The Best Gadgets For Any Grad — Whether You’re Traveling Or Headed To Office Life

The cap and gown was donned, diplomas were handed out, and graduation weekend wrapped with a flurry of laughter, tears, and the inexplicable feeling that life is suddenly about to get very real. In the perky words of Elle Woods, "Congratulations, class of 2018! You did it!"
Regardless of what direction you're heading post-graduation — big-city corporate life, open-space floorpans of Silicon Valley, or backpacking through Europe — now is the time to celebrate your academic achievements and capitalize on those final few moments when your parents might be willing to pay for a few things to help you get started.
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With that in mind, we've pulled together a list of ten gifts you can put on their radar or treat yourself to. From gadgets you'll need in your apartment to office essentials, these should help you kick off life with a bang as you depart the campus bubble.
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Just because you're graduating doesn't mean you need to get all serious. Crosley's playful floral turntable adds a touch of whimsy to any apartment, and is portable for when you need to move.
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Make your new apartment Insta-worthy by turning one, or multiple, images from your feed into framed art. Framebridge lets you upload the images straight from your phone and you can even use the service to help you assemble a gallery wall or frame your new diploma.

Framebridge, gift cards starting at $25, available at Frambridge.
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Turn your new apartment into streaming central, without taking up too much space. The 4K Apple TV makes it easy to sync all your subscriptions (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more) via one device.
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Give your bedside table an upgrade: Native Union's stylish charging dock replaces the jumbled mess of charging cords around your bed.
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Fitbit's latest smartwatch, Versa, looks sleeker than prior models and lets you store music and make payments, so you can leave your phone at the office when you run out for coffee. After a stressful meeting, you can unwind with a breathing exercise.
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These wireless 'buds suit anything the day throws at you: Be it the subway commute from hell; a quick, post-work jog; or the need to recharge and tune out your coworkers.
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Office temperatures can be random — one day the AC is blasting, the next it won't turn on at all — making it essential to have a beverage that stays at the right temperature. Ember's travel mug lets you adjust the heat of your iced coffee or hot tea straight from your phone, ensuring its stays cool or warm, no matter what the workplace thermostat is doing.
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Sure, you probably won't use Fujifilm's new Instax instant camera at the office. But the square-format images are perfect for taking photos of your post-dorm digs — and posting photos of the photos to Instagram.
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Kill two birds with one speaker: Sonos' latest offers the impressive sound you'll need for your apartment-warming, as well as access to Alexa for all your alarm-setting, to-do list-making needs.
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Whether you're embarking on a job that takes you on the road or heading off on an international backpacking adventure to find yourself, it's important to keep your cords and accessories organized. This roll-up leather case does just that and saves space in the process.
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