Vegan Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Happy holiday season, friends! This is my second annual Vegan Holiday Gift Guide, where I share some of my favorite products and ideas to gift your family and friends 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 or cooking or is interested in a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle! From kitchenware to vegan fashion and even experiential gifts, there is something for everyone in this guide!

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Vegan Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Cookbooks

The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook

I couldn’t really compile a holiday gift guide and NOT include my own cookbook, right? The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook is particularly an excellent gift for the holidays because the Instant Pot is one of the most common holiday gifts, as well as a hot ticket item during holiday sales! So, everyone with an Instant Pot is going to be looking for an Instant Pot cookbook.

The book is packed with over 90 wholesome yet comforting recipes that don’t skimp on flavor. Plus there are useful cook time charts and a robust introduction section on how to master the Instant Pot!

  • Buy for: Anyone who loves using their Instant Pot, busy parents and professionals, vegans or vegetarians or anyone interested in eating less meat, and those who want to use their Instant Pot but are intimidated by it

  • Price: $14.99 on Amazon

The Vegetarian Flavor Bible

This is my favorite cookbook (besides my own, obvi) but it doesn’t have any recipes. It contains an exhaustive list of every vegetarian whole food you can imagine, and will teach you how to pair ingredients and how to enhance the flavors of plant-based cooking.

  • Buy for: the creative chef, anyone who is interested in expanding their culinary skills, and those who prefer to cook without a recipe

  • Price: $26.50 on Amazon

Love and Lemons Every Day

This cookbook exceptional, and I don’t dole out that compliment that lightly. I’ve loved author Jeanine Donofrio’s recipes for years, and this book is no exception. It also includes charts and graphics that are both beautiful to look at as well as very functional and useful!

  • Buy for: anyone interested in incorporating more vegetables into their life in a fun, easy, and delicious way.

  • Price: $16.99 on Amazon (a total steal)

Whole Food Cooking Every Day

I fell in love with Amy Chaplin’s first cookbook, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, a few years ago, as it taught me so much about healthy plant-based cooking. Her new cookbook is equally wonderful, but in a different way. Each chapter presents a basic recipe (e.g., Gluten-Free Breads or Simple and Healing Soups) with several variations on how to change up the recipe.

  • Buy for: those who follow (or want to follow) a wholesome, nourishing plant-based diet

  • Price: $19.87 on Amazon

Kitchenware

Instant Pot Ultra

One of Instant Pot’s latest models that’s worth the bells and whistles. It’s a 10-in-1 “smart” pressure cooker has the features of the previous Instant Pot models, along with highly customized programming, an LCD display that tracks your progress, and a central dial for added precision.

  • Buy for: busy parents and professionals, college students, or anyone who likes to cook

  • Price: $84.99 on Amazon (for the 6 quart model) (currently on sale)

The reBoard

This cutting board from Material is the prettiest cutting board you’ll ever see, and best of all, it’s made with recycled plastic and renewable sugarcane. It’s dishwasher safe but I find it’s also incredibly easy to wipe off with a sponge.

  • Buy for: the sustainable home chef, or anyone interested in an eco-friendly lifestyle

  • Price: $30 on Material Kitchen

Vitamix Dry Grains Container

This has been a total game changer for me – you can now very easily blend up grains, nuts, and seeds in your Vitamix with this specially designed container. Save money and make homemade nut butters, flours, and more. So far, I’ve ground up oats, almonds, walnuts, and millet and they’ve all turned out great.

  • Buy for: the healthy home chef or those who love to make their own staples at home (make sure they already have a Vitamix machine at home, otherwise they won’t be able to use this)

  • Price: $115.95 on Amazon (for the 32 ounce container)

The Most Accurate Measuring Cup

You would think that all measuring cups are made equally, but alas, they are not! There are actually widespread disparities across measuring cups, which can lead to inaccuracies in the kitchen, especially when baking. A former Google engineer designed this mathematically precise measuring cup, which is the only measuring cup that can accurately measure both small and large amounts.

  • Buy for: anyone who loves to bake or is into food science

  • Price: $24 on Euclid Measuring

Coconut Bowls (discount code)

Sustainable and beautiful bowls made from coconut, these are handcrafted by rural artisans who use natural waste to create eco-friendly products, from coconut bowls for oatmeal in the morning to coconut bowl candles for evening relaxation. Plus, 1% of their annual revenue is directly invested into certified environmental initiatives.

  • Buy for</s trong>: anyone interested in green living, those who want to support a sustainable and socially conscious brand

  • Price: varies depending on product; available at Coconut Bowls

  • Discount: use the code RAINBOWPLANTLIFE10 for 10% off you order

Oil Infuser

Give the gift of homemade infused oils and vinegars with this handy, inexpensive oil infuser. It works great with fresh herbs, garlic, peppers, and chili peppers.

  • Buy for: the home chef who likes to get a little fancy in the kitchen

  • Price: $15.29 on Amazon

Carrot Whisk

The darned cutest whisk you’ll ever see. It’s made from silicone so it’s perfect for use with all kinds of pan, including nonstick pans which shouldn’t be used with stainless steel utensils.

  • Buy for: kids and home chefs + + great for stocking stuffers

  • Price: $5.97 on Amazon

Bake-Even Cake Strips

Say goodbye to unevenly baked cakes, cakes with domes in the middle, browned edges, and cracked tops. Just place these strips along the side of your cake pan before baking, and voila! Plus, they’re reusable!

  • Buy for: anyone who loves to bake + great for stocking stuffers

  • Price: $7.54 on Amazon

Year and Day Plates

It’s hard to find plates that are beautiful and functional, which is why I love these plates so much. They are high-quality yet affordable, simple yet elegant, and safe to pop in the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer.

  • Buy for: the millennial who likes to cook or entertain

  • Price: $44.00 for a set of 4 salad plates; $52.00 for a set of 4 big dinner plates on yearandday.com

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. A ricer is such a great tool that I even talk about it in my “how to make the best mashed potatoes” Youtube video!

  • Buy for: the person who takes Thanksgiving and Christmas meals very seriously, or the person who is just obsessed with mashed potatoes)

  • Price: $24.95 on Amazon

Cuisinart Food Processor

The ultimate food processor, and certainly the best one I’ve used in my many years of cooking. I use it for shredding vegetables, making vegan cheese sauces and salad dressing, even pie crusts!

  • Buy for: the busy home chef and anyone interested in healthy cooking

  • Price: $149.99 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.

  • Buy for: the home chef in your life, those who want to cook with less oil and fewer chemicals (i.e., most people who cook)

  • Price: on Amazon, $23.68 (8-inch frying pan) $27.59 (10-inch frying pan); $32.79 (12-inch frying pan).

Eco-Friendly Gifts

Reusable Lids / Plastic Wrap Alternative

An eco-friendly substitute for plastic wrap, yes please! These cute colorful silicone lids can also serve as saucepan lids, lids for leftovers, and microwave shields. They’re also heat resistant so you can put them in the oven!

  • Buy for: the home chef who has a lot to juggle, and anyone interested in reducing their plastic usage

  • Price: $40 for a set of five (they come in different sizes), on Food 52

Reusable Utensil Kit

It’s almost 2020, which means plastic straws and forks are a thing of the past (at least they should be)! This compact travel silverware case includes standard utensils, chopsticks, two straws, and cleaning brush, and a sleek case to carry it all. It comes in a variety of different colors, but I think the rose gold and black are prettiest.

  • Buy for: anyone who travels or eats on the go frequently (almost everyone)

  • Price: $10.99 on Amazon

AeroGarden

This is a tiny countertop garden with that fits in even the smallest kitchens and makes it easy to grow fresh herbs (and even veggies) year round. It uses LED technology to grow and the lights turn on and off automatically.

  • Buy for: the home cook who wants to save money and waste and/or doesn’t have an actual garden, or anyone who could use some fresh herbs in their cooking

  • Price: $72.28 on Amazon

Reusable Silicone Straw Set

There are tons of reusable straws to choose from these days, but these ones have got to be the prettiest and most giftable. Th
ey’re bendable so you can easily squish them into a tiny carrying case.

  • Buy for: the millennial who wants to do good for the planet but still be fashionable

  • Price: $25 for 10 straws, 4 cleaning brushes, and 4 carrying cases

Reusable Food Wraps / Plastic Wrap Alternative

Many plastic wrap alternatives are made with beeswax and thus contain animal products, but these food wraps are vegan and made from ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients like jojoba, cotton, and candelilla wax. Just use the warmth of your hands to wrap all kinds of foods, from avocados to sandwiches to leftovers.

  • Buy for: anyone interested in reducing their plastic usage

  • Price: $32.89 on Amazon

Reusable Produce Bags

For the avid grocery shopper in your life. I love taking these mesh 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.

  • Buy for: the avid grocery shopper, and anyone who’s trying to reduce their plastic usage

  • Price: $13.97 on Amazon (for a set of 9)

Reusable Food Huggers

Simultaneously cut down on food waste and plastic usage with these colorful food huggers! They come in a variety of sizes and help preserve cut fruits/veggies like lemons, apples, onions, and avocados.

  • Buy for: the busy home cook or someone who frequently cooks for 1 or 2 people, and anyone who’s trying to reduce their plastic usage,

  • Price: $8.45 on Amazon (for a set of 4)

Vegan Food and Drink Gifts

Pique Tea Crystals (discount code)

I am obsessed with this tea! Each box comes with individual packages of tea crystals that require no straining or brewing, so you can enjoy a cup of tea immediately. Plus, these teas have been designed to support gut health and have 6x more antioxidants than regular tea bags. Plus, the process screens out heavy metals and pesticides, making for the purest tea. You can read more about the story behind this tea here!

  • Buy for: anyone who loves tea, friends who are interested in a healthy lifestyle, or anyone who gets cold in the winter and could use a warm beverage!

  • Price: $51.96 for the Winter Wellness Bundle on Pique Tea (pre-discount)

  • Discount code: use the code HOLIDAY10 for 10% off your order

Raaka Chocolate Bars

My favorite, high-quality chocolate bars make the BEST gifts. They are all raw vegan and taste incredible. If you are local to NYC, they offer a tour of their factory, where you can see how they ethically source their cacao beans and make your own chocolate bars.

  • Buy for: anyone who loves chocolate (most people) and anyone who’s interested in supporting a socially responsible brand

  • Price: $14.95 on Amazon (also available at grocery stores like Whole Foods)

Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit

Give the gift of homemade vegan yogurt with this inexpensive yogurt starter kit! Each packet makes 1-2 quarts of probiotic-rich yogurt, which means saving lots of money!

  • Buy for: the experimental home cook, yogurt lovers, and those who love to make their own staples at home

  • Price: $14.99 on Amazon

Kombucha Brewing Kit

This kit has everything you need to make your own kombucha at home, including pH Test Strips and a temperature gauge will monitor your progress. Save some money and reduce waste by making your own bucha at home!

  • Buy for: the hipster in your life, or anyone who loves kombucha

  • Price: $44.99 on Amazon

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!

  • Buy for: anyone who loves tahini or halva as much as I do

  • Price: $40 from seedandmill.com

Burlap & Barrel Spice Set

This is my favorite brand for spices! Burlap & Barrel sources spices directly from small farms and co-ops across the world that promote worker financial security and sustainability (the CEO was recently in Afghanistan sourcing spices). Plus, the spices are much more unique and potent than typical grocery store spices.

  • Buy for: the home chef who likes to spice things up, anyone interested in supporting socially responsible businesses (this should be everyone!)

  • Price: $21.99-$46.99 from burlapandbarrel.com

Vegan Beauty and Fashion

A Stylish Apron

Finding a stylish yet affordable apron can be hard (stylish ones can be upwards of $80!), which is why I love this half linen apron from Rough Linen. It’s cute, yet f
unctional with two pockets large enough to hold any necessary kitchen tools.

  • Buy for: the stylish chef

  • Price: $40 at Rough Linen

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.

  • Buy for: the fashionista in your life, or that lucky someone who’s always traveling somewhere new

  • Price: $84.95 at SoleSociety.com, but currently on sale for $62.97

Samara Vegan Mini Wallet

I absolutely love this brand – they’re a vegan, cruelty-free luxury fashion brand that sells eco-friendly, minimalist purses and accessories. They use environmentally friendly materials, like microfiber and even apple leather! A portion of the proceeds also go to supporting the Soular Backpack, an initiative that provides children in East Africa with a backpack outfitted with a solar panel so they can study without using carcinogenic kerosene lamps.

  • Buy for: the minimalist in your life, anyone who’s interested in supporting socially responsible businesses and reducing their consumption of fast fashion

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!

  • Buy for: that friend with chapped lips + great for stocking stuffers

  • Price: $8.90 on Amazon

Bath Bombs

A set of inexpensive bath bombs that will leave your skin feeling moisturized and fragrant. They’re made with with natural essential oils and olive oil and you really can’t find a better price.

  • Buy for: moms and anyone who could use a little pampering + great for stocking stuffers

  • Price: $7.64 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.

  • Buy for: the makeup lover in your life

  • Price: $25 at Tarte Cosmetics

Vegan Tote Bags

Bold and sassy tote bags for vegans and vegan lovers. Choose from slogans like “Vegan from my head Tomatoes” and “#VeganAF.”

  • Buy for: the unapologetic vegan in your life

  • Price: $16-17 on Etsy

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.

  • Buy for: new or aspiring vegans, or anyone who likes to cook

  • Price: varies

The 5-Minute Journal

This journal is the easiest way to change your life. Part gratitude, part introspective journaling, but done in just five minutes. This journal has the potential to transform your life and make you feel instantly happier, and that’s the best kind of experiential gift!

  • Buy for: EVERYONE. literally.

  • Price: $24.99 on Amazon

Animal Sanctuary Visit or Donation

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

  • Buy for: animal lovers

  • Price: varies

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.

  • Buy for: that special someone in your life that could use a getaway

  • Price: varies

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12 comments on Vegan Holiday Gift Guide 2019

  1. I love these awesome ideas! Something for everyone :)

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hehe, yes, I think so :) Thank you Noelle!

  2. Love these ideas Nisha!!!!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Thank you so much Edgar :)

  3. Karly R.

    This is such a useful guide! I’ve been wanting to make my own yogurt forever, so I’m going to gift that to myself haha. And my best friend is newly vegan and really into beauty, so I am excited to check out those options too. Thank you!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Karly, I’m so glad to hear that. Definitely treat yourself hehe. I hope you find something fun for your newly vegan friend :)

  4. Rachel Steenland | The

    So many wonderful gift ideas!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Thank you so much, Rachel :)

  5. chocoviv

    These are excellent suggestions!

    1. Nisha Vora

      So glad you think so :) Thank you!

  6. Luz

    Im looking for the pumpkin bread recipe but I only see these list of gift tips. Where can I find the recipe?? Thankx

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi there, you can find all the recipes on the blog page! https://www.rainbowplantlife.com/the-blog
      Here’s the pumpkin bread: https://www.rainbowplantlife.com/blog/healthy-vegan-pumpkin-bread

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