Sometimes, being vegan is easier said than done, especially depending on where you live. Even as veganism rises in popularity, many restaurants and grocery stores still have only a small selection of plant-based options. However, this movement has been continuously on the rise and wider varieties of food and cosmetic items have popped up, particularly online. The accessibility of these virtual shopping ops mean that it’s effortless to spoil that special vegan in your life with thoughtful, cruelty-free gifts shipped directly to their door.


Vegan Gifts

Whether you’re shopping in-person or online, don’t forget to check labels. While many products are easy to find and even labeled as vegan these days, it always pays to read through the ingredients before adding to your cart, even for cosmetics and clothing. In soap, for example, the main ingredient is conventionally derived from animal fats which are byproducts of slaughterhouses. Since some companies aren’t completely transparent about their sources, you might have to do some research to confirm the products are completely vegan.

Vegan Care Packages

When in doubt, what makes a better gift than a care package filled with a variety of delicious vegan snacks? These make great last minute gifts if time is of the essence for assembling that perfect present, and are also a good option for college students living off the bare essentials available from their dining hall. Some institutions are notorious for having limited gluten-free and plant-based options. If you know a hungry vegan student, a well-timed bundle of emergency rations might be exactly what they need to survive the semester.

Vegan care package containing a variety of snacks for every food mood. Image courtesy of Care Packages.

Containing a variety of snacks, from chips and crackers to fruit leather, and sweet bars to soup cups, this vegan care package is an easy way to satisfy any cravings.

Shampoo Bars

A variety of shampoo and conditioner bars that are plant-based and sustainably packaged to help the planet. Image courtesy of Earthling Co.

Made from a blend of natural, plant-based ingredients, the Earthling Co. offers a wide range of vegan, sustainable, and plastic-free bath and body products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, lip balm, and facial serum.

Their shampoo bars are a great alternative to traditionally over-packaged liquids, made instead from cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, apricot kernel oil, lemon juice and zest, and other organic ingredients. They come in a variety of fresh, earthy scents as well as unscented.

These are affordably priced and can be purchased with a matching conditioner bar, soap saver bag, or wooden dish for a perfectly paired combination present.

Skin Care

Glowing skin certified vegan and cruelty free. Image courtesy of Pacifica.

Pacifica is a great brand that offers 100% vegan and cruelty-free products including skin care, hair care, and beauty products. This can be one-stop shopping for the glamorous vegans in your life!

This best-selling serum in particular is an excellent selection for all skin types. It’s made from a blend of aloe leaf juice, hemp seed oil, essential oils, and other natural, plant-based ingredients. Perhaps more importantly, it’s created without parabens, phthalates, petroleum, SLS or mineral oil. All of their products come with a full ingredient list so you can easily double check before purchasing; no secrets here.

Vegan Snacks

You don’t need to be a “foodie” to appreciate good food. Even if we’re not necessarily on the go between work, socializing, attending events these days, life is still as busy as ever. There’s no promise of getting enough time to sit down for a proper meal, so snacks play a critical role in our standard diets.

If you work long hours, a healthy, energizing pick me up may be just the boost needed to power through to the next meal. Maybe it’s just more convenient to eat a snack as a quick meal substitute. Regardless of the occasion, I’ve got you covered with some of the best ideas for vegan snacks.  


For a vegan on the go that didn’t have time for breakfast that day, these bars will supply them with the energy they need to power through until lunch time. Image courtesy of Nature’s Bakery.

If you’ve just pulled an all-nighter studying (or partying), waking up early enough to have breakfast just isn’t happening. On the other hand, even if you’re an early bird, the idea of eating might make your stomach turn. Light, healthy bites that provide enough energy to operate at peak performance until lunch time are exactly what the doctor- or expert gift giver- ordered!

Nature’s Bakery offers a line of fig bars that are vegan, nut-free, non-GMO, cholesterol-free, dairy-free, and kosher. They’re substantial, satisfying snacks that are especially well suited for breakfast. Everyday can be a different flavor adventure, with strawberry, apple cinnamon, original fig, raspberry, blueberry, cherry, peach apricot, and double chocolate brownie to choose from.

They have also come out with a new product called baked-ins, which can be bought in chocolate oat or banana chocolate chip flavors. Best of all, these bars can be found nationwide in local drug stores! You’re never too far from a tasty treat.

Daytime Snacks

Enjoy the cheesy goodness of puffed snacks — but without the cheese! Image courtesy of Thrive Market.

Right around midday, everyone starts roving around for something to munch on. Refuel the right way to crush cravings and restart your motivation. Cheese puffs are a popular pick, but who says they need to include dairy? Thrive market makes a brand of non-GMO, grain-free puffs in a few flavors, such as nacho, barbeque, and himalayan salt. These snacks are also gluten-free and certified kosher.

These chips are made from real veggies and other plant-based ingredients. Image courtesy of Pulp Pantry.

For all our chip lovers out there, Pulp Pantry has created a line of flavored veggie chips that are a smart answer when hunger starts calling. Crunch into classic sea salt, jalapeno lime, salt ‘n’ vinegar, or spicy barbecue. Made with sunflower oil, chia seeds, lime juice powder, vinegar, and lucuma powder, these chips provide 150 calories per serving with five grams of fiber to keep you fuller, longer.

For the conscientious consumers in your life, make their next birthday or holiday extra special with careful selections that match their ethics. Everyone will be happier, and healthier, for it.

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