Vegan holiday gift guide 2018

Happy Holidays! My family and friends always tell me how difficult I am to shop for during the holiday season. This year I figured having a vegan holiday gift guide would be helpful if you’re considering buying a gift for a vegan family member or friend. Please note that none of the companies or brands mentioned paid me to do so (I mean, give your girl a #sponsor next time) and all views of products are my own.

If you’re vegan be sure to share this to drop some hints! If you have additional ideas, leave a comment so we can add a whole list of ideas for shoppers.

Something DIY

An ornament

DIY Ornaments

DIY Ornaments

As someone who bought their very own Christmas tree this year, there’s nothing more that I’m excited about than an ornament. DIY ornaments are super easy. They can be twigs hot-glued together to make a tree, or star or snowflake shape and adorned with glitter, ribbon or anything you’ve got around the house! You could also buy plane ornaments from stores like Michael’s where you can use paint or whatever other materials you may have lying around to decorate it. I suggest making an ornament that looks like their pet, or fits their aesthetic (like rustic chic), or their name or initials!

Wall art

Most people have some art in their home, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something completely personal and one-of-a-kind? I’m thinking of something similar to what The Sorry Girl’s showed in their Youtube tutorial. Get some bristol board ($1.00 each) and dilute some paint (also $1.00) in various colours, paint across the two boards and you have a cohesive look! Inexpensive, unique and easy!

Kit/Gift Basket

Pinterest is full of “kits” that you could put together for your favourite pal. It can get overwhelming, but my suggestion is to find something that your friend or family member likes and try to get small gifts associated with it. Put them all together and you have a great package. Here are some ideas:

  • Movie night kit: A Netflix gift card, or DVD, popcorn, sweet snacks like Skittles, a comfy pair of socks and go the extra mile with a pair of PJ’s - a fun, hassle-free movie night on you.

  • Sangria Party: As someone who loves wine, I would love this gift. Grab a bottle of vegan wine, some lemons, limes, oranges or other fruits (that won’t spoil quickly). Add them to a drink dispenser or very large jar with a wooden spoon to stir, a small bottle of juice or other flavourings. Boom! Easy Sangria kit.

  • Spa kit: This is a bit more tactical when you want to make sure your beauty products are vegan. Add a face mask, loofah, nail polish, comfy socks, moisturizer, really any mix of vegan beauty products! This will gift your gift-receiver time to just pamper themself.

 
SAngria Party Kit

SAngria Party Kit

spa kit

spa kit

 

Those are just a few ideas, but really you can take anything that you gift-receiver loves and turn it into a little kit. Get creative!

Something Thrifted or Reused

Furniture

This area is often over looked during the holiday season and especially in thrift stores. Buying new furniture is costly, and if you have a vegan friend or family member that just recently moved or expanded space, this might be a good area to consider! Thrifting furniture will not only be more economically friendly for you, but your friend may also appreciate the environmental benefits. Since some furniture is made of materials that are difficult to recycle. Some examples of easy furniture to score at a thrift store are:

  • Shelves

  • Side tables

  • Coffee tables

  • Kitchen tables and chairs

  • Couches, comfy chairs, etc. (However, I’d be more careful with these decisions because they can have damage or need extra care).

Kitchen appliances

I almost exclusively save my kitchen appliance list for Christmas time. During this time of year, it is very easy to find used appliances for cheap, but also so that they don’t end up in landfills. In the past as a gift I’ve asked for a blender, a crockpot, a bundt pan and a toaster! Try finding used appliances this holiday season.

All the Sweaters!

DIY Mittens from a Sweater

DIY Mittens from a Sweater

Thrifting sweaters is essential in my thrift shopping trips. This is because they’re so versatile. Not only can you wear them, but you can alter them to make different products. One sweater could give you a multitude of gifts for all of your friends. Some suggestions I have that you can make from a sweater using minimal or no sewing are:

  • Hats

  • Mittens

  • Cat/Dog sweaters

  • Mug warmer

  • Leg warmers

  • Pillow cases

  • Scarves

Something High-Quality

Fancy food basket

Noize “hannah” jacket

Noize “hannah” jacket

Since some specialty vegan foods can be hard to come by, or are priced highly, I know I would appreciate some specialty vegan food items as a gift. Try getting some fancy vegan cheeses (like the Nuts For Cheese brand), try some gourmet gummy candies like the ones from Squish, or non-perishable food such as canned soups, chips or crackers. Throw them all in a basket with a bow and you are good to go!

Jackets

Personally I only ask for high-priced items for Christmas if my family members will all pitch in for it. I’ve recently become obsessed with Noize Outerwear. They are a Canadian brand that sells vegan coats, jackets, hats and purses. I love the idea of supporting a Canadian brand, while also purchasing cruelty-free. Winter coats that are warm enough for Canadian winters and are also vegan can be hard to come by, so if you’re considering getting a high-ticket item for your vegan friend or family member this holiday, consider one of these!

Shoes

Since going vegan, I haven’t bought a new pair of shoes for myself. I have been gifted them or my friends and family have just given their hand-me-downs. Part of this is because I’m a university student and I’ll take any hand-me-down, but also it is hard to come by vegan shoes, in the style you want, all of the time. If you know your vegan pal needs a new pair of shoes, you may want to try brands like ANI brand or Matt and Nat. Support vegan brands!

Something for them to do

Spa Day

A spa day is fun for anyone. It’s a relaxing way to get out and spend time with your mom, girlfriends or maybe your spouse! Be sure if you’re looking into spa packages you ensure the products they use are vegan. This means that the products don’t test on animals and do not contain animal products. Plenty of high-quality spa experiences will have cruelty-free options, it’s just important to ask.

Movie Night

To create a movie night gift, get your hands on a movie theatre gift card. I almost never go to the movies unless I get a gift card. It’s a fun way to get out of the house instead of watching Netflix on your laptop. Bonus points if the theatre has vegan snack options like nachos, Skittles or dairy-free popcorn!

Games & Fun

Going out to places such as Dave and Busters or arcades, Mini-golfing, or laser tag aren’t your everyday experiences. If you can find a way to get these ideas into a gift, your receiver would appreciate it very much! These can be great stress relievers for students, or a night off for parents. Get creative on your presentation - you can use a simple card, a basket/kit gift or surprise them and take them their! There are plenty of options.

Something Certified

Support Vegan Brands

Some of the easiest ways to buy vegan is straight from labelled vegan brands. Especially if you don’t have plenty of experience purchasing vegan products, you may want to stay safe with labelled options. Try shopping in these categories:

  • Beauty products - Lush is a well-known brand that has labelled vegan options. You can buy in-store or online. They also have a holiday collection with wrapped gift bundles. I love that you can return the containers to Lush stores and get a discount as well!

  • Makeup - Now with huge beauty brand Covergirl going cruelty-free, it is easier than ever to buy some vegan makeup. You can try brands like Kat Von D, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, NYX, Elf Cosmetics and plenty more!

  • Clothing - There are many small businesses that sell vegan-oriented clothing. You may want to check out Wholesome Culture, Anxious Potatoes Co. or Compassion the Label.

wholesome culture sweater

wholesome culture sweater

compassion the label tee

compassion the label tee

anxious potatoes co. t-shirt

anxious potatoes co. t-shirt

Adopt an Animal/Donate to a Sanctuary

This is at the top of my Christmas list this year. Most years I don’t actually need anything for the Holidays anymore. I work a lot and buy what I need or want when I need or want it. So when holidays come around, I’m stumped on how to answer “What do you want for Christmas?” I’ve been to so many farm sanctuaries in my area and I know they always need help. This year I’ve asked for donations for Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, Froghollow Farm Sanctuary or Karuna Lane Farm Stay. It was at these places I got to connect with animals on a different level than just seeing their photos. I think this is the best gift you could give to someone, so consider this this holiday season.

ME at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary in 2016

ME at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary in 2016

Me presenting on social media activism at the OPBSA Student Activist Conference held at Karuna Lane Farm Stay.

Me presenting on social media activism at the OPBSA Student Activist Conference held at Karuna Lane Farm Stay.

Me at FrogHollow Farm Sanctuary in 2016

Me at FrogHollow Farm Sanctuary in 2016

At the end of the day, I know your vegan friend or family member will be happy with any gift you give them this holiday season. This is a list to help you narrow down your options to help your holiday shopping go smoother! Leave your additional ideas in the comments and have a safe and happy holiday season.


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