You’re busy putting together your Christmas shopping list.
Deck the halls!
Everything was going fine until you had to come up with some vegan gift ideas for your bunny-hugging human.
Now you’ve hit a blank.
I mean, what on earth are you going to buy for them?
Last year you went with wine, ‘cos how can you possibly go wrong with adult grape juice?
But then you discovered that not all alcohol is vegan-friendly. What the heck is up with that? Isn’t wine just fermented fruit?
At least this year you had the wherewithal to ask Google for advice. Well done! You’re guaranteed to not only make up for 2019’s slip-up, but also delight the heck out of your vegan pal.
Let’s dive in. You’ve got places to go and gifts to buy. I hear you. We’ll start by unpacking the not so obvious: What do you give a vegan for Christmas?
What Do You Give a Vegan for Christmas (or Any Other Holiday)?
Vegans might come across as fussy, but we’re really not. Seriously. Our likes and dislikes are the same as yours. The only difference is, we’d prefer to remove animals from the equation.
Fortunately, it’s 2020, which means anything you can eat, we can eat vegan. The same goes for drinks, clothes, shoes, bags, skincare products, furniture, you name it. There’s vegan everything nowadays.
People are often under the impression that vegans only want to eat vegetables. That’s simply not true. We choose to eat a plant-based diet because it causes the least amount of harm, not because we’re obsessed with kale.
Although there are those.
We love sinking our teeth into a burger (or slab of chocolate) as much as the next person. Vegans also enjoy wearing swanky clothes and cool shoes, carrying our stuff in smart bags and writing in nice journals. We like our swag. We just want it to be cruelty-free.
With that in mind, it’s actually super easy to find stuff we’ll like. All you have to do is preface any search on Google with the word ‘vegan’. Give it a try and see what comes up. You’ll be amazed. (I know we still are.)
Fab Vegan Gift Ideas You Can Order on Amazon
Helpfully, VegNews has made shopping for your vegan super simple this Holiday season. They’ve put together a list of fabulous vegan gifts you can order on Amazon.
Their cruelty-free choices range from eatables and apparel to homeware, personal care items and more. Our fave picks from their selection of fabulous vegan gifts?
We’re going with the Moon Juice Dream Dust, ‘cos moon juice dream dust y’all! Who wouldn’t want a bedtime drink with some of that stirred in?
It’s supposed to reduce stress and promote a good night’s sleep. According to the reviews, it does that for most people.
It is a tad pricey, so it might not be for everyone. But if you do have some extra moolah, why not? Did I mention moon juice dream dust?
Our other fave pick (sometimes you need more than one) is the Save the Duck Sherpa Lined Jacket. The down industry is incredibly cruel, not to mention totally unnecessary. So it’s heartening to see brands coming up with alternatives that don’t cause harm.
Save the Duck’s range of jackets will keep you warm and looking good at the same time. And if that’s your vegan human’s style, you can always buy them a pair of snow boots to go with their fancy new jacket.
Amazon is actually a fantastic place to search for vegan gifts. Lucky you if you live Stateside and have immediate access to all the deliciousness on offer. Then again, maybe not.
No amount of willpower can withstand that smorgasbord.
I did some investigating to see what was up for grabs. What follows is our Christmas wish list. Since we live in South Africa and are therefore not able to taste these vegan treats ourselves, our choices are driven largely by nostalgia.
Wilson’s Cream Caramels were a childhood staple for me. And Sporty and I bonded over them in the early days of our relationship.
We still stare longingly whenever we spot them in the shop. I have no idea how well these Cocomels would compare, but they look and sound delicious.
Bounty bars were another firm favourite growing up. My Mom and I both loved them. When Sporty and I got together I was delighted to learn that she loved them too.
There’s a local confectioner who makes a reasonable facsimile, but sometimes we yearn for something a little more processed.
As a kid, cheese puffs and Flings were always my top choices in the chip department. As I grew older, Pringles edged them out of their number one spot.
Seeing these chickpea puffs reminded me of my old chip friends. I wouldn’t mind a bag to see how they compare.
De Villiers chocolate is one of the few things we can get here (without taking out a second mortgage). Woolworths stocks the entire range.
Pre-COVID they’d always have taste testers to draw customers in. Sporty and I trawled the chocolate counter so often the staff came to know us. We sometimes got the impression they’d see us coming and hide the chocolate. (I can’t say I blame them.)
All of their dark chocolate is vegan and all the flavours are super tasty. If we had to choose, coffee would be first, with coconut taking a close second place. Orange places a respectable third.
Oh my word. Vego chocolate is the bomb. Sporty always brings it back for me when she visits her family in Perth.
I’ve only ever had the milky hazelnut bar, which is crazy delicious. When I spotted these nougat pralines they absolutely had to go onto my vegan gift wish list.
Along with sweets and chocolate, I’m also a huge fan of anything biscuity. I made some oatmeal fig bars during lockdown and Sporty and I loved them.
These Nature’s Bakery fig bars look like the store-bought version of the ones I made. Although they’re probably not as tasty as mine. I’d have to taste them to say for sure. 😉
I mean, chocolate pillow bites. How can you not want to find a bag (or five) of those under the Christmas tree? Yowzers, they look so good.
I’m imagining snacking on them at the movies, eating them with yoghurt for breakfast, taking them on a hike, and packing some for work.
Oh wait, I work at home.
The same goes for the Bear Naked granola bites. They look so tasty and versatile like they’d work in whatever situation.
Plus, the packaging is really appealing, don’t you agree? I think I also like the idea of them because my nickname is Bear.
Not Bear Naked mind you, just Bear!
What Do You Put in a Vegan Gift Basket?
Who doesn’t like a gift basket? It’s a whole bunch of gifts in one. How awesome is that? Of course, they’re only fun if they’re properly thought out. You can’t just toss in some random stuff.
This healthy vegan care package wins the vegan gift basket race. It’s packed with a variety of sweet and savoury snacks that are tasty and healthy.
While not the same as nibbling on crudités, it’s still waaaay better than scarfing back Oreos and Pringles.
By now you’ll have realised that Sporty and I are all about gifts we can eat or drink. That’s mostly because we’re minimalists, but also because we’re a couple of gannets.
There’s nothing stopping you from adding some non-edibles to your vegan gift basket, however. We think it’s a dreadful waste of caffeine, but perhaps your vegan human will appreciate this Majestic Pure Arabica Coffee Scrub.
All the Vegan Swag You Could Possibly Want
By now you’ll see how ridiculously easy it is to come up with vegan gift ideas for the bunny-huggers in your life. What’s even better is that you can use these ideas to find presents for your non-vegan friends as well.
They won’t be any the wiser and you’ll have made a huge difference to the planet as well as the animals we share it with. It’s a classic win/win and everyone loves those, right?