These luxury vegan gifts are the perfect cruelty-free gift suggestions for anyone, on any occasion!
By Lora O’Brien
Vegans can be notoriously tricky to give gifts to. Chocolates? Oops – they’ve got milk in them. Gloves? They’d better not be leather! Socks? Ok, but just remember that even wool is sometimes shunned by these true animal lovers. But if you’re wanting to give luxury vegan gifts, it can be even tougher!
Alpaca pashminas, leather shoes, cashmere sweaters and even pearls are all big no-nos. So, what little touch of luxury can you give to the animal lover in your life?
What’s meant by ‘luxury’?
Dang, but that’s a hard word to define. One woman’s ‘luxury’ is another’s daily must-have. According to the most basic dictionary definition, luxury can be defined as: Something that isn’t essential, but provides pleasure and comfort.
So let’s go with that!
Think about your recipient. What’s something they’d like, but probably wouldn’t get for themselves, because they’d think it was too indulgent? Would that object bring them ‘pleasure and comfort’? If so, viola! You’ve just found the perfect luxury vegan gift!
To help you navigate the shops and choose the perfect vegan present – OR to drum up a vegan gift list you can pass on to friends and family if you’re vegan yourself – I’ve selected 10 luxury vegan gifts that I know I (as a vegan myself!) would love.
Luxury Vegan Gifts Anyone Would Love
Every woman loves getting a handbag as a gift. After all, there’s no issues with it not fitting; different bags can match different outfits, and there’s nothing as useful as a bag! But choosing the right one is important. Finding great handbags can be tricky for vegans. Either the best designs are leather, which is off limits, or they’re made of terrible, plasticky ‘vegan leather’, which is environmentally harmful.
That’s why we’ve included LaBante London in our vegan gift guide this year. The label creates a wide selection of vegan satchels, vegan backpacks, vegan purses and vegan laptop bags. Each piece is constructed from reclaimed plastic bottles and vegetable by-products, and is made to last for decades.
Best for: The working woman who wants to look chic without harming animals
Know someone who likes to keep fit? Whether they hit the gym or take yoga classes, ethical activewear is essential for looking and feeling great. Miomojo’s Kind Yoga Set is the perfect gift for the gym bunny in your life. It’s designed with attention to detail, and is kind to both your body and the planet.
The legging and top duo are made of eco-sustainable nylon fiber made from regenerated industrial waste. It’s perfect for workouts as it’s extremely soft and flexible, fitting all body types. The high elastic waistband provides a comfortable and snug fit while offering support and breathability.
Best for: Friends who like to stay fit, whilst looking chic
Forget diamonds! Modern women want jewelry that’s conflict-free and ethical. One brand you can shop with 100% confidence is Mejuri. Encouraging us to wear fine jewelry every day and not save it for special occasions, the brand is dedicated to being sustainable through its materials, and ethical through its traceability.
All of their jewelry is offered at fair prices and makes the perfect gift for someone you love. Or if you’re just wanting to treat yourself – you go, girl!
Not sure what to buy? Their Engravable Necklace is perfect. Its 14k gold is made to last forever and will never oxidize or discolour. Plus, you can engrave an initial or a message across the pendant, lending a unique touch that someone can treasure forever.
Best for: Giving someone a sentimental gift with meaning
Who doesn’t feel better after a long bubble bath and a little pampering? If you know someone who needs a bit of that, this gorgeous skincare set by Louis Noir is ideal. They offer two beauty gift sets. The Standard Box features: body butter, bath bombs, a scrub and exfoliating hammam glove.
The Deluxe Box contains: 2 body butters, 1 bath bomb, 1 bronze baby body oil, a scrub of choice and exfoliating hammam glove.
All products are based on organic ingredients that are high in vitamin A and E. They were formulated to help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and to soothe skin conditions such as dry skin, psoriasis and eczema.
Best for: Someone who deserves a little TLC
The truth is – many men are just as concerned about their hair as women are. And so this duo gift set will be one of the most successful luxury vegan gifts for men. It contains Antonin B‘s multi-award-winning, best-selling serum and styling product.
The brand uses complex formulas based on high-quality ingredients that harmoniously together to lend the best results to the tresses. Their Desert Serum only requires 3 drops to bring vibrancy back to dry, dull hair. The formula is lightweight yet powerful with its combination of high-end botanical oils and green science.
Their Backstage Cocktail Street Fix is a versatile, rum-based hair styling product in spray form. It instantly gives a lift to flat hair, and keeps fine or thin hair in place all day long. And get this: as a Christmas bonus, he’ll get a sample of the rum used to make the product!
Best for: Thinning hair that is in need of a little boost
2. Vegan Kicks
The perfect pair of white lace up vegan trainers is a welcome luxury gift to anyone! But especially when they’re made from recycled plastic bottles, like this pair by Rothy’s. We love that they’re also created via a 3D printing technique that leaves zero waste behind.
These are a classic style that will look fab with everything, from cargo shorts to jeans.
Best for: Active, stylish vegan men
If he’s still keeping all his belongings inside his pockets, it’s the perfect time to surprise him with a bag. And Miomojo’s Penelope Backpack allows him to make a statement – and help the planet!
Showcasing how effortlessly style and sustainability go hand in hand, this Miomojo backpack is casual yet sleek, minimal and modern. It offers enough space to carry your man’s essentials from morning to evening, and is partly made from recycled fishing nets, fabric scraps and industrial plastic.
Best for: Busy urban professionals who care about the planet
A subscription box is always one of the most welcome vegan gifts. It extends beyond the special occasion, and provides the recipient with a monthly treat long after the holidays have ended. And who doesn’t want to receive gifts every month, right?
GlobeIn boasts artisan partners from around the world. With the goal of enriching individuals and their communities, they connect conscious consumers with gorgeous products made by those talented artisans. Those products could include anything from Italian wine glasses and Portuguese water jugs to Kenyan wooden games and much more.
Each month, your recipient will get 3-5 exclusive, handcrafted items that have been ethically sourced. They’ll also receive information about where the items come from, and even the odd photo of the person who made them.
Best for: The world traveller, or someone who wishes they were one
Know someone who likes to travel as well as keep fit? Combine both with this gorgeous travel mat by Corkyogis. At 1kg, this mat can be taken with you anywhere. It’s perfect for yoga and Pilates, but can be used for other forms of exercise, too.
Not only does this cork mat look fabulous, but it’s antimicrobial, too. That means viruses, bacteria and fungus will never grow on it. Not to mention cork has low thermal conductivity, which means you’ll always feel comfortable no matter the temperature of your body during your workout. Plus, the mat comes with a grip spray bottle to help prevent slipping.
Best for: Active men and women who don’t want to do their downward dogs on toxic mats
Of course, vegans love all animals, and elephants are always a popular favourite. So adopting one of these gorgeous creatures would be one of the best luxury vegan gifts ever! All proceeds from these elephant adoption packs help protect the elephant family living in Amboseli National Park in Kenya (monitored by the Amboseli Trust for Elephants).
Adoption starts from just £2.50 per month. Everyone that takes out an adoption with Born Free receives a unique pack including:
- A cuddly toy Elephant
- A glossy photo of your adopted Elephant
- A personalised adoption certificate
- A copy of your Elephant’s story
- Born Free window sticker
- Born Free folder
- Two copies of Born Free’s Adopt! Magazine throughout the year with updated on the Elephant family’s progress.
Best for: Serious animal lovers and conservationists
Delivered monthly through the letterbox, BRUU offers fresh teas that are unique, allowing the recipient to try something new and exciting each month that moves beyond the traditional tea you find in supermarkets anywhere.
This is one of the best vegan gift ideas for someone who loves their tea. You can choose from 3, 6 or 12-month subscriptions so it’s budget-friendly, too. Each month, teas with only the finest ingredients, from raspberries and orange segments to fresh leaves, will be delivered. Each box will be a new flavour sensation!
Best for: Tea lovers, of course! Or anyone trying to cut down on coffee
The last few years have been tough, and many of us have missed out on precious moments with our loved ones. With the rest of the year still uncertain, it’s the perfect time to show that special someone that you’re thinking of them with this luxury vegan gift.
The Long Distance Friendship Lamp is the perfect way to show your love from afar. It works like this: you touch your lamp and theirs will emit the same glow to send a little ‘I’m thinking of you right now’ message their way. Plus, the cosy colours are perfect for winter nights.
Best for: Showing someone that you care when you’re not nearby
Wanting to encourage your kids to be outdoors more this year? Whether it’s a trampoline or toy car, Plum makes toys that are perfect for children of all ages.
One that’s on my radar this year is the Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen. Not only does it provide hands-on play and learning, but provides a fun way for children to play and experiment as they mush, mix, and mould mud into pies!
The wood-based toy kitchen includes handy shelves to store woodland finds, holders for potted shrubs and a built-in planter for little green fingers to try their hand at growing something. There’s even a paint easel so that kids can paint and create on the screen, keeping the mess outside!
Best for: Giving kids the gift of imaginative play all year round
Looking for Christmas gifts for vegans who are teeny tiny? Wee ones will adore these amazing organic cotton stuffed animals by Konges Slojd. Whether it’s a bunny, unicorn or lion, these charming stuffed animals will bring joy and comfort without harming little one’s health, animals or the environment.
Best for: Newborn babies and toddlers
The imagination of a child knows no bounds, and one of their favourite thing to do is to role play! Whether they’re an astronaut, a doctor or a vet, it’s as fun for them to play as it is for us parents to watch.
Given that the pandemic had such a traumatic effect on many kids, this wood-based medical set will allow young ones to feel empowered, as they learn about health and pretend to be doctors.
Best for: Kids who love to role play!