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12 Super Gifts for Vegans Who Love To Cook

Updated on August 21, 2015

Gifts Vegan Cooks Deserve

If you're looking for gifts for vegans who love to cook ...

Then, you'll not only find ideas for gifts, but some of the reasons WHY they would be great for vegan home chefs (or any health-conscious cook).

From things that cook, steam and bake . . . to slicers and dicers and cooking how-to's . . . you're sure to find a very special something for the vegan cook on your gift list. ~ Happy Gift-Giving!

12 Gifts Vegan Cooks Can Appreciate

#1: Rice Cooker & Steamer Combo - A Double-Duty Time-Saver

Vegan Chimichurri Rice - Photo used under Creative Commons from: dr.coop, on Flickr

A rice cooker would make a great gift for a vegan who doesn't already have one.

For instance, an Argentinian chimichurri sauce made from fresh cilantro, oregano, garlic, onion, olive oil and lime juice is great on vegetables but also makes a great dish tossed in cooked rice. This is just one of hundreds of ways you can spice up a rice dish.

What's more, this digital rice cooker flawlessly prepares up to 16 cooked cups of any type of rice and will simultaneously steam vegetables, too. How hot is that?

Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup (Uncooked), 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White
Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup (Uncooked), 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White

This particular model allows your to prepare entire meals, large or small, in one easy step. It has a cool-touch exterior and an easy-to-use, programmable control panel that includes functions such as automatic warming and delay timer. The removable inner cooking pot is nonstick for easy serving and cleanup. Includes measuring cup, steam tray and serving spatula.

 

#2: Food Dehydrator - Nutrient-Rich Veggie & Fruit Snack Making

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Christaface, on Flickr

A food dehydrator helps you naturally preserve fresh veggies and fruits to be added to a wide range of vegan recipes.

And for super wholesome, nutrient-rich snacks: from fruit leathers to kale or zucchini chips . . . you simply can't go wrong with this counter-top appliance.

Here's a very popular food dehydrator at an affordable price . . . that would make a wonderful gift.

Nesco FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator
Nesco FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

The converge-flow drying system ensures even drying, so there's no need to rotate trays. And with 700-watts of power, food dries in hours, not days. Includes five trays but expands to 12 trays with add-a-tray accessories (sold separately). Also includes fruit roll up sheet, clean-a-screen. Contemporary granite vita-save exterior blocks light and helps retain more vitamins and nutrients.

 

#3: Bread Maker - Bread-Making Made So Much Easier

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Bacon And Tofu, on Flickr

Even those who love to bake "from scratch" can see the benefit in having a bread machine . . . easily making all sorts of bread goods (from ciabattas and challahs to pizza dough and panettones plus more) . . . leaving lots of time to indulge in other culinary endeavors.

If you need help choosing the best bread maker, this article: "Home Bread machines: How To Choose The Best Bread Maker For You!" is really helpful.

In the meantime, check out this model. It's popular, modestly-priced and best of all, easy to use:

Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, White
Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker, White

Make delicious bread at home with the Sunbeam 5891 Programmable Breadmaker. With twelve different cooking functions, you can make any type of bread with just the touch of a button. Also features the ExpressBake Breadmaker Cycle, which bakes bread in under one hour. The non-stick, removable baking pan and easy-clean touch control panel make clean-up simple.

 

#4: Slicing & Dicing Kitchen Helpers - Quick, Uniform Slicing

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Food Fanatic, on Flickr

Slice, julienne or spiral-cut firm fruits, veggies and potatoes for beautifully presented raw and cooked dishes.

Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer Technical Specification Warranty & Support Feedback
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer Technical Specification Warranty & Support Feedback

Great for making fancy spiral vegetable garnishes for salads as well as making curly fries from potatoes, the easy-to-use and comes with three sets of interchangeable blades. Just place your fruit or vegetable onto the prongs and turn the while pushing base toward the blade to make continuous spiral strands.

 
Progressive International HGT-11 Folding Mandoline Slicer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Progressive International HGT-11 Folding Mandoline Slicer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

This folding mandoline allows one to slice, julienne, and garnish fruit and vegetables with one tool. It includes 3 double-sided cutting blades for 6 different cutting options; ideal for making French fries or shoestring potatoes; features a comfort grip handle, finger guard for safety, and non-skid base and ridges for stability.

 
Microplane 34007 Kitchen Cut-Protection Glove
Microplane 34007 Kitchen Cut-Protection Glove

Make sure to stay safe and protected while using slicers, graters, peelers and zesters. Glove is made of cut-resistant fibers, yet is stretchable, lightweight, and breathable; comes in one size, and fits right or left hand; machine washable (but drip-dry).

 

#5: Tofu Press - Simple All-In-One Pressing & Marinating

Photo used under Creative Commons from: sierravalleygirl, on Flickr

No more balancing books (or cans) on top of plates, on top of tofu in order to press out the excess moisture.

Toweling off and "pressing tofu" before marinating and cooking is a must if you want to ensure a flavorful dish. An avid vegan cook may appreciate this very handy food press which can be used for tofu, vegetables and more . . .

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EZ Tofu Press - Removes Water from Tofu for Better Flavor and Texture.
EZ Tofu Press - Removes Water from Tofu for Better Flavor and Texture.

Efficiently removes water from tofu to change its texture and allow for a much better marination process. This gizmo is equally effective in pressing liquid out of vegetables such as eggplant slices or thawed chopped spinach. Converts into a marinating dish when needed and all the parts fit together for convenient storage.

 

#6: Sushi Making Kit - "Rolling" Made Easy

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Mad Tofu, on Flickr

Oddly enough, a lot of folks only think of raw fish . . . but the term sushi actually refers to vinegared cooked rice served with a garnish of veggies, seaweed, egg or seafood. Vegan sushi rolls can include a host of veggies, even tofu. Ever had a sweet potato roll? You don't know what you are missing!

This sushi making kit comes with all the tools (including sushi mat) and seasonings you need to get started. All you provide are the fresh ingredients for filling, such as: avocado, fresh cucumber, carrots . . . whatever suits your fancy!

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Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit
Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit

Comes with: Bamboo Rolling Mat; Rice Paddle; Premium Nori (Toasted Seaweed) Sheets; Japanese Rice Vinegar and Sushi Vinegar; Japanese Dark Soy Sauce; Japanese-style Short-Grain Rice; pickled ginger, wasabi and cookbook.

 

#7: Soy & Nut Milk Maker - Fresh, All Natural Non-Dairy "Milk-Making

Photo used under Creative Commons from: tofutti break, on Flickr

"Milks" for cereal . . . for baking . . . for delicious shakes, frozen desserts or drinking straight-up . . .

This easy-to-use counter-top appliance has the capability of making wholesome, non-dairy milks from any kind of nuts, grains, beans, rice, hemp seeds and more.

SoyaJoy G4 Soy Milk Maker & Soup Maker with all Stainless Steel Inside New Model
SoyaJoy G4 Soy Milk Maker & Soup Maker with all Stainless Steel Inside New Model

The special grinding system enables not only the highest milk yield and easiest "milk" making operation available; also makes porridges and even broths and soups. Touted as being the only home milk machine that makes fully cooked as well as RAW vegan milks. 1.5 liter (48 ounce) capacity.

 

#8: Frozen Dessert Maker - Fast, Hands-Free Sorbets, Yogurts & "Ice Creams"

Photo credit: elana's pantry

Fresh homemade sorbet, non-dairy ice cream, or frozen yogurt . . . two quarts at a time and ready in as little as 25 minutes. Simple, easy from start to finish. Just add ingredients and turn it on.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker

Fully automatic frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream maker; insulated 2-quart freezer bowl; get consistently creamy results with a heavy-duty motor, and automatic mixing paddle; brushed stainless-steel housing; heavy-duty motor; large ingredient spout for easily adding favorite mix-ins; instruction book and recipes included.

 

#9: Vegan Cooking Classes - Broaden A Vegan's Cooking Horizons

Photo used under Creative Commons from: iateapie, on Flickr

No matter how much we love cooking, any one of us could benefit from additional instruction. Vegan cooking is no different. There are tips and kitchen tricks to broaden one's cooking know-how.

If there are any one-day or weekend specialty vegan cooking classes in your gift recipients's local area, you can explore how to make arrangements (coordinating with your giftee, of course).

So what if there are no cooking classes nearby? Then I highly recommend this online vegan cooking series which has received rave reviews.

#10: A Vegan Cook's Daily Affirmations - Inspiration . . . and Recipes, Too!

A combination of practical tips and insightful wisdom for cooking, eating and living . . . healthfully and joyfully. An inspiration to vegans and to those curious about veganism.

Vegan's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Inspiration for Cooking, Eating, and Living Compassionately
Vegan's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Inspiration for Cooking, Eating, and Living Compassionately

Live a joyful, compassionate life, every day of the year with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's guide, Vegan's Daily Companion!

 

#11: A New Vegan Cookbook - Vegan Recipes ... Galore!

Photo used under Creative Commons from: penguincakes, on Flickr

Anyone who loves cooking will always welcome a new cookbook. I know I would.

But remember before buying, make sure your gift recipient doesn't already own the title you're thinking about purchasing. Also you may want to do a quick search (like on Amazon) to see what the customer reviews are saying. It certainly helps in making a decision.

#12: A Gift Certificate - A Gift That Gives the Recipient A Choice

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Zlatko Unger, on Flickr

Still don't know what to give a vegan who loves to cook? You can always give a gift certificate to:

. . . a favorite health food store

. . . a natural clothing store

. . . a vegan eatery or bakery

. . . Amazon (for online shopping)

Amazon allows you to choose how you want your gift certificate delivered: by email, print-at-home or even via Facebook.

Happy (Vegan) Gift Giving! - Let Me Know You Stopped By . . .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'd say that your 12 super gifts for vegans who love to cook would be quite popular with folks who aren't even vegan because they are cool! Well, maybe not the tofu press but vegetarians would appreciate that too. I just learned that you can marinate tofu, guess I've not explored that enough. The bread maker, dessert maker, rice steamer and those fancy slicers and choppers would be appreciated by anyone. Sushi sure has gotten very popular, so those sushi making kits would be welcome for sure....I just learned from you that sushi is about far more than raw fish and now I'm interested, it looks so pretty!

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      jadapotata 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Monette 4 years ago from Dubai

      This a good idea for vegetarians, but I'm not sure whether I have vegetarian friends. Although, I love and cook veggies everyday as part of my daily diet.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I would so love to get any of these awesome gifts for vegans - I've been craving veggie sushi rolls all morning too

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Nice ideas for vegans!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Awesome lens... goodness... so many great ideas.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I'd love any of these for sure. Great suggestions. Blessed ;)

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      these are some awesome ideas!! these will even work out for non-vegan people :D great lens!!

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These all look fantastic!!! This is one vegan who is happy with all of your suggestions!!!

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      ae dc 4 years ago

      these are all wonderful!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I'm not a vegan but I'd love some of these gifts too!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      These are absolutely wonderful gift giving ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      fabulous lens. What great ideas. Thanks!

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      FatLossDiva 4 years ago

      Love these gift ideas. Fabulous lens.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      I love your ideas, what a nice lens.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Excellent choices, I'd love a Tofu Maker and Soy Milk doo-hickey.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      amazing lens! i love all the gadgets and gift ideas and how easy to read your format was. keep up the good job!

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      john-dewitt-7 4 years ago

      Great lens! My boss is vegan and I am leaning that way with all the stuff they put in foods nowadays!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your lens is Great, I love rice.

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      irenewilliam 4 years ago

      im interest to starting my vegan. thankyou for sharing such a great information;9 GBU

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I tried to imagine having a kitchen big enough for every one of those machines! haha! What I like best is the bread maker, been wanting one for years!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much. I'm looking for new ideas this Christmas season and you came through. I'm vegetarian but not vegan, I love eggs, it's not meat. Love your way of getting the water out of Tofu and your many other suggestions. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great ideas here! Happy Holidays!

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I have several vegan friends ( and used to be one myself) & this gift guide was spot-on! I still use my vegan cookbooks even though I'm an omnivore now. They're full of healthy, colourful recipes.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      One of my favourite appliances is my rice cooker - it's travelled through 3 continents with me! I'd love a dehydrator and bread machine, but I think I'd run out of space in my small kitchen.

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      Great i love veggies.. and tofu.

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      I've never heard of a tofu press before... cool beans! This is a lovely lens. I really like how you've set it up.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      These are great ideas, and not just for vegans. I might like one too! Blessed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cool gifts. I love it. :)

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      ConnieGreen LM 4 years ago

      I'm just starting vegan eating - this is very informative!

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      Tom 4 years ago

      I'm not a vegan, but I love to cook. Nice list of gifts.

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      anatpenini 4 years ago

      I love this list and I want every single thing on it!

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      Robz007 4 years ago

      Such great tips and tofu is so versatile.

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      Donallphin 4 years ago

      Being an old meat eater for 57 years, when my wife and I chose to become vegans for our health, it was quite the adjustment. Now, we wonder how we lived before we chose to eat healthier. Thanks for the great suggestions and I will be purchasing at least on of gifts you recommended.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Very nicely put together guide!

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      pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

      Nice list -- I love getting gifts that are practical. :)

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      Wish List Gifts 4 years ago

      That protective glove is a brilliant idea. You do a lot of veggie prep when you're a vegan.

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      10kaday 4 years ago

      I will never understand what would drive someone to want to become a vegan. But, to each their own I suppose you should check out my lense. http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-lose-weight-the-easy...

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      SquidooMBA 4 years ago

      Very well done. Thanks for putting this lens together.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Merry Christmas!

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      SuzieJames 4 years ago

      Oh I love this lens! For people who are not vegan looking in it may seem that we live a 'strange' lifestyle.....but truth is it all makes perfect sense once you get started..and the health benefits are enormous!

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      jacobwaugh 4 years ago

      Great job you have done by putting this lens together.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      tofu press @_@ in plastic! what would they think of next?

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      Gustavo 2 years ago

      Allison you could try using the same base for different meals.. like tofu clbsamre over hashbrowns or make burritos with it and top them with avocado. I like to re-purpose my meals. So I will use a thick chili in collard wraps or on top of cornbread or even as a sloppy joe. I also use frozen fruits and veggies they are flash frozen so sometimes it's even fresher than non frozen. This helps a lot and if you are near a Whole Foods they now have frozen kale, collards and turnip greens. I make a lot of grains and beans ahead of time but usually don't make a dish with them, they are just in the fridge ready to become part of something tasty later

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