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Stores are packed with a lot of cool electronics this time of year.

But which tech is worth buying?

Our partners at Consumer Reports say, even for those who use a phone to shoot video, an action camera is a great gift.

"The action camcorders can go where a phone cannot go. You can strap them to a helmet, for example, when you're biking or skiing and get live action shots of your outdoor sports," said Carol Mangis of Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports recommends the $300 GoPro Hero3.

For movie lovers who want great sound in their living room, testers have the perfect solution: a sound bar.

"Flat screens don't always have the best sound; they're too flat to fit the speakers inside. So this is an external speaker that will give you much better sound for your television," said Mangis.

Consumer Reports recommends the Sonos Playbar for $700.

Meantime, wireless speakers are a great way to listen to the music on your devices.

Consumer Reports recommends the TDK Life on Record for $150.

For people who want to stream media onto their TV, Consumer Reports says Google Chromecast is the way to go.

"The Chromecast is a flash-drive-sized device. You just plug it into your TV's HDMI port and you can stream video straight to your TV," said Mangis.

And best of all, the Google Chromecast is just $35.

For the little one on your list, the $52 Turtle from Cloud B is a fun toy and also serves as a night-light as your child drifts off to dreamland.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website. Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.

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