11 Gadgets That Any Grad Will Use In The Real World

Finals season is nearing its end, which means the "what am I doing with the rest of my life?" mania is setting in for college seniors. Soon you'll don your cap and gown, pack up your life into a few boxes, and fly home from whence you came. It's daunting, to say the least.

The good news: Whether you're moving into your first adult apartment, embarking on a summer of travel, or starting a 9-to-5 a week after graduation (or hanging out in your parents' basement for a bit — no shame), we've got you covered with gadgets that will help you survive the so-called real world. From TVs to wireless headphones to the perfect portable speaker, here are the best tech gifts for graduation.

 

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Roomba Robot Vacuum

Okay so vacuums aren't exactly the sexiest of graduation gifts, but trust us when we say the grad in your life will thank you for this one. For a first apartment, it's a lifesaver — it connects to Wifi and lets you schedule cleans from anywhere.

iRobot iRobot® Roomba® 690, $349.99, available at iRobot

 

Courant Wireless Charger

Because you can charge your devices whilst also being chic. This Courant charger makes for the perfect desk accessory for your first post-grad job.

Courant CATCH:3, $175, available at Courant

 

Sony Portable Speaker

A small-but-very-mighty portable speaker that you can throw in your bag and take to the beach this summer. (It's water- and dust-resistant, so it's perfect for music festivals, too.)

Sony Sony SRS-XB22 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Blue, $99.99, available at Best Buy

 

Apple AirPods

For the grad who has a pair of tangled-up headphones in every jacket pocket. Once you go AirPods, you do not go back. They're perfect for commuting to your new job, and also perfect for when you run into someone you don't wish to speak to so you pretend you're on a Bluetooth phone call.

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, $199, available at Apple

 

Nanoleaf Light Panels Smarter Kit

This modular lighting kit comes with nine triangular panels that you can control from your phone to change colors and visualize your music. So even though you're not in college anymore, you can still pretend.

Nanoleaf Nanoleaf Light Panel Smarter Kits – Rhythm Edition, $199.95, available at Apple

 

Amazon Echo Plus

What apartment is complete without something to yell "Alexa?" at? Plus, it's compact enough to fit on a tiny bookshelf without taking up too much space.

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) – Premium sound, $149.99, available at Amazon

 

Nintendo Switch

A portable gaming system that you can play at home or on-the-go. You can pair it with throwbacks like Super Mario Party or use it workout with Fitness Boxing. Invite over all your college friends to play — it'll be like you never left school and no one has any responsibilities!

Nintendo Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con™, $299.99, available at Nintendo

 

Vizio TV

This is perfect for the cord-cutter in your life who still wants a nice monitor to watch her various streaming services. It's smart, has a good quality picture, and comes at a relatively inexpensive price point.

Vizio VIZIO – 40" Class – LED – D-Series – 1080p – Smart – HD, $219.99, available at Best Buy

 

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Nothing says adult life like wearing a watch. This Galaxy Watch is super durable, great for working out, and has a battery that lasts forever. Plus, it's very chic.

Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) Rose Gold (Bluetooth), $279.99, available at Samsung

 

Crosley Record Player

Just because you no longer live in a dorm doesn't mean your apartment can't still be fun. Plus, when you close up the turn table, it becomes a very adorable lavender briefcase. Professional!

Crosley Crosley UO Exclusive Lavender Cruiser Bluetooth Record , $79, available at Urban Outfitters

 

Mophie Juice Pack

For travelers and music festival-goers alike, this Mophie battery case is heavy duty. Your phone will never die again. For real.

Mophie juice pack access, $99.95, available at Mophie

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