The last year has been challenging for students and teachers alike, but graduation season provides an opportunity to celebrate. Maneuvering through a global pandemic and adjusting to distance learning hasn’t been easy, and even though schools are moving closer to returning to in-person learning, this year’s graduates deserve to be honored for beating seemingly impossible odds. To celebrate the class of 2021, we rounded up a bunch of must-have gizmos and gadgets: smartwatches, portable Bluetooth speakers, headphones, computers, and a bunch of other really cool items to gift the graduates in your life.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 combines the productivity of a smartphone with sophisticated health technology that lets you do everything from keeping track of the time, to answering phone calls. This fully customizable watch includes Bluetooth, Wifi, automatic sleep tracking, and more than 24 hours of battery life on a single charge (you can even charge it on the back of a Samsung smartphone). The version pictured is currently on sale, but if you want an even deeper discount try a refurbished Galaxy3 Watch.
Portable Bluetooth speakers are one of the must-have gadgets of the year. The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a versatile, grab-and go voice control speaker that’s equipped with 360-degrees of crystal clear sound and powerful base. This water-resistant speaker is compatible with Amazon Alexa and gets up to 12 hours of use on a single charge. And it’s available in black and silver.
Logitech’s C920x Pro HD Webcam works for your Skype or Zoom calls, YouTube, live streaming, video chatting, and it’s great for Macs. Apart from the remarkably clear images and vibrant coloring, the HD autofocus and light correction adjusts to the room conditions giving you consistent high definition imaging. The camera features dual mics, and five-element glasses for razor-sharp images.
Marshall headphones are some of the best headphones around. The Major V design offers more than 80 hours of wireless playtime, wireless charging and a new, improved ergonomic design, custom-tuned dynamic drivers to deliver unrivaled sound. If you’re in the market for more Marshall designs, check out the Mode wired earbuds, or the Mode II wireless earbuds.
Between the razor thin 24” screen and 4.5K retina display, the new iMacs are pretty much unstoppable. Apple’s new desktop computers are powered by an M1 chip with 8-core CPU and GPU. Other great features include the six-speaker sound system, two USB 4 ports, two USB 3 ports, and studio-quality mics that help deliver crystal clear calls and voice recordings. The computer comes with up to 256GB of SSD storage, and you can get them in an array of vibrant colors including green, blue, and pink.
The boombox is back! Don’t be surprised if you see the JBL Boombox 2 popping up at pool parties and barbecues this summer. The speaker is IPX7 waterproof (up to three feet) and packs in up to 24 hours of playtime on a single charge. It also comes equipped with a built-in powerbank to charge your devices.
For the new grads who love gaming, a new headset makes a great gift. The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset is THX 7.1 Surround Sound Capable, with 50mm drivers divided into three tuning sections of highs, mids, and lows. The comfortable earmuffs are infused with cooling gel to prevent overheating, and there’s a detachable mic with advanced voice tweaking options via Razer Synapse 3.
This cup-shaped charging station takes about three hours to fully charge a smartphone. It also features a built-in UV sanitizer designed to eliminate 99.9% of your smartphone screen and surface germs in just 20 minutes. You can buy this charging stations in blue, black matte, gold, and white.
The Moxie speaker from Kohler brings clear sound to your shower by way of a magnetic shower head that keeps the speaker in place. The customizable waterproof speaker gets up to nine hours of playtime on a single charge, and it features Bluetooth technology so you can connect it to your smartphone or other devices. Inside the box you’ll get a speaker, charging station, charging cable, and the shower head.
After a long semester of hard work, a massage chair might just be the perfect grad gift. This faux leather massage chair from Osaki features six different massage styles, and three auto programs. Just plug it in, pick your setting, and relax.
The Sunrise Alarm Clock will change the way you wake up. This sunlike gadget is equipped with seven different alarm clock sounds, plus a sunrise simulation where the light gradually increases before your preset wake up time until the room fills with bright yellow light. There’s also a sunset simulation option where the light and sound gradually decrease as soothing noises to relax you into sleep. The Alexa-compatible alarm clock can be controlled by downloading the Smart Life app to connect the clock to Wifi and control settings.
Make the most out of your workout with this smart jump rope from Tangram Factory. The jump rope helps you track progress and maximize your workout. The Bluetooth enabled smart jump rope connects to the included app and monitors activity. This rope also pairs perfectly with a Fitbit.