Diwali is just around the corner, and you know what that means: sweets and presents! Check out the animal-friendly gift and celebration ideas below that will delight everyone on your list. They’re perfect for Diwali or any time other of the year.
Get personal: Personalise your Diwali wishes with a handmade card, or send PETA India’s super-cute animal-friendly e-card.
A scentsational gift: Bring a smile to a special someone’s face with OMVED‘s handcrafted vegan soaps (blended with pure essential oils), soy candles, aromatic massage oils, and other indulgent spa-worthy treats. Aromatic body oils, hair oils, and more from RAS Luxury Oils will help create a festive look. And check out cruelty-free body washes, lotions, and other products from Plum Goodness and other companies on this Beauty Without Bunnies list.
Diva-Worthy Diyas and Noiseless Crackers: A hand-spun, hand-painted diya will light up anyone’s life. Look for beeswax-free diyas in a variety of shapes and vivid colours at your local market or online. The Kanpur-based company Kanpur FlowerCycling Pvt Ltd, which makes biodegradable animal-free leather from discarded temple flowers, has some wonderful fragrant Diwali gift options. Its noiseless crackers bloom rather than bursting.
Personal-care items: You can never go wrong with a nice basket of personal-care products! Some of our favourite cruelty-free beauty brands are The Nature’s Co, Plum Goodness, Bare Anatomy, mCaffeine, FAE Beauty, and Disguise Cosmetics.
Bags and Wallets: Need to keep track of loose change, gift cards, or keys? Pick up faux-leather wallets, purses, vegan bags from Baggit, BrokeMate, Zouk, Qisa by Lavie, or Moon Rabbit. Cruelty-free fashion never goes out of style.
A sweet treat:No Diwali celebration would be complete without yummy vegan sweets. We love the ones from Vijay Sweets, whose Iron Man Laddoo was awarded Best Vegan Mithai in PETA India’s Vegan Food Awards 2020, and the company ships across India. Or choose from a drool-worthy variety of vegan Indian sweets from Yogisattva, delivered in Mumbai only. Be sure to check out Sofit soy milk in a variety of yummy flavours, including chocolate and kesar pista, and Goodmylk’s yummy non-dairy milk options to use in making desserts. Emkay’s and LiveYum’s vegan ghees are perfect for making your sweet and savoury dishes even more delicious. Mouth-watering vegan ice cream flavours are available from WhiteCub, Papacream which was a winner in the PETA India 2019 Vegan Food Awards, and NOTO.
Don’t forget to check out these recipes for delicious vegan Diwali sweets.
Here’s a bonus recipe to get you started.