Vegan Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Happy holiday season, friends! This holiday season I thought I’d put together a Vegan Holiday Gift Guide to share some of my favorite products and ideas to gift your loved ones (and yourself) this season. You don’t have to be vegan or even shopping for a vegan to find this gift guide useful because it’s…

Happy holiday season, friends! This holiday season I thought I’d put together a Vegan Holiday Gift Guide to share some of my favorite products and ideas to gift your loved ones (and yourself) this season.

You don’t have to be vegan or even shopping for a vegan to find this gift guide useful because it’s full of fun, unique, and practical gift ideas for anyone who likes food, cooking, or healthy living! There are gift ideas for every budget, from scrappy to luxury, and you can shop with confidence because I’ve tried or owned every gift on this list.

Vegan Holiday Gift Guide 2018


The Vegetarian Flavor Bible

My favorite cookbook that I consult nearly every time I develop a new recipe, this is a practical culinary guide for the creative chef in your life. It’ll teach you how to seamlessly pair ingredients and how to enhance the flavors of plant-based cooking. Price: $19.99 on Amazon

Vegan Reset: The 28-Day Plan to Kickstart Your Healthy Lifestyle

This is a great gift for anyone interested in starting a vegan diet or looking to reset their diet (hello, New Year’s Resolution-makers). It contains wellness tips, grocery shopping lists, journaling exercises, and meal plans, so all the hard work is done for you!

Price: $16.37 on Amazon

The Vegan 8 Cookbook

100 simple vegan recipes that are creative, delicious, and healthy and use only 8 major ingredients. Most of these recipes are oil-free and gluten-free as well. Perfect for someone who likes to cook healthy but doesn’t like long ingredient lists. The amazing chocolate chip cookies are reason enough to buy this book!

Price: $16.97 on Amazon



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Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart

A beautiful cookbook with veganized Southern recipes and heartwarming, beautifully written stories. This is a unique gift for anyone who’s interested in Cajun, Creole, and Southern classic cooking.

Price: $21.51 on Amazon

Hot For Food Vegan Comfort Classics Cookbook

This is the cookbook you want to give to (a) vegan skeptics and (b) anyone who loves comfort food. It is packed with indulgent recipes that you’ll never believe are vegan!

Price: $14.11 on Amazon

Mindful Vegan Meals

A cookbook for anyone who eats with their eyes! I love all of the beautiful, mouthwatering photos of classic Greek recipes, comfort food, hearty salads, and salivating desserts.

Price: $14.57 on Amazon

Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats

For your loved ones who have a sweet tooth and love to bake. This book is full of 85 beautiful sweet treats that are 100% vegan and free of refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.

Price: $14.57 on Amazon


Glass Canisters with Oak Lids

These glass canisters are the ideal gift for anyone who loves an organized, chic kitchen. They are sturdy yet elegant and have elevated my pantry from funky to feng shui. They come in four sizes: 16.9 ounces, 22 ounces, 25.4 ounces, and 33.8 ounces.

Price: $12.99-$15.99 on


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This is the gift for any home cook. The Instant Pot makes cooking so much easier and quicker. It churns out soups and stews with incredible depth of flavor, turns fibrous vegetables into buttery goodness in no time, and makes mindblowingly good yogurts and cakes.

Price: $69.95 on Amazon

Stone Earth Frying Pan

This is the best frying pan I’ve ever used. It’s nonstick so you don’t have to use much oil, but unlike most nonstick pans, it’s 100% APEO & PFOA-free and free of other lesser known chemicals as well. Everyone who’s tried these pans has loved them. It comes in 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch sizes.

Price: $29.43 on Amazon (10-inch frying pan)

Donut Baking Pans

Donuts are back in style and making them at home is now incredibly easy with these adorable, inexpensive donut-cavity pans. This set comes with 2 pans, so you can bake a dozen baked donuts in no time! Perfect for making my Baked Apple Spice Donuts.

Price: $13.50 on Amazon

Double-Ended Measuring Spoons

These are the most useful measuring spoons I’ve ever bought. They have one traditional rounded scoop and one oval-shaped scoop on the opposite end, which means you can use one side for liquids and one side for solids. Plus, the oval-shaped scoop is designed to fit into narrow spice jars. A great stocking stuffer!

Price: $14.99 on Amazon

Year and Day Plates

These are my new favorite plates for both serving food and food photography. They are affordable, simple yet elegant, not shiny, and safe to pop in the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer.

Price: $44.00 for a set of 4 small plates; $52.00 for a set of 4 big plates on


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I use this adorable dusting wand to create the perfect light dusting of flour, sugar, cocoa powder, or spices. A great stocking stuffer for the baker or food photographer in your life!

Price: $9.95 on Amazon

Electric Mylk Frother

An excellent gift for the avid coffee drinker who doesn’t have a $2,000 cappuccino maker but still appreciates a perfectly frothed oat milk latte. A great stocking stuffer for the coffee lover in your life!

Price: $14.99 on Amazon

Marble Rolling Pin

The prettiest rolling pin you’ll ever find, this is a must-have for the baker in your life. I love that the marble surface stays naturally cool, which means your pie crusts and pastry dough are less likely to get soft and sticky.

Price: $17.99 on Amazon

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Potato Ricer

If you want to give the gift of fluffy, soft mashed potatoes, this is the perfect gift. I’ve been making mashed potatoes since I was 15 years old, and they’ve never been as light and fluffy as they are now that I use this potato ricer instead of a hand mixer, potato masher, or food processor.

Price: $18.95 on Amazon




This is fantastic for extracting maximum flavor from fresh herbs and spices. I love how easy this makes grinding whole spices, which are so much more potent than pre-ground, store-bought spices.

Price: $19.99 on Amazon

12-inch Cast Iron Skillet

Yes, the best-rated cast iron skillet is less than $30. Yes, it browns vegetables beautifully and makes excellent skillet cakes. Yes, you should buy it for the chef in your life (or yourself).

Price: $29.99 on Amazon

OXO Good Grips Spiralizer

This spiralizer comes with three sizes of sharp blades so you can make a variety of veggie noodles, from sweet potatoes to zucchini to beets. The bottom suction cups are sturdy and keep the spiralizer in place, unlike other spiralizers I’ve tried. Perfect for the healthy veggie-lover in your life.

Price: $39.95 on Amazon

Ona Pitchers

If I could describe these pitchers in one word, it would be sexy. The unique shape makes for such an elegant vase or dinner table centerpiece.

Price: $19.95-$24.95 on




An inexpensive bread knife that actually works! This is my go-to knife for cutting bread (including stale bread for French Toast), slicing tomatoes, and peeling hard fruits.

Price: $13.39 on Amazon

8-inch Chef’s Knife

Another inexpensive yet great knife that’s versatile and a great gift option for any chef on a budget.

Price: $29.69 on Amazon

Williams Sonoma Nonstick 6-piece Bakeware Set

I received this set as a gift last holiday season and love it! The gold nonstick coating is beautiful and makes for even heat distribution. The set includes a half-sheet baking sheet, cookie tray, muffin tin, cooling wrack, and 2 round 9-inch cake pans.

Price: $74.96 at


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The ultimate food processor for that special someone in your life. I use it for everything, from shredding vegetables and puréeing sauces to making vegan cheeses and pie crusts.

Price: $148.56 on Amazon

Vitamix 5300 Low-Profile Container

Is a Vitamix cheap? No. Is it worth the money? Yes, in my opinion. Especially if you want to pulverize kale smoothies, make nut-based sauces and cheeses, and homemade desserts. The 5300 models are now “certified refurbished,” which means you can buy an “as new” Vitamix without the extremely hefty price tag. Plus, it comes with a five-year warranty and that useful low-profile container that will comfortably fit in your cabinets.

Price: $269.95 on Amazon

Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Gifts

Stainless Steel Reusable Straw Kit

An inexpensive, highly practical gift for anyone who’s trying to reduce their carbon footprint. This kit comes with 4 reusable straws, a cleaning brush, and an eco-friendly kit. I store the kit in my purse so I have them with me at all times. Say goodbye to plastic straws!

Price: $9.59 on Amazon

Reusable Cotton Produce Bags

For the avid grocery shopper in your life. I love taking these produce bags to the grocery store with me instead of using a dozen of those plastic produce bags. They don’t take up much space and can be stashed in your larger grocery shopping bags.

Price: $15.95 on Amazon

Nomadix Yoga Towel

Part beach towel, part yoga mat, these beautifully printed towels are made of recycled plastic bottles. Plus, they’re quick-drying, lightweight, and microbial, so they’re perfect for your yoga-loving, travel-loving hippie friend.

Price: $39.95 on Amazon

Food Gifts

Seed & Mill Tahini/Halva Tasting Pack

A gift set that contains the highest-quality tahini and most delectable halva you’ll find. I slather this tahini on literally everything because it tastes like liquid gold. Plus, you’ll be supporting a women-owned business!

Price: $40 from




Spices sourced directly from small farms and co-ops that promotes worker financial security and sustainability. Plus, these flavors are so much more potent than typical grocery store spices.

Price: $21.99-$46.99 from

Compartes Chocolate Gift Box

Calling all chocoholics! The most beautiful, art-inspired handcrafted chocolates, these are highly giftable. Buy the vegan assorted chocolate gift box or a variety of their beautifully packaged vegan chocolate bars. Did I mention their chocolates are really delicious?

Price: $49.95 from

Vegan Beauty Gifts

Coconut Lip Scrub

Winter is a harsh time for our bodies, especially our lips. One scrub of this all-natural coconut lip scrub and my lips instantly feel smoother and happier. Plus, it’s delicious (in case you get some in your mouth and/or need a little snack). A great stocking stuffer!

Price: $8.90 on Amazon

12-Color Eye Shadow Palette

All of the natural-colored eyeshadows you need in one palette, this is my go-to makeup for everyday wear. It’s a fun, inexpensive gift for the makeup lover in your life. From the brand SHANY, a proud member of PETA.

Price: $12.49 on Amazon

Grapefruit Lip Balm

This is my go-to, everyday lip balm. It’s fruity and zesty, and soft but not shiny, making it perfect for both women and men. A great stocking stuffer!

Price: $6.99 on Amazon

Tarte Flamingo Brush Set

The cutest makeup brush set you’ll ever find from cruelty-free beauty brand Tarte. Includes five different brushes.

Price: $39 at

LUSH Christmas Cheer Gift Box

A vegan gift basket of feel-good products for anyone who takes body care seriously, likes good-smelling things, and wants to help protect the planet (read more about Lush here).

Price: $39.95 at

Vegan Fashion Gifts

North Face Thermal E-Tip Gloves

A smart gift for anyone who lives in a cold climate and is addicted to texting (hi, that’s me). The e-tip enables you to use your cell phone while keeping your hands warm, and the gloves are made with polyester faux fleece and synthetic suede.

Price: $35 on

Sole/Society Vegan Weekender Bag

A trendy yet practical weekend bag at an affordable price. Made from soft vegan leather and it’s oh-so-pretty. I feel v. cool when I take it out.

Price: $84.95 at

GUNAS Vegan Leather Backpack

A cute, stylish backpack from independent, cruelty-free, high-fashion brand GUNAS. Bonus: it’s big enough to fit a laptop!

Price: $149 on

Moo’s Vegan Shoes and Boots

Moo’s Shoes has a wonderful, entirely vegan selection of shoes and boots that will make any feet happy this winter season.

Price varies on

Vegan Tote Bags

For the unapologetic vegan who also loves the environment and carries a tote bag wherever she goes. Choose from slogans like “Vegan from my head Tomatoes” and “#VeganAF.”

Price: $9.27 on Etsy

Health & Fitness Gifts

Fitbit Charge 2 HR

This isn’t exactly a foodie-specific gift, but it’s one of the best gifts I’ve received. Wearing it daily reminds me to move my body more often, and the heart rate tracker is shockingly accurate (as long as you have the wristband positioned correctly), which helps you figure out whether you’re getting enough exercise each day/week.

Price: $118-$121 on Amazon

Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

When I add delicious fruits to this pretty water bottle, I find that I drink significantly more water. Drinking plenty of water each day helps flush out toxins, can help improve the quality of your skin, and makes it easier to lose weight.

Price: $19.99 on Amazon

The Five Minute Journal

This little journal has been the easiest boost to my overall happiness. It relies on the science of positive psychology to improve happiness by focusing your attention on the good things in your life and cultivating gratitude. You spend just three minutes in the morning and two minutes at night. This is a great gift to give yourself :)

Price: $22.95 on Amazon

Experiential Gifts

Plant-Based Cooking Classes

For the aspiring chef in your life, a cooking class is a fantastic gift idea. I’ve learned so much from the various cooking classes I’ve taken over the year, and it’s always a fun experience. For those in the New York Area, the Natural Gourmet Institute has a wide variety of vegan and vegan-friendly cooking classes. Sur La Table also hosts a Delicious Vegan Dinners class in various locations.


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Animal Sanctuary Visit or Donation

Take your loved one to visit an animal sanctuary or make a donation in his or her name! For those in New York, I recommend Catskill Animal Sanctuary and Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. For an animal sanctuary near you, check out this website.

Vegan Bed and Breakfast

Book a special getaway with your beau and stay at one of many vegetarian and vegan-friendly bed and breakfasts. Find a few more options here.

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12 comments on Vegan Holiday Gift Guide 2018

  1. Noelle / Too Precious For Processed

    Brilliant ideas Nisha! This guide will make Christmas shopping SO much easier :)

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Noelle! I’m so happy this guide will make shopping easier :) Thank you!

  2. Katherine Davila

    I love that you included fashion here too because it’s so hard to find good vegan clothes, shoes and makeup because there aren’t many reviews online for this stuff. I’m going to spend the afternoon looking at moo shoes 👠

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Katherine! I totally agree – it can be a bit tricky to navigate the vegan fashion and beauty world. I hope you find something cute on Moo Shoes :)

  3. Puja Vora

    These are great ideas, I love so many of them! I think my hubby wants another instant pot to whip up more vegan recipes. Now I know what to get all the special vegans in my life, including you :)

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hehe thank you! Another instant pot is not a bad idea, so many useful recipes to make in there!

  4. Dee | Green Smoothie Gourmet

    Nisha, thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas. I love the frying pan tip and Etip gloves and so many more! Very useful,Dee xx

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Dee! You are so sweet! Thank you for stopping by! I LOVE that frying pan, I have it in two sizes and can’t say enough good things about it!

  5. Morgan

    This is so helpful! Lots of ideas I hadn’t thought of.
    I bought a mortar and pestle for the first time earlier this year and the difference it makes to how much flavor you get out of herbs and spices can’t be overstated. It’s really improved my cooking.
    My advice would be to package it with some whole spices (cardamom, cumin, black pepper, etc) when giving it as a gift so the recipient can start taking advantage of it immediately.
    The instant pot is also amazing if you don’t have one already.

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Morgan! Thank you for your thoughtful comment! I love the idea of packaging the mortar and pestle with whole spices as a gift. Just today I ground up some whole cardamom and cinnamon for hot tea and it’s SO good.

  6. Lynn Thomas

    I love this list, Nisha! Thank you for putting it together. My sister and niece are vegan, and my mother loves to cook, so I have so many good ideas now. I think I’m going to get that marble rolling pin as a Christmas gift for myself 😁

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Lynn! Thank you for your lovely comment and so happy to hear you found this guide helpful! I definitely recommend treating yourself to that marble rolling pin!

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