27 Meaningful Graduation Gifts That Give Back

Give your grad a meaningful gift that shares a story! We’ve got plenty of ideas organized in a personality based gift guide! Who is your grad? The Go-getter, The “I Only Went to College for the Parties,” The Creative, The I Need a Break from Everything?

The Go-getter Grad

Gifts for the grad who is ready to take on the world!

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Risk Taker Tee- $48

Encourage your grad to take risks and dream with this organic cotton tee, ethically made in LA. Use HONEST10 for 10% off your purchase!

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Dream Big Journal- $23

This notebook is ethically made from recycled materials and serves as a great place for grads to journal their dreams and thoughts.

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Equal Power Tee- $38

This organic cotton tee is a great reminder to fight for equal rights and never stop fighting for others! 10% of profits go to Equality Now Org.

The “I Only Went to College for the Parties”

Gifts for the grad who loves to have a fun time!

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Chic Cocktail Glasses $68

Keep it classy with these gorgeous fair trade cocktail glasses! Great for dinner parties and serving those martinis! Cheers!

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Shit Show Shirt- $25

This grad probably wasn’t the most organized academically. Now they can own up to it with this tee made from recycled materials!

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Sertodo Copper Flask- $125

Made with 100% recycled copper this beautiful copper flask is sure to keep the celebration alive andgood times to be had!

The World Changer Grad

For the activist grad who is going to change the world!

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Give a Damn Shirt- $25

This grad is going to change the world! Make sure they Give a Damn loud and proud with this tee made from recycled water bottles!

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World Changer Mug- $15

Encourage your grad to “Rise & Grind, Coffee, Change the World, & Repeat Again Tomorrow.” This mug is made in partnership with a B Corp!

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The Traveler

Gifts for the grad who is planning to take some time to explore the world!

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Alejandro Leather Backpack- $220

A great backpack for exploring! Ethically made through Mission Lazarus’ vocational program in Haiti & Honduras.

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Yuhme Sugar Cane Water Bottle- $35

Stay hydrated while traveling with this water bottle made from sugar cane! Each bottle provides clean water to someone in need.

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Leather Passport Holder + Wallet- $40

Carry it all in one place with this snazzy leather passport holder! Places to hold cards, cash, & more!

The Overachieving Student

For the grad who loves learning!

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Leather Journal Cover- $34

A great place for this overachiever to keep their notes & thoughts! The journal cover can be reused on many compositions in the future!

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Singing Rooster Coffee- $12

Overachievers are typically fueled by coffee so how about some fair trade coffee? Singing Rooster pays their farmers fair wages!

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Laptop Sleeve- $25

Terra Thread uses organic cotton in crafting all their products and goods are made in a Fair Trade Certified factory!

The “I Need a Break from Everything” Grad

Gifts for the grad who is just done with school.

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Hard No Tee- $48

This grad needs a break and this Hard No Tee let’s everyone know. Ethically made in LA using organic cotton & slow fashion practices.

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Bath Soak- $12

Grads need to relax too! These bath salts are sure to help. Thistle Farms provides employment to survivors of trafficking & addiction.


Organic Sweatpants $35-55

Encourage your grad to take it easy with these incredibly comfortable organic cotton sweatpants! Made in Fair Trade facilities too!

The Creative One

Gifts for the grad who thinks outside the box and loves to be different!

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Cactus Necklace- $48

This quirky necklace adds a touch of spunk to your style. Kind Karma provides employment opportunities to homeless youth.

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Leather Journal- $28

This journal is a great place for this creative grad to brainstorm their next projects. Ethically made as part of Mission Lazarus’ vocational program.

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Bold Beaded Cuff- $16

Add some inspiration to this creatives jewelry box with bold colors. Swahili Coast provides employment opportunities in East Africa.

The Unorganized Grad

Gifts for the grad still trying to get their life together.

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Lupa Tote Bag-$28

This bag is great for throwing everything in. The roomy tote allows for carrying an abundance of goods. Ethically made in a fair trade factory.

hot mess coffee mug

Hot Mess Coffee Mug- $15

Encourage your grad to own their messy life with this hot mess express coffee mug. Made in partnership with a B Corp.

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Cord Organizer- $32

Get your cords organized and stop losing your phone charger with this cord organizer! Ethically made in Mission Lazarus’ vocational program.

The Sentimental One

Gifts for the grad who is emotional about moving on!

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Life’s Gifts Necklace- $21

These necklaces will send some encouragement to your grad as they enter the next chapter of their life.

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Courage Dear Heart- $38

Calm the overwhelm of your grad with this courage dear hart cuff ethically made by survivors of trafficking.


Heritage Necklace- $98

Personalize this necklace and give your grad a special gift to remember their special graduation day!