Top 5 graduation gifts to make your grads jump


Graduation season is finally here, and it’s a monumental moment for that special person in our lives who is now entering a new chapter in life. Major changes are about to occur as college graduates prepare to tip their caps and welcome life changes and new career opportunities ahead of them. If you’re looking for suggestions for choosing the perfect college graduation gift, here are five carefully selected gifts to show your appreciation for that college graduate in your life.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player, $39.99

If your college graduate happens to be a TV enthusiast, you can’t go wrong with gifting them an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. This cool gadget is roughly the size of a flash drive and it plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, connecting it to stream a variety of content over WiFi such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Showtime, and more. This streaming media player includes an Alexa Voice Remote that helps launch and control content. In addition, the Fire TV Stick 4K gives you access to plenty of apps and websites, like YouTube and Facebook. Plus, you can stream music through services like Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

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GoPro HERO Action Camera, $247.95

The GoPro Hero action camera is a great gift for someone to help them capture their adventures after college. This camera takes impressive photos and videos from new perspectives and is ideal for travel because it’s both durable and waterproof. The GoPro Hero has a 2-inch touch screen and offers voice control, allowing you to control the camera hands-free through simple voice commands. What’s more, via Wifi and Bluetooth you can connect your Hero to the GoPro app on any smartphone to view cool shots and share them automatically.

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Birchbox Subscription Box, $10-15/month

Who wouldn’t love receiving a monthly treat of beauty and wellness items, delicately wrapped to make a lovely self-care package? Birchbox is an online subscription service that sends its subscribers a personally selected monthly box of beauty-related products. The traditional Birchbox includes four to five samples of makeup, haircare, and skincare, priced at $15 a month. The company also offers Birchbox Man, which is a grooming box that includes a mix of shaving supplies and beard care goodies for men, priced at $10 a month. For three months, you can gift a women’s and men’s subscription gift card for $45 and $30, respectively.

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Turntable / Vinyl Player, from $49

If your college graduate happens to be a music junkie, a turntable or vinyl player might be right up their alley. Amazon has a variety of options at different price points, some of which include the Victrola Vintage Suitcase Turntable with Speakers ($49), or the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable in Black ($89). The portable, 3-speed Victrola turntable is an affordable and practical choice, with built-in bluetooth technology allowing you to play music from your Bluetooth enabled device. For a more modern taste, consider the turntable models of Audio-Technica’s AT-LP60X or Crosley’s C100.

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A Good Book, prices vary

Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the best. You can’t go wrong with gifting someone a good book, especially one that is bound to inspire and motivate them on their journey to success. Some non-fiction books that are great handbooks for newly college graduates are Sarah Solomon’s Guac Is Extra But So Am I, Chip Heath’s The Power of Moments and Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage. Some fiction works that are appealing are Weike Wang’s Chemistry and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings. Or get them an annual subscription to Audible, Amazon’s audio book service.

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