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Photo: Peter Kotoff (Shutterstock) The holidays are, once again, rapidly approaching, and aside from toys and clothes, tech is always at the top of many people’s wish lists. The problem is, there are a lot of products out there to choose from, and it can be difficult to choose one when you don’t know the differences. If you’re looking to buy smartphones, tablets, or game consoles for your loved ones this year, but have no idea where to start, use these tips to get started. Ask what they need it for This might be the most important point on this list: You need to know what your friend or family member needs this item for before figuring out which one to buy. “It’s the thought that counts” doesn’t really apply when your recipients can’t use the gift you bought them; tech is a bit too specific for that mistake. Sure, there are many products that can perform similar tasks, but it’s important to buy the right thing in the first place. For example, you might be looking into buying a laptop for someone for Christmas. You see the prices on Windows or Mac options, and figure that, for the price, a Chromebook can get the job done. If you find out all they need it for is schoolwork, email, and light web browsing, sure, a Chromebook will do the trick. However, if you didn’t ask, and it turns out they needed a machine for video editing, or, God forbid, […]