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Graduation Gifts that Give Back with Heart of Haiti at Macy’s

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Graduation Gifts that Give Back with Hearts of Haiti at Macy’s

It feels like it was just yesterday that this was me:


Graduating from College and marching off to change the world..


A lot has changed since then, but a lot has still remained the same. (I still wear those earrings and those shoes ALL the time, as a matter of fact! ha!)

There’s been highs. There’s been lows. But what I am glad that I learned was to KEEP SMILING.

When this blog was created it was called Daily Southern Sunshine because it was designed to share positivity, to share joy, to share love, and to share SUNSHINE with you all.

As I receive graduation notices and invitations to graduation parties I realize that’s the best present you can give to a graduate–sunshine.

To remind them that there will be highs, there will be lows, there will be moments of confusion and failure. But even when the storms may come, eventually they will pass and the sun will shine once more.

That’s why I think this Heart of Haiti sunshine pillow available at Macy’s is the perfect gift for ANY graduate. (And for the parents and friends and siblings of graduates and, well, basically everybody.)


Because it’s the sunshine, it’s the smiles, it’s the joy, it’s the LOVE that gets us through the days–whether they be days filled amazing successes or days filled with heartbreaking tears.

Even more, these pillows are individual and special–just for the owner.  Handcrafted by local artisans in Haiti, these fair trade pillows also embody the talent of the artisan who made it. (Who, by the way, earns 50% off the wholesale price for each pillow sold.)

Learn more about Heart of Haiti:

These pillows represent hope, careers, and the joy of the nation of Haiti as it rebuilds and works towards a better tomorrow–today.


There will be days of sadness. There will be days of frustration. Of failure. Of disappointments.

But no matter what, there is always the light. There’s always a reason to smile. And there’s always the sun shining down on you.

Not to mention the sun shining within you.

So let the sun shine out. Let your inner you, your awesomeness shine out. And take each day as a chance to be your best you.


But when things don’t go the way you want them to, when you do feel down, you can look at the pillow (heck you can even CUDDLE with the pillow like I did), and you’ll know that everything WILL be okay. There is still love. There is still joy. There is still SUNSHINE in the world.

And that is the best present you can give anyone. A gift that supports (both the recipient and the maker) and a gift that carries on. That provides love and joy, even if someone is alone.

Because how can you see this pillow and not smile?

I don’t think you can.

So, as you ponder on graduations and pick up that copy of “OH THE PLACES YOU WILL GO!” Maybe you decide on a different gift. Maybe you visit one of the following Macy’s (Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall, Dadeland) or you shop the Heart of Haiti collection online and you give the gift of a constant smile. A gift that lifts the soul by providing sunshine even on the darkest day. A gift that helps to make a difference and give back to the people of Haiti. A gift that brings the power of a smile.

And know that you will give a smile that lasts forever.

Isn’t that the most beautiful gift of all?

Congratulations to all our graduates!




  • Running Betty

    June 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    many high school graduates are looking for ways to personalize and decorate new living spaces! What a fun and thoughtful gift. My high school grad LOVES pillows 🙂

  • Gina B

    June 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Totally brilliant idea for a graduation gift! Thank you for sharing, i love stuff like this.

  • Amanda

    June 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Such an awesome gift idea and not something I would have thought of. I would have loved this when I was a grad!

  • Lori Musselman

    June 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    What a cute pillow. So much more meaningful than cash.

  • Marci

    June 17, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This is a great gift idea. I love how it serves many purposes. Pinning to my gift ideas board!

  • Nikki Fahey

    June 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love the pillow idea!