​Have a very wearable Christmas: The best devices to buy this year

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​Wearable Christmas: Best tech to buy

There's no doubt about it: 'tis the season for wearable tech. Whether you're Christmas shopping involves looking the best smartwatch for him, an action camera for her, or a fitness tracker for your family pet – everyone can benefit from wearables this festive season.

Essential reading: The best deals on wearable tech

The latest smartwatches, fitness trackers and VR headsets are some of the hottest gifts around for the holidays. However, that doesn't mean you have to fork out hundreds. There are tonnes of cut price straps, stands and accessories to keep any wearable lover happy.

Here's our crop of the top wearable tech gifts and accessories this Christmas.

Wareable is also supporting the Amazon Christmas Gift Guide this year, and has provided reviews for a crop of recommended wearable tech.

Casetify Apple Watch band

Casetify's range of Apple Watch bands is worth checking out, even if its new Loony Tunes partnership isn't to your taste. The Loony Tunes collection welcomes Daffy, Bugs Bunny and Taz in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, but you can also design your own straps from scratch.

$70 | Amazon

Asus ZenWatch 2

The ZenWatch is back and better than ever: one of the best Android Wear watches you can pick up for Christmas 2015, the smart timepiece comes in two sizes with a choice of frame colours. The sleek design is an appealing one, and you won't get a current generation Android Wear smartwatch for any less this Christmas. Smartphone notifications to the wrist, basic fitness tracking and the power of Google Now makes it the perfect watch for anyone's wrist.

More gift ideas: Best budget smartwatches

$149, store.google.com | Amazon

Game Golf LIVE

For the golfers in your family the newly updated Game Golf could be the perfect guide. Tiny sensors attach to the top of the club handle and are tapped to the wearable belt sensor before every shot. The more you tap the more of a picture of your shots, strengths and weaknesses is built up. What's more, the new live features show distances to the pin on your smartphone, negating the need for a golf watch.

$299, gamegolf.com | Amazon

Oittm Stainless Steel Metal

If you can't afford the $449 price tag for an official link bracelet, this version from Oittm is perfect for the Apple Watch lover's stocking. There are a choice of colours for both 38mm and 42mm sizes and it certainly adds a level of individuality that any Watch owner will love.

Or try these: Best Apple Watch straps

$46.99, Amazon

Beats Powerbeats 2

If you know someone who's got an Apple Watch, they'll love you for buying these Beats Powerbeats 2 headphones. They pair via Bluetooth, enabling the wearer to hook them up to their Apple Watch and head to the gym unencumbered by a smartphone. The battery life is as good as good as any Bluetooth buds we've tried and they charge via USB which is extra convenient. Of course you don't have to use them with an Apple Watch — the Powerbeats 2 work with any Bluetooth device, including Android Wear smartwatches.

More ideas: Best headphones for the Apple Watch

$199.95, beatsbydre.com | Amazon

Pad & Quill Luxury Watch Stand

Continuing on our Apple Watch theme (you can treat yourself if no one else has got one), the Pad & Quill Luxury Watch Stand is a notch above your standard Apple Watch dock and certainly fits in with the smartwatch's premium aesthetic. Made from a single piece of American Cherry or African Mahogany, the dock is then finished with furniture-grade oil in the Pad & Quill workshop. It fits the standard charging magnet perfectly too, and folds shut to make it easier to pack when you're travelling.

Or try these: Best Apple Watch stand and accessories

$79.99, padandquill.com

Misfit Shine 2

One of our favourite fitness trackers, the Misfit Shine has just got an update in time for the holiday season. The Misfit Shine 2 comes with a reinforced straps (the old ones had a nasty habit of falling off) and enhanced tech inside for more accurate tracking of walks, swims and sleep. It's waterproof to 50 metres, which makes it one of the best fitness trackers for the pool as well.

Big round up: The best fitness trackers 2016

$99.99, misfit.com | Amazon

Skinomi TechSkin for Moto 360 2

Perhaps not the most exciting gift in the world, but we promised you something for every budget — and if it saves your brother's new Moto 360 from getting scratched on Boxing Day then he'll be very glad you picked out one of these. The pack of six clear covers offer military grade scratch protection; they don't add any extra bulk to the watch and they won't get stained by fingerprints either.

$6.95, skinomi.com| Amazon

Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch

Welcome to the premium end of this gift guide. There might be members of your family who aren't fully on board with the wearable technology revolution — so try giving them a smartwatch disguised as a normal watch, if you love them enough to splash out this much cash on them. The Helvetica 1 Smartwatch is from world-renowned Swiss watch makers Mondaine, but as well as telling the time and offering some premium-level looks, it can track your steps and your sleep as well.

$950, mondaine.com

Genuine Leather NATO Watch Strap

Many of the smartwatches on the market at the moment let you replace the straps and create a style that's all your own, and that gives you a world of choice when it comes to picking a replacement. We like these genuine leather straps from TheUrbanFellow on Etsy — available in 20mm or 22mm sizes, you can pick from coffee dark brown or tan light brown for the colour, and each one is handmade in California.

Now try: Best smartwatch straps

$17, etsy.com

Blisstime 2015 Google Cardboard

If you want to help a loved one jump about the virtual reality bandwagon, then a Google Cardboard viewer is the easiest way. Cardboard is actually just a viewer blueprint set down by Google, so you can build your own or buy one pre-made: the Blisstime 2015 Google Cardboard is one of the best official third-party Cardboard viewers, fitting most modern phones up to 6.2-inches in size and supporting most VR apps on the market. International shipping is available if you're outside the US.

More ideas: The best cheap mobile VR kits

$11.99, Amazon

Vector Luna

If you or your uncle Tony are looking for something a little more premium from a smartwatch, give the Vector Luna a look. It's designed to be a watch first and a wrist-based computer second, and there are three different styles to choose from, increasing in price: Performance, Contemporary and Classic. The emphasis is on minimalism, and you only get a handful of key smartphone notifications, but there is the benefit of 30 days of battery life so you don't have to worry about nightly recharging.

$299+, vectorwatch.com


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