Summer is just around the corner and we are excited to get out into the sun. That's if it ever stops raining! Today, we are sharing some of our favourite summery gift ideas for the vegans in your life. With a focus on ethical, eco-friendly and cruelty-free products, we've put together some of our best-loved finds.
There's nothing like a sweet treat while you're off on an adventure or snuggled up on a couch. Chocolates and sweets may seem like a bit of a standard gift but because it's often hard for vegans to find alternatives when out and about in their every day, it can be nice to have a stack of treats ready to go that you know you can eat.
We absolutely love the vegan chocolate selection from The Raw Chocolate company. We especially like their work-from-home collection in collaboration with their sister company Conscious Chocolate.
Also a big fan of Raw Halo who focus on ethically sourced, Vegan chocolate bars. They also plant one tree for every fifty bars they sell. Delicious and good for the planet. What's not to like?
And if candy is more their thing, we love the range of retro, vegan sweets from The Conscious Candy Company. Sour Dummies, yes please.
We all have a vegan friend that is obsessed with cooking and trying new recipes. Here are some great ideas for kitchen wares that will make creating vegan delights the main focus of your friend's summer.
A vegan life isn't complete without tofu. So unless they already have one, a tofu press is a handy gift for any budding chef. If you didn't know, pressing tofu will give it a better texture and allow it to absorb marinades more easily. We love the popular tofu press from Tofuture. It's easy to use, dishwasher safe and fits into your fridge when pressing. Plus it's approved by the Vegan Society.
Summer BBQs are great times to get together and eat some delicious food. But sometimes us vegans can feel a little left out. Why not create a little BBQ pack so everyone can enjoy the day. Mesh grill bags are a good option for barbequing vegetables, tofu and meat substitutes. Pair with a sustainable bag of charcoal and their own BBQ utensils.
Of course, Cookbooks are a simple but much-loved gift to give. There are countless options out there. Get one that matches their skill level or special interest. Bosh from Bosh TV presenters Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, is a good beginner level cookbook that has tons of recipes of classic dishes but veganised.
A vegan subscription box is the ultimate luxury to send to friends and family who would like cruelty-free products.
We love The Pip Box, whose monthly cruelty-free Beauty & Makeup Subscription box includes five vegan beauty products worth over £55 every month for just £25.99. They also have prepaid options so you can gift the vegan subscription box for 6 or 12 months. A fabulous treat for them every month.
They also currently offer an Ultimate Vegan Skincare Kit which features 6 full-sized products worth over £215 for just £79. This would make a stunning gift for anyone who loves makeup and beauty and of course, for anyone who wants to ensure their beauty products are vegan and cruelty-free. They also have lots of vegan and cruelty-free info on The Pip Box Blog, including the unboxing of each subscription box.
Just like a wardrobe change, we think it's great to refresh your fragrances for both your body and your home in the summer months. A new scent is like a good spring clean, so these gifts are inspired by clean summer scents that your vegan friends will love.
Many body perfumes sadly contain animal products but there is a growing market of vegan and ethical perfumers creating some beautiful fragrances. Eden Perfumes in Brighton focuses on recreating your favourite perfume but make them 100% vegan and cruelty-free. This would be a perfect gift for a new vegan who may have had to give up their favourite perfume when they switched to a vegan lifestyle.
We couldn't miss this opportunity to showcase our favourite scented Luma candles for the summer months. Though we are biased, we think our fully vegan and cruelty-free candles make a wonderful gift for vegans and non-vegans alike. Our Bloom and Wildflora candles both feature gorgeous and complex floral fragrances which perfectly represent the life of a summer's day. If you are wanting something to remind them of days out at the beach, Flamenco is a great option with its Sage and Sea Salt base. And if your friend loves nothing more than seeing the sunset, Midnight could be the one for them. Heavy on floral jasmine but with a soft base of musk, vanilla and sweet sugary nuances, this candle reminds us of hot days in the sun that cool down into the night.
For the vegan friend who seems to have everything, why not donate to an animal charity of their choice. There are lots of established charities that do amazing work protecting animals and wildlife in our communities and the wider world.
Some popular charities include the RSPCA, the Wildlife Trust and Dogs Trust. You can also adopt animals as a gift. You can use services like this programme from the WWF or Born Free.
Don't forget local charities that are close to your friend. They are often underfunded so this would make a very thoughtful gift for your vegan friend that loves animals.
We hope we've provided you with some fun and summery gift ideas for the vegans in your life. No matter the product you are buying, you can easily check whether it is vegan or cruelty-free with the stamp of approval from the Vegan Society or the Leaping Bunny Logo. If you can't see these, it may just mean they don't have the certificate yet, so just ask the retailer whether the product is suitable for vegans before you buy.
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