However, for many, this time of year doesn't mean a break from work, but the start of it. The class of 2016 is getting ready to leave the halls of high school and higher education. Many will go on to college, some will go on to earn advanced degrees, and many will take their skills into the workforce.
Whether you're celebrating the graduation of a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, or close friend, you'll likely want to give them something they'll appreciate and use as they make the transition from high school to college, or from the classroom to the corporate world.
The question is, what to buy? Would the new graduate you know prefer a laptop for mobile work, one of the latest smartphones or smartwatches, a tablet to bring to class, or high-end headphones for the commute to their new job?
It can be tough to pick the perfect gift, especially for someone in a generation well known for being more connected and tech-savvy than any other. To give you a helping hand, we put together a list of gadgets you could buy for the new grad in your life.
Which of these do you think would make the best tech gift for a new graduate? Do you have any suggestions we didn't put on this list? We'd like to hear your ideas.
Kelly Sheridan is Associate Editor at Dark Reading. She started her career in business tech journalism at Insurance & Technology and most recently reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft and business IT. Sheridan earned her BA at Villanova University. View Full Bio
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