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Top 8 Graduation Gifts for Grads Going into Business

Graduation Gifts for Moving Onwards & Upwards

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You want to give a gift that shows you appreciate how hard your grad worked to get to graduation - a gift that says, "Congratulations on a job well done". But if your grad is headed into the business or corporate world, why not reward him or her with a gift that will also contribute to your their future success? Here is a selection of the best graduation gift ideas to help your grad move onward and upward.

1. Apple iPhone 4S

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Smartphones are smart graduation gifts; they give your grad just about all the technology they need to get ahead in business in one neat little package. Apple's iPhone 4s is an impressive multifunction work and entertainment centre. The latest generation of iPhone boasts a faster processor, improved signal reception, higher resolution camera and video recording, and the ability to accept voice commands. Who knows where your grad could go with this in hand?
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2. Toshiba Satellite L675-S7113 Notebook

Toshiba Satellite L675-S7108 Notebook
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A notebook computer is a great graduation gift. I've chosen this Toshiba Satellite L675 Notebook because it's a good work machine at a good price. My choice has Windows 7 pre-installed with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3, 4GB installed memory, a 500GB hard drive, and wireless connectivity. And this notebook has a 17.3" TruBrite LED Backlight display; bigger than a lot of laptops.
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3. Apple iPad 2 64 GB Wi-Fi Black Tablet

Apple iPad 2
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If it is an Apple iPad that your graduate is hankering for this newest version of the iPad has the latest generation processor, 64 GB memory, and has over 200,000 available applications from the App store . It comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, has a 9.7" LED Multi-Touch Display and two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. And as of this writing, it's one of the hottest gadgets around so giving one of these as a gift could get you lots and lots of "best-parents-ever" points.

4. Microsoft Office 2010 Professional

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This is a great graduation gift for grads headed into business. Microsoft advertises this package of Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010, Access 2010, Publisher 2010 and OneNote 2010 as "a comprehensive software and support package to help you run and grow your business" – and it is. The wide range of business documents, the ease with which they can be created, and the contact management features make this a real productivity powerhouse for the business-bound. My daily workhorse of choice.

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5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 32 GB Wi-Fi Tablet

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Graduates on the go will appreciate this less expensive but full-featured tablet from Samsung. It comes with 32 GB memory, a 10.1 inch touchscreen, the Android 3.1 operating system, and built-in Wifi for connection to the internet.
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6. Kenneth Cole Portfolio/Computer Case

Kenneth Cole Portfolio/Computer Case
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Image isn't everything, but it helps. A sleek carrying case graduation gift will give your grad the polished, professional look that will wow future clients. The one I've chosen, by Kenneth Cole, is both classy and roomy, constructed of rich brown cowhide leather with antique metal hardware. The front compartment features a padded computer pocket to accommodate a laptop with up to a 15.4" screen and three padded open pockets for accessories, but there's also a front pocket organizer and a rear exterior open pocket for easy access to frequently needed items.
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7. Seiko Alarm Chronograph Men's Watch

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Time management is a critical skill for success. Make it easier for your graduate to keep track of time with an alarm chronograph watch. Pick a gift like this one that has a snazzy two-tone stainless steel case and bracelet, three black subdials, a chronograph that can measure up to 60 minutes in 1/5 seconds and an alarm can be set on a 12 hour basis and show the time in a different time zone. Your business grad will be ready for any opportunity.
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8. Wittnauer 12L108 Montserrat Women's Watch

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Get her ready to take charge with a fine timepiece as a graduation gift. As this Wittnauer Montserrat Women's Watch demonstrates, timepieces do a whole lot more than just tell time; they also make a statement. Your grad will appreciate the combination of practicality and elegance this watch offers with its stainless steel and gold plated bezel, white face and silver and gold toned bracelet.
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