When you think about high school graduation gifts, you think money or gift cards, right? Wrong! Teens who are getting ready to go to college want the tech gadgets that will make their lives easier in this new stage of their lives, so I want to share my favorites list, to hopefully inspire you to stay away from gift cards next time and give that teen in your life, what they really want!
Great High School Graduation Gifts
Fire HD 8 Tablet
Do you know a teen who doesn’t like playing games online? This tablet will do more than your teen’s ordinary phone, here is why:
Price is a crucial factor for these tablets because it’s low, yet giving you great features!
- Very Affordable
- Loud speakers
- Decent performance
- Good battery life
- Built in camera
I love the Amazon’s blue-light filter, Blue Shade, is a handy option to make it easier to fall asleep at night. It removes blue light from the display. Hubby loves reading at night, so that comes really handy, because I hate a bright light by my side when I’m trying to go to sleep.
The Fire HD 8 doesn’t feel fragile. The build quality seems great and the buttons offer a nice touch.
It does have dual-band Wi-Fi support — you’ll be able to connect to 2.5GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands, and it allows for faster internet download speeds. 5GHz lines are often more stable, and if you don’t have one at home, consider upgrading your router.
It’s powered by the MediaTek MT8163V system-on-a-chip, which has a quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. It offers decent performance for the price, and it’s the same found on the 2016 Fire HD 8.
Amazon offers 16GB or 32GB storage options, but thankfully there’s also support for a MicroSD card — you can expand your storage space to 256GB if needed. The only reason you’ll need this is if you download a lot of offline content, or take lots of pictures!
My favorite use of the tablet is reading books, news articles, and browsing the web. It’s a great size, making it easy to carry around, and reading feels like you’re holding a book or a folded newspaper. Giving your teen the option to fit multiple college books in its library without carrying heavy books around.
Kindle Paper White
This is all about books! After all your teen is going to college, so reading and more reading is definitely in his/her future! Here’s what I love about my Kindle Paper White:
- Now available in black or white
- Higher resolution display (300 ppi) – with twice as many pixels
- Built-in adjustable light – read day and night
- No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets
- A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours
- Massive selection, lowest prices – over a million titles $2.99 or less
- Prime members read free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles
The Fire TV will allow your teen to access your Amazon Prime membership and have access to all the bonus features extended in it. It’s TV on the go at its best! After all, your teen needs a break once in a while, right?
- Amazon Fire TV supports 4K Ultra HD for true-to-life picture quality. Watch high-definition 1080p streams on Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and more, even without a 4K TV.
- Enjoy over 15,000 apps, games, and Alexa skills including access to over 300,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, and more.
- Launch and control content with the included Alexa Voice Remote. Simply say, “Play Game of Thrones” or “Launch Netflix” and Alexa will respond instantly. Plus, play music, find movie show times, order a pizza, and more—just ask.
- No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch the best of live TV and sports from AMC, HGTV, ESPN, FOX, and others with a subscription to DIRECTV NOW, or top-rated primetime shows with CBS All Access
From knowing about the weather to ordering pizza, the Eco Dot will make you the coolest person just by giving this gift! My son uses it every day, for online research and to ask about sports and games. We love it so much we own three of them, placed in different rooms!
- Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audio books from Audible, and more
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
- Alexa calling and messaging – a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
- Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others.
Of course you can go back to some all time favorites like a laptop, for example, but my goal with this list is to share the latest tech gadgets which are affordable and very useful for your high school grad!
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Hope you’ve enjoyed my list and can’t wait to hear all about your favorite high school graduation gifts!
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