Best TV gifts for the 2017 holidays

Nothing says "Happy Holidays!" like a gigantic box swathed in candy cane wrapping paper. Here's our picks this season, some of which are less expensive than you'd think.

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TVs for all seasons

Tis the season...for giving somebody a TV as a gift. If you've decided to put someone in your debt with an awesome gift, this list will help.

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TCL P series Roku TV

One of our favorite TVs of the year, the P comes in only one size--55-inches--but if that's for you, it's tough to beat. Superb image quality combines with Roku's best-in-class Smart TV system.

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Vizio M series

Our second-favorite non-OLED TV of the year, the Vizio's biggest advantage over the TCL P series is availability in multiple sizes. It too delivers incredible image quality for the money, but we like the 55-inch TCL a bit better because of Roku.

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Sony XBR-X900E series

Maybe you don't want a Vizio or TCL, of maybe you value the Sony brand, Google smarts or sleek styling. This superb TV is an excellent alternative, and it's still affordable.

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LG OLEDB7A series

Sure it's expensive, but the B7A is actually the least-expensive OLED TV ever. We haven't reviewed it, but we did test the C7 series (see the next slide), which has identical image quality -- that happens to be the best we've ever tested. Talk about the perfect high-end TV gift.

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LG OLEDC7P series

Its image quality is phenomenal and it has some slightly better features and styling compared to the B7A from the previous slide, but that OLED TV is still a better value than this one.

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Vizio E series (60- to 80-inch)

So what if you don't want to spend quite so much? One of the best values is Vizio's larger E series models, the only ones with the image quality benefits of local dimming.

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Vizio E series (43- to 55-inch)

The smaller E's are also excellent values, albeit without as good of an image. All of Vizio's E's have Chromecast built-in and app-based control from your phone.

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TCL S405 series

Whether your gift recipient is a cable cord cutter or just wants a TV built for streaming, nothing does it better than Roku. The S405 is one of our favorites for the money.

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TCL S305 series

Smaller than the S405 but with similar image quality, built-in streaming makes the S305 the perfect bedroom TV.

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Element Amazon Fire TV Edition

Here's one for Amazon fans: the Element TV has Fire TV smarts built-in, and even allows Alexa voice control from Echo speakers

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Vizio P series

The bigger brother of the M series we liked so much, it's more expensive and promises a bit better image. We'll see once we get the chance to test it.

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Samsung MU9000 series

It's not a QLED TV, but this sleek Samsung should still appeal to people who prize style and convenience. 

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LG OLEDE7P series

The E7 has the same picture as LG's other OLED TVs for more money, and tries to entice you with picture-on-glass styling and improved audio.

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Sony XBR-A1E series

Feeling super DUPER generous? This Sony matches the LG OLED's picture and raises it with unique, stand-less design.

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Samsung QNQ7F series

Speaking of stands, this Samsung QLED is flat-out beautiful. It's expensive, of course, but makes a great splurge for the design-conscious giftee.

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Samsung The Frame

When is a TV not a TV? When it's designed to look just like a picture frame. Leave it to Samsung to create a TV that blends perfectly with your art collection, and even displays it.

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LG OLEDW7P series

A TV that looks like a picture frame not sleek enough for you? This one is thin enough to be mistaken for actual wallpaper.

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Optoma HD142X

So what if the person you're buying for wants a truly huge screen? This Optoma delivers a great picture for a rock-bottom price.

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Benq HT2050

Spend a little more and get an even better image, courtesty of BenQ.

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Epson Home Cinema 640

Sure it's not full HD resolution, but this budget Epson projector can still throw up a good-looking, massive picture.

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