9 Tech Gadget Gifts for Grads 2023 [High School & College]

In Smart Home by Tim Brennan

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Summary: In this post, I’m happy to introduce you to nine smart tech gadget gifts for grads [both high school and college]. These include some brilliant must-have gadget gift ideas for dorm life as well as apartment living.

Best Graduation Tech Gift Ideas

best graduation tech gift ideas
This coming Fall will be an exciting one for my sons. They have decided to start their first year of college in September. My older son took a little time off after high school and will commute to Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA. My younger is graduating next month and plans to live on campus at UMass Lowell. I’m super proud of both of my kids.

With both of them “graduating” on to the next big step in their lives, I started thinking about what they would like for graduation presents.

Whether you know someone graduating from high school or college, this post is dedicated to providing you with great tech gift ideas for graduates of all ages.

Without further ado, here are my favorite tech gadget gift ideas for grads:

As we like to say in Boston, these are all “wicked smahtt” options that your new graduate is sure to love!

Idea #1 – Amazon Echo Show

echo show 10 best graduation tech gift

One of my favorite smart devices by a mile is the Amazon Echo Show 10 smart speaker with its vibrant 10.1-inch screen and premium sound. I use it for everything from managing my calendar and to-dos to weather to news to guided recipes and all of the other benefits of Alexa. The Show will help to keep your graduate organized every day. For a smaller version that also makes a wonderful alarm clock, check the Echo Show 8. And for an even larger screen that also works with Alexa, check out the new wall-mounted Echo Show 15. All of these displays provide some nice video calling features so that your graduates who live away from home can video chat via Skype, Zoom, etc. with mom and dad.

You can check out an unboxing I did on my YouTube channel of the Echo Show 10 below.

Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) | HD smart display with motion and Alexa | Charcoal10
  • Alexa can show you even more - With a 10.1" HD screen that’s designed to move with you, video calls, recipes, and shows are always in view. The speakers deliver premium, directional sound.
  • Stay in frame - Video call friends and family or take a picture while the 13MP camera with auto-framing and motion keeps you front and center.
  • Smart home made simple - Set up compatible Zigbee and Matter devices without a separate hub. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats.

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #2 – Philips Hue Smart Bulbs

tech gadget gifts for grads

Next on my list of high-tech gifts for high school and college graduates is a smart bulb starter kit. While lightbulbs don’t really make for the sexiest gift, your graduate will appreciate how they make every day a little brighter, easier, and more colorful. The Phillips Hue White and Color Starter Kit comes with everything your graduate needs to replace dumb old bulbs with smarter ones. Set up is easy using the Phillips Hue app, and your graduate will be able to control the lights using from anywhere their smartphone, Alexa, or Google Assistant.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit (4 A19 Bulbs and 1 Hub Compatible with Amazon Alexa Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)10
  • Voice Activated: The Philips Hue White and Color Starter Kit works with Alexa for Voice Control (Smart hub required and Included, Alexa device sold separately)
  • Limitness Posibilities: Choose from 16 million Colors and shades of White to turn Your everyday Smart Lighting into an extraordinary Experience; Hue Color lights are Controlled remotely with Your Smartphone or Tablet, create custom scenes and unleash Your creativity
  • Take Control: Voice Control for Your Smart Home: Control Your Philips Hue lights with Your Voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant; Pair it for Home automation with Your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #3 – Fire HD Tablet

amazon fire hd 10 tablet

For high school students graduating and heading to college or college grads entering the workforce, a tablet PC is a must. We like the Fire HD Tablet with Alexa. Why? It has a beautiful 10.1-inch screen, a quad-core processor [up to 1.8 GHz] with 2 GB of RAM, and up to 10 hours of battery life on a full charge. Go with the 64 GB of memory to ensure plenty of processing power for streaming and gameplay. With the Fire HD Tablet, you basically get an Echo Show on the go.

If your graduate prefers running Windows, the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is worth a look. It does cost a good deal more, though.

Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, 10.1", 1080p Full HD, 32 GB, latest model (2021 release), Black10
  • Fast and responsive - powerful octa-core processor and 3 GB RAM. 50% more RAM than previous generation.
  • Long-lasting 12-hour battery and 32 or 64 GB internal storage. Add up to 1 TB with microSD (sold separately).
  • Brighter display - Vivid 10.1" 1080p Full HD display is 10% brighter than previous generation, with more than 2 million pixels. Fire HD 10 is almost 20% brighter than Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2022).

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #4 – Fire TV Cube

fire tv cube

Whether your graduates is headed off to college or entering the workforce, they will need to combat life’s post-graduation stresses with a little downtime. One of my favorite ways to chill out is by binge-watching shows on Amazon Prime and Netflix. The Amazon FireTV Cube gives you access to all your favorite streaming services, plus you get to control the whole experience using your voice with Alexa. Just want to enable streaming on your TV real fast, check out the FireTV stick.

Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, Wi-Fi 6E, 4K Ultra HD10
  • Our fastest-ever streaming media player - Brings lightning-fast app starts with an octa-core processor and is 2X as powerful as Fire TV Stick 4K Max.
  • Hands-free Alexa with built-in mic and speakers - Control your compatible TV, soundbar, and receivers with your voice, even from across the room.
  • Seamlessly navigate between your entertainment - Connect compatible devices and easily go from streaming to your cable box, game console, or webcam.

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #5 – Rocketbook Notebook

tech gadget gifts for grads

The Rocketbook Smart Pen and Pad is a digital note-taking system that combines the convenience of traditional pen and paper with the efficiency of modern technology. The pad contains specialized paper that is compatible with the pen, which allows you to write or draw on the pad as you would with a regular pen and paper.

However, unlike traditional paper, the Rocketbook pad can be connected to a mobile device or computer via Bluetooth and can convert your handwritten notes into digital files that can be saved, edited, and shared. This makes it an ideal tool for anyone who wants to take handwritten notes but also wants the convenience of digital organization and sharing.

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook, Core Executive Size Spiral Notebook, Deep Space Gray, Dot Grid, (6" x 8.8")10
  • ENDLESSLY REUSABLE - This 36 page, erasable, lined spiral notebook can be used endlessly, just write, scan, and then wipe away!
  • HOW TO USE - Allow 15 seconds for ink from a Pilot Frixion pen, marker, or highlighter to dry in order to bond to Rocketbook's specialized composite paper. Use the QR code in the bottom corner to save your notes to the Rocketbook app, then, wipe away the ink with a damp cloth, it's that easy!
  • CLOUD COMPATIBLE - All handwritten notes can be saved to the free Rocketbook app and easily transfered to your cloud service of choice including Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, and more!

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #6 – Smart Coffee Maker/ Mug

tech gadget gifts for grads

There is one thing that will surely help any high school or college grad be more successful in their studies and work caffeine! Help your grad wake up and conquer the world (or at least their next physics exam or business meeting) with a smart coffee maker and mug. While there isn’t a coffee maker available with Alexa that we are comfortable recommending, any Keurig coffee maker is a smart choice. I own the Keurig K-Elite Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Maker. It has strength and temperature control and holds enough water to make 10 cups of coffee.

Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, With Iced Coffee Capability, Brushed Silver10
  • Note: 1)Too coarse a grind, too little coffee, or insufficiently tamping the grounds before brewing can all lead to inadequate pressure for a proper brew. 2)It is important to note that the amount of espresso extracted will vary depending on the grind size and amount and reprogramming may be needed when the size and amount are adjusted.Please refer to user guide or user manual or user guide (provided below in PDF) before first use
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: 1 water filter handle, and 1 filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best
  • BREWS MULTIPLE CUP SIZES: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz Enjoy the most popular cup sizes. 16.5” High with bale open

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #7 – eufy Robovac

tech gadget gifts for grads

For any graduate venturing out on his or her own, one thing is for sure: they are about to enter a very busy period of their life. One way you can help them save time and stay clean in the process is with a decent robot vacuum. These have gotten dramatically better over the past few years and prices have fallen to a point where they are a viable investment.

The eufy Robovac 15c with its “BoostIQ” technology and 100-minute runtime is a great buy. I have the 15C and I love it. I named mine buddy for your graduate can name theirs whatever they wish.  It does a great job on both hardwood floors as well as carpets in my apartment here. It even works with Amazon Alexa has smartphone app controls and is self-charging. I am super are impressed with how quietly the unit gobbles up dirt, dust, and pet hair. This is often “Amazon’s Choice” and it really is a super value for the money.

You can check out my unboxing of the 15C that I did on my YouTube channel below.

eufy by Anker, BoostIQ RoboVac 15C, Wi-Fi, Upgraded, Super-Thin, 1300Pa Strong Suction, Quiet, Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, Cleans Hard Floors to Medium-Pile Carpets (Black)10
  • All-New RoboVac Wi-Fi-equipped and re-engineered to be the slimmest* RoboVac (2 8'') but with increased suction to 1300Pa
  • BoostIQ Technology Automatically increases suction power within 1 5 seconds when extra vacuuming strength is needed to get the best clean
  • High-Capacity Li-ion Battery Delivers up to 100 minutes** of constant powerful suction

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #8 – Apple Airpods

tech gadget gifts for grads

While you may find anyone who leaves earbuds in their ears for most of the day, annoying, this often happens with owners of Apple Airpod earbuds. And this is quite likely a gift that your graduate really wants. These are hugely popular with young people and have quickly overcome Dr Dre’s Beats as the ear candy of choice for casual listening, phone conversations, and working out. If you want to give a gift they will absolutely love and appreciate, Apple Airpods Earbuds is a great choice. Both my sons have these and love them. The latest model offers wireless charging so they can enjoy their favorite tunes and Podcasts on the go.

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case10
  • Note : If the size of the earbud tips does not match the size of your ear canals or the headset is not worn properly in your ears, you may not obtain the correct sound qualities or call performance. Change the earbud tips to ones that fit more snugly in your ear
  • Universal fit that’s comfortable all day
  • Automatically on, automatically connected

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Idea #9 – AppleWatch


Whether graduating from college or entering the workforce, your graduate will need to manage their time like never before.  So, last but not least on my list of high-tech gifts for high school and college graduates is a smartwatch.

In addition to keeping track of time, other benefits of a smartwatch include tracking your health metrics like heart rate, sleep, and overall fitness level. They can also use it to play music and do phone-free activities and even pay for that latte at Starbucks (I told you there would be lots of coffee). For both male and female graduates, the Apple Watch Series 7 makes for an amazing gift they will be sure to love. I hear consistently from my tech friends that their Apple Watch is the favorite piece of tech that they own.

An interesting variety of stylish design choices include Gold Aluminum with Pink Sand Sport Band, Gold Aluminum with Pink Sand Sport Loop, Silver Aluminum with Seashell Sport Loop, Silver Aluminum with White Sport Band, Space Gray Aluminum with Black Sport Band, and Space Gray Aluminum with Black Sport Loop. Built-in GPS will help them find their way around campus or to the new office.

Apple Watch Series 7 [GPS 41mm] Smart Watch w/Green Aluminum Case with Clover Sport Band. Fitness Tracker, Blood Oxygen & ECG Apps, Always-On Retina Display, Water Resistant10
  • WHY APPLE WATCH SERIES 7 — The most advanced Apple Watch features powerful health innovations like sensors and apps to measure your blood oxygen and take an ECG. The larger, Always-On Retina display makes it easier to use and read. The most durable Apple Watch. Charges faster so you can get going quicker.
  • EASILY CUSTOMIZABLE — Available in a range of sizes and materials, with dozens of bands to choose from. Change up your look by switching your band or by customizing your watch face in millions of ways.
  • INCREDIBLE DURABILITY — Built to be tough. It’s more crack resistant, it’s dust resistant, and it’s swimproof.

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Bonus Idea: The Naked Roomate!

tech gadget gifts for grads

I think the title of this book, The Naked Roommate And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College is just hilarious. It’s currently the #1 Going to College book on the NY Times Bestseller List so it can’t be all that bad.  I think I am going to pick up a copy for both my sons.

Watch out for those naked roommates, graduates!

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College (Essential College Life Survival Guide and Graduation Gift for Students, Banned Book)10
  • Cohen, Harlan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 560 Pages - 04/04/2017 (Publication Date) - Sourcebooks (Publisher)

Last update on 05/14/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Tech Gadget Gifts for Grads – Your Turn

So what do you think about our top picks for the best high-tech gadget gifts for grads?

Do you know someone who is graduating this year?  Would you consider giving one of these products as a graduation present?

Is there a cooler present that you have in mind that I didn’t list here?

Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

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Tim Brennan is a technology blogger and host of the @TecTimmy YouTube channel. He shares insights about smart home tech at oneSmartcrib, home theater systems at UniversalRemoteReviews, and the future of AI in writing at Writeinteractive. A graduate of the Northeastern University School of Journalism, he has written about technology for 30 years. He lives on the ocean in scenic Nahant, Massachusetts.

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