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Best smart watch to buy this Christmas and holiday season

Best smart watch to buy this Christmas and holiday season

It's that time of year. You can feel it in the air -- it's crisper and cooler.

But there's something else -- something more magical about the holiday season. It's all about family and your plans for large gatherings at your beautifully decorated home that are starting to take shape.

You'll soon put up Christmas lights outside your house and, inside, you'll have a beautiful, carefully decorated Christmas tree. The fireplace will be crackling and the aromas of the season, like turkey, ham, bread and pumpkin pie, will fill your home with a comforting warmth that you get only this time of year.

There is also the special feeling you get when you give your loved ones gifts that they love. You can see the surprise and joy in their eyes and feel it in their warm embrace to say thank you.

Yet all those cozy feelings come with a price, which is the mad dash in the weeks before the holidays.

The top stresser is Christmas shopping -- you want to make everyone happy.

You also have a budget and you may not know all the latest and greatest gifts that your family and friends want this year. Don't panic -- we've done some of the work for you!

Smart watches are hot this Christmas season, and we've narrowed your search down to these five smart watches, each one ideal for someone on your list. Keep reading for the smart watch that fits your budget.

Apple Watch 4

Have you been on the fence about buying a smart watch? You may be wondering what you need it for.

Maybe you're an avid smart watch wearer. You might be buy lots of different brands and upgrade each year to the latest and greatest model.

You will be happy either way with Apple Watch 4, its latest version of the smart watch that jump-started this trend. Simply put, Apple Watch 4 is the best smart watch available, and you pay for that with prices starting at $399.

It's a watch, so you can see the time. But Apple Watch 4 is all about its smart features, like its new fall detection for family members who are fragile.

It tracks your heartbeat with an electric heart sensor. It tracks your sleep, your steps, your workouts and now also tracking your hikes and yoga sessions.

It has its largest display yet with an LTPO OLED retinal display touchscreen. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity.

One downside of the Apple Watch 4, when compared to other smart watches, is its battery life. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to 18 hours.

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS+Cellular) Aluminum Case Unlocked Compatible with iPhone 5s and Above (Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band, 44mm), Amazon $669.97.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Do you have someone on your Christmas list who prefers the look of a traditional watch? Samsung's Galaxy Watch might be for them.

It stands apart from Apple Watch 4 in its design, which looks like a traditional watch, with numbers and moving hands. Yet, it's a smart watch that will show you text messages, connect you to phone calls, show you tomorrow's weather and alert you to calendar reminders.

You can listen to music using wireless earbuds. It's also a fitness tracker that measures your heart rate and tracks your workouts.


Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Silver (Bluetooth), Amazon $349.99.

Samsung Gear 3

The Gear 3 lives up to your idea of what a smart watch should. For starters, you can make phone calls without your smartphone using its built-in speaker.

Plus, it's easy to use. You just turn the bezel to the bright, large and easy-to-understand icon for the function you want, like text messages, phone calls, music, workouts and the weather.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth), Amazon save $103.00, now $246.98.

Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit is best known for its fitness trackers. Yet, have a watch on almost all their latest models, including the new Ionic.

The Ionic shows you the time. Yet, it does a lot more than that, notably tracking your sleep, your heart rate and exercise routine, whether you're swimming, walking or climbing steps.

You can easily find lower-cost and perfectly good Fitbit models that tell time and track your workouts. However, the Fitbit Ionic and the new Versa are some the highest-quality smart watches that Fitbit has ever made.


Fitbit Ionic GPS Smart Watch, Charcoal/Smoke Gray, One Size (S & L Bands Included), Amazon save $31.97, now $267.98.

Fossil Q Commuter

There are quite a few smartwatches that are comparatively inexpensive, including Fossil's beautiful and well-made Q Commuter series. You'll pay about $150.

Fossil's main selling point is its beautiful, traditional design with a traditional watch face and leather straps. The Q Commuter is also a smart watch that performs all the tasks you'd expect from one.

It doesn't overwhelm you with features, though. It has fitness tracking, music controls for your smartphone, text alerts and phone call alerts.

Fossil Q Men's Commuter Stainless Steel and Leather Hybrid Smartwatch, Color: Black, Brown (Model: FTW1149), Amazon $151.88.


Our guide to gadgets that are worth your money

Christmas is all about your family. You cook a big meal, put up Christmas lights and beautifully decorate your tree.

You also have gifts under the tree. But which tech gifts are worth your money this Christmas?

We've got your guide for everything from smart phones to digital assistants and more. Which ones will you buy?  

Tap or click here for tech gifts that your family will love!

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