I can’t quite believe that December has arrived already. And yes, cliché this may be but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… There’s twinkle lights adorning shop windows and streets in town, Winter Wonderland has taken over Hyde Park, festive cups have sprung up at every coffee chain, and mulled cider is an acceptable choice of beverage again.
If you’re like me, perhaps you already finished your Christmas shopping two months ago. I’m a bit weird like that. But for any “normal” folk out there frantically searching for the perfect gift, or looking for that extra “little something”, I’ve put together a list of some of my fave vegan-friendly treats.
All under £10, these sweet treats, cruelty-free cosmetics, and indulgent beauty buys will make the perfect addition to any veg-head’s stocking this year!
1. Yogi Tea Christmas Collection (17 bags) – £2.39
Perfect for tea lovers, this blend of Christmas fruits and spices will get anyone in the festive spirit!
2. Hurraw! Lip Balm – Various – £4.49 ea. or 3 for £10
Hurraw! lip balms come in a delicious range of flavours with perfect festive scents like coffee, chocolate, cinnamon or vanilla. The balms are all organic and not tested on animals. Hurrah!
3. Paddywax Urban Concrete Candle – Salted Grapefruit (100g) – £9.95
This hand-painted candle smells amazing and once the soy wax has all been used, the concrete base can be repurposed into a pot plant or storage pot so there’s no waste! The candles come in a range of scents and colours but I’m a bit obsessed with this salted grapefruit.
4. Green People Organic Butterfly Conservation Night Cream – Raspberry & Apple (30ml) – £6.80
Not only does this organic, fair trade night cream smell delicious, it’s not been tested on animals, and a portion of each sale is donated to butterfly conservation projects working to protect British butterflies, moths and the environment. The perfect gift for eco-warriors!
5. Moo free Rice Milk Santa – £1.19
Everybody needs a little chocolate at Christmas time… (They’re the lyrics, right?) For chocolate-loving vegans, Moo does a great range of organic rice-milk chocolate treats including this cute, festive Santa!
6. Little Ondine Nail Polish – Lava – £9.50
Made from natural resin, organic colourants and water, Little Ondine polish peels off easily so there’s no need for harsh chemical removers. They don’t test on animals, nor use any animal ingredients in their formula. The range includes loads of bright, fun colours with Lava being the perfect shade for the festive season.
7. ELF Baked Eye Shadow Trio – Peach Please – £5.00
Add a little sparkle to someone’s Christmas with this pretty eye shadow trio from ELF! I love the shimmery peach and bronze shades in this handbag-friendly compact. ELF do not test on animals nor use any animal-derived ingredients in their formulas.
8. Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Mask – £3.49
Yes To are both Cruelty-Free and Leaping Bunny certified. Their Yes To Coconut range is my favourite and this 96% natural hydrating face mask the perfect antidote for tired holiday skin!
9. Nature’s Ingredients Coconut Hand Cream (100ml) – £2.99
The Nature’s Ingredients range from M&S is entirely cruelty-free and vegan, certified by the Leaping Bunny program. They do a decent range of skin care and bath products but again, I’m drawn to the luscious coconut…
10. Lush Luxury Pud Bath Bomb – £4.25
Lush are one of the biggest and loudest brands when it comes to promoting cruelty-free beauty. They don’t test on animals and much of their range is vegan. This cute little pud, part of their Christmas range, smells divine and explodes into a sea of festive colour!