Give the gifts that make life a little sweeter.
‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry — especially the eating. It’s also the season when many of us make the mistake of buying tat that no one really wants or needs. Not only is this less than ideal for the environment, but it also means that our loved ones have to try to find space for that vase, or photo frame. The answer? Consumable vegan food gifts that our friends and family can enjoy without creating clutter.
Fortunately, there’s a lot of delicious stuff out there. From stocking fillers to gourmet-stuffed hampers, here are some gift ideas that food lovers will genuinely thank you for.
1. Kakoa, Iconic Collection Vegan 24 Chocolate Box
Who needs a standard advent calendar? Give the gift of chocolate this December, with a delicious mix of dark, milk (rice and almond milk, that is) and white chocolates. Truffle centres include Ultimate Peanut Butter, Sicilian Orange and Tipsy Prosecco – and the packaging is 100% biodegradable, too.
2. The Letterbox Larder, Larder Gift Box
Even if you don’t give your friends and family the latest recipe book this season, someone else almost certainly will. Why not make it easier for them to rustle up new dishes by stocking up their flavourings collection? The Vegan box contains Vegan Sprinkle, Umami Mushroom and Moroccan Seasoning . It even fits through the letter box – so no missed delivery hassles.
3. M&S, Vegan Christmas Food Gift Bag
This is a true festive feast for vegans. As well as mince pies and a Christmas pudding from Plant Kitchen, there are vegan truffles, spread, and jam – and a bottle of Mount Benson Shiraz, to toast the occasion. After consuming the contents, your recipient will enjoy using the branded cotton bag from Cocobagh, a social enterprise supporting widowed women in India, who use recycled cut-offs rather than new cotton.
4. Tyne Chease, Vegan Chease Selection Box
It’s galling when the cheeseboard comes out with no dairy-free options. A family-run farm is responsible for this selection, which comes in a beautifully-presented box. There are options ranging from pink peppercorn to sundried tomato, and from Ethiopian Spice to truffle. Guaranteed to elevate the most basic of crackers.
5. Planet Organic, Cacao Brazil Nut Energise Bars
We know that this looks more like the kind of thing you see on the counter of a health food counter than a festive gift – but bear with us. Many people start the year with good gym intentions. Many others start the year being too busy to have breakfast before they leave for work. Either way, a stash of these protein-packed bars makes a great gift.
6. LillyPuds, Luxury Vegan & Gluten Free Christmas Pudding
This delectable concoction contains a minimum of 50% fruit and cuts right back on sugar. It also swerves the icky mixed peel that most of us hated as children. Instead, you can expect apples, almonds, ginger, apricots and vine fruits, as well as vegan and gluten free ale and brandy. Responsible Palm Oil and plastic free packaging are even more gifting plus points.
7. Snak Pack, Vegan Luxury Hamper
If you’re buying for someone with a savoury tooth, you may want to look elsewhere. There are a number of toothsome delights in this box, but they’re all of the sweet variety. Think fruit snacks, oat bars, biscuits , chocolates and puddings, as well as Millionaires Shortbreads, biscuits and small-batch granola. You have the option to add gin, brandy or whisky, as well as to personalise the presentation crate with the name of your recipient.
8. Noble, Vegan Jerky
You know those savoury-loving friends we mentioned? If they also love lacing up their winter boots to hike, or heading for the mountains to ski, then they will appreciate the gift of soy-based jerky. Choose from Sweet BBQ, Chipotle, Sticky Hickory, Teriyaki or Original – or hedge your bets with a pack of four varieties.
9. Bond’s of London, Orange & Lemon Jelly Slices
Your grandparents will love you for this one. Nostalgia in box – and a pretty box at that!
10. Nummy, Vegan Mince Pies
Mince pies are a festive must-have so make sure that you give these to someone on your gift list. Not only is the star top a sweet and seasonal decorative touch, but their sultanas, dates, cranberries and hazelnut ingredients are 100% natural. Nummy’s postage-friendly, eco-friendly box also makes delivery a breeze.
11. Dandies, Vegan Vanilla-Flavoured Marshmallows
The festive season is all about hot chocolate and open fires, so what child on your gift list won’t appreciate a stash of marshmallows in their stocking? Fat, fluffy and squidgy, they contain corn syrup, vegan beet sugar, corn starch, soy protein – and absolutely no animal products.
12. Baileys, Almande Liqueur 70cl
All of the decadent silkiness of the original, but in an almond milk incarnation that’s perfect over ice or over a vegan hot chocolate.
13. The British Hamper Company Vegan Gourmet Hamper
The gift box displaying iconic London motifs is temptation enough, but that’s not all. This hamper also contains a host of delectable vegan treats for the festive season and beyond. Goodies from British artisan producers, such as Yorkshire Popcorn and Beech’s Fine Chocolates abound: think coffee, tea, relish and marmalade.