Although the holidays will look different as people stick close to home, vegan friends with wanderlust will be absolutely delighted with a travel-themed gift basket. You can offer them wonderful tastes that can take them somewhere else in their mind for a while or help introduce them to new flavors and brands that may become their new favorites to carry on their travels. Add in some other treats, books, and practical presents, and you can add a lot of joy to their holiday!
Offer a taste of California with Vervana’s Olive Oil Dipping Essentials set. It includes a bottle of smooth extra virgin olive oil that has notes of green almond, green banana, and cinnamon. The set also has an Italian Seasoning & Dipping Blend that’s vegan and contains ten herbs and spices. The set comes with wooden dipping bowl and spoon. Vervana’s olive oils are exclusively made from California olives. Price: $59.99 at Vervana.
Give the vegan in your life a taste of Georgia in a travel-themed gift basket with a few delectable beverages from Peach State Drinks. Based in Atlanta, this Black-owned business offers drinks that are hand-pressed, gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly. They are also hand-pressed for the freshest homemade taste. The Brown Sugar Lemon-Aid is sweet, tangy, and refreshing. Other flavors include Apple Cranberry and Spiced Apple. Purchase: Get a pack of 3 for $17.
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Introduce the vegan traveler in your life to Morton Essentials with a thoughtful gift of plant-based, cruelty-free deodorant. (It’s a natural deodorant that truly works for 24 hours!) Both His and Hers deodorants are Leaping Bunny certified, so the deodorants and all of their ingredients are never tested on animals. All the deodorants from this woman-owned business glide on smoothly, and they keep the wearer dry and smelling good all throughout a day. That can be a game-changer for travelers who are rushing around to catch flights and make it to important meetings. Helping a vegan discover a new brand to trust for essentials can be a gift in and of itself. Price: $13 on Morton Essentials or get a travel-sized set of four for $8.99.
Giselle’s Vegan Kitchen offers a variety of sweet treats that are ideal for a family road trip. They need to be refrigerated, so you can put them in a cooler or have passengers nibble them on the way. They come in three flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and coconut. These will be a smart choice for people with a variety of diet restrictions. Not only are they vegan, but they also contain no nuts, carbs, refined sugar, gluten, soy, corn, or oil. Price: $50 at Giselle’s Vegan Kitchen.
Has the travel enthusiast in your life ever daydreamed of going to the animal sanctuary Happily Ever Esther in Canada? If you have ever visited the social media page of Esther The Wonder Pig, you just may have learned what it is to instantly love an animal you’ve never met. Esther’s two dads Derek Walter and Steve Jenkins adopted her under the mistaken impression that she was a miniature pig. She certainly was not, and the two reimagined their entire lives and careers to find a way to keep their beloved pig. They went vegan, eating only “Esther-approved” food and making the lifestyle seem fun and accessible to their millions of followers. In their latest book, a charming children’s holiday tale called Esther’s Christmas Coat, Esther learns more about kindness and helping others. Price: $26 CAD from the Esther The Wonder Pig store.
For your friend with a sweet tooth, the NadaMoo! Peppermint Bark is a great gift. It will transport their tastebuds directly to the North Pole or at least to an ideal of what the holidays should taste like. It’s vegan ice cream that’s healthy, environmentally friendly, and tasty. NadaMoo’s Peppermint Bark flavor consists of a creamy coconut milk base with swirls of chocolate fudge and fresh peppermint pieces stirred into the mix. Price: $5.99 from NadaMoo!.
Hippeas offers a healthier alternative to cheese puffs, and they are also vegan! Their Vegan White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs has four grams of protein per serving, and they are organic and gluten-free. They have a great cheesy taste that you’d expect from any “cheese” puff, and each one is baked instead of fried. Other Hippeas flavors include Himilayan Happiness, Nacho Vibes, and Bohemian Barbecue. (They’re all vegan.) Price: 6-pack for $17.94 at Hippeas.
For a present that would perhaps be a centerpiece for your vegan gift basket, the SoChatti Warmer Set is perfect for any chocolate lover who enjoys making their own delectable creations. It can help transport them to the warm, fuzzy feeling of times spent sitting around the campfire and making s’mores. The warmer is a low-power appliance that easily melts chocolate for making s’mores, dipping sweets, or covering nuts or berries in chocolate. SoChatti dark chocolate is made of 72% cacao, and it’s completely dairy-free. It’s also kosher pareve and halal. Each warmer set comes with the SoChatti Warmer, two SoChatti chocolate pouches, and a recipe booklet. Each pouch makes ten servings of chocolatey goodness! Price: $124.95 from SoChatti.
As plant-based, vegan protein bars with 10 grams of protein per bar, R.E.D.D. bars are a treat that is also nutritious. They are easy to grab and take on a flight or a road trip. The variety pack lets the gift recipient try all the flavors and choose their favorite. Flavors include chocolate, peanut butter, mint chocolate, oatmeal, and salted caramel. Fan reviews declare that the mint chocolate flavor tastes just like Girl Scout Thin Mints. Price: $22.50 from Amazon.
Six Feet Away’s rose gold hand sanitizer holder adds a little fun to a new daily habit most people have: carrying hand sanitizer. Instead of sticking it in your purse where it can easily come open and spill on your stuff, why not place hand sanitizer in a holder that easily attaches to keys, a purse, or a backpack? This shiny rose gold holder has rose gold accents. It’s made of vegan faux leather and has both a keychain clip and wrist strap. It includes a 1-ounce refillable bottle that you can pour your favorite hand sanitizer in. Price: $9.99 from Six Feet Away.
Dark chocolate lovers will enjoy how the chocolatey shell of Lily’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups melts in their mouths. The combination of the chocolate and peanut butter needs no introduction. After all, there is a good reason why peanut butter cups are adored around the world. The creamy peanut butter in Lily’s stands out, and each peanut butter cup is individually wrapped which can be convenient when traveling. It’s a yummy choice for a quick grab-and-go snack. Price: a 3-pack is $14.94 at Amazon.
Ageless Vegan: The Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Plant-Based Life is a riveting and useful book that Tracye McQuirter, MPH, wrote with her mother Mary McQuirter. It has over 100 delicious recipes, and you may opt to buy all the ingredients for one of the recipes to include in the gift basket as a fun extra treat. Price: $3.99 on Kindle or $24.99 for a Paperback on Amazon.
Take your vegan friend on a virtual tasting trip to France via Santa Monica via the comfort of their own living room. Breadblok is a French bakery in Santa Monica that serves up many dairy-free, vegan treats. Breadblok’s shortbread cookies, which are a staple in Provence, France, are unforgettable. Shortbread cookies are, of course, known for their buttery texture and flavor, and this vegan version is as rich and buttery as any dairy-based cookie. Price: $9.95 at Breadblok.
Help transport your friend to the sunny beaches of Florida if only by means of the taste of hand-harvested sea salts from Florida Pure Sea Salts. Their Sunshine Sampler Pack has four flavors: Pure Sea Salt, Maple Bacon Infused Sea Salt, Sriracha Infused Sea Salt, and Garlic Infused Sea Salt. And, don’t worry, the Maple Bacon Infused Sea Salt is confirmed vegan, and, if the gift recipient wants to envision themselves relaxing on the sand with a cocktail in hand, this flavor tastes great on the rim of a Bloody Mary. Price: $28 from Florida Pure Sea Salts.
The Sattva Vida Cocoa Craze Energy Bites are created to be both decadent and healthy. They have a sweet, rich cocoa taste and appetizing consistency. However, the company’s homemade date paste is the only sweetener used in their creation. The cocoa bites come in small containers that are easy to carry on a vacation or business trip. Price: $8 at Sattva Vida.
The Lehi Mills Double Fudge Brownie Mix is great for friends who love baking vegan sweets at home but don’t want the fuss of starting from scratch. These decadent brownies are more fudge-like than cake-like, and the mix is made of nutritious, whole ingredients. They’re also super easy to make since you only have to mix in oil and water, which is especially helpful if the gift recipient has kids who love to help with mixing and baking. It’s hard to go wrong with the simple, straightforward instructions. Price: $4.99 from Lehi Mills.
Ka’chava makes inviting plant-based shakes that are wholesome while tasting like milkshakes. (Don’t worry. There’s no dairy in any of their shakes.) Available in vegan chocolate and vegan vanilla, you can recommend the gift recipient blend together 1-scoop chocolate, 1-scoop vanilla, ice water, and a handful of ice for a great blended shake. Ka’chava is an avid supporter of the RainforestTrust, an organization that’s dedicated to protecting rainforests and endangered species. Price: one bag for $69.95 at Ka’chava.
If your vegan friend has never had halva, which means sweet in Arabic, they are in for a surprise treat with this Halva Trio from Seed + Mill. Created by hand from Ethiopian sesame seeds, this halva is a sweet confection with a kick. The trio has three halva flavors: Pistachio, Raspberry, and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate. They are made to be enjoyed on their own, and they also are often crumbled on yogurt or even broken down in pieces and baked into brownies. They also look great on a vegan cheese board. Price: $35 from Seed + Mill.
Nature’s Garden makes a lot of plant-powered foods, including these probiotic apricots. They are dried apricots with sunflower oil and probiotics. According to Harvard Health Publishing, dried fruits have more fiber and the antioxidants called phenols than fresh fruits, per ounce, and they are great for travel. They would make a colorful addition to a vegan holiday gift basket. Price: $16.19 from Nature’s Garden.
Every product that ALOHA makes is vegan, and their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars would be a tasty addition to a gift basket. They are a good fit for travel since they’re shelf stable, but they also taste great chilled in the fridge. These protein bars are made with ingredients such as organic chocolate chips, cashew butter, and sunflower butter. Price: Get a 12-bar box for $30 from ALOHA.