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Holiday gift guide 2018: CNET editors' top picks

The best of the best, across all gadget categories and price picks.

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This year, we've collected dozens of great gift ideas at every price point. You can check out the full CNET Holiday Gift Guide to see them all, segmented by price and product category. But for those of you who are looking for a concierge experience, we've chosen some of our favorites right here.

Looking for Black Friday deals? We have dozens of those, too. 

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Under $26 pick: Anker PowerCore Fusion

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The Anker PowerCore Fusion doubles as a dual-USB wall charger and a battery pack.

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This little gadget is my favorite travel accessory. It combines a dual-USB charger with a built-in 5000mAh battery. Perfect for juicing up your gadgets whether you're near an AC outlet, cruising at 35,000 feet or anywhere in between.

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Under $50 pick: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation)

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Updated for 2018, the latest iteration of the Echo Dot is still the most affordable on-ramp to an Alexa-powered smart home -- but it looks and sounds better than ever. Even better, this model will be sold for just $24 starting on Nov. 22, along with discounts on nearly every other Amazon device.  Read the Echo Dot (3rd generation) review.

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Under $75 pick: Roku Streaming Stick Plus

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This 2017 video streamer remains our top pick in the category, with every (non-Apple) channel under the sun, excellent 4K and HDR video quality and a wireless remote that controls your TV's power and volume, too -- all for just $60. Read the Roku Streaming Stick Plus review.

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Under $100 pick: Amazon Fire HD 8

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The 2018 version of the Fire HD 8 tablet adds a better front selfie camera and hands-free Alexa support. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same 8-inch tablet as before -- which is to say, an amazing value for just $80 (and often cheaper during Amazon holiday sales). Oh, and there's a Kids Edition too, with 32GB of storage, a protective case, a two-year free replacement policy and one year of FreeTime Unlimited (free kid-friendly content) for a bit more. Just make sure you wait until Nov. 22, when the price dips to just $50 at Amazon and elsewhere. (The Kids Edition drops to $90 on Nov. 16, too.)

Read the Fire HD 8 (2018) review.

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Under $250 pick: Google Home Hub

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New for 2018, Google's $150 smart display looks like a 7-inch tablet glued to a smart speaker. But it's got the fantastic Google Assistant built-in, doubles as a YouTube viewer and lacks a camera -- which is great, because it means you can have it in your bedroom without being creeped out. Best of all, the Home Hub will be widely available for just $99 during Black Friday sales. Read the Google Home Hub review.

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Under $500 pick: Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

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Third time's the charm for Sony: The venerable Japanese brand has finally beaten Bose at its own game. The new-for-2018 Sony WH-1000XM3 lay claim to the crown of best overall noise-canceling headphones, thanks to superior comfort, excellent battery life and amazing sound quality. Read the Sony WH-1000XM3 review.

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