Christmas Gift Guide: Vegan & Cruelty Free Edition
The beginning of December means that the festive season is upon us, which means a couple of things. First of all, it means that 90% of everyone’s diets over the next month will be made up of as many mince pies and glasses of mulled wine as our bodies can physically handle. Secondly, that we’ll be listening to NOTHING ELSE other than Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat and lastly, that we now have to try and come up with ideas on what we’re going to buy our nearest and dearest.
Going Christmas shopping can often feel like a bit of a minefield if you’re trying to shop vegan and cruelty free. So to help, I’ve scoured online for some of the best cruelty free and vegan gift ideas this Christmas, so you don’t have to.
I’ve also included links to as many small businesses as I could find, as it’s important to shop small where we can!
Let me know if any of these ideas are on your own Christmas lists:
Soap Daze is a small business run by a lady called Sharon from a workshop in her garden in Devon. All of her products are vegan and palm oil free and contain no artificial fragrances. Soap Daze’s products only use essential oils, are 100% natural and preservative free. They’re also hand-crafted in small batches and made to order, meaning that everytime you buy from Soap Daze you’re getting a truly unique product. This ‘New Rose’ gift set is a beautiful set made up of New Rose soap, a handknitted cotton facecloth and a hand-poured soy wax candle. This set also comes in other colours and scents, so you’re sure to find one to suit that special someone in your life.
Bloomtown is a small cruelty free and vegan business whose products are handcrafted in Cornwall. They’re also the UK’s 1st Independently Certified Palm Oil-Free Company. If you’re looking to give someone the ultimate cruelty free pampering set, then Bloomtown lets you build your own gift set with seven of their products, meaning that you can customise it to suit whoever you’re buying for. PLUS Bloomtown also donates 10% of their profits to environmental and social causes – what more could you want?
If you’re looking to treat someone this Christmas, then this gift set from MOA Apothecary could be the one. MOA uses herbal extracts and botanical oils in their products – an all natural solution to help soothe, cleanse, moisturise, tone and energise. This hot cloth cleansing kit features their Green Balm and their Aphrodite Facial Oil which combines rosehip, Damask rose and rose geranium oils to help moisturise your skin.
ByBi Beauty is another brilliant independent brand whose products are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. If you know anyone like me who struggles to get super-soft lips, then this lip kit will be a godsend. This kit comes with a plumper and a buffer – perfect for scrubbing away any dry skin.
I absolutely adore this gift set by Pai Skincare. A brand that’s made in London, Pai Skincare’s products are free from Parabens, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Petrochemicals, Detergents and artificial fragrance – with an aim to help those with sensitive skin. The “air” element gift is supposed to be perfect for those whose Zodiac signs are Aquarius, Gemini and Libra and it includes their Rosehip BioRegenrate Oil and their Chamomile and Rosehip Calming Day Cream. They also have the other elements; fire, earth and water, meaning that you could buy the element so that it corresponds with the Zodiac sign of whoever you’re gifting it to. A lovely, personal gift idea.
The Botanical Candle Co. is a company based in Dorset who specialise in making hand-poured soy candles; a natural alternative to traditional candles which contain paraffins. What’s unique about this brand is that they find old vessels and make them into candles, such as old tins, teacups and jars. If you have a candle-lover in your life, then why not try them on this trio of mini soy candles in glass jars? They come in three gorgeous Christmas scents; Christmas Eve, Clementine & Clove & Eucalyptus & Myrtle. Plus, they can also reuse the jars once they’re done.
Despite being one of the larger brands on the list, it’s hard not to include LUSH when putting together a cruelty free gift guide. Famous for their natural, cruelty free and mostly vegan products, LUSH bring out a huge selection of gift sets each year to suit everyone. This year, I’ve got my eye on one gift set in particular which features their much-loved Snow Fairy scent (which is only around for Christmas) and their brand new Snow Fairy body spray. Who wouldn’t want to smell like a sweet, sugarplum all year round?
Sukin Skincare is a brand that I actually stumbled across this year while browsing my local Holland & Barrett. All of the products produced by Sukin are Australian made with ingredients that are naturally derived, cruelty free and vegan. Their 3-step facial gift pack contains three of their much-loved skin care products, utilising botanicals and natural extracts. A sweet gift idea for anyone who’s really into their skincare routines and/or has recently switched to a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Vegan Bunny is a brand that I’ve been dying to try for a while now. They make handmade candles that a vegan, free from pesticides, herbicides & genetically modified materials. This year, Vegan Bunny has put together a beautiful candle set, which includes their two new Christmas scents; Christmas Tree and Mulled Wine and are packaged up in a linen bag. Alternatively, if you’re not so keen on Christmas flavours, then Vegan Bunny have an entire range of delicious scents to choose from. Such as Rose Blossom, Peppermint Tea, Pumpkin Pie and even Unicorn Tears.
Know someone who could do with a little more ‘me time’? This gift idea from Tropic Skincare could be just the ticket. It features a mini pack of their hair care range including their hair feast, hair smooth, clariyifng hair wash and nourishing hair cleasner, to help give your hair some TLC. It even comes with its own scalp massager for the ultimate spa experience.
A more luxurious gift set from 100% pure which features two limited edition lipstick shades; Rose Gold and Red Gold – perfect for the festive season. 100% Pure use fruit to colour their cosmetics, instead of the crueller methods that a lot of other cosmetic brands use. For instance, these lipsticks are pigmented using pomegranate oil.
Looking for a cruelty free and vegan alternative to perfume gift sets? Enter Eden Perfumes. A brand that originated in Brighton, Eden Perfumes create replicas of famous perfumes, but instead they’re 100% vegan, cruelty free and ethically sourced. I’ve used Eden Perfumes a lot in the past, and I can honestly say that their scents are incredible. If someone you know has recently gone cruelty free but is struggling to find a perfume they like, then this could be the perfect gift for them. Put together your own gift box of three different scents from Eden’s range. You can even search by designer brands, such as Marc Jacobs, to find Eden’s cruelty free replica.
A great little stocking filler or secret Santa gift. These cute little soap bars are made in the UK, are cruelty free and vegan AND have 100% plastic-free packaging. Plus, they come in a range of different scents, each with their own little pun on the box. I’m sold.
Ideal for the makeup lover in your life, this set from Makeup Revolution features 35 different eyeshadows in a range of both matte and metallic finishes. This gift set also features three precision brushes (made with synthetic hair) for an even breezier application.
Another great gift for makeup lovers or those looking to expand their range of cruelty-free / vegan products. This rose gold makeup set from E.L.F. Cosmetics features a rose gold eyeshadow palette, baked highlighter and blush, a matte eyeshadow pen and a matte lip colour. This gift would be ideal for those younger relatives who are just starting to get into makeup.
This gift set from Nailmatic features a trio of nail polishes in a selection of festive shades. What’s great about these nail polishes is that they’re free from 7 of the most toxic chemicals typically found in nail varnishes, making them a much kinder alternative. Another cool fact about this brand is that their packaging is recyclable and is printed using eco-friendly vegatbles dyes.
Are there any other cruelty-free and vegan gift ideas that you have your eye on? Let me know!