9 Gifts for Vegans For Festive & Fur-Free Fun
We think every gift should be an animal friendly gift!
And no, that doesn’t mean a gift your furry friend will love to chew (though Taavi certainly loved to sink his teeth into ours).
An animal friendly gift is a cruelty-free and vegan gift, or one that doesn’t contain animal ingredients or cause harm to any animal in the process of being made.
In the spirit of the coming festive season (whatever you celebrate), we thought we’d put together some of the best vegan gift ideas we could find.
We selected gifts people are not only able to use (as opposed to dust collectors) but are also in the spirit of everything we stand for either in our approach to sustainable beauty or ethical fashion.
Basically, we don’t want any skin, fur, fat, or other animal-derived ingredient under the tree.
We hope it’s a helpful source of inspiration for all your gift shopping needs in the coming year, whether you’re looking for a vegan Christmas, birthday, or Valentine’s gift, or just a little something that says “I love you (and animals).”
Also, if you’re into zero waste (like we are!), check out our latest article for ideas on zero waste gifts for greener giving.
Hint: Most of those items are vegan, too!
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1. POP UP POETRY’S PERSONALIZED VEGAN GIFT BASKET
Etsy-based Pop-Up Poetry Shop has the perfect all-in-one affordable vegan gift basket.
Aside from normal gift basket-type items like bath bombs and vegan sweets, these boxes include unique and personalizable items like a little box of vegan jokes and reusable test tubes filled with loose leaf tea or organic vegan hot cocoa.
With budget friendly options, you can choose between the Mini Vegan, Viva La Vegan, and Vegan-Tastic Hampers (between $30 – $50), each one with more heartfelt goodies than the last (like an adorable plush felted avocado keychain!).
They’re also packaged in an eco friendly way, including paper washi tape, compostable twine, and a real lavender sprig garnish. Though the glass test tubes are wrapped in kraft paper and a bit of bubble wrap to ensure safe transport.
If you’re looking for more gift ideas specifically from Etsy shops, here’s our list of the best Etsy gifts just for that purpose.
2. EARTHHERO GIFT BOX
Another simple all-in-one gift, help your vegan double their earth-conscious efforts by gifting them the foundation of a zero waste kit with EarthHero’s Global Healing Collective x Wild Foundation Gift Box.
At around $50, this zero waste gift box includes rePETe produce bags, a reusable silicone sandwich bag, an eco friendly cutlery set (complete with stainless reel straw), and a bamboo toothbrush.
Each item is BPA-free, vegan, and guaranteed to help cut back on all kinds of plastic waste (which indirectly saves birds and marine animals who often eat and or get caught in these items!).
Plus, this gift keeps on giving because 10% of the proceeds go toward protecting nature through the WILD Foundation. It’s basically two gifts in one: the gift itself and a donation in their honor!
If you want to spend a little more on a gift, EarthHero’s Self Care Gift Box says, “Be kind to yourself and be kind to the planet; you both deserve it.”
This $75 eco-friendly gift set is filled with all sorts of pampering items to help take the edge off a lo week at work or ease those rising eco-anxieties. That includes a soy candle, herbal lotion bar, detoxifying bamboo charcoal soap bar, kelp face mask, and agave fiber washcloth.
3. VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY GIFT
For that special vegan in your life who loved getting glam, a thoughtful vegan beauty product (or two) might do just the trick.
And since so many traditional beauty items are neither vegan nor cruelty-free, taking the time to find some ethical alternatives, demonstrates you truly care.
One of our go-to stores for just the occasion is EcoRoots.
The majority of what they sell is vegan (and cruelty free, (mostly) plastic free and ethically sourced and manufactured). They have a range of sustainable beauty products to choose from but here are some ideas:
- Meow Meow Tweet’s vegan lip balm: Compostable paper tube and organic plant ingredients? You better get ready to pucker those soft lips up under the mistletoe.
- Golde’s Clean Greens vegan face mask: Made of 100% pure edible superfoods, like a “green smoothie for your skin”.
- LuaSkinCare’s vegan toner: Magical wildflower and desert scents won’t just calm and balance the skin, but the mind, too. Of course, knowing they’re not sacrificing an animal life for that healthy glow will put their mind at ease, too.
4. GIFT CARD TO OUR FAVORITE ECO FRIENDLY VEGAN STORES
As you can tell we love EarthHero!
But if their plethora of gift ideas for vegans still leaves you feeling apprehensive about getting something they’ll really love, err on the side of caution by getting a gift card instead.
Some people view gift cards as impersonal; we view them as sustainably infallible. Why take the chance of getting your loved ones something they may not even like, when you can instead give them the ability to buy whatever they truly want?
EcoRoots offers e-gift card options (so no plastic waste, either!) in a range of different prices. While more of a zero waste store, they offer mostly vegan products (including those for beauty and personal care, cleaning, and kitchen), too.
5. CLOTHING FROM VEGAN FASHION BRANDS
Boody even offers gift cards for indecisive shoppers.
According to this vegan fashion brand, “Comfort is nothing without peace of mind”, and the same can be said of gift giving.
So if you want to give something that will provide comfort for you and the receiver, consider a pair of sustainable pajamas by Boody.
Or if gifting PJs makes you feel a little too much like Grandma, this sustainable bamboo-loving brand has plenty of ethically-made fashion basics and accessories to choose from.
Maybe your loved one is cut from a different cloth and doesn’t actually want clothing. Maybe footwear is more their forte.
While the concept of finding vegan footwear amid a sea of leather-based options may make gift giving even more daunting, fear not. There are a lot of sustainable sneakers, vegan sandals, and even eco friendly boots that don’t include any animal based materials.
PETA-approved Ethletic is just one example and their classic skate-style sneakers would make for a great gift for adults and kids alike.
Made with organic cotton uppers, coconut fiber fitness, and FSC-certified natural rubber soles, these Fair Trade certified vegan shoes (which could double as a fair trade gift) will help your loved one walk ten miles without stepping on any living creature.
6. CHIC VEGAN HANDBAG OR WALLET
What good is a great vegan wardrobe without a vegan handbag and purse to go with it?
Malia Designs is one of our favorites, with a huge selection of handbags made by women-led fair fashion cooperatives. These bags aren’t just vegan, but fully recycled, too, made of materials like feed bags, cement bags, and denim/cotton canvas garment factory leftovers.
Elvis & Kresse also specializes in vegan handbags made from upcycled materials, but their material log includes things like Burberry leather scraps, auction banners, military parachute silk, and London Fire Brigade decommissioned fire hoses. In fact, for over a decade, they’ve ensured literally NO London fire hoses have gone to the landfill.
Aside from just purses and handbags, they also make eco friendly backpacks, wallets, laptop cases, briefcases, and belts, meaning they have tons of vegan gifts for men.
And if you don’t feel comfortable picking out something as personal as a handbag (or any of the above items), both brands offer gift cards as well.
Did we mention both of these brands give back, too?!
Elvis & Kresse is a Certified B Corp and Social Enterprise Business for Good that donates a whopping 50% of their profits to various charities. Malia Designs has donated over $160,000 to Cambodian NGOs working to stop human trafficking.
So essentially your gift gives back to more than just one person!
7. VEGAN TIMEPIECE (AKA. WATCH)
Dreading the fact that it’s almost time to start shopping for the holidays?
Don’t, because if all else fails, there are some great eco friendly vegan watch brands that will save you some time deliberating on the perfect vegan gift.
TIVC (short for Time IV Change) is here to help you change your gift giving habits. Why buy a chintzy holiday-themed watch they’ll wear maybe once a year when you can instead give them an elegant and classy timepiece, they’ll want to wear every day?
TIVC’s watches feature vegan bands made of recycled PVC-free synthetic eco suede and Pinatex. Combine that with 60% recycled stainless steel faces and carbon neutral shipping and you have a fashionable guilt-free gift.
We’re enamored with Votch’s big-faced, minimalist watches, and any recipient will be, too. Like TIVC, they use Pinatex and a partially recycled cotton/PU microfiber blend “to show that you don’t need to be cruel to be cool.”
Both Votch and TIVC are PETA-approved vegan and donate 10% of their profits to animal welfare and rescue organizations.
8. VEGAN CANDLES
What smells even better than fresh-baked egg and butter-free Christmas cookies?
A soy wax vegan candle!
For animal-free aromatherapy, EcoRoots is a no-brainer.
Their American-grown soy wax candles contain deliciously pure essential oils and an organic cotton wick. Since they’re 100% free of Paraffin, parabens, phthalates, toxins, SLS, and artificial colors, they’re even clean burning (no black on the ceilings or lungs!).
Between the lovely recycled amber-glass containers and the plastic-free shipping, this makes for the perfect zero waste vegan gift.
For more brand variety, check out the oh-so-many delectably natural scented soy candles from EarthHero. Their options are entirely non-toxic handmade-in-the-USA including those by PF Candle Company, Sanari.
And if you need more ideas, burn down to our guide on eco friendly candles.
9. UNIQUE VEGAN ETSY GIFTS
If none of these quite strike you as the perfect cruelty-free gift for that special vegan in your life, set your sights on Etsy.
A quick search for “vegan gifts” will bring up literally thousands of options from individual makers and small businesses from around the world.
From snack gift boxes to ethical jewelry, Etsy is a veritable vegan paradise.
If you need a place to start, check out the Polish shop, Witerki has some vegan Belgian dark chocolate and nut truffle box sets that look simply divine. Everything is handcrafted in small batches, gluten-free, vegan, and personalizable. Is your loved one allergic to nuts or any other ingredient? Just let her know and maker Julie can alter the recipe.
For a gift with less flavor and more function, Mind the Cork (who also happens to be one of our fave Black-owned Etsy shops) makes adorably minimalist planters, sculptures, and wallets out of (drum roll please…) cork!
Cork is not only just about the best vegan leather alternative there is (being fully biodegradable and durable), but a really earth friendly material that comes from sustainably and harmlessly shaving the bark off one of the world’s most carbon consumptive trees.
Etsy also carbon offsets the shipping of every single thing sold through their platform. Cruelty-free crafting AND carbon neutrality? That’s basically all we want for Christmas any year!
FINAL THOUGHTS ON VEGAN CRUELTY FREE GIFTS
Nothing says “I care about you” more than a gift that also says, “I care about animals”.
Giving a gift feels great; but also knowing nothing was harmed in the making of said gift feels even better. To round out the feel-good trifecta, the person receiving it will also feel rather warm and fuzzy about the thought you’ve put into it, especially if they’re vegan.
We hope this list has been helpful for all your vegan gift giving needs. If you think we’re missing some other great vegan gift ideas – do tell! We’re always looking to update this list with some creative options.