If you're looking for a new set of headphones to give as a gift this holiday season, the first thing you'll notice is that you're faced with a multitude of options. There's no shortage of headphones, which is why our "Best headphones for the holidays" round-up has so many products in it.
You can check out that, but I've also cobbled together this list of top picks for those who prefer brevity -- and fewer options.
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Best headphone for deal seekers:
You'd be hard pressed to find a better-sounding -- and better built -- full-size Bluetooth headphone for under $50 than the $50 at Amazon (with case)., which retails for See it at Amazon
Best headphone for the road warrior:
, the third generation of Sony's excellent wireless noise-canceling headphones is more comfortable and has even better performance. It's currently our top-rated noise-canceling headphone. See it at Amazon
Best headphone for someone who doesn't want any wires:
Jabra's Elite 65t earphones aren't quite as durable, but there isn't a huge difference in quality and they sometimes go on sale.are among the top truly wireless earphones and are superior to Apple's AirPods in some ways. The step-down See it at Amazon
Best headphone for commuters who don't want full-size cans:
Plantronics' new premium-sounding neckband-stylefeatures active noise canceling at a moderate price with one feature missing from Bose's .See it at Amazon
Best headphone for serious runners:
AfterShokz' bone-conduction wireless headphones gets better with each generation, and theis the company's best headphone yet.
The big benefit of the technology is that thanks to its open design, you can hear what's going on around you while listening to music or speaking on the phone. That openness allows runners and bikers to hear traffic, an important safety feature. And some race coordinators don't allow you to wear anything in your ears, so a headphone like the Trekz Air ($150 at Amazon) comes in particularly handy for people who need to listen to music while they run.See it at Amazon
Looking for more picks? Check out our complete list below.
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