The school year is almost over, and while summer hasn’t officially set in, graduation season is fast approaching. With caps and gowns about to make a major comeback, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what to get the graduate in your life. Whether they’re hunting for jobs, moving overseas, or setting up a starter home, here are 10 totally vegan, cruelty-free gift ideas to celebrate the occasion.
1. Matt & Nat ZAM Bag
Looking the part is key when finding your first job out of college. Because of this, gift the grad in your life a multipurpose weekender from vegan Canadian accessories line Matt & Nat. The ZAM Bag fits all the essentials for a first-time employee and, when unzipped, even serves as a garment bag. Part of their Canvas Collection, the fabric is made of 100 percent recycled bottles and has recycled nylon lining.
2. Sakara Life Gift Card
For the grad in your life who prefers using his or her stove as storage, Sakara Life has them covered. Lauded by Lily Aldridge and Gwyneth Paltrow, the company delivers organic, plant-based meals and snacks to his or her door five days a week. Featuring items such as Carrot Risotto and a Superfood Sweet Potato Bowl, Sakara Life’s portions are preset and ready to enjoy, making mealtime simpler while also warding off the call of those vending machines at the office. Because the New York City-based service expanded nationwide in January, you can now send a gift card to a grad anywhere in the country.
3. The Breville Boss Blender
Featuring an extra-strong ProKinetix blade and the first-ever Green Smoothie setting, this machine makes everything from nut butters to hot soups at the touch of a button. Voted the best blender of 2015 by The Good Housekeeping Institute, it’s a perfect multi-use present for graduates who are getting their own place to live that’s not a frat house.
4. Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck Cookbook
This New York Times best-seller from acclaimed vegan blog Thug Kitchen is great for post-grads looking to continue—or start—their culinary education thanks to more than 100 budget-friendly recipes such as Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos or Pumpkin Chili designed to make health-conscious eating as easy as possible.
5. Adidas by Stella McCartney Climacool Sonic Shoes
For those getting ready to pound the pavement, help them do it in comfort and style with Stella McCartney’s Spring 2016 collection for Adidas, which is as well-crafted as it is cool. In 2014, the designer teamed with the sportswear brand to create vegan-friendly, street-ready athletic wear for women. Made from ultra-breathable mesh with perforated soles for optimal airflow and stamped with the fashion designer’s signature floral print, this pair is a great fit for any fitness fan, whether they’re going for a run or just running a few errands.
6. Jack Black About Face Set
Since its launch, men’s grooming line Jack Black has become a favorite of magazines such as GQ and Esquire. The products are vegan and cruelty-free, and this kit includes moisturizer, facial scrub, and Jack Black’s award-winning Beard Lube shaving oil that will help ease the transition from undergrad grunge to employable interviewee.
7. Pacifica Custom Spray Perfume Gift Set
Recent grads looking to make a memorable first impression at job interviews will love this customizable gift set from skincare company Pacifica. Each set comes with three perfumes ranging from scents such as Indian Coconut Nectar to Tahitian Gardenia, all of which are vegan and cruelty-free, and made with pure grain alcohol and essential and natural oils.
8. Corkor Passport Cover Envelope
If an overseas vacation is how your grad plans to celebrate, send him or her off in eco-friendly style with this passport cover envelope from Portuguese company Corkor. Entirely vegan, each cover is handmade from 100 percent recyclable cork that is naturally flexible and waterproof, sure to keep their passport safe in transit.
9. Bottles & Wood Assorted Wine Bottle Drinking Glass Set
These drinking glasses from San Diego-based brand Bottles & Wood are made from repurposed wine bottles and packaged in reclaimed wine barrel wood. Each set comes with four unique glasses in a variety of different colors, making the task of furnishing a house or a studio apartment a little less daunting.
10. Le Labo Pin 12 Candle
Life can get hectic post-graduation, and lighting a candle is a great way to unwind. New York-based fragrance company Le Labo makes vegan candles that boast hints of pine and amber, are soy-wax based, and GMO-free with a pure cotton wick. Each candle is hand-poured in Mississippi and has a burn time of 60 hours, so if there’s a paycheck burning a hole in your grad’s pocket, it won’t be spent on candles (at least not for while). The classic model also features a customizable label, printed with the recipient’s name and address.
Nathan Diller is a Nashville native and a student at the New School in New York.
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