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Best smartwatches to buy for the holidays 2020

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Apple Watch Series 5 40mm in white (photo via source)

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Whether you’re a smartwatch convert or hovering over the tech barrier, the affordability and capabilities of today’s smartwatches can convince you to join the well-connected side.

With built-in fitness tracking features such as distance, elevation, calories burned and heart rate, these stylish and practical watches will help you reach your fitness goals while alerting you to text messages and alerts. notifications on your smartphone.

A unique gift idea for fitness fanatics, tech junkies, or anyone looking to track their health, these 11 smartwatches are guaranteed to be a hit under the tree. And starting at just $40, they’re also a gift for your holiday budget.

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 46mm with Heart Rate Monitor - Silver/Black (Photo via Best Buy)

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 46mm with Heart Rate Monitor – Silver/Black (Photo via Best Buy)

Save $80 on the Samsung Galaxy smartwatch with built-in heart rate monitor. Made of stainless steel and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass DX+, the durable watch will support you in all your fitness tracking needs, including fitness monitoring, heart rate, distance, speed, pace and calorie tracking. “[It’s the] the best looking smartwatch!” said one rave reviewer. “It tracks my fitness and I can change the music and volume while I exercise right on the watch rather than having to pull out my phone. Overall, I never wanted or needed a smartwatch until my wife gave it to me as a gift, and I love it!”

TO BUY : Best Buy, $250 (originally $330)

L8star Fitness Tracker Smart Band in Black (Photo via Amazon)

L8star Fitness Tracker Smart Band in Black (Photo via Amazon)

At under $40, L8star’s fitness tracker is Amazon’s choice for smartwatches. Activate six different sport modes to track activity, calories burned, heart rate and distance. “[It’s the] perfect watch,” one reviewer said. “It’s an awesome watch. It’s super easy to use. Just connect Bluetooth, [and] when you receive the call or the message, the watch shakes. My workplace is always noisy, so that helped me a lot. I love it so much, it’s really worth it.”

TO BUY : Amazon, $40

Fitbit Versa 2 Petal Smartwatch (Photo via Best Buy)

Fitbit Versa 2 Petal Smartwatch (Photo via Best Buy)

Reach your fitness goals with Fitbit Versa 2’s wearable technology. The smartwatch tracks calories burned, sleep patterns, and heart rate in a functional, stylish design. The Amazon Alexa-enabled device comes in five colors and will sync wirelessly with your smartphone. Ninety-four percent of users said they would recommend the sleek smartwatch to a friend.

TO BUY : Best Buy, $230

Apple Watch Series 5 40mm in white (photo via source)

Apple Watch Series 5 40mm in white (photo via source)

The always-on display of the Apple Watch 5 Series notifies you of the time, phone notifications and other important information and has a 30% larger screen than the Series 3 watch. It comes with a built-in compass , elevation and GPS tracking, emergency SOS and fall detection.

TO BUY : The Source, $530

Skagen Hagen Connected Steel-Mesh Hybrid Smartwatch (Photo via Amazon)

Skagen Hagen Connected Steel-Mesh Hybrid Smartwatch (Photo via Amazon)

Skagen’s stylish smartwatch has the look and feel of a regular watch with smartwatch technology. The device monitors sleep, tracks physical activity and provides smartphone notification alerts. The watch face is interchangeable with all Skagen 20mm straps for a customizable and stylish look.

TO BUY : Amazon, $196

AIKELA Fitness Tracker smartwatch in gray (Photo via Amazon)

AIKELA Fitness Tracker smartwatch in gray (Photo via Amazon)

For less than $50, AIKELA’s fitness tracking smartwatch provides an accessible entry point into smartwatch technology. The device tracks calories burned, provides continuous 24-hour heart rate monitoring, and analyzes sleep quality. It can be linked to apps like Whatsapp, Instagram and Twitter, and is waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters. “The biggest feature of this tracker has to be its amazingly great battery life,” one reviewer said. “I’ve had this thing a week so far and haven’t had to recharge it yet.”

TO BUY : Amazon, $50

Honor Band 5 Smart Wristwatch in Meteorite Black (Photo via Amazon)

Honor Band 5 Smart Wristwatch in Meteorite Black (Photo via Amazon)

With near-perfect reviews, Honor’s slim and waterproof smartwatch is a budget model for 24-hour real-time heart rate monitoring. Its sleep tracking technology automatically records REM, light, and deep sleep and provides suggestions for improving sleep. “A highly recommended sweet spot for function at an affordable price,” said one five-star reviewer. “The app is intuitive and easy to use. […] All daily, weekly and monthly views are present to see the data at a glance. I highly recommend.”

TO BUY : Amazon, from $58

Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch in Frost Blue (Photo via Amazon)

Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch in Frost Blue (Photo via Amazon)

The popular Garmin Forerunner 35 has built-in GPS to track your activity anywhere, even under tree cover. The watch features 24/7 heart rate monitoring and can be connected to your phone for smart notifications, music control and automatic uploads to Garmin’s online fitness community. “If you’re a casual runner and considering this watch, just buy it,” one satisfied buyer advised. “This is a great entry-level device that ticks all the boxes if you’re a casual runner looking to step into a Garmin device.”

TO BUY : Amazon, $165

Samsung Galaxy Active 40mm Smartwatch in Gray (Photo via Best Buy)

Samsung Galaxy Active 40mm smartwatch in gray (photo via Best Buy)

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active has garnered over 1,100 five-star reviews on the Best Buy website. The sleekly designed smartwatch offers real-time tracking of calories, distance and over 40 exercises. The Samsung Watch responds to voice commands and syncs with your phone, including iPhone and Android models. “Worthy purchase!” one reviewer noted. “I love everything. It’s very efficient and flashy! Tracks all my activities, including a daily news briefing.”

TO BUY : Best Buy, $250

Fossil Machine Stainless Steel Hybrid Smartwatch (Photo via Amazon)

Fossil Machine Stainless Steel Hybrid Smartwatch (Photo via Amazon)

Fossil’s hybrid smartwatch comes with activity and sleep tracking in its companion smartphone app. Compatible with iPhone and Android phones, the rugged wristwatch comes with a button cell battery that lasts up to 12 months without recharging. “Just buy it,” wrote one Amazon shopper. “The leather is nice to the touch and the watch looks stealthy.”

TO BUY : Amazon, $190 (originally $205)

GOKOO Fitness Tracker Smartwatch (Photo via Amazon)

GOKOO Fitness Tracker Smartwatch (Photo via Amazon)

GOKOO’s Chain Link Smartwatch is a stylish alternative to traditional athletic smartwatch styles. Fitted with a versatile gold-tone metal strap, the smartwatch features a customizable high-definition touchscreen with adjustable brightness. The GOKOO watch automatically monitors your heart rate and blood pressure throughout the day and tracks your sleep at night. Connect your smartphone to the watch via Bluetooth to be alerted to text messages and track daily physical activity, weather forecast and music control.

TO BUY : Amazon, $80

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