18 Totally Cool And Cruelty-Free Gifts For Vegans

Your plant-based pal will appreciate these creative vegan-friendly presents.

October 10, 2017
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If there's a vegan in your life, chances are you've learned how to navigate eating out with them and you make sure to have dishes beyond basic salad to serve when they come over for dinner. But you may not realize that vegans don't only avoid eating meat, dairy, eggs, and honey—many also avoid wearing animal products (leather, suede, silk) and using products that are derived from animal ingredients or that have been tested on animals. For them, it's more than just a diet, it's a lifestyle.

But while you respect your vegan friends, it can make buying them gifts a bit challenging. Of course you want to give them something they'll love, plus you want to make sure it's cruelty-free. You could spend your time checking ingredients, reading labels, and emailing companies to be 100-percent certain you're choosing a vegan gift. Or you can simply select from this list.

We searched for gift ideas made from vegan ingredients and not tested on animals, as well as for products to make cooking vegan meals easier. Our standards: Everything had to also be high-quality, fashionable if it's clothing or accessories, appropriate for both new vegans and those who were vegan before it was trendy, and/or fun. We narrowed down the options to these 18 picks for women and men in a wide price range. From stocking stuffers and hostess gifts to gifts that keep giving and a splurge that'll make them love you forever, you can't go wrong with one of these humane gifts for vegans.

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Gunas Monarch

America's first 100-percent designer vegan handbag brand, Gunas is cruelty-free and sweatshop-free, plus a portion of each purchase goes to animal sanctuaries. Using special faux materials—never PVC or vinyl since those negatively affect the environment—the bags are chic and sustainable. The Monarch features vegan textured eco polyurethane, a lining made from recycled plastic bottles, and recycled metal hardware with 18K gold plating. Multiple pockets made it easy to stash everything in its place for the woman who carries her life in her bag.

Buy now: $165, gunasthebrand.com

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The Vegan Collection Alexander Reversible Belt

Made from synthetic microfiber, this belt is brown on one side and black on the other, so it goes with everything from casual to semi-formal outfits. And you can feel good wearing it because the Vegan Collection works only with vendors who don't use child labor or sweatshop conditions, and who pay workers fair wages. The company also donates 25 percent of profits to organizations that are advocates for animals and uses water-based adhesives to reduce its environmental impact.

Buy now: $34, amazon.com

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Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Who wouldn't love a box full of snacks and treats delivered each month? Vegan Cuts includes 10 or more snack- or full-size goodies in each box. You might receive peanut butter cups, seasoned jackfruit, popcorn, protein bars, or chips, and everything is vegan and often gluten-free, non-GMO, and organic.

Buy now: starting at $22.95/month, vegancuts.com

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Veestro Gift Cards

For the vegan who doesn't have time to cook, Veestro delivers precooked meals to your doorstep. Simply heat and eat dishes such as a breakfast burrito stuffed with potatoes, tomatoes, tofu, and black beans; mushroom risotto, and soba noodles in peanut sauce. More than 96 percent of the ingredients the company uses are organic, and you can order items a la carte or select a meal plan.

Buy now: starting at $25, veestro.com

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Yes I Am Still A Vegan T-shirt

Vegans are often asked questions about their diet—a lot of questions. This 100-percent cotton shirt, which comes in sizes for men, women, and kids, addresses some of the most commons ones, from concerns about getting enough protein (here are 7 vegetarian sources of protein) to what they do and don't eat. Give it to the friend who's sick of hearing, “I could never do that.”

Buy now: $17.99, amazon.com

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Lumos Wines 2014 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir

Many people don't realize that wine often isn't vegan, technically. Ingredients such as egg whites, isinglass (fish bladder), and gelatin are often added to clarify and stabilize the wine. Although these are filtered out of the final product, if your vegan prefers to avoid these wines, there are vegan options, such as Lumos Wines. The winery is 100% vegan and organic, as well as practicing minimal intervention in its wine-making. Bring this refined, spicy pinot along as a special drop for host or hostess.

Buy now: $45, lumoswine.com

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Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give A F*ck

This is probably not the best book to introduce your conservative grandpa to vegan cooking. Known for its colorful language, Thug Kitchen's website quickly became a favorite for vegans and those looking to eat more plants. Their New York Times bestseller uses the same foul language to teach readers how to make recipes like roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos, smoked almond and chickpea salad sandwiches, and chocolate chip almond butter cookies. That's some tasty sh!t.

Buy now: $14.82, amazon.com

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Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

Deliver cruelty-free skincare and beauty products to her door each month with this subscription box. Unlike many subscription boxes, which exclusively send out sample-size products, the Vegan Cuts box contains mostly full-size products, making it a great value. (Here are the 6 most important beauty products to buy organic.)

Buy now: 6 months for $120, vegancuts.com

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Men's Vegan Non-Leather Paper Bi-fold Wallet by Green Banana Paper

As if wrapping your head around the idea of nice cream (banana-based “ice cream”) weren't hard enough, how about a wallet made from banana? Banana fiber has traditionally been used for rope making and weaving on Pacific Islands. Green Banana Paper takes the water-resistant fiber, forges it into sheets, then dries and cuts it. Then local artists in Kosrae, Micronesia decorate the sheets, which are folded into durable wallets. This process creates stand-out-from-the-crowd vegan wallets for you and local jobs on the volcanic island.

Buy now: $29.99, amazon.com

Also: here's how to make banana-based "ice cream" at home:

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The Honest Co. Bubble Bath

Bubble baths are fun and relaxing for all ages, and these suds are free of synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals, parabens, dyes, and animal by-products, plus Honest never tests products on animals. What they do use is organic chamomile and calendula to gently soothe and nourish, plus jojoba protein and quinoa extract to enrich delicate skin. Choose from four scents: gentle orange vanilla, calming lavender, nourishing apricot, or fragrance-free.

Buy now: $11.95, honest.com

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Missamé 10 Pcs Makeup Brush Set in Bamboo

Cruelty-free company Missamés set is a steal at $2.50 per brush. Made of sustainable bamboo and premium taklon fiber, the soft bristles work with powder, mineral, gel, cream, or liquid natural makeup. This kit includes a flat top brush, kabuki brush, contouring brush, foundation brush, blush brush, blending brush, angled eye brush, concealer brush, smudge brush, and liner brush. The organizer keeps all of them in line in your bathroom or when traveling, and if you don't know which brush is which, there's a guide to break it all down.

Buy now: $25.04, amazon.com

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Lune + Aster Stratosphere Volumizing Mascara

Many mascaras contain beeswax, collagen, or other animal-derived ingredients, as well as preservatives. But this vegan mascara is gluten- and paraben-free, plus it has vitamins and peptides to nourish and strengthen lashes, and encourage them to grow. Even non-vegans will love how it doesn't clump or flake off while adding volume.

Buy now: $20, bluemercury.com

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Urban Cheesecraft Dairy Free Cheese Kit

Yes, somehow vegans manage to live without cheese. But that doesn't mean they wouldn't want to try making their own nut cheeses at home, and Urban Cheesecraft's kit makes it easy. They provide cheesecloth, thickening agents—even salt and spices. All you need is nuts, seeds, or beans and a healthy oil, and in less than an hour, you have creamy artisanal vegan cheese. Choose from cheddar, mozzarella, and ricotta, or brie, feta, chevre, and fondue.

Buy now: $29, thegrommet.com

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Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes

Millions love the Oh She Glows website for vegan recipes, and this second book from author Angela Liddon is just as popular, becoming a New York Times bestseller. The dishes range from filling breakfasts to salads that are truly meals to burgers to rich desserts, and almost everything can be made on a busy weeknight.

Buy now: $15, amazon.com

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Smoke Hash Not Ham Triblend Vegan Tank

This may not be for everyone, but vegans with a sense of humor will appreciate it. The design is hand drawn and designed by Chicago-based artist Fay Ray Ferris, and the shirt is a comfy, flattering fit. Plus it supports a good cause: 10 percent of the proceeds go to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Buy now: $17, etsy.com

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Spiral Slicer Spiralizer Complete Bundle

Zucchini noodles are still trendy, but they're still a pain to make using a vegetable peeler. Help your zoodle-obsessed vegan out by giving them this handheld spiralizer. It takes up less room than a standing version and works better and quicker for many home chefs. There's also a cleaning brush to help ensure you get out all the seeds and zucchini guts when you wash it. This tool also works on sweet potatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and other veggies, so you can experiment with all kinds of “noodles.” (And here are 7 things to make with a spiralizer besides veggie noodles.)

Buy now: $14.84, amazon.com

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Lulus Mamba Grey Snake Print Mid-Calf Boots

Make a statement in these cute 4 1/2-inch heel boots constructed from man-made materials. They look great with pants or skirts and dresses—or even track pants, as Kendall Jenner proved. Reviewers say the boots run a little tight, so consider ordering a size up.

Buy now: $49, lulus.com

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Blendtec Designer 675

High-powered blenders are a splurge that can change your life. The Blendtec will puree up smoothies, soups, dips, nut butters, ice cream, dough, and more with the touch of one button. Clean-up is a breeze—add water and a little dish detergent, and then select the clean cycle. There's also a touch slider for basic blending and pulsing, and the smaller WildSide jar is perfect for single-serving recipes. Your vegan friend will love you forever.

Buy now: $575, jet.com