Hey there! This is a bit of a different post! I’m starting off a new section of my website Lifestyle which offers up tons of info, tips, and other content about the vegan, climate crisis conscious, and eco-friendly lifestyle with my Cruelty-Free Gift Guide for Vegans. I’m sure some other things like yoga, meditation, and reading will sneak in here.
I wanted to offer up my first gift guide to you! Since the holiday rush is about to commence, I thought this would the perfect time to release my top picks for inexpensive and easy gifts.
I’ve arranged everything into categories below, including stuff for creative people, low-waste recommondations, food & beverage, and more! All items are less than $50, and many are under $25. A few are even under $10! So no matter your budget, there’s something on this list for everyone on yours.
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For the Creative Type
This journal is the perfect gift because it’s so versatile. In a digital world, sometimes you get the urge to just write something down on paper. I love the tree on the outside, and the bookmark helps you keep your place. Plus for under $10, it’s a great budget-friendly option.
Pack of 8, $14.72
These are my absolute favorite pens! I write pretty tiny, so these .5mm works well for me. They also have a thicker .7mm size.
$25.99 (also available lined)
The vegan faux leather looks real on this and would be a great gift for anyone on your list, but especially someone who likes to draw or sketch.
Set of 12, $14.89
This set of pencils got me through the three required drawing classes I had to do when I got my undergraduate degree in art. They draw super smooth, are of amazing quality, and they come in a nice case so you can slip them easily into your bag.
Set of 10, Assorted Colors, $24.65
These pens are fantastic for learning lettering and making calligraphic drawings. These pens are the best in their category and are widely talked about in calligraphy groups. You can even wrap them with these free calligraphy practice sheets from the Tombow website!
Gifts for the New Year
Spiral Bound Hard Cover, $17.99
This is the brand of planner I use and I LOVE it. This planner definitely helps me stay organized and helps me plan projects and content for the months ahead, while also keeping my work schedule, meal tracking, notes, and appointments well organized. This is by far my favorite planner I’ve ever used (I am not sponsored by Inkwell Press, just a big fan). Plus this is the cheapest I’ve ever seen their planners–and this one is so cute! They do have other colors and patterns, too.
Wall calendar, $12.86
If the person you’re shopping for is more of a wall-calendar type person, this one is pretty cool. It features beautiful full page pictures of herbs and plants, recipes for teas & tonics, and expertise for gardeners as well. Highly recommended! I don’t know when we all stopped using wall calendars and started using our phones, but even if you plan on your phone or another type of planner, I highly recommend having a wall calendar. It serves as decor, too! :)
By Dr. Michael Greger, $22.75
I am a huge fan of Dr. Greger. You probably heard of his recent book, How Not to Die, and now he’s come out with another one! Most people resolve to lose weight (or at least be healthier) at the beginning of the year. Dr. Greger provides principles based on scientific evidence for why diets don’t work (and how some are very dangerous for your health), and what actually does work (and why). You can learn more about Dr. Greger and his credentials + research on his website, www.nutritionfacts.org. It’s technically on pre-order until December 10th–I can’t wait!
Available in black or white, also available in 5 tier, $34.60
If the person you’re shopping for has a tiny kitchen like I do, they know it sucks to have to waste precious cupboard or pantry space with tons of spice jars everywhere. Getting a spice rack changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but having all your spices visible and easy to access is amazing and saves so much time and frustration in the kitchen!
Pack of 173 labels + 2 markers, $7.95
I know, it’s another kitchen organization item. Are you sensing a pattern here? Haha. Anyway, these are good for more than just the kitchen–I can see using them in the bathroom closet, organizing craft supplies, etc. I love that you can erase these and change up the label whenever you need, too.
Vegan Skincare + Hair Care
3 oz. jar, $9.57
Even if you don’t have sensitive skin like I do, Alba Botanica moisturizer is awesome. First of all, it moisturizes my skin perfectly without any burning, itching, or redness. It’s cruelty-free and vegan, hypoallergenic, reasonably priced, and it smells awesome. I also love their facial wash and use them both every night.
5-piece set, $30.00
First Aid Beauty is one of my favorite brands for skincare. I first found them on a quest to heal my fingers during the winter, as my already super dry skin was getting severely chapped and my fingers were raw. I saw a difference immediately, and they were back to normal within a week of using the cream. The brand as a whole is cruelty-free. Not all of their products are vegan (some use honey, beeswax, collagen, yogurt, etc.) but everything in this set is. I use Ethical Elephant to verify if products are vegan. This set is valued at $74 and enables the receiver to learn more about the items that First Aid Beauty offers. My personal favorites are the grapefruit ultra repair cream and the lip therapy.
10 oz. container, $14.49
This delicious smelling vegan body scrub exfoliates and moisturizes. I’m obsessed with anything that smells of citrus, so this is one is a personal favorite. I used to think I shouldn’t exfoliate because I have dry, sensitive skin, but my dermatologist actually recommended I start doing it for that exact reason. She said exfoliating with scrubs is good for all skin types, but especially mine because it removes the dead skin and enables moisturizing cream to better set in.
12 oz. 2-pack, $20.99
These fragrance-free hand and body creams are vegan and super hydrating. Winter is coming/here depending on where you are, which means drier skin for most people. I love the Puracy line and use it after exfoliating and after showers. I keep the hand lotion at my desk at work and use it several times per day.
8 oz. each, $23.97
Pacifica is an awesome vegan brand that produces a ton of vegan make up, skincare, and hair care products. This bundle is awesome for strengthening and moisturizing hair. It’s good for any hair type. I have a lot of hair that gets tangled if you look at it or even think about it. It’s so much easier to deal with when I’m using this shampoo and conditioner, plus it smells amazing!
Reduce Waste and Help Save the Planet
Set of 8, $5.99
This is a great gift idea for any budget. Reusable straws are very eco-conscious and an easy swap to carry in a purse or backpack. With just a small bit of effort we can really make a difference when we decline plastic straws at restaurants. Did you know every piece of plastic ever produced is still on this earth? It takes 1 single plastic straw over 200 years to decompose. Small steps add up.
Earthwise Insulated Reusable Bag Shopping Box with Reinforced Bottom Panel + Zipper Top Lid with Extra Side Handles
Set of 2, $19.99
Speaking of small steps adding up, reusable bags are fantastic. I have a collection of reusable tote bags. Bags I’ve gotten for free, some I’ve purchased from stores I frequent *cough* Trader Joe’s *cough*. Anyway, I needed a few insulated bags, and I hate the hot and cold bags that just fall apart after a while. These hold up great and the insulation is quite good. If you don’t like the Christmas patterns, there’s a few non-Christmas options to choose from. Confession: I only bought this set because I liked the polar bear.
1 set, $11.99
These utensils are a fantastic way to avoid plastic ware when out and about. They’re nice to use, they hold up well, they’re lightweight, and they’re cute! The pouches come in six different colors. I have a set in agave :)
3 different sizes and 20 different colors available, $9.99 / $18.66 / $19.99 (dependent on size)
I cannot say enough good things about this mug. I have given tons of them as gifts and I use mine every day. It keeps drinks hot or cold for many, many hours (throughout my work day), it is leak-proof as far as I know (this thing has rolled around my car and bag and I’ve never had an issue), and it’s convenient because you can operate the whole thing one handed (I hate having to use two hands to unscrew a lid or something since I have a disability in my hand). 10/10 would buy again. I mean come on, this thing has over 23,000 reviews.
43 different colors available and 8 different sizes (as large as 1 gallon!), personalization available, $14.99 – $44.99 (dependent on size)
While we’re on the topic of bottles… these are amazing! So many cool colors, sizes, and personalization options–these would be great gifts for everyone on your list. I love the fact that you can really make these your own. They have almost 6,000 positive ratings, too! I take my reusable bottle everywhere I go.
Cruelty-Free Food & Beverage
1 set, $49.99
For the tea lover in your life, this beautiful set contains all they need to get started making delicious matcha drinks at home. Ceremonial grade matcha is included which is great. It sounds funny, but ceremonial grade matcha is really what you want to be drinking. Culinary matcha is more for cooking and baking :)
HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs – Variety Pack or “Cheeze” Variety Pack – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Crunchy, Protein Snacks
Probably one of my favorite “processed” snacky foods! I would personally go with cheeze variety pack but that’s personal preference talking. Hippeas totally taste like cheese puffs–only 1,000,000x better. I think any vegan would be thrilled to receive these!
Speaking of vegan foods that taste like non-vegan foods, this flavor of Larabar totally tastes like a Reese’s Cup, but this bar actually really good for you. They come in other flavors, too, and nearly all of them have under 5 or 6 ingredients, and they’re all *real* ingredients, like dates and nuts.
Hu Vegan Chocolate Bars | 8 Pack Variety Sampler Pack | Gluten-Free, Paleo, Non GMO, Kosher, Dark Chocolate
8-pack of 2.1 oz bars, $45.00
Speaking of chocolate (because let’s be real, aren’t I always talking about chocolate?), Hu Kitchen is top of the line. Their vegan chocolate is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, and that should speak for itself. “This variety pack features 8 signature bar flavors: Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa, Cashew Butter + Vanilla Bean, Hazelnut Butter, Salty, Simple, Crunchy Mint, Orange Vanilla Cashew Butter, and Vanilla Quinoa Qrispy.” Yum! Give them to a bunch of friends or family members (or keep them all to yourself!).
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Sampler Pack | Mocha with Chaga, Cordyceps and Chaga, Lion’s Mane and Chaga, Adaptogen Coffee with Tulsi and Astragalus | Organic, Vegan, Paleo
8-pack (2 packs of each flavor), $12.99
If you’re one of the few who hasn’t heard of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee, you probably think it sounds weird. Mushroom coffee? What?! It does not taste like mushrooms. Really. It doesn’t. It’s traditional coffee, with the added benefit of medicinal (NOT psychotropic) mushrooms that you cannot taste. According to their description, “Four Sigmatic Organic Mushroom Arabica Coffee is shade-grown in the volcanic soil of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas highlands in Mexico. The coffee beans are roasted and brewed then are concentrated by evaporation and spray-dried it into a pure instant powder. The end result is a bold and fragrant healthy blend.”
Other Gift Ideas
Nothing here sound perfect for the person you’re shopping for? Why not DIY it instead? You could make them some cookies like my No Chill Chocolate Chip Cookies or my Coconut Almond Butter Cookies and put them in a cute box with a bow. Or make them some of my easy Coconut Cacao Granola and put it in a mason jar and decorate the outside (or tie ribbon on it).
You could also get them a selection of craft beer, wine, or artisan coffee if that’s their thing. Another idea would be to go to a health food store (like Whole Foods or even Trader Joe’s) and pick out a bunch of vegan snacks and goodies and put them together in a gift basket! To ensure your giftee being able to eat everything you curate, use an app like Is It Vegan to make sure all the ingredients are safe.
I hope you are able to find everything you were looking for on my Cruelty-Free Gift Guide for Vegans. Please feel free to share this link with any friends and family. I highly recommend using it to show other people what you would like for the holidays as well! :)