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Gift guide for tech-savvy grads

Here are tech-focused graduation gift suggestions that range from the ultra practical to the ultra whimsical and everything in between.

Gift guide for tech-savvy grads

If you're searching for a graduation gift for a high schooler or a new college grad, here are a variety of ideas ranging from practical to whimsical that will result in your own honorary degree in gift giving.

These suggestions will work whether your favorite student is taking a gap year, diving right into another degree program, or heading to their first professional job.

SEE: Photos: Graduate gift guide for 2019 (TechRepublic)

First, the practical. Consider the Instant Pot, which is essential for a new college student who will be alone in the kitchen for the first time. CNET's Brian Bennett recommends the Instant Pot Lux V3 model.

Another useful option is a smartwatch that will look good on their wrist in a job interview. Check out Diesel's new On Full Guard 2.5 smartwatch that has heart rate tracking, swimproof functionality, payment methods, and untethered GPS. It also includes weather filters that change the look of the dial based on local weather.

For those gifts that fill a specific need, such as for the audiophile, opt for Kicker's CushBT headphones for 20 hours of wireless listening. Or try out Kicker's Bluetooth, waterproof earbuds. And if they already have AirPods, then Casetify has a colorful line of neon skins for the case.

If they'll be traveling a lot in their new job and need noise-cancelling, wireless headphones, there's a Bluetooth version from Edifier that supports NFC pairing with up to 25 hours of playback.

If your favorite grad is more into photography, there's the Lume Cube Air, which provides more lighting for photos and videos taken with a smartphone. Or the Nikon COOLPIX B600 camera, which has up to 60x optical zoom and lens shift vibration for steady shots.

Don't forget fun. The Bullfrog lineup of speakers includes the BF400 and BF100. They pump out serious sounds for the beach or a bonfire. The BF100 is waterproof and floatable, too.

For gamers, consider the Surge 3D immersive wireless Bluetooth headphones with features such as 7.1 Surround Sound and sound localization. Or Hyper X's new Cloud Alpha headphones in a cool purple and white design.

And for the purely whimsical, there's the phone with appeal--the Bluetooth Banana phone. The slogan is "talk more, smile more, save gorillas."

Consider any of these gifts for your tech-focused grad if you want to give them something they'll use in the real world.

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