More and more people are turning to veganism as a compassionate
and health-conscious lifestyle, so that means you probably have
at least a few veg-heads in your life. And at some point,
you’re going to have an occasion to give a gift to those vegan
friends, family, or office mates. And to remove any anxiety
about what to get them, and to make sure you’re prepared for
gift giving all year round, we’ve created a delicious and
inspiring vegan gift guide.
This list includes practical food items, like cooking oils, and
some impractical but lovely items (macarons!). Many of the
items are budget-friendly, but there are a few items on the
list, like my favorite juicer and everyone’s favorite air
fryer, that give you a chance to splurge on your favorite
vegan. Some of these are personal favorites, like the
delectable chocolate companies, but others are gleaned from
friends, trusted sources, and other bloggers with smart ideas
about how to best take care of ones we love.
We hope you enjoy our gift guide! What’s the best
vegan-friendly gift you’ve ever given or received? We look
forward to hearing what your best gift ideas are in the
There are hundreds of incredible vegan cookbooks out there,
whether you’re a newbie chef or a gourmand. Some of the books
on my wishlist include Richa
Hingle’s newest book, Sarah
Britton’s Naturally Nourished, and Laura
Wright’s The First Mess.
is a great standby, but newer magazines like Origin, Thrive, and Mantra offer vegan
lifestyle and green living vibes. I follow all of these brands
on Instagram and they are beautiful, colorful, and very fun.
For those that only use their digital devices for reading,
Lifestyle magazine is a new option that is full of
Donations And Support
Whether you want to support Goats of Anarchy or
any other fuzzy friends, donating money, products, or time
in the name of your friend can make a big difference for
animals and the people that care for them.
Vegan Meal Delivery
Purple Carrot started a few years ago with great fanfare. Noted
New York Times food author Mark Bittman joined the team and
this vegan food delivery service took off. You can sign up for
a meal plan that fits your needs and get cooking with
pre-packed ingredients for healthy plant-based meals.
Keep your favorite veg-head stocked of fresh fruits and veggies
with a subscription to a CSA (community supported agriculture).
CSAs support local farmers and keep your fridge full all season
long. Depending on where you live, you may have many different
models of CSAs available to you.
There is an abundance of online cooking classes that can help
cooks of all stripes learn more about plant-based cooking.
Rouxbe, PLANTLAB Culinary, and
Forks Over Knives are three popular options.
Fun Vegan Stickers
Make sure your favorite vegan can express themselves
everywhere! These stickers are just too dang cute and show the
world, that yes, there is such a thing as vegan tacos, and yes,
they are awesome (and I’m so ready to order some right now).
Not all yoga retreats are vegan, but many of them are. Practice
ahimsa in your practice and your life by finding a vegan yoga
retreat anywhere in the world for the vegan in your life.
VegNews has an awesome
list of the best vegan yoga retreats, whether you want to
go to France, Costa Rica, and beyond…
Food Photography School
Whether you run a blog or just want the most awesome Instagram
feed ever (#vegansofig), Food Photography School from
Minimalist Baker offers an incredible online tutorial that
covers equipment, lighting, and other basic skills to take your
food photography from simple to sensational.
Mushroom Growing Kit
Get funky with fungus from Back to the Roots and their mushroom
growing kits. I grew one of these little boxes years ago and
loved seeing the mushrooms grow every day.. and then eating
them after! If you want to grow more than mushrooms, they also
offer herb and vegetable kits that are equally adorable.
If you really want to pamper the vegan in your life, support
them day and night with a natural or organic mattress. Most
traditional mattresses are made with petrochemical-based foams
and contain toxic chemicals. Choosing a natural or organic
mattress means a good night’s sleep and healthier days. Be
mindful of the ingredients though: many natural mattresses
contain wool (which is a natural flame retardant). But many
brands offer wool-free options for a peaceful nights sleep for
your body and your conscience. Some brands that offer natural
Good Night Naturals, and
Samudra Skin & Sea
There are lots of good vegan body care products out there, but
some take it to the next level. I love Samudra Skin & Sea. This
organic, vegan body care line is created with wild seaweed and
food-grade ingredients. Their deeply nourishing facial cream,
body butter, soap/shampoo, and detoxifying face mask are
packaged in beautiful zero-waste packaging made from bamboo,
glass, and FSC-certified paper.
Vegan Makeup Monthly Delivery
Birchbox is one of the many options for giving the gift of
beauty for vegan guys and gals. You can easily gift a
subscription (just $10/month for women’s or $20/month for men)
for a monthly delivery of skin and body care and makeup
delivered to your door.
Subscribe at Birchbox
Macarons are beautiful, edible art… but most are made with egg
whites, leaving them on the table for vegans. But these
beautiful macarons (sold by the dozen) will feed cravings for
these fancy treats without the animal ingredients.
Patgonia Provisions is a new line of foods from the iconic
outdoor gear and clothing company. Patagonia does a lot of
things right in their triple-bottom-line business, and even
though their line of Provisions is not fully vegan, their line
of 10-minutes soups and chilis are. These quick-cooking,
lightweight foods are ideal for backpacking or just busy days
at the office when you need real nourishment and flavor.
Coffee + Cream
So many of my friends are currently obsessed with this Mushroom
Coffee from Four Sigmatic, made with immune-boosting and
brain-loving mushrooms like Lion’s Mane and Chaga. And to pair
with your mushroom brew (no, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms!)
you can share a sample pack of yummy plant-based creamers from
NutPods. I like the French Vanilla, but all their flavors are
delicious and perfectly creamy for all your coffee needs.
Thrive Market Subscriptions
Thrive Market is an online marketplace full of all the foods
you’d buy at your local natural foods store, with discounts of
up to 25-50%. A gift card can cover the annual cost of
membership ($60) and you can throw in a few extra dollars to
stock up on their array of vegan pantry and body care items.
Subscribe At Thrive Market
Give the gift of health with a juicer! Fresh juices are a great
way to amp up your health, but packaged juices can get
expensive (nevermind all that plastic you’re wasting!). A
juicer is about $300-$500, but will produce delicious juice for
years to come. I own an Omega masticating juicer and it’s the
best for leafy greens (like dandelion, parsley, spinach) and
has worked great for more than four years.
There are lots of excellent brands producing high-quality
chocolate. Some of my favorites include Madre
Chocolate (Hawaii), which offers a vegan line of chocolates
using Hawaiian and Latin American cacao along with a range of
delicious infusions (ginger, jaboticaba, pink peppercorns). Try
their limited edition bar club once or sign up as an ongoing
subscription. Another favorite of mine is Live a Lot Chocolate (San
Francisco). The two sisters of the company make chocolate
into a medicinal practice with their superfood-infused bars and
cacao meditation workshops.
Tea Gift Boxes
Nothing makes me happier than a warm cup of organic herbal,
green, or black brew to pair with vegan cookies or breakfast.
If your vegan is a tea drinker, I can’t recommend anything
better than Townshend’s Tea from Portland. This company
produces some of the most lovely teas I’ve ever sipped,
including an herbal Dark Forest Chai, and my big tea splurge,
Navitas Naturals is an incredible superfoods company. A few
years ago they added a line of snacks and bars to their product
list, and this variety pack is an excellent way to stock your
friend up for all the hiking, workouts, or long days at work
they will face. Flavors include Cacao Goji, Blueberry Hemp, and
Kombucha Starter Kit
For the ferment novice, a Kombucha starter kit can get them set
up quickly to have fresh, homemade kombucha in their kitchen.
You can nurture your SCOBY and then pass it on once you have
your brews to share!
Hot Sauce Kit
Local produce and natural preservation methods are the ethos
that informs Maui Preserved. Their Hot Sauce Trio kit features
three sauces made with mango, habanero, coffee, onions and
chili peppers for the spiciest vegans on your list.
Air Fryers are the kitchen appliance of 2017. I can’t count how
many bloggers are literally reinventing cooking with these
awesome gadgets. Just use a teaspoon of oil and make crispy
fries, baked tofu, fried veggies, roasted nuts and more. I’m
not sure why I don’t own one yet myself!
Gourmet Cooking Oils
La Tourangelle makes a beautiful line of gourmet cooking oils,
including walnut, pecan, truffle oil and more. This is a lovely
gift for anyone that cooks, and there are lots of options in
their gift pack category.
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