My Favorite Vegan Gift Ideas

I blinked and now it is the holiday season. Seriously, how did that happen?

So, I know this is the time we are all thinking about gifts for our family, friends and loved ones. I implore you to consider giving a gift that gives twice- to your pals, and to a good cause.

I’ve been wanting to dedicate a blog to all of the amazing vegan/cruelty-free products that inspire my daily routine lately, and I thought what better time than now! Get something for your animal-loving buddy and maybe throw in a little something for yourself while you’re at it! I am telling you, these items are too special to pass up. Here goes!

Cosmetics

  • I adore Origins skincare products! This brand is not only cruelty-free and without animal products, but they are also all natural! PLUS, this brand actively fights against animal testing AND has a plant-a-tree organization. According to their website, to date they have planted 420,000 trees globally! Here are some of my top picks!
    • For her: Limited Edition Mini Mask Marvels gift set– Amazing bang for your buck with three different masks for her to pamper herself with, day or night! OR I love the Let Us Glow gift set as well- A taste of their skincare products and their cruelty-free, natural cosmetics! Best of both worlds! I own the Ginseng moisturizer and eye cream duo myself, and I can attest to the dewy, energized look it gives my skin!or_0LFJY4_300
    • For him: Origins does offer some gift sets for him this holiday season but, let’s be real, are our guys really going to use all of that? If you are looking for a cruelty-free, natural supplemental gift, I suggest going with the Save the Males Moisturizer. Growing up with my dad and two older brothers, and now having a handsome fellow of my own, I know the perils of dry skin on these guys, and I know they are not alone! Why not “save” the males and the animals while you’re at it!
  • Been to Sephora lately? A little overwhelming, right? So many brands to choose from! Browse aimlessly no more- I have the answer. Tarte Cosmetics is sold at most Sephora stores, and this brand is registered with PETA as a cruelty-free and vegan brand (though, be wary, not every color of every product is 100% without animal product…sigh). They also use Amazonian clay in their products- talk about natural! Here are my top picks. Sorry gents, not much for you here!
    • For her: Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation…well it’s a mouthful, but let me tell you, when I first tried this in store with my mom, we both looked at each other in disbelief before marching up to the cashier! This stuff works miracles! I am not much a makeup girl (at all), but this foundation is light as air, leaves you with a completely natural look, and does wonders for evening your skin tone! I also love Tarte’s Cheek stains. They leave you with a dewy glowing cheek that is youthful and natural! Try it in “Tipsy.” Lastly, their Color Your World with Shades of Clay gift set is a little bit insane! You are essentially getting an entire face full of makeup for a fraction of the price! Get your makeup-obsessed gal crossed off your list the compassionate, charitable way!Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 2.45.41 PM

Accessories

  • Always safe to go the purse/wallet/watch route, right? If you’re gonna do it, why not do it in style and with good karma. Here are my top picks:
    • For him: Okay, ladies. The wallet. It is a classic dude gift. Check out these options from The Vegan Collection- either browse here, or take a look at my favorite picks: Camden Tri-Fold, Garnett Bi-Fold.
    • For her: Vegan Chic is an online hub for cruelty-free fashionistas! “Where fashion meets compassion.” They carry a brand of bags that I completely adore called Big Buddha, and they almost always have terrific sale items. Browse Vegan Chic bags here! Here is a taste of some of my favorites to cover everyone from your free spirit pals to your classy-mod gals:

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Wine

 There are countless other ways to lead a compassionate, cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle, but I highly doubt you are planning on gifting toothpaste or house cleaning products. I will save all that for another blog someday- you will be shocked at the amount of amazing cruelty-free products out there! Wanna get a head start before I post that blog? Download the Cruelty-Cutter app for your iPhone! You can scan barcodes on products from shampoo to mascara to food to clothing to discover if the brand is cruelty-free or not. So easy and so worth it.

Goodbye for now! Happy gifting!

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