The Cheapskates top gift picks for grads

first_img See at LinkedIn Xbox Live Gold 12-month Membership: $40 (save $20) Mobile Headphones Phones Wearable Tech Security Cameras Statistics increasingly show that college graduates are “underemployed,” meaning they end up taking jobs that don’t leverage their education. If you want to give your kid every possible opportunity, consider a subscription to LinkedIn Premium Career. The service offers a variety of useful tools for job-seekers, including InMail credits (for directly contacting any user), on-demand courses and help finding jobs that meet the applicant’s criteria. See at Amazon See at MassGenie 3 This might be a little bit more for you than for your graduate, but they can think of it as a cool car gadget, while you can recognize it as a bit of added insurance. As in, video evidence in the event of road accidents, parking-lot collisions and so on. This compact model offers all the important features but doesn’t get in the way of seeing the road. Use promo code CNETVTN1 to score this discounted price. Kids love music, so a good speaker is kind of a no-brainer gift. This one offers a splashproof design, dual passive subwoofers (because kids also love bass) and an 8-hour battery. Use code VAVA25 at checkout to score this exclusive discount. Sarah Tew/CNET reading • The Cheapskate’s top gift picks for grads Sarah Tew/CNET Moto G7 models compared See at Amazon Originally published on May 13, 2019. Update, June 6: Added new gift ideas, removed expired options.   CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! By the end of school, any kid’s favorite headphones or earphones are probably plumb worn out. It would be a nice gesture to replace them, but don’t bother with pricey Apple AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds — not when these TaoTronics true-wireless earbuds are nearly as good for a fraction of the price. Microsoft Vava • Read full review Forget the whimsical, obvious choice — Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go — and give a grad something of actual use: a book that teaches the basics of saving and investing money. Because, let’s face it, few high-school or college programs give kids the knowledge they need. Elements is a relatively slim 208 pages, so it’s not as intimidating as some money-advice books. Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 The Cheapskate Rick Broida/CNET See at ZDNet Academy See at Wyze SOPA Images/Getty Images AirPod alternative: TaoTronics TWS TT-BH053: $50 Sarah Tew/CNET Vantrue Read More Vantrue N1 Pro Mini Dash Cam: $55 (save $25) Going off to college or out into the world means learning to be responsible, which means remembering appointments, catching calls and messages as they come in and just generally keeping tabs on time — challenges assisted nicely by a smartwatch. The Amazfit Bip remains my favorite affordable option for Android and iPhone users alike, and it’s particularly ideal for kids learning “how to adult” because it needs charging only every two to three weeks.center_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Think of it as a reward for all that hard work. This digital code is good for a year’s worth of Xbox Live Gold. To get it, you’ll need a MassGenie account. Then just click the orange Power Deal button. Dorm rooms and apartments are, unfortunately, prime targets for thieves. So why not give your grad the tools to keep an eye on things? The Wyze Cam Pan security camera is a fantastic choice for smaller living spaces, as just one of them can probably provide all the necessary surveillance. Meanwhile, the just-released Wyze Sense kit comes with a motion sensor and two door/window sensors, all designed to integrate with the Cam. Mighty Vibe portable Spotify player: $80 Amazfit Bip smartwatch: $80 There’s nothing inherently graduate-friendly about this, but the Mighty Vibe is one of my favorite under-the-radar products — and kids are all about the Spotify, right? This tiny portable player resembles Apple’s old iPod Shuffle, but sucks up Spotify playlists for phone- and data-free listening. So the kid suffered through school with that slowpoke phone with the cracked screen. A pretty great reward would be a new phone. CNET has rounded up some of the best phones to gift to a grad, but I’m going to give the nod to the Moto G7 Play, which delivers a ton of features for under $200.  Grads Tech Gift Guide Gift subscription to LinkedIn Premium ($29.99 per month) See at Amazon Read full review Sarah Tew/CNET The Elements of Investing: $13 Moto G7 Play phone: $199 See at Amazon These are our 15 favorite gifts for grads in 2019 14 great graduation gifts for under $50 9 great graduation gifts under $100 Best gifts for grads from $100 to $250 Best streaming boxes and TVs for your grad Laptop, PC and tablet gifts for grads Best phones to gift to your grad Best headphones for grads Best wireless speakers and audio for grads Best gifts for grads looking to stay fit Gifts for the graduating gamer Gifts for foodie grads The best graduation gifts for a first apartment The Cheapskate’s top gift picks for grads Nine automotive gift ideas for your graduate Amazon Wyze Cam Pan ($30) and Wyze Cam Sense ($20) Vava Voom 20 waterproof wireless speaker: $22.50 (save $42.50) with code See All Aug 23 • 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Read full review This is the time of year when kids finish up high school — or, scarier still, college. Looking to reward their achievements? Give them a little help as they venture on to the next chapter? I’ve got some ideas. Below you’ll find my picks for some of the best gifts you can give a grad. Because I’m The Cheapskate, I do tend to look for affordable options — you won’t see Apple AirPods or Sonos speakers here. But I think any young person would be happy to get any of these items, regardless of what you paid. Read more: The best grad gifts under $50 Read more: The best grad gifts under $100 Read more: CNET’s complete guide to graduation gifts 2019 Tags See at Amazon Share your voice Jun 23 • The Apple Watch is still on sale starting at $199 at Amazon and Walmart See at Amazon Comments Jun 26 • Dorm TVs and more: Best back-to-school streaming boxes and TVs Read full reviewlast_img

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