Amazon Kindle ($79); Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch ($99)
For those folks on your list who don’t need a full-fledged tablet and who simply want to sit and read, an ebook reader is just the thing. These days, you have more models to choose from than ever before, and they offer better features and lower prices than we’ve seen in the past. Amazon’s basic Kindle starts at $79, though you’ll have to add $30 if you don’t want the recipient to be bothered by Amazon’s “special offers,” aka ads. Barnes & Noble’s entry-level model is the $99, ad-free Nook Simple Touch.