Smartwatches and wearables are finally finding their place they’ve become pretty robust health trackers and what better way to help your loved ones care for themselves than a device that can help monitor their well-being. Smartwatches have also become more affordable and even Apple has a new sub $300 watches in its lineup though the most popular products in this category are wristwear and wireless earbuds there are other gadgets to consider. Here are the best wearables you can buy for people on your list this year.
Apple Watch SE
For those using iphones. The $280 apple watch se offers plenty of modern features for the price. It has a big bright screen. The same speedy processor as the series 5 and runs the new watch OS 7. Your loved one will appreciate features like automatic hand wash detection robust fitness tracking and helpful apps while its sleep tracking tool lags. The competition the watch se still beats every other smart watch when it comes to iphone integration and everyday performance.
For someone who’s never owned a smartwatch, the watch SE will be an exciting introduction to the category plus with apple’s new family setup tool your parents or children don’t even have to have their own iphone to be able to use the watch SE just use your iphone once to set it up for them. If you have more room in your budget the series 6 brings blood oxygen monitoring and ECG which the health-obsessed will appreciate.
Galaxy Watch 3
If your loved one is using android though there is no better smartwatch for them than the galaxy watch 3. It uses Samsung’s intuitive Tizen os and features a slimmed down spinning bezel which we found is the best way to interact with a smartwatch. Watch 3 offers a suite of health tracking tools. Like ECG fall detection blood oxygen sensing and sleep tracking that uses your heart rate to figure out what sleep zone you’re in. Your give gifty can also use it to send and reply to messages log their food and water intake and track their workouts.
The watch 3 is a little chunky though. So if your relative is someone who prefers something smaller or wants to use it for fitness purposes. Consider the galaxy watch active 2 instead. It offers many of the same features in a thinner lighter frame and at a cheaper price too. But note that the convenient rotating bezel will be replaced by a touch-sensitive one. So if easy navigation is a priority stick with watch 3.
Fitbit Sense Wearables
Whether they’re on ios or android the health and wellness devotee on your list will appreciate. A robust health tracker these days the most useful thing about wearables is their ability to keep tabs on your overall well-being and the watch with the most robust set of health tracking tools is the fitbit sense. In addition to features like sleep and blood oxygen monitoring the sense also senses your skin temperature and electrodermal activity. It uses this data to understand your body’s response to stress and help detect when you might have a fever.
For example, while Fitbit’s os isn’t as full-featured as apples or even Samsung’s. It has the upper hand when it comes to health monitoring. If your loved one is less of a techie and more into analyzing their metrics. This will serve up all the physiological data that they could want just make sure to remind them that the device isn’t meant for medical purposes and they should still check in with their doctor if something seems a miss.
Garmin Vivomove HR
For those who prefer a more traditional vibe, a hybrid smartwatch is an excellent option. There are plenty of brands to choose from like Withings Timex or fossil. But we recommend the Garmin Vivomove HR for its comprehensive feature set and attractive design. It offers constant heart rate monitoring stress and sleeps tracking music controls and a subtle touch screen display on top of a traditional watch face.
This panel will show your gifties steps calories heart rate and vo2 max as well as message alerts and more because it does so much. The Vivomove hr will last just 5 days in smart mode. But it’ll hang around for an extra 2 weeks with just its hands telling. At the time this is one of the best-looking hybrids watches around with plenty of customization options too. So it’ll be easy to find a style that the fashionable techie on your list will like.
Fossil Gen 5 Series
If you’re buying something for a designer brand lover though consider something from their favorite company. Fashion houses is some of the biggest smart watchmakers often infusing classic timepieces with google’s limited wear OS to offer connected versions of customer favorites luxury labels like Louis Vuitton tag Hoyer and Movado. All have offerings for the fans as do fossil owned brands like Michael kors Skogen and kate spade of all the smartwatches that fossil offers in this portfolio of designers though.
The fossil gen 5 series offers the best set of features it combines google software with some fossil specific tweaks for improved battery life and some extra activity and health tracking tools. Fossils watch also tend to be a lot prettier than the competition you’ll be able to pick from two main gen 5 styles for your loved one and a handful of case finishes and strap options for each for more style and size options though consider. The gen 5 e series offers the same features in more colors and cases.
Fitbit Band Wearables
Not everyone wants a watch some people just want a basic band for most people. The words fitness tracker immediately brings to mind a Fitbit band. It’s no surprise since the company pioneered the category and makes some of the best devices available. The inspire 2 is the latest of the company’s popular low profile health monitoring bands. It brings a brighter display as well as longer 10-day battery life.
Plus it offers a constant heart rate monitor which allows it to understand what sleep zones. Your gifty is in when they wear the device to bed they’ll also be able to wear this in the pool. The track labs and use the Fitbit app to keep an eye on their menstrual cycles. The inspire 2 doesn’t have built-in GPS though. So your friend will need to bring their phone with them to map their runs for the price. The inspire 2 is a solid option for someone who prefers the subtle look of a bangle or a wristband.
Snap Spectacles 3 Wearables
We all know that person who’s always taking videos for Instagram tik-tok or Snapchat. The snap spectacles 3 is perfect for the influencer wannabe on your list. Since it makes taking hands-free first-person videos incredibly easy with one tap on the frames. They’ll be able to record a 10-second video clip or snap quick pictures by holding down. While they’ll need to use the Snapchat app for setup and downloading their footage your friend can still share their clips to any social media outlet that they prefer.
The spectacle’s quirky aesthetic might not appeal to everyone but it certainly makes for eye-catching selfies and you don’t have to worry about your gif being used to record you without your knowledge either. The glasses have an led ring above the lenses that light up when it’s recording. So you’ll be aware if you’re being filmed.
I hope this list of wearables was helpful to you as you do your holiday shopping this year. For more advice on what gadgets to buy this holiday season as well as in-depth reviews on laptops, wearables and smartphones make sure to update us.