There is a common misconception that vegans are hard to buy for. If you are feeling at a loss for what to get your vegan friend or family member this Christmas, you’re in luck!
We’ve put together a comprehensive vegan gift guide, complete with a list of the best vegan gifts to look for this holiday season.
What would a vegan like for Christmas?
There is nothing worse than gifting someone something they cannot use. For vegans, they appreciate receiving vegan-friendly products for Christmas. Look for cruelty-free items and products that are made by eco-friendly companies.
Check out our complete list of 25 vegan gift ideas below.
What NOT to buy a vegan for Christmas
When shopping for the perfect vegan gifts, avoid anything that is made from leather, fur, wool, silk, cashmere, etc. Avoid foods that include non-vegan ingredients such as meat, eggs, or dairy, and beauty products that use animal byproducts—including beeswax.
Gifts like wool socks, non-vegan chocolates, and non-vegan lip balm will not be well-received.
What is a good food gift for a vegan?
Gifting a vegan food is an excellent idea! Some good food gift ideas for your vegan loved one include: a bundle of vegan food, vegan protein powder, a subscription to a vegan meal kit delivery service, or an intimate dining experience in their home with a private chef.
We’ve linked some of these options below to help you with your shopping!
25 Vegan Gift Ideas
NOTE: When buying your vegan gifts, be sure to ask for a gift receipt at the checkout. This can help guarantee that the vegan in your life is completely satisfied with your thoughtful gift.
Here is our complete vegan gift guide:
1. Vegan cookbooks
Sure, there are thousands of recipes online, but we’re confident that most people appreciate reducing screen time and diving into a good old fashion book—including a cookbook! Plus, cookbooks eliminate the need to touch your screen every minute or two to stop it from going dark.
Gifting your plant-based buddy a cookbook full of thoughtfully curated and delicious vegan recipes is a great vegan gift idea.
Some fantastic vegan cookbooks that are full of inspiring vegan recipe ideas include:
2. Vegan books
To build on the idea of off-screen vegan gift ideas, other welcomed gifts include vegan lifestyle books. These books can be useful to those who are new to veganism or who have been practicing it for years.
Some excellent vegan lifestyle books include:
3. Vegan food gift box
For the plant-based eaters on your shopping list, consider going with a more practical and consumable gift like a vegan food box or bundle.
Vegano offers three different sizes of surprise vegan food bundles (aka Mystery Boxes) that work for every budget. Containing some of the best vegan snacks, drinks, and treats available, these fun Mystery Boxes are sure to introduce your vegan pal to exciting new products that they are sure to gobble up!
4. Vegan meal kit box
It’s a known fact that humans are prone to choosing the path of least resistance. Enjoying a delicious vegan meal with minimal effort sounds like a pretty great gift idea to us!
Consider ordering a one-off box from a meal subscription company like Vegano. If that seems too complicated, you can always opt for a gift certificate for a service like this and let the vegan in your life choose which meals they want to order.
5. In-house dining experience
Another unique idea is to hire a private chef to cook a vegan meal for your plant-based friends in the comfort of their home. Take A Chef is a company that offers just that. You can book based on the city and request a vegan dining experience.
If you’re not comfortable booking the date and time, you can purchase a gift certificate and let the gift recipient book it for a day and time that works best for them.
Shifting into kitchen tools and gadgets, if your vegan loved ones do not own a spiralizer, it is a fantastic tool to help with vegan cooking! These handy little gadgets can spiralize many food items including beets, zucchinis, carrots, and even broccoli, potatoes, onions, turnips, and more!
They are a fun kitchen gadget that can keep meals interesting and exciting!
Juicing is a great way to cram a ton of nutrients into one glass—plus fruit and veggie juices are delicious! If the vegan in your life doesn’t already own a juicer, they might be interested in something like this.
Blenders are a staple in any kitchen! They are incredibly useful for many things but as a vegan, they can offer so much more than smoothies. Blenders can be a tool to make vegan food like sauces, dips, dressings, milk alternatives, nut butters, and more.
9. Food processor
Like a blender, a food processor can also help prep and make a ton of vegan food. Many common store-bought foods have additives or ingredients that are not vegan-friendly so owning a food processor in the kitchen allows you vegan friend to easily whip up their favourite dishes with the ingredients they prefer.
10. Kitchenaid mixer
If the vegan on your Christmas shopping list is big into baking, a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer would be a very well-received gift. These handy gadgets make baking a dream! From bread to cookies, these mixers are the hottest kitchen item!
11. Instant pot
For those who don’t know, an instant pot is a pressure cooker, slow-cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker all in one device! This handy tool is perfect for the minimalist vegan who is looking to conserve space in the kitchen.
12. Air fryer
In case you haven’t heard, air fryers are all the rage right now. They are kitchen countertop convection ovens that simulate deep frying without actually having to submerge the food in oil.
Air fryers can be used in a vegan kitchen to make baked potato, asparagus, cookies, apple chips, potato chips, brussels sprouts, cauliflower wings, and so much more!
13. Ice cream maker
For the vegan with a sweet tooth, a Cuisinart ice cream maker might be the perfect Christmas gift! These units can whip up delicious vegan ice cream or sorbet recipes with ease. These allow the at-home ice cream maker to customize the flavour and the ingredient list.
14. Cast iron pan
Cast iron skillets are a fantastic and useful gift for vegans. They are non-stick, chemical free, easy to clean, and safe to use in the oven. Our favourite is the Always Pan from Our Place. These pans are not only functional but beautiful! Cast iron pans in general also add iron to the food that is cooked in them so this is great for vegans who might need to add more iron into their day.
15. Knife set
A quality set of knives isn’t only a great gift for carnivores! We all have that one friend whose knives are always dull. If this person also happens to be vegan and on your Christmas shopping list, consider getting them a nice set of kitchen knives, a fancy chef’s knife, and/or maybe even a knife sharpener to sweeten the pot.
16. Nice cutting board
With all the vegetables that need chopping, a nice cutting board would be a welcomed Christmas gift for the vegan in your life. The board can be accompanied by some knives listed above or gifted on its own.
Bonus points if you can get a cutting board with a custom engravement. There are many independent artists on etsy who offer custom cutting board engravings if you feel like supporting small businesses during the holiday season.
17. Tofu press
If you’ve ever cooked with tofu, you probably know that it is packaged in a container with water. To make tofu as crispy as possible, it’s best to press all of that water out before cooking with it.
Many people will use their hands to press their tofu or incorporate some sort of hack like towels and books, but you can spare your vegan friend this trouble and gift them with the best gadget to drain their tofu with: a tofu press.
Note: This tool is not for the minimalist vegan. It is a ‘nice-to-have’ gadget but definitely not a necessity if conserving kitchen space is at the top of their mind.
18. Cute mug
You can never go wrong with gifting a cute mug. Mugs are perfect for enjoying a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night.
To make this gift meaningful, think of something that reminds you of the person. See if you can find a mug that speaks to their characteristics or quirks or an inside joke. If that doesn’t work, look for a local artist who makes handmade pottery mugs and buy from them.
19. Vegan holiday cookies
Vegans need to treat themselves too! Consider gifting some house-made Vegano vegan holiday cookies!
Vegano’s chef has specially created these cookies only for this holiday season! Grab a box of their pre-made vegan cookies, which includes Classic Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle and Peanut Butter Cookies. Each box contains a dozen of each flavour! Bake at Home options are available too, where you can purchase cookie dough balls of each flavour.
20. Stainless steel water bottle
After eating all those delicious vegan meals they are always whipping up, your vegan friends will need to stay hydrated! Gift them a stainless steel water bottle for Christmas to help them quench their thirst and help protect the environment.
It is estimated that one million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world. By using a reusable water bottle, each person is preventing about 156 bottles from being purchased each year and helping to reduce carbon emissions, landfill and ocean waste, and the death of many birds and sea animals.
21. Vegan protein powder
Since vegans can’t eat meat or eggs, they need to get their protein from plant-sources. Give the gift of essential nutrients to the vegan on your Christmas list!
Who doesn’t love cozying up under a super soft blanket on a cold winter’s night? Blankets are another one of those practical yet great gifts for your vegan friends! Look for vegan blankets that are consciously made and free from wool or animal fur.
23. Vegan accessories
They say the best accessory anyone can wear is their smile. But since you can’t technically can’t gift a smile, you can gift an accessory that will put a smile on their face… Consider gifting some vegan fashion! For example: a vegan watch, a vegan wallet, vegan bags, or vegan shoes.
When choosing one of these luxury vegan gifts, look for products made of vegan leather or recycled material from eco conscious companies.
For the fitness enthusiasts, consider something like an Apple watch since Apple offers vegan wristbands for their watches.
24. Vegan beauty products
Beauty products like vegan lip balm or vegan nail polish make fantastic self care stocking stuffers for the vegan beauty lover in your life!
When shopping for these items, remember that many popular lip balm companies use beeswax in their products and most nail polishes still include animal-derived—both of which are not vegan-friendly.
When shopping for lip chap and nail polish, look for products that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. PETA has put together a complete list of vegan lip chaps and Vegan.com has put one together for vegan nail polish brands to help you in the buying process.
25. Adoption certificate
If you’re looking for a truly unique gift this Christmas for your vegan pal, look into purchasing an adoption certificate to one of the local animal sanctuaries in your area.
Money from the adoption certificate allows the organization to purchase necessary supplies to care for the animals in the sanctuary. It is the perfect gift for the minimalist vegan in your life.