As the semester winds to an end, the class of 2020, both high school and college, are getting ready to head out into the next chapter of their lives. Whether this be college, graduate school, or into employment, graduates have a plethora of new responsibilities as well as new lifestyles away from home.
With graduation ceremonies moved online and many of us still unable to celebrate our graduates in-person, these eco-conscious gifts are a great way to celebrate their achievements.
1) Blazer | Tact & Stone
This is the perfect item for graduates out on the job hunt or entering the professional world for the first time. Blazers are a stylish and easy way to elevate a look for an interview or important meeting. Help your grad look sharp in this Tact & Stone Blazer.
Shop | $248 | Use code ECOSTYLIST20 for 20% off
2) Earbuds | LSTN
In this day and age, everyone needs a good pair of earbuds. LSTN Earbuds are comfortable, quality, and they support a good cause. LSTN partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation so that sales from their earbuds help provide hearing aids to deaf and hard-of-hearing people who need them.
Shop | $49.99
3) Minimalist Wallet | Parker Clay
A wallet is a useful gift for any graduate and an everyday essential. If you’re looking for a great gift that won’t break the bank, this is the perfect option.
Shop | $38
4) Water Bottle | S’well
A slick and polished option for professionals, as well as an everyday essential. S’well uses its profits to make the world a better place. They partner with charitable organizations around the world to provide clean water to communities in need.
Shop | $35
5) Weekender Bag | Known Supply
Everyone needs a good travel bag and this Pike Weekender Bag is perfect. It’s big enough to fit everything you need for a weekend away without being bulky or inconvenient. Your grad will definitely get a good amount of use out of this bag (as soon as they can leave their houses).
Shop | $98
6) Travel Mug | Mizu
This is a great option for graduates who are eco-conscious and on the go. It’s perfect for morning coffee or tea and promises to keep their beverage hot.
Shop | $15
7) French Press | Hario
This French Press can work either as a stand-alone gift, or as a combination gift with the Mizu travel mug. There’s almost nothing college students love more than coffee and that’s likely to stay the same even after they leave their campuses behind.
Shop | $34
8) Gift Card for New Shoes | Adelante Shoe Co.
Everyone loves a new pair of shoes. While picking out a pair is always an option, an Adelante gift card will allow your grad to find the perfect shoes for them.
Your grad is sure to appreciate the quality of these shoes as well as knowing that every pair is ethically made by hand in Pastores, Guatemala.
Shop | $10 – $350
9) Messenger Bag | Nisolo
If your graduate is about to start a new job, this is a great choice. The bag has plenty of room for laptops, chargers, papers, and anything else they might need to transport to and from the office, or to the nearest coffeeshop.
Shop | $158
10) Watch | Taylor Stitch
A nice watch is always a solid investment. While this watch isn’t the cheapest graduation gift option, it’s built to last a lifetime. Your graduate is sure to love this Taylor Stitch timepiece.
Shop | $595
11) Gift Card for Lifetime Jeans | Outerknown
Much like the Adelante gift card, this present gives your grad the option to pick out their favorite style. Since Outerknown’s jeans come with a lifetime warranty this gift is not only incredibly valuable but one your graduate won’t soon forget!
*When deciding on an amount to give, note that Outerknown’s jeans cost between $128 – $168.
Shop | $25 – $200
12) Hammock | Finisterre
Last but certainly not least is the Mysa Hammock. As the weather gets nicer, this gift will undoubtedly get a lot of use.
Hammocking is a big part of college life, so whether your graduate is getting ready for college or heading into the workforce, they’ll cherish this gift.
Shop | $98
At the end of the day, what’s most important is making sure your graduate feels appreciated on their special day. So whether it’s one of these gifts or an idea of your own, help make their graduation experience unforgettable.
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Lily Rosen Marvin studies English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. When she’s not writing about sustainable fashion, Lily can be found hiking, reading outside, or binge-watching 30 Rock.