Buying for a high school graduate heading off to college or a college graduate entering the "real world"? We've got sure-fire gift ideas to make things easier as they venture out and into the next chapter of their life.
BlackBerry's first phone built on the Android platform would be a great gift for the BlackBerry fan who hasn't upgraded their phone in a while. Sure, it's not BB10, which might be a deal-breaker for the hardcore CrackBerry addict, but the folks at BlackBerry have designed one of the best Android phones of the year with the Priv.
Featuring an 18-megapixel camera on the back and a slide-out physical keyboard, it's a surprisingly good phone that's sure to turn heads and have people asking "wait, that's a BlackBerry?"
The Priv features many popular features that BlackBerry users love — from BlackBerry Hub to advanced security options — but since it's running on Android, you also get full access and compatibility with everything found in the Google Play Store.
Whether your graduate is moving on to college, planning to travel abroad, or (hopefully) moving into their own place, a new laptop just makes life easier.
Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models, the MacBook Air is great for its portability and long-lasting battery. We'd recommend opting for the 256GB flash storage to give your graduate more space for their stuff. Each MacBook Air comes standard with Apple's full collection of productivity apps, perfect for taking notes in a university lecture or getting started on that epic novel, screenplay, or business plan. You know, adult stuff.
Dell XPS 13
No one has room for a full desktop PC in their dorm or apartment. Literally, no one. So get your new graduate a Dell XPS 13, which features the full PC experience in a portable yet powerful machine.
Perfect for anyone heading off to college, the XPS 13 features a beautiful 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display, powered by an industry-leading battery that can offer up to 15 hours of usage. With 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB solid state drive options available, the XPS 13 will start up quickly if you're grad is running late for a lecture and should run smoothly when you're streaming Netflix while writing term papers. We know how it is.
Bose QuietComfort 25
There's so many distractions in college, so give your grad a fantastic set of headphones to help block out the noise of a busy study hall. The Bose QuietComfort 25s are top-of-class for noise-cancelling over-the-ear headphones and feature the amazing sound quality Bose is known for.
These puppies are lightweight enough to comfortably wear all day and would make the perfect travel companion for a grad heading out abroad. Also, they're built to last, meaning this is a gift that your grad will cherish and use for years to come.
UE Boom 2
Great Bluetooth speakers are perfect gifts no matter the occasion, and the UE Boom 2 is one of the best options available. Portable, waterproof, and shockproof, this speaker is perfect for dorms and designed to be taken along on any of your grad's adventures.
Featuring great 360 degree sound, 15 hours of battery life, and convenient touch controls, give your grad the freedom to share their favourite music with new friends and take it wherever they go. It's quick to pair with a Bluetooth or NFC-enabled device, featuring 100 feet of Bluetooth range.
Make sure to check out the Related Items. The Boom 2 is available in a bunch of different fun and funky color combinations, so you can find the right one to reflect your grad's style or personality.
Fitbit Charge HR
The Freshman 15 — weight gained by students adjusting to their new college lifestyle from a combination of poor diet (pizza and ramen) and a sedentary lifestyle .
While you can't do much to curb that pizza addiction, you can help nudge your grad towards maintaining a healthier lifestyle by getting them a Fitbit Charge HR. It's comfortable and fashionable to wear all-day long, tracking every step they take along with providing instant heart-rate monitoring. Sync all the data using your laptop or the Fitbit app, which is available for Blackberry OS10 devices via the Google Play Store.
What'd we miss?
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