*AD. All these products have been gifted to me for this gift guide, all writing is my own.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is fair to say that this year is going to be vastly different. As we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic, with Tier 4 restrictions and less freedom than usual, many of us will be unable to celebrate with our partners, myself included. Not only will you not be able to celebrate by going out for a special evening in your favourite restaurant, some of the usual gifts are currently unavailable to us such as: weekend breaks (both foreign and domestic), music concerts, theatre performances, or cinema visits. Fortunately, there are still plenty of beautiful gifts that are on the market for you to give to a loved one or special friend.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to know what to buy ‘the person who has everything’. If you are struggling to find that all important inspiration, I am delighted to share some fantastic vegan gift ideas, which are suitable for everybody, every budget and the planet! Win – win (win!) right?
The gift for the skincare lovers
Scence is a natural, vegan and plastic-free brand, who craft handmade skincare products at their seaside lab in Falmouth, Cornwall. The products use only the finest, natural mineral and plant-based ingredients. The products are wrapped in compostable and recyclable paper-based packaging.
Deodorant balm in the Sweet Citrus scent contains: active magnesium, sweet orange, bergamot essential oil, organic coconut oil and mango butter. The magnesium helps to deodorise. Hand balm in the Sweet Citrus scent contains: rich mango butter, sweet orange, jojoba and calendula oils for their healing properties. The essential oils also give both protective and aroma-therapeutic benefits.
These would be great gifts for a loved one who wants to try a vegan skincare range.
The gift for the make up lovers
Cheeky Wipes was created by Helen, a mum-of-four, first establishing her brand with a skin-friendly, reusable baby wipes kit, back in 2008. Since 2016 alone, they have saved over 28 million disposable sanitary products and 22 million packets of disposable baby wipes from ending up in landfill! How incredible is that?
Make Up Removing Pads have one soft, minky side and a gentle, bamboo side, which works really well with both oils and cleansers. You will get 2 uses out of each side before popping them in the wash. For explanations on how to use and care for your pads, you can check out their website. Cheeky Wipes also sell zipped wash bags to store your pads in; these come in a variety of fun and colourful designs to suit everyone’s taste and personality. These make up pads are the perfect way to encourage your loved one to reduce their carbon footprint as well as enable them to look after their skin in a soft and gentle way.
Definitely worth buying for the skincare lover in your life!
The perfect gift for candle lovers
Nude Candle Co is proud to be completely plastic-free whether that’s their packaging or their product labels. All of their candles are: vegan, cruelty-free, made from 100% soy wax and paraffin-free. What’s more, the wick is made from braided cotton and promises both clean and even burning. All the candles come in reusable, amber-coloured glass jars which have biodegradable labels.
Velvet Peony & Oud Soy Candle is a premium, hand-poured candle, which comes in an amber-coloured glass jar, with an aluminium screw lid. This candle has a burn time of 30 – 50 hours and is the perfect gift for a loved one who enjoys creating a relaxing (and romantic!) mood, so that they can unwind.
The perfect accompaniment in a pamper evening!
The perfect give for skincare lovers
Shimirose was founded in 2008, but didn’t begin trading until 2018, in London. They are a luxury, vegan brand which wants to make people feel good by using natural products. Shimirose Skincare recently launched with 100% natural, unrefined Shea Butter. Some of their products are blended with natural, essential oils.
Rose & Almond Shea Butter is a natural, shea butter combined with rose and almond oils, giving the butter a wonderful, subtle scent, not at all overpowering. This butter is made from the nut of the Shea Tree, so if you have any allergies, please exercise caution. The body cream is suitable for all skin types.
You can use the code ‘Lauren10″ for 10% off your order.
A perfect gift for a loved one who enjoys pampering themselves!
The perfect gifts for skincare lovers
Facetheory’s products are made in Sheffield, in the UK; they successfully deliver their products worldwide to over 40 countries. They are huge fans of botanical extracts expecially when they add to the efficacy of the product. Most of Facetheory’s products are available in amber-coloured, glass jars, with aluminium screw lids, or 100% aluminium tubes, which are easily recyclable. Better still, their products are vegan and cruelty-free. Their skincare experts will provide you with the products best-suited to your skin, which are unscented (although you can add a scent if you wish). All you need to do is to take a short questionnaire (build your own routine tab) and they will email you the results, so that you can select the right products. What’s not to love?!
Clarifying Cleanser C2 is their bestselling cream cleanser that contains powerful acids at a low pH to clarify oily and blemish-prone skin. The acids are: salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid. It is free of parabens, silicones, PEGs, SLS and SLES. This cleanser is formulated for oily and congestd skin and doubles as a glycolic face peel.
Retin-C Vitamin Scar Treatment Oil is perfect for acne scars, areas of skin discolouration and even stretch marks! This retinol oil blends 2% retinoid and vitamins C and E, which expedite skin cell shredding and renewal. Vitamin C in the form of ascorbyl isosterate brightens skin while fighting acne bacteria to prevent new spots and scars from forming. However, please DO NOT use this product if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
BHA Exfoliating Serum S3 is a leave-on liquid exfoliator targets: acne, dead cells, wrinkles and fine lines while hydrating and nourishing your skin. The key, active ingredient is carnitine, which has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use this product on its own or underneath your moisturiser.
Super gel Oil-Free Moisturiser is for oily and acne-prone skin. It hydrates and moisturises, but is light enough to use on congested skin. It contains niacinamide, which reduces pores and the salicylic acid relieves congestion. You only need to use a small amount as Facetheory products are highly concentrated and will last.
Great gifts for people who love to give their skin a good pamper!
The perfect gift for the fashion lover
Naughtee But Nice is an inclusive brand for all women; you can be eco and a girl boss, or vegan and cheeky, or spiritual and naughty! Naughty But Nice is run by a Liverpool blogger called Amy, who shares content on clean living.
All the sweaters and T-shirts that Amy sells are made from organic cotton and mainly have embroidered designs. Any of her printed designs are made with non-toxic, vegan ink (who knew there was such a thing!?). Each garment is printed and shipped directly to you by her partner. Each one is made to order to prevent excess waste. How cool is that?
The ‘You Look I See’ t-shirt has beautiful colours and so different to other t-shirt designs. All of the designs are fun and quirky on all the sweatshirts and T-shirts and Amy makes them to order, where you can choose your design and colour t-shirt or sweatshirt you would like the design on. With the garments being made from organic cotton mean that they are better quality and a far more sustainable option and a better option than fast fashion.
A perfect gift for your Valentine (any on any other occasion)!
The perfect gift for a candle and jewellery lover
Imperial Candles began in 2014 with an idea to create soy wax candles, which contained a piece of jewellery inside. This idea is so unique, it makes a great gift for many occasions… or to treat yourself! Not long after starting the company, they introduced jewellery bath bombs and redefining your skincare routine. All the candles are made from natural, soy wax, contain quality fragrances and 100% wicks. They are also vegan and cruelty-free.
Love Potion Candle is a Valentine’s Day limited edition, hand poured, soy candle with two cotton wicks. It has an elegant scent of ripened peaches, sweet cherry blossom and sultry white jasmine. Inside, there are 2 (yes 2!) jewels! You can choose one jewell from 4 exclusive ring designs and 3 exclusive necklace designs. And… yes, there’s more… you’ll receive a random jewel (not themed) which could be: a ring, earrings or a necklace! How amazing is that? The two hidden jewels could be worth up to £2000!
What a gift! Perfect for candle or jewellery lovers (or both of course!) and bound to wow!
The perfect gift for a skincare lover for a deep pamper
Balance Me is a brand that promotes balance in both your life and your skin. They believe that 5 minutes of self-care through skincare can have a huge effect on your skin and your daily wellbeing. The products are completely natural, containing naturally active formulas that have cutting-edge bio-actives to solve your skin concerns. All the fragrances used are 100% natural and nurture your wellbeing from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.
Dawn To Dusk Gift Set is a collection of the skin smoothing favourites to help cleanse, treat and moisturise your skin from morning thorough to night. This gift set is vegan, cruelty-free and the products are made of natural ingredients. This set comes with: a face wash, hyaluronic plumping mist, vitamin C repair serum, congested skin serum, wonder eye cream, a moisturising face cream and a beauty sleep hyaluronic mist! WOW!
Day & Night Gift Set contains bio-active, lightweight serums that give you 24/7 protection. Use their antioxidant-rich, vitamin C repair serum in the morning and their Bakuchiol soothing serum in the evening to boost your skin’s renewal process. This duo set is vegan, cruelty-free and made from all natural ingredients.
Beauty Sleep Candle is a hand-poured, soy candle and is enriched with their signature blend of pure essentials to help you relax and relieve tension. The candle contains: cedarwood to help relieve tension and soothe muscle pain; lavender to relax and heal and frankincense to help reduce nervous tension and fear. Who doesn’t need that at the moment?
These gifts, either separately or together, are the ultimate pamper kits to help your loved one relax and unwind. Just the right mood for a romantic evening!
I hope that this gift guide has now given you some gift inspiration.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with you partner or friends? I’d to love hear in the comments.