new-grads.jpgThe best gifts for grads are tools that make their lives easier and more convenient or even serious tools and accessories that make it possible for them to do their job better or improve their skills at a hobby that can become a career.

Let’s take a look at the latest technology and accesories that will inspire and delight new grads.

HP Spectre 13 laptop


Extremely thin and light yet equally stylish and powerful, this new HP laptop features an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB M.2 solid state drive that combine to let you work and multitask with ease.

Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides a strong, reliable wireless connection and 3 USB 3.0 ports give you a myriad of options for connecting must-have peripherals.

HP has raised the stakes by creating an elegant and  portable Ultrabooks that doesn’t shortchange users in processor performance with PC-level pcapabilities and fast SSD storage.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″ 32GB tablet


A versatile tablet is a great grad gift as it is a gateway to entertainment, connectivity, and productivit, Samsung’s 9.7″ Galaxy Tab S2 is a great option.

Sporting a super-slim and lightweight design, this tablet is your ideal on-the-go companion. Enjoy true-to-life visuals thanks to the crisp Super AMOLED display and get your work done efficiently with preloaded Microsoft Office apps.

The 9.7″ display with 2048 x 1536 resolution delivers crisp, lifelike images and bright, vivid colours for a more dynamic picture that’ll make your movies and presentations pop, it is an ideal work and personal productivity device.

Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear smart watch


The Moto 360 comes in two sizes, three variations (including a sports variant) and has a wide range of possible straps and bands. Featuring one of the best implementations of Android Wear, it is compatible with Android devices as well as iPhones.

Ideal for busy graduates, the Moto 360 can keep them connected and updated throughout their busy day.

This smart watch provides health tracking and even heart rate monitoring for overall targeted fitness tracking. It is also great for navigating to job interviews with built-in Google Maps integration and navigation.

Best thing about the Moto 360 is that it isn’t one size or on style fits all, there’s a range of colours, sizes and finishes that suit every user and environment.

iPhone SE


Apple’s iPhone SE is the smallest iPhone currently available but this doesn’t mean it is short on speed, performance or camera capability.

This 4-inch smartphone, which is available in black, silver and rose gold, runs the latest iOS 9 operating system and can run all the most popular apps.

The iPhone SE also shares the same 16 MP camera as the iPhone 6S and can take 4K video.

While smaller than most flagships in the market, the iPhone SE is a great option for a new graduate and one that will suit most company BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) plans and is also a secure and encrypted device that now supports ApplePay mobile payments.

 Fossil Estate Leather 14″ Laptop bag

10381448.jpgA proper bag to carry all your equipment is critical and worth considering. Backpacks are cool for school, but in the corporate world, a more formal messenger bag or folio is much more acceptable.

You wouldn’t wear your colourful Vans shoes to work, so why not consider more grown up solution to carry your gear.

Fossil’s Estate leather 14’inch Laptop Bag has a classic feel and modern functionality.

This distinguished messenger is made from leather and features a padded pocket holds a 14″ laptop. It also has an adjustable shoulder strap for comfort and a leather top handle for easy carrying.

It features an Integrated padded pocket that’s large enough to hold laptops up to 14 inches, a smartphone, external hard drives and other necessities.

The Interior also features 3 slip pockets, 1 zipper pocket, 3 pen holders, and 1 credit card slot. Exterior features include 2 slip pockets giving you quick access to your phone or other daily essentials.

These are some thoughtful grad gifts that will be appreciated by those transitioning to their new careers.

Gadjo Sevilla
Gadjo is a veteran journalist covering consumer technology, lifestyle and business. He has written for international newspapers, magazines and online publications. He is founder of as well as an avid photographer and travel enthusiast.