Since going vegan a couple of years ago, my friends and relatives have sometimes struggled in knowing what on Earth to buy a vegan for Christmas. Many beauty products contain hidden animal ingredients, and chocolates and other popular festive treats are also out the window. It’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to purchasing vegan-friendly gifts.
Thankfully – this guide has you covered! I’m going to list my favourite vegan beauty products, haircare, books, and vegan treats so you’ll never struggle with what to buy a vegan for Christmas again.
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One of my favourite beauty brands is Green People. They’re a natural & organic company selling many vegan products, and all of their products are also cruelty-free. They don’t use any harsh chemicals in their products, and they’re also paraben-free, SLS free, petrochemical free, and much more!
They’ve just released a gorgeous new interstellar gift collection ready for Christmas, and it would make the perfect addition to any vegan’s stocking or even as a secret Santa! Inspired by the night sky, each item is beautifully packaged and would look perfect under the Christmas tree.
There are four gift sets: Everyday Organics, Skin Retreat, Super Naturals, Grooming Rituals (For Men), and four individual products: Fruitful Nights, Beauty Boost, Cosy Hands, and Cleanse & Buff (For Men).
The Everyday Organics set consists of a Gentle Cleanser & Makeup Remover (30ml), Fruit Scrub Exfoliator (30ml), and a Day Solution Cream with SPF15 (10ml). For £15 it’s an absolute bargain. And as you can see – they’ve really outdone themselves with the night sky packaging. I really love the Day Cream. It’s so moisturising but not too heavy and makes a great base for under your makeup.
The Fruitful Nights Night Cream is probably one of my favourite products of theirs. It contains Rosehip, Hibiscus, Pineapple, and Raspberry, so it smells absolutely gorgeous, and it’s great for soothing and calming your skin overnight while not being too heavy. It’s £10 for 30ml in this range, although a 50ml tube is also available for £19.50.
*These products were gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All photos and opinions are my own.
*These brands are cruelty-free, but not all of their products are vegan. Make sure you check before you buy.
I don’t know any vegan who wouldn’t appreciate a vegan cookbook for Christmas! There are so many amazing vegan cookbooks out there – but if you’re buying one as a gift just make sure to check which ones they already have!
My favourites are:
Dirty Vegan – This is great for really hearty, filthy vegan food. It’s not a vegan junk food book, but all of the meals still seem like a treat. I’ve only had it for a couple of months but I’ve made a lot of recipes already. The vegan sausage casserole is a favourite in our house. (There’s also a second book coming out soon!)
Deliciously Ella Every Day – Probably my favourite book from Ella. This one is great for easy, everyday meals with a focus on health. At the time this book was released, Ella wasn’t actually a vegan. Although her books are very largely plant-based due to her own health reasons, so it still makes a great vegan cookbook. The main non-vegan ingredient it contains is honey, which is easily substituted.
Feed Me Vegan – This one would be great for a new vegan, or someone who wants to transition to being vegan. It has veganised versions of all the classic meals (spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, curry, etc), and the desserts are delicious. (The chocolate fudge cake is EVERYTHING).
Vegan Christmas – Next level vegan Christmas food! This is something I really struggled with until I found this book. Some of the recipes are a bit tricky, but the results are definitely worth the effort.
If you’re buying for a vegan who’s not that into cooking, or they have literally all the cookbooks going (me) – here’s another great option. One of the best books I’ve bought recently is Vegan Style. It’s a HUGE coffee table bible of a book, and it covers everything from beauty & fashion to lifestyle, travel, & home. I absolutely love it and I know it’s going to be one I refer back to time and time again.
Food & Drink
Everyone loves receiving food & drink for Christmas right!? By far one of my favourite Christmas treats is…VEGAN BAILEYS! You can just imagine having your traditional Christmas afternoon nap after chugging down a few glasses of this…
Food-wise, if your favourite vegan is a chocolate lover, Moo Free chocolate is really delicious and completely dairy-free. A lot of dark chocolate is also vegan-friendly – but check the label to make sure it doesn’t contain milk. Candy Kittens is another great brand, offering gorgeous vegan sweets.
For more vegan products, have a look at this article for a great list of vegan-friendly food and snacks.
Buying vegan-friendly fashion can be quite tricky to navigate, especially when many items aren’t clearly labelled. Some words to look out for are: leather (most words that end in ‘skin’ eg calfskin, lambskin, etc), fur (mink, muskrat, fox, rabbit, Lapin, raccoon, etc), and wool (merino, Angora, cashmere, etc). Other non-vegan words to watch out for are silk, down, feathers, and bones.
Two of my favourite vegan fashion brands are:
People Tree – A wonderful ethical and sustainable fashion brand, many items being made from organic cotton. Because of this, they can be quite pricey, but they do sell gift vouchers (£10+) on their website which would make a great gift, and perhaps introduce a new vegan to the brand?
Free People – The ultimate boho-chic vegan brand! This is another fairly pricey brand due to their ethics and sustainable values, but all of their pieces are such good quality and a great investment, in my opinion. As well as clothing, they also sell beauty & wellness items, accessories, and shoes. They sell gift vouchers upwards of £10 on their website, so if you don’t quite have the budget for a dress or jacket, you can always contribute towards a great purchase.
These two are my favourite wishlist brands, but here are some other great fashion brands to check out.
A great hair care brand I’ve gotten into recently is Noughty (available online & in Superdrug). They are completely vegan and cruelty-free, and all-natural so there are no harsh chemicals in their products.
There are different ranges aimed at different hair types, so if you’re not 100% sure what hair type the person you’re buying for is then there may be a bit of guesswork involved! They offer ranges for damaged, dry, coloured, curly, sensitive, weak, and blonde & brunette hair. If you really aren’t sure which specific product to go for, you can’t go wrong with one of their gorgeous treatments & masks.
When you’re trying to rack your brain for what to buy a vegan for Christmas, accessories can be a great gift. The Stella McCartney Falabella tote bag has been at the top of my wishlist for the longest time now! Maybe one day! For now, here are a few great vegan-friendly brands for handbags and watches.
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Who doesn’t love candles?! Even better – who doesn’t love vegan candles? Here’s a collection of gorgeous vegan candles to treat your favourite vegan to this Christmas.
After reading this, hopefully, you’ll never struggle when deciding what to buy a vegan for Christmas again. Have I missed your favourite vegan brand off this list? Let me know in the comments below!