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A Fitbit, camera, and tablet are top gifts for moms.

Top Gifts for Moms

There's no doubt that moms do so much for us, from keeping us healthy as kids to giving the best advice well after we leave the nest. Most of us would be lost without them. This holiday season, let us help you find the perfect gift for your mom.

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.

Garmin Forerunner 35

Garmin Forerunner 35

This GPS-equipped fitness watch gets a CR recommendation due to its excellent real-time heart rate monitoring, accurate step counting, and a 1.3-inch screen that’s sharply visible in both low and bright light. The Forerunner offers sleep and calorie tracking, and is easy to put on, recharge, and sync with smartphones for text and call notifications.

Check our buying guide and ratings for fitness trackers.


    Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB)

    Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB)

    With an 8-inch screen, this is the smallest of the Asus tablets. But it packs high performance into a slim and light package, including an excellent display, GPS mapping, voice-typing, and an on-screen keyboard that allows text entry by swiping across keyboard letters. All this and an attractive price tag make it a CR Best Buy.

    Check our buying guide and ratings for tablets.

      Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

      Black+Decker Mill & Brew CM5000B

      Coffee aficionados know that the volatile oils, flavors, and aromas in coffee beans are exposed by grinding—and begin dissipating within minutes. This machine keeps the flavors fresh by grinding whole beans in the brew basket immediately before adding hot water. But if you want to use pre-ground coffee, the grind function switches off.

      Check our buying guide and ratings for coffee makers.

        Vitamix Professional Series 300

        Vitamix Professional Series 300

        This premium-priced, 8-cup-capacity blender earned an excellent Overall score in CR’s testing. Our experts found that it is very good at making smoothies and pureeing. It also performed strongly in durability testing—which involved crushing ice 45 times. Our survey data shows it to be the most reliable blender brand on the market.

        Check our buying guide and ratings for blenders.

          Ginsu Chikara

          Ginsu Chikara

          Some still associate the Ginsu brand with its ’70s and ’80s infomercials. (“Not even a tin can can dull a Ginsu!”) But this is a serious cutlery company, and its eight-piece set offers real value. CR experts named the collection a Best Buy after finding it offers performance and handle comfort on a par with much pricier knives.

          Check our buying guide and ratings for kitchen knives.

            Canon EOS 750D Rebel T6i w/ 18-55mm IS STM

            Canon EOS 750D Rebel T6i w/...

            This entry-level, 24-megapixel SLR achieves very good image quality in both photo and video mode, using many of the same features found on the pricier EOS Rebel T6s. It can shoot five frames per second, and—though packed with manual controls—is still smaller and lighter than many comparable SLR cameras.

            Check our buying guide and ratings for digital cameras.


              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.

                DeWalt DCD791D2

                DeWalt DCD791D2

                This 20-volt drill driver demonstrated excellent speed and good power in CR testing. Its impressive performance, compact size, and modest price-point make it a CR Best Buy. At 3.4 pounds, it handles easily while still packing a powerful punch. It comes with two lithium-ion batteries and a built-in work light.

                Check our buying guide and ratings for cordless drills.

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