With the holidays right around the corner – and for some, already well upon us – ‘tis the season to find the perfect presents for the dearest friends and family in your life. While traditional festivities may include numerous meat dishes and animal-derived products, many people are choosing to celebrate the holidays a little differently in the 21st century: the vegan way.
Though a cruelty-free Christmas may sound simple enough, finding the right gift for a beauty-loving vegan acquaintance can pose more of a challenge than it may first appear. Here we explore the dos and don’ts of finding the best vegan beauty gifts for this holiday season.
DO… Check out subscription boxes.
The gift that keeps on giving. As cruelty-free cosmetics become more and more mainstream, a number of luxurious vegan beauty boxes have popped up in tandem, and will be sure to keep your friends and family’s thirst for new products quenched all year round.
DON’T…. Forget to check the label carefully.
While many products may say ‘cruelty free’ at first glance, this only means that the cosmetics weren’t tested on animals. Look for the word ‘vegan’ instead – while all vegan products are cruelty-free, not all cruelty-free products are vegan!
DO… Go for glam.
Though the public perception of veganism is often synonymous with a laid back look, the holidays are the time to turn up the drama with makeup – especially with NYE right around the corner! Rather than go for the standard brown and beige tones, search for a bold colored lipstick or glittering eyeshadow instead to amp up the heat.
DON’T…. Just grab anything vegan.
As pure as your intentions may be, every beauty product has a different place in a seasonal skincare routine. Think you majorly scored by finding an on-sale vegan after sun lotion? Think again; it’ll likely sit unused and unopened in a cabinet for the next year
and a half, if not entirely forgotten. Try to keep things relevant and usable in the present day and you’ll be good to go.
And above all – don’t be afraid to ask for help! Any fellow vegan or beauty lover will be thrilled to aid you in your quest to find the perfect present for your loved ones. So without further ado, happy holidays and best of luck gift hunting from us to you!
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Mary Schreiber Swenson, PhD
My Med Choices | Vegan Skin Clinic
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