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iPad Mini 2

Though it's not the newest petite iPad -- that would be the iPad Mini 4 -- the Mini 2 is our top pick for its lower cost. Save some dough and stick with the older model as a gift this year.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The 2015 upgrade of Amazon's widely popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader has a sharper screen for better reading anyplace, anytime.

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Oxo Barista Brain

Consider this the Cadillac of drip-coffee makers: It's pricey yet luxurious, and has the features coffee fanatics want. The two-in-one model includes a coffee maker and electric kettle for tea and cocoa.

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Apple Watch

Apple's first smartwatch is one of the top gadgets this year. It puts all the iPhone's alerts and notifications right on your wrist, and lets you connect without constantly reaching for your phone. Anyone with an Apple smartphone would be happy to get one.

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Apple Watch Hermès edition

No doubt, the Hermès edition Apple Watch, created in collaboration with the Paris fashion house, is a status symbol. This is the gift you get to impress, if you're willing to fork over the cost.

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Jawbone Up2

Tracking activity and sleep is still a big deal this year, and the Jawbone Up2 is one of the best fitness bands for the job. Redesigned to stay on your wrist without fail, the Jawbone Up2 keeps you conscious of your movements all day.

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Fitbit Charge HR

The Fitbit Charge HR's features and heart rate monitor make it a fantastic activity tracker, perfect for any fitness enthusiast or anyone on your list who wants to get moving.

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Garmin Forerunner 225

A bit more advanced than other fitness trackers, this running watch has GPS for mapping runs and a heart rate sensor. It's water resistant for pool workouts too.

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DJI Phantom 3 Professional

Drones are the hottest tech toys right now, and they can produce video from never-before-seen angles. The DJI Phantom 3 Professional shoots in 4K, and is easy to maneuver for novice pilots.

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Nikon D550

Looking for a workhorse camera for shooting vacations with the family? This is it. The Nikon D550 is compact enough to tote on a trip while taking fantastic photos that you'd expect from a DSLR.

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Sony Alpha 6000

Sony's top interchangeable lens camera is more compact than a DSLR, making it a great gift for budding photographers who want something ultra-portable. It's our best all-around pick in its class.

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GoPro Hero4 Silver

GoPro is the gold standard for action cameras and the Hero4 Silver is the best of the bunch. A touchscreen makes for easier shooting and the video quality is first-rate.

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Sony PlayStation 4

This top gaming console is still a fantastic present for any video game enthusiast in your life. It's also a great addition to any living room, with plenty of ways to watch video and stream music.

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Microsoft Xbox One

Microsoft's Xbox One console keeps getting better, and is a must-have for serious gamers. New for 2015, you can now play Xbox 360 games on it too, making it a perfect upgrade.

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iPhone 6S

How could the iPhone not make the cut? The 6S model isn't a major upgrade from 2014's 6, but extras like Live Photos and 3D Touch keep it fresh and cool.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung's Galaxy S6 is a great all-around Android smartphone with a slick design, improved fingerprint scanner and top-notch camera.

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Google Nexus 6P

Google's Nexus 6P smartphone is the best Android experience you can buy. Since the phone is sold unlocked, it works on almost any carrier.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol 3

Alcatel's One Touch Idol 3 proves that budget doesn't mean cheap. This low-cost unlocked smartphone is thin, sturdy, has a solid camera and includes a few design quirks that make it fun and unique.

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Plantronics BackBeat Sense

Plantronics' Bluetooth headphones offer plenty of style and features. They're lightweight and use memory foam to cushion your ears while you rock out.

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UE Boom 2

Completely waterproof, this superb-sounding wireless speaker can be anywhere from the beach and backyard to the living or dorm room. It comes in four bright colors, plus black or white.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

The 13-inch 2015 edition of Apple's popular laptop is fast on the inside with a thin and sleek outside. It's an all-around powerhouse Mac machine that would please anyone.

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Dell XPS 13 (2015)

Dell's XPS laptop is compact, yet has a wide 13-inch touchscreen and packs peak performance. It starts at around $1,599 and is easy to tote around.

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HP Stream 11

Bright, colorful and budget-friendly, the HP Stream is a no-frills 11-inch laptop perfect for writing papers or browsing the Internet. It's just under $300 so it won't break the bank.

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Sony BDP-S5500

A great accompaniment to any living room, Sony's BDP-S5500 Blu-ray player not only plays movies and streams TV, it can also stream Playstation Plus games through it.

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Sonos Play:5

Sonos' Play:5 may be the only tabletop speaker you ever need. Upgraded for 2015, the new model is bigger, sleeker and delivers superior sound. Spring for a pair to get surround-stereo sound, or use one on its own.

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Tylt Vu

For road warriors with long commutes in the car, the Tylt Vu wireless charger and dashboard mount can keep their phone handy and juiced up.

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Epson Expression Home XP-420

Compact, yet powerful, the Epson Expression Home XP-420 can handle any print, copy or scanning job you throw at it. Buy this only if your friend or family member explicitly asks for a printer this holiday season. Otherwise, please consider something more fun.

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