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25 great holiday gifts

Consumer Reports magazine: January 2013

Introducing the ultimate gift guide: electronics, small appliances, and other gear in 25 categories. That should cover you no matter what your loved ones (or, hey, you) want. We’ve tested all these models, and we recommend them. Pictured products appear first on the category lists and other choices follow.

On our site you'll also find our take on the best products we've tested in 2012; reviews of shopping websites, electronics and computer stores, and appliance retailers; insight on extended warranties (generally, don't bother); a list of stores that offer free gift wrapping; and much more.

And don't forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide and our Naughty & Nice List, which features companies that deserve jeers for things such as hidden fees or cheers for outstanding customer service or other consumer-friendly policies.

Happy shopping.

Electronics

  • Panasonic DMP-BDT220, $115
  • Samsung BD-E5300, $80
  • Toshiba BDX5300, $110

See our buying guide and Ratings for Blu-ray players.

  • Sony HDR-CX210, $370
  • Canon Vixia HF R300, $350
  • JVC Everio GZ-EX250, $400

See our buying guide and Ratings for camcorders.

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite with special offers, $120
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, $120
  • Amazon Kindle with special offers, $70

See our buying guide and Ratings for e-book readers.

  • Garmin Nuvi 2455LT, $160
  • Magellan Roadmate 3055, $150
  • Garmin Nuvi 2250LT, $150

See our buying guide and Ratings for GPS navigators.

  • Klipsch Image S4i (II), $100
  • Bose QuietComfort 15, $300
  • Grado Prestige SR80i, $100

See our buying guide and Ratings for headphones.

  • Apple MacBook Air 13-inch MD231LL/A, $1,200

See our buying guide and Ratings for computers.

  • Vizio E552VLE (55-inch), $850
  • Samsung UN46EH5300 (46-inch), $750
  • Sony Bravia KDL-40EX640 (40-inch), $800

See our buying guide and Ratings for TVs.

  • Panasonic Viera TC-P55ST50 (55-inch), $1,300
  • Samsung PN51E550 (51-inch), $850
  • LG 50PA5500 (50-inch), $650

See our buying guide and Ratings for TVs.

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4, $320
  • Canon PowerShot D20, $350

See our buying guide and Ratings for digital cameras.

  • Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB), $200 to $280 (varies by carrier) with two-year contract
  • Apple iPhone 5 (16GB), $200 with two-year contract

See our buying guide and Ratings for cell phones and services.

  • Nikon D3200, $700
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3, $500

See our buying guide and Ratings for digital cameras.

  • Edifier Spinnaker Bluetooth Speaker System, $350

See our buying guide and Ratings for wireless speaker systems.

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD (16GB, Wi-Fi only), $200 (plus $10 for charger)
  • Google Nexus 7 (16GB, Wi-Fi only), $200

See our buying guide and Ratings for tablets.

Appliances & Home

  • Vita-Mix 5200, $450
  • Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004, $60
  • KitchenAid KSB 565, $100

See our buying guide and Ratings for blenders.

  • Calphalon Contemporary, $450
  • Scanpan Classic, $500 (non-stick)
  • Starfrit Alternative Eco Pan, $110 (non-stick)

See our buying guide and Ratings for kitchen cookware.

  • Hitachi DS18DSAL, $170
  • Rigid R9600, $180
  • Craftsman 17310, $100

See our buying guide and Ratings for cordless drills and tool kits.

  • Kalorik CM2582, $80
  • Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT, $40
  • Waring Pro CMS 100, $60

See our buying guide and Ratings for coffeemakers.

  • Cuisinart DLC-2011 CHB, $200
  • Cuisinart DFP-14BCN, $200
  • KitchenAid KFP715, $100

See our buying guide and Ratings for food processors and choppers.

  • Vermont Castings Signature Series VCS322SSP, $1,000
  • Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463250512 (Home Depot), $400
  • Kenmore 16142, $350

See our buying guide and Ratings for gas grills.

  • KitchenAid Architect Series KHM920A[CS], $80
  • KitchenAid Artisan KHM7TWH5 7-Speed Digital, $80
  • Cuisinart Power Advantage HM-50, $50

See our buying guide and Ratings for mixers.

  • Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Professional “S,” $315
  • Wüsthof Trident Classic #8418, $350
  • Ginsu Chikara, $75

See our buying guide and Ratings for kitchen knives.

  • DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo, $150
  • Smart Café My Invento, $120
  • DeLonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Piccolo EDG200T, $100

See our buying guide and Ratings for coffeemakers.

  • Breville BEM800XL, $300
  • KitchenAid Classic K45SS[WH], $200
  • Hamilton Beach Electrics 6322[1], $180

See our buying guide and Ratings for mixers.

  • Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL, $250
  • Breville BOV650XL, $180
  • Oster TSSTTVMNDG, $80

See our buying guide and Ratings for toasters.

  • Clear2O CWS100A, $23
  • ZeroWater ZP-010, $38
  • ZeroWater ZD-013, $35

See our buying guide and Ratings for water filters.

   

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