Feel-Good Gifts for Grads

Photo by    MD Duran    on    Unsplash

Photo by MD Duran on Unsplash

With another round of gift-giving opportunities approaching, we have put together several lists of great gifts — for grads, moms, and dads — that will make your loved one and the planet happy.

First, we’re focusing on recent college graduates. These students have a lot of change coming. From moving out of student accommodations to getting their first jobs, these gifts can help recent graduates in their new life phase.

A Bicycle
More people are choosing to bike to work. A local bicycle shop that uses refurbished parts will sell you a top-quality bike that provides a great transportation solution while also helping old bikes find new lives. If your grad is more hands-on, they can build themselves a bamboo bike using sustainably-harvest wood. Another option could be taking your grad on a bike tour for a vacation — before they embark into the real world.

Non-Toxic Cookware
Whether your grad is a budding dorm-room chef or not, having great pots and pans can make the difference between a diet of microwaved noodles versus healthy options. If your grad isn’t quite a Michelin-starred cook, consider adding a pack of recipe cards.

Solar-Powered Laptop Charger
Rather than holing up indoors, your grad can make the most of good weather while job hunting or preparing for graduate courses with a solar-powered laptop or phone charger.

An Annual Pass to the National Parks
For a nature lover, consider giving the gift of unlimited yearlong access to America’s 58 National Parks. The America the Beautiful pass gives access to over 2,000 federal recreation area to the pass-holder as well as up to three additional guests (in parks that charge per person) or covers vehicle-entry fees for parks that charge otherwise. All proceeds go to preservation and maintenance of the parks and federal lands.