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Eight Great Graduation Gifts

posted by Suzanne Kantra on May 11, 2010

Whether your grad is heading off to college or the workplace, here are eight great gifts that will make them smile.

CanvasPop HP Pavilion dv4 Sony Cyber-shot TX5 Skin It
LG 32LD550 HDTV Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Powermat Yamaha NX-B02 Bluetooth Speaker



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CanvasPop will turn one of your grad's favorite photos into a work of art for his or her new lodgings. Select fun effects–black-and-white, sepia vintage-look, and postage stamp, to name a few–with the art filter options.

Retail price: Single panels start at 8x10 inches for $30. Dyptich (2 panels) start at two 24x18-inch panels for $125. Tryptich (3 panels) start at three 24x12-inch panel for $125. Quad (4 panels) start at four 18x18-inch panels for $204.

Learn more in our CanvasPop story.


HP Pavilion dv4

HP Pavilion dv4 Laptop

You'll want your grad's laptop to last the full four years, so don't skimp! Look for a system like this HP Pavilion dv4 (or if you're not in a hurry the dv5, coming in June), which has a dual-core AMD Turion II processor, 4 GB of RAM, Wireless N Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a memory card reader, 320 GB hard drive, HDMI for connecting to a TV and a DVD drive.

Retail price: $610: Buy Now on

See more options in our Laptop Buyer's Guide.


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

Sony Cyber-shot TX5

Good things come in this small water-resistant package. An extra-wide angle 4x zoom lens is great for group shots in small spaces. And the 10MP TX5’s sensor is designed for capturing scenes in low light situations, something your grad will appreciate at parties and nighttime events.

Retail price: $350. Check the price on

See more options in our Digital Camera Buyer's Guide.


Skin It

Skin It Decorative Skins

Personalize your grad's cell phone, laptop, digital camera, mp3 player, or just about any other personal electronics device. Choose from thousands of designs, including college mascots, or create your own. Just peel and stick.

Retail price: $15 for a phone, $30 for laptop at


LG 32-inch 32LD550 HDTV

LG 32LD550 32-inch LCD TV

This great new HDTV provides a lot of flexibility. Ability to stream video wirelessly from your grad's video sources, connectivity to Web services like Netflix and support for Skype TV so you can stay in touch when your grad moves far from home.

Retail price: $800. Buy Now on .

See more options in our Flat Panel TV Buyer's Guide.


Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

As your grad takes notes in class on special paper, the 2GB records the lecture (up to 200 hours). The notes and audio recording are linked so that tapping on a word or drawing brings up the corresponding audio.

Retail price: $170: Buy Now on

See our review of the Livescribe SmartPen.


Powermat 3-position charging mat


Your grad won't get stuck hunting for the right cord with a Powermat wireless charging mat. Pop-on a Powermat case and he or she can simply drop a cell phone, music player or gaming machine onto the pad and it starts charging.

Powermat One Position Mat with iPhone 3G Hard Case ($70): Check price at
Powermat Three Position Mat with Powercube Universal Receiver ($100): Check price at


Yamaha NX-B02 Bluetooth Speaker

Yamaha NX-B02 Bluetooth Speaker 

This single-piece speaker has two full-range speakers built-in for rich stereo sound in a small package. Play music wirelessly when paired with a Bluetooth phone or laptop, or connect it to any audio source with its stereo mini jack. And pop in four AA batteries for music anywhere.

Retail price: $200. Buy Now on

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