift for adults and kids.

9. Marimo Moss Ball Pets

This is the perfect gift for kids! The Marimo moss ball is a totally fun concept—it's a living, vibrant-green ball that is easy care and lives in its own habitat or terrarium. This is a fun introduction to caring for a living thing for young kids. Check out various sources for premade kits. You can visit the Moss Ball Pet website for more browsing.

10. Etsy

Etsy is the ultimate go-to for unique vegan gifts, from handmade gift baskets to screen print Ts. Simply type into the search bar "vegan gifts" and you will have hours of happy searching. You can specify whether or not you want handmade items and you can search within a certain price range. This is an excellent resource to find that perfect, unique gift for your friend. There are plenty of "his" and "hers" ideas, too.

Happy gifting!

Video: Beginner's Guide to Veganism

© 2018 Layne Holmes

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