By Maddy Perkins
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Graduation season is underway — and thoughtful gifts are a great way to show your grad how proud you are of their accomplishments. A recent DoorDash survey asked American graduates (and the folks gifting them) what they actually want, and the top 5 most requested gifts of 2022 were as follows, respectively: earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, gift cards/cash, coffee makers and air fryers. Here are our top picks within those categories to help you target the best gift for the graduate in your life (and in some cases, the gift you choose may even help set them up for success in their next academic or professional endeavor — coffee is pretty crucial in my experience).
Apple AirPods Pro
When you think of the best earbuds on the market, AirPods come top of mind. But they can be pretty expensive. The 2021 Apple Airpods Pro model is the most recent iteration and in addition to offering active noise cancellation and adaptive EQ, it comes with a MagSafe charge case for grads on the go. At $179, it’s 21% off — which isn’t too shabby of a deal either.
Anker Soundcore Flare 2 Bluetooth Speaker
I love this speaker. I own two of them, and not only do they pack a real punch audiowise (that little subwoofer is doing great work when it comes to booming bass), they’re portable, and waterproof enough to enjoy safely at the beach or pool. If you buy a couple of these for a college-bound grad, they’ll also be useful ice breakers: You can sync up to 100 of these Soundcore Flare speakers using PartyCast. The audio and LED light displays will be playing simultaneously. The rainbow LED light display is vivid and comes in multiple colorways to help kick the party up a notch.
It’s tough to hit the ideal balance between offering a giftee total ownership of what they want to get and finding a gift card that is thoughtful and relevant to their interests. Happy Cards does that for you. We like Happy Cards because they work for multiple retailers, giving your grad the options of celebrating with shopping or a movie and game night with friends. Retailers on the Happy Card include Athleta, AMC, Bed Bath & Beyond, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Dave and Buster’s, Express and GrubHub.