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A Definitive List of the Best Vegan Cosmetics to Gift This Holiday Season

Let’s face it: the gift-giving season can be overwhelming.

How do you decide what to give to whom while making sure that it’s all cruelty-free and vegan?

Well, there is an easy solution! By gifting friends, family, and colleagues with cosmetics that live up to Kinder Beauty’s standards, you will ensure that those tokens of your friendship, affection, and respect aren’t causing any harm to animals.

gift ideas for your vegan friends

We’ve collected all the best cosmetics for you to give as presents this holiday season. All are cruelty-free, vegan, and clean. If you’re looking to brighten someone’s holiday season without hurting animals or the planet, we’ve got you covered.

A Better Bath


Never underestimate the simple luxury of a soak in the tub, having the power to soothe and transform stress into serenity.

So give the gift of a truly spectacular bath with gorgeous vegan and cruelty-free bath bombs from The Kind Poppy. Whether you give a Gingerbread Brulee, Candy Cane, Winter Wonderland, Sugar Cookie, or Hot Cocoa bomb, you will be sweetening up someone’s holiday season with these bath time delights.

Perfect Skin


Whether they wear makeup or not, most everyone can appreciate a collection of vegan, cruelty-free and clean cosmetics from DERMA E.

Put together a gift basket containing the Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, Microdermabrasion Scrub, and Scalp Relief Treatmentthe perfect products to save skin that’s been roughed up by winter weather.

Luscious Lashes


Shopping for someone who’s a mascara devotee? Give them the gift of a cruelty-free, vegan, and clean mascara subscription.

For $12 a month, My Little Mascara Club will send your giftee a monthly tube of long-lasting mascara that will grant them luscious lashes without causing any damage to animals or the environment.

With a subscription, the giving season will continue into the future, reminding that special someone all-year-long that you want them to have the good things in life. 

Glam I Am


Have a friend who is a fan of glam? Gift them with Artist Couture’s Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati, which offers a champagne-toned silver shimmer that ups the fabulosity factor for the full spectrum of skin tones.

Don’t worry if you don’t have insider information about what products your pal is currently wearing: Diamond Glow Powder’s versatility means that it’s a match for every makeup kit. 

One-Stop Shopping


Having produced cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics since the ‘90s, Pacifica is the ultimate source for (affordable) high quality and animal-friendly makeup, perfume, and skincare products.

Mix and match Pacifica’s makeup, haircare, bodycare, suncare, and supplements to create gift baskets for everyone on your shopping list. And pick up a few products for yourself while you’re at it!


Kissable Lips


Winter is the season of chapped lips. That’s why you can’t go wrong when you give the gift of a luscious healthy pout.

Buy up a bundle of Eco Lips Bee Free lip balm, which comes in a plastic-free tube, and give them to everyone you know as a holiday offering that is vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally friendly. The balms come in flavors including lemon lime, sweet mint, and superfruit.

Plant Power


Jojoba is a kind of miracle plant, with liquid wax in its seeds. This wax is very similar to the natural oils found in human skin, making it perfect to use in restorative cosmetics that revive your complexion.

The Jojoba Company makes a range of products using the plant that treat a spectrum of skin conditions, including dry, oily, itchy, red, and flaky skin.

Appropriate for all skin types, The Jojoba Company’s offerings make a fantastic gift for all the people in your life who deserve more self-care. And couldn’t we all use a little more of that?

Bold, Beautiful, Sustainable


Clove and Hallow makes vegan cosmetics that are created without cruelty to animals, made with only 15 ingredients or fewer, and come in a variety of rich colors. Plus, sustainable packaging means that your gift won’t be damaging the environment.

Give a lipstick-loving friend a bouquet of Lip Velvet liquid lipsticks. The dramatic shades, from Road Trip (a hot pink) to Sangria (a deep burgundy wine) are appropriate for all skin tones. 

Statement Lips


Oh, the power of the red lip!

Red is the perfect shade to make a strong statement. A true classic, red lipstick never goes out of style. Unlike the old days when people instructed us to match our reds to our skin tones, today’s advice is that anything goes.

You can give the gift of a statement lip by presenting the makeup-lover in your life with an all vegan and cruelty-free lipstick trio by Folly Fire. Three lipsticks are always better than one, allowing your gift’s recipient to have the perfect shade of red handy for any occasion.

Nails, Naturally


Nail salons rarely have vegan and cruelty-free polishes on display. That’s why polishes from 100% Pure’s Zer0 Nail Polishes are a great gift for anyone who enjoys a manicure but doesn’t want to cause any harm to other beings.

Shades range from pale green, to bubble gum pink, to graphite gray, and baby blue. Plus these clean polishes omit 20 of the nail industry’s most common toxins.

Carefully Crafted Cosmetics


Franklin & Whitman makes vegan and cruelty-free products that are free of harsh chemicals and other unnecessary ingredients, making them the perfect gift for friends, family, or colleagues. As if that's not enough, a portion of every sale is donated to dog rescues.

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Great giftable products include a Daily Face Care Kit, Clarity Gift Set (including a sage smoke stick), and a Lip Care Kit that features two lip balms plus a face and lip scrub.


Eye Candy


Many of us have someone in our lives who loves a pop of colorful eye makeup. For that pigment-loving person, Nomad CosmeticsAmerica’s Parks Palette is the ultimate gift.

This gorgeous collection of eyeshadows is packed full of fifteen sumptuous shades, from a rich deep green to a glimmering metallic gold, and a sunshiny yellow.

The shadows are cruelty-free and vegan, and are also free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil. The sustainable packaging is 100% plastic-free packaging and made out of over 80% recycled cardboard.

Spirit of the Sea


The Earth Harbor Naturals cosmetics company recently announced that it is now certified Climate Neutral, plastic negative, and has joined 1% for the planet, meaning that it is helping us to achieve glowing skin without doing damage to the Earth.

Earth Harbor Naturals' sea-inspired products make great gifts that also help save the planet. Pick up a Paradise Spa Kit for someone in your life who could use a spa day (in the comfort of their own home).

The kit includes the Marina Biome Brightening Ampoule (featuring highly concentrated adaptogenic oils that brighten and balance complexions), Sunstone Hair Revive Elixir (to fortify, nourish, and revive damaged hair), and the Island Jade Gemstone Gua Sha & Massaging Comb (a crystal tool that enhances natural beauty by promoting circulation, sculpting tissue, reducing muscle tension, and promoting relaxation).

A Natural Glow


Osea is another brand that embraces and celebrates the planet that we live on. The name stands for ocean, sun, earth, and atmosphere. All of Osea's products are clean and vegan, as well as climate neutral-certified.

For the gift of an at-home indulgent all-over body treatment, try the Undaria Body Duo, featuring Undaria Body Polish and Undaria Algae Body Oil. The polish removes dead skin cells, letting you feel smooth and fresh, while the body oil is a seaweed-infused treatment that softens and leaves skin glowing. More than half a dozen all-natural oils are combined to create this rich and nourishing potion.

Sultry Scents


Perfume is one of those indulgences that many neglect to buy for themselves. So why not give someone the gift of this little luxury?

Inkling Scents is an all-vegan, cruelty-free, and chemical-free perfume company. The Sultry scent offers a blend of creamy sandalwood, white amber, vanilla, orchid, Bulgarian rose, and lotus notes.

A provocative and clean fragrance, Sultry will stir the senses and makes a great holiday gift.

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Maya Gottfried is the author of books for children and adults, including Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary and Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal.

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