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Do you find holiday shopping stressful? Join the club!
I used to leave my holiday shopping for the last minute. I would head to stores a day before Christmas, with a list in my hand and the hope that I would get some of the items that I wanted.
But now I have a much more enjoyable holiday season. Why? Because I plan ahead!
And you can do the same.
If you have vegan friends or family members, they would love gifts that help them on their journey.
What To Avoid Buying For a Vegan
Before we get into some of the best gifts for vegans, we must go over gifts to avoid.
Many non-vegans (and even some vegans) mean well when they are shopping for vegans. But they end up buying items that a vegan cannot consume or use.
Vegan gift giving is not complicated. When you begin to recognize some of the rules, you will realize that it is easy to avoid giving unsuitable gifts to vegans.
Never buy the following for a vegan:
- Food that is non-vegan, which means that it contains meat, eggs, fish, dairy, gelatin, whey or any other ingredients derived from animals.
- Makeup, bath and beauty products that involves animal testing. These items should be cruelty-free.
- Clothes or bedding made with fur, leather, silk, wool, down, feathers, leather or pearls.
- Home products that are made with bone china.
- Candles that are made from beeswax.
- Non-vegan alcoholic drinks.
Not All Vegans Are The Same
Another mistake made by non-vegans is assuming that every vegan would enjoy the same type of present. While veganism is a huge part of many people’s identity, it is not the only thing that defines them. And the interests of vegans can be wide ranging, including cooking, travel, sorts, fashion and tech.
Gifts for a Vegan Chef
Vegan chefs or foodies are understandably obsessed with the idea of creating perfect vegan meals. Many try to recreate some of their favorite non-vegan foods with vegan ingredients.
Such friends or family members would love an Instant Pot. It is a multi-purpose cooker that can serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, fast cooker and warmer. The Instant Pot has quickly overtaken the slow cooker and other gadgets as the number one wanted kitchen item for many people.
Have vegan friends who love to stir fry? The Lodge Cast Iron Skillet is another very good option. It is an affordable gift that anyone would enjoy, especially if they are in need of a new reliable kitchen pan. Unlike other cast iron skillets, it is seasoned with 100 percent vegetable oil and no synthetic chemicals. It is also made in the United States!
Part of the vegan journey is being healthier, which means limiting intake of simple carbohydrates. Many vegans love using a Spiralizer to recreate spaghetti and noodles with zucchini and other vegetables. It is another affordable gift that can completely transform the way vegans prepare meals!
Gifts for a Vegan Traveler
Traveling as a vegan can be difficult, depending on where you decide to go. Some countries are more vegan-friendly than others. Having some helpful information before starting the trip can make all the difference. Consider gifting helpful books, such as The Essential Vegan Travel Guide or the Vegan-on-a-Budget Travel Guide.
Some people like to separate their clothes in suitcases, making it easier to take out items in a rush. The Eagle Creek Pack It Cube Set features three lightweight mini-bags will make packing for vacations a lot easier! They are vegan-friendly and come with a lifetime warranty.
Many vegans have strong opinions about using disposable cutlery, even while traveling. It has such a negative impact on the environment to constantly use and throw away plastic items. Buying an affordable and high quality set of portable cutlery can help. The VICBAY 4 Pieces Stainless Steel Flatware Set is perfect for that purpose.
Gifts for a Vegan Athlete
Finding a simple and durable water bottle that is also vegan-friendly is not easy. So many water bottles use plastic and other chemicals that do not sync with a vegan lifestyle. This Simple Modern Wave Water Bottle is vacuum insulated, double walled and made of stainless steel. It is also BPA and plastic free.
Finding a high quality pair of cross training shoes that are not made with leather or hemp can be a challenge. This pair from Vibram is perfect for men. The Vibram Men’s KSO EVO Cross Training Shoe is a vegan-friendly pair of shoes that deliver great performance for walking and running.
Instead of lugging around weights or having to build an entire home gym, vegan athletes can use resistance bands to train. The Black Mountain Resistance Band Set is the perfect gift for a vegan athlete, as they can use the bands to train anywhere! The set includes bands of different colors and resistance, which can mimic the effect of training with weights. The set even comes with a useful exercise chart showing how the bands can be used!
Gifts for a Vegan Fashionista
Every young girl and woman needs a high quality handbag. One that will contain all their possessions, last for years and look great with most outfits. And it is even better when the handbag is vegan friendly!
The Corker Vegan Handbag is Peta Approved and made of vegan-friendly materials.
But the Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette is a vegan option that any fashionista would love!
Perhaps you have friends or family who love to celebrate their veganism in an outward way. It is definitely possible to be fun and stylish, while embracing one’s vegan beliefs. Clothes such as the Friends Not Food Vegan Shirt for Men and The Bold Banana Women’s Powered by Plants Tank Top fit the bill!
Gifts for a Vegan Techie
The Matt and Nat Men’s Soren Briefcase is an excellent gift for men or women who use tech gadgets in a professional setting. It is made with vegan friendly materials, can be used as a briefcase or a messenger back, and easily fits modern laptops and iPads.
Made with vegan leather, this stunning 2-in-1 Dreem Fibonacci Wallet Case is perfect for iPhone owners. It has space for an iPhone 7 or 8-plus, while it can even include cash, credit cards and driver’s license. The wallet can even double as a kickstand for the phone!
If your friends have huge smartphones, they could benefit from Plant Powered Vegan Phone Accessories’ Popsocket. Not only is this version made with vegan-friendly materials, but it even includes fun lettering and plant images to promote a healthy, vegan lifestyle!
Any of these gifts would be a wonderful holiday present for your vegan friends and family members.
Remember to stay within budget, if you have set aside specific amounts for each gift. Your loved ones will appreciate an affordable gift as much as an expensive one!
What matters most is that you put in the time and effort to find a gift they would appreciate, while considering their vegan values.