Don’t know what vegan gifts to give your friend/relative/lover? Buying vegan gifts in Australia can be hard because there isn’t that much information out there yet on what to buy!
You never realise how hard it is to buy for a vegan until you're stuck doing it, but honestly, it doesn’t have to be that hard, you just need to know where to look. To help you choose we’ve compiled an awesome roundup of the best gifts for vegans from around the country!
For this list, we have searched out the 15 best vegan gifts from around Australia for every type of vegan! Whether you’re after vegan birthday presents or for the best Christmas gifts for vegans, we've got the perfect suggestion for the best gifts for vegans in Australia on every occasion.
This list of vegan gift ideas has a great variety of products that should suit any personality - and you know them best! We have vegan kitchen gift ideas, vegan gift basket ideas, vegan beauty and self-care presents, vegan books and household gifts. We also have a ton of creative vegan gift ideas and all you need to do is find one that suits your friend or loved one the best!
How To Know What Gifts Are Vegan
It can be hard to decipher the ingredients and processes of each individual product so sometimes it may take a little more research. Our vegan gift giving guide will help you navigate the confusing world of buying vegan gifts as a non-vegan.
We suggest you read the gift-giving guide before purchasing anything for your vegan friend or loved one.
For now, here are some non-vegan items that you should look out for when buying vegan gifts:
- Food items that include animal-derived ingredients (contains meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, whey, etc). Read our vegan shopping list for a complete list of items to avoid
- Candles made from beeswax
- Non-vegan soap, toothpaste or shower products made with stearic acid or glycerin
- Makeup made with glycerin, lanolin, carmine, honey or beeswax
- Makeup, bath and skincare products that are tested on animals
- Silk, fur, wool, leather, suede, cashmere
- Down or feathers
- Bone china or pearls
- Non-vegan wine, champagne, beer or cider (it is a shock to realise that some alcohols aren’t vegan as the alcohol is filtered through egg whites or fish bladder)
- Some vegans believe palm oil isn’t vegan, so try to avoid this ingredient if possible
Every single gift on this list is vegan. We will even ship the product out to the recipient in environmentally-friendly packaging with a special note written to them by you. Look out for the ‘Order Note’ section on the Cart.
You can’t give vegan presents much easier than that!
The Ultimate Vegan Gift Ideas for Anyone
Need vegan gift ideas for literally anyone? You’ve come to the right place! Whether the person you’re buying for is a food-lover, fashionista or activist, you’ll find vegan present ideas for them al!
#1 Vegan Gift Baskets
This has got to be the all-around best vegan present out there, ever! Who doesn’t love getting a hamper full of amazing products to use daily? As vegans, we struggle every day with normal products. Even going to the supermarket to pick up some shampoo can turn into a detective activity. It would be so nice to receive a vegan box filled with stuff we already know we can use. It’s the equivalent of vegan heaven.
Our very own vegan gift hampers are definitely the best gift a vegan could receive. They're chock-a-block full of or top-selling chocolates and snacks, decadent vegan gourmet foods, a variety of super-useful house and personal products. There's a tonne of value packed into our one vegan gift box making it the perfect gift for vegans in general!
We actually sell a variety of vegan food gift baskets here at PS I’m Vegan. We want to ensure that you’re never stumped at finding vegan birthday gifts in Australia ever again. Our original and best-selling vegan food basket is filled with a carefully selected range of luxury foods plus popular items for around the vegan household. We also have vegan baskets for chocoholics who like to indulge, a pamper hamper for the vegan who needs to treat themselves, a starter kit box for new vegans and a vegan Christmas hamper filled with treats and gourmet Christmas foods that vegans usually can’t eat.
If you’d like to read a round-up of all the best vegan gift baskets we offer here at PS I’m Vegan, then head on over to our roundup of the Best Vegan Hampers Ever!
#2 A KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup
For the eco-conscious vegan on the go! Everyone who even cares the slightest about the environment always needs and uses reusable coffee cups all the time. Having one at work plus a couple at home never hurt anyone!
Sure there are plenty of different reusable coffee cups out there but we verified that KeepCup is vegan AND they are one of the most popular brands on the market so they have to be doing something right, right? The KeepCup brand is perfect for vegans because the brands' values align with those of most vegans. They believe strongly that individual action has a powerful catalyst for change and that the everyday choices we make can help shape the future.
Buying a KeepCup as a vegan gift for a friend has got to be one of the easiest but equally thoughtful vegan birthday presents for literally anyone - vegan or not!
#3 Luxury Vegan Soaps
It can be super difficult sometimes to find a vegan soap that works for your skin. Vegan soaps are always solid present ideas for vegans because it’s something they will get a lot of use out of.
If you want to go all out; buy a variety of luxury soaps and bathroom products and arrange them in a pretty box (or use our gorgeous printed eco mailer box) and give it to them like a thoughtful vegan bathroom hamper.
These are some vegan soap products that are popular vegan gifts:
- Australian yellow clay vegan soap
- Dindi goliath palm-oil free extra large soap bar
- Dindi charcoal soap on a rope
- Dindi crochet hemp bag with soap pieces
- Vegan Lush products 80% of Lush products are vegan and labelled as so
- The Body Shop vegan soaps, bath bombs and shower gels about 50% of their products are vegan
#4 Vegan Chocolates
Want to know the way to a vegan’s heart? It’s definitely through vegan chocolate gifts! When we surveyed 200+ vegans about the item they miss most when they went vegan, and chocolate was second on the list (after cheese).
Almost no vegan milk chocolate exists in mainstream supermarkets meaning vegans are only ever left with super dark chocolate that’s usually bitter and boring!
Luckily for you, vegan shops online have got you covered with a gigantic selection of delectable vegan milk chocolates that can be given as gifts and will be sure to make any vegan fall over with delight!
When looking for a vegan chocolate gift, we suggest a vegan chocolate box filled with a variety of popular vegan chocolates and truffles like the following:
- Vego Bar comes in milk and white chocolate
- Twilight bar similar to a Mars Bar and seriously good!
- Booja Booja Truffles most popular vegan truffles
- Witerki Truffles specialise in artisan vegan truffles
- Bite Society Milky Choc Balls exactly like Maltesers!
- Bite Society Crispy Choc Blok soooo good
- Most Nestar Chocolates luxurious and delicious chocolates
- Alter Eco Crisp Mint, Sea Salt and Super Blackout Chocolate Blocks
- Bonvita Rice Drink Chocolate super addictive!
Save time and effort by purchasing our Vegan Chocolate and Sweets Hamper, perfect for the vegan sweet tooth and filled with tried and tested vegan chocolate favourites!
#5 Gourmet Vegan and Gluten-Free Cookies
For the gluten-free vegan, why not get them something they can’t usually have? And while you’re at it, knock their socks off with flavour and pow!
We have tried and tested many vegan gluten-free cookies, and we think the Friends of Frank Cookies are the best. We especially LOVE the Orange and Almond flavour; holy smokes they will knock your socks off with delicious sweetness! They also have Cacao and Hazelnut in the gluten-free tag plus Coconut and Maple as a nut-free option. All Friends of Frank Cookies are all-natural and vegan!
#6 An Exotic Spice Set
An exotic spice set is the perfect hassle-free gift for the vegan foodie. Anyone who likes cooking has always got a huge collection of spices stocked in their cupboards. Adding to the collection will only bring more joy!
Spices are great because they last for ages and almost all spices are vegan (you know, since they are just ground up plants). This vegan gift can help your friend or relative come out of their comfort zone a little and try new things in their cooking. You may end up opening up a whole new world to them.
It has got to be one of the easiest vegan-friendly gifts to give because you can buy them almost anywhere and so long as you package them in a gorgeous set of jars they’ll look great and feel super special.
Here are a few ideas about some exotic spices you could add to your vegan foodies present:
- Fenugreek Seeds or Methi is great in chutneys, pickles and Indian curries
- Asafoetida awesome substitute for garlic and onions
- Black Salt or Kala Namak the perfect egg substitute for vegans added to tofu scramble
- Za’atar used in Middle Eastern cooking for dusting on bread and salads
- Piri Piri dried and ground birds eye chillies
- Sumac dusted over a Lebanese salad gives it a zesty flavour
- Harissa North African hot chilli pepper blend
- Ras el Hanout Moroccan spice mix used in rubs
- Baharat Middle Eastern all-purpose spice blend with a smoky, sweet flavour
If you know what the recipient likes to cook a specific cuisine, this will be even easier. Just search for some spices frequently used in that cuisine and gather them together for an easy vegan present!
#7 A Tofu Press
People not in the know probably don’t realise that the tofu you buy at the supermarkets should be pressed if you want it to be more firm and meat-like. That’s why tofu you have at a restaurant is always better than when you make it at home! Now, your vegan friend can have restaurant-quality tofu in the blink of an eye with the help of a tofu press!
#8 A Micro Herb Window Grow Set
This has gotta be one of the best vegan food gifts on the list. There’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own food, and with a microgreens grow set it is so easy that anyone can do it!
Depending on which grow set you wish to buy, most will provide everything needed to get started - just add water! Grow basil, thyme, coriander, parsley and sage. Place the set on a sunny windowsill and in a few weeks’ time they’ll have some tasty quaint herbs to put in their vegan dishes. This is a super lovely and creative vegan gift idea for anyone who loves gardens and food.
#9 A Vegetable Spiralizer
I’m still yet to find a vegan who doesn’t want one of these! It’s awesome how just by cutting veggies a different way you can use them as different ingredients than you usually would.
They are great at jazzing up vegetables or making zoodles for a raw vegan Pad Thai. Or for grating cabbage for coleslaw or spiralling carrots for deep frying (yum!).
I personally have 2 different vegetable spiralizers and I use them every second day for different things. I love them! This is a thoughtful and unique vegan present idea.
#10 A Vegan Cooking Class
If you know someone who thinks they can’t cook but they want to - then this is one of the best vegan presents out there for them! A vegan cooking class can absolutely boost morale in the kitchen and open minds to new types of foods and combinations.
If they are a little shy, there are actually a few different vegan cooking classes they can take online from the safety of their own kitchen. By taking a video-based online program, they can do any cuisine, anywhere in the world. It will show them step-by-step how to gain confidence in the kitchen creating foods they will absolutely love and expanding their repertoire. It’s such a great vegan gift idea!
Cooking classes are a fun way to pamper your friend with something vegan that they never would have thought to buy for themselves! An uncommon vegan present to say the least!
Here are a couple of online vegan cooking classes that come highly recommended:
- Brownble Programs 300+ videos and recipes from any cuisine
- Veecoco currently offering Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese, among others
- Udemy offers all types of courses, including plant-based and raw vegan
- Forks over Knives 2 different course types for beginners to intermediate
Get your hesitant vegan excited about cooking and trying new and amazing food with the gift of a vegan cooking course!
#11 One of the Best Vegan Cookbooks
Almost everyone loves a good cookbook, it’s a classy, classic vegan gift. They become proudly displayed in the living room shelf or provide a great coffee table book for visitors to flick through. If you pick the right cookbook, you might even open their mind to a whole new world they never knew existed!
Show off your vegan insider knowledge with one of the hottest vegan cookbooks at the moment. Some of them look pretty, some are super contemporary and some will even make you laugh!
- BOSH! You might have caught some of their videos on social media since they are the hottest plant-based cooks at the moment. Their video channel has millions of followers and their cookbook is the best selling vegan cookbook of all time. This is due to their focus on recreating hearty comfort classics into delicious easy-to-make vegan versions.
- Vegan 100. Known on social media as the Avant-Garde Vegan, his cookbook showcases flavour first and foremost. It features modern healthy recipes like deep purple potato soup, raw cacao dairy-free cheesecake and sage and smoked chilli vegan dogs.
- Thug Kitchen. As the name suggests Thug Kitchen’s cookbook is written in their signature tongue-in-cheek, blasphemous style (don’t get this one for someone you don’t know well) and features simple, comfort foods. Their cookbooks make good presents for vegans who like a bit of humour.
- Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101. Does your vegan friend miss baked foods? Well, now they can try their hand at vegan baking themselves! The entire book is plant-based and mostly gluten-free. Full of easy and delicious recipes.
- Forks Over Knives. Forks Over Knives are seriously hot right now in the vegan community. After starting with an influential vegan documentary, they have now released online cooking classes and a plant-based cookbook focussing on healthy eating.
- Deliciously Ella. You won't go wrong with the fastest selling vegan cookbook ever! Inside it is full of delightful recipes from a variety of styles and cuisines. “Eat Like You Give a F**k,” the cover commands. Ok, we will then!
- The Vegan Stoner Cookbook. One for the light-hearted vegans who appreciate a bit of humour. This collection of vegan recipes are so simple to make that even a stoner could prepare them. This recipe book features lovingly hand-drawn characters make vegan cooking fun, cheap and easy.
These are but a few of the huge range of awesome vegan cookbooks you could give a vegan as a gift. If you aren’t so hot on any of the above just do a quick search and you’ll be presented with a multitude of choices. Good luck!
#12 A Beautiful Eco Recycled Paper Card
Looking for easy and cheap vegan gifts to send through the post? Show them how thoughtful you are without showering them in physical gifts they will never use!
Instead, source a gorgeous eco and recycled paper card that suits their personality, write something meaningful, slip some money between the folds (if you’re feeling baller) and send away! Wham bam, done!
#13 A Printed Mug with a Funny Vegan Message
A classic funny vegan gift for people you don’t know too well, but you want to make them laugh! There is a HUGE variety of printed mug styles and saying on the market making it super easy to find one that suits your recipient perfectly!
There are snarky vegan mugs, mugs covered in swear words, mugs with strong messages about vegans or just mugs with gorgeous pictures of animals printed on them. The world is your oyster, as the saying goes.
#14 A Donation to a Farmed Animal Sanctuary
This is a lovely, heartwarming gift to give a vegan. A donation to an animal sanctuary in their name can be the perfect all-rounder gift for vegans! You won’t have to do and searching for a physical product, everyone feels good PLUS you’re helping animals in need that likely come from traumatic backgrounds and horrific conditions. Something any vegan can definitely get on board with!
Some of the sanctuaries allow you to pay for yearly sponsorships for their animals. So if you’re friend loves ponies, for example, you could easily find them a cute pony friend to sponsor.
There are heaps and heaps of farmed animal sanctuaries found all over Australia. You could try to find one near you (and could even make a day of it by going to visit one that is open to the public) or you could take a look at this huge list put together by Vegans Australia and take your pick!
#15 The Ultimate Gift: Go Vegan Yourself
Hey, this isn’t going to be for everyone, but it really is the ultimate vegan gift ever (if you weren’t vegan before, of course!). Just think, now your vegan friend/partner/relative has someone to go on outings to vegan restaurants with, share recipes with and cook for! United under a similar bond, it is a gift that would surely bring you both closer.
If the idea of actually going vegan yourself scares the sh*t out of you, never fear! Why not just try it out for a month and see how you go? Most people feel better about doing it when they aren’t locked-in to it mentally. Read the Start Here page on this website, buy yourself our Vegan Starter Kit and go from there. We provide all the information you need to get started.
We don’t recommend rushing into anything. We see the journey to veganism as a process which you can start implementing parts into your life today! Making this gift, the best last-minute vegan gift idea on this list. Now you don’t need to buy anything FOR your friend and you are still able to give them the best vegan gift ever.
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We hope you’ve found this guide on the best vegan gifts in Australia super helpful.
If you know of a gift for vegans that really needs to be on this list, please comment with it below and we will take a look at it. This list is a work in progress and we will be constantly updating and adding to it to keep with popular items of the time.
Now go forth and be kind with vegan gifts that make everybody happy!