Our vegan gift guide is here to make Christmas shopping easier (and more eco-friendly) than ever before…
Once upon a time, veganism looked like a momentary craze. Nowadays, though, it’s a massive movement: indeed, 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 2020.
Basically, veganism is here to stay. And, if you’re a millennial, we’re willing to bet that over 50% of your friends decided to go fully vegan this year. With Christmas on the horizon, however, that can make things complicated – particularly when it comes to Christmas shopping.
The best vegan fashion gifts
The vegan party dress
Party season is upon us and it’s difficult to resist the urge to buy all the gorgeous dresses we lay our eyes on.
If you need to buy new clothes – or you want to buy them for someone you love – buy better. Affordable luxury brand Palones dropped a limited edition Christmas collection using archive fabrics and pre-existing materials to limit the waste. The bonus? All the collections are produced in small batches which means that stumbling across someone wearing the same dress will be almost impossible.
Pictured: Carnaby Organza Ruffle Dress, Palones, £99.
The vegan puffer
This puffer from Finisterre is vegan both inside and out. The materials used are synthetic and 100% recycled and no animal feathers are used in the padding.
The temperatures are dropping – the best gift this Christmas is warmth.
Pictured: Nebula insulated jacket, Finisterre, £195.
The sustainable sunglasses
For Neubau sustainability is a necessity. Their stylish and light-weigh frames are made in Austria from eco-friendly materials, just like their accessories. You can help the environment in many ways, even by wearing sunglasses.
The vegan bag
There really is 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,V by Townsley, £370.
The trainers with a heart
This new Vans collection is not only vegan, but it also seeks to spread an important message: check your boobs. The iconic brand teamed up with UK-based charity CoppaFeel! – a breast cancer awareness charity that promotes early detection – to create a boobs-celebratory collection to spread the charity message and raise some money for a great cause.
Pictured: Vans x CoppaFeel! slip-on
The vegan watch
For this watch, Olivia Burton swapped animal leather for a vegan alternative that looks and feels exactly like the real deal.
Pictured: Vegan Chalk Blue and Pale Gold Watch, Olivia Burton, £85.
The hand-crafted jewels
A delicate jewel is the perfect gift for almost every woman in your life. Haute & Heir is a young British brand that takes inspiration from Greek mythology to create made to order hand-crafted jewels – beautifully timeless.
The vegan underwear
These silk satin beauties are from vegan fashion Queen Stella McCartney, and we’re big fans.
Pictured: Christmas Gift Briefs Set, Stella McCartney, £ 105.
The vegan jumper
A cosy jumper is always a good idea in the winter, particularly when it’s vegan and crafted from sustainable materials. All Nobody’s Child products are made of recycled, regenerated fabrics and they are very affordable, so everybody wins.
Pictured: Pink Charlotte High Neck Jumper, Nobody’s Child, £32
The vegan trainers, part two
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: Wata white Emeraude, Veja, £70.
The vegan jacket
Lucy&Yak is everything a brand in 2019 should be: eco-friendly, sustainable, vegan and local. Their new jackets are colourful, warm and made of 100% plastic bottles ‘rescued’ from our waters.
Pictured: ’Blake’ Cosy Cropped Fleece in Rust by Lucy&Yak, £40
The vegan dress
Sustainability is definitely 2019’s most popular ‘trend’, and brands’ commitment to the eco-friendly movement is going to be even greater in 2020. If you think that eco-friendly brands are still too expensive, think again. Between others, bonprix just launched a sustainable collection, starting at only £9.99, which means there are no more excuses.
Pictured: Multi Colour Print Sustainable Dress, bonprix, £29.99
The vegan coat
For cold winter nights roaming around the city, hot toddy in hand, a faux fur will be the cosiest thing in everyone’s wardrobe.
Jakke’s faux furs feel luxurious without breaking the bank. If you have someone (very) special in your life, one of their jackets would be a great, life-long furry investment.
Pictured: Katie Bambi duster coat, Jakke, £220
The vegan jewellery
Shopping for sustainable jewellery can be difficult (especially when precious stones are involved) but more and more brands are embracing sustainable solutions. Lily Charmed for example, uses recycled silver and gold to create her gorgeous pieces.
Pictured: Heads & Tails Necklace, Lily Charmed, £55
The best vegan beauty gifts
The luxurious vegan cream
This super moisturising cream by celebrity facialist Linda Meredith is the perfect gift for all the beauty junkies in your life.
Vitamins C and A, omega oils and antioxidants work to protect the skin from the difficult weather condition while nourishing it. The perfect ally for the cold months.
The personalised palette
What says ‘I care about you’ better than a personalised gift?
Beautonomy allows customers to create bespoke products, and you can choose everything from the eyeshadow colours to the design and style of the palette. Pick your friend’s favourite colours and add their name on the packaging to create a very special gift.
Pictured: Beautonomy personalised palette, from £10 to £50 per palette.
Aman Miracle Mud Mask
Is there a better gift than self-care? This luxurious vegan mask by Aman is a great weekly moment of bliss to gift someone you love (or yourself).
Black Peruvian mud, cactus oil, minerals and vitamin E are blended with aloe vera and shea and cocoa butters to help the skin fight the cold weather and stay healthy, nourished and glowy.
Buly soap bar
Soap bars are having a moment and these little squares of joy are a great plastic-free gift for your eco-conscious friends.
The elegant French brand Buly makes some of the best in the industry and they come in a delightful packaging that can be personalised with your loved ones’ initials.
The botanical magic
It doesn’t get more eco-friendly than Warrior Botanicals, a small brand based in Ireland that crafts all of its products by hand.
From foraging plants to packing up the parcels, no machines are used in the process and synthetic or chemical ingredients are out of sight. A beauty treat that’s good for you and the planet.
The vegan cleanser
Two minutes that could change your beauty routine forever? Yes please. This electrical cleanser is the perfect gift for the beauty-obsessed in your group of friends.
Pictured: Luna, Foreo, £149.
The vegan lip balm
For your lip balm addicted friend (we all have one), might we suggest the best of all the lip balms?
Launched only a few weeks ago, LBB skin’s A-game is ready to give other brands a run for their money. Packed with vitamins, antioxidants and omegas, this vegan stick balm is a saviour when it comes to those lip-chapping winter months.
Pictured: A-game stick balm, LBB skin, £45.
The vegan bath essence
Not all of Dr. Hauschka’s products are vegan, but this bath essence is – and it’s amazing. Gift a bottle to someone and you’ll be giving them nothing less than ‘relaxation’ in a box.
Pictured: Moon Lavander Calming Bath Esserce, Dr. Hauschka, £16.50.
The vegan beauty bundle
For beauty junkies, there is no better gift than a bundle full of new products to try. Everything is natural, vegan, organic, up-cycled and shipped to you in a 100% recyclable packaging. Even better? UpCircle lets you choose your favourite products and add a note to the gift, too.
Pictured: Bubble and Buff bundle, UpCircle, £32.99.
The vegan wash bag
By now, we are all aware that we should drop the single use plastic and most of us always have a canvas bag when shopping. But what about that annoying transparent wash bag that we have to use when we travel? OneNine5 estimate that over 150 million single-use clear plastic bags are picked up by passengers in UK airports alone every year – and that, in our eyes, is too much plastic to turn a blind eye to.
These wash bags are 100% recycled and feature a detachable clear bag to make sure you will never have to use airport single-use plastic again.
Pictured: Wash bag in Komodo pink, OneNine5, £49.
The vegan make-up remover
A lot of beauty brands are turning to more and more sustainable practices and organic ingredients, but it’s still important to support the smaller brands that were ‘born sustainable’ and have been fighting the good fight since day one.
Plenaire packaging is fully recyclable, BPA-free and still incredibly sleek. They are also very inclusive, which is definitely a plus for us.
Pictured: Rose jelly gentle make-up remover, Plenaire, £30.
The natural bath oil
After a difficult year there is no better gift than self-care, self-care and more self-care. A 100% natural relaxing bath oil that soothes the skin and the mind? Yes, please.
The everyday beauty ritual
Gua sha is an easy beauty ritual that boosts the lymphatic drainage, increases blood circulation and de-puff the skin. Lani’s stone shape and material – this stone is made of bian, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine, and has up to 40 trace minerals – make it a unique tool for a great daily facial.
The best vegan boozy gifts
The boozy hamper
Everybody loves a hamper, even better if it’s a boozy one. Gin and Vodka brand Ramsbury thought about your ‘wannabe bartender’ friends and created the vegan boozy hamper of their and your dreams.
The hamper includes a bottle of Single Estate Gin and Vodka, two serving glasses, a stirring spoon and a voucher for two to tour the single estate distillery and craft brewery. A great excuse to taste their award-winning drinks and learn more about their sustainable distilling and brewing process.
Pictured: Ramsbury Christmas Hamper,£90 (2 X 70cl, 40%ABV).
The vegan champagne
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: Laurent-Perrier’s limited edition Cuvée Rosé robe is available at Selfridges for £79.99 (75cl) and is available online here.
The vegan tequila
Tequila for Christmas? We are so here for it, especially as it turns out you can make a killer mulled wine using this exotic nectar.
Pictured: Don Julio Private Cask Tequila, £41.60.
The vegan bourbon
Pictured: Bulleit Bourbon Tattoo Edition, £21.90.
The vegan Eau de vie
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 Eau de vie, £39.95.
The best vegan foodie gifts
The vegan ketchups
Christmas is 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: Wild Ketchups, Peardrop, £3.95 for 250ml.
The vegan ready meal
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 zero cooking talent.
Pictured: allplants giftcards from £25.
The vegan cookbook
When in doubt, buy a cookbook. With so many great titles around, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
The vegan cheese
Cheese might be the most difficult thing for vegans to give up, but not all is lost. Dairy-free cheese is possible and delicious and you can make it yourself at home. Just make sure you buy a lot of cashew nuts…
Pictured: Vegan cheese kit, Mad Millie, £29.99.
The vegan pasta
Good news: pasta is vegan! If your friend is a carb aficionado, this is the best present you could ever buy them.
Pictured: HR2332 Viva Pasta and Noodle Maker, Philips, £95.90.
The vegan oil
Move over coconut, because hemp is the new miracle oil. A superfood with a nutty flavour that enhances the taste of salads, smoothies and soups, this is also a great beauty ally. And, for a foodie, a fancy bottle of oil (maybe with a gourmet salt to accompany it) is the ultimate treat.
Pictured: Hemp Seed Oil, Hemple, £13.60.
The best best vegan experiences to gift
The sustainable wardrobe
MyVacationStylist, a personal holiday stylist service from Voyager Club, now offers a ‘Sustainable Vacation Wardrobe’ solution. With a click of the mouse – after a consultation to understand your (or your friend’s) taste – an expert stylist will create the perfect eco-friendly wardrobe. Easier than online shopping.
The vegan cooking class
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: 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. £185 per person for a full day course. For further information please visit lucknampark.co.uk or call 01225 742777.
The vegan tasting menu
Pictured: Gauthier restaurant in London, Vegan testing menu for two £165.00.
The vegan bouquet
For your friend that has it all, flowers are always a good idea. Bloom & Wild is a floral subscription service that delivers gorgeous bouquets at your door. Imagine a year of fresh flowers to decorate your home – now that’s a treat.
Pictured: Prices start from £60 for three months Bloom & Wild website.
The vegan supper club
If a fancy restaurant is not their thing, a private supper (even better if Christmas themed) could be the winning gift. A great occasion to learn new recipes, meet new people and eat delicious food.
The vegan gift card
A gift card can be seen as an easy gift, so it’s important to put some extra care in choosing the right one. In my opinion, the more specific the gift is, the better – like a gift card to a piercing parlour. If your friends has been talking about how much she wants an additional earring, you only have to head online.
Pictured: Sacred Gold in London, their gift cards start from £10.
The vegan beauty treatment
It’s now easier to find a good vegan beauty treatment than ever. Might we suggest Dry by in London, which uses a range of vegan polishes such as Nailberry and Roxanne Campbell luxury nail lacquers and similar options.
The best sustainable lifestyle essentials to gift
The reusable bag
Are your friends still stuck in 2010 and using disposable plastic bags? Make their life easier and the planet happier by gifting them a really cool reusable shopping bag.
Jewellery brand Milk Tooth LDN have teamed up with Baggu reusable bags to create a collection of six limited edition fold up bags to step-up your grocery shopping game.
Pictured: Cosmic Constellations Metallic Bag, Milk Tooth LDN x Baggu £15.
The vegan bottle
Plastic bottles are public enemy number one and it seems crazy to think that there are people that are still buying plastic water bottles daily. If you have a friend that is contributing to the plastic waste, a reusable bottle is the perfect gift for them and the planet.
Pictured: 500ml double walled stainless steel water bottle, Built, £19.95.
The vegan coffee cup
Having a reusable cup for your coffee is not a badge of honour anymore, it’s a necessity. KeepCup makes reusable cups that also look pretty, while saving the planet.
Pictured: Cork Brew Reusable 12oz Glass Coffee Cup, 340ml, KeepCup, £16.
The vegan straw
Straws, but make it fashion. Plastic straws are so last season – and incredibly damaging for the environment – that even Saint Laurent produced a series of metal straws signed by the famous French brand.
Pictured: Metal straws, Saint Laurent, £170.
The vegan food bag
Food shopping is one if the most polluting activities of our daily life. Plastic bags and food packaging go straight to landfills after use, contributing to the destruction of our oceans. The situation is bad, but the solution is simple: reusable bulk food bags. Onya Bulk Food Bag Set includes a tote bag and 3 (small, medium and large) bulk bags to shop your essentials with no plastic in sight.
Pictured: Bulk food bag, Onya, £ 28.95.