By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
As the holidays approach, we’re thinking about our loved ones and finding beautiful gifts that will bring happiness after a very tough year. Inspired to thoughtfully choose special items that have meaning, we’re thrilled to discover a new world of vegan fashion and beauty, which as well as being very chic, have not harmed any animals in their making. These 12 gift ideas are perfect for the vegan (and not vegan) ladies in your life, and represent a new wonderland of cruelty-free fashion and beauty products that redefine style. This holiday season there’s joy to be found in kindness as we give to those we love, while giving the gift of life to our animal friends who have no voice.
High performing, hypoallergenic, and ultra soft, this limited edition, Nordstrom-Exclusive is a beautiful, sustainably-crafted collection of essential face and eye makeup brushes. With its premium synthetic bristles and pretty-in-pink handles, this two-in-one set is perfect for the cruelty-free, beauty maven in your life, who is as committed to animal welfare as she is her flawless face.
Through stressful times and cooler temps, the idyllic scent of coconut reminds us of far-flung destinations and experiences of the past, while inducing mood-boosting thoughts of being in the tropics. Until we can get there, this decadent collection of non-toxic, cruelty-free, Coconut Shower Gel, Whipped Body Butter and Hand Buttercream will nourish skin, elevate senses and inspire dreams of blissful travels in the future . . . Paradise.
PC: 100% Pure
From Radhi Devlukia-Shetty and her partnership with Samara, this ‘Mudita’ necklace is delicate, but powerful with its Chrysoprase stone, unique in cut, color and character, and paired with a dainty 14k gold-filled chain. Chrysoprase has been known to activate and restore the heart chakra, attracting optimism, prosperity, love, and joy. A beautiful reminder that love is powerful, joy is possible, and positive things are always on the horizon.
Gift a little sparkle with this hand-forged, hammered, 14 karat gold band, with seven raw, perfect, glittering Herkimer Diamond gemstones. Dynamic amplifiers of spiritual energy, they’re the most powerful of all gems manifesting pure, solid light. Stunning, elegant and magical, this cuff shines brilliantly for its looks, energy and kindness to animals.
PC: Amy DiGregorio
A beautiful bottle of eau de parfum is always a pleasing gift, and this fresh, handcrafted fragrance from LA’s legendary fashion and beauty pioneer, Ron Robinson, will not disappoint. IF is an uplifting bouquet of blooming Jasmine, Gardenia and Tuberose accented with zesty Grapefruit and sparkling Yuzu. Sulfate, paraben and cruelty-free, this modern, clean and sensual scent boosts our mood, especially knowing that no animal suffered for us to smell so good.
$31.60 & $26 USD
One of our favorite discoveries this year (and photographed for our cover story with Gabrielle Reece), this sustainably produced legging and racer back bralette, are not only cruelty-free, but also produced using recycled plastic bottles and Sublimination printing, eliminating toxic chemical processes and resulting in cleaner water and less energy use. Currently on sale, give a hero gift of wellness, while giving back to the planet, animals, and your wallet.
A great belt is the perfect accessory to dress up any outfit, especially when it’s a slim, vegan, patent leather, double-wrap, that accentuates the waist with a cute gold heart clasp. With Mink’s ethos of protecting animals and its 20 years of pioneering luxury, vegan footwear and accessories, this little number goes beyond being fashionable and takes us into a new realm of style, reaffirming that there is nothing more chic than being kind to our animal friends.
PC: Mink Shoes
Beautifully painted nails are an essential in a girl’s self-care arsenal, whether for in-person meetings or 2020’s Zoom equivalent. As getting to a salon for a professional manicure is challenging this year, a bundle with all our must-haves is a gift any girl will be grateful for. With its vegan base coat, top coat, and choice of four seasonal, quick-drying colors presented in a chic travel pouch, this animal-friendly collection delivers effortless convenience and a salon-perfect finish, for fabulous paws without leaving home.
Known for her plump pout, it comes as no surprise that Lisa Rinna’s first venture into the beauty world is for our lips, and this trio consisting of a vegan lip liner, lipstick and gloss, is all a girl needs to perfectly pucker up. Flawlessly gliding on while soothing, smoothing and hydrating for a look of amplified volume, this luscious lip kit is paraben, sulfate and phthalate-free and PETA-certified cruelty free, meaning no bunny suffered for the gift of kissable lips.
PC: Rinna Beauty
Launched this year, these stunning boots produced with vegan leather give new meaning to, “These boots were made for walking.” Persephone takes elegant, cruelty-free footwear to another level with its killer heel and accented beading. For any serious fashionista - vegan or not - these boots might not literally be made for walking, but they were made for making a statement and turning heads. Fiercely chic, any girl can stand tall knowing that she’s not walking all over the animal kingdom to look fashionably fabulous.
PC: Sylth Virago
Any serious fashionista knows by now that wearing animal fur is the epitome of unfashionable, and a serious faux pas to being an arbiter of style. When the cooler climates arrive, there are opportunities to look fabulous without the need to take another’s skin and this uber chic shawl from Donna Salyers provides all the glamour without the cruelty. A truly chic way to stay warm while looking a million dollars at an affordable price point, this is a precious gift not only for the recipient, but for our furry friends not harmed in the process.
PC: Fabulous Furs
Give the gift of illumination with this clean, but decadent array of luxe, glowing, accenting face powders. Blush, highlight, bronze and finish with this cruelty-free palette of non-toxic beauty, to gleam, beam, twinkle and glow through the holidays and beyond. A perfect present that illuminates the ultimate gift, which is natural beauty without cruelty. Let there be light!
PC: Jane Iredale