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It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year… until it comes to present buying. Then it can suddenly become the craziest, most irritating and highly stressful time of the year. If the thought of wading through the swarms of Christmas shoppers fills you with utter dread – like me! – then don’t panic. I’ve sourced the (cashew) crème de la crème of gifts for vegans and that don’t require venturing anywhere near a mall – praise the Lord! So make their Christmas cracking with these 20 present ideas, suitable for vegans, raw vegans, and those who are vegan-curious alike!
Recipe Books and Guides
There’s nothing like recipe books and guides to inspire incredible lifestyle changes, or to add to your raw vegan repertoire. They’ll love these books, and if they invite you round for a taste-test… bonus!
One of my all-time favourite cookbooks, Rawsome Vegan Baking is a must-have for any vegan or raw vegan’s kitchen. Packed full of delectable, moreish, energising recipes, this book will satisfy their sweet tooth, without weighing them down with processed sugar. Have them whip up some ‘super sexy cacao cashew cupcakes’, ‘ultimate caramel chocolate squares’ or a ‘crème brulee of cashews, coconut, lavender and cinnamon’ in this simply stunning book. They’ll never miss processed sweets, when they’re making these gorgeous raw desserts, and feeling incredible afterwards! The only downside is the plethora of requests they’ll receive from family and friends for these treats. Don’t they know they have jobs?!
Fully Raw Kristina is the undisputable raw vegan queen, and a massive inspiration to the community. She’s been raw vegan for 13 years, which she used to overcome type 2 diabetes. Her amazing book contains tips, meal and exercise plans and recipes abundant; it’s really a great guide for curious or new raw vegans, and the perfect way to get started.
I absolutely love ‘Becoming Raw’. It answers so many questions about the raw vegan diet, and looks at the science behind it. It has everything they could need to plan a well-balanced raw vegan diet, suited to their requirements, as well as recipes and equipment guides.
Because there’s nothing a raw vegan loves more than food, despite the stereotypes. Fancy food is guaranteed to be a hit with any raw vegan this Christmas. And if you’re super nice, they might even share it. (But probably not – it’s just too good!)
You’ve probably seen goji berries in lists of superfoods that will boost your health and vitality. Well the hype is indeed true, and organic goji berries will make a luxury gift for any vegan or raw vegan this Christmas. These superberries are packed with beta-carotene, which contributes to the glowing skin raw vegans can expect to experience. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C, helping to prevent colds and boost the immune system. They can sprinkle them on top of a smoothie bowl, add them to salads, or simply munch away on them as they are!
If a night in with a good film and box of decadent raw truffles isn’t living your best life, I don’t know what is. Heidi’s Raw Energy Dessert Truffles taste even more amazing than they sound and come in 8 decadent flavors, including Hazelnut Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Raspberry. And yes, that does say ‘truffles’. Whilst raw vegans eat fruits and veggies in abundance, we also enjoy sweet treats, just without the sugar crashes afterwards!
Presented in a gorgeous gift box, these raw truffles are the perfect present for the vegans and raw vegans in your life. They’ll love these sweet and creamy chocolates, and feel full of energy after eating them. Sounds like a decent deal to me!
These heavenly Raw Dark Chocolate Walnut Brownies make a perfect stocking filler, and are so healthy, they can be eaten for breakfast! It’s a hard life, being a raw vegan… These pieces of deliciousness combine cocoa with almonds, walnuts and vanilla to create a terrific treat! They’re sure to please even the sweetest of sweet-tooths!
Having the right equipment is an essential part of living the best raw vegan life possible. I’ve picked out some of the essentials that would make fantastic gifts for just-turned raw vegans or those who are vegan or raw-vegan curious. And if you need a full guide, I’ve got that covered too.
Whether they’re a spiralizer novice, or a zucchini noodle connoisseur, they’ll love this electric spiralizer. No more manual turning for them! Simply feed the veggies into the chute, then press the pusher. With a compact design, easy clean-up and warranty, you’ll make their Christmas with this nifty bit of kit! They’ll be whipping up some delicious butternut squash spaghetti in no time! And all without the arm ache…
Never heard of dehydrators? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, but this must-have piece of kitchen tech can – and will – open doors to a whole new world of raw vegan food. With a dehydrator, they’ll be making dishes fancy enough for the Queen of England, but which are surprisingly simple with one like this from Excalibur; its patented Hyperwave technology removes water effortlessly. If gifting this to a loved one, pair it with a disclaimer that they, no matter what, must provide you with 3 servings of these decadent raw vegan lemon cookies per week. I think that’s a fair deal, to be honest.
Possibly my favorite gift on the list, this amazing Yonanas makes soft serve from fruit easily and quickly. They’ll become seriously addicted to this piece of awesomeness. Turn frozen fruits into yummy ‘desserts’ in minutes. Banana nice cream for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do.
The king of the vegan gift ideas, giving a Vitamix will ensure that you are loved for the rest of time. Whilst they might seem expensive, there are so many reasons why they are a crucial bit of kit in a vegan’s or raw vegan’s kitchen, and are so vital, long-lasting, and just enjoyable to use, that they’ll pay for themselves! With a range of options to suit all budget, the Vitamix really can blend anything, and will add a rainbow of smooth and beautiful color to any vegan’s diet. Leave the price tag on ‘accidentally’ to show just how much they mean to you!
11. Mason Jars
You don’t have to be a hipster to own mason jars. In fact, they’re the perfect gift for vegans and raw vegans; we do love an aesthetically pleasing meal. Whip up some delicious blueberry swirl banana nice cream, a la Fully Raw Kristina, pack it into a mason jar, and there you have it: an Instagram ready pic of your breakfast. Okay, so it might be a little hipster-y, but I love them.
Luckily, society is finally waking up to the dangers of plastic, which now pollutes ‘every corner of the earth’, and that’s where bamboo comes in. From toothbrushes to plates, bamboo is taking over the eco-friendly world, and this awesome, natural Bamboo cutlery set will make the perfect gift for an environmentally-conscious loved one this Christmas! A great set to take on the go, to picnics, or to use at home, the utensils come in a protective pouch and are packaged in a lovely gift box. Perfect for them, and the planet!
Have I mentioned that bamboo is pretty awesome? This gorgeous Bamboo Flask is completely leak proof, keeps drinks warm for 12 hours and cold for a whopping 24! Perfect for a coffee or tea-loving vegan, or a raw vegan who likes to keep their smoothies super cold and fresh on the go! Not only is this bamboo flask eco friendly – and BPA free – but it looks lovely! With a geometric design and ‘only love’ on the front, it’ll make a great gift for caring vegans this festive season.
Not content with providing the world with tropical fruity goodness, (and an amazing hair and skin treatment – thank you coconut oil!), coconuts have extended their usefulness to include eco-friendly home ware. That’s right. This bowl and spoon set is made entirely from organic coconuts, which means no harmful plastic, chemical, or toxins. Presented in a gift box, this makes the perfect treat, and is great for those delicious smoothie bowls!
Clothes and Accessories
Aside from the myriad of health benefits that accompany a raw vegan lifestyle, not eating meat and dairy is obviously an incredible thing to do for the animal world. Over 56 billion are killed each year by humans. I know that that seems like a grossly overestimated figure, but, unfortunately, it’s true. So going raw vegan (or vegan of any form), has obvious benefits for the animals.
Aside from the needless cruelty involved, animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions, more than all forms of transport combined, so avoiding it directly helps to save the planet. This super cute vegan t-shirt should therefore be worn proudly, again and again! Featuring the text, ‘Vegan because going to bed each night knowing that I did not contribute to any being’s suffering makes my soul shine’, it makes the perfect present for a proud vegan.
If they’re (super)powered by plants, gift them this awesome Powered By Plants unisex T-Shirt. Choose maroon or heather, and let them show off to the world that it’s fruits and veggies that give them that boundless energy and health glow.. who would have thought it?!
Aside from being used for meat, animals are also exploited for their skin. From cows for wallets to crocodiles for handbags, animals are needlessly killed for our accessories, when there are so many cruelty-free, and super fashionable, options! This cute leaf wallet is completely non-leather, and, in fact, is made with real leaves! Available in 5 different colors, you’re sure to find their favorite! Stuff it with some dollars if you’re feeling particularly kind. Or a wholefoods voucher, if you’re feeling crazy generous. (Pay attention, my family!)
Inika is a pioneer of cruelty-free beauty, proving that you don’t need to test cosmetics on animals, period. All of their products are vegan, are not tested on animals, and include all-natural ingredients. This is the ideal starter or travel collection for vegans and non-vegans alike this Christmas. Including Mineral Foundation Powder, Mineral Liquid Foundation, Mineral Bronzer, Organic Primer, Organic Concealer, Mineral Setting Powder, Mineral Blush and a Kabuki Brush all in a drawstring make-up bag, it’s all they’ll need to start (or continue) their journey into incredibly high-quality, cruelty-free vegan beauty! It even comes in four different shades for varying skin tones, making it an ideal Christmas gift for compassionate loved ones. Okay, I’ve just convinced myself to buy one… Christmas is the time for giving (treats to yourself), after all!
Another gift oozing beauty brilliance is this amazing Life Around 2 Angels Bath Bomb Gift Set. Cruelty-free – of course – and created with American ingredients in California, this is truly a company with passion. This gift box features 12 stunning scents, including Black Raspberry Vanilla, Shea Coconut and Mango Papaya. They’re sure to find a scent to fit every mood, and will experience the most beautiful bubbly bath they’ve ever had! Stress? Not with these bath bombs!
If they’re not smelling sweet enough after their bath, they can simply spritz on this divine vegan and cruelty-perfume, and come up smelling of roses. A favorite scent of mine, this gorgeous perfume is a sumptuous blend of vanilla absolute, honey-jasmine notes, and a beautiful base of tea. And, just to make it even sweeter, it’s completely free of parabens, phthalates, and other nasty stuff you do not want to put on your skin.
So there you have it. You’re sure to find the perfect gift among this fantastic bunch. In fact, you’ll like these gifts so much that it may be tempting to keep them yourself, and if you do, there’ll be no judgement from me whatsoever! I’ve never done that, of course…
Merry Christmas everyone!