Wearable Gift Guide: Activity Trackers for $50 and Under

Cool Tech Finds at Budget Prices for the Holiday Season


With the holidays fast approaching — and Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales currently running — if you haven't yet made it to the end of your shopping list, now's the time to finalize your gifts. If you have a tech lover on your list, there are lots of wearable options to choose from, including big-name smartwatches and fitness trackers along with lesser-known gadgets offer neat, quirky features. 

While you can easily spend hundreds of dollars on a wearable product such as a smartwatch (hello, Apple Watch!), there are also plenty of worthwhile goodies at the low end of the spectrum. Keep reading for some of the best wearable options for $50 or less. Note that the following gadgets are all activity trackers — for a quality smartwatch, you'll likely need to spend a bit more.

Xiaomi Mi Band ($15 and Up)

When it comes to fitness trackers, it doesn't get much cheaper than the Mi Band from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. As of publish time, the device was sold out on the company's website, but it's still available on Amazon.com. 

Highlights of this device include a "smart" alarm that tracks your sleep cycles, real-time activity tracking via a smartphone app and support for both Android and iPhone. It doesn't feature a heart-rate monitor like the Fitbit Surge and other higher-end devices, but for the price, this is a nifty piece of tech with some surprisingly sophisticated activity and sleep-tracking functionality.

Misfit Shine ($49.99)

Currently, on sale for $49.99 (down from $99.99), the water-resistant Misfit Shine is a relatively stylish fitness tracker — if you're interested, you'd better act fast so you can nab the $50 discount. That said, it was recently announced that Fossil will be acquiring Misfit, so it's unclear whether the latter company will release any new devices — and its current line of products could remain on sale for the long run.

The Shine is an especially good choice for the fashion-conscious giftees on your list, thanks to an array of optional accessories, such as a necklace and a leather band, that can dress the activity sensor up. And as a plus for those who hate charging their gadgets overnight, the Misfit Shine uses a coin cell battery that lasts for up to 6 months. 

Misfit Flash ($19.99)

An, even more, budget-friendly option from Misfit is the Flash, which looks similar to the Shine but comes in a cheaper, plastic design in less-subdued colors (think magenta versus Champagne). In terms of functionality, the differences are rather minimal, so if you want to keep spending as low as possible or if you're looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, this could be the perfect pick.

Jawbone UP Move ($30)

Currently running about $30 on Amazon, the Jawbone UP Move is a clip-on gadget that tracks steps, calories burned and other activity-related stats, along with monitoring both how long and how well you sleep. This tiny wearable device can be paired with a variety of clips and straps (in case you prefer to wear it on your wrist), and I think it makes a solid gift for someone who's never owned a fitness tracker but who wants to see his or her workout stats.