Fast Five: Tech Gifts for the Graduating

March also marks the Graduation season for most people who are in the last years of their respective school departments, and you might still be wondering what to give him/her as a present. In this week’s Fast Five, we take a look at five tech gifts that can be useful to these students as they move a notch higher, or enter the corporate world.


Meizu MX1 Note (Php7,990)

Meizu M1 Note Front (web)

Considered as one of the best bang-for-the-buck smartphones available in the market today, the Meizu MX1 Note never fails to amaze us with its huge display and beefy internals at a sub-Php8k price. See more of our First Impressions here.

HP Stream 11 (Php13, 980)

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If he’s gearing up for the bigger challenges, why not gift him a portable laptop that he can bring anywhere? HP’s Stream laptops are a great bunch of netbooks that offer decent hardware at their price point, making it a great laptop for academic and office productivity.

A year of Microsoft Office 365 ($71.88 or *Php3,220, rated at $5.99 or *Php267 per month)

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Online services are becoming equally, if not more, important as offline ones. Microsoft Office 365 enables you to work with your documents, presentations and spreadsheets anywhere with ease, not to mention its huge 1TB OneDrive can store a lot of your files in the cloud. You can also check out our list of online services worth paying monthly here.

Asus Fonepad 7 (FE171CG) (starts at Php5,995)


A tablet may come in handy for those times that you feel a laptop is too heavy to bring, and the Asus Fonepad 7 (FE171CG) does the job well. An impressive battery life combined with dual-SIM capabilities can get you through any day with a breeze. Our full review is right here.

AWEI TS-150vi In-Ear Headphones (Php490)

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Rounding up our list is a thing most millennials have in their bags nowadays: an audio accessory. Over-the-ear cans, sporty neck bands, or flashy flat-cabled earpieces are just some of the top choices that they choose to listen to their favorite type of music. If you’re out of budget, maybe the AWEI TS-150vi In-Ear Headphones can fit the bill. Our review is right here.

That’s it for this week’s Fast Five. If you’re really tightening your belts and are looking for something worth your penny, check out our Ten Tech Gift Ideas under Php1,000. Are there any other awesome gift ideas you plan to give to your graduating loved ones? Hit them down the comments section below.

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11 Responses

  1. edgee says:

    saan kaya makakabili ng Meizu online?

  2. sus ah says:

    Isn’t Asus x200ma better than hp stream 11?

  3. Dazed says:

    Hi, there. That Asus Fonepad tablet stand looks nice. Where can I buy one? Thanks.

  4. archie says:

    Or we can tell them to get a job quickly and earn their own money for their gadgets. Since tapos na ang responsibility ng mga magulang nila, time for them to be independent. This will be offensive para karamihan pero sign ng katamaran kung 20-22 ka na at inaasa mo pa rin sa magulang ang lahat ng kailangan sa buhay.

    • Albert Wesker says:

      +1 on your comment. Graduation gift is fine but from the parents or from the people who spent money so you can finish school is not fine. I can’t understand why there should be a graduation gift from them. Putting you to school is already their gift from them to you, so that you can find a good job, so you can live your life.

    • yeeha says:

      Gift nga eh. Nothing wrong with it, unless humihingi ng gift yung graduating student or medyo kapos din sa pera yung nagbibigay.

      Kung tama naman ang pagpalaki dun sa graduating student, i’m sure magbibigay din yan pag may sweldo na yan.

    • Ronald says:

      Unfortunately with K12 program, 22 years old will be the next fresh college graduates for 4 year courses. Matagal tagal pang bunuan.

    • Real Parenting says:

      @Albert Wesker: FYI lang, responsibility ng magulang na pag aralin ang kanyang anak. Hindi yun gift or privilege ng mga bata. Yun ay obligation ng isang magulang. Sana alam nyo yun. Pag gumawa ka ng bata, well dapat mong pag aralin at palakihin ng tama. Responsibilidad mo yun bilang magulang. Hindi, inuulit ko HINDI kailngan hingin ng anak mo na kailngan nila mag aral. DAPAT mong ibigay sa kanila yun.

    • dan bry says:

      @Real Parenting
      I’m glad merong pang mga katulad mo na alam ang responsibilidad ng pagiging magulang.

      Ang iba kasi nag-aanak para may mag-alaga daw sa kanila pagtanda nila. Ang iba para may makatulong sa trabaho. Ang iba humihingi n kapalit sa pagpalaki sa mga anak.

    • JJ says:

      I’m a graduating student and I don’t really expect a gift though I want to buy an M1 Note or Lumia 640, and a new laptop once I get a job. It sucks that living with parents still remain as a culture in our country that’s why I want to rent my own place while working.

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