OK, it’s December so we can officially start talking about Christmas. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve curated this list of cruelty-free gift ideas for the ones you love. Or perhaps you just got their name in a Kris Kringle. Whatever, the best part about these presents is you don’t even have to be vegan to love them (but it helps).
GIFTS FOR HER
CANDLE – Organic Coconut & Lime Candle from Beach Road Naturals, $40
“I don’t like candles,” said no one ever. There’s a reason candles so often make it into gift guides, and that is because they’re such a great gift! This one is vegan, cruelty free, and smells like a holiday.
PILLOW CASE – Bamboo Lyocell Pillowcase Set from Ettitude, $50
What woman would say no to smooth skin and tangle free hair? The silk pillowcase has been a thing with supermodels since Cindy Crawford first boarded a plane. This vegan alternative is even more beautiful.
COSMETICS – Vegan Bamboo Makeup Brush Set from Life Basics, $49.95
A set of makeup brushes is a foundation item in any makeup collection and knowing that nothing and no one has suffered in the making brings even more pleasure to the artistry of cosmetics.
CHOCOLATES – Vegan Friends Chocolate Box Set from Bellaberry Chocolate, $35
There’s no excuse to miss out on chocolate this Christmas. This cute and quirky set of three dark chocolate bars is made with Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa. Perfect for a vegan friend… or just for you.
YOGA MAT – Personalised Premium Cork Yoga Mat by Lisa Angel, $104.90
Eschew synthetics for a natural and recycled cork mat backed with natural tree rubber. Cork is a great material because the more you sweat, the better it grips! (And for every mat purchased, a tree will be planted in Australia.)
GIFTS FOR HIM
SKIN CARE / SHAVE – Tip-to-Toe Men’s Shampoo & Shaving Bar by Ethique, $25.95
Minimum fuss, maximum vegan. This PETA-approved bar acts as an all-in-one shampoo, bodywash and shaving lather. It’s naturally scented with the clean, crisp essential oils of lime, orange and peppermint.
COOKBOOK – Five Ingredient Vegan by Katy Beskow, $39.99
There are more than 100 recipes in this cookbook that are so simple they use five ingredients or fewer. Great for vegans and those looking for effortless ways to introduce plant-based meals into their everyday cooking.
WINE – Moon Opposite Saturn Harvest Sauvignon Blanc by Cullen, $32.20
All Cullen wines produced after 2007 are vegan-friendly and certified biodynamic, from a carbon neutral and naturally powered estate. The Moon Opposite Saturn Sauvignon Blanc was harvested during its eponymous planetary node.
WALLET – Personalised Monogram Vegan Cork Wallet by Dust and Things, $85
Who needs leather when you can keep your cards in a wallet is made from cork? It’s not only sustainable, eco-friendly and vegan, but also naturally waterproof. Have it monogrammed for the personal touch.
AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL – Australian Rules Football by Vegan Wares, $77
The footy fan in your life probably spends his weekends kicking cowhide around the park. But this high-quality match grade microfibre football has proven durability equal to that of leather balls.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
LUNCHBOX – Fridge-to-go Lunchboxes from $34.95
Frozen 2 might be popular but will it keep your lunch cold? Probably not. This range of brightly coloured (yes, vegan!) lunchboxes with an inbuilt freeze-able slab will mean their carrot stick are still crunchy come recess.
BOOK – V is for Vegan by Ruby Roth, $22.99
“A is for animals – friends, not food. We don’t eat our friends, they’d find it quite rude.” Vis for Vegan is a lovely way for little ones to learn about the ethical alternatives in a cute and totally non-preachy way.
SNEAKERS – Drizzle Grey Canvas Sneakers by Toms, $59.95
Cool shoes are a must for every would-be sports star or style-setter. And with its one-for-one business model, TOMS Shoes has provided more than 60 million pairs of shoes to kids since 2006. Check out the vegan designs.
CRAYONS – Crayon Rocks, Bag of 16 in Muslin, $14.95
Unlike most crayons that are made of petroleum paraffin wax, Crayon Rocks are made from soy wax, combined with natural mineral pigments to create beautiful colours that are easy for little fingers to grip.
KOALA – WWF Adoptions from $15 per month
Not a real one, obviously. Little conservationists will love the WWF’s animal adoption program, which helps protect our most endangered species. The adoption pack includes a cuddly toy, adoption certificate, fact book and more.
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