Giving edible Christmas gifts is a no-brainer, unless you’re gifting to a vegan. Then things get a tad more complicated. But we got you. Below, the best edible vegan gifts out there that are so good they’ll probably work for the omnivore on your list, too.
Chocolate Is Always a Good Idea
New York based Lagusta’s Luscious is a chocolate specialty shop that ships its delectables, including a Chocolate-of-the-Month Club box, all over the world. The shop is completely vegan, but you couldn’t tell—the bon bons, peppermint bark (their holiday bark is pictured at the top of this page), and caramels are insanely addictive. In addition to being vegan, all the chocolate here is organic and fair trade.
Other high-quality options for vegan chocolate assortments include Compartes vegan chocolates and Divine Treasures. These vegan French chocolate truffles on Thrive Market would make a great host or hostess gift. Look for vegan options at local chocolate shops too.
For treats that are not only vegan but allergy-friendly (helpful if you’re looking for treats to send to school!), try No Whey! Foods. They make goodies that are vegan, kosher, and free of the common eight allergens. They also have chocolates for many major holidays, including Santa-shaped chocolate pops and Christmas-themed truffle boxes that are a bit less expensive than some of the aforementioned boutique options.Buy Now
Buy a Cookbook (and Ingredients for One of the Recipes)
Want to show someone that you put some thought into his or her gift? Find a vegan cookbook such as “Vegan Soul Kitchen” by Bryant Terry or “Fun, Festive & Fabulous: Vegan Holidays for Everyone” by Marla Rose and choose a recipe. Next, get all the ingredients to make the dish and package it up in a gift basket. Of course, this option only works if the person loves to cook (or if you are offering your services for the evening).Buy Now
Or Try a Curated Snack Box
This gift box comes packed with delicious, small-batch vegan snacks, from decadent hot fudge sauce and luscious almond butter to rosemary popcorn and plant-based jerky! If you’re on a tighter budget, check out this $43 Vegan Snack Kit at Thrive Market, or seek out boutique vegan snacks at your local Whole Foods or similar store and put together your own box of goodies. For example, a vegan s’mores gift basket might have vegan marshmallows, chocolate made from plant-based milks (like Rakka Chocolate’s oat milk chocolate), and vegan graham crackers.Buy Now
Anyone who’s on the go inherently knows how difficult it is to find a snack that’s not only healthy and vegan, but also provides you with enough energy to make it through the rest of the day. Enter Fruhling, a nut-forward trail mix that’s all about high-quality ingredients, like prized Bronte pistachios, Pizzuta almonds, golden berries, and roasted cacao. The trail mix, which is made in New York City, doesn’t boast any added sugar, preservatives, or additives, so you’re guaranteed to feel good about what you’re putting in your body. Buy Now
Give the Edible Gift That Keeps On Giving
If your vegan gift recipient does like to cook but lives a busy life, make it easier and more enjoyable for them to whip up interesting, healthy, and delicious meals with the gift of a plant-based meal kit subscription. Purple Carrot lets you send a 2-serving or 4-serving plan and choose between 1, 2, and 4 week duration options when sending a gift; each delivery will contain 3 globally inspired recipes that are totally vegan (like Refried Butternut Tacos, Korean Tofu Bowls, and Fire Roasted Gnocchi Bolognese) with all the ingredients needed to make them.
Give a Little Luxury
Honey is a no-no for vegans, but maple syrup is a great all-natural sweetener that can be used for baking, making drinks, and anointing vegan pancakes and waffles (and vegan fried chicken, for that matter). Finding an artisanal, infused maple syrup is easy these days, and a bottle of it makes a nice gift that’s a pretty safe bet for anyone, whether it’s your plant-based bestie or a vegan acquaintance you don’t yet know so well. This particular maple syrup from Runamok comes in an array of flavors, like Holiday Spice, Coffee, and Ginger Root (you can find it on Amazon too).Buy Now
Hot head on your list? Find a gourmet, vegan-friendly hot sauce to light their fire, like this Oprah-approved white truffle-infused version with agave nectar and coriander. (Worth noting: Oprah’s Favorite Things on Amazon 2019 include some other choice vegan treats too, like gourmet mustard, infused grapeseed oils, and actual spices.)Buy Now
Gift Card It
If you have a tighter budget and/or want to give your gift recipient a bit more control, think about buying the special vegan in your life a dinner at a vegan eatery (like Loving Hut, a healthy, plant-based chain you’ll find across the country). Or consider a gift card to Vegan Essentials, which sells a wide range of staples from chewing gum to marshmallows, so they can buy exactly what they need.
You could even get a gift card for the Red Robin Song Bed and Breakfast that also doubles as an animal sanctuary. The vegan breakfast is worth the trip alone—think pumpkin pancakes, banana French toast, tofu scramble, among lots of other treats.
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For Everyone Else on Your List
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