Grad Gifts that Give Back

Ethical Gifts for College Students

Below find the perfect gift for the recent grad who is off to change the world!  Every one of these grad gifts is not only eco-friendly, sustainable, ethically-made or fair trade, but they also give back to change lives and make a difference in the world.  Give your favorite graduate or college student a gift that will inspire them as they too set out to change the world.

(NOTES: This is a shopping guide so prices and availability can change without notice.  If you buy through some of these links, a small amount may come back to help support the mission of Change the World by How You Shop.)

2nd Story Goods grad gift. Ethically made leather portfolio. https://www.2ndstorygoods.com/collections/gifts-for-men?page=2
2nd Story Goods

Works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community. They sell ethically-made luggage tags and passport covers, leather portfolios, and slim travel backpacks, made from recycled water bottles and billboards.

Prices: $5 - $75

Ten Thousand Village longitude journal. Handmade, fair trade journal made from upcycled maps.  Perfect for graduation gifts! https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/graduation-gifts/
Ten Thousand Villages

"The original fair trader," started in 1946! They offer unique fair trade graduation gifts for all different personality types. (To also find their products in a retail location near you, click here.)

Prices: $5 - $275

WorldCrafts Majestic Thai bags. Fair trade graduation gifts. https://www.worldcrafts.org/blog/worldcrafts-fair-trade-gifts-for-grads/
WorldCrafts

WorldCrafts "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world." They offer beautiful and meaningful fair- trade gifts for grads and a free downloadable graduation card to go with your gift.

Prices: $12 - $109

Mission Lazarus leather travel cord case. Ethically madein Haiti. https://lazarusartisangoods.com/collections/travel-collection
Lazarus Artisan Goods

“Exists to empower local Hondurans and Haitians." They offer leather journals, tech and travel accessories, ethically made in Haiti.

Prices: $5 - $319

Papillon "Be the Change" pillow cover. Fair trade and made in Haiti. https://papillonmarketplace.com/collections/pillow-covers
Papillon

"Creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them."  Their "Be the Change" pillow cases, jewelry and totes would be a great way to inspire the new grad.

Price: $10 - $32

Trades of Hope beginnings journal. Fair trade leather journal made with handmade paper. https://mytradesofhope.com/membertoolsdotnet/shoppingcartv4/MainCartv4.aspx?MG=143&G1=205&G2=127
Trades of Hope

Sells products made by women whose "story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!" They offer gorgeous fair trade travel journals.

Prices: $24 - $44

Mosaic Collective travel clutch. https://mosaiccollective.org/collections/travel
Mosaic Collective

Offers “beautiful products at a price that is fair to the artisans who create them." Their travel collection has gifts perfect for the adventurous grad as well as the eco-conscious grad.

Prices: $14 - $25

Three Avocados coffee tumblers. Give back to provide clean drinking water. https://www.threeavocados.org/collections/coffee-tumblers-mugs
Three Avacodos

100% of proceeds of their "World Changing Coffee" are donated to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world. They offer unique coffee tumblers, which give back.

Prices: $20

Serrv Coffee and Chocolate Gift Basket. Fair trade gifts. https://www.serrv.org/category/gift-baskets
Serrv

"A nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They sell whole collection of high quality fair trade gifts for grads.

Prices: $9 - $168

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Books & Journals

For more graduation gift ideas also go to our page:

World Changing Journals and Books

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Office Supplies

For the studious graduate, check out our guide:

World Changing Office Supplies

Around Eco Road Trip T-shirt. Fair trade and eco-friendly travel t-shirts made in USA. https://aroundeco.com/collections/travel-therapy-collection
Around Eco

Their "mission is to provide a functional premium quality product, while also creating a positive impact in the world." They sell travel-themed t-shirts, and game changers tees, which are fair trade, organic, eco-friendly and made in the USA. (Use the code: AROUNDLOVE for 10% off.)​​

Sizes S - XL

Prices: $39 - $42

Amani Ya Juu World Changer card. Fair trade and handmade in Africa. https://amaniafrica.org/collections/stationery
Amani Ya Juu

"A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women."  They sell world cards, kitenge journals and unique African bookmarks and tablet sleeves, which would all make great grad gifts. 

Prices: $4 - $22

Women of Hope Guatemala Faith bracelet. Words to live by bracelets handwoven in Guatemala. https://wohgt.org/collections/bracelets/products/words-to-live-by-bracelet?variant=7638061891
Women of Hope

"Weaving together business and discipleship" for women in Guatemala. Their handwoven "Words to Live By" bracelets would make inspiring grad gifts, with word choices like "Strong," "Fearless" and "Chosen".

Price: $12

Hope Outfitters Be Strong and Courageous Shirt. 100% of profits give back to charity. https://www.hopeoutfitters.com/collections/women/Tees-&-Tops
Hope Outfitters

Ethically-made Christian apparel. 100% of the profits give back to charity. They offer tees and tops for men and women, many of which with  perfect messages for grads.

Prices: $23 - $29

Persona Grata travel wallet, made in the USA by refugee moms. http://personagratagoods.com/product-category/bags/
Persona Grata Goods

"Designed to help moms who care about the world make a difference in the lives of other moms!" Their awesome mini wanderer wallets are made in the USA by refugees in North Carolina.

Prices: $15

Noonday Sweet Dreams Face Mask. Made with love in Guatemala. https://juliegodshall.noondaycollection.com/shop/sweet-dreams-sleep-mask/
Noonday

They "design and sell an inspired collection of
jewelry and accessories made by Artisans across the globe."  Their "Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask" would be a fun gift for the grad off to experience dorm life or you can give one of their amazing huipil luggage tags.

Prices: $20 - $28

Haiti Design Co. Leather Passport Cover. Ethically made in Haiti. http://haitidesignco.org/shop/?category=Men%27s
Haiti Design Co

Works in Haiti to develop "craftsmen and leaders that are able to use their skills to provide for their families." They sell small leather accessories, including travel goods which would make great grad gifts.

Prices: $16 - $96

Give a Damn Goods sustainable water bottle, made from sugar cane, free from toxins and dishwasher safe! https://giveadamngoods.com/collections/shop-sustainable-activewear-accessories
Give a Damn Goods

“Focuses on affordable goods that make a difference.” They offer sustainable water bottles,  made from 100% sugar cane, great for the eco-conscious, active grad.

Prices: $35

Mayan Hands notebook portfolio. Handwoven in Guatemala and fair trade. https://www.mayanhands.org/collections/small-accessories
Mayan Hands

"A fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty." Their beautifully handwoven school accessories, would be excellent grad gifts.

Prices: $5 - $30

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Traveler

For the grad of to travel the word, check out our guide:

World Changing Travel Gear​

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Shopping Guide

Return to our

 

Ethical Shopping Guide

 

for lots more shopping categories.

Bought Beautifully travel journal. "Where You Lead I Will Follow." https://boughtbeautifully.org/collections/paperie
Bought Beautifully

“Purchase a product--transform a life.” They sell beautiful travel journals and planners, perfect for the grad who is leaving home to find the place God has for them in the world.

Prices: $12 - $36

The Village Country Store Globetrotter Journal.  Fair trade. https://www.thevillagecountrystore.com/search?type=product&q=journal*
The Village Country Store

Fair trade and fairly made goods from around the globe. They offer gorgeous fair trade travel journals, and unique carved smartphone docks.

 (Use the code: ShopWithLeeAnne for 10% off your entire order!)

Prices: $12 -$45

Rethreaded Felt and Leather IPad Holder. Ethically-made in Nepal.
Rethreaded

Their mission is "to renew hope, reignite dreams and release potential for survivors of human trafficking locally and globally through business." They sell an amazing collection of gifts perfect for college students.

Prices: $7 - $225

Sewing God's Seeds wooden domino set. Fair trade and handcarved. https://sewinggodsseeds.com/market
Sewing God's Seeds

"Empowering and supporting artisans and missionaries." Both their beautifully carved fair trade wooden games and puzzles and their eco-friendly journals  (made from recycled cotton paper) would make awesome grad gifts.

Prices: $19 - $45

Mercy House Global World Changer Hat. Fair Trade. https://mercy-house.myshopify.com/collections/world-changer
Mercy House

"A global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They offer perfect gifts for the grad ready to be a "World Changer" or out to "Move Mountains."

Prices: $2 - $48

Artruism Imports Own Your Story Journal. Fair Trade.
Artruism

Supporting artists around the world. They sell a collection of fair trade journals, perfect for college students.

Prices: $26 - $35

hope.market bonjou planner. Ethically-made in Haiti. https://hope.market/collections/journals-planners
hope.market

"Giving the gift of life transformation" through Mission of Hope in Haiti. They offer ethically-made leather planners, journals and bookmarks,

perfect for graduation gifts.

Prices: $12 - $70

Shop With a Mission Sticky Note Holders. Fair trade. https://shopwithamission.com/products/mini-notebook
Shop With a Mission

On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity."  Their fair trade sticky note holders would make a fun graduation gift.

Prices: $6

Ten Thousand Villages Mosaic Blog: "Best Ethically-made Grad Gifts for These 5 Majors." https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/mosaic/best-ethical-graduation-gifts-for-these-5-majors/
Mosaic Blog

Check out this awesome post on the Ten Thousand Villages Mosaic blog:

 

"Best Ethical Graduation Gifts for These 5 Majors"

which covers English Majors, Culinary Arts Majors, Science Majors, Music Majors​ and Education Majors.

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Electronics Bags

For the grad who is also a techie, check out our guide to:

Ethically-Made Electronic Accessories

for more gift ideas.

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