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CNET: Best gifts for grads between $100 and $250


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The sun's out, but we're stuck inside. And in lieu of mortarboards being thrown skyward, many colleges are preparing to host their graduation ceremonies online instead. Yes, that's going to be a tough transition that no one anticipated even just 90 days ago. And that's why 2020 graduates deserve a generous gift this year. To that end, we've compiled a list of the best indoors gear we've reviewed that costs between $100 and $250. Whether you're looking to reward them with a soundbar or a gaming console, there should be something on this list to suit them.


Nintendo Switch Lite

CNET TAKE: If your grad doesn't need the TV connection or team-play capabilities of the original Switch - which is impossible to get, anyway - the Switch Lite ( is a capable and pocketable console that plays nearly all of the same great games.


Sonos One

CNET TAKE: If you want to give your grad the gift of improved sound quality, or the ability to ask for tunes out loud, there can be only One ( It works with Alexa or Google Assistant, and it's compatible with AirPlay 2 streaming.



Vizio SB3621

CNET TAKE: It's safe to say that every other device on this list pales in comparison with the value of this Vizio ( Honest-to-goodness sound quality - complete with a wireless subwoofer - will have your grad thanking you every time they blast a movie. Your wallet will thank you for the price.


The following CNET staff contributed to this story: Executive Editor John Falcone, Senior Associate Editor Ty Pendlebury, Copy Editor Jim Hoffman and Senior Editor Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, please visit

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