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The 29 Best Vegan Gifts for the Active Person in Your Life

From plant-based cookbooks to vegan energy bars and everything in between.

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It can be tough to sift through the endless offerings of runner-friendly gifts to find something suitable for your vegan friend, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve rounded up a wide variety of organic, plant-based, and sustainable products (sometimes all three!) to narrow the search down.

None of these gift ideas include animal products, and many are made with recycled materials and certified cruelty-free. Whether you’re on a budget, looking for the best runner-friendly fuel, or just searching for a new idea, you’ll find it here.

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Best for Vegan Athletes
‘The No Meat Athlete’ by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine
The Experiment
Now 15% off

Targeted directly towards plant-based athletes, this cookbook has over 100 meals and blended drinks, all plant-based and focused on sustained energy and fast recovery. These recipes are based on whole foods and will take cooks from breakfast, to dinner, to desserts.

Best Foods for Van-Life Vegans
Good to-Go Vegan Food Kit

A pre-packaged, vegan-friendly dehydrated meal kit? Yes please. These delicious, all-natural meals are prepared right in Maine and every ingredient is totally pronounceable. The meals range from rich and hearty pasta with marinara to a light, flavorful kale and white bean stew. Keep a pack in the van, boil some water, and you’re good to go.

The Gift That Keeps Giving
Urthbox Subscription

Subscription boxes are a brilliant way to give a gift year round and help someone discover something new. Urthbox has a few different box options, including a vegan subscription that includes dozens of varieties of plant-based, all-natural snacks and beverages delivered right to their door.

For the Year-Round Gardener
Vegebox Hydroponics Growing System

No matter what the weather is doing outside, this compact hydroponic growing system will produce fresh herbs year-round, right in the kitchen. Less messy with no soil, this system has its own LED lighting system to keep the plants happy and healthy. It comes with nine different plant pods for a variety of herbs and greens, all growing up to 50% faster than plants grown in soil.

For the Too-Busy-to-Cook Friend
Purple Carrot Vegan Meal Delivery

Who wouldn’t want to be gifted a meal delivery service? Purple Carrot has a wide variety of healthy vegan meals and side dishes, perfect for busy people who still want the option of healthy, homemade meals. Meal kits have the added benefit of helping inspire future meals and cooking techniques to expand plant-based meal options even more.

Best for New Vegans
‘Vegan for Everybody’ Cookbook
America's Test Kitchen
Now 42% off

Take the guesswork out of vegan cooking with this beautiful, instructional cookbook. This cookbook gets plant-based cooks out of a rut, helping create flavorful, healthy meals along with the basics of vegan cooking to create a foundation for future experimentation. This book is from the folks at America’s Test Kitchen, so you know they’ve got it down.

Best for the Salty On-the-Go Runner
Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Jerky

Sometimes you’ve just had enough sweet, right? Bring in the plant-based jerky. Gardein has created a chewy, satisfying plant-based “jerky” to satisfy those particular cravings, made with soy proteins and vital wheat glutens, smoked and pressed for the texture and density of a meat-based snack. 

Best Vegan Energy Bar
Bearded Brothers Vegan Organic Energy Bar Variety Pack
Bearded Brothers

Simple ingredients come together with unique flavors like Raspberry Lemon, Maca Chocolate, and Coconut Mango in these vegan, non-GMO bars. These bars are made right in Austin with organic fruits, nuts, and seeds, with no added oils or unpronounceable fillers. These bars are also certified kosher, gluten-free, and soy-free.

Best for Synthetic Layering
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Synthetic fills have been catching up to down insulation for warmth-to-weight ratio, and this synthetic puffy from Patagonia is no exception. This jacket stays warm even if it gets damp, and is a great layer to stash in a pack for long hikes. It’s packed with 60 grams of PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco, which is made with 55% post-consumer recycled content.

Best On-the-Go Nutrition
Huma Chia Energy Gel Variety Pack
Huma Gel

These energy-packed gels are some of the most natural on the market. These are made with fruit puree, brown rice syrup, and powdered chia seeds, and are vegan and gluten-free. Each gel has around 100 calories, and the nutrients are balanced for the most efficient carb uptake.

For the Kitchen DIY-er
BELLA Personal Size Rocket Blender
Now 10% off

Make food prep a breeze with this handy little blender. This is the perfect size for small kitchens, but is still powerful enough to blend nut butters and make fast work of smoothie ingredients. It has a 285-watt power base with a steel blending blade for softer foods and a grinding blade to blend dry foods.

Best Sustained Energy for Long Runs
Clif Shot Bloks Black Cherry Box
Now 16% off

Not all energy chews are vegan, but these lightly caffeinated ones from Clif are made with plant-based ingredients, including organic tapioca syrup. Each cube is 33 calories and easy to eat and digest, perfect for long runs where portable, sustained fuel is key to not bonking.

For Running and Cooking Inspiration
‘Eat and Run’ by Scott Jurek
Mariner Books
Now 30% off

Scott Jurek is one of the most decorated endurance athletes of all time. In his book Eat and Run, he chronicles his rise to ultrarunning success at the same time as he imparts wisdom and recipes from his own nutrition journey. This book is an autobiography, but it’s also packed with delicious vegan recipes and food strategies he’s developed over the past decade.

Banish Dry, Chapped Lips
Hurraw! 3-Pack Bundle

A three-pack might not be enough, as it’s easy to want one of these lip balms in every jacket pocket. Made with a soothing, moisturizing blend of organic, cold-pressed extracted nut oils, seed oils, and butters, these balms protect from the elements while healing cracked, chapped lips.

Best for Strong-Coffee Lovers
CS Coffee Instant Coffee

We love the bold roast and decidedly non-instant-coffee flavor of this family-owned brand. Each packet makes a strong 20 ounces of coffee, and the beans are carefully selected from small, sustainable family farms. Even better, this coffee is packaged by an organization that employs disabled workers at a fair wage.

Best for Sustainably Minded Runners
Allbirds Tree Runners

These casual running-style shoes are made from renewable materials and are machine-washable. With an upper made from eucalyptus tree fiber and a midsole made from carbon-negative green EVA foam, these shoes are top-to-bottom sustainable and durable, so you don’t have to worry about adding to the waste stream.

Simple, pronounceable Ingredients
Larabar Variety Pack

These bars have a combination base of dates, nuts, and dried fruit for delicious flavors like Blueberry Muffin, Cherry Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, and more. Each bar has just a handful of all-natural, vegan, gluten-free ingredients and packs a powerful punch of flavor, nutrients, and fiber.

Best Natural Deodorant
Each & Every Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Each & Every

Keep the fake ingredients away from the skin with this aluminum-free, vegan, cruelty-free deodorant. Made with just six ingredients, a blend of essential oils, and sea salt, this long-lasting deodorant has a clean scent and won’t irritate skin. Plus, the packaging is recyclable and made from sugarcane, a carbon-negative, renewable resource.

Best Sustainably Sourced Sunglasses
Sunski Headland Recycled Sunglasses

These polarized sunglasses are made from recycled polycarbonate plastic, and the company donates 1% of sales to environmental nonprofits each year. Their boxes and packaging are entirely plastic-free, and the company has options for replacing scratched lenses to avoid tossing the sunglasses.

Best Non-Merino Mid Layer
Brooks Dash Half-Zip Running Shirt

If you’re going for synthetic over merino, you can’t beat this lightweight, functional, sweat-wicking midlayer. Ideal for running in cooler temperatures, this shirt zips up for draft protection and is built for unrestricted movement. It’s made with 88% polyester and 12% spandex, and has a UPF rating of 45 to shield against sun rays and reflection on the snow.

Best Take-Everywhere Hydration
Nuun Holiday Hydration Wellness Three-Pack

Nuun’s crowd-pleasing, lightly fizzed hydration tabs come in a fun variety of holiday-themed packs. We’re fans of the the Wellness Bundle, but you can choose from energizing blends or special vitamin-packed blends as well. NUUN is made with all-natural ingredients, and delivers a powerful hit of electrolytes for workout recovery and general wellness.

Best Cruelty-Free Sunscreen
Goddess Garden SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
goddess garden

This cruelty-free mineral sunscreen is made with organic, plant-based ingredients that help keep your skin moisturized. There are no harsh chemicals, and it’s certified vegan and reef-safe. It works even on the most sensitive skin, and stays water resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Best for Coconut Water Lovers
ROAR Organics Hydration Drinks Variety Pack
Roar Organic

These lightly flavored drinks are coconut-water based and have no more than three grams of sugar per bottle. They’re packed with electrolytes, antioxidants, and vitamins to help athletes replace key nutrients lost through sweat, and with flavors like cucumber-watermelon and blueberry-açai, they taste great too.

For *Fancy* Instant Coffee
Alpine Start Dirty Chai Latte

Who says instant lattes have to have dairy? These portable, tasty concoctions from Alpine Start combine chai spices, black tea, soy milk, and instant coffee for a rich, spicy chai latte. We love the combination of flavors and the dairy-free ingredients that mix instantly in hot water without clumping, blending together in a creamy consistency.

Best Protein Shake for Berry Lovers
Vega Protein and Greens Berry Vegan Protein Powder

Bulk up the protein intake with the added vegetables in this vegan protein powder. The berry flavor is sweetened with stevia and has 20 grams of vegan protein from brown rice and pea protein that includes all nine essential amino acids. This blend also includes kale, broccoli, and spinach and is non-GMO and gluten-/lactose-free.

For the Chocoholic Athlete
SKRATCH LABS Vegan Sport Chocolate Recovery Drink
Skratch Labs

Come for the chocolate taste, stay for the refueling and recovery benefits of this protein-packed, vegan drink mix. This drink has a 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio that helps muscles recover faster than just protein, and has 10 grams of pea and rice protein per serving for full plant-based nutrients and ingredients.

Durable, Non-Leather Running Shoe
Saucony Ride 14
Now 33% off

The Saucony Ride 14 is made from all man-made materials, so no leather products here. These are a well cushioned shoe that protects during long runs without sacrificing responsiveness. 

The shoes have a combination mesh upper, which is lightweight and breathable while still providing support around the foot. As a bonus, they come in fun, holiday-themed colors like deep greens and oranges.

The Go-Everywhere Sandal
Chaco Z/Cloud X Sandals

Chacos are the footwear that can go anywhere, do pretty much anything, and everyone should own a pair. Made with entirely man-made materials, these non-leather sandals are prime for hiking or walking around town, with a super grippy outsole, adjustable webbing, and an antimicrobial treatment to keep them odor-free.

For the Conscientious-Stretching Enthusiast
SUGA Recycled Wetsuit Yoga Mat

Every runner knows the benefits of a good stretching and / or yoga routine, and this super grippy, unique yoga mat closes the loop on material sourcing. This 5mm yoga mat is made in the U.S. out of entirely recycled wetsuits. They’re locally sourced and made, and have a yoga-friendly construction with a focus on elasticity, durability, and grippiness.

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