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A fitness tracker and other gift items.

Top Gifts for Grandparents

You put a lot of time and energy into finding that perfect gift for your loved ones, but shopping for grandparents isn't always easy. That's why we put together this list of recommended products that will bring a smile to their face. 

Go to Consumer Reports' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more. And be sure to check our Daily Gift Guide.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 (16GB)

Amazon Fire HD 8 2017 (16GB)

This Amazon product covers the basics well: reading news and books, watching movies, and playing simple games. Its 15-hour battery life is better than average. While not at the top of CR’s tablet ratings, it’s a great deal, selling for about one-half the cost of most competitors. It comes with Alexa, the voice-responding virtual assistant.

Check our buying guide and ratings for tablets.

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    Wren Sound V5US

    Wren Sound V5US

    This stylish, high-end wireless speaker works over both WiFi and Bluetooth, and its very good sound quality makes it a CR recommended model. It comes with a remote control, and it can play audio from smartphones and tablets over your home network using Apple AirPlay or DTS Play-Fi streaming standards.


    Check our buying guide and ratings for wireless speakers.

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      Dyson V8 Absolute

      Dyson V8 Absolute

      One of the most expensive stick vacuums but also one of the best CR ever tested. It receives top marks for carpet, edge cleaning, noise, and pet hair; quickly converts to a hand vac; does a good job controlling the release of fine dust particles; and easily empties in one step.
       

      Check our buying guide and ratings for vacuum cleaners.

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        Frigidaire Professional Programmable Drip FPDC12D7MS

        Frigidaire Professional...

        ​CR's tests found that t​his 12-cup drip coffee maker has a well-designed carafe, a​s well as impressive brewing and easy operation.​ And setup, operation, and cleanup are convenient and intuitive. Among its other attractions are a washable, cone-type filter basket; a water filter; and an indicator that tells you it's time to clean the machine.

        Check our buying guide and ratings for coffee makers.

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          Fitbit Charge 2

          Fitbit Charge 2

          This CR Best Buy delivers a high-value suite of features at an attractive price. More pure fitness tracker than sportswatch, the slim, elegant, and splashproof band fits comfortably and has intuitive functions accessible by a small button or its touch screen. It lacks GPS but offers real-time heart-rate monitoring and the ability to track steps, sleep, and calories burned.

          Check our buying guide and ratings for fitness trackers.

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            nest Learning Thermostat

            nest Learning Thermostat

            This easy-to-use thermostat remembers your daily heating and cooling preferences and creates a schedule based on them. Because it can detect whether someone is home, it can automatically adjust the temperature to conserve energy and help you save money. Improvements to this model include a slimmer design and a better screen.

            Check our buying guide and ratings for thermostats.

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              Bose QuietComfort 25

              Bose QuietComfort 25

              These over-the-ear headphones deliver a rare combination of top-notch noise cancellation and excellent sound quality, based on CR’s lab tests. The audio cable has a built-in microphone and phone control buttons. The cable also detaches when all you're after is peace and quiet.

              Check our buying guide and ratings for headphones

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