Well buying a vacuum cleaner might sound like the height of boooorrrringgg, but what if you have someone who really needs 🙂 Consumer Reports is usually a good source for this and the $30 a year subscription is well worth it. After looking there are other places, the best "stick vacuum cleaner" is the kind of unlikely named (and colored bright red 😉 Dirt Devil Accucharge DB20035RED for a whomping$60 🙂
And looking at the top rated stick vacuums on Amazon, the Dirt Devil is top selling, but the top rated is the Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick SH20030 for $80 and the Eureka Easy Clean 2 in 1 for$50. Both not bad prices. So it depends on whether you want cords or not.
The Hoover Corded Cyclonic (SH200030) is the corded version of the highly rated (and expensive at \$150) Hoover Linx, so it makes sense if you don't need battery power. It is quite a bit bigger than the Dirt Devil Accucharge so you need room for it.