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8 gift ideas for the college graduate in your life

Looking for a great graduation gift? We can help

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Graduation ceremonies may have been canceled, pushed back or performed with limitations, but you can still celebrate your graduate's accomplishments. Here are some recommendations to help you find the perfect gift to let them know how proud you are of all of those late study nights.

Glasses that help with screen time

These days, we all spend too much time on our computers, and living a postgraduate life is no different. Blue-light glasses help to block blue light rays that cause eye strain and fatigue when using electronics.

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  • Two-pack
  • Block 99% of harmful blue light

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A smartwatch

A smartwatch is a great gift option for tech-lovers. This Apple Watch has several functions to help you perform tasks ranging from tracking your exercise routine to answering texts on the run. With a smartwatch, you help ensure your grad is fully connected in this new remote world.

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  • Built-in compass and GPS
  • Option to add AppleCare

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Meal subscription service

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Your grad is about to become an adult, and they might just feel a little intimidated by learning the ins and outs of cooking. Set them up for success with a meal subscription service that sends precooked meals or ingredients with detailed cooking instructions right to their door.

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A fancy coffee machine

Nothing says adulting like a French press sitting on the counter. Help your grad take on those early mornings of adulthood with better coffee made with a sleek new brewer.

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  • Stainless steel
  • Duel filter

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An inspirational book

Sometimes, an inspirational book can help a graduate acclimate to their new surroundings. In her memoir, “Becoming,” Michelle Obama tells her story of growing up. She asks tough, thought-provoking questions and shares her experience of breaking expectations and striving for excellence.

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  • New York Times bestseller
  • Oprah’s Book Club pick

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A Nintendo Switch Lite

Maybe you want to buy your grad a gift that’s more fun and less functional. If so, the hand-held Nintendo Switch Lite is an excellent choice. Grads can play games on the go and virtually with their friends with this device.

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  • Available in yellow, grey or pink
  • Optional protection plan

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An Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is like the Crock-Pot’s cooler, faster cousin. The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and more in one device. It can seriously cut back on food-prep time and is an excellent tool for beginning cooks.

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  • Stainless steel cooking pot
  • Optional 4-year protection plan

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Amazon Echo

“Alexa, play pomp and circumstance.” Get your grad the perfect gift for their new place: a smart speaker. Amazon’s Echo can play music, set timers and give weather forecasts. It can also control compatible thermostats, lightbulbs and locks.

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  • 4 different colors
  • Warranty available

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Picking out a college graduation gift can be fun — focus on what your grad loves and what could help them transition best from lecture halls to weekly laundry loads. The class of 2020 may be celebrated virtually, but they should still be rewarded for their hard work.

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