As we embark on Lockdown 2.0 and see restaurants and shops close across the country, we look at how you can support small businesses at a time when they need us most; in the run up to Christmas. Whilst many of their doors might be closed, their online shops are open and gift vouchers available to purchase for friends and family who love the vegan, ethical, sustainable way of life. From vegan cheese to minimalist jewellery, small-run clothing collections to ice-cream at your door, we’ve shared the very best gift cards the internet has to offer.
Food & wine
The Vegan Kind Supermarket stock over 5,000 vegan and cruelty free products that would normally be found in any supermarket – the difference is they’ve done all the ingredient list checking for you, so all you need to do is add them to your basket and checkout. Gift cards available £10-£100, but cannot be used for their subscription boxes.
Vegan Wine Box offer cases and subscriptions of red, white and rosé wine, as well as Prosecco and sparkling wines. Treat a wine connoisseur to a gift card and let them taste their way through their vegan and ethically sourced selection. Gift cards available £25-£100.
Ethical Superstore set out to make ethical shopping simple. From clothing to homeware, cleaning products to cupboard essentials, every item is tagged according to 13 key ethics, including vegan, gluten free, fairtrade and palm oil free status. Gift cards available £10-£50.
Sweet Yourself are everything we need and more over lockdown. 100% vegan pick and mix, bon bons, marshmallows, cola bottles, sour dummies, candy bracelets, cookies and cream fudge and everything sugary in between. Gift cards available £15-£40.
The Kind Store have designed a website that makes ethical and sustainable gift-giving effortless. Pick up everything you need for newborns, beauty lovers and chocolate addicts, as well as those who want to give the sustainable, re-usable life a try. Gift cards available £10-£100.
Immaculate Vegan are experts in vegan luxury. From handbags to shoes, bags to beauty, there’s so much choice that a gift card will give your favourite cruelty-free friend the freedom to spend hours browsing the website. Which they no doubt will, like us. Gift cards available £25-£300.
Rêve En Vert are a natural, sustainable and ethical online retailer. With a focus on luxury, you can shop mens and womenswear, beauty, baby essentials, home and more. Their Editorial section is well worth a read, too. Gift cards available £50-£300.
Will’s Vegan Shoes have everything from glam heels to walking boots that will get you through the muddiest puddles – they even sell grocery boxes, too. eVouchers available £10-£100 (although there is the option to enter £1,000,000).
People Tree have been flying the fairtrade fashion flag for almost thirty years. From organic cotton jeans to organic fairtrade cotton nightwear, fans of sustainable style will find everything they need in one place. People Tree have recently collaborated with some great brands, too – like the V&A Museum and Moomins. Gift cards available £10-£100.
Beyond Skin have been designing luxury footwear for almost 20 years. From stilettos to knee high boots, wedding shoes to loafers, their women’s shoes are designed in England and handcrafted in Spain using luxury Italian fabrics. Gift cards available through their online form.
Matt & Nat began as a vegan leather handbag and accessory brand 25 years ago. Now you can find shoes, coats – even dog collars! They offer products for both men and women that are made from sustainable materials, including bag linings made from recycled plastic bottles. Gift cards available £50-£1,000.
Oh My Clumsy Heart create beautiful minimalist jewellery that’s made to last, both through design and responsibly-sourced materials. You can shop necklaces, earrings and rings in sterling silver and gold-fill on their website, and read about shop owner Sophie’s passion for simple, sustainable living and plants. Gift cards available £10-£100.
Know The Origin was born when founder Charlotte watched the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh crumble in 2013, taking with it the lives of 1,100 garment workers. Charlotte was studying at the London College of Fashion at the time, and questioned whether she wanted to become part of the problem – sourcing materials or a production chain from another factory on the brink of collapse, housing workers used for cheap labour. Instead, she built a new system; one that empowers workers and livelihoods, builds communities and lifts people from poverty. Know The Origin is a place to shop for clothing and homeware with a clear conscience. Gift cards available in both digital and physical formats, £15-£150.
RIKYA are a husband and wife duo who design their limited run collections in London and produce them in Bulgaria. They use end of roll organic, fair-trade, British made or reclaimed fabrics, their studio waste is recycled and their fabric waste is up-cycled to minimise their impact on the environment. Gift cards available £50-£200.
ILK + ERNIE travel to India every season to purchase dead stock – fabric that’s wasted by fast fashion brands in huge quantities, destined for landfill. They purchase, recycle and re-use the fabric, saving on greenhouse emissions and the millions of litres of water used to produce fabrics worldwide every year, and anything leftover from their own collections is distributed to homeless children in Delhi. Gift cards available £10-£100.
COSSAC‘s ethos ‘Considered Comfort’ is one of simplicity; a multi-functional, transitional and transeasonal collection of pieces that make dressing simple, special and comfortable. Wrap blouses, jackets and jumpsuits are made from soft woven tencel, timeless coats are made from deadstock materials and vegan knitwear gives the illusion of chunky wool jumpers. Gift cards available £50-£200.
Mayamiko make each piece of their jewellery using traditional African techniques and locally sourced fabrics – or ‘chitenje’. Both their jewellery and clothing collections range from simple to statement, making a gift card ideal if you’re not sure what to pick for someone. Gift cards available £10-£100.
Eden Perfumes match almost any perfume with a cruelty-free, ethically sourced, vegan alternative. Simply search for your favourite perfume on their website and a fragrance will be matched, including reviews from customers to back up their claims. With seven years experience and prices starting at £18 for 30ml, you can trust Eden Perfumes to help you on your cruelty-free beauty journey. Gift cards available £18-£144.
Lush may have had to close their stores in England over lockdown (stores in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are currently open), but their website remains open for business. Some stores are offering click-and-collect on small orders, and telephone consultations are available. Give the gift of (mostly) vegan and cruelty-free beauty this year – who can resist Snow Fairy at Christmas! Gift cards available £5-£100.
Floral Street are inspired by London, and translate this into a range of vegan and cruelty free perfumes, body washes, body creams, candles, diffusers and scented notelets. Whilst currently closed, their flagship Covent Garden shop is normally filled with flowers and their staff – or Floralistas – are experts in fragrance. You can even attend their Scent School to learn a thing or two yourself once the store has re-opened. Gift cards available £10-£150.
The Vegan Kind aren’t just about sweet and savoury snacks and a fully stocked vegan supermarket. They also have a bimonthly Beauty Box, full of vegan and cruelty free beauty products from make-up to cleanser, perfume to moisturiser. Subscriptions start at a single box.
These are just a small handful of restaurants. Please search for your local vegan and vegetarian restaurant and if you can, buy gift vouchers, take away boxes and meal kits to support them during this difficult time.
The Vurger Co will be open for takeaway over lockdown so you can use your gift cards, which are only redeemable in store (not online) if you’re happy to – or you can save them once the restrictions have been lifted. Find them in London and Brighton serving a new plant based ‘chicken’ menu including crispy dippers, shroom dippers and Buffalo Vurger, dripping in baconnaise. E-Gift Cards available £10-£50.
Club Mexicana have been spicing up the vegan scene for a few years with their burritos stuffed with ‘chorizo’, scrambled ‘eggs’, tempeh ‘bacon’, triple fried potatoes, black beans, queso, guacamole, salsa, slaw, pink onions, chive aioli and hot sauce, beer battered to-fish tacos and loaded guac dogs. Now you can enjoy their taco kits and loaded nachos at home over lockdown. Gift vouchers available from £5.
Gauthier have been perfecting their first class plant-based dining experience in Soho since 1997. Whilst they’ll be closed over lockdown, it’ll be worth the wait to support the restaurant when you can enjoy their vegan tasting menu or private dining experience. For now though, they have a Cook at Home vegan box. Gilt embossed gift cards are redeemable against numerous menus and dining experiences, £50-£600.
Terre à Terre have been in Brighton for almost 30 years, are noted annually in the Observer Food Monthly Awards, and in 2018 were listed in The Times Britains 20 Best Vegetarian Restaurants. They serve inspiring vegan and vegetarian food, including ‘KFC’ (Korean Fried Cauliflower!), a huge potato, onion and garlic rosti piled with smoked tofu, buttered spinach and cream, garlic, parsley and nutmeg, and their must-order churros. Gift vouchers available £15-£100.
Mildreds have four restaurants across London serving breakfast, brunch and all-day menus. Everything on the menu is vegan unless marked otherwise, so enjoy crispy oyster mushrooms with gochujang mayo, buttermilk chick’n burgers, ‘meatballs’ with pappardelle in pomodoro sauce and pumpkin spice sticky toffee pudding. Gift vouchers available £5-£100.
Flow have been serving vegan and vegetarian dishes in Bristol since 2016 using foraged and locally produced ingredients, including from their own allotment. Their evening service includes borage fritters with gooseberry cucumber salsa, salt beets with sorrel sponge, fermented berries, fennel seed crumble and purple beans, and cacao nib cake with raspberry, honey comb, crystallised chocolate and rum mousse. Gift vouchers available £25-£100.
Purezza are famous for their award-winning vegan pizza, regularly beating pizzerias across the country at their cheese game. Whilst their Brighton, Hove, London and Bristol restaurants will be closed over lockdown, they are open for delivery and collection, serving wholegrain sourdough pizzas topped with their homemade vegan cheese (gluten free bases available). Pizzas include The One With The Truffle (black truffle base with mozzarella, wood smoked tofu and mixed wild forest mushrooms) and The One With The Potatoes (white base with smoked mozzarella, roasted aubergine, oven baked potatoes, basil leaves and shaved seitan, topped with garlic mayo). Gift vouchers available £10-£50.
Chin Chin make ice-cream with liquid nitrogen, and that’s just the beginning of every dessert lovers dream. They pile it up with cookie dough, turn it into stick toffee pudding sundaes and serve it with griddled white chocolate and marshmallow fluff, to name just a few menu combinations. It’s not all vegan, but their vegan options will put an uncontrollable smile on your face, and now they’ve started delivering straight to your door – including their vegan options: Pandan, Pistachio & Smoked Salt and Mango Lassi (gluten free). Or you could go for their griddled cookie starter kit and make their famously gooey dessert yourself. They’re also selling their hot chocolate starter kit, bags of strawberry chocolate and pistachio and cardamom powder. Gift vouchers available £10-£20.
We’d love to hear where you buy your favourite vegan gift cards from. Share your recommendations in the comments.