Chromebooks make great gifts and we're here to help you decide the best one to buy for the dad or grad in your life.

Update May 2017: We updated things to help you pick what's right for Father's Day and graduation gifts.

It's that time of year when we set aside a day for our dads and watch the next generation leave school and prepare for their future. That means we're looking for great gifts to celebrate! Good thing there is something that's easy to find, won't hurt your wallet and is something that anyone would love — a new Chromebook!

They come in plenty of sizes, styles and capabilities, so you'll be able to pick the perfect model no matter who you're buying for. And what you're giving — the full internet experience with the Chrome browser, thousands of apps and extensions that go with it and a secure system that is quick and almost maintenance free. Of course, you also get Google Play and over 1,000,000 Android applications on select models.

Since different people have different needs, let our expertise help you pick the right Chromebook to make the perfect gift.

The best Chromebook for your dad

Acer Chromebook R13

2017 will bring plenty of new Chromebooks at all price points, but right now the Acer Chromebook R13 is the best one for your dad.

At 13 inches, it has enough real estate to make for a "comfortable" experience, has plenty of power to do just about anything and folds over to become a large-screen tablet complete with a multi-touch interface. This meshes perfectly with Android apps from Google Play, which the R13 supports.

It's also built well and the aluminum body is tough enough to hold up in the den or the garage and it has full USB-C support to charge other devices using the power delivery standard — and it has a "regular" USB 3.0 port so all the things your dad already has can plug right in. Top things off with excellent battery life and the Acer Chromebook R13 is the best Chromebook you can buy for your dad.

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The best Chromebook for a new grad

The [Samsung Chromebook Plus] is the best Chromebook you can buy right now, and it's also the best Chromebook for anyone graduating and getting ready for what's next.

It's built tough and will survive life in a backpack or laptop bag, has the best screen you'll find on any laptop and has the power to do everything Chrome has to offer today as well as anything that comes in the future. It's also the first Chromebook to support a digital pen, which Samsung and Google worked on together to bring even more functionality. Simply put, this is the future of high-end Chromebooks and you can buy it today.

Designed for use with Google Play and Android apps, your grad will be able to do anything they need with the Chromebook Plus.

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A hyper-portable option

ASUS Chromebook Flip

The ASUS Chromebook Flip is the best Chromebook for anyone who is always on the go. The smaller 10-inch size makes it perfect for anyone who needs a small and light tool they can carry everywhere, all day, every day.

The hardware is plenty powerful to offer a great experience, too. The 1280 x 800 screen is bright and sharp and the keyboard and trackpad are responsive and easy to use. Best of all, it folds over on itself and becomes a full touchscreen device.

The addition of Google Play and Android apps combined with the convertible profile means the Flip is also a great Android tablet that great for playing games or watching a movie while taking a break.

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