It’s the most wonderful time of the year - time to start making your Christmas lists and deciding on the Christmas gifts you’ll be buying for those brilliant, special people in your life.
With more and more people turning to ethical products and a vegan lifestyle, it can be tricky to find the right gift, and time consuming to double check whether those products are as ethical and cruelty free as they claim to be.
We’ve decided to make it super easy for you, by finding 6 incredible gifts for vegans from amazing indie businesses. They are also all under £20, as we know many people don’t have a huge amount of cash to splash right now!
Every Nook soy wax candle - £12/£20
Beeswax candles are not vegan, so choose this natural soy wax candle for your vegan friend’s Christmas gift instead. Every Nook candles are handmade in Nottingham, and they come in 4 gorgeous scents with beautifully designed labels on glass jars - so there’s surely one to suit your vegan pal.
Choose from the smaller 100g travel size soy wax candle, or the larger 170g soy wax candle - the larger size comes in a box, making it a beautiful readymade Christmas gift for £20.
Bloop Bristol offers a gift wrapping service free of charge, so you can send the candle directly to your vegan friend! Bloop will even pop a personalised note in, if you so wish.
If you live within a 1 mile radius of the Bristol based shop (Old Market, Windmill Hill, Knowle, part of Southville) Bloop Bristol will deliver direct to you, as well as offering click & collect and postage to other areas.
East by Meera Sodha - £20
Give the gift of delicious vegan dinners, for Christmas and beyond.
East by Meera Sodha is packed full of 120 incredibly tasty vegan and vegetarian recipes, inspired by Asian cooking of all kinds. It has got to be one of the very best cookbooks for non-meat-eaters.
Your vegan friend will end up using Meera’s recipe book all the time, because not only is every recipe so flavourful and vibrant, they are also super affordable to make.
Waterstones offers click and collect on all of the books they stock, and regular or courier delivery. There is currently no gift wrap service.
Josephine Thomas Lavender & Vetiver Sleep Balm and Sleep Spray - £8/£10
Josephine Thomas is an independent UK brand making small batches using sustainable, non-toxic materials, and all packaging is recyclable, so their Sleep Balm & Sleep Spray would make such a gorgeous Christmas gift set for your vegan loved one.
Blended with natural oils and butters, the sleep balm soothes symptoms of stress and anxiety by calming the mind. Just apply to pulse points as part of a nighttime routine to promote a restful sleep.
Spray the Lavender and Vetiver Sleep Spray generously throughout the air and onto linens and pillows before bedtime to relax the mind and calm the senses.
Wearth is an eco friendly website selling ethical products from over 250 independent UK brands. All products are vegan and cruelty free, meaning you can browse the whole website without having to worry about double checking. They do not currently offer gift wrapping.
Bloop Bath Time Treat gift set - £10
Do you know somebody who needs a little break and a bit of me time? Someone who needs to escape the world for a while, and emerge from the bathroom feeling refreshed and invigorated?
This plastic-free, cruelty-free, wonderfully vegan bathtime gift set is the perfect Christmas gift for that vegan person.
The bathtime kit comes in a reusable, cotton zipper pouch, and includes:
Alter/Native Bergamot & Green Tea Handmade Soap - one of Bloop’s bestsellers, which is handmade, 100% natural, and palm oil free.
MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion - a shot of magical bath potion which will de-stress the mind and relieve aches. A herbal blend of detoxifying fennel, calming fir needle, and sweet birch.
Konjac Sponge - a vegan alternative to a sea sponge, this natural sponge is made from the root of a konjac plant, and gently exfoliates.
Bloop Bristol has a free gift wrapping service, giving you the option of sendig the bath kit straight to your vegan friend! They’ll even pop a personalised note in.
Moloneymakes Crochet Face Scrubbie Kit - £18
If your vegan friend loves skincare and crafts, consider buying them this sweet crochet face scrubbie kit for Christmas this year. It’s perfect for beginners too!
Moloneymakes is a Bristol based, vegan knitter, meaning all of the yarn is made from non-animal fibres. You can be safe in the knowledge that you can buy Moloneymakes products as Christmas gifts for your vegan friends.
Choose two gorgeously muted colours from the selection of 50g recycled cotton yarn balls, each one enough to make 6 scrubbies. The kit also contains a How To: Beginners’ Guide to Crochet booklet, a scrubbie crochet pattern, 5mm crochet hook, and a tapestry needle - everything your vegan loved one needs to get started with crochet.
The crochet kit comes beautifully packaged in a cardboard box, so it’s a readymade gift, which you could post directly to your vegan pal.
Bird Can Fox Cat Planter - £14
Local Bristol ceramicist Liz Davies has collaborated with Anthropologie to design a beautiful Christmas 2020 collection, which harnesses a magical realism.
Liz handmakes ceramic animals and homewares from her garden studio, meaning every piece differs slightly. You can be safe in the knowledge that you are giving your vegan friend a truly unique Christmas gift.
There are two other colour variations available - gold on white, gold on blue. Anthropologie do not currently offer a gift wrapping service.
A few final tips for buying Christmas gifts for your vegan friends:
If you’re not already clued up on the vegan, cruelty free, eco friendly world of products, it can seem a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
The easiest way to make sure you’re buying vegan products is to buy from a shop which has already done all the research for you. There are multiple online shops who stock only vegan, cruelty free, eco friendly products.
If you’re shopping elsewhere, check the ingredients. Some companies are known to put silk in shampoo, make vitamin D supplement out of lanolin, and some E numbers are not vegan.
A quicker way to check is to look for the vegan label!
There are also apps, such as Is This Vegan that tell you whether a product is vegan, simply by scanning the UPC code.
Happy Christmas gift shopping!