Whether a special occasion or just a nice surprise, I've hand selected these gifts for you to choose from, all available at the click of a button from your favorite online retailer.
Vegans come in all shapes and sizes with different preferences: there are those who like to cook, those who like to wear their veganism on a t-shirt, those who like to read, and those who miss cheese!
With that in mind, my list of gifts covers all bases, giving you a broad range of presents to choose from.
If you really don't know that much about the person you're buying for, my advice is to go for something simple like one of the “make it at home” kits, or a book about animal rights or sentience. Or if your friend has a sweet tooth, how about the chocolate or cookies? Everyone likes those.
Either way, they'll be thrilled, I promise!
Brilliant Vegan Gifts for Christmas & Birthdays
1. Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker
If you haven't tried a Yonanas desert, then you need to know what you're missing out on. They're actually just frozen, over-ripe bananas, but they taste delicious!
The texture is a dead ringer for soft-serve ice cream and the taste is even better; plus it's a heck of a lot better for you than the dairy stuff.
The great thing about the Yonanas is that bananas never go to waste. As soon as you see one that's a little overripe to eat, just stick it in and create an awesome desert.
The machine is essentially just a blender with a small banana shaped mouth. You could try using a standard blender to do the same thing, but you won't get that smooth, creamy texture.
This is an awesome gift for any vegan's kitchen.
2. The Big Vegan Cheese Making Kit
You'd be surprised at the number of vegans who say the only thing they miss about being an omnivore is cheese!
Well, if your friend is one of those people, this cheese making kit is an awesome present.
All you have to do is add nuts and a splash of dairy free milk and you'll be able to enjoy the following:
- Cypriot Style Cheese
- Greek Style Cheese
It comes with a range of herbs, step by step instructions, and delicious recipes. There’s enough ingredients to make 20 batches, and the Kit has a shelf life of at least 12 months.
In less than an hour, you can whip up your favorite vegan cheese, at home and with minimal effort. No experience needed.
3. Deliciously Ella Cookbook
Price: $30 (hardcover)
If the person you are buying for enjoys food preparation then you won't go wrong with the fastest selling vegan cookbook ever!
100 all-new plant-based recipes, all tried and tested from Ella's supper clubs, pop-ups and deli to show how delicious and abundant plant-based cooking can be.
From salads to veggie burgers and falafel, creamy dips and sides, hearty one-pot curries and stews, speedy breakfasts, weekend brunches, muffins, cakes and brownies, there's so many delicious recipes.
In addition to the cooking, the book provides personal insight into Ella's journey on how she overcame illness and grew her blog into a wellness brand.
Perfect for any Ella fan, and for anyone who loves plant-based food.
If $30 is outside of your budget, there are plenty of other vegan cookbooks available on Amazon for under $15. See the link below.
4. Booja Booja Chocolate
Who doesn't love chocolate? And being vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out! In fact, some of the most delicious chocolate is now vegan!
Booja Booja is literally the queen of chocolate. It really is to die for, and these truffles are no exception.
It's not cheap, and that's why it makes a perfect gift – because it's a treat that people generally don't buy for themselves but really appreciate someone else gifting it to them.
What you could do is buy selection of vegan chocolates and bundle them together in one present. A family member did that for me last Christmas and, because I don't normally buy chocolate myself, I was chuffed.
I could eat this whole box in one go. No lie!
5. Thug Kitchen Official Cookbook (explicit)
“Eat Like you Give a F**k,” the cover commands.
The message is clear: what you put in your mouth matters; to the planet and other beings.
A tad aggressive you might think, but this book is a best seller, and with good reason.
It's a kick-ass book that arms you with all the tips and tricks you feed to shop on a budget and still cook amazing grub.
Think recipes like Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos, Pumpkin Chili, and Grilled Peach Salsa.
There's no pretense here; just pure vegan thuggery.
Not for the feint hearted.
6. Vegan Notebook/Diary
Does your friend like making to-do lists or keeping a diary?
This is a great present for the vegan who likes to jot things down or enjoys journaling.
The first of these notebooks is made from cork, a natural and sustainable material. The acid-free writing paper is environmentally friendly and recyclable.
The paper is 20-50% thicker and smoother than standard paper, which makes it of good quality and head and shoulders above your everyday notebook.
The second notebook below is a little more fun and features the words “My Favorite Herbivore' on the front, a subtle way of letting people know that you're a plant-based eater.
The herbivore notebook is better suited to everyday list and note taking. It's a cheaper option too.
7. Electric Pressure Cooker (for beans & lentils)
If your vegan friend does a lot of cooking then chances are they use a lot of beans and pulses.
Most people that aren't aware that a pressure cooker can cut the amount of time required to cook beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc., by a huge amount.
It's a lot harder to under or over cook them this way too, which is very important, with kidney beans in particular.
Trust me, from experience, I know this is a fantastic present for a vegan and will help them eat healthier and prepare meals faster.
The one pictured below is just one of many you can buy. They range from around $40 up to over $100.
The pricing depends on the number of settings, but generally speaking A mid-priced one will be more than sufficient.
8. Vegan Soul Kitchen
Is your vegan friend or family member a fan of soul food?
One of the foremost voices in food activism and justice, Bryant Terry, brings soul food back to its roots with plant-based, farm-to-table recipes that exclude heavy salt, refined sugar and “bad” fats, but leave in the home-cooked vibes.
This book has a real focus on local and seasonal recipes. Bryant has used his talents to rework a range of African, Caribbean, African-American, Native American, and European staples to produce a masterpiece of vegan cooking.
This gift brings with it a huge slice of culture, and a culinary learning journey.
9. Bath Bombs
Who doesn't love personal care products, especially when they are cruelty-free.
These 12 handcrafted bath bombs are free of animal products and testing.
Made in California, they are formulated for normal and dry skin, containing therapeutic and moisturizing ingredients.
The different scents are as follows:
- Black Raspberry Vanilla
- Fun in the Shower
- Fun on the Beach
- Kiwi & Strawberry
- Lemongrass Green Tea
- Mango papaya
- Melon Ball
- Shea & Coconut
- Victorian Rose
Best suited to woman, perhaps, but men love baths too!
10. Tempeh Starter Culture Kit
This is a gift for the vegan who's very into their nutrition.
Tempeh is an amazing meat alternative that contains tons of protein and some helpful B vitamins.
Do keep in mind that your friend will need to buy raw soy beans to get this going, so maybe you can grab a bag of those too to couple with the gift.
When you buy this tempeh starter kit, your friend will get free access to an online library that's packed with easy-to-make recipes, how-to articles and instructional videos tempeh-making videos.
It's a fun, experimental gift that is very vegan!
11. Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit
Yogurt, like cheese, is potentially something else a vegan might miss from their dairy days. Thing is, vegan yogurt is just as delicious, and these days most people can't tell the difference between coconut or soy-based and dairy.
While there are plenty of plant-based yogurt options, but there's nothing quite like making it yourself.
Doing so is not only beneficial for your gut flora, but it's a versatile ingredient that can be added to a number of recipes that wouldn't otherwise be vegan.
When you buy this vegan gift, your friend will get access to a 155-page yogurt ebook with a treasure trove of easy recipes, articles, and how-to yogurt-making videos.
12. Organic Kombucha SCOBY
Kombucha is a fermented, slightly alcoholic sweetened black or green tea drink, commonly consumed for its health benefits.
If your friend is into health and wellness then he/she will already know about the power of Kombucha. And if not, they will definately be intrigued by this gift.
This SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) enables you to make your own Kombucha tea from home.
It arrives packed in approximately 1/4 cup of starter liquid, which is extra strong Kombucha tea. This is enough to ferment about two quarts of tea.
The cool thing is, a new baby SCOBY grows with each new batch of tea – so you essentially increase your production with each batch.
The SCOBY comes with instructions on how to set up and maintain your brew.
This is a very unique and highly affordable present.
13. Vegan for Everything T-Shirt
Everyone needs t-shirts, and most people like wearing a t-shirt that represents their style and interests.
And what better way to share the benefits of veganism that with this tee that highlights all the benefits in neat little graphics.
It looks cool, but also shares a powerful message of health, compassion, and ecological awareness.
The tee comes in sizes to fit all, and a few different colors too, including black, grey, and blue.
14. Eating Animals is Weird T-Shirt
Most would agree that eating a rotting corpse is a tad odd, especially when there are far less morbid food choices available to us modern humans. But hey, carnism is a real thing.
This is a passive aggressive t-shirt that makes a bold statement, and should make people think a little. We live in hope!
15. Powered by Plants – T-Shirt
This popular, cool t-shirt is a little more neutral in its message. It's not aggressive or “preachy” and simply makes a personal statement.
It offers a nice way to spread the message that humans can happily and healthily run on plants for fuel.
Comes in men's, women's, and youth sizes, and a variety of colors, including black, heather, and dark blue.
16. Vegan Car/ Phone / Laptop Stickers
Pricing: Under $5
These inexpensive stickers make a great present and a positive statement.
There are car stickers and phone and laptop stickers, with lots of designs to choose from.
Here's just a few of the slogans to choose from:
- I don't eat anything that poops
- Not your mom not your milk
- Plant Power
- Go Vegan
- Animals Are Friends, Not Food
All vegans will appreciate these stickers for personalizing their items and engaging in passive activism. These make great stocking fillers for teens too!
17. Peter Singer's Animal Liberation
Animal Liberation was the first book to create mass awareness of the concept of speciesism, which is the differing treatment or moral consideration of individuals based on their species.
For example: being compassionate to dogs and cats but needlessly being violent towards cows and pigs is speciest.
The book inspired a worldwide movement to transform our attitudes to animals and eliminate the cruelty we inflict on them.
It will find a happy home on the bookshelf of any vegan who has a taste for reading and a passion for the protection of animals. Peter Singer has a number of other books too, so if your friend has this one do check out his more recent titles.
18. Melanie Joy: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs & Wear Cows
Melanie Joy's “Why we love…” helps vegans understand the psychology behind “carnism”, an invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals and not others.
Voted a top ten book by VegNews Magazine, this is an absorbing insight as to how humans can so wholeheartedly devote ourselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for our consumption.
It's a really compelling and easy read. It's also a gift a vegan could give to a non-vegan to help them understand why society remains stuck in the old paradigm of eating meat and dairy.
As far as vegan gifts go, this is a brilliant choice. I personally read it in two days and found it super interesting.
19. Jonathan Balcombe: What a Fish Knows
Fish: We hook them in the lip and drag them out of ponds for fun, or net them or spear them for food.
They are just fish, they can't feel it and only have 3-second memories, anyway, right?
Ethologist Jonathan Balcombe reveals how fish conduct elaborate courtship rituals, develop lifelong bonds with shoalmates, plan and hunt cooperatively, use tools, curry favor, deceive one another, and punish wrongdoers.
This book makes an impassioned argument that there is a whole lot more going on “upstairs” and that we ought to be treating fish a lot better than we do.
An eye-opening must read for all, but in particular vegans who want deeper insight into the lives of our underwater friends.
20. Eco-Friendly Zero Waste Kit
Veganism is an anti violence (unless it is self-defence) philosophy. This extends to violence against the environment, because this directly affects the sentient beings, including us, for whom the environment is home.
For the vegan who is concerned about the use of toxic materials and the impact of plastic on the ocean, this eco-friendly zero waste kit is a great place to start a better footprint.
The set includes:
- 2 x bamboo tooth brushes
- 3 x stainless steel straws + 1 x cleaning brush and cotton pouch
- 1 x cotton mesh reusable bag
- 3 x piece biodegradable cutlery set
- 1 x reusable zero waste packaging gift tube
We've all seen videos of animals injured and killed by plastic, and the piles of non-degradable rubbish being sent to third world countries to be dumped and buried or burned into toxic fumes.
This present makes a positive statement that promotes a more less harmful, sustainable way of living.
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I hope these gift ideas have helped inspire you to choose a great present for your family member or friend. Shopping for a vegan is actually very simple: it just means avoiding any animal products, which includes leather or silk goods.
Veganism is so widespread these days that many companies have switched out animal ingredients for non-violent options, making present options far easier than ever. Many gifts are accidentally vegan too, like books and bath bombs and cotton t-shirts.
That being said, the vegan you are buying for will be really happy if you get a gift that is vegan-specific, because it shows you went the extra mile.
I'd love to know what you end up buying, as it will inspire my gift choices too, and help other readers buy appropriately. You can do that by leaving a note in the comments section.