Whether they are moving on from high school or college, there is no doubt new graduates could use a thing or two as they enter the next phase of their life. Either set free from the comfortable home where everything was provided or set out into the real world as full-fledged adults, the truth is no one can be too prepared.
That's a big reason why many take it upon themselves to help grads celebrate with a gift. The question is, what should you buy them? Do you go for something practical or cool? Something they will need or that they will just want?
You really cannot go wrong, as we all know it is the thought that truly counts. But what counts just a smidge less than the thought is the gift itself, which is why we have compiled a list of seven tech gifts all grads will want.
A speaker that looks as great as it sounds
What grad doesn't like music? What person, for that matter? None, probably, but listening to tunes from a phone is hardly enjoyable. So, what better for a dorm room or small apartment than this speaker, which provides outstanding sound with a design that is sure to impress.
With Bluetooth connectivity and 360 degrees of sound in a portable package, you will be able to hear it clearly from anywhere in any room you want. The speaker craft, which levitates above the base, is waterproof and floats. You know, in case the grad wants to take it on an adventure.
Stream everything in 4K
No matter how busy life gets with school or work, there is always a need for time to just sit down on the couch, relax and catch up on some TV or movies. These days, arguably the best way to do that is via streaming services, as they are cheaper and more portable than cable.
This TV Streaming Box will take care of everything, allowing one to watch thousands of movies and shows while being able to sign into services like Sling TV, Hulu, Netflix, Google Play, YouTube, HBO Now, Showtime, Amazon TV and, well, you probably get the idea.
The box comes loaded with an Android operating system, so any Android app can be downloaded and used. It also has Bluetooth, so it can be connected with a wireless keyboard, speakers or headphones. Also with its incredibly fast processor and vast amounts of memory, there will be no slow streaming to worry about.
Perfect iced coffee every time
Is your grad a fan of a nice, fresh coffee? How about iced coffee? With the HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker, you are just 60 seconds away from having a hot coffee turn cold. Very cold.
Also good for chilling whiskey, wine, iced tea or any other beverage, the simple design with a 12.5-oz capacity is perfect for making sure drinks are cold. It can chill a drink by up to 130 degrees in a minute, all without dilution.
The chiller is dishwasher safe, too, so it will be easy to maintain.
Meals made easy
Grads have varying degrees of culinary ability, but every one of them needs to eat. With the Instant Pot, eating well will be made simple.
With the ability to be a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, saute, steamer, warmer and sterilizer, the Instant Pot can take care of pretty much whatever it is that needs to be done.
With 6 quarts of space, there will be no shortage of food produced, this pot replaces 10 common kitchen appliances and makes cooking easier than thought possible.
Who doesn't need an assistant?
By now we all know how fun and useful the Amazon Echo is, and this second-generation version with a snazzy exterior would be a great gift for any grad.
You can ask it to play music, make calls, manage household appliances, act as an alarm and much, much more. It sounds great and will make any new grad's life much easier to manage.
Documenting the driving
Good things, bad things and everything in between, there is plenty that happens on the road that we wish was recorded. With the Dash Cam Pro with Night Vision by Komando, it can be.
The latest model, it will capture the moments you want to remember as well as provide the evidence you will need if there's an accident. Its 1080p video makes for very high-quality viewing, with the darkness of night being no issue at all.
Along with that, the dash cam has lane departure and forward collision warning systems, so they will help promote safe driving, too.
It's a laptop, it's a tablet, it's perfect for productivity
If there is one constant with grads, it is that they will be very, very busy. Both laptops and tablets are very helpful, but it is not fun carrying both everywhere you go.
That's where the 2-in-1 Productivity Laptop & Tablet by Komando helps. Custom designed by Kim herself, it is a versatile Windows PC along with a high-performance tablet.
It comes loaded with Windows 10, 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory, which is more than enough to do everything necessary for a laptop or a tablet. Check email, surf the web, use Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, stream TV and movies, create documents and presentations -- whatever it is, it can be done.
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