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The best vegan friendly Christmas gifts to buy this year

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Christmas is around the corner but there is always time for a few last minute gifts…

What looked like a momentary craze is now a massive movement: a study from The Vegan Society shows that 22% of Londoners are currently embracing a plant-based diet and the numbers are going to be much bigger in 2019. Veganism is definitely here to stay.

If you are a millennial, the chances that half of your friends decided to go fully vegan this year are very high. Are you now frantically looking at labels to make sure everything is vegan friendly? You are in luck. Here is Stylist.co.uk ultimate vegan Christmas gift guide.  

The best vegan fashion gifts 

Nothing better than a beautiful bag to show the women in your life some love. V by Townsley bags are handcrafted by artisans in Italy using cruelty-free Japanese vegan leather and, as well as being stunning, are gentle to the animals and the planet. 

Pictured: Nicola bag in wine by V by Townsley, £370.

Jorja Smith, Mabel and Rita Ora are already fans of Isabella Townsley’s designs and there is a chance that some of your loved ones will be too.

Pictured: 18 Carat Gold Initial Hoop Earring by Isabella Townsley, £230.

A vegan friendly yoga mat bag is the perfect present for your yogi friends. This one from Matt and Nat is made from 100% recycled nylon lining, a thoughtful gift for them and the planet. 

Pictured: Yoga bag Gine in olive by Matt and Nat, £125.

New knickers to celebrate the new year? Yes, please. These beauties are from vegan fashion Queen Stella McCartney, to start 2019 on the right…foot. 

Pictured: Christmas Gift Briefs Set by Stella McCartney, £ 105.

From small eco-friendly brand to international phenomenon, Veja’s shoes are in every it-girl’s wardrobe. Maybe these are a good gift for yourself?

Pictured: V-10 Extra white lila sole by Veja, £125.

The best vegan beauty gifts

Two minutes that could change your beauty routine forever, this electrical cleanser is the perfect gift for the beauty-obsessed in your group of friends. 

Pictured:  Luna by Foreo, £169.

Not all of Dr. Hauschka’s products are vegan but this bath essence is. Give this to someone and you’ll be giving them nothing less than ‘relaxation’ in a box.

Pictured: Moon Lavander Calming Bath Esserce by Dr. Hauschka, £16.50.

Kat Von D is the queen of cat eyes and vegan makeup and this palette is the perfect gift for the queen in your life. Plus, it’s on sale. 

Pictured: Limited Edition ‘Fetish’ Eye Shadow Palette by Kat Von D, £35.35.

This is a brand new product line with sustainability as its core. Using 100% recycled and recyclable bottles, vegan formulations and ethically sourced ingredients – a bundle of Love Beauty and Planet products should be your go-to gift for all your vegan and eco-conscious friends. 

Pictured: Muru muru butter and rose line by Love Beauty and Planet, various prices. 

A mix of coconut milk, sandalwood and turmeric powder to mix with honey or the floral water of choice – the result is a soothing, exfoliating and moisturising mask that will take anybody’s beauty routine to the next level.   

Pictured: Refine+Radiate beautifying face mask by Isla Apothecary, £22.

The best vegan boozy gifts

Is there a best way to celebrate than Champagne? We don’t think so. This arty bottle is the best boozy addition to a glorious vegan Christmas dinner

Pictured: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Champagne 2011, £130.

Tequila for Christmas? Why not. It turns out you can make a killer mulled wine with this exotic nectar. 

Pictured: Don Julio Private Cask Tequila, £41.60.

What’s better than a warm and comforting Hot Toddy to end a vegan Christmas dinner? Bring the bourbon and you’ll be the star of the night. 

Pictured: Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition, £21.90.

Made in Normandy from natural ingredients only, a bottle of 30&40 is the perfect gift for a fussy friend that likes a good spirit. 

Pictured: 30&40 Eaux de vie, £39.95.

Everybody loves a Christmas cracker, especially when it’s filled with a good old G&T.

Pictured: Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Christmas Crackers, £32.

The best vegan foodie gifts

Christmas is also the perfect time to support British producers. Made exclusively from ingredients gathered across the British countryside, these Wild Ketchups are plant-based, refined-sugar free and sustainably made from scratch in the Peardrop kitchen.

Pictured: Peardrop’s Wild Ketchups, £3.95 for 250ml.

Vegans can be lazy too. For your foodie friend that has no time to cook, allplants delivers frozen plant-based ready meals that are delicious and require no cooking talent.

Pictured: allplants giftcards from £25.

When in doubt, buy a cook book. With so many great titles around, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Pictured: 15 minute vegan by Katy Beskow, Cook Share Eat Vegan by Áine Carlin and Vegan, the cookbook by Jean-Christian Jury, from £7 (hardback).  

Cheese might be the most difficult thing for vegans to give up – I mean, think about a heart-warming fondue or a creamy burrata – but not everything is lost. Dairy-free cheese is possible and delicious, just make sure you buy a lot of cashew nuts. 

Pictured: Millie vegan cheese kit, £29.99.

Good news: pasta is vegan! If your friend is a carb aficionado, this is the best present you could ever buy them. 

Pictured: Philips HR2332 Viva Pasta and Noodle Maker, £139.99.

The best best vegan experiences to gift

Paprika ‘hot dogs’, mushroom and spinach arancini and even a peanut and caramel tart – if you want to learn how to make these vegan delicacies and more, Lucknam Park has created a ‘Go Vegan’ cookery course. There is no better gift than time together…and food. 

Pictured: £185 per person for a full day course. Lucknam Park offers rooms from £295 per night based on two sharing, excluding breakfast. The course includes arrival tea/coffee, pastries, lunch, recipe folder, all ingredients, cookery school bag and use of a chef’s jacket and apron. For further information please visit lucknampark.co.uk or call 01225 742777.

If your loved one is a Marie Kondo ‘follower’ and stuff is really not their thing, a delicious gourmet vegan dinner could be the solution to your Christmas problem.

Pictured: Gauthier restaurant in London, Vegan testing menu for two £165.00.

Do you want to do something special for your vegan partner? What about a weekend away (or a staycation) in one of the many vegan friendly hotels in the UK? Baglioni Hotel London created a Vegan Stay & Spa Package that includes an incredible vegan dinner, a facial done with cruelty-free products by INSÌUM and, of course, organic and vegan wines to make your stay as merry as possible.

Pictured: Baglioni Hotel London’s package is available from £1,053 per room.

For your friend that has it all, flowers are always a good idea. Posy & Posy are a floral subscription service that deliver gorgeous bouquets at your door. Imagine a year of fresh flowers to decorate your home – now that’s a treat.

Pictured: Prices start from £95 for three months Posy & Posy website.

If a fancy restaurant is not their thing, a private secret supper could be the winning gift. A great occasion to learn new recipes, meet new people and eat delicious food.

Pictured: Sara Mittersteiner from Pomodoro&Basilico organises vegan secret suppers in London, her vegan Christmas supper is £52.99.

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Alessia Armenise is picture editor of Stylist and Stylist.co.uk. In her free time you'll find her tasting vegan street food around east London and sharing her (many) opinions on London Fields Radio. Instagram

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