Graduation Gifts That Give Back


This year, give your graduate a meaningful gift to show him the benefits of compassion, and making a difference in the lives of others.

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Charitable Celebration

For most kids, graduation commemorates scholastic success and marks a turning point in their lives. Celebrate your graduate with a gift that fosters compassion and encourages sharing and caring on a global scale.

K.I.N.D. Desk Donation

Share the gift of learning by making a contribution to K.I.N.D. (Kids In Need of Desks) in their name. K.I.N.D. supplies schools in Malawi with desks and chairs to help African children realize their dreams of a formal education. This gift helps put school within reach of children and helps teens appreciate their past (and future) education.

S'well Water Bottle

Give your graduate a gift that's clean, green and shiny all over with the S'well Water Bottle. This eco-friendly, sleek reusable water bottle saves teens money and is stylish enough to rock on any campus. The purchase of this water bottle supports WaterAid, a charity that's committed to supplying clean, safe water to the world's poorest communities.

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Heifer Gift

From animals to basic necessities, gifts from the non-profit Heifer International help families in developing countries help themselves. Donating a gift in a graduate's name encourages cultural understanding, compassion and gratitude, inspiring teenagers to think outside of their world and become global citizens.

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TOMS Products

Gifts that pay it forward and stylish selections don't have to be mutually exclusive. Case in point? TOMS, the ultra-hip company that gives away a pair of shoes or glasses to a person in need for every pair purchased. These trendy shoe selections even come in traditional university colors so students can simultaneously show school spirit and make a socially responsible statement.

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Philosophy Bath Products

Every teen moving out needs her own supply of bath products, so why not combine necessity with charity? Philosophy's luxe line of "giving" shower gels, soaps, shampoos and bubble baths donate 100 percent of proceeds to great causes, such as cancer research, saving the rainforest and ending hunger.

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Backpack Blessing

Instead of dropping dough on a college-ready tote, give the gift of Blessings in a Backpack to children in need. This charity helps thousands of elementary schoolers who qualify for free or reduced school meals stay well-fed and focused during the year. These backpack meals, handed out on weekends, give children adequate nutrition away from school grounds and allow them to excel without worrying about hunger.

Gifts That Give

If you're hoping to give your graduate a cool gift that helps those in need, look no further than Gifts that Give. Their collection of colorful gadget accessories, headphones, bags and more offer something for everyone. The best part? One out of every five dollars purchased goes to the charity of your (or your teen's) choice.

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M.A.C. Viva Glam Makeup

Go glam—and give back—with M.A.C. makeup's VIVA GLAM collection. Teens will go gaga over the bold, bright lipsticks, and feel great about the proceeds helping people in need. Every cent of each lipstick's selling price is donated to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, which supports programs that help the high-risk, most marginalized victims of AIDS.

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