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As classes wrap up and the students in our lives prepare to walk across the stage on their way to exciting new beginnings, it’s time for us to start thinking about gifts. What’s hot for grads this season and how can you find something they’ll really use? Browse through our picks of some of the top gifts for grads.
For the Tech Lover:
The latest Apple Watch redesign built on the original to create the largest display with the richest detail and most features ever offered. From advanced heart monitoring and ECG recording to fall detection, automatic workout detection, GPS, phone calls, walkie talkie capabilities, music and podcast streaming, activity sharing, a comprehensive activity tracker and several ways to use Siri, your grad will have everything at their wrist. Watch Apple’s film on the device to learn more. Available in several colors/designs. Buy it here.
A fun gift for grads who enjoy film making on the run, this tiny handheld action camera weighs less than a pound and can film up to 140 minutes anytime anywhere. The DJI Osmo Pocket lets you adjust settings, choose live view or review footage and get access to features like Motionlapse, Panorama, ActiveTrack or FPV mode. Connect to a smartphone or other accessories through the universal port. Buy it here.
Portable and waterproof (IPX7), the Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth Speaker brings perfect sound to your outdoor affair. It comes with a tear-resistant strap you can attach to your backpack, jacket or bike handlebars, and a built-in speakerphone for phone calls, Siri or Google Assistant. Bluetooth easily pairs for up to 6 hours of audio within a range of approximately 30 feet. Available in three colors. Buy it here.
For the Adventurer
Take gorgeous pictures and film amazing high-quality aerial video footage with the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Fly More Combo Travel Bundle. It includes everything your adventurous grad needs to fly including three batteries, a remote controller, a shoulder bag, low noise propellers, a charging hub and charger. Fly for up to 30 minutes with 60% reduced noise. Buy it here.
When the ride (or walk) gets long, a little music livens up the miles. Your grad can answer calls or talk to Siri via their Air Pods, too. Apple Air Pods provide up to 5 hours of clear listening time with a single charge of 15 minutes, and come either with a charging case (shown here) or with a wireless charging case, which is ideal if you have a wireless charging station. Want a different color? Try some colorful skins. Buy it here.
Give the gift of live entertainment, from concerts to theater to sporting events. Save 15% or more when you use your AAA Discount to purchase tickets with Ticket Monster.
For the Newly Independent
If your grad is new to cooking or has a small kitchen with few pans/supplies, this pot provides a multitude of solutions. A #1 Best Seller with 4.6 stars after 5,133 Amazon customer reviews, it has settings for pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, sauteing, cake making, rice cooking and more (!) It even has a timer so when your grad comes home hungry after work, dinner can be ready. Buy it here.
This useful kit provides all the essential tools necessary for basic household repairs and upgrades. A wrench, hammer, screwdriver with adjustable bits, pliers, and other tools each fit into their proper place in the durable pouch with zipper. Another Amazon’s Choice favorite, it maintains 4.5 stars after 114 customer reviews. Buy it here.
For the Bookworm
Encourage your new grad to seize the day and get the most out of every moment with this inspirational work from the late Professor Randy Pausch. His final lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” combined humor and wisdom to create his unique answer to the question, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?” Buy it here.
For high school graduates moving away from mom’s home cooking for the first time, consider Mark Bittman’s masterpiece of basic culinary instruction. Using simple language, Bittman’s revised and expanded cookbook covers 2,000 recipes made from fresh, natural and healthy ingredients so your grad can cook for themselves and enjoy it. For a little variation, Bittman also penned How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, How to Bake Everything, How to Grill Everything and more. Buy it here.
When it comes to managing personal finance, help is on the way with Chelsea Fagan’s The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money. Readers can follow Fagan’s useful and practical advice to learn about budgeting, investing, smart lifestyle and diet adjusting for the novice on Kindle, Audible, Paperback or MP3 CD. Buy it here.
Still can’t decide? Don’t fret – cash always works! Or if you prefer to give a gift card instead of cash, the Amazon gift card in graduation cap box is a #1 Best Seller with 5 full stars after 651 Amazon customer reviews. With no fees, no expiration date and free one-day shipping (where available), it’s a great gift for grads to use for anything they need on Amazon. Available in amounts from $25 to $2,000. Buy it here.
You can also never go wrong with flowers. Save up to 20% on 1-800-Flowers.com orders in-store and online.
Want a gift that’s more practical? Check out our list of gifts to get the graduate in your life financially ready.
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