The holidays are upon us, and let’s face it: vegans are just about the hardest person on your list to shop for. If you’re an omnivore, you may feel completely clueless about what to gift a vegan and making a mistake by possibly buying them something that’s got animal products or even tested on animals can be downright anxiety-inducing. House slippers…those are vegan, right? If you’re already a vegan, congratulations! You have a definite advantage, but now you have to navigate through a plethora of ideas, and that can be a little overwhelming.
Don’t fret! I’m here to narrow it down for you.
There’s always one thing that you can count on to get vegans really excited, and that is delicious vegan food. So today I’m going to give you a list of some amazingly tasty gift ideas that even the pickiest vegan (or non-vegan) gourmet would be excited to get. I’ve included products that are sure to fit almost anyone’s budget, and I’ve even added some homemade gift ideas for those who prefer to save money and add a personal touch by making it yourself! Many of these gifts are limited edition, so be sure to check them out and order them as soon as possible before they run out!
Vtopian – Mapled Seitan Cheese Ball $13.50
This Mapled Seitan Cheese Ball is the perfect small and delicious treat to give to the truly dedicated vegan foodie in your life. Plus, it has the appeal of a rare and hard to find product; only being found in a few select places on the West Coast. Throw it in a basket with some fancy crackers and a bottle of wine, and you have yourself one spiffy holiday hostess gift.
Organic Matters Kitchen – Variety Caramel Pack $9
Remember those giant tins of flavored popcorn that always showed up around the holidays? Who didn’t like the caramel corn flavors? Those were always the ones to go first. I don’t know about you, but here in the Southwest vegan caramel corn is next to impossible to find. I was excited to find that there’s a small business now offering vegan, organic and gluten free gourmet caramel popcorn flavors like Vanilla Sea Salt, Maple “Bacon” and Mocha Cocoa that you can buy online! Place the bags in a giant tin from the Thrift Store or reuse a past gift tin and surprise and delight the vegan in your life with the perfect present of nostalgia and sweetness.
Premium Chocolatiers – Snowflake Truffle Collection $35.95
Premium Chocolatiers makes a traditional array of chocolates that you would never know that are 100% vegan. This snowflake inspired box includes flavors like “Milk” Fudge, Coffee, Grand Marnier, Raspberry, and Salted Caramel. The pure magic of receiving a box of gourmet truffles is a rare treat for the cruelty-free foodie, so this is truly a perfect gift for the chocoholics in your life.
Benefit Wines – Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Sample Package $78.96
For the conscientious wine lover, this set offers the perfect gift. It includes selections that are both vegans and organic like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Best of all? $23 from the purchase of this set goes directly to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary! It’s a win for everyone involved.
Avellana Creamery – Handcrafted Vegan Hazelnut Cheese $12.29 ea.
Perhaps one of the most unique artisan vegan cheeses on the market right now, Avellana Creamery creates truly unique vegan nut cheeses using hazelnuts instead of the ever popular cashew. With interesting flavor combinations like Berbere, Curry, Cinnamon, Italian Herb and Smoked Paprika, these cheeses sound like an exciting taste adventure just waiting to happen! Perfect for the vegan artisan cheese nut.
This unique vegan condiment is a gourmet’s delight! With a strong truffle flavor that’s made with real organic white and black truffles, it’s a perfect addition to sandwiches, or fancy hors d’oeuvres. If you really want to go all out, pair these with da Rosario’s 100% Organic Truffle Olive Oil Set for a gift set to really wow the vegan gourmet in your life.
Lagusta’s Luscious – The Holiday Box $100
Orange-Cranberry Bonbons with fresh cranberries and homemade white chocolate. Apple Caramels with New Paltz-grown Pink Lady apples, garnished with candied pecans. Ganache Mini-Bars, made with foraged juniper berries and a blue spruce infusion. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Lagusta’s chocolates are one of a kind, boasting bold, rich and unique flavors paired with the consciousness of fairtrade and organic ingredients. Made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper boxes and packing materials, this box is great idea for a luxurious gift to the passionate environmentalists you know and love.
Made with a base of marinated soy protein and spices smoked in real Kentucky bourbon barrels, it’s the depth of flavor that really shines in Louisville’s vegan jerky. Buy this set from Vegan Cuts, and get one each of the Bourbon Smoked Black Pepper, Bourbon Smoked Spicy Chipotle, Sriracha Maple, and Maple Bacon. Give all together, or add separate packages to small gift baskets or stockings!
Vegan Treats is famous for their amazing cannoli, and this year they are offering it up on their website! Don’t ask questions. Just get some because these won’t last long! This is definitely one of those items where you may want to get two for you, one for them. 😉
Low on cash, or prefer to add a personal touch by DIY? Here’s some amazing ideas from top vegan recipe blogs to get you started!