Anyone who has ever tried to buy for a teen or tween knows what a monumental task it can be. We're here to help. We put together a list of some of the top-rated products that will have your kids high-fiving you this holiday season (because hugging just isn't cool at that age).
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1MORE E1001 Triple Driver
These small, sleek earphones are one of the few portable models that deliver excellent sound quality. They’re also great to look at and come with nine earpieces in a variety of sizes to help you find a comfortable fit.
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Apple MacBook 12-inch MF855LL/A
The jewel in Apple's revived MacBook line, this 12-inch laptop offers an excellent Retina display, a fast, efficient solid-state drive, and more than 16 hours of battery life. There’s no optical drive for handling CDs or DVDs, but it does handle web browsing, video editing, and midrange gaming with effortless speed. Best of all, it weighs only 2 pounds.
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Apple Watch Series 2 (38mm) Aluminum case
The old Apple Watch was aimed at keeping you connected. This new one has added some serious fitness-tracker muscle. It's water-resistant to a depth of 50 meters and has built-in GPS to map your runs, and the heart-rate monitor and step-tracking features are plenty accurate. The updated watchOS 3 operating system also lets you share workout data with family and friends.
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At about 19 pounds, this large but portable speaker system is rugged. That makes it great for the outdoors. But even better, it also offers very good sound quality, so it’s an ideal companion for ice fishers and tailgaters. Plus it’s simple to use, with a clearly marked 3.5 mm input, microphone inputs, and bass and treble controls.
Fujifilm FinePix XP90
If you’re looking for a waterproof camera that won’t sink your budget, this is one to train your sights on. It has a bold design and comes in blue, green, orange, or yellow. But it’s got more going for it than just a pretty face. It performs well and even has geotagging, so it’s easy to prove whether the photos were taken in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the one in Las Vegas.
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Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 700 24" F0BE006SUS
Families with gamers will love this all-in-one, lightning-fast desktop computer. It has enough muscle to handle video editing, and its 1-terabyte hard drive has room to store every family member’s favorite music (and at least a few of their favorite movies). It also has touch-screen functionality, a webcam, a very good display, and a wireless keyboard and mouse.
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