We love the spirit of compassion for animals and for our planet that so many in the vegan community hold dear. Whether or not you follow a vegan lifestyle, you can still choose to help honor and affirm vegan friends and family this holiday season by gifting thoughtfully with their values in mind. In this spirit, we've assembled a few of our favorite vegan gift recommendations, with an emphasis on local businesses here in the Raleigh/Durham area. And non-locals, don't fret - there are plenty of great online options available for you, too!
For the Vegan Beauty Lover:
Maracuja Oil Mascara: This nourishing formula derives its color from black tea leaves and berry pigments and is fortified with maracuja oil to strengthen and condition lashes with essential fatty acids. No synthetic dyes or animal byproducts needed - just beautiful, natural length and volume for your lashes!
100% Pure Palettes: These hardworking beauty multi-taskers make great gifts, since they include three shades of eye shadow, a luminizer and a blush - all in one pretty package! Always cruelty-free and free of animal byproducts, these palettes are perfect for the vegan beauties in your life.
For the Vegan Foodie:
Sama Spread: This little culinary treasure is one of the best kept secrets of the Durham vegan community! Sama spread is an artisan almond-based vegan spread that tastes like cheese. It was created by culinary professional Jo Pelligra right here in Durham, NC. After starting out at Saturday morning farmer's markets, demand for Sama Spread quickly grew, and it is now available at several retailers throughout the RDU area! You can read the whole story here about Sama Spread's journey as a company, and check here for their list of local retailers.
(Images courtesy of myveganspread.com)
Vegan Flava Cafe: This local gem boasts an all vegan, all organic, non-GMO menu and scores consistent rave reviews. We love their holistic approach to providing food that's not just tasty and beautiful, but also nourishing and healing for the body. You can browse their delicious menu here. A gift card for dinner and drinks at the Vegan Flava Cafe is the perfect gift for any vegan on your list!
For the Vegan Fashionista:
Holly Aiken Bags: Holly Aiken first began designing and creating handbags as side projects for friends and family in the Raleigh, NC area. They were such a hit that she eventually opened a dedicated design studio and manufacturing facility to keep up with the demand for her bags! Holly Aiken bags are crafted primarily from vinyl rather than leather, making them a great vegan-friendly fashion option. Their aim is to provide uncomplicated bags characterized by clean lines, distinctive colors and patterns, and functional styling. You can browse the current collection here.
(Image courtesy of visitraleigh.com)
Olsenhaus Pure Vegan: Founded by designer Elizabeth Olsen in 2008, Olsenhaus is a luxury shoe brand with the mission of promoting compassion for people and animals through conscious manufacturing and the use of cruelty-free materials. Olsen is an outspoken animal rights advocate and loves showing the world that you don't have to compromise on style or luxury in order to be ethical. You can browse their beautiful collections here.
Beauties, we hope this list was helpful in giving you some great gift ideas for the lovely vegans in your life! Do you know of any great vegan companies we left out? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below!