From budget-friendly Chromebooks to high-end gaming rigs, there’s never been a wider range of laptops to choose from when looking for a gift. However, when purchasing a notebook as a gift, it’s important to think about what the recipient will use it for. Students and road warriors will need something that’s light and lasts a long time on a charge, while creative types and gamers will require beefier GPUs and hard drives. For children getting their first notebook or for grandparents with whom you want to stay in touch, something simpler and less expensive may be all they require. There are a lot of laptops out there, but here are our favorite holiday picks that will more than satisfy a wide range of users.
The 13-inch MacBook Air is the ideal laptop for students or travelers who are going to spend a lot of time away from an outlet. Apple's most portable laptop gets a major boost from Intel's Haswell processor as well as OS X Mavericks, lasting nearly 13 hours on a charge. On top of that, this 3-lb., all-aluminum notebook has a superb keyboard and touchpad, fast flash memory, and some of the best speakers on a system this thin.