This article was published in 2017.
Are you looking to make your festive celebrations a bit more vegan friendly? It may seem daunting but believe us, it’s actually quite easy. We have you covered with some vegan gift ideas to get you started and to help make the holidays as easy as eating your greens.
From stocking fillers to the main event, the Lush Christmas range is packed with vegan friendly options! In fact, almost every product in the range is vegan, so there are loads of options to choose from.
Fill your Santa boots with these festive vegan goodies. Snow Fairy Bath Bomb is a super sweet, magical treat that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages. This bath bomb, with the scent of candy floss, will fill bathrooms and hearts with joy. For something fruitier, Santa's on his way reusable bath oil is the perfect option. With Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, Fair Trade shea butter, and illipe butter, this moisturising bath melt will comfort as it softens winter skin. Galaxy lip scrub will perfect pouts and make for soft and kissable lips. Caster sugar gently buffs, while organic jojoba oil moisturises - perfect for kisses that feel out of this world.
If you are looking to go the whole shebang, gift boxes are the perfect option! For something little but mighty, you can’t go wrong with Jolly Holly Christmas. Bubbles of clove and ylang ylang, and cognac and sweet orange fizzes fill this glorious bathing box. Although vegans might not be able to dive into the chocolate selection boxes, they can definitely indulge in this one: It’s Christmas Deer is filled to the brim with fantastical treats to fawn over favourites. The box is reusable too!
What better way to treat the eco-friendly friend, vegan or not, in your life than with a colourful gift wrap that they can use and repurpose as many times as they like! Merry Christmas is made from recycled plastic bottles and makes the perfect addition to any gift while helping to reduce waste on the big day.
Now that we have the gifts covered, let’s talk about other ways we can help make the holidays even happier with these vegan Christmas hacks...
Chocolates! Everyone loves chocolate at Christmas, don’t they? Big tins adorn the coffee table of pretty much every house and chocolate decorations twinkle temptingly from Christmas tree branches. If you’re looking for vegan chocolate treats, there are some wonderful, sumptuous choccie delights out there.
For treating someone special, Booja Booja Champagne Truffles are dairy free and vegan and the boozy mouthfuls are the perfect way to end (or start) Christmas day. Hotel Chocolat has a whole range of vegan chocolates as well and, if you’re on a tighter budget or are just looking to fill a gap in a stocking, many supermarkets have some great “accidentally vegan” options especially in their own branded ranges.
Party food is something that need not be a headache either, and there are some good finger food options to offer your guests. Marks and Spencer sell some rather marvellous and very festive-looking spring rolls, while Morrisons has a tasty looking selection of vegetable bites. If you’re looking for something a little more personal and homemade, there are tonnes of recipes for delicious and easy dinners. Sadly, a purely vegan Christmas cookbook doesn’t exist (yet), but Jamie Oliver and The Minimalist Baker have a plethora of easy recipes to tantalise and tempt, not just the herbivores around the table. And firm favourite The Vegan Society have put together a handy top ten here.
Making the festive season vegan can be really easy and options definitely need not be boring. Who needs a nut roast anyway?