By Meredith Popolo, PCMag.com

The men out there know all too well that shopping for the special women in their lives can be next to impossible. Your mother wants something she can use, but "isn't too confusing," while your mother-in-law wants "the best there is." Your wife "doesn't need anything." Your girlfriend wants "something from the heart," and your daughter simply wants everything.

While her wishes may be vague and spoken in code, giving the perfect surprise can illuminate her face like the lights on a tree. It will act as a constant reminder of your happy holiday together. On the other hand, giving the wrong gift can be, well, memorable in a different way. Let's just say those dirty dishes won't wash themselves all year. And inevitably, she's a professional at picking presents for you, always gifting just the right thing that you didn't even know you wanted, or needed. No pressure, though.

Giving the gift of tech can make her life easier with a device she might never have bought herself, or let her experiment with a new electronic she has never touched. And if you're nice enough, she might even let you try it out.

But you have no need to fret because PCMag has got your back when it comes to buying gifts for your ladies this holiday season. We've handpicked some of the best products we've seen this year, from laptops and desktops to phones and cameras, all ideal for her. So have a look before you sign the card and seal the envelope.

TOP PICKS FOR WOMEN:

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Laptop:

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt)

Rating:

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Price as Tested:

$1,799.00 - $2,199.00

Bottom Line:

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Thunderbolt) is the fastest, most technologically advanced laptop to grace our Labs benches.

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Desktop:

HP TouchSmart 610-1065qd

Rating:

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Price as Tested:

$1,399.99 - $1,878.98

Bottom Line:

Thanks to some amazing innovations, the quad-core-equipped HP TouchSmart 610-1065qd all-in-one desktop moves the touch screen from the novelty phase to the seriously usable phase, and that's worth full marks in our book.

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Phone:

Apple iPhone 4S

Rating:

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Price as Tested:

$199.99 - $399.99 with contract

Bottom Line:

The Apple iPhone 4S makes it easy to call, take photos, surf the Web and play games: the tasks that most people want to accomplish with their smartphones.

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Printer:

Canon Pixma MG8220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One

Rating:

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Price as Tested:

$219.99 - $315.15

Bottom Line:

The Canon Pixma MG8220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One has equal claim to being either a high-end home MFP or a standalone home photo lab.

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Music Player:

Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip

Rating:

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Price as Tested:

$43.00 - $49.99

Bottom Line:

The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a solid budget MP3 player, small enough to clip to a shirt and sturdy enough to survive your workouts. And it offers much more than the same-price iPod shuffle.

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GPS:

Garmin nüvi 2350LMT

Rating:

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Price as Tested:

$166.40 - $269.99

Bottom Line:

The Garmin nüvi 2350LMT is only a modest improvement over the company's earlier midrange GPS devices, but it's still enough to remain one of the class leaders.

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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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