Gift Ideas That Don’t Harm Animals: PETA’s Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Posted on by PETA Australia

Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute? Let us help. Our PETA Presents make it easy for you to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces – and protect animals at the same time.

And if you’re looking for something extra to put under the tree, here’s a roundup of the coolest cruelty-free gifts, sure to knock everyone’s festive socks off on Christmas morning. Warning: You may be tempted to keep them all for yourself!

Cruelty-Free Cookbooks

Grab one of these gorgeous cookbooks for the foodies in your life. Who knows – you might even sneakily swipe some Christmas dinner ideas while you’re wrapping these up!

PETA’s Top Pick

Isa Does It

The queen of delicious vegan food, chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz shows you how to make flavourful and satisfying meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less. In Isa Does It, 150 new recipes make weeknight cooking a snap – and illustrate how simple and satisfying meat-free food can be.

The recipes are supermarket-friendly and respect how busy most readers are. From skilled vegan chefs to those completely new to the vegan pantry, everyone will have fun and be productive in the kitchen with Isa’s unfussy recipes and quirky commentary.

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Beauty Products That Skip the Animal Testing

Don’t commit a Christmas faux pas by supporting a beauty brand that tests on animals. Grab one of these cruelty-free options instead, and spread good tidings to all living creatures. No one will be saying, “Bah, humbug!” when these goodies appear under the tree.

PETA’s Top Pick

Kat Von D


Australia, the wait is over. Kat Von D cosmetics have finally arrived on our shores! Inspired by the inks of her High Voltage Tattoo studio, Kat has created a high-performance brand specialising in long-wear, high-pigment products that are sure to stand out from the crowd. Free from animal testing, Kat Von D cosmetics also recently began the transition to 100 per cent vegan. You can find an extensive list of the current vegan collections here.

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Vegan Sweet Treats

It’s never been easier to indulge your sweet tooth whilst skipping the animal ingredients. Delight everyone’s taste buds during the festive season with these indulgent treats. There will be some serious food envy going on when the wrappers come off these beauties.

PETA’s Top Pick

Pana Chocolate

The dreamiest, creamiest organic chocolate – there’s a reason why over 2,000 stores stock Pana Chocolate products Australia-wide, including most IGA supermarkets. With beautiful flavour combinations and a melt-in-the-mouth texture that is hard to match, you’ll be guaranteed to please with this treat. Order before December 18 to get your chocolate in time for Christmas, and be prepared for the shocked faces when your astonished rellies exclaim, “This is VEGAN?” Then smile to yourself as they finish a whole bar in one sitting.

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Animal-Friendly Fashion

These brands are leading the fashion pack by producing ethical pieces that are not only animal-free but also ethically produced and beautiful to wear. Collect some serious cool points by spoiling someone with one of these gorgeous pieces this Christmas.

PETA’s Top Pick

Matt & Nat


If you’re looking for a beautiful ethical bag, look no further than Matt & Nat. We’re constantly lusting over the company’s latest designs, which are vegan and also feature wonderfully sustainable touches. All the bag linings are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Other quirky materials include used bicycle tyres – and of course, no animal skins! Find a list of the company’s Australian stockists here.

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Gifts for the Compassionate Fitness Fanatic

Have people on your list with a passion for fitness? Give them a gift they’ll be sure to use. Just be prepared – they may take even more gym selfies than usual as a result ….

PETA’s Top Pick


Whether your loved ones are trail runners, weightlifters or pavement pounders, Inov-8 has them covered this Christmas. With beautiful designs and the highest-tech design imaginable, Inov-8 shoes cater to all types of conditions and training styles. And you’ve guessed it – they’re vegan and ethically produced. A win for the feet – and animals!

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Compassionate Kids Gifts

We all know how much children naturally gravitate towards animals. Help foster that innate compassion within the kids in your life with one of these thoughtful gifts. Whether you’re “Santa” this year or you’re going for the “Coolest Aunt/Uncle Award”, the little ones in your life are sure to light up when you present them with one of these goodies.

PETA’s Top Pick

Pablo Pigcasso Kids Painting Gift Pack


The wonderful people over at Little Oak Sanctuary have put together this sweet little kids’ pack that’s sure to delight the young animal lovers in your life. Combining crafts with kindness, the pack includes natural paints and hemp flags – plus the honour of sponsoring one of their very cute residents: Pablo Pigcasso. Everything comes in a cute piggy tote bag and will make a truly unique and exciting gift.

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Super-Cute Calendars

It’s a tradition in many families to give calendars as Christmas gifts. Why not help spread the message of kindness to animals for the whole of 2016? These selections are bound to put a smile on everyone’s face for the year to come.

PETA’s Top Pick

PETA 2016 ‘Rescued’ Calendar

PETA’s 2016 calendar features beautiful portraits of animals and the heart-warming story of how each animal was rescued. Each month also includes animal rights–related anniversaries and victories. It’s a great gift for loved ones, co-workers and friends to display at home or at work.

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If all these gifts don’t fill up your list to Santa, there are lots of other ways you can help animals as you celebrate Christmas this year. Remember to send one of our PETA Presents for a quick, easy way to care for animals and spread Christmas cheer. Our fun e-cards can be customised with the details of your loved ones and feature virtual “gifts” that go directly to protecting animals. Why not choose to “save a bunny’s skin” or “save baby seals” – and create a truly meaningful and unique gift experience.

Of course, you can also donate to PETA to help us continue our ongoing important work in ending cruelty towards all animals.

To help save even MORE animals, try vegan this Christmas Day!