Shopping for someone with a limited diet can sometimes be hard, especially if you don’t really know what they like to eat or cook, but we’re here to make things easy. We searched far and wide for the best presents for vegetarians on your gift list and came up with tons of great ideas in several different categories that will have any plant-based eater jumping for joy.
Here are the best gifts for vegetarians.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer 11-in-1 (8 Quart)
Air fryer and pressure cooker
Inner pot is stove- and oven-safe
Only certain parts are dishwasher safe
No matter what your recipient’s dietary preferences, the Instant Pot’s newest model, the Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11-in-1, is a win. Truly a multi-function kitchen appliance, it has all of the standard features—like pressure cook and saute—of the older Instant Pot models with the addition of some brand new functions, like air fry and roast.
The 8-quart model—the most popular size—can cook a meal for up to eight people 70 percent faster, which makes it ideal for dried beans, rice, and lentils. It’s also an excellent option for a vegetarian who likes to meal prep and make some of their dietary staples in bulk.
Price at time of publish: $200
Capacity: 6, 8 quarts | Weight: 22.18 pounds | Dimensions: 14.76 x 13.58 x 15.28 inches
Oxo Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer
Extra-sturdy suction base
Easy and comfortable to use
This spiralizer from Oxo is everything the plant-based foodie in your life needs to create small and large “noodles” and wide ribbons. It’s easy and smooth to use, and the one large suction cup on the bottom that attaches to countertops keeps it in place. The blades, which come in different bright colors to quickly tell them apart, are stored in a separate case, which attaches to the spiralizer for storage. It’s also dishwasher safe.
Price at time of publish: $48
Number of Blades: 3 | Dimensions: 9.75 x 6.25 x 8.25 inches | Weight: 3 pounds
Pellas Nature Infused Olive Oil Set
Infused olive oils are an excellent way to elevate any vegetable-based dish, and this Pellas Natura set comes with four: garlic, red hot pepper, rosemary, and basil. To make each flavor, Cretan olive oil is infused with fresh herbs—you won’t find any flavorings or additives here!—to create bold flavors and rich aromas that are ideal for use as a finishing oil.
To sweeten the deal, the four bottles come in a beautiful wooden box engraved with the Pellas Nature logo, like it’s already wrapped for you.
Price at time of publish: $32
Includes: 4 bottles of olive oil (rosemary, basil, garlic, and red hot pepper)
Stella Falone Reversible Cutting Board
Doubles as a serving platter
Two wood colors (black and brown)
Purchases support planting ebony trees in the Congo
Requires regular oil maintenance
Heavy (9.25 pounds)
When you buy a Stella Falone cutting board, you’re not only giving someone the best (and most beautiful) cutting board they’ll ever receive, you’re also doing your part to make the world a better place. Stella Falone was created by Bob Taylor, the co-founder of Taylor Guitars, when he realized that West African ebony wood deserved a spot in the kitchen, too.
Each completely unique and reversible cutting board has a large surface area that can stand up to heavy-duty chopping and cleaning, while also naturally repelling bacteria. One side of the board has a grooved edge that’s perfect for catching juices from chopping fresh fruits and a carved edge grip that makes for easy handling when you’re working in the kitchen.
Your purchase of a Stella Falone cutting board also helps provide steady jobs with living wages in Cameroon and contributes to ethical harvesting and replanting practices. That’s what we call a win-win.
Price at time of publish: $200
Material: West African ebony wood, African sapele wood | Dimensions: 18 x 11.38 x 1.63 inches
Vejibag Fresh Vegetable Crisper Bags
Machine washable and dryable
There’s nothing worse than opening up your refrigerator to slimy, brown produce that’s gone bad well before its time. Okay, maybe there are worse things, but that’s still pretty annoying.
That’s where the Vejibag Cotton Produce Bags come in. This variety set features three different size bags—standard, large, and extra-large—that are made from cotton and designed to reduce food waste by blocking out air, preserving your vegetables, and keeping them crisp. Say hello to a longer shelf-life and goodbye to unnecessary plastic!
Price at time of publish: $67
Includes: Standard bag, large bag, extra large bag | Dimensions: 11 x 12, 11 x 17, 14 x 17 inches
Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers
Makes an airtight seal
Rings stretch to fit snugly
Can be tricky to fit over produce without squishing
If you’re shopping for a vegetarian who goes through lots of produce but doesn’t always use up the entire fruit or vegetable at once, purchase these Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers. Sticking to the same theme of reducing food waste, these silicone caps wrap around the cut end of fruits and vegetables to block out air, prevent oxidation, and keep food fresher, longer.
Each set comes with five food huggers in various sizes that can fit everything from a bell pepper to a fennel bulb to the end of a banana. You also have several different color options, like blue, green, or purple.
Price at time of publish: $17 for fresh greens
Material: Silicone | Includes: 5 food huggers of various sizes
Aroma Housewares 6-Cup Rice and Grain Cooker
Comes in 3 colors
Rice cooker and food steamer
Rice is a vegetarian diet staple and the Aroma Housewares Rice Cooker makes cooking a big batch of it a breeze (say that three times fast). Equipped with one-touch operation and an automatic “keep warm” function, this rice cooker can cook 2 to 6 cups of any variety of rice perfectly every time.
The two-pot design also allows you to steam vegetables in the top pot while the rice cooks in the pot below, so you can batch cook or make a complete meal with less cleanup.
Price at time of publish: $20
Capacity: 1.5 quarts | Weight: 3.59 pounds | Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.4 x 8.1 inches
Pukka Tea Selection Box
There’s nothing better than giving the gift of relaxation. But since relaxation isn’t actually a tangible item, the Pukka Tea Selection Box is the next best thing. The boxed set includes 45 individually wrapped tea bags in nine different varieties, like Three Ginger, Relax, Nighttime, and Revitalize.
All of the teas are vegetarian, organic, and ethically sourced, and the recyclable packaging comes from renewable resources.
Price at time of publish: $22
Includes: 45 tea bags in 9 flavors (matcha green, turmeric, elderberry and echinacea, lemon, ginger and manuka honey, peppermint and licorice, three ginger, rose, chamomile, and lavender, anise, cardamom, fennel)
Luxiv Herb Scissors and Stripper Set
No-slip silicone handles
Scissors come with a cleaning tool
Herb stripper doubles as a cutter
Scissors may mash wet herbs instead of cutting them
Fresh herbs take any vegetarian dish up a notch or two, but properly stripping them can be a bummer. Instead of forcing your vegetarian friend to resort to dried herbs to solve this problem, gift them this herb and scissors stripper set.
This set comes with multi-blade herb shears that you can use for delicate herbs or more fibrous veggies, like kale, and a nine-hole stainless steel herb stripper tool that makes removing herb leaves from their stem quick and easy, no matter what the size. The stripper tool also has a sharp edge that can be used for delicately mincing herb leaves after they’re removed from the stem.
Price at time of publish: $10
Materials: Stainless steel, silicone, plastic | Includes: Herb scissors, cleaning comb, herb stripper, blade safety cap
Yonanas Classic Soft-Serve Dessert Maker
Easy to use and clean
36 included recipes
Multiple colors available
Requires frozen fruit to thaw for 7-10 minutes
If you’re shopping for a vegetarian ice cream lover who prefers to skip dairy, the Yonanas Classic Soft Serve Machine will rock their world. With this specialized machine, you can instantly turn 100 percent frozen fruit into a soft serve yogurt-like treat that’s free of added sugar, preservatives, and any animal products.
You can even add chocolate or overripe fruit to create different consistencies. Too many bananas turning brown on the counter? Problem solved.
Price at time of publish: $50
Materials: Stainless steel, plastic | Weight: 1.4 pounds | Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.25 x 13.75 inches
Best Vegetarian Cookbook: Love Real Food
Prep times not included
Any vegetarian can appreciate having an arsenal of delicious recipes, and in her book, "Love Real Food," that’s exactly what Kathryne Taylor provides. The 100+ options aren’t just basic recipes that you can easily find on Google, either. Taylor starts with breakfasts like a Mango Lassi Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Coconut Muesli and Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies then moves into drool-worthy main dishes like Tahini Kale Caesar Salad with Whole Grain Croutons and Roasted Cherry Tomato and Brown Rice Risotto.
She also provides some quick cooking and baking tips, along with some simple go-to vegetarian recipes, like guacamole and pesto.
Price at time of publish: $28 for hardcover
Pages: 272 | Published: 2017 | Formats: Hardcover, spiral-bound, e-reader
Dash Deluxe Egg Bite Maker
3 colors available
Quick 10 minute cooking
Includes recipe booklet
The cups are small
The Dash Egg Bite Maker is every busy vegetarian’s dream gift. The multi-function kitchen tool has two heating plates and four mini silicone molds that are expertly designed for making sous vide style egg bites, in any flavor combinations and varieties, at home. In addition to the small molds, it also has a larger mold that can be used to make the perfect size egg for breakfast sandwiches.
It’s also compact and lightweight, clocking in at only 2 pounds, so it doesn’t take up a lot of counter space, or it can easily be picked up and stored out of sight when it’s not in use.
Price at time of publish: $30
Power: 420 watts | Weight: 2.28 pounds | Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 4 inches
Best for Pho Lovers: "Bowl: Vegetarian Recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals"
Diverse and flavor recipes
Includes cooking tips
Focuses on fresh and seasonal ingredients
Many recipes are time-intensive
With pho restaurants popping up everywhere, noodle-based bowls are quickly becoming a vegetarian staple, but eating out can get expensive fast. Luckily, Lukas Volger came up with a solution in his vegetarian cookbook, "Bowl." Not only does he provide numerous recipes for one-dish meals like ramen, pho, and dumplings, but Volger also offers guidance on how to create the perfectly balanced, nutrient-dense bowl.
While the meals are vegetarian, many of the recipes also allow you to easily omit one or two ingredients to turn the dish into a vegan-friendly option, making this a great gift for any kind of plant-based diet.
Price at time of publish: $25 for paperback
Pages: 256 | Published: 2016 | Formats: Paperback, e-reader
Best for New Vegetarians: The Vegetable Butcher
Step-by-step guides on preparing vegetables
Includes 150 original recipes
Covers appetizers, meals, and desserts
Too few photos
Prepping and cooking vegetables seems easy enough, but did you know there’s actually a technique to getting the job done right? In her book, "The Vegetable Butcher," Cara Mangini uses step-by-step photographs to show you how to properly peel a tomato, get to an artichoke heart, and cut cauliflower into steaks. She also provides in-depth instructions for basic vegetable knife skills, like making carrot coins or turning veggies into matchsticks.
After she turns you into a vegetable-cutting pro, Mangini provides cooking tips and several different recipes for more than 150 vegetarian dishes.
Price at time of publish: $25 for hardcover
Pages: 352 | Published: 2016 | Formats: Hardcover, e-reader
Misfits Market Subscription Box
Reduces food waste
No membership fees
Item availability is seasonal
If you’re shopping for a vegetarian who has it all, or you just don’t really know which gift to get, the Misfits Market Subscription Box is the ideal solution. With this subscription service, your recipient will receive a box of “ugly produce”—fruits and vegetables that weren’t pretty enough to hit the grocery store shelves but are perfectly fine as far as taste and food safety go—once every week or every other week. The choice is yours.
The produce is 40 percent cheaper than store prices and you can choose from two boxes: The Mischief, which includes 10 to 13 pounds of fruits and vegetables and feeds two people for a week, or The Madness, which contains 18 to 22 pounds of produce and serves up to five.
Price at time of publish: $30 minimum
Deliveries: Weekly | Price Minimum: $30 | Average Shipping Time: 2-3 days
Stasher 100 Percent Silicone Reusable Food Bag
Safe for microwave, dishwasher, and freezer use
Secure pinch and lock seal
Stylish design and color varieties
On the expensive side
From keeping berries fresh to freezing soups, Stasher bags are a must-have storage item for home cooks. Made from 100 percent platinum silicone, they’re available in various sizes and colors. We like the 7.5 x 7 x 1-inch size, which holds up to 15 fluid ounces. They are safe to use in the microwave, dishwasher, and freezer and can withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees in the oven or boiling water.
Price at time of publish: $13 for the 7.5 x 7 x 1-inch sandwich bag
Material: Platinum silicone | Capacity: 15 ounces | Holds: 24 cupcakes
Mac Knife MTH-80 Professional Hollow Edge Chef’s Knife
Extreme sharpness that lasts
Comfortable, lightweight handle
High-quality, durable craftsmanship
Not dishwasher safe
This Japanese-crafted knife from Mac Knives easily cuts tomatoes without any tearing. It glides through onions, smashes and minces garlic well, and does so much more. Balanced, lightweight and easy to use, it'll quickly become the workhorse of a kitchen. While the knife doesn't come with a sheath and is not dishwasher safe, it is still easy to clean following the care instructions.
Price at time of publish: $130
Blade Length: 8.25 inches | Material: Alloy steel | Handle Length: 4.25 inches | Handle Material: Pakkawood | Weight: 6.75 ounces
Gneiss Spice Á La Carte Spice Kits
Spices are fresh and high quality
Requires some organizational skill
Spices are an often overlooked cooking essential, but this spice collection is a gift that will be appreciated for years to come. The spice jars are available empty with DIY labels or pre-filled with a choice of organic spices. The magnetic jars in a hexagon shape create honeycomb works of art on a fridge, magnetic backsplash, or wall plate (sold separately).
Price at time of publish: $160
Materials: Glass, metal, Neodymium magnet | Dimensions: 1.75 x 1.75 x 2 inches (small jars), 2.5 x 2.5 by 2.5 inches (large jars) | Capacity: 0.25 cups (small jars), 0.5 cups (large jars)
Kosterina Organic Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Beautiful bottle to display
High-quality, organic olive oil
Single use bottle
Requires some organizational skill
A bottle of wine may be the standard hostess gift, but the next time you're heading to a dinner party or backyard barbecue, why not give a bottle of high-quality, organic olive oil instead? We've been big fans of Kosterina's olive oil and chocolate line for years. Its everyday extra virgin olive with a mild, fruity flavor is ideal for everything from cooking, baking, roasting, and grilling. Plus, it comes in a beautiful bottle that will look great displayed on a kitchen counter where it can be in easy reach.
Price at time of publish: $20
Size: 16.9 ounces
Our Place Tagine
Creates great flavor
Expensive if you don’t already have the Always Pan
Tagines, pots with a rounded cone-like top with a wide, shallow circular bottom, have been used in Moroccan cooking since at least the 8th century. The cone-shaped top returns condensed steam to the base. But while they’re most often used for braising and steaming meats, they can be used to create luscious, juicy, tender vegetarian dishes. Our Place’s Tagines come in multiple colors, are handcrafted in Marrakesh, and are designed to work with the Always Pan and Cast Iron Always Pan.
Price at time of publish: $80
Material: Glazed clay | Size: 14.8 x 10.5 x 5.5 inches | Compatible With: Always Pan, Cast Iron Always Pan
Lettuce Grow Farmstand 24-Plant Hydroponic Growing System Kit
Choose from more than 200 organic seedlings
Easy to use
Grow plants year round indoor or outdoor
Pricey compared to others on the market
Hydroponic growing systems are the new must-have item for plant-based eaters. They make it easy to grow various produce at home year-round. Lettuce Grow’s Farmstand, available in multiple sizes, makes growing lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and more than 100 other types of edible plants a snap. After taking a seedling quiz, Lettuce Grow will tailor a mix of veggies, fruits, and herbs organic seedlings, which are then planted in the Farmstand, which requires five minutes of maintenance a week. Note it does take a bit of time to put together the Farmstand, but once it’s all set up, the interactive app will help with growing tips, reminders about when to harvest, and more. Your friends will never run out of lettuce again.
Price at time of publish: $549
Materials: Ocean-bound plastic | Size: 22 x 22 x 58 inches
Jasper Hill Farm Cheese Club
Nice variety of cheeses
Lots of packaging
You can never go wrong with cheese, especially when that cheese is from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, Vermont. The Jasper Hill Farm Cheese Club includes at least three cheeses each month, pairing suggestions and cheese tools. A recent box included a mixed-milk washed-rind Eligo, a wedge of Whitney, and even NY Shuk’s Signature Matbucha Cheeses individually wrapped. We bet they’ll be opened and consumed almost as soon as the box arrives—they’re that good.
Price at time of publish: $110
Includes: At least 3 cheeses, pairing suggestions, cheese tools and other accompaniments
Ooni Fyra 12 Portable Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven
Easy to assemble
Has a bit of a learning curve
In search of the perfect wedding gift? Look no further than the Ooni Pizza Wood Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven. The Ooni pizza oven reaches 950 degrees, the temperature needed for authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza. Pizzas cook in about 60 seconds at that temperature, and the ovens can also be used to cook various other foods, including veggies. Note that it typically takes a few tries to get the hang of it without burning the pizza or squash. They’re also portable so that they can be easily moved.
Price at time of publish: $349
Material: Plastic | Size: 18.9 x 10.24 x 27.17 inches | Fuel Type: Wood pellets
Tofuture Tofu Press
Sturdy, long lasting
Easy to clean
Easy to use
More expensive than others on the market
Making tofu can be messy and time consuming, which is why your tofu-loving friends will adore the TofuExpress Tofu Press. Simply place the tofu block in the press, lock it, and wait. It can also be used to marinate tofu. It’s easy to use, and its thick plastic is durable, with some reviewers reporting they’ve had theirs for over a decade. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Price at time of publish: $28
Materials: Plastic, metal springs | Size: 5.5 x 6.5 x 5.25 inches
Burlap & Barrel Weeknight Collection Spice Collection
Single-origin, traceable spices
Sturdy, glass jars
Sells out quickly
Did you know that most spices are three years old before they even make it to U.S. store shelves? Gift these fresh, single-origin traceable spices from Burlap & Barrel. The six-jar weeknight collection features Bback Urfa chili, cured sumac, purple stripe garlic powder, royal cinnamon, salina crystal salt and za'atar—basically, everything that's needed for grilling veggies, making soups, stews, salad dressings, and more.
Price at time of publish: $28 for 3 jars
Material: Glass jars | Included: 6 assorted spices | Size: 1.8 to 3.0 ounces
What to Look for in a Gift for a Vegetarian
Level of Cooking Expertise
Tailor the gift to the cooking expertise of the recipient. Chances are that a long-term vegetarian or vegan already has a well-equipped kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that an ingenious new gadget that makes frequent cooking tasks easier, or a critically acclaimed new cookbook, isn’t a welcome gift. For novice cooks, basic tools and versatile equipment that can be used to prepare many different types of dishes are the most useful. Vegetarian cookbooks are also a great inspiration for beginners.
Single or Family
For people who live alone, food waste is often an issue. That’s when special containers or bags that keep produce and other foods fresh for longer come in handy. For singles, choose gadgets that let them prepare small batches. For busy families, especially on weeknights, meal prep must be quick and easy. Any kitchen gadget or tool that makes life simpler and can accommodate family-size vegetarian meals is worth a closer look.
Food or Nonfood
You cannot go wrong with food gifts, whether it’s a special olive oil, vinegar, an assortment of spices or teas, or a gift subscription to a veggie box or a CSA. Find out about the recipient’s taste and consider the shelf life of perishable items. For someone who travels a lot for business, a shelf-stable food gift might be better than an assortment of artisan cheeses.
Gifts that do good for the planet are right down a vegetarian or vegan’s alley. Even if someone already has a fully equipped kitchen, a gift from a sustainable, renewable material, and where the proceeds benefit a social or environmental good cause, is always welcome.
Gadgets and cookbooks for the recipients’ favorite international cuisine make thoughtful gifts. For fans of Asian cuisines, that might be a rice cooker, or for lovers of Italian food, that could be a pasta maker. Among the many new international cuisine cookbooks published each year are an increasing number that focus on vegetarian recipes.
What can you send to a vegetarian?
Depending on how well-equipped the person’s kitchen is, there are plenty of gadgets and tools for prepping vegetables, fruits, grains, and spices. And there are many fabulous vegetarian cookbooks. Or you can give an edible gift. You can choose from lots of sweet and savory vegetarian options: jam, candy, chocolate, chutney, condiments, and more.
What should I get my vegan partner?
Virtually anything they could use in her kitchen: gadgets, tools, or utensils, or a vegan cookbook. For foods or disposables such as hand cream or hand soap, anything plant-based and free of animal products that has not been tested on animals qualifies as a vegan gift.
What would a vegan like for Christmas?
Vegan chocolate and candy, cookies, nuts, and other vegan treats, as well as savory vegan snacks make great stocking stuffers. A tea or coffee gift box or a bottle of wine or liquor also makes a good vegan gift. Just make sure to confirm that they actually don't contain any animal products by checking the label or looking for "vegan" on the label.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Lindsay Boyers is a certified holistic nutritionist with extensive nutrition knowledge and food and beverage-testing experience. She’s developed over 1,000 original recipes and is constantly on a mission to find the healthiest, best-tasting options across all food and drink categories and the best tools and appliances to make life easier in the kitchen.
Allison Wignall, who updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. She’s always in the kitchen trying to recreate recipes from around the world. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.
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