20 of the best gifts for vegans in 2020, from cookbooks to cruelty-free beauty products

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The vegan lifestyle is starting to noticeably influence culture, from Starbucks breakfast sandwiches to speeches at the Oscars. More celebrities and influencers are transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle too.

Incorporating vegan products and plant-based foods isn't just about celebrities and clout, though. There are huge benefits to personal health, the environment, and, of course, animals.

Vegan can sound scary and extreme, like a world of restriction. But it's actually a world of abundance! I debunked this perception personally when I transitioned to being vegan this February. If you're not vegan, it may be intimidating to know what to gift someone living a plant-based lifestyle. We've got you covered.

We picked 20 vegan gifts across food, home, and beauty. You may have a vegan friend or know someone flirting with plant-based eating. Or you may be thinking about it! Either way, you don't have to follow a vegan lifestyle to enjoy these gifts.

Each gift idea is extremely useful or nutritious, and we made sure to include items across various price points.

The 21 best gifts for vegans:

Delicious vegan "chicken" nuggets

Simulate NUGGS Vegan Chicken Nuggets, $34.99 for 2 lbs or $44.99 for 4 lbs, available at NUGGS

Each serving of NUGGS vegan "chicken" nuggets packs a powerful 13 grams of protein. Their crunch is unreal, and they go best with a good dipping sauce. Who said vegan food doesn't have flavor or protein?

A vitamin-packed, cheese-flavored seasoning

Bragg's Nutritional Yeast, $6.99, available at BRAGG

Nutritional yeast is a vegan seasoning essential. Not only is it loaded with Vitamin B12 — which lots of plant-based diets struggle to adequately incorporate — but it tastes like cheese and can flavor soups, salads, popcorn, and more!

A gadget for preparing tofu faster and better

EZ Tofu Press, $22.49, available on Amazon

A tofu press helps remove excess water from tofu, giving it a meatier texture and letting it absorb more of what you're cooking. This dishwasher-safe tofu press works quickly to reduce waiting time between prep and cooking.

Protein-packed chocolate chip cookies

Four-pack of Lenny & Larry's Protein Cookies, $17.97, available at Amazon and Lenny & Larry's 

These cookies are perfect for a sweet tooth, and they're packed with good stuff too; each cookie has 10 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein. If the chocolate chip isn't the right flavor, there are 10 others to try, like birthday cake or snickerdoodle. 

Read more about Lenny & Larry's cookies.

Or, protein cookies that are also gluten-free

12-pack of Munk Pack Cookies, $23.99, available on Amazon

These cookies pack a delicious and nutritious punch, like Lenny & Larry's protein cookies. Munk Pack cookies, however, are all gluten-free. There are four flavor options in total. 

Read our full review of Munk Pack cookies. 

An award-winning makeup brush

Yubi Miracle Brush, $27.30, available at Yubi

Plenty of makeup brushes are made with animal hair, and oftentimes, they're not cruelty-free. Yubi's ergonomic, vegan makeup brush helps get full coverage when applying any liquid, cream, or powder makeup or skincare. This brush is so innovative that it was on Time Magazine's list of Best Inventions in 2018.

A charitable candle that smells like apple pie

Lulu "Furr a Cause" Candles, $14.95, available at Amazon and Lulu Candles

This apple cinnamon-scented, hand-poured candle includes a $3 donation to groups that rescue abandoned animals. Some candles are made with stearic acid, or animal fat, to maximize thickness and opacity. This one uses vegan soy wax instead.

A plant-based cookbook from an 'avant-garde vegan'

"Plants Only Kitchen" by Gaz Oakly, $16.69, available on Amazon

The chef and YouTuber behind this book, Gaz Oakly or the "Avant-Garde Vegan," left school at 16 to pursue fine cooking. His latest cookbook includes more than 70 recipes that range in cooking time, complexity, and dietary needs. 

A vegan soul food cookbook with more than 100 recipes

"Sweet Potato Soul" by Jenné Claiborne, $15.29, available on Amazon

Jenné Claiborne grew up eating soul food in Georgia, went vegan, and then became a chef and blogger. Her cookbook includes more than 100 soul food recipes all the way from her "Sweet Jesus! Mac & Cheese" to her "Jackfruit Jambalaya."

A plant-based daily supplement

30-day supply of Rae Vegan Collagen Capsules, $14.99, available at Rae Wellness

Rae's collagen capsules help restore skin and support natural collagen production. While typical collagen is sourced from boiled cow bones, this one is non-GMO and fully plant-based.

A three-step lip care kit

Bite Beauty Lip Care Essentials Kit, $10.50, available at Sephora

This lip kit — made with all plant-based ingredients like agave nectar, papaya enzymes, and acai — includes a lip scrub, lip mask, and moisturizing lip therapy. For all the ways winter is tough on skin and lips, this kit is ready to fight back.

A minty lip scrub made with seven ingredients

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub, $12.95, available at Lush

Lush is known for its natural, heavenly-scented, handmade products. Its seven-ingredient lip scrub exfoliates with sugar and rejuvenates with jojoba oil.

A sparkly lip duo from an Indigenous-owned brand

Cheekbone Beauty Lipgloss & Lipstick Bundle, $31, available at Cheekbone Beauty

This dazzling lip duo is poured by hand, paraben-free, and packaged in biodegradable materials. Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-founded and owned beauty brand with a mission of sustainable beauty and giving back to Indigenous youth.

Reusable cotton produce bags for stocking up on essentials

Bodaon Set of 6 Produce Bags, $8.99, available on Amazon

Plant-based diets are often rich with fruits and vegetables. These reusable bags are great for produce, grains, and other bulk items. Especially good for the environmentalist, they help cut plastic consumption.

A do-it-all nonstick pan with a non-toxic coating

Our Place Always Pan, $145, Our Place

This genius pan brings ease to the kitchen. The Always Pan has a non-toxic and nonstick ceramic coating, and it includes a lid, spatula, and steamer basket all perfectly sized to fit the pan. It's designed to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware and can be used to make everything from steamed vegan dumplings to tofu scrambles to Impossible burgers and more.

Read our full review of the Our Place Always Pan.

Organic, fair-trade, and delicious vegan chocolate

Alter Eco Chocolate 4-pack, $11.99, available at Thrive Market

Alter Eco is "on a mission to make the cleanest chocolate there is, from the inside out." All its chocolate is organic and fair-trade, and they make several different vegan chocolate bars.

A tropical-smelling vegan lotion

Love Beauty and Planet Shea Velvet Body Lotion, $7.99, available at Target

Winter and the pandemic's frequent handwashing take a serious toll on the skin. Most folks will appreciate having one of these paraben-free and vegan lotions on deck.

Read our review of Love Beauty and Planet here. 

A can opener that leaves no sharp edges

Kuhn Rikon Can Opener, $21.66, available at Amazon

Vegan diets typically include a fair amount of canned goods. This premium can opener opens cans without cutting them, leaving no sharp edges and avoiding cross-contamination. A good can opener goes a long way.

Cookie dough that you can eat raw

DŌ Build-Your-Own 4-Pack, $50, available at DŌ

This NYC-based kitchen makes safe-to-eat cookie dough (and dreams come true) with shipping directly to your door. DŌ carries two vegan flavors: chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter snickerdoodle, which is also gluten-free.

A 'meaty' plant-based burger combo pack

Impossible Foods Combo Pack, $59.99, available at Impossible

This nearly 12-pound combo pack is for the meat lover experimenting with vegan cooking. It comes with 10 burger patties and two packages of ground "beef." Impossible meat is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, it's straight from one of the companies pioneering some of the tastiest plant-based meat.

Read our review of the Impossible Burger here.

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