From High-Tech Holidays: The Xperience Gift Guide, 2013 Edition:

iPad Air and iPad mini
iPad Air and iPad mini

With the original iPad mini, released in October 2012, Apple showed how thin and light a tablet could be. With the iPad Air, it has brought that same slimness to the full-size iPad. And it’s finally given the mini a proper Retina screen. These are the two best tablets on the market; which one to buy depends on whether the giftee will use their device primarily for consuming content (iPad mini) or also for creating it (iPad Air). $499 to $1029 at store.apple.com.