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Top Christmas gifts for fitness fans

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It’s Christmas! Well, nearly. But it’s close enough that you should probably be wrapping up your shopping – and then wrapping up what you’ve bought.

But choosing good gifts isn’t always easy, which is why we’re here to help. If you’re struggling to decide what to buy for the fitness fan in your life then we’ve got you covered.

Below you’ll find five great gift ideas, covering a range of product categories and budgets, from cheap fitness trackers to expensive smartwatches, and even some more left-field selections like a smart water bottle.

So what are you waiting for? There aren't too many shopping days left until the big day itself, so you may want to get a move on.

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Fitbit Charge 3

One of the very best fitness trackers available

Big screen
Light design
No GPS
Monochrome screen

Fitbit is a name that needs no introduction, as it has been one of the biggest brands in fitness trackers for years now, and the Fitbit Charge 3 is one of its very best.

In fact, at the time of writing it ranks at the very top of our best fitness tracker list. The Fitbit Charge 3 is a great middle ground between more basic trackers like the Fitbit Inspire and full smartwatches like the Fitbit Versa 2.

It has a large screen (at least by fitness tracker standards), a heart rate monitor, a waterproof build, sleep tracking, and support for getting smartphone notifications, as well of course as all the activity and exercise tracking you’d expect from a Fitbit device. And despite the relatively large display it’s still a lot more lightweight than a smartwatch is likely to be.

The only real downside of the Fitbit Charge 3 is that there’s no built-in GPS, so make sure whoever you’re buying for isn’t a runner – or that they’re happy to take their phone out with them too.

Read our full Fitbit Charge 3 review

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

A smart, full-featured, expensive option

Decent 2-day battery life
Attractive minimalist design
Pricey
Few third-party apps

If you’re looking at smartwatches then you’re probably considering an Apple Watch, a Fitbit Versa or a Fitbit Ionic. They’re all good choices, but they’re obvious enough that we didn’t feel like they need highlighting.

For something slightly different, consider the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. This still comes from a big brand, but isn’t one of the default fitness-focused smartwatch choices – yet arguably it should be, as there’s a lot to like here.

It can track 39 different exercises, including the likes of running, cycling and swimming. It has a heart rate monitor, GPS, two days of battery life (so it won’t die mid-way through a workout), and there’s even the promise of an ECG feature being added down the line, which would allow it to detect heart conditions like the Apple Watch 5 can.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

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Hidrate Spark 3

A stylish way to stay hydrated

Looks great
Reminds you to drink
Expensive for a water bottle
Glowy look won't suit everyone

You might not have come across smart water bottles before, but if you have you’ve probably come across the Hidrate Spark, because it’s one of the best and most famous.

The Hidrate Spark 3 is the latest version at the time of writing, and it will track your hydration using the Hidrate Spark app.

But more than just tracking it will also remind you to drink, with the bottle stylishly glowing when it’s time to take a sip. It also syncs with many third-party fitness apps, so you can easily have your water intake logged alongside your exercise.

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Honor Band 5

A highly affordable fitness tracker

Low price
Tracks lots of exercises
Screen sometimes unresponsive
Notifications temperamental

If you like the idea of buying a fitness tracker but want to spend a little less than what a Fitbit Charge 3 would cost, then consider the Honor Band 5.

For what little it costs the Honor Band 5 has an almost comical number of features, including a heart rate monitor, a color touchscreen, sleep tracking, 7 days of battery life, a waterproof build, and the ability to track numerous exercises, such as cycling, running, walking, swimming, and cross-training, among others.

As with many affordable fitness trackers there’s no built-in GPS, but the Honor Band 5 ticks most other boxes at an impressively low price.

Read our full Honor Band 5 review

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Nike Training Club Premium

A personal trainer in your pocket

Loads of workouts
Keeps you motivated
Expensive
Some of the content is free anyway

Christmas presents don’t have to be physical things, and actually some of the best tools for getting or staying fit involve software rather than hardware.

An example of that is Nike Training Club Premium. This is a $14.99/£13.49 (roughly AU$22) monthly or $119.99/£109.99 (around AU$175) yearly subscription to the Nike Training Club app (available on both Android and iOS).

While the core app is free and includes numerous workouts for different fitness levels, the premium subscription adds 4-6 week programs (rather than just one-off workouts) led by trainers, along with on-demand classes, and expert nutrition and wellness guidance.

So it’s a bit like having a personal trainer on your phone, one that you can access whenever and wherever. If the person you’re buying for already has all the hardware they need then this is a great way to help them get the most out of it.