Christmas is coming up fast, and you’re almost done your shopping. But then…you’ve got that person on your list that you dread buying for. A vegan! What do you even buy a vegan for Christmas??
OK! OK! Just relax…and breathe. Having to buy for a vegan isn’t actually all that traumatizing. Really! And I can say this as I am one, but I wasn’t always. So if you are clueless on what to get your cousin, your nephew, your newly plant-based friend or veggie co-worker, then keep on reading!
I’ve compiled a list of some great gift ideas for that veggie on your list. Say goodbye to stress and endless, unsuccessful trips to the mall and happy shopping!
Gift Card to an Awesome Vegan Restaurant - when in doubt, gift cards are always easy. Look up a cool vegan restaurant in town and grab a gift certificate. Or try and use your super-sleuthing skills to find out what one of their favorite restaurants is or one they’ve been dying to try.
Adopt an Animal Donation - if your person is a big animal lover why not adopt them a dolphin or tiger? Well, not a real one, but symbolically. Many organizations offer a symbolic adoption of endangered or at risk animals this time of year to give as gifts. And some even come with little stuffed animals and certificates. Or try a local animal sanctuary. The money goes to help those rescued animals and you’ll not only love giving a meaningful gift, but I’m sure your person will love the thought you put into it.
Vegan Gear - there are loads of places that sell vegan clothes and accessories. And you can find some pretty funny shirts and hats if they’re into that sort of thing. Or you can simply get them some really nice jammies or clothes. Just keep in mind that not all clothes are vegan. Stay away from wool, silk, down, fur, or anything with fur trim unless you’re 100% sure it’s artificial. Cotton and hemp are always reliable choices.
Beauty Products - these days it’s much easier to find vegan beauty products. (yes, many personal care products contain animal products) Look for brands that are certified vegan and cruelty free. I really enjoy things from Pacifica, LUVU Naturally and Batty’s Bath. But there are loads of great vegan brands out there. Just make sure to read labels if you’re unsure. And stay away from anything with beeswax, honey, milk, casein, whey, lanolin, carmine, gelatin or keratin. There are more items too, so if you’re not comfortable deciphering a label, just look for the certified vegan and cruelty free symbols and you’ll be safe.
Events - why not grab some tickets for your veggie friend? Maybe to a concert, a show, their local Vegfest or vegan event. As long as it’s something they’re interested in, they will appreciate scoring some tickets to their favorite act!
Food - who doesn’t love some holiday treats? Why not wow your friend or family member with a basket of some delicious vegan goodies. Grab some vegan cheeses, crackers, chocolate and a bottle of wine and make a sweet gift basket. Again, you will need to watch out for some ingredients. Many stores now carry some vegan cheese and other products. As for chocolate, just do a quick label check. Milk chocolate is a no-no. But even dark chocolate can be risky as many seem to contain milk or milk products. So just do a double check and make sure there’s no milk, whey, milk solids, casein or honey hiding in that bar. And as for wine, hate to tell you this, but a lot of wine and some beer is not vegan. Some brands still use animal products to clarify their wine or beer. So when in doubt, use Barnivore to check to make sure it’s vegan.
Experiences - depending on who’s on your list, you may want to give them more than a little gift. So why not give them an experience? Buy them some cooking classes, or maybe they always wanted to try skydiving or a hot air balloon ride? Or maybe its a weekend self-care retreat or dance lessons? Memories last longer than trinkets and in my opinion are more meaning full. Give them an experience they will never forget!
I would love to receive any of these gifts this year! But what’s on your Christmas list?
Really though, Christmas doesn’t have to be all about gifts. Spending quality time with friends and family is what really matters. So even if you don’t have the means to give some lavish gift; baking some vegan cookies, knitting a handmade scarf or spending time together volunteering at their favorite organization is a great way to spread some Christmas cheer!