9 Top Tech Gifts Grads Will Actually Love

June 1, 2021 - Emily Newton

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There’s nothing young adults love more these days than the newest gadgets. So, there’s nothing better to congratulate them on a job well done in school than some sweet new tech. Check out this list of popular tech gifts and see which one of them will make your grad’s year.

1. Microsoft Surface Book

This laptop is an absolute powerhouse. It comes with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, depending on their needs. This device detaches from its base and for use as a tablet. You can also use the Surface Pen for draw mode.

No matter what major your grad is taking in college or what job they’re going to have coming out of it, you don’t have to worry about this not being able to handle professional software.

2. Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is still the top choice when it comes to home automation. Even if you’re renting, you can still get smart devices that will interact with the Echo, like lights and the thermostat. The Echo can be your personal DJ, audio book reader, kitchen assistant, and fact checker.

There are features on this thing to make it useful for anybody, and you always know when it’s been updated — Alexa can tell you the new features if you ask.

3. Google Pixel

The Google Pixel 5 is the latest generation of the Pixel. The camera is unparalleled with its low light capabilities and fast focus. Night Sight allows users to take quality photos. It has great software that could be called the best version of Android out there. Take advantage of 5G service today to enjoy videos and games in high definition.

4. Nikon D3300

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This camera is perfect for the beginner photographer in your life. Whether they’re taking a photography class in college or want to start a new hobby, this is the perfect piece to get them started. It’s easy to use, has a high pixel count and has a great price as well. For an entry-level camera, it captures an incredible level of detail.

5. Apple Watch

The new Apple Watch Series 6 is faster, has a better operating system and a nicer display than its predecessor. It’s also waterproof and has an onboard GPS, making it ideal for jogs outside. It’s a great combination of style and functionality. Any student could use a calendar and updates on their wrist, and it’s great to track exercise and make sure they’re getting enough of it as well.

6. Roku Streaming Stick

This little $50 stick packs a punch for something so small. Your Roku plugs into a USB port on your TV and connects to your Wi-Fi. You can access an insane 3,000 streaming channels, but that isn’t all. It has a full operating system to help you find exactly what you want to watch among those channels. Whether they’re in college or working, they’re going to need some downtime after a long day.

7. Baby Yoda Waffle Maker

Living the apartment life means your grad is going to have to cook. Why not make cooking a bit more fun? Waffles are something even the worst chef can manage. And, it’s a great conversation starter when you’re meeting other people in your dorm or building. Who wouldn’t want a baby Yoda waffle?

8. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Headphones

These wireless headphones are nice and lightweight — perfect for walking around campus or tuning out roommates. They get up to 24 hours on a single charge, so that’s a pretty substantial amount of listening time. Their memory foam ear cups are super comfortable, and they have convenient on-ear controls. The best part is their immersive audio and noise canceling features ensure you can get your work done without distractions.

9. JBL Flip 4

The opposite of headphones, this speaker is what gets the party started. It features wireless Bluetooth streaming, up to 12 hours of playtime on its rechargeable battery and comes in a variety of colors, such as the teal that’s pictured. Even better, it’s waterproof — your grad can bring it to a new friend’s pool party, and they won’t have to worry about anyone spilling drinks on it at a dorm party. 

These awesome tech gifts can help make your grad’s future even more awesome than it’s already going to be. Get them started on the right foot with one of these gifts this graduation season! If you’d like even more ideas, check out our holiday gift guide for more suggestions.

This article originally pubished May 16, 2017 and was updated to replace some outdated gear.

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Emily Newton

Emily Newton is a technology and industrial journalist and the Editor in Chief of Revolutionized. She enjoys reading and writing about how technology is changing the world around us.

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