If you’re stressed because you just don’t know what gift would be right for that high school or college graduate on your list, stress no more!

This year my young friend Hannah and I have you covered with gift ideas that are sure to please both you and your favorite graduate!

When I asked Hannah what she and her friends would want for a graduation gift, I expected a quick verbal hint or two. What I didn’t expect was that Hannah would query a respectable sampling of her school’s senior class—complete with survey, research data, and specific results.

And so, for your gift-giving peace of mind and inspired by Hannah’s work, we confidently offer 18 gifts that this year’s graduates really want.

 

1. Windows Laptop Computer. While the students surveyed did not indicate exactly which laptop computer would meet their needs, I have divided student laptops into two categories, with the first being a Windows-based model like this excellent ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop. It is super well-equipped to take your grad through five years of college, at least. Highly reviewed and priced well at About $750.

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2. Chromebook Laptop Computer. The second category laptop for students is a Chromebook, of which there are many options. We believe this Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA while not the cheapest Chromebook out there, is the best for the money. It works as both a laptop and notebook, flipping into either style. Super powerful with 4GB RAM and Intel core processor. Starts up in seconds and lasts all day, up to 10 hours. Weighs just 2.65 pounds. Backlit keyboard and touchscreen. A dream machine! More hereAbout $450.

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3. Earphones. The world of earphones, earbuds, air pods, and every other type of in-ear-monitors has simply exploded. You can spend a buck at the Dollar Store or a thousand for a set that looks pretty much the same! The difference is the level of technology that’s powering that headset. Graduates want earphones for all kinds of applications from blocking annoying noises around them to listening to music while on a run; to gaming and listening to videos and podcasts. Panasonic Wired Earphones are amazing and will deliver in all of those needs. They come in a variety of colors and get high reviews. And how much you ask? Wait for it … About $10. Read more