Christmas is almost upon us and so begins the task of trying to find something for everyone in your family/friends list! Whilst this may be easier said than done, when you have a vegan to shop for it makes Christmas shopping that little bit harder! But never fear, for I have put together this Vegan Christmas Gift Guide for you featuring food, drink, beauty and more!
Whilst 2019 was the year of the vegan, 2020 has continued to offer up many different vegan alternatives to your usual fare. More and more people are turning to these meat/dairy free alternatives with The Vegan Society reporting that orders of vegan meals increased 388% between 2016 & 2018 and are now the fastest growing takeaway choice.
The number of vegans in Great Britain has quadrupled between 2014 & 2019. In 2019 there were 600,000 vegans compared to just 150,000 in 2014!
Also, 56% of Brits adopt vegan buying behaviours, such as buying vegan products and checking of their toiletries are cruelty free. 50% of Brits know someone who is vegan and 19% would consider going vegan.
So you see, this Vegan Christmas Gift Guide could be just the thing you're looking for!
Vegan Food and Drink Gifts
Now, I don't know about you but for me, Christmas isn't complete without a warm mince pie and a glass of mulled wine and these ones from OGGS are the perfect replacement for the butter laden pastry ones.
These mince pies are melt in the mouth, crumbly deep and sweet, they go perfectly with ,a mulled wine a fantastically festive treat.
These would be ideal in a hamper of deliciously vegan treats and would be sure to put a smile on anybody's face! OGGS mince pies are available in most supermarkets and should be relatively easy to find amongst the mince pies/cakes sections!
Now, here we have something that I'm sure everyone will love, Booja Booja truffles. A collection of award winning organic, vegan chocolate truffles for all occasions. Featuring an irresistible array of melt in the mouth dairy free, gluten and soya free chocolate truffle flavours, each with its own abundant character that invites you to sit down, relax and enjoy - guiltless! There are several collections available from award winning, Eight Truffle Packs, Fine De Champagne, Gourmet Selection, Chilled 12 Truffle Packs and The Wonder Box. Each pack filled with delicious flavours to tempt you in with including: Hazelnut Crunch, Stem Ginger, Almond Salted Caramel, Rhubarb & Vanilla Fool, & Around Midnight Espresso. I'm not sure which ones to start with!
Booja Booja Truffle Selection Number 1 is an enchantingly elegant box with a soft velvet finish makes The Special Edition Gift Collection the perfect present for chocolate connoisseurs and indeed anyone who enjoys a little stylish pleasure. 12 luxury chocolate truffles, 138g from £12.95 It contains: Be De Champagne, Cherry Cognac, Rum Sozzled Sultana & Around Midnight Espresso.
Truffle Selection Number 2 contains: Rhubarb & Vanilla Fool, Hazelnut Crunch, Stem Ginger and Almond Salted Caramel.
The Award Winning Selection of sixteen multi award winning chocolate truffles that bring smiles to chocolate lovers everywhere. Exquisite taste adventures created from simple, carefully chosen, organic ingredients. 184g from £9.99.
OK, now here's something a bit different from the Isle Of Wight Distillery, which if you didn't know, is the only distillery on the island! It was licensed in 2014 by long term friends Xavier Baker and Conrad Gauntlett, by combining a wealth of experience in brewing and wine-making with locally sourced ingredients, they have created a range of premium spirits that express the beauty and character of the island they love. This Mermaid Salt Vodka, is 'like the subtle kiss of a mermaid' and is infused with island sea salt for a uniquely smooth finish and flavour. Plastic free and Net Zero it is an environmentally friendly vodka with a hint of sea air. It is vegan, gluten free and has an ABV of 40% and is priced at £40 for 70cl. Naturally evaporated by the sun and wind, the resultant sea salt retains a depth of flavour and distinct sweetness. Perfect on its own or over ice with a mixer, Mermaid Salt Vodka also layers on a unique savoury element for cocktails that you just can't get with other vodkas. The design of the bottle is akin to a mermaid's tail makes the bottle stand out against others. So why not be daring this Christmas and order a bottle of Mermaid Salt Vodka!? Personalised Gordon's Pink Gin
This personalised gin from Prezzybox would be a wonderful gift for that special person in your life, or even yourself! Gin has been having a bit of a resurgence these last few years and it seems like more and more people are either discovering it for the first time, or have taken more of an interest in it, than perhaps they previously did. I love anything personalised so I love having this bottle with my name on it and it's always nice to make something a bit more special at Christmas. Available from Prezzybox for £42.95 Vegan Curry Kit from Spice Pots
These little pots of wonder are from a company called Spice Pots who have made creating at home curries easier than ever! With perfectly balanced spice blends, clever shortcuts and simple recipes you'll soon be knocking the socks off friends and family with your culinary expertise! Melanie created these little spice pots when she was at home with her young children and wanted an easy and fuss free way to re-create her favourite meals had learnt in India. Her mission? To make cooking easy and with five different spice blends and easy recipes to follow, this is an inexpensive present for vegan friends or family or even perhaps for yourself! Each beautifully packaged vegan spice gift set contains 4 spice pots - Korma, Bhuna, Tandoor Masala & Goan - with 8 easy to follow vegan recipes in a dinky little booklet. This vegan curry spice set makes the perfect foodie gift, or vegan birthday present It also makes a great gift to yourself - as it will help make vegan meal planning each week much easier - as you no longer have to buy lots of spices to make 1 dish! Personally I cannot wait to get in the kitchen and get cooking with these as they certainly take out the most expensive and time consuming parts of Indian cooking! Having these in the cupboard will, for me, encourage me to widen my cooking knowledge and get back the enjoyment of being in the kitchen. Also, having the little booklet with the easy to follow instructions will really help too as I like to follow a recipe the first few times I do it. Plus, sometimes cooking vegan can be tricky so knowing exactly what you need to do will *hopefully* help lots more people get in the kitchen and try cooking vegan for themselves! This Vegan Curry Kit retails for £14.95
Now I've featured Opies on the blog before and have in fact, made vegan trifle with their Peaches in Courvoisier. As any vegan will tell you, they too want a delicious dessert come Christmas Day and with these new offerings from Opies, they can have just that! Red Berries with Pink Gin - a combination of redcurrants, raspberries and sour cherries infused with a delicious yet delicate pink gin. With back notes of juniper, the red berries effortlessly enhance a gin and tonic and are sublime in a boozy ice-cream sundae.
Figs with Dark Rum - will be a great gifting choice. Opies take the juiciest of figs and steep them in the finest Luxardo dark rum which perfectly brings out rich, indulgent and slightly spicy tones. They work exceptionally well on a pavlova or can be used to upgrade a Dark & Stormy Cocktail. These would go so well with some ice cream for a lighter dessert and an alternative to Christmas pudding! Pickled walnuts are of course a Christmas staple and go so well with a cheeseboard. Or perhaps try something different and go for a salad or add them to a cottage pie for a festive twist on a old classic. Red Berries with Pink Gin, Peaches with Courvoisier and Black Cherries with Gin are all available to buy in Waitrose from £6. All other variants can be found in independent retailers such as farm shops and delicatessens. Rise Coffee Subscription Box
Here's one for the coffee lovers in your life! A Rise Coffee Box Subscription could be just what they need - a monthly or bi monthly box sent to them containing 2x 250g bags of speciality coffee, exclusive content from their roasters, delicious GF/Vegan brownies, extra treats, monthly recipe cards all with free delivery across the UK! At Rise, they partner with a huge variety of fantastic coffee roasters, to ensure each month you get to experience a new brand of coffee from a variety of regions, roasts and with varying tasting notes. They always try to combine single origins with blends, and filter roasts with espresso roasts to give you variety in your morning coffee. Rise was started by Ben and Alice, a couple of coffee lovers who love trying new things. One of their favourite things to do is discover and taste new varieties of coffee. Especially from up and coming roasters with a good story to tell. So, they created Rise to take you on their coffee adventure. It was another 'born in lockdown' businesses after Ben and Alice were missing their flat whites on their way to work, so they went on the hunt for good quality coffee to drink at home. When they couldn't find anything decent in their local supermarkets or online, they set about sourcing delicious and exciting varieties of coffee to send to the homes of other coffee lovers, just like them! Monthly subscription is £16.99 each month Fortnightly coffee box is £16.99 every 2 weeks Bi-monthly coffee box is £16.99 every 2 months One off speciality box is £18.99 Monthly coffee box (3 months) £50.97 So there's plenty of choice available and the best part (for me) is getting to try coffee from independent roasters around the UK and finding out which ones I like the taste of. So if you know someone who absolutely loves coffee, then don't hesitate to check out Rise and 'Wake Up To Better Coffee'! Zenb Vegetable Bars
Introducing Zenb (pronounced Zen-B), the plant based veggie solution for balanced snacking when you're on the go. These veggie bars use the whole vegetable - including the core, peel, seeds and stem - helping to simplify food waste. Zenb is about more effectively harnessing the possibilities of nature in order to achieve more mindful food production. For Zenb, that means raising awareness about reducing food waste, educating others on the benefits of using parts of the vegetable that are often overlooked but contain fibre and using recycled and recyclable packaging wherever possible. These bars would be perfect for lunchboxes or as a snack to take out and about with you. Yes, perhaps an usual Christmas present, but perhaps you know someone who struggles with finding healthy vegan snacks. I know I did when I was first tried Veganuary in 2019.
Vegan Beauty Gifts
Ok, now here's one that for me, is a recent find but definitely one that I HAD to include. I have been using Wild for about two or so months now and I have to say, it is without doubt, the best deodorant I have ever used. One of the best aspects of Wild is that not only is it 100% natural, it is compostable with plastic free refills. The case is made to be reused again and again - simply take out the refill and change it for a new one! Another great aspect of Wild is that you get to choose how often you want refills posted to you! Oh and they have 5 amazing scents to choose from too: Rose Blush Mint Fresh Coconut Dream Orange Zest Bergamont Rituals You can also choose your case colour: Aqua Coral Purple Silver The plans are designed to flexible so there's no need to worry about being overloaded with refills or cost. You can choose to receive 3 refills every 2, 3 or 4 months for just £5 per refill. Get your wild case and first refill for £12 saving up to 15%.Best of all, delivery is free across the UK. I think this would be a great gift for someone who is looking to go plastic free with their beauty products. It works really well and the scents aren't too overpowering. Plus the case itself looks very stylish too. Evolve Beauty
All Evolve beauty products are vegan friendly and cruelty free and made in small batches to ensure the highest level of freshness. All lovingly handmade in their studio in Hertfordshire. Personally, I love finding small businesses like this who take real care and pride in producing products which will work just as well as the same from a bigger brand. This Christmas, Evolve beauty comes beautifully wrapped in handcrafted festive gift sets, created with care by Evolve Beauty artisans. Each set is now ready to gift in their new eco friendly foiled boxes which are reminiscent of starry nights and Christmas lights. The set shown here is the Hydration Heroes set, retailing at £35. It contains a complete everyday skincare ritual their Gentle Cleansing Melt to wash away every trace of fabulous festive make up as well as their best selling Hyaluronic Serum to intensely hydrate the skin and their Daily Facial Cream to lock in moisture. This skin quenching collection is also suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. Friction Free Shaving Set
If you haven't heard of Friction Free Shaving (FFS) by now then let me introduce you to the best shave of your life! (not just my review, check out what others are saying on their website!) Friction Free Shaving does exactly what it says on the tin - it gives you he closest shave you can possibly get, all without pain! The ethos behind FFS is that "For far too long women have had to put up with low quality, plastic razors that were never designed for our bodies. Introducing the signature FFS metal-handled razor, with a soothing vitamin E strip to glide effortlessly over the skin in fewer strokes than ever before." A few of great things about FFS: reusable metal handle, blade recycling system, recyclable packaging, cruelty free products, stand against animal testing, leaping bunny approval, vegan friendly razor, the flexibility to pause or cancel your delivery at any time, no parabens or nasties, only fresh products and award winning creams containing Manuka honey, Shea butter and Coconut oil. Their 3 step system of Smooth, Remove, Soothe is a first for female shaving and is designed to cover all aspects of a manageable skincare routine and will enhance the quality of your shave whilst preparing and protecting your skin. I have used FFS since they launched in 2016 and have never tried any other shaving system as I've found them to be the best for all my shaving needs. As an added bonus, you can even get the handle engraved! The set shown above is the small shaving set with the rose handle and retails for £24. It's the perfect beauty treat and includes their signature personalised rose gold handle, diamond coated blades, translucent shave cream, clamshell protector, shower hook and travel pouch.
This year instead of filling the stockings of those you love with plastic, drop in a bar of soap that Santa would be proud of with the Balade en Provence zero waste, organic and certified vegan beauty bars. With bars for skin, hair and body each made by hand using the finest of natural oils in Provence, there will be a little French beauty secret waiting to be discovered in stockings this Christmas. These Balade en Provence bars are handmade with care and patience in France using a cold saponification process. Their artisans create a blend of rich natural oils and organic ingredients. Their bars are then left to "rest" on wooden shelves for 30 days, to allow time for the oils to blend and mature. This nearly heatless process also allows the ingredients in the Balade en Provence solid cosmetics to retain their natural properties. With bars for everyone; men, women and children there will be a small taste of Provence for everyone to experience a greener Christmas.
New and exclusive to Balade en Provence is the Solid Night Cream. This first to market solid night balm glides on effortlessly, melted by the temperature of your skin and is created using just 4 ingredients: Antioxidant Cacao Butter to nourish, protect and hydrate all skin types. Regenerating Apricot Kernel Oil to fight against the effects of time while nourishing the driest skin. Nourishing Coconut Oil to gently hydrate, soothe and clam redness. Carnauba wax (Copernicia Cerifera Wax) to soften nourish and protect inflamed skin.
The Super Rich Body Bar is a gentle and nourishing daily cleanser. This moisturising is enriched with a blend of coconut oil and Shea butter and impregnated with the delicate scent of orange blossom that transports you to the fields of Provence.
This mild facial cleansing soap cleanses, moisturises and soothes the skin, leaving your face looking healthy and radiant. Enriched with French green clay to remove makeup and impurities, rosehip oil to moisturise and aloe vera to soothe redness and rashes. It is the perfect cleanser to use morning and night. You can purchase Blade en Provence from Holland & Barrett, making your Christmas shopping easier than ever. Woods Of Windsor