There are around a million vegan people in the UK – and the numbers are rising.
There’s a vegan round on Bake Off and even McDonald’s and Greggs are getting in on the action. But even though big brands and mainstream food and beverage companies are busy releasing vegan collections we want to celebrate the small businesses keeping it ethical and sustainable.
Our vegan gift guide includes our hand-picked choices for this year.
VEGAN TREATS GIFT BOX
Social Enterprise – Gives Back
This treat of a gift box is packed full of indulgences.
Spoil your friends and family with decadence of dark chocolate while empowering local cacao farmers – or support education in tea-growing regions by sipping on a warming cup of Earl Grey. All of the stories that make this thoughtful gift special are shared in the story booklet that comes with every box.
Is it just us that wants to draw a bath and dip into a dreamy hot chocolate and organic beauty cocoon?
HERO VEGAN BELT
Upcycled – Handmade
These cool belts from Laura Zabo are made from rejected bicycle tyres connected to a matte silver buckle.
Fusing classical design with sustainability, tyrebelts give a unique take on the leather biker look without the leather! Win win as far as we are concerned.
£39, from Laura Zabo
LENNOX APPLE LEATHER JOURNAL
Handmade – Vegan – Zero Waste
Apple leather, also known as AppleSkin, is a bio-based material made using the leftover pomace and peel from the fruit juice and compote industry.
Perfect for daily gratitude notes, to-do lists and spontaneous song lyrics you don’t want to forget, the team at Immaculate Vegan compel us to document our “most-pressing thoughts”.
CHOCOLATE SUBSCRIPTION BOX
Vegan – Organic – Palm Oil Free
We know you know someone that wants a monthly chocolate delivery. And this subscription is something we can get behind.
With a variety of vegan ‘milk’ bars hand-picked to suit the seasons, you can expect flavours like juicy Raspberry & Coconut or zesty Sea Salt & Lime in summer and warming Mandarin & Ginger or festive Mint in the colder months.
Each month brings a six-bar chocolaty surprise.
£15.99, from Seed and Bean
SLIM CARD CASE IN RED BARK
Vegan – Hand Made – Ethically Made
Ethically handmade in Istanbul, this neat vegan friendly card wallet is made from non-food grade corn – a high quality next-gen alternative to leather.
Helen – the entrepreneur behind Watson & Wolfe – turned her back on the leather goods industry having seen first-hand the environmental damage caused by the production. She’s now on a mission to redefine luxury saying “Soon, it will no longer promote waste, pollution, cruelty, and high levels of CO2 in the supply chain – it will embrace sustainability, organic materials, recycling and the circular economy.” Hear hear Helen!
£32, from Watson & Wolfe
RASPBERRY ROSE GIFT BOX
Vegan – Cruelty Free – Plastic Free
A beautifully wrapped, limited edition gift box to treat someone special, in each box you’ll find rose body and hand balm together with a bar of rich velvety vegan dark chocolate, topped with natural raspberry-flavoured pieces, infused with natural raspberry flavour.
Ingredients are all natural, nourishing and vegan and they use organic ingredients, with every element carefully selected for the beautiful healing and soothing benefits they bring to the skin. Suppliers to the Cornish sister act at Scence also support sustainable harvesting.
£27.50, from Scence
BROWNIE & CAKE BOXES
Vegan – 100% Natural
I don’t know how they do it but even the photos of these lush vegan cakes and brownies are making us at #EthicalHour HQ drool.
Maybe it’s the gorgeous colours, the decorations or the knowledge that each one is 100% natural, vegan friendly and made with premium ingredients that has got us so excited!
It’s hard to pick a favourite but we’ve gone for these half dozen doughnuts that are sprinkled with delicate dried edible flower petals.
from £18, from Nummy
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