The 29 Best Vegan Gifts in 2021 – Vegan-Friendly Gifts – Runner’s World

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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.

1Best for Coconut Water Lovers

ROAR Organics Hydration Drinks Variety Pack

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.

2Best 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.

3Best 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.

4Best 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.

5Best for New Vegans

‘Vegan for Everybody’ Cookbook

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.

6Best Cruelty-Free Sunscreen

Goddess Garden SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

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 80 minutes.

7Best 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.

8Best Sustained Energy for Long Runs

Clif Shot Bloks Black Cherry Box

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.

9Simple, 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.

10Best 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.

11Best On-the-Go Nutrition

Huma Chia Energy Gel Variety Pack

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.

12Best 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.

13For the Chocoholic Athlete

SKRATCH LABS Vegan Sport Chocolate Recovery Drink

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.

14Best for Vegan Athletes

‘The No Meat Athlete’ by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine

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.

15Durable, Non-Leather Running Shoe

Saucony Ride 14

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.

16The 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.

17For Running and Cooking Inspiration

‘Eat and Run’ by Scott Jurek

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.

18For the Kitchen DIY-er

BELLA Personal Size Rocket Blender

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.

19For 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.

20Best Natural Deodorant

Each & Every Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant

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.

21Best 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.

22For 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.

23For 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.

24Best Vegan Energy Bar

Bearded Brothers Vegan Organic Energy Bar Variety Pack

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.

25The 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.

26Banish 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.

27Best 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.

28For *FancyInstant 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.

29Best 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. 

Maggie Slepian
Maggie Slepian is a full-time freelance writer in the outdoor industry and has tested gear professionally for almost ten years—she is an avid backpacker, trail runner, bikepacker, and horseback rider and has thru-hiked thousands of miles on the Appalachian, Colorado, and Ouachita trails, along with backcountry travel on terrain including coastal trails, the desert, and high alpine peaks.

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