Looking for a bargain gift for a recent grad? Well, you've come to the right spot. Here's a quick roundup of some relatively inexpensive items we think grads will appreciate.
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JBL Clip 3Sarah Tew/CNET
Just what every grad needs: A micro wireless speaker to play her jams on. Not only does this fully waterproof Bluetooth speaker (IPX7) have improved battery life and better sound than the Clip 2, it's more durable, thanks to the integrated carabiner acting as a bumper around the entire perimeter of the speaker. It's one of the top speakers for its tiny size and costs just $40.
Eufy Smart Scale P1Sarah Tew/CNET
At around $45, the Eufy P1 is one of the more affordable smart scales. Beyond weight you can track body fat, BMI, bone mass, muscle mass and more for multiple users. You track everything using the EufyLife app, but the scale also ties into Apple Health, Google Fit and the Fitbit App. It's available in two color options.
Roku Streaming Stick PlusSarah Tew/CNET
Roku makes several excellent video streamers that cost around $50 or less. They turn any HDMI-equipped TV into a gateway to online entertainment bliss: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, HBO Now and literally hundreds of other streaming channels.
We like both the Premiere Plus for $49, which has a voice remote, and the Premiere ($39), which doesn't. Both of those models stream 4K video, but if you don't have a 4K TV, the Roku Express is a good value at $30. That said, the best Roku of the lot is the Streaming Stick Plus: Normally $60, it's often on sale for $49.99, which is why we're highlighting it here.
Coast HP7 LED FlashlightSarah Tew/CNET
There are a lot of flashlights you can buy for under $50, but the Coast HP7 is one of the better ones we've tried. Relatively compact and rated at 530 lumens, it's very bright for its size and has a slide focus that allows you to shape the beam from flood to spot -- and then lock the beam into whatever shape you choose. Its list price is $60, but you can get it for less than $40. It's powered by four AAA batteries (included).
Logitech MX Anywhere 2SSarah Tew / CNET
We spend so much time with our computers that everybody appreciates a good wireless mouse. This premium mobile model is about as comfortable as you get for a mini mouse. Thanks to Logitech Darkﬁeld Laser technology, it works on just about any surface -- everything from a glass table to the Formica-style finish of my work desk. And it also has an integrated rechargeable battery that's supposed to last up to 60 days on a single charge. Works with both Mac and Windows computers.
While its list price is $80 you can pick up the graphite version for just less than $50.
Gunnar Optiks blue light blocking glassesSarah Tew/CNET
For several years Gunnar Optiks has been making "computer glasses" designed to block blue light and help alleviate the eye strain that you get from staring at displays for long periods. The glasses come in a variety of styles and a few different tints. The core models have an amber lens, anti-reflective coatings and slight magnification.
The Vertex (pictured here in both amber and clear tints), Riot and Intercept are all priced at less than $50. You can add a prescription lens through the Gunnar website, but those RX packages cost more.
Xcentz Portable Charger 10,000 mAhSarah Tew/CNET
Although it's not incredibly personal, no one's going to be upset with a portable battery pack as a gift, especially one that's among the smallest and lightest 10,000 mAh batteries with 18-watt power delivery and QuickCharge 3.0 for devices that support it. This one has both a USC-C port and a USB-A port and can be used with both Android and Apple smartphones, though no cables are included. Certain colors cost as little as $26.
Mophie Powerstation Mini battery packSarah Tew/CNET
The Mophie Powerstation Mini is a very slim -- and slick-looking -- charging brick that houses a 3,000-mAh battery, which should fully charge up most phones. No cable is included, but you can get these in a two-pack on Amazon for $40 (only the blue version is available at that price, but it does come in other color options).
TaoTronics True Wireless EarbudsSarah Tew/CNET
If you're not ready to splurge on a pair of Apple AirPods (or otherwise fairly pricey totally wireless earphones), there are some affordable options out there, including the TaoTronics True Wireless earbuds ($45), which are pretty decent. They may not deliver stellar sound (the AirPods don't either), but most people will find it perfectly acceptable. They have Bluetooth 5.0 and 5 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels. They're also sweatproof so your grad can use them at the gym.
Logitech K380 keyboardSarah Tew/CNET
Logitech's K380 has been around for a while, but it's still a great keyboard for the money -- perfect for computers, tablets, phones and more. You can find it for less than $30 online.
BioLite PowerLight Mini wearable light and power bankSarah Tew/CNET
The $40 BioLite PowerLight Mini is a handy lantern, bike light and charger all in one. You clip it to a pocket or strap, or mount it to your bike (mount included), and its 1,350-mAh USB rechargeable battery provides up to 52 hours of light. It can also give your phone a backup boost. Lighting modes include white lantern, red night vision, red and white strobe, and white point light. It's a great choice for eco-minded folks who enjoy camping or other outdoor activities.
Tribit XSound GoSarah Tew/CNET
Another candidate for best value wireless speaker, the Tribit XSound Go is one of the best ones for the money -- about $32 at Amazon, depending on which color you choose. And if you're willing to spend a little more, around $55, you can pick up the larger MaxSound Plus, which has richer sound with more bass.
Echo DotRy Crist/CNET
Amazon's mini Alexa voice-enabled speaker comes in three different color options. Its list price is $50 but it typically sells for less.
Google Home MiniChris Monroe/CNET
We can't include the Echo Dot in this gift roundup without also including Google's voice-enabled mini speaker, the Google Home Mini. Not everyone's an Amazon person and many prefer Google's voice assistant over Alexa. Available in four color options, it lists for $49 but like the Echo Dot, is usually discounted.