Holiday best bets for last minute house gifts
For gift giving around the house, let's start in the kitchen.
If you are looking for an outstanding mixer look no further than Kitchen Aid. They have plenty of power and large mixing bowls.
For a coffeemaker, top ratings go to the $120 Cuisinart Brew Central, model number DCC-1200. It's very convenient and programmable.
Or, for less, a simple French press can brew up an outstanding cup
If you're looking for an under $30 gift for a wine enthusiast, there are two electric corkscrews from Oster and Emerson that work very well. Or try a continuous turning corkscrew from Screwpull.
And for the person who thinks they have everything, something they don't have -- a super fast double wall oven from Turbo Chef. It cooks a pizza in just over two minutes and your Christmas turkey in under an hour with five star results.
For cleaning up small holiday accidents, Consumer Reports tests show there are plenty of good hand vacuums to choose from, including the top-rated Black and Decker model PHV1800. It goes for $70.
And for looking your best, the top-rated foil shaver was the Braun 360 degree complete for $220.
The Phillips Philishave Speed XL for $180 came out on top for rotary shavers.
Consumer Reports also named the Remington Microscreen 500 model MS2390 a best buy for $100.
In the work shop, the top-rated cordless tool kit is Hitachi's $600 one with all the tools rated very good to excellent. If the circular saw is not as important to you, you can save some money by getting the $350 Ryobi P843 tool kit.
For simple jobs around the home, a cordless drill may be all your need.
In Consumer Reports testing the top drill comes from Panasonic. The Makita 18 volt is the lightest weight of the top performers, at only three and a half pounds.
And if you are looking for a holiday treat for when all the shopping is done, Ghirardelli hot chocolate is tops for taste.
if you are buying an appliance, like a coffeemaker for that someone special, better get something special just for her too -- or save the appliance buying for after Christmas.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Chris Olsen