There are many great smartwatches and fitness trackers for men out there, and for many different reasons. These smartwatches and smart bands aren’t just for men, but they may appeal to certain people and are sure to make thoughtful gestures as gifts. But what could men look for in their wearable tech? It depends on the guy!
Any man who is enthusiastic about sports, getting outside, or working up a sweat, will likely need a smartwatch that is comfortable, simple to use, and durable.
If you’re shopping for a gift for a man who would like to take more control of their physical health, you can shop for fitness trackers that only focus on health rather than extra features.
Then some men prefer their wrist piece to have style; this can mean shopping for various smartwatches and fitness trackers. However, smartwatches can make more of a fashion statement than a fitness tracker.
Shopping for a tech gift for men can also depend on your budget, so the price can always be a consideration.
These smartwatch and smart band gifts for men give you options for all sorts of lifestyles and budgets.
Best Smartwatch Gifts for Men
Suunto 9 Peak
The Suunto 9 Peak is designed with a focus on toughness, durability, and performance. We can see this with the smartwatch’s 100m water resistance rating and materials: the screen is made with sapphire glass, while the case is stainless steel.
The health monitoring is about what you expect, apart from Suunto’s sleep tracking. The sleep data is not as detailed as most other smartwatch brands can offer. But with all the 9 Peak’s durability, whomever you give this watch to will likely be into outdoor recreation. Fortunately, their new Peak can track 80 sport/workout modes, and the 9 Peak uses accurate GPS tracking.
- Awesome battery life
- Tough and durable
- Few design or personalization options, and it is a basic smartwatch in terms of appearance
- Heavy at 81g
Garmin Forerunner 255 Music
Any young man will appreciate the gift of music from their wrist. The Garmin Forerunner 255 is a reasonably priced smartwatch, considering how many features it packs. The 255 Music comes in two case size options: 41mm, or 46mm, and between those, eight color options to suit any man’s style.
The 255 uses traditional button controls that allow you to scroll through the watch’s more than 30 activity profiles, music playlists, weather, or to access Garmin Pay. But when we say PACKED with features, we mean so much more: you can access Garmin Coach, race/marathon training, heart rate variability, detailed sleep analysis, and a Pulse Ox Sensor.
- An excellent gift for men who love to run or train with cardio activities with the 255’s advanced running features
- Long battery life, even when considering GPS use, or activity tracking
- Live Event Sharing Feature only available for Android users
Garmin Fenix 7 Solar
You’ll want to consider a Garmin Fenix 7 as a gift for someone looking to be outside as much as possible, and the more extreme the sports he prefers, the better. The Fenix 7 can track many outdoor workouts like strength or HIIT training, Trail running, hunting, kayaking, or mountain biking, to name a few of the profiles. There are even unique features for workouts like running, cycling, golfing, and swimming.
The Solar charging capability of the Fenix 7 Standard gives him the gift of constant battery life for all that activity tracking, too. This durable smartwatch will be worth every dollar of the high price tag if you want to spend that much. If you want to try and knock down the price of his tech gift, the Fenix 6 series is still a fantastic option.
Read our comparison of the Fenix 6 vs Fenix 7.
- Robust workout and activity tracking
- Solar battery is a huge convenience
- Bulkier in appearance than a lot of comparable smartwatches
Apple Watch Series 7
If you are looking for a smartwatch gift for the Apple-lover in your life, then a Series 7 watch is perfect for many reasons: first, it should be coming down in price once the Series 8 is released later this year. Second, OS9 for Apple Watches is rolling out huge updates soon that bring the sleep-tracking on par with Fitbit and Garmin’s higher-end smartwatches. This means the Series 7 will soon offer detailed sleep analysis with information on sleep stages, cycles, and a better picture of health.
These updates will also improve the running features on the Series 7, which already uses GPS, Apple Pay and boasts smart features.
- The man you are shopping for will need to have an iPhone
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The latest Fitbit smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense, is a stylish smartwatch at an attractive price- especially when considering smartwatch gift prices and your shopping budget. The smart features you get at the watch’s price are part of the Sense’s appeal, as it allows for Bluetooth calling and quick text replies if the man you’re shopping for uses Android.
This might not be as comprehensive when it comes to the Fitbit Sense’s workout and activity tracking, with 20 modes available. However, the Sense makes up for the lack of workout features in its health monitoring. The metrics are detailed with graphs on your phone, giving any man a clear picture of their sleep (including snore detection!), heart rate and its variability, or daily readiness scores (a score based on all the health data combined).
- A stylish and health-focused smartwatch
- The display remains bright and easy to read under bright lighting or sun
- Great price
- Music controls from his wrist
- Fit Premium will be free for the first six months only
Best Fitness Tracker Gifts for Men
Fitbit Charge 5
Anyone receiving a Fitbit Charge 5 as a gift can take complete control of his health. The tracker is an impressive device with some new additions after its predecessors, like the Fitbit Electrocardiogram App/ECG app (click to see if it is available in your country).
The Charge 5 smart band comes with 20 exercise modes and is one of few fitness trackers with built-in GPS. He won’t need his phone to track certain exercises and his speed, distance, or route! Smart notifications are also available, so he’ll have many reasons to just forget about his phone.
Read our comparison of the Fitbit Sense vs the Fitbit Charge 5
- Great price for the number of features
- ECG app
- Built-in GPS
- Could consider a full Fitbit smartwatch at the point of a Charge 5
- Not as make workout modes as some smartwatches can offer
Garmin Vivosmart 5
You can select a large or small Vivosmart 5 as a gift for a man or kid in your life and choose between simple colors on simple designs. The fitness features are basic, but the health monitoring features on this fitness tracker give any man a detailed picture of their overall health. The Vivosmart 5 does so based on sleep insights and tracking, heart rate monitoring, a Pulse Ox Sensor, respiration tracking, and the built-in sports apps you can track.
The Vivosmart 5’s activity profiles are comparable to most Fitbits, with a few extras like Indoor Rowing, Pilates, HIIT, or Elliptical Training. And just as a Fitbit would, the Garmin tracker will use your phone’s GPS to track cardio workouts.
- Great variety of workout tracking on such a small device
- Accelerometer included with sensors
- Activity tracking can drain the battery
Xiaomi Miband 7
As one of the latest smart tracking bands to hit the market in 2022, the Mi Band emerges as a worthy competitor for shoppers who have to watch their spending. Xiaomi’s Mi Band 7 will not break your bank for a gift but will also impress the man you give it to with its detailed sleep tracking, dependable battery, all-day heart rate monitoring, and workout tracking.
The Mi Band 7’s simplicity in features and price can be a perfect tech gift for a young man or kid.
- Great set of health monitoring features for how little you pay
- A simple design that could appeal to many different people
- The sensor can become uncomfortable during more intense workouts
- The Mi app can be unreliable
We hope you’ve found these smartwatch gifts for men helpful. Which would you choose for the man in your life?
Let us know in the comments.
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Last Updated on October 13, 2022
Bernadette has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (where she lives). She has a passion for writing and we like her contribution and style to our blog. Bernadette loves the outdoors and things like hiking, camping, and biking. Wishing she could travel more.
Bernadette is an editor, writer and proofreader for Superwatches. Currently lives in Alberta Canada.