With Christmas less than 2 weeks away, there are, no doubt, a few loved ones you haven’t bought gifts for yet. No need to panic – following are our top 5 picks for cruelty-free gift ideas.
1. A Gift Pack from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Lush has an amazing range of gift packs to choose from featuring a range of their beautiful, cruelty-free products, such as bath bombs, soaps and shower gels. Young girls especially, but anyone really, will love a gift from Lush and your purchase will be supporting an ethical company that is totally against animal testing and supports numerous grassroots charities. An added bonus is that these packs are beautifully presented in a colourful box – no wrapping required!
2. Anything from the Cruelty Free Shop
The Cruelty Free Shop has a fantastic range of gifts for the compassionate friend or family member in your life, including gorgeous handbags from Matt and Nat, candles, cookbooks, chocolates and hampers. You can also design your own hamper, which you can fill with products of your choice. Depending on where you live, you may still be able to shop online for pre-xmas delivery or head into one of their stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Canberra if you can.
3. The Gift that Keeps on Giving
If you’re not a big fan of buying stuff just for the sake of it but still want to show your loved one that you thought of them, why not make a donation to your favourite animal charity on their behalf? There are so many fantastic causes to support. A few suggestions are Australia for Dolphins, which aims to protect dolphins and small whales from extreme acts of cruelty, such as the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan and Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, which is running an xmas appeal to raise funds to build a new shelter so that they’re able to continue their vital work rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals in the Sydney area.
4. Vegan Wine
A bottle of wine makes a great gift as it’s unlikely to go to waste, but most people don’t realise that animal products are used in a process called fining in order to produce most wines. Fining uses an external agent, such as egg yolk, casein derived from milk, gelatine or isinglass (a fish derived product) to remove insoluble substances in the wine and carry them to the bottom. There are, however, an increasing number of winemakers producing great quality wines without the use of animal products and these will be labelled as vegan. You can also speak to your local wine merchant or check out this website to find vegan-friendly wines.
5. A Vegetarian Cookbook
We can’t think of a better way of spreading the cruelty-free message than showing your loved ones all the amazing meals they can eat and prepare while following a plant-based diet. A gorgeous vegetarian cookbook is the perfect way to do just that. There are so many to choose from but our current favourites are River Cottage Veg Everyday! (by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall), The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook (by Salma Hage) and anything by Yottam Ottolenghi. Available from good bookstores everywhere.
We hope our suggestions help take some of the stress out of buying last-minute gifts for your family and friends. Have a wonderful festive season and as always, please remember to Consume with Care!