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15 Best College Graduation Gift Ideas for 2021

Last year was tough for all of us. Especially for the final year lads, they really had a roller coaster year that went by and now they’re finally graduating. Of course, they deserve something more than a formal appreciation. You must be in search of some best college graduation gift ideas, be it for your family or friends. If the gadgets and tech gifts are in your list, here are they.

Let us see the best graduation gifts ideas for college grads from gadgets and tech stuff for your young lads to present on their big day.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro wireless headphones are a great college graduation gift for 2021. These powerful headphones from Apple will surely give them a taste of what quality sound really is. The Airpods Pro true wireless headphones offer an immersive sound experience and have Active Noise Cancellation.

Unlike the AirPods, the AirPods Pro offers a much better fit. It comes with three sizes of soft silicone tips for the best fit. The vents in the tips keep the pressure equal on both sides to a feeling of comfort. There is the Apple Noise Cancellation mic that detects your voice and enhances it by eliminating the outside noise. What makes the AirPods Pro the best is its easy connectivity with Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch.

Why We Like:

  • Great audio quality
  • Long battery life
  • Modern design
  • Comes with a portable charging case
  • Great build quality and Apple’s trust

Why We Dislike:

  • Freakingly expensive
  • No on-ear volume controls

Key Features: Bluetooth 5.0 | In-Ear Design | Active noise canceling | Audio transparency mode | Wind-proof mic | Apple H1 Chip | Sweat resistant | Voice Prompt | Siri Access

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Apple iPhone 12

Graduation would be the best time to gift the scholar a brand new phone. If you are in search of the best, iPhone 12 is here on our list for some reasons. It has a great camera, exotic display, and everything a gadget enthusiast needs. The device is powered by the A14 Bionic chipset and has an edge-to-edge OLED display.

The new iPhone 12 comes with 5G. It offers a dual cam set on the rear and a single front-facing camera. The ultra-wide camera captures more area and can even take stunning images in low light. There is also the 10 bit HDR video recording that delivers 60 times more colors than the normal 8-bit video. This is pretty much the information to tell you why iPhone 12 is one of the best college graduation gift ideas.

Why We Like:

  • Excellent OLED screen
  • Amazing camera setup
  • A14 Bionic chip is the best
  • 5G connectivity

Why We Dislike:

  • No charger or headphones in the box
  • No high refresh rate screen
  • Expensive

Key Features: 5G connectivity | Super Retina XDR OLED display | HDR10 | iOS 14.1 | Apple A14 Bionic chip with Hexa Core processor | Dual main camera unit | Face ID | Fast charging 20W | Qi charging support |2815 mAh inbuilt battery

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Apple Watch Series 6

The Apple Watch Series 6 is a powerful smartwatch and can be a great surprise college graduation gift for youngsters. It is one of the premium unisex smartwatches that’s capable of doing more in every aspect. The new Series 6 comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm.

The Apple Watch Series 6 includes features like Blood Oxygen measurement, ECG, inbuilt GPS, fitness tracking, and many more. Also, there are replaceable fancy bands that can give the device a great aesthetic touch. A brand new Apple Watch is a memorable gift for someone using an iPhone.

What We Like:

  • LTE voice call support
  • Excellent AMOLED display
  • Blood Oxygen Monitor
  • Inbuilt GPS
  • Always on display

What We Dont Like:

  • Pretty much expensive
  • Battery life is low

Key Features: AMOLED Touchscreen Display | Always On Display | inbuilt GPS| Heart rate and fitness tracking | Blood Oxygen Monitor | GPS version | LTE voice calls | Bluetooth | 50m Water resistant | Upto 18 hrs battery backup on standby | Wireless charging

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2020 MacBook Air M1

The 2020 MacBook Air M1 is a great college graduation gift and an essential gadget every teenager should have. The MacBook Air 2020 is by far Apple’s thinnest and lightest Macbook and is lightning fast. The new MacBooks also favor graphic-intensive games and gives a great lag-free gaming experience.

MacBooks are famous for their thermal efficiency and battery life. The 2020 MacBook Air also comes with enhanced thermal cooling features. The battery on the device can hold up to 18 hours on a full charge. This model comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, and you can upgrade to 16GB and 512GB at extra cost.

What We Like:

  • Faster Processor
  • Greater security and privacy protocols
  • Inbuilt Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Larger Trackpad
  • Powerful Retina Display

What We Dont Like:

  • Webcam is still 720p
  • Lack of ports
  • Comparatively expensive

Key Features: 13.3″ Retina Display True Tone technology | Apple M1 chip | 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 processor | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | Touch ID sensor | Inbuilt 49.9Wh Li ion battery | 30W USB C Power Adapter |

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PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is the best way to unleash new gaming possibilities for the new college graduates. It’s an all-digital version of the PS5 console with no disc drive. You can easily log in to your account and then download all your favorite games within no time.

The PS5 offers 4K TV compatibility. You can connect it with your 4K TV and enjoy smooth and flood gaming at high frame rates. With features like HDR, 120 fps support, and 3D AudioTech, the new PS5 Digital Edition is the new face of PlayStation gaming. Talking about the connectivity, there are the USB Type C, USB A, Ethernet, and HDMI ports for wired and WiFi & Bluetooth for wireless.

What We Like:

  • This PS5 version is 100% digital
  • No CDs needed anymore
  • Is a bit more compact than the normal PS5
  • Comes at a lower price

What We Dont Like:

  • Storage issue is real
  • Will probably need an SSD to increase storage

Key Features: 4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps | 8 core AMD Zen 2 CPU | 16GB RAM | compatible with 8K displays | Tempest 3D AudioTech support |  DualSense wireless controller feedback response | Adaptive Triggers |

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Xbox Series X

The next best gaming console that you can consider as the best college graduation gift for a youngster is the Xbox Series X. This powerful gaming console offers gaming in 4K and up to 120fps. Unlike the PS5 Digital Edition, the Xbox lets you save a pretty penny when it comes to storage upgrades. This college graduation gift is as good as the PS5, or even a step further when it comes to game processing.

The surround sound as well as the 3D Spatial sound is pretty innovative. With advanced algorithms, the Xbox Series X good pulls out a stunner when it comes to immersive gaming. Whether it is a PS5 or Xbox Series X, get the one you think would be the best graduation gift this year.

What We Like:

  • Clean and cool design
  • Backward compatibility is rather excellent
  • Exceptionally quick in loading graphic intense games
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos support

What We Dont Like:

  • A bit bulky
  • Expensive compared to the PS5 Digital Edition
  • Minimal UI improvements

Key Features:  4K @ 60fps, Up to 120fps | 8-core AMD Zen CPU | 4K UHD Blu ray Drive | USB 3.2 external HDD support | 8K 60fps compatible | Backward compatibility |  Auto Low Latency Mode

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Apple HomePod mini

HomePod mini is not only a great college graduation gift but also a complete home gadget. It’s an Apple exclusive Smart speaker that lets you do things with the help of Siri. The smart features include Voice Prompt and Siri access. From a speaker’s point of view, the HomePod mini is a pure marvel. The spherical design favors room-filling surround sounds with rich multimode audio.

A backlit touch surface on the top is from where you can control the HomePod mini. You can enjoy personalized contents right at your fingertips by prompting Siri on what to do. If you have HomeKit supported home gadgets like smart bulbs, vacuums, garage doors, then you can sit back and tell Siri to get things done for you.

What We Like:

  • Better 360 audio than Echo Dot and Home Mini
  • Compact and easy to handle
  • Private and secure
  • Intercom services
  • Seamless integration with Apple devices

What We Dont Like:

  • Dependent on Apple devices and services
  • Siri and Homekit aren’t as versatile as Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Limited third party support

Key Features:  WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 | Siri Access | Computational AudioTouch tech | enabled controls | 4 Inbuilt mics | Multi-room audio with AirPlay | Stereo pair | Home app and HomeKit support |

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

While looking for a smartwatch, the first thing to consider is the ecosystem. Apple Watch is the best smartwatch for iPhone users, but what would it be for an Android user? The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 might be the best fit for Android users. This is a unisex smartwatch that can be a great college graduation gift for her or him.

The smartwatch gift helps them stay active thanks to its sports mode trackers and calorie monitor. Plus, Active 2 comes with a heart rate tracker and an active sleep tracker. The design is what makes it a cool smartwatch is its stylish design. The round dial combined with the stainless steel and the lightweight aluminum body makes it eye-catchy. Talking about the battery, the Active 2 comes with a battery backup for up to 5 days in a single charge.

What We Like:

  • Smaller and lighter
  • Always on Display
  • Gym friendly
  • ECG support

What We Dont Like:

  • Limited customization
  • Design isn’t for everyone

Key Features: AMOLED Touchscreen Display | Tizen Wearable OS | Inbuilt GPS and WiFi | 768MB RAM | Bluetooth 5.0 | IP68 Rating | Fitness and heart rate monitor | 5 days on standby | Wireless charging

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Samsung Galaxy S21

Arguably one of the best Android smartphones yet, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 offers 5G connectivity. It’s a great college graduation gift if they prefer Android over the iPhones. The S21 is packed with speed and power, features the fastest chip on a Galaxy smartphone.

The device comes with a 6.2” Dynamic AMOLED display that has a native resolution of 1080x2400p. The triple main camera unit as well as the 10 MP front camera offers excellent photos with dynamic HDR and in low lights.

Pros:

  • Compact and stylish high-end device yet
  • Bright AMOLED display
  • Good battery backup and charging
  • The camera is pretty neat and powerful

What We Dont Like:

  • No charger or headphones
  • Plastic back is a major turn off

Key Features: 6.2″ Dynamic AMOLED Display at 120fps | 5G connectivity | Android 11 | Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset | Octa core processor | 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage | Triple AI camera | On screen fingerprint scanner | 4000 mAh, non-removable battery | 25W Fast charging

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Fitbit Versa 2

If you think the Apple Watch Series 6 or the Galaxy Active 2 is way too expensive, then there is always the Fitbit Versa 2 as your next best college graduation gift for youngsters. Fitbit is the best choice for fitness junkies. The smartwatch has a 1.34″ AMOLED display and has quite a lot of features up its sleeves. These include the heart rate tracker, activity tracker, Sports Mode analyzer, and many more.

The inbuilt GPS makes the watch pretty useful for navigation and connections.  Bluetooth and GPS, the Fitbit Versa 2 offers better connectivity. Fitbit watches are quite good for fitness tracking and health monitoring, making them worthy college graduation gifts in 2021.

What We Like:

  • AMOLED screen with always-on display
  • Comfortable to wear and stylish with any attire
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fitness tracking

What We Didnt Like

  • Limited Alexa compatible features
  • Lacks customisation

Key Features: 1.34” HD AMOLED display | Bluetooth | GPS | Activity tracker | Alexa support | Heart rate sensor | Sleep tracker | Always On display | Swim tracking | 5 ATM water resistance | 6-days battery backup

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Oculus Quest 2

When it comes to VR gaming headsets, the Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best. This VR headset from Oculus is a cool college graduation gift that can really bring a smile to their face. This VR gaming module comes with a lightning-fast processor and offers intense graphics for an action-packed gaming experience.

The VR headset offers a display with a maximum pixel resolution of 1832x 1920. With the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, there are two wireless handheld controllers. The controllers are quite ergonomic and help you cruise through the games with ease.

What We Like:

  • Powerful hardware
  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Great game response
  • Games and software run faster and more smoothly

What We Didnt Like

  • No dedicated headphones
  • Short battery life
  • Compromised strap and build quality

Key Features: 6GB of RAM | 64GB internal storage | Premium Display | 1832x 1920p resolution | 3D Cinematix sound | PC compatibility | Headset casting | Ergonomic touch controllers |

Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones

The Sony WH 1000XM4 is an excellent college graduation gift as a marvelous wireless noise-canceling headphone. It comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and can connect seemingly with any smartphones and laptops. It is a great alternative to those expensive headphones out there. The features like voice prompt and inbuilt Siri access make it one of the best graduation gifts for a young graduate.

There is the pure Active Noise Cancellation that gives a great voice call experience. With Sony’s Voice pickup and Speak to Chat feature, it adjusts the voice so that the people on the other side can hear you well. When it comes to the battery, you get up to 32 hours of playtime with the Sony headphones.

What We Like:

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Remarkable noise cancellation
  • Smart controls
  • Strong battery life

What We Dont Like:

  • The Smart Assistant feature needs updating
  • No aptX or aptX HD support
  • Multipoint support is laggy at times

Key Features: Bluetooth connectivity | Active Noise Cancelation | Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri support | Sony Connect app | Touch control | Rechargeable battery | Up to 32 hour battery backup

ROG Strix G15CS Gaming PC

ASUS ROG Strix G15CS is an extremely powerful gaming PC at a reasonable price tag. Not everyone would love to get an iPhone or Smartwatch as a graduation gift. But the gaming PC is a different story if they love to play high-end games or edit videos. This version you see here comes with 32GB DDR5 RAM combined with a 1TB HDD. The PC comes with an Intel Core i7-9700F CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU.

To elevate the gaming experience, you can customize the Asus Aura RGB chassis lightings within the transparent side panel. As the Strix G15CS deals with mammoth graphic-intensive games, there could be heating issues. To counter that, the PC comes with the Flow-Tech Ventilation.

What We Like:

  • Lets you play even the most graphic intense game
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Compact casing
  • The RGB CPU chassis is great

What We Dont Like:

  • Limited upgrade options
  • Poor connectivity
  • The heating issue is quite a trouble

Key Features: Intel Core i7-9700F Octa Core Processor | 16 GB DDR4 RAM | 1 TB SATA 3.5″ HDD+ 512 GB 3.0 SSD | NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU | Aura Sync with Transparent Side Panel | Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) |

Amazon Gift Card

If you still can’t decide on the best college graduation gift by yourself, then just drop them an Amazon Gift Card. It is one of the perfect gifts that suit every occasion. This is the postal gift card that you can give as a token of appreciation in the form of a pleasant greeting message and a redeemable gift coupon.

An Amazon Gift Card could be one of the best college graduation gifts to send to your graduated lad, where he or she can buy anything on Amazon by redeeming the gift code. The mail gift cards are more elegant and give a formal touch. You can choose any amount to send them a gift card from Amazon.

The best thing about the Amazon gift cards is that amazon offers 1 day delivery with a free shipping charge. Once the card gets delivered, all he has to do is to log in to his Amazon account and redeem the Gift Card as prescribed.

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Netflix Gift Card

The next best college graduation gift that we think they will love is a Netflix Gift Card. These Gift Cards offer you the opportunity to pay for their Netflix subscription without adding your Credit card. It’s a pretty neat way of appreciating them as we know, the academic year was rough.

The Netflix gift cards can Be bought digitally and will be mailed to the recipient. The mail will include an 11 digit pin on the card that is used to activate the Netflix subscription.

That’s our list of the best college graduation gift ideas that you can look out for 2021. The list includes some of the finest gadgets the graduates carve for. Although they cost a pretty penny, they will be memorable and worth the penny always.

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