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Even thoughcontinue to be among the hottest gifts for the holidays. Given the fact that smartwatches such as and the are for sale on this Black Friday and Cyber Monday you may be interested in making a purchase. But do they make the for everyone on your list?
. In fact, they can cause stress for some people. You know what I mean if you have ever given (or received) an inappropriate gift. Nobody ever wants to send the wrong message or saddle someone with a device that does not work with their phone, regardless of their intentions.
Does it send a wrong message when you give someone a fitness tracker? Before writing this article, I conducted an unofficial survey of my Instagram stories to assess the opinions of my friends and followers on the matter. The judgment? Unanimously, 100% of people said it was not a rude gift to give it – but to be fair, many of my Instagram friends are in the fitness and wellness industry.
We also asked CNET editors to comment – 19% said it was rude and 81% said it was not. Most people who answered "yes" said that if you do not already know someone wants to give as a gift, a fitness tracker sends the passively aggressive message: "You need to get well." Most people praise fitness trackers as a fun and thoughtful gift, especially when they know that the recipient is an active person.
If you are still sitting at the fence, consider the following questions before buying one for someone who is special in your life. And be sure to read.
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Are you buying the gift for an active person currently in a fitness program?
Does the recipient of this gift like to play sports? Do you race a few times a week or do you go to the gym? You will probably appreciate a fitness tracker or a smartwatch and do not think twice about whether the gift sends the wrong message.
Read our recommendations on which fitness trackers you should buy below.
Do you want to train more?
Maybe the person you're shopping for is not a fitness fan, but she wants to be. In that case, a fitness tracker can be a great way to get started, especially as most of them count for much more than just your steps.
You can track workouts, perform activities, sleep, act as a watch, and view notifications from your phone. So it may be that someone who is not so fit will still appreciate getting one as a gift and using the other features.
How well do you know them?
If you're about to spend more than $ 100 on a present for someone, you probably know them well. A fitness tracker is not an everyday gift for financial reasons, and it's pretty personal.
If you think that the person you're buying will love, you're probably right. If that person is close to you and you know that they will use and appreciate it, try it. And you can always enclose a gift receipt just in case.
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If you are not sure if you like them, skip them
And if you want to get them Get yourself a fitness tracker for someone and you're not sure if he's working right now? If you give away a fitness tracker, you may receive a false message (for example, this might give the impression that you're suggesting you need to go to the gym more). Using a gift as a subtle clue to get someone to change one's behavior seldom goes down well.
Fitness trackers everyone will enjoy
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The Fitbit Versa 2 is a great everyday item fitness tracker. It records steps, heart rate and sleep. It also has the Fitbit Coach feature, which displays the steps for short workouts (such as a 5-minute ab routine) directly on the screen. Although the Fitbit Versa 2 is generally a great fitness tracker, it lacks a built-in GPS that some runners may miss.
Read our Fitbit Versa 2 review.
The new Polar Ignite is a great choice for runners as it has built-in GPS and is impressive is sleep and recovery functions that any serious runner would love. It also records steps and heart rate, and is therefore good for people who are interested in a variety of types of fitness, or it can be a smartwatch that helps them monitor their health in general (ie sleep and steps).
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Fitness enthusiasts and Apple fans alike will appreciate the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 5 is a great gift option as it has health and fitness features as well as numerous other features such as compass and dials (so that it can work like a regular watch) and notifies you when you receive calls or text messages and more on your iPhone.
Read our Apple Watch Series 5 review.
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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is another fitness tracker with numerous features that one Apple Watch resemble, but for less money. This Galaxy Watch is slim and sleek and has the round dial like a regular watch. If you know someone who likes the features of an Apple Watch but prefers Samsung or Android, this is a good choice.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review.
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