Finding gifts for vegans is not as hard as it seems because there are already some clear guidelines to get you started. Whether you buy something or make it yourself, be sure to avoid using ingredients or materials from animals, and anything from a company known for animal testing. And if you buy something vintage, it’s also best to avoid animal materials unless you know the gift recipient is okay with that. Fortunately, there are plenty of great gifts that are appropriate for vegans. Below is a variety of ideas for any occasion including birthdays, graduation, Christmas, Hanukkah, anything!
11 Ideas for Vegan Gifts
1. The gift of animal rescue
- Sponsor an Animal at Farm Sanctuary – Farm Sanctuary is one of the nation’s largest farm animal rescue and advocacy organizations. You can sponsor an animal in someone else’s name by paying for a year of the animal’s care. The gift recipient receives a photo of the animal and has the opportunity to visit the sanctuary. Around Thanksgiving you can sponsor a turkey. On our mantle we keep the adoptions my husband and I have gifted each other:
- Donate to a no-kill animal shelter – donate to a no-kill shelter in the gift recipient’s name. You can also donate in memory of a deceased loved one including pets. Here’s a directory of no-kill shelters in the United States.
2. Shop from established animal charities.
These animal charities sell holiday gift baskets, housewares, T-shirts, ornaments, and more.
3. Vegan Cookbooks
This is an obvious one. Personally, I would recommend picking a single cookbook that really suits the gift recipient’s tastes, skill level, or desire to cook, rather than throwing a bunch of random vegan cookbooks at the problem (of choosing a gift).
- Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz – I love this cookbook because the recipes are interesting takes on comfort food but most importantly they’re not too complicated and don’t take too long. The deviled potatoes and chocolate peanut butter cookies are always a hit.
- The Seitanic Spellbook by the Vegan Black Metal Chef – the perfect gift for a vegan or vegetarian metalhead!
- Crossroads by Tal Ronnen – This book of recipes from one of the top vegan restaurants in the world is for gourmands. These recipes are amazing but can take a whole evening to prepare. I made the homemade ravioli with my friend who had a pasta maker and it was so delicious.
- Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry – vegan versions of classic dishes from the African diaspora by James Beard-award winning food justice activist.
- Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon – the best cookbook for health-conscious vegans.
- Thug Kitchen – hugely popular vegan cookbook for the “bro” with a juvenile sense of humor.
- The Homemade Vegan Pantry by Miyoko Schinner – another book for serious cooks, this is written by one of the most prominent vegan cheesemakers.
4. Send Vegan Sweets and Treats!
- Lagusta’s Luscious – a friend sent me a box of their vegan macarons once and it made my day! They also have truffles and other treats.
- Manhattan Fruitier’s Strictly Vegan Confections – this 30-year-old New York establishment offers a gift basket of vegan treats.
- No Whey! Chocolates Gift Box – this vegan and kosher company offers a chocolate gift box.
- Chocolates that support Farm Sanctuary – try the HunnyBon Vegan chocolate sampler or the Vegan Holiday Truffles.
5. Vegan Leather Basics
Find something they’ll use every day like a belt or wallet. They may seem like boring gifts but for a vegan, it’s still pretty exciting when you find a nice one.
- Check out these 100% vegan brands for wallets and belts in a range of prices.
- Gift certificate to a fashionable vegan shop like Moo Shoes or Brave Gentleman.
6. For the Vegan Artist or Musician
- Art Supplies – Art supplies often have hidden ingredients from slaughtered animals so it can be a pain to shop for them. Check out our list of vegan art supplies including papers, markers, paints, and more, to make it easy! Let them know you double-checked that a watercolor set doesn’t use animal ingredients like ox-gall and carmine and they’ll really appreciate it.
- Couch Vegan Guitar Straps – Couch is an all vegan brand that specializes in making guitar straps from deadstock automotive fabric. They have a lot of different cool designs. I play with the one made from fabric for the 1985 VW Golf GTI.
- Couch Vegan Camera Straps – and they also make camera straps!
7. Cooking Tools
- Food Dehydrator – a food dehydrator is great gift for someone who already has the kitchen essentials and likes to make use of leftovers or is interested in raw cooking. With a dehydrator, you can make kale chips, dry your own herbs, flowers, and fruits, make fruit leather, and raw breads and desserts. Here’s the most popular cheaper hydrator, and the most popular high-end hydrator.
- Blender – a blender is a vegan kitchen essential, great for making smoothies, sauces, soups, and more. If money is no object, then consider the Cadillac of blenders, the Vitamix. Mid-priced Kitchen-Aid blenders come in a variety of really stylish colors. Ninja blenders are a popular cheaper option.
- Kitchen Accessories – Then there are themed cooking accessories like this cute “kiss the vegan chef” apron or this vegan witches apron.
- Maybe I’m partial to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics because I have OCD, but I really love the aesthetic of their packaging and the bold colors of their products themselves. Their nail polishes are fabulous.
- Aesop is a high-end vegan skincare line with shops in many major cities. Their Resurrection Hand Balm is one of the few over-the-top luxuries I buy myself. It’s expensive but lasts a long time and smells wonderful.
- If nothing else, try to find out your gift recipient’s favorite vegan brand and buy a gift card.
- Manhattan Fruitier Vegan Wine and Cheese Basket – what an age we live in where this 30 year old New York establishment now offers vegan cheese! Currently, Manhattan Fruitier can only ship wine to New York and Washington D.C. but you can opt for a vegan cheese basket without the wine.
- Mikoyo’s cheese – find these fine cheeses in your specialty grocery store or order them online.
- Artisan Vegan Cheese Cookbook by Miyoko Schinner – a guide to vegan cheesemaking from one of the pioneers in the field.
10. Funny Vegan T-Shirts
- This T-shirt is so terrible that it makes me laugh. Maybe it’s perfect for someone you know who is into fitness?
- More vegan T-shirts from Lookhuman.
- Vegan T-shirts from Herbivore Clothing.
11. Books Related to Veganism
- “Mercy for Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Passion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals” by Nathan Runkle is hot off the presses and tells the inspiring story of how now-33-year-old Runkle came to found and lead one of the most effective animal advocacy organizations.
- “Animal Liberation” by the well-known philosopher Peter Singer is a classic of the animal rights movement. Singer’s principle of equal consideration is hard to argue with and the sections on animal testing and factory farming come with boatloads of facts and references. Even if the reader already agrees with Singer, it’s useful to read how he articulates his positions so clearly with references to back them up.
- “The Sexual Politics of Meat” by Carol J. Adams is a feminist classic that discusses patriarchal society’s obsession with meat.
I hope you found this list of ideas for vegan gifts useful. Mom, if you’re reading this, I already have all the cookbooks.
Let me know in the comments – what’s the best vegan gift you’ve ever received or given?