Graduation gift ideas 2020: Video games, laptops, tablets, gift cards and more

With many in-person high school and college graduations canceled or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, seniors are missing out on one of the biggest milestones of their lives.

But, a great gift can certainly cheer up that grad.

Here are some graduation gift ideas, along with some deals we found.


Apple’s high-end 9th Generation MacBook Pro is now discounted by $900 at Best Buy.

For a slimmer option, the MacBook Air on Amazon is on sale and a good choice. It’s not the latest model, but still a good option if you’re looking for a MacBook Air.

Not a fan of Apple products? Try the Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, which happens to be one of Amazon’s best-selling laptops. Or, check out Amazon’s selection of Chromebooks, which are solid laptops designed for the very basics.


Apple’s 10.2-inch, 32GB iPad is still discounted 24% on Amazon. You can also find Apple’s smart keyboard discounted by 38% in the event you want to turn an iPad into a laptop.

Amazon’s Fire 7 Tablet is also now $39.99, discounted 20% from $49.99.

Gaming consoles

Walmart is selling the latest Xbox model for $411. There’s also an NBA 2K19 Bundle for basketball fans. You can also snag the PlayStation 4 from Walmart for $372.40.

Gift cards

Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and Walmart are safe bets if your grad will be moving into a dorm room or apartment for the first time.

Streaming services

Music can help a college student focus. Amazon Music Unlimited is $9.99 per month after a 30-day free trial.

Or, for the binge-watcher, check out Hulu for $5.99 per month or Prime Video for $12.99 per month ($8.99 per month if you’re an Amazon Prime member).

Coffee and espresso makers

The Breville Essenza Mini Espresso Machine is now 30% off at Macy’s when you use promo code “SUMMER” at checkout.

If your grad is more into cappuccinos and lattes, check out the Nespresso Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aerocinno Frother.

If you want to stick to the classics, the Cuisinart coffee maker is now discounted 30%, along with the Brim French Press.


If your grad just landed a full-time job, an engraved, customizable desk nameplate is a nice gift. Prices start as low as $6.95 on Zazzle. You can also add an engraved “Class of 2020″ key chain for $3.90 and get another 10% off when you use promo code “SUMMERDAYZAZ” at checkout.


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