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I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life and know the plight of many of my friends and family when it comes to getting gifts for vegetarians especially travellers! There seems to be so many rules and labels and many people struggle to think of good gifts for vegans. I personally am vegan at home and tend to add dairy to my diet when I travel but still maintain a cruelty free stance when it comes to cosmetics and clothes. Other vegans and vegetarians have their own guidelines that they live by and it really is a very personal choice.

This makes coming up with vegan present ideas tricky! This guide for vegan gift ideas should clear up any doubts and gives you some clear suggestions of great vegan gifts for her, vegan gifts for him, some practical vegan travel gifts and even a few funny vegetarian gifts. I’ve aimed to include some unique items that your vegan friends might not have seen before so your gift will really stand out! Most items are under $50 and all are under $150. If you have any suggestions for a vegan friendly gift please let me know in the comments so I can add it to the list.

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Who could eat this little cute little guy?

Who could eat this little cute little guy?

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What Not To Give A Vegan

Being vegan means different things to different people and there are many ways to live a vegan lifestyle. In a nutshell, Vegans seek to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

What this means for you when buying vegan presents is to avoid three main things:

  • Animal based foods like meat (inc. fish, shellfish and even insects), diary, eggs, and honey,
  • Non-food products that are made with animal materials, like fur, leather, silk, and wool, and
  • Products that have been tested on animals, usually common in cosmetics.

This can sound pretty complicated so to help you out here are some definite no-nos that are 100% not vegan friendly gifts that can seem like a good gift idea to the unsuspecting:

  • Beeswax candles
  • Makeup, bath or body products tested on animals or containing animal products
  • Jewellery with feathers or pearls
  • Down coats or bedding
  • Leather purses
  • Non-vegan wine or alcohol - some drinks can be filtered through things like bone marrow or fish bladders
  • Vegan Friendly Gifts

So now you know what not to give, here are some of the best gifts for vegans and of course these make great presents for vegetarians as well. For the traveller in your life, think small useful gifts they can take on the road or things they can use at home that will actually add value.

Vegan Gift Ideas - Gift Baskets

Vegan Gift Ideas - Gift Baskets

Vegan Gift Baskets

A gift basket or hamper is one of my favourite types of gifts! It’s like getting a bunch of different presents all in one and it can be very easy to make your own vegan hamper maybe using some of the suggestions on this page or by adding some of your friend’s favourite products.

A gift basket or hamper is one of my favourite types of gifts! It’s like getting a bunch of different presents all in one and it can be very easy to make your own vegan hamper maybe using some of the suggestions on this page or by adding some of your friend’s favourite products.

Here are great vegan gift baskets that you can find online from retailers like Etsy or Amazon.

Vegan makeup

Makeup is a very personal thing for most women but there are a few things you can buy that will be happily accepted and are generally universal. A great place to go to in person is your local Sephora store, they stock a lot of vegan makeup brands; or if you’re into online shopping you should find most on Amazon.

Vegan lipstick

Vegan Mascara

Vegan Makeup Brushes

Brushes are a really important part of a woman’s makeup routine and most people don’t realise that they’re traditionally made from animal hair, like squirrels, minks, and horses. Synthetic brushes are easy to find if you know what to ask for. Here are some of my favourite good quality vegan makeup brushes.

Qivange Makeup Brushes
Flawless Beauty 10 piece
Bamboo 4 piece
Ecotools Cruelty Free Set
Amoore Makeup Brush Set

Vegan Lip Balm

Hurraw! Lip Balms
Lush Key Lime Pie Lip Balm
Crazy Rumours Lip Balm
PETA Vegan Lip Balm
Eco Lips Bee Free Vegan Lip Balm

Vegan Hiking Boots

For the vegan traveller in your life, these could be the best gift you could get. I’m always on the hunt for a great pair of hiking boots that will travel well and last. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a trek, out in the middle of nowhere and have your boots fall apart.

For the vegan traveller in your life, these could be the best gift you could get. I’m always on the hunt for a great pair of hiking boots that will travel well and last. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a trek, out in the middle of nowhere and have your boots fall apart.

Finding a great pair of vegan hiking boots can be tough because they’re not always advertised as vegan. Here are my top three recommendations for great vegan hiking boots at three price points but still under $150 making it a perfect vegan Christmas gift to go under the tree.

Will’s Vegan Shoes

These boots are a great price from a  company that is wholly vegan. I love how plain they are, as I’m not a fan of outlandish design or loud logos splashed across my clothes.
Check out the latest prices on Men’s and Women’s

Altra Lone Peak 3 Mid Neo Running Shoes

These shoes are a lightweight dream and get consistently excellent reviews online.
Check out the latest prices on Men’s and Women’s

La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX Boot

This award winner gets top reviews on Amazon and are full featured but still lightweight.
Check out the latest prices onMen’s and Women’s

Vegan cook books

Vegan cook books

Vegan Food Gifts

For the vegan chef in your life one of the best gifts you could give is one that helps them put together their own favourite vegan meals. Here are some of my favourite products for the kitchen and some of my favourite vegan cook books.

Vegan cook books

Clever kitchen items for vegans

Cute and Funny Vegetarian Gifts

Here are some really extra ideas if you want to be really creative with your gift giving ;)

Hopefully this guide makes your shopping easy for your vegan loved ones. You should be able to find some great vegan birthday gifts or vegan Christmas presents that they will love.

Please let me know if you have anything you would like to add in the comments or if you found something new to buy!

Home made vegan dessert - yum!

Home made vegan dessert - yum!

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Best Vegan Gift Ideas