Following my vegan/vegetarian Christmas Blog post, I've been thinking about Christmas presents.
I've been looking at gifts which are more sustainable and won't end up in a cupboard a few weeks later, things that might be appreciated by someone who is health conscious, new to plant-based living or interested in sustainability or companies with an ethos of giving back.
I have to confess that I've not tried these yet but they've been coming at me thick and fast on my Instagram feed. I've also been meaning to try their dairy free ice cream for AGES, so these are on my Christmas wish list. Their truffles come in mouth watering flavours such as Fine de champagne, hazelnut chocolate, almond and sea salt caramel and stem ginger. Their dairy free ice creams sound equally as delicious with raspberry ripple and hunky punky chocolate catching my eye, hint, hint!! 12 luxury truffles from their special edition gift collection (138g) start from £12.95.
For the budding plant-based chef in your life, what about Ella Woodward's latest cook book? Ella's much-awaited second book is packed with 100 more of her trademark simple yet tempting plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes. Be inspired by her quick weekday dinners, slow-cook comfort food designed to be shared, amazing colourful salads and incredible food to take with you when you're on the go. On Amazon, the hardback book is £16.
Christmas is never the same without festive scents and a bit of sparkle. This soy candle burns for up to 25 hours and is glittery too! Beeswax free, pesticide free and cruelty-free, these little candles will make a great addition to any Christmas stocking. This one is £7 for 25 hours of burning time.
I had to include some Arbonne gifts as this is the brand I partner with and choose to use daily myself. This specially designed brush set by Arbonne will give your special lady (or friend) all the tools to create the perfect beauty look. She will love the super soft feel and natural wood handles - plus they come in a chic canvas case with a pocket for makeup. The brushes are made with soft, synthetic nylon and the hairs don't fall off onto your face like many other brushes. With all six brushes and the case for £35 this is a bargain of a gift.
These make the perfect stocking filler gift which you could split up and share among friends or give all three to one special person. All Arbonne Christmas gifts are 100% vegan and have been carefully formulated with the best ingredients. Be sure to get your hands on these quick as there is a special 15% discount on all festive line items until the end of November. All 3 creams are made using sustainable shea butter harvested with Fair trade principles. The set includes, coconut mangrove, verbena mint and relaxing jasmine. My favourite is the coconut mangrove. With a 15% discount, these cost £26 for 3 hand creams.
What about a blender? I would seriously love anyone who got me cool kitchen items for Christmas. I already have a Nutri-bullet but this one is a slightly more affordable brand, which does the same job. I'm pretty certain anyone living a plant-based lifestyle will want to own one of these, as would any health-conscious friend or family member. At only £29.99 this blender is not going to break the bank.
I stumbled upon this website which makes sustainable sunglasses and had to share because I think they look and sound amazing. Proof grew out of a family sawmill business and now provides products handcrafted from sustainable materials including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and repurposed skateboard decks. They have 3 key principles: heritage, sustainability, and giving back. I love their bird logo, which represents the belief, “Everyone has wings to fly, some just need a little help.” You can check them out by following the link in the title. The glasses above with wooden frames are $115.
Okay so you may be thinking ugly sandals or gym shoes when I say "vegan" shoes but you couldn't be further from reality. Times have changed!
Consumers are more savvy, brands are more stylish, the demand is there. There has been a 360% increase in veganism in the past ten years. As such the market has responded and there are many brands available.
I've picked this brand because it's British. Beyond skin was founded in 2010 with a desire to be stylish AND cruelty free and they've achieved on both fronts!! They are based in Brighton and have factories in Spain. I'd like a pair for Christmas!! I love these cool patent-style trainers which are £85.
Poppy Lissiman is an Australian-born designer who's designs are handmade, high quality, eye catching and always aiming to be left of centre. All Poppy's handbag and wallet accessories are proudly made using only vegan (or faux leather) products, they are cruelty free with no animal parts.
I love the bright pink colour of this bag and the size... A big handbag is ideal because you can chuck everything in and worry about finding/losing it later on!! This Borsa shopper bag is £113.