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: Prices and availability may change without notice.  If you buy through some of these links, a small amount will come back to help support our mission.)

2nd Story Goods grad gift. Ethically made leather portfolio.
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!
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.

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

Lazarus Artisan Goods leather travel cord case. Ethically made in Haiti.
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.

"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.
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

Atitlan Leather Vintage Backpack. Handmade in Guatemala.
Atitlan Leather

Connects customers with handcrafted leather products made by Mayan artisans on Lake Atitlan. They sell high-quality leather travel gear for men and women including backpacks, duffels, passport wallets, camera straps, hip bags and more great gifts for college students.

Prices: $16 - $150

Three Avocados coffee tumblers. Give back to provide clean drinking water.
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.

"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

Ten Thousand Villages Mosaic Blog: "Best Ethically-made Grad 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.

Around Eco Road Trip T-shirt. Fair trade and eco-friendly travel t-shirts made in USA.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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!
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.
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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For the grad off to travel the word, check out our guide:

World Changing Travel Gear​

Bought Beautifully travel journal. "Where You Lead I Will Follow."
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.*
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 Leather Belt Loop Keychain and Barrel Roll Travel Bag.

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: $8 - $248

Jubilee Trading Handmade Moroccan Leather Coasters
Jubilee Trading

""Strives to make a positive impact by creating good jobs with fair wages for skilled artisans around the world." They offer beautifully crafted Moroccan leather tech holders, desk accessories and more.

Prices: $20 - $45

Mercy House Global World Changer Hat. Fair Trade.
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.

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

Prices: $26 - $35

Simple Switch Custom Engraved Pen.
Simple Switch

They believe "it should be EASY to make a positive global impact with your every day purchases and gifts." They sell beautiful journals and custom engraved pens for the grad off to college or travel and camping gear for the grad off to explore the world.

Prices: $10 - $195

Shop With a Mission Woven Guatemalan Fair Trade 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 woven notebooks from Guatemala would make an excellent graduation gift.

Prices: $8 - $15

Rahab's Rope Leather Journal with Key.
Rahab's Rope

"Rahab's Rope exists to empower women and children in the fight against human trafficking." Their amazing handmade, fair trade journals would make awesome gifts for grads.​

Prices: $14 - $39

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