It's that time of year again: graduates are donning caps and gowns and marching off, some more confidently than others, into the future. Well, load them up with as much essential gear as possible to make them a little more comfortable in that brave new world.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The ultimate graduate gift is a new phone, and no phone is better than the Galaxy S8 right now. It's got everything you need, including a big, bright, vivid 5.8-inch display, all-day battery life, and one of the best cameras in the game. If you want your graduate to love you forever (or at least until the next big thing), the Galaxy S8 is your top choice.
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Acer Chromebook R 13
For most people, life after graduation starts with a new laptop, and Chromebooks are increasingly part of the story. While they can't do everything a Mac or Windows laptop can, it's getting pretty close, and if your grad is a Google fanatic, you can't do much better than the Acer Chromebook R 13, with an awesome 13-inch touch display and the ability to fold into a "tent" design for late-night movie watching, or whatever else they're up to.
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Sony Alpha A6300
For the grad that just wants to keep her head behind a viewfinder, the Sony Alpha A6300 is one of the best options around. It's portable and lightweight, but well-built and supports custom lenses. Not only can it take some amazing photos, but Sony's legendary video capabilities are front and center here, too. Amazing for YouTubers and selfie-takers, too.
$998 Buy Now
Doesn't matter if your grad's TV is old and busted or shiny and new, an NVIDIA Shield with Android TV is just as important. Running the latest version of Google's TV interface, the NVIDIA Shield is not just for watchers but gamers too. In the box is one of the best controllers we've used on a console, and the gaming lineup is improving every week.
$199 Buy now
UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker
Ultimate Ears' Wonderboom takes everything we love from UE's more expensive Boom and Megaboom speakers and shrinks it down into a little floating cube that stays waterproof while sounding great. It's seriously one of our favorite things, and the perfect graduate gift for the music lover.
$99 Buy Now
Sonos is the ultimate music gift. If your grad loves music, the Sonos Play:1 is the gift to get. One is more than enough, but if you combine it with a birthday, you can pair a couple of them for whole-room sound.
$199 Buy Now
For a Google/Android fan, Google Home is a no-brainer. It's got all the makings of Alexa, in the proper ecosystem, with the full force of Google behind it. It plays music, answer questions, and now even orders pizza.
$129 Buy Now
Amazon Echo Dot
A smaller Echo, the Dot is easy to set up around the house — and because they're significantly cheaper, you can get a few and pepper them around the house. A great gift, in packs of one, or six!
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TCL 43S405 4K TV with Roku
Every graduate needs a TV, and this one from TCL (the makers of Alcatel and BlackBerry Mobile phones) is an amazing deal. A 43-inch 4K display with built-in Roku (that's an Android TV competitor that holds its own) compatibility for $349? You really can't go wrong.
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V-MODA Crossfade 2 wireless headphones
Bose? Sennheiser? Sony? Nah. Your grad wants something that looks good and sounds amazing, and that leads us to the V-MODA Crossfade 2 wireless headphones, which come in three standard colors, and through the company's website, as many variations as you want. What an awesome gift!
$349 Buy Now
Oster Titanium rice cooker
It's not fancy, it's not high-tech, but it's necessary: every grad has to eat. This Oster rice cooker is just over $25 and features a steamer for veggies (or dumplings) and plenty of room for rice or other grains. Make it a stocking stuffer of sorts, but this may be the best thing you will ever buy your young person.
$26 Buy Now
Aeropress Coffee Maker
Aeropress makes a great cuppa, because it is simple: grind the beans, pour it in the cavity and press. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, Aeropress emulates espresso for a fraction of the price. Coffee is the most important meal of the day, so do it right, and cheap.
$30 Buy Now
Samsung Gear VR
Along with your grad's Galaxy S8, get him or her into mobile VR with the excellent, and completely affordable, Samsung Gear VR. It's got plenty of video content, lots of games, and now with the included controller, it's even easier to use. A must-have.
$105 Buy Now
Of course your grad needs a gaming console, and the Nintendo Switch is the one to buy right now. It's fun, unique and portable, and has some amazing games, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You'll thank us later!
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Fitbit Charge 2
No one really needs a smartwatch, but you do want your grad to keep aware of their fitness. That's why a Fitbit Charge 2 is such a good option: it's thin and lightweight, water resistant and has a week-long battery. And it supports phone notifications, all the while counting the steps they will — or won't — take.
$150 Buy Now
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