Best Graduation Gifts for College Students in 2020

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While college is a place for learning, meeting lifelong friends, and getting ready for the next step in life — eventually, you have to graduate and leave. If you have a child who's about to graduate college or know someone who's wrapping up their degree, you know there are lots of changes ahead for them. Whether that means moving into a new place, graduate studies, or a new career, there's so much to celebrate. If you're looking for the perfect for someone who just finished college, we have a few suggestions that are sure to make them smile ear-to-ear.

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Graduating from college can be a bit of a stressful time as graduates are transitioning to the next phase of their life. Lots of people try to get through college without spending a lot of extra money — because tuition is so high. Sometimes they don't replace items, or they are working with old tech that just won't last them. Get a gift that should last them a few years, so they don't have to worry about replacing any items super frequently as they adjust to their new life.

I wish someone had given me a fitness tracker after college because god knows I needed one. That's why I think the Fitbit Charge 4 (opens in new tab) makes such a great gift. People tend to pick up unhealthy habits in college, and a great fitness tracker can help them get back on track with their physical activity and also help track their sleep.

After years of living in a small college dorm, a nice big TV is a great gift for any college graduate, and the TCL 4K Smart LED TV (opens in new tab) gives you the best bang for your buck. It has 4K and HDR giving it a fantastic picture and a ton of ports. So, if your graduate has any streaming boxes or gaming consoles, they'll be able to hook them up, no problem.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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