Looking to get your graduate a great graduation gift? We’ve rounded up the ten best gifts to give someone who is about to graduate. These cool gifts are not only great for having a little fun, but many of them can also be used to help jumpstart their career after graduation (let’s hope they get a job). So if you’re looking to find the perfect gift, read on to see our top picks for graduation gifts in 2015:
1. Google Nexus 9 Tablet
There’s a lot to love about the Google Nexus 9 8.9-inch tablet. It’s the best Android tablet on the market right now. It has an 8.9-inch IPS LCD screen, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3 GHz Processor, 8MP Rear camera and 1.6MP
selfie front camera, and 2GB DDR3 RAM. Of course, it runs the latest Android OS, Lollipop. Not only is it the most powerful and fastest Android tablet available, it also weighs less than one pound. It also looks the part, with bold colors and a sleek design. If your soon-to-be graduate hasn’t upgraded their tablet in awhile, the Google Nexus 9 tablet is definitely a great choice for a graduation gift.
2. Samsung Galaxy S6
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best Android smartphone all around. It has the best camera, the best processor, and the best screen out of all of the Android smartphones available. It has a 16MP rear/ 5MP front camera, a 5.1-inch AMOLED screen with 577 PPI, and 10 minutes of charging will give you an added 4 hours of regular use. Ridiculous. Skip the S6 Edge, though, as it’s a bit gimmicky and unnecessary.
3. A-Audio A21 Icon Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
Sound quality is the most important aspect when buying a set of headphones, and A-Audio’s Icon Wireless Over-ear headphones have the best sound quality in the price range. With deep lows, the Icon Headphones always stay crystal clear and deliver studio quality sound. They’re not overly bulky like some headphones, either, and they even fold up for convenient traveling (and come with a travel case). The Icon Headphones have a lithium ion battery that lasts for a whopping 12 hours, and if you need them for longer than that, you can simply plug in the audio cable. They look great too, with chrome accents and premium soft leather headband. If your graduate prefers earbuds instead, the Clublife Adagio is an in-ear equivalent as far as sound quality is concerned.
4. Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 15-inch Laptop
We live in a digital age, so nothing is as important as ensuring that your graduate has a great, reliable laptop that will allow them to get things done when they need it most. The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 15-Inch laptop is the perfect laptop for the price range. It has an Intel i5 processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD, 15-Inch screen, and comes with Windows 8.1. The 15-inch laptop is the perfect size, since anything bigger lacks portability, and anything smaller is going to hinder their productivity. The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series is one of the best laptops in the price range.
Price: $499.00 (23% off MSRP)
5. GoPro HERO4
GoPro cameras are bigger than ever, as people like to show-off the fact that they’re not sitting on the couch eating corn chips (although, I’m sure a GoPro video of that exists, too). Your graduate probably isn’t a sit-on-the-couch type, given that they were at least able to have enough motivation to graduate college. The Go Pro HERO4 is the best-selling and highest-rated action camera available, as it captures 1080p video at 60fps. It won’t necessarily help their career in any way, but they’ll appreciate getting one as a graduation gift since they’ve wanted one for the past year.
6. Char-Broil Classic 480 Gas Grill
There’s a reason colleges set their graduations in late May/early June: Summer is coming! And what better way to celebrate a big accomplishment than to prepare them for a proper summer, which requires a grill. The Char-Broil Classic 480 Gas Grill might not be a typical graduation gift, but they’ll appreciate being given a high quality grill, especially if they’re not moving back home after they graduate. Plus, nothing is easier than cooking on a grill, so if you’re worried they might not be the best cooks, give them a tool that will help them make great food.
Price: $159.99 (35% off MSRP)
7. Amazon Prime Gift Subscription
There’s a lot to love about Amazon Prime, such as unlimited free two-day shipping on Amazon.com, discounts on great products, unlimited ad-free access to over a million songs, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Instant Video, free books to read each month through Kindle First and Lending Library, and free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. All that for $99/year? It’s a graduation gift that keeps on giving.
8. Samsung 50-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV
Everyone wants a new, better TV, and this Samsung 50-inch 1080p Smart LED TV makes a great graduation gift. It’s the #1 best seller in LED & LCD TVs, having an average 4.3 out of 5.0 star rating by over 1600 customers on Amazon. It has full 1080p capability, and has a plethora of Smart TV apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook, and even a web browser.
Price: $507.98 (44% off MSRP)
9. SOLO Classic Colombian Leather Executive 16″ Leather Briefcase
A great briefcase is an underrated item that no one realizes how important it actually is. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see someone with a briefcase? Business, and that they must be important. If you want people to take your graduate seriously, a great leather briefcase will help them look the part they’re trying to actually get. The SOLO Classic Leather Executive 16″ Leather briefcase protects their laptop (anything under 16″) and has a front organizer section. Staying organized is key, but helping your graduate look important and giving them a slight confidence boost is the best graduation gift you could possibly give.
Price: $100.47 (44% off MSRP)
10. LG G Watch R Smart Watch
The LG G Watch R is the world’s first full circle P-OLED display Android smart watch, and it’s getting a lot of attention for being fast and highly functional while also looking great. It provides a robust health & fitness experience with sensors, and has a 410mAh battery, always-on display. It’s certified water and dust resistant. The LG G Watch R also supports GPS, “OK Google” voice commands, and has a ton of great apps. It’s compatible with most Android devices, and it doesn’t look like a child or teen’s watch; it has a classy look.