By Jennifer Bergen, PCMag.com

With the holidays quickly approaching, it's time to start thinking about making that list. Although we're sure the men in your life would be okay with a few packages of socks and underwear, what they really want is a new gadget. Granddads, fathers, brothers, uncles, husbands, and boyfriends will all be thrilled when they rip open the wrapping paper to reveal a new shiny camera, tablet, or ereader. Socks and underwear are important, but the holidays are a time to really give these guys what they've been talking about all year.

This year while you're doing your holiday shopping, put the bottles of cologne down, put back the baseball hat, and head on over to the electronics section where you'll be sure to find something that all the guys on your list will like. If you're not exactly sure where to start in terms of what gadget to buy, we're here to help you. Narrowing it down to a specific category (laptops, phones, MP3 players, etc.) is hard enough, but actually picking the best product from that category can be a rather daunting task. Luckily, we've rounded up some of the best products we've come across this year, and our editors have handpicked the best product in each category so you don't have to spend hours Googling dozens of product names and comparing reviews.

We picked out gifts that would suit the athlete, the bookworm, the amateur photographer, and the businessman in your life. From business laptops and Bluetooth headsets, to D-SLRs and Android phones, there's quite a variety to choose from.

TOP PICKS FOR MEN

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Laptop:

Acer Travelmate 8441T-6440

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Price:

$995

Bottom Line:

What little the Acer Travelmate 8441T-6440 business laptop gives up in horsepower, it gains back with a sleek, ultrabook-like design (low volt processor requires fewer clunky cooling fans) and over 11 hours of battery life.

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Desktop:

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Thunderbolt)

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Price:

$1,132 to $1,199

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The newest iMac has a second-generation Intel Core processor and Thunderbolt. It's the fastest $1,200 all-in-one desktop PC, period. With a compact chassis, quad-core power, a 1080p screen, and 3D performance, the most recent iMac will surely make your guy smile.

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Tablet:

Apple iPad 2

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Price:

$699 to $799

Bottom Line:

The clear standout in the ever-widening sea of tablets, the Apple iPad 2 brings a slimmer design, dual cameras, and FaceTime video chat to a tablet that already had a leg up on the competition. Its A5 chip offers faster graphics processing and faster general performance.

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Phone:

Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon Wireless)

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Price:

$299

Bottom Line:

The fastest, most powerful smartphone for Verizon, the Motorola Droid Bionic gives you the full Web with no waiting thanks to its powerful processor and speedy LTE modem.

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Printer:

Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Ink Jet Printer

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Price:

$499.99

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The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 offers speed and output quality suitable for professional photographers and graphic artists at a price suitable for serious amateurs. Printing impressively high-quality photos and graphics and fast speeds, the R200 will be a pleasant surprise for that photographer in your life.

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Music Player:

Sony W Series Walkman (NWZ-W262)

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Price:

$59.99

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At $60, you’d be lucky to find a good pair of earphones, but the Sony W Series Walkman NWZ-W262 adds an MP3 player and a gym-friendly design to the strong audio performance. If you're shopping for an athletic music lover, this water-resistant MP3 player is your best bet.

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Camera:

Nikon D5100

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Price:

$899.99 with 18-55mm kit lens

Bottom Line:

The Nikon D5100 offers a fantastic mix of still-image and video-recording quality, along with plenty of features including top-notch in-camera effects. This well-rounded shooter offers superb still image and video quality. If you're looking for a camera with excellent low-light shooting capabilities, the Nikon D5100 is the camera for you.

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Bluetooth Headset:

Aliph Jawbone Era

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Price:

$129

Bottom Line:

The good-looking Aliph Jawbone Era is more than a headset: it's a potential audio computing platform. It offers excellent sound quality, especially for A2DP. The Jawbone Era is the first Bluetooth headset with an accelerometer and a dedicated applications processor, which means your guy can use it as a game controller, a pedometer, or a navigation unit.

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Find more great high-tech holiday gift buying ideas, advice, prices and products at PCMag.com's Holiday Gift Guide!

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