OK, time to be honest: you don't need a smartwatch. You probably don't need a fitness tracker, either. But if you're considering one -- or have just been curious -- there are some good deals out there on some pretty well-reviewed gadgets.
Here are some of the better deals I've found on products I'd actually recommend -- with the caveat that while this landscape is changing rapidly, you'll get what you pay for.
Misfit Flash ($24, Walmart)
It's hard to hate a $24 fitness tracker, especially when it's a good one. Walmart's price is a dollar below the $25 you can get it for at Best Buy. It's waterproof, it comes with clip and wrist accessories, and it tracks steps and sleep automatically. A no-brainer.
The plastic version of the Pebble is already one of the better and more affordable smartwatches out there, but some retailers and Web sites are shaving an extra $20 off this week. That's a pretty sweet deal.
Our favorite smartwatch of 2014, the Pebble Steel, started the year at $250 and dropped to $200, but some places are selling it at another $50 off. You only get a leather band in the box: the steel band costs $20 extra.
The step-down Flex is a solid Fitbit band for counting steps and exercise but lacks a full watch display. Then again, thanks to this deal, it's also about $30 less than the Fitbit Charge (which is also on sale -- see the next slide).
Fitbit's latest tracker is a refined version of last year's discontinued Fitbit Force. It has a display, vibrates for silent alarms, tracks sleep automatically, syncs wirelessly, and gets call notifications. At $30 off, it's not a bad deal -- but keep in mind that a heart-rate-tracking version is coming early next year for $150.
The Vivofit came out earlier this year, but has a battery life that lasts 12 months and pairs with chest-worn heart-rate monitors. It also doubles as a watch. You wouldn't cry if someone gave it to you.
If you're curious about Android Wear, Google's promising but embryonic OS for smartwatches, you can get a cheap entry ticket with the discounted G Watch, now more than half off what it used to cost. Good news: most Android Wear watches function the same way, so you'll be able to run all apps and services on this watch, even if it's not very attractive.
If you own a Samsung phone, Gear watches have some unique advantages: they can be wrist-worn speakerphones, unlike Android Wear. This was our favorite Gear watch this year, and sale prices are half what it used to go for.
We love the Jawbone Up fitness app, and last year's great fitness band can be had at nearly half the price this holiday. A newer version with heart-rate tracking is on its way but will cost $100 more than this bargain deal.