The holiday season is when more TVs are sold than any other time in the year, when prices are lowest, and when people have the best excuse to update their boob tubes. Here's a guide to the least expensive.
TVs seem to get less and less expensive every year, and 2014 is no exception. You can get--and more to the point, give--a great TV for less than half a grand. All of the following TVs are less than 50 inches, but all got good reviews.
The E series is the TV gift that pleases both the receiver -- for obvious reasons: it's a great TV -- and the giver, as its price is nearly impossible to beat. At 48 inches, it's also one of the largest TVs on this list.
The Roku TV offers the best Smart TV suite available and the 48-inch size is one of the biggest screens under $500 that makes this list. And it's so simple to use, even the most tech-clueless recipient will love it.