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19 Deals That Make Great Last-Minute Graduation Gifts

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Amazon Smart Plug for $15 ($10 off): A smart plug is a simple way to control non-smart gadgets. You can plug in a lamp and remotely power it to give the appearance that you’re home, or use the plug with an Alexa speaker (or the smartphone app) to turn off your box fan in the morning. This is one of our favorites. Select Amazon accounts may be able to use the coupon code PLUG to get it for $1, but your mileage may vary.

Apple iPad—10.2-inch, 2020—for $300 ($30 off): This discount happens frequently, but it’s still the lowest price we tend to see. The new 2021 iPad versions will be released soon. However, 2020 models will be capable and powerful for years to come. The iPad is fantastic for work and play. For a slight upgrade, the iPad Air (2020) is also on sale. Our iPad buying guide can help you decide.

Apple MacBook Air—M1, 2020—for $949 ($50 off): Other iterations are also discounted. This is the best MacBook (9/10, WIRED Recommends). The battery lasts seemingly forever, the keyboard is great, and overall performance is exactly what most folks need.

Apple Watch Series 6 for $339 ($60 off): You may have to play around with the configurations to get this price—some colors and sizes are discounted, and others are out of stock. The Series 6 is the newest version of the Apple Watch. It’s the best fitness tracker for iOS users and can be used as a personal safety device.

Garmin Venu SQ Fitness Watch for $150 ($50 off): Another of the best fitness trackers, Garmin’s sleek, square smartwatch can also track things like sleep, menstrual cycles, and blood oxygen levels. The Music Edition is also discounted, though adding songs to it is clunky. Check our review for more details on both versions.

1More ColorBuds Wireless Earbuds for $70 ($30 off): Clip the on-page coupon to get the discount. This deal beats recent discounts by $10. We love these headphones; they sound great, they’re comfortable, and they come in a wide array of colors.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise-Canceling Headphones for $278 ($72 off): These are the best wireless headphones (9/10, WIRED Recommends). The over-ear cups fit comfortably, and the noise cancelation is impressive. (So is the battery life.) The price regularly cycles between $278 and $350, so while this deal isn’t rare, now is a better time to buy if you’re in the market.

Beats Powerbeats (2020) Earbuds for $111 ($39 off): These are the best workout headphones. With 15 hours of battery life and baked-in sweat resistance, the earbuds stay put through strenuous runs and pair with both Apple and Android smartphones. Here’s our full review.

Anker PowerCore Slim 10,000 mAh Power Bank for $15 ($3 off): This isn’t the steepest discount, but portable chargers are popular grad gifts for good reason. Between phones, headphones, and wearables, a portable battery can keep gadgets charged up on the go. This one has a slim footprint and can charge most modern smartphones at least twice. (Here are our absolute favorite portable chargers, which includes a version of the PowerCore Slim with faster energy delivery.)

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