If you're in the market for a new laptop, consider a Chromebook. Depending on the needs of the user, Chromebooks can be a wonderful little machine to have thanks to their inexpensive cost, relatively snappy startup upon booting the computer, and they're extremely simpler to use. While many Chromebooks typically cost around $200-$300, right now you can grab the Toshiba CB30 Chromebook on sale over at eBay for $149.99 with a normal price of $279.99 This makes it a pretty decent deal for a model that's usually a bit more, and it carries decent hardware, not to mention at this price it could be a pretty decent gift for the holidays.
The Toshiba CB30 Chromebook comes equipped with 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, and comes with 2GB of RAM as well as 16GB of internal storage on the solid state drive. It's powered by an Intel Celeron 2955U processor with Intel HD graphics, is capable of expandable flash memory through the SD card reader, and it has a built-in HD webcam for video chat. It supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, and the battery delivers around 9 hours of life on a single charge which should be more than enough for most people to get through an entire day without having to lug the charger around with you.