Illustration by Carolina Moscoso/The Verge. It is a remarkable achievement to finish school during a pandemic. Even with the introductions of vaccines and boosters last season, the pandemic still made life difficult for many, especially students. They have had to deal not only with the challenges of remote learning or exams, but also with unprecedented levels of social isolation, instability and uncertainty. They still finished, despite all this. This year, graduates deserve something more to celebrate this achievement. We’ve compiled a list with practical and fun products to celebrate this remarkable achievement and help high school and college students transition easier into the next phase. Our selection includes classic Carhartt beanies (16.99), excellent laptops such as the HP Spectre x360 14, $1,099.99), and true wireless earbuds such as Apple’s third-generation AirPods ($169), and Sony’s WF1000XM4 ($248). There are also picks that will help your grad clean, cook, and have fun, provided they aren’t too busy with school or work. You can browse our selection below to find inspiration or pick up a gift today. Price range: $20 to $50 $50 to $150 $150 up to $400 More Carhartt Knit Cuffed Beanie Carhartt acrylic beanies are a great gift for someone who is moving to a cooler place for school or work, or simply to add some flair to their wardrobe. They are available in almost 30 colors and can be worn with just about anything. This is why Frank Ocean, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Frank Ocean have been seen wearing them. Price: $16.99 Amazon Carhartt Anker 313 Battery Bank A portable charger such as the Anker 313 Battery Bank will ensure that your graduate is always charged up whether they are at work, at school, or on the commute. The battery pack, which is approximately the same size as a smartphone, has enough power to charge most smartphones and tablets at least once. The battery pack comes with a Micro USB Cable, but you might want to purchase a USB-C, or Lightning cable to match it. Amazon Newegg Instant Pot Duo: $21.99 This versatile appliance can cook everything from steam to saute. It also makes it easy to make broth, broccoli, and other meals without making too much mess. Price: $89.99 Amazon Macy’s AirPods Third-Gen. The third-generation AirPods are Apple’s latest true wireless earbuds. They are a great choice for people already deeply rooted in the Apple ecosystem. These earbuds are compatible with iOS. They offer solid sound quality, IPX4 resistance, and shorter stems, which are more in line with the AirPod Pros. Amazon Target HP Spectre x360 14, $169.98 The HP Spectre x36014 is an impressive 2-in-1 tablet and laptop that combines the best of both. The convertible is extremely fast and has a long battery life. It also features a 3:2 OLED screen and a magnetic stylus that attaches to the chassis. Price: $1,519.99 HP Kindle Paperwhite (211) Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite makes it simple to read multiple books at school or for pleasure without having to carry them around to campus. The 8GB e-reader has a simple design and a larger screen than its predecessor. Finally, it supports USB-C.
Price: $139.99 Amazon Bestbuy Target Amazon Echo Show 8 (second gen) A smart display with Alexa, such as Amazon’s second-gen Echo Show 8, is always a great gift. Your giftee will be able to stream shows and make Zoom calls using a 13MP camera. They can also use the wedge-shaped device to extend their planner and create to-do lists or set reminders for the upcoming application deadline. The Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Base Kit is $129.99 Amazon Best Buy Philips Hue Graduates will love decorating their homes with the Lightstrip Plus Kit. The starter kit includes a 6-foot Bluetooth-enabled LED lightstrip with a compatible plug and a compatible plug. This allows them to add color to their desk, monitor, or wherever else they desire. Price: $99.99 Amazon Best Buy Acer Chromebook spin 713 The Acer Chromebook Spin713 is our favorite Chromebook. It boasts a large 3:2 screen and a powerful processor that can handle a lot of tabs. Its excellent keyboard and its HDMI port are also a big plus. This is something that Chromebooks with smaller screens don’t often offer. Price: $579 to $699. Best Buy Tile Mate (2022). With the latest Tile Mate, you can help your giftee keep track their most valuable possessions. The Tile Mate is a small, waterproof Bluetooth tracker that can be used to keep track of items within 200 feet and further with the help Tile’s outof-range network. It can also be used with both Android and iOS devices, thanks to its replaceable battery. Price: $24.99 Amazon Best buy Target Addalock Portable Doors Lock Addalock’s door locks are perfect for high school graduates who move into dorm rooms without a deadbolt, or anyone who just wants an extra layer of protection at their home. It is easy to install and provides privacy and safety for your giftee. It works with all doors that have a hinge and swing inward. Price: $17.95 Addalock Spotify Premium Subscription A Spotify Premium subscription costs $10 per month (or $5 per month if the giftee is still a student) and includes no ads so they can listen to millions of songs and podcasts uninterrupted. Price: $10 Spotify Sony MF-1000XM4 These noise-canceling headphones will be a great gift for someone who is studying or working remotely. They will allow them to focus on their task and drown out the noise around them. The WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds from Sony are among the best available. They have outstanding sound quality, best in class battery life, and IPX4 sweat and water resistance. Homesick’s natural candles are a great option for graduates who are moving away. Each candle is made with a mixture of soy wax, various oils, and takes inspiration from a different country or place to evoke memories. It’s a thoughtful gift that your giftee will treasure when they are away from home. Price: $34 Amazon Homesick Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Cameras like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 will be a popular gift for graduates of all ages. They can capture moments as they happen and are a great way to share them with others. The Mini 11 can print small, wallet-sized photos instantly and comes in a variety of colors. It also has fun features such as a selfie mode that allows you to take a photo of your self using the onboard mirror and pull-out lenses. Logitech G502 lightspeed gaming mouse, $69.99 Amazon Best Buy The wireless gaming mouse is quick, accurate, and comfortable. It also has a long-lasting battery, a great selection of customizable buttons, and a great arrangement. The RGB lighting adds a splash of color to the device. Price: $132 Amazon Best Buy Chromecast Chromecast with Google TV. The Chromecast and Google TV are undoubtedly the best streaming devices on the market. The dongle is oval-shaped and supports 4K content. It also supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision. Your giftee can stream shows they love with software that curates recommendations based upon content from Netflix, Sling TV, or just about any other streaming app. Price: $49.99 Best Buy Walmart iPad (2021). The 2021 iPad is a versatile gift that a graduate can use to take and stream movies, make video calls, and even take notes. This means that it can automatically follow your giftee while they are on the move, making video calls more convenient. Price: $309 to $329 Amazon Walmart Bonavita 8 Cup Coffee Maker. You can’t go wrong with gifting a reliable coffee maker such as Bonavita’s well-named brewer. You can fill an 8-cup, double-walled cup with one press. Gaduates can brew their perfect coffee with the precise temperature controls and pre-infusion mode, which gives coffee grounds time for blooming. The M1-powered MacBook Air from Amazon Bonavita is $189.99 (late 2020). This gift is great for any graduate, no matter what stage of their life. The MacBook Air is the best laptop for most users. It has a great keyboard and excellent battery life. It also has a fast processor that can handle all kinds of work. Price: $950 to $1999.99 B&H Photo Apple Ninja Express Chop Ninja’s simple chopper will save your graduate time in their kitchen. It allows them to quickly and evenly chop all ingredients needed for making soups and toppings, sauces, and other culinary delights. The splash guard doubles as a lid so that they can store their creations once they are done mincing. Target Roborock E4 robot vacuum, 19.99 Target Roborock E4 robotvacuum Your giftee will be impressed at how easy it is to clean up with a robotvacuum like the Roborock E4, our favorite budget-friendly vacuum. It is quiet, which will be appreciated by housemates, and has solid battery life. Also, it supports Google Home and Amazon Alexa so that they can control the vacuum with their voice. Price range: $200 to $299 Amazon Timbuk2 custom Division Laptop backpack A laptop bag is a great gift for any graduate, no matter their age or occupation. The Timbuk2 Custom Division Laptop backpack is a reliable choice. It features an internal organizer, water bottle pocket, extra compression straps to expand the bag, and many other niceties. You can also customize the color and features of the bag to match your alma mater’s colors. Price: $150 Timbuk2 Bullet Journal Edition 2. Bullet Journaling was created by Ryder Carroll, a product designer and author. It is a popular method of organization and time management that helps your giftee keep track of everything, regardless of whether they are entering the workforce or college. Leuchtturm1917’s Bullet Journal provides everything you need, including an explanation guide that is as useful for experts as it is for beginners. Price: $25.95 Leuchtturm Barnes and Noble Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Fountain Pens like Lamy’s are a popular graduation gift because they look great and can be used for a long time. It’s a timeless gift that will be useful whether they’re starting their first job or going off to college. Price: $32.06 Amazon Zendure Pro charger. This portable power bank can charge your phone, tablet, or laptop even while you’re away from an outlet. It is a great gift for someone who needs to study or work remotely. The Zendure SuperTank Pro is a great choice due to its 26,800mAh lithium battery, handy OLED display, and a variety of ports. This includes two USB-C ports which support a full 100W input/output charge rate. Price: $229.99 Amazon. Wellbots Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering The Elements of Good Cooking Samin Nosrat’s bestseller is perfect for those who are new to cooking. This book simplifies the process by guiding readers through the four elements of cooking to create delicious dishes. The charming illustrations are just one of the many benefits. Price: $16.65 Amazon Target Fitness Versa 3. Gifting the Fitbit Vera 3 to your giftee will help them keep track of their fitness goals, even when they are too busy to go to the gym. The Apple Watch doppelganger is equipped with all the modern sensors that you would expect from a fitness tracker, including heart rate monitoring and SpO2 sensors. There are also some features you might not expect, such as a built-in GPS and speaker. It supports NFC payments and Amazon Alexa. Price: $175 to $229.95 Amazon Target Sonos Roam. The Sonos Roam is small enough to be carried anywhere your giftee might go, including to the quad, off-campus party, or just to the shower. The rugged smart speaker has a 10 hour battery life, supports hands-free voice commands, Apple’s AirPlay 2, wireless charging, and Bluetooth pairing with any Qi compatible pad. Price: $179 Best Buy Sonos Therma-Rest LuxuryMap sleeping pad The pad measures three inches in length and is extremely comfortable. It has pressure-mapping technology that provides ample support, and an inflatable design that allows you to easily pack it into a bag. Price: $159.95+ Amazon Backcountry The Verge Wordmark hoodie This zip-up hoodie with our name embroidered on it is a unique gift for fans who are devoted readers of The Verge.
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