Your meat, dairy, and animal-product free buddy deserves a unique gift this holiday season. So, we’ve rounded up 15 vegan gifts that will please the animal-lover in your flock of friends. (Rest assured, we know what we’re talking about – a vegan wrote this piece, and another vegan edited it!)
Before we get to our ideas, we wanted to give you a few thoughts from Jill Pyle, co-founder of Vegan Cuts. Pyle has some choice advice about vegan fashion (and even has released an e-Book: Vegan Fashion Guide).
If you’re shopping for a vegan, stay away from products that contain wool, leather, and silk, Pyle says. She also reminds consumers that, “just because clothing is vegan doesn’t mean it’s good for the environment or for the people involved in the creation of it.”
Pyle recommends buying Nicora John and Vaute Couture for expensive, statement, vegan pieces. When looking for cheap stuff, thrift. “Most of my greatest finds are from consignment, thrift, resale and vintage stores. These pieces not only help to reduce waste since they’re not being thrown away, but they’re often more unique since they come with a story,” she says. “You’re not going to see nearly as many people walking around with that perfect printed top that you grabbed from the local thrift shop as you will see rocking that just released tee from the local megastore.”
As far as shoes, she suggests looking at MooShoes,Vegan Chic, Toms, and Zappos.
And here are some of our favorite holiday gift picks for vegans (or from vegans!).
1. Supercritical Chia Oil from One Love Organics
Your mom will totally dig this incredibly decadent signature oil. It’s filled with omega-3s, vitamins, and antioxidants. It’s a perfect all-over body oil. This oil contains all plant-based materials. Priced at $49.
2. Spinster Sisters Co. Shaving Kit, Eucalyptus, from One King’s Lane
If your boyfriend likes a clean and cruelty-free shave, stuff this shaving kit in his stocking. This set contains a mug, soap, and a brush. Priced at $39.
3. Nail Lacquer from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, via Nordstrom
OCC nail polish is perfect for putting in your niece, sister, or cousin’s stocking. And worry not: This nail polish comes in multiple awesome (and crazy) colors. Priced at $10.
4. Earthwise Vegan Classic’s from Toms
Every woman needs a pair of Toms in her closest. They are the most comfortable and cute, cruelty-free casual shoes around. Gift this classic pair in black or white. Priced at $59.
5. Vegan Suede Military Jacket from Free People
Uh, if I’m being completely honest, I totally added this item to this list because I want it. Scratch that – I need it. This military-fit jacket looks cute as heck and is priced at $198.
6. BLANKNYC Girls’ Vegan Leather Jacket from Bloomingdales
If your little lady loves animals as much as you do, she’ll totally dig this kid’s vegan leather jacket. It’s currently on sale for $68.
7. Knot Ring from Liv Haley
Haley has a lot of beautiful pieces, but this simple silver ring intrigues me. It is priced from $55-75. Give to any lady in your life and she’ll swoon.
8. Detox Mask from Vered
If you have a friend who is totally into cruelty-free beauty, she’ll love this detox mask. It’ll help her skin detox after the long holiday season. Priced at $62. This shop also has a plethora of other vegan gifts, so shop around if this mask doesn’t strike your fancy.
9. Bebe Faux Leather Jacket from ThredUp
If you can’t swing the pricy vegan jacket from Free People, give this one from ThredUp a shot. It’s cute, stylish, and only $42.99
10. Detoxifying Activated Bamboo Charcoal Soap from Ayelet
The price is right for this soap. At $7 it will make a lovely and thoughtful gift for your boss or co-worker.
11. Carved Wood Turtle Wine Bottle Holder from Novica
This is the perfect holiday gift for the wine AND animal lover: A carved wood turtle bottle holder. This holder is attractive, interesting, and a really fun piece. Priced at $62.99.
12. Metropolita Woven Clutch from Sundance
This darling vegan clutch is on sale. It’s a perfect gift to stuff a few gift cards in. Priced at $59.99.
13. Crazy Rumors Juice Collection
These cute and flavorful lip-glosses will keep anyone’s lips supple and smooth this winter. This makes a perfect stocking stuffer for any pre-teen, teen, or adult. Priced at $11.99.
14. Wee Can Too Veggie Crayons from GreenCupboards.com
If you’ve got a budding vegan artist in your house, make sure you get him or her this set of veggie-based crayons. Priced at $12.
15. Vegan Leather Leggings from Anthropologie
If you have a buddy that’s looking for a killer pair of vegan leggings, gift her this item. These leggings are priced at $98 and are incredibly versatile.
Do you have any favorite vegan gifts you’ve received through the years? Tell us about them in the comment section.
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