For the well-rounded grad
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This is going to sound kooky, but we think a live carambola tree from PlantOgram is the gift that keeps on giving. The star-shaped fruit tree easily lives indoors in cold climates, but can also be planted outdoors in warmer climates like southern states and the west to produce citrus-flavored fruits that are the easiest answer to fitting in your five a day. They also accent homemade cocktails well if your grad is the party-having type, but what really makes this one of the best graduation gifts is the company’s commitment to giving back. With each purchase, 20 percent of the proceeds go to Race to Erase MS, a foundation formed to help find a cure for the debilitating disease.
Carambola/Star Fruit Tree, $62.60, plantogram.com.
Make adulthood easier
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One of the most important tips maintaining a successful adulthood is just staying organized, which is easy to do if you have a Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker. It uses Bluetooth wireless technology, easily works with Apple and Android devices, and can print literally anything from “Mike’s lunch” to stave off starving roommates to “Jenny’s makeup” to keep up proper mascara hygiene habits (which can be so hard when you’re young).
Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker, $46.33, Amazon.com.
Fresh towels are always needed
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School’s out! That means grads deserve their hard-earned beach or pool time, which is why they’ll love brand new, easy to care for Member’s Mark Adult Beach Towels from Trident. They’re lightweight, colorful, and nicely priced.
Member’s Mark Adult Beach Towels, $11.98, samsclub.com.