My guide to vegan holiday gifts has something for everyone on your list! Look no further, because whether your shopping for cruelty-free Christmas presents for your family or vegan Hanukkah gifts for your friends, you’ll find lots of ideas here.
Vegan Holiday Gifts
I don’t know things are going for you, but the year seems to be flying by for me. It’s hard to believe that we’re already in “the holiday season.” Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means that Friday is the first official shopping day of the season.
I usually spend Black Friday hunkered down in my house, baking or crafting and avoiding stores at all costs. Crowds and malls are not my thing, and there isn’t much I want to purchase at a big box store, anyway.
When giving vegan holiday gifts, I prefer to either make gifts myself or support small businesses and vegan proprietors. Giving a vegan gift to an omnivore is a great form of activism, too!
I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite vegan holiday gifts to make shopping a little easier for you this holiday season.
My Vegan Holiday Gifts Guide
Vegan Food Gifts
Homemade Food Gifts
Tins of cookies, bottles of flavored oils and jars of soup mix all make really great gifts, and you’ll be spreading some vegan joy by giving them. Joni Marie Newman’s book Vegan Food Gifts has lots of great ideas for, well… vegan food gifts. I’ve made quite a lot of gifts from this book over the past few years and the recipients have always loved everything. (The book itself also makes a great gift!)
Give the gift that keeps on giving with subscription boxes!
- Vegan Cuts Snack Box Gift Subscription– What could be better than having snacks delivered to your door each month? It’s like a mini Christmas each month when the box arrives, so your recipient will think of how thoughtful you are throughout the year. Three and six month gift subscriptions are available.
Store-Bought Food Gifts
If you don’t have time to make food gifts, there’s no need to worry, because there are plenty of places to buy delicious vegan food online and your gift can be shipped directly to the recipient. Some of my favorites are:
- Miyoko’s Kitchen – This dairy-free cheese is the best around, and it’s probably even better than “the real thing”.
- Rescue Chocolate – Rescue Chocolate is “the sweetest way to save a life!” From each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country. All of the their chocolates are vegan and kosher, and they’re handcrafted in Brooklyn.
- Lagusta’s Luscious – These chocolates are heartbreakingly delicious and painstakingly made by hand with truly artisanal ingredients in New Paltz, New York. Give your loved one a few bars or barks, a box of bonbons, or a collection of luscious truffles.
- Gone Pie – These amazing treats are all gluten-free free and made with ethically sourced chocolate and organic, non-bone char sugar. I’m a big fan of their Peanut Butter Caramel Cups.
Vegan Gifts that Pamper
Like with food subscription boxes, you can give the gift that keeps on giving with skincare products!
- Vegan Cuts – This Beauty Box arrives once a month is chock full of new health and beauty care items that just about anyone will love. Three and six month gift subscriptions are available.
- Petit Vour – The Monthly Box also delivers fresh beauty products—culled from beauty’s kindest—right to your doorstep each month. Three and six months subscriptions are available
Skin Care Products
Because who wouldn’t want to receive products to pamper themselves during the holidays?
- The Fanciful Fox – The Fanciful Fox is a Brooklyn-based skin and body care company. They produce scrubs, body butters, soaps, moisturizes, bath fizzies, and more – and it’s all handmade. They also have also have a line of men’s products that includes facial serum, aftershave, and beard oil.
- Meow Meow Tweet – Meow Meow Tweet is a New York-based company that produces handmade vegan body care items. They make soaps, body oils, perfumes, balms, scrubs and more.
Vegan Clothing and Jewelry
Clothing, jewelry, tote bags, and purses are always fun gifts. There are many options out there – these are just a few of my favorites.
- Message Tote Bags and T-Shirts – A few years ago, I opened a Zazzle store with some vegan and animal-themed products, such as Kale Queen t-shirts and Meat-Free Zone tote bags.
- Christy Robinson Jewelry – Super cute message necklaces and bracelets are sure to please any lady on your list!
- Kat Mendenhall Boots – Kat’s vegan cowboy boots are handcrafted in Texas.
- Herbivore Clothing – Herbivore has their own line of t-shirts and hoodies, as well as vegan-message stickers and buttons, socks, slippers, shoes, and bags.
- Compassion Co – Andy drives around the country in his van, selling message t-shirts at veg fest, but you can purchase them online, too.
- Gunas Handbags – Gunas is an independent high fashion label with a cause! Their bags are high fashion without any animal cruelty. I get tons of compliments on my Monarch bag, and it’s held up for years.
For The Kitchen
I love opening presents to find shiny new kitchen gadgets inside!
- Blendtec – If you’re in the market for a big-ticket item, you can’t go wrong with a high-speed Blendtec!
- Air Fryer – I received an air fryer for Christmas a few years ago and I LOVE it. I use it almost every day.
- Instat Pot – Pressure cookers were all the rage this year, with the Instapot as everyone’s favorite.
- Dehydrator – I absolutely love my Tribest Sedona Express Dehydrator.
- Juicer – I’m also in love with my Tribest Solostar 4 Juicer!
- Food Processor – I received my Cuisinart food processor was as gift a few years ago and I love it!
- Immersion Blender – If food processors and dehydrators are out of your price range, consider an immersion blender, which is perfect for making creamy soups on the winter.
- Slow Cooker – If your recipient prefers to let meals cook while he or she is at work, consider giving a slow cooker.
- Message Mugs – You’ll can find Kale Queen and VeggieGirl mugs in my Zazzle store.
We’re currently living through a vegan cookbook renaissance! They always make great gifts, and there are many, many more wonderful cookbooks than those listed here. If you’re looking for more ideas, just search this blog for “cookbooks.”
- The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook by Dianne Wenz – Hey, that’s me! My first cookbook focused on healthy, vegetable-centric versions of classic dishes.
- Eating Vegan by Dianne Wenz – My second cookbook is a great book for newbie vegans, so if anyone on your list has resolved to start eating healthier in the new year, this book is for them.
- The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran and JL Fields – This book is part cookbook and part guide to going vegan, and it’s great for beginners. I have several recipes and a few vegan tips in the book, so I’m super excited about it.
- Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan – I’m a total chocoholic, and this cookbook enables me to get my daily fix.
- Veganomicon, 10th Anniversary Edition by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero – This is a shiny, new, revised and updated 10th anniversary edition of everyone’s beloved cookbook, and Isa and Terry have somehow managed to make it even better than the first.
- Veganize It! by Robin Robertson – This is a great book for vegans who love to cook and who are into DIY. With it, you can make your own milks, cheeses, bacon, burgers, sausages, butter, and even Worcestershire sauce.
- Vegan for Everyone by Laura Theodore – This is a “greatest hits” cookbook from TV’s Jazzy Vegetarian, and it’s filled with easy-to-make, omnivore-approved recipes.
- Betty Goes Vegan by Annie and Dan Shannon – This classic cookbook features recipes inspired by The Betty Crocker Cookbook, as well as hundreds of original, never-before-seen recipes sure to please even meat-eaters.
- Vegan on a Budget by Nava Atlas – If your recipient thinks going vegan is too expensive, this book is for them!
- Chloe Flavor by Chloe Coscarelli – When I’m not sure what to make for dinner (it happens!) I reach for this book, which is packed with flavorful vegan dishes.
- Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky – Hannah is my go-to source for all things dessert, and she proves that vegan treats are much tastier than their dairy-laden counterparts.
- The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page – This is a great book to help home chefs maximize flavor in their plant-based dishes.
I like to give appliances and cookbooks together!
- Consider pairing an Instant Pot with Kathy Hester’s The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot.
- If you’re giving someone an air fryer, why not tuck a copy of The Vegan Air Fryer by JL Fields into the box?
- A slow cooker combined with Robin Robertson’s The Plant-Based Slow Cooker are perfect for those “hard to shop for” people.
- If there’s a gadget junkie on your list, a spiralizer and The Vegan Spiralizer Cookbook by Barb Music are great gifts.
An Animal Sponsorship
Most animal sanctuary’s around the country offer animal sponsorships. Your recipient will receive photos and updates on his or her adopted animal and the money you donated goes to pay for food and care. Some of my favorite sanctuaries include:
- Farm Sanctuary
- Catskill Animal Sanctuary
- Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
- Tamerlaine Farm
- Skylands Sanctuary
Classes and Coaching
- Health Coaching – If your friends and family have healthy living goals for the new year, I can offer support with my health coaching programs.
- Personalized Cooking Classes – Gift certificates for cooking classes with me are available for those in the Northern New Jersey area, but please note that I will not be doing any classes until the covid-19 pandemic is completely over.
- Rouxbe Plant-Based Professional Cooking Class – Master technique in your plant-based kitchen in this six-month online course.
- Rouxbe Essential Vegan Desserts Class – Learn how to bake with Fran Costigan, a.k.a. the queen of vegan desserts.
- Rouxbe Culinary RX – This class will transform the way you cook, eat, and live.
Whats on your holiday wish list this year?