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Wearable gift ideas for Christmas

Wearable tech is on its way to being seriously big business and that makes for great gift ideas.

It's only a newish category and it's still finding its feet a little in terms of design and functionality, but here are some of the best buys you can make for Christmas this year.

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Jawbone Up24

Until the next generation of Jawbone trackers arrive in Australia, this is the best one you'll find.

Easily tracking steps and sleep you can use the app to log different exercise types and even food intake.

The recent firmware upgrade just doubled the battery life to two weeks and at AU$180, this is a great gift for anyone looking for a fitness boost!

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Pebble Steel

Smart and stylish, the Pebble Steel may not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other smartwatches on the market, but you'll be hard pressed to beat it on battery life and cool factor.

You'll pay $199 in US dollars ordering it from the online store, but Pebble happily ships worldwide. We'd suggest buying now if you want this wrapped and under the tree by December 25!

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Garmin Forerunner 15

If someone you know is a running fanatic, this could be the perfect gift.

Coming in two models -- one with a heart-rate monitor (AU$240) and one without (AU$199) -- this is a simple to use waterproof running watch that even has a pedometer for when you just feel like walking.

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Fitbit Zip

Wrist-mounted wearables not your thing? Try the Fitbit Zip.

It may look like a standard belt-clip pedometer, but it's actually a lot more.

It'll track steps and calories and uses Bluetooth to sync with your PC or smartphone so you use Fitbit's great analysis tool.

At AU$80, it's great for anyone who wants the inspiration to get up and get moving.

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Motorola Moto 360

Smartwatches may need a little more time in the oven before they're perfect, but the Moto 360 is far more than just half-baked.

Using the Android Wear OS this is a great companion device for your smartphone and -- until the LG G Watch R launches -- the best looking smartwatch you can currently get.

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo

At AU$250, the Gear 2 Neo balances a good price point with a solid (if not perfect) feature set.

Fitness features like step count and pulse rate add to the more traditional Android functionality. If you're shopping for a Samsung fan, this is a great wearable to watch out for.

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