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Holiday Gift Guide

Say "bah humbug" to the economy's slow recovery and give in to the urge to splurge.

So you've been saving to buy a big-ticket surprise for a special someone (or — shhh — for yourself). To help you find cool stuff that's worth the cash, we teamed with Consumer Reports to create a holiday dream list that includes the best computers, cameras — even cars — for your money.

— Courtesy Subaru


Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited (About $29,500, well-equipped)

The top-rated Forester offers the most comfortable ride of any small SUV, has excellent crash-test scores, and gets about 21 mpg. (And yes, the roof is big enough for one of those giant red gift bows.)

Runner-up: The zippy Ford Fusion Hybrid (about $31,000, well-equipped) ranks among the best family sedans, with superb handling, an excellent safety record and a fuel-friendly 34 mpg.

Go to page 2 for our best e-reader and best laptop/tablet picks.

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