Introducing Engadget's 2021 graduation gift guide

All the best gadgets to give to your newly minted scholar.


It’s safe to say this past year has been a challenge. For those graduating college in just a few weeks, it’s undoubtedly been difficult to balance virtual classes, Zoom study sessions and digital family time. If you know a soon-to-be graduate (or are one yourself), a hearty congratulations is due to them for successfully completing the academic year.

We at Engadget think those accomplishments should be celebrated, so we’ve compiled all of our favorite gadgets that would make great gifts to help grads start their adult lives. Our product recommendations cover all the bases from useful to unique — things that will be invaluable when starting a new career or moving to a new place, in addition to items that are purely for their enjoyment. And for those who want to give the grad in your life something special but don’t have much cash to spare, we’ve included a list of gadgets under $50 that we think anyone would be happy to receive.

We hope our recommendations can take some of the gift-giving stress off of you, and we hope that you and the cap-and-gown wearing individuals in your life can take a moment to celebrate. After all, we all could use more celebrations right now.

Engadget's 2021 graduation gift guide

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The best gifts for grads under $50

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