Holidays are a time for sharing, but what happens when the one vegan in the house starts looking like a black sheep when other family members are seriously confused what is and what isn’t entirely animal-free when it comes to presents? You send them this list! Seriously, just hit ‘share’ + the number of the item you want for Christmas, and you’re done!
OK, here’s the deal – let’s approach the holidays with a non-judgmental attitude!
Vegan gift giving can be fraught because so many seemingly innocuous products aren’t vegan — like that shower gel you always used to buy James before he went vegan, or the sweater you found that would be perfect for Claire, except it contains silk.
Here’s what you should never buy a vegan:
Non-vegan food (food that contains meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, whey or other animal-derived ingredients)
Makeup that has been tested on animals or that contains non-vegan ingredients (frequently used non-vegan ingredients include lanolin, beeswax and carmine)
Bath and body products that have been tested on animals or that contain non-vegan ingredients
Clothes made out of fur, leather, wool or silk
Coats or bedding made with down or feathers
Jewellery made with leather, feathers or pearls
Homewares made with bone china
Candles or other items made with beeswax or other bee products
Non-vegan wine, champagne, beer or cider – that’s right, some alcohols aren’t vegan assome brands are filtered through egg whites or fishbladder. Find out which ones are vegan on Barnivore.
On the other side of the coin, if you’re vegan
it can be incredibly awkward to receive presents that aren’t vegan. We all want vegan presents that we can appreciate and use, so take the time to educate your friends and family about what is and isn’t vegan or give them some suggestions of what you’d like to receive (by forwarding this list, as suggested before!).
So, without further a do, here are
21 Truly Creative Vegan Gift Ideas Non-Vegans Will Seriously Enjoy Buying!
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11. Vegan leather Kindle cover
Any vegan would LOVE the Kindle cover by rooCASE – it’s really durable and easy to use. When you open and shut the cover it automatically turns the Kindle on and off. Their latest version for Kindle Fire also turns into a stand
12. Children’s clothes
Children’s clothes, just like adult clothing, might contain wool, cashmere, silk, fur, felt, mohair or leather, making it not vegan. Sense Organics offer a beautiful range of durable baby and children’s clothing made from organic and fair trade cotton. Sense also have a vegan skincare range for babies.
Hanna Andersson make long-lasting children’s clothes that can be passed down. Their products are known for being super-soft and seam-free for sensitive little ones’ skin
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”