Gadgets for Grads

June 7th, 2013

June is the start of the summer, and for many new graduates, it's also the start of other steps in life. High school graduates are preparing for college in the fall and college graduates are looking for their first jobs. So if you're looking for gifts this summer for recent graduates, you might consider items to help them take that next leap forward.

High school grads

As they start packing boxes for college, most college kids are including technology alongside the dorm room décor. According to Mashable, 73 percent of students say they cannot study without technology, and seven in 10 take notes on keyboards instead of paper. When they are on-the-go, this may mean relying on smartphones and tablets instead of bulkier laptops. The IOGEAR Multi-Link Bluetooth Mini Keyboard can help bring more comfortable and efficient typing by easily switching between six Bluetooth-enabled devices from one keyboard.

Multi-Link Bluetooth Mini Keyboard

The same smartphone and tablets also can help families stay connected via Skype – or even quiz a student who is preparing for class. An app called Evernote Peek that turns an iPad into a digital flashcard studying system.

Other good gifts? Huffington Post suggests noise cancelling headphones for studying, laptop cases and a Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System to pull those all-nighters.

College grads

When the college days are over, young adults are likely preparing for the workforce or getting ready for the first day on the job. When it comes to office life, there's lots of new tasks and direction to learn. Lifehacker recommends taking notes: "Your boss expects you to remember the specific instructions you were given—and that includes nuances, not just the overarching idea."

For the tech savvy, that may mean IOGEAR's Mobile Digital Scribe is a good gift. It captures natural handwriting and drawings from any surface and stores for future use and viewing directly on the computer screen. No special digital notepad is required.

New employees also may be juggling between presentations on a iPad and a budget spreadsheet on a laptop. The IOGEAR Bluetooth Desktop Dock allows users to share the keyboard and mouse with up to two Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and a desktop device.

Bluetooth Desktop Dock

There are other fun ways welcome a new graduate to the workforce without giving up the kid inside. The Build-On Brick Mug lets you create the mug that expresses your fun side.

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