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Wearable tech gifts for dad

Our favorite smartwatches and activity trackers that we think dads might like.

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Misfit Flash

The Misfit Flash is our favorite affordable tracker. The discreet tracker can be worn around the neck, on your waist, or on your wrist. It can track steps, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep at night without breaking the bank. The Misfit Flash is available now for $50.

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Jawbone Up2

The Jawbone Up2's powerful software has smart coaching challenges, recommendations and feedback that help you live a healthier life. The band can also measure the steps you take, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep at night. The Jawbone Up2 is available now for $100.

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Fitbit Charge HR

The Fitbit Charge HR adds continuous heart-rate monitoring and an OLED display to the mix. In addition to tracking steps, calories burned, distance and sleep, the band even includes some smart features. The Charge HR will vibrate when you receive a call and show who is calling. The Fitbit Charge HR is available now for $150.

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Polar M400

Is dad a runner? If so, you should check out the Polar 400. The watch has everything you would expect from a tracker (measuring steps, distance and sleep tracking), but adds even more with GPS. It can map running routes and track pace, distance, calories burned, altitude and steps when working out. The Polar M400 is available now for $200.

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Apple Watch

The Apple Watch can be used to communicate with others, view notifications from your smartphone, and even pay for items with Apple Pay. It can also run apps, measure your heart rate and track your steps and activity level throughout the day. You can even send and receive calls from your iPhone directly on your wrist. The stainless steel model of the Apple Watch is available now starting at $550, although the Sport model with an anodized-aluminum finish can be had for $350. Note that the link bracelet pictured will run you an extra $449.

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LG Watch Urbane

Apple Watch not in your budget? The LG Watch Urbane runs Android Wear and features a stainless steel body and a stitched leather strap. The watch can display notifications from your smartphone, send text messages, measure your heart rate and track your daily activities. It can even function over Wi-Fi when your phone is left behind. The LG Watch Urbane is available now for $350.

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Moto 360

It can be argued that the Moto 360 is just as attractive as the Apple Watch and LG Watch Urbane. Similar to the latter, it also Google's Android Wear operating system, and can display notifications on your wrist, measure heart rate and track daily activity. The best part? The Moto 360 is available now for $180, however we do expect a second-generation model to be announced sometime this summer.

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Pebble Steel

Last but certainly not least is one of our favorite smartwatches, the Pebble Steel. The watch works on both Android and iOS, can display notifications from your phone, has long battery life, can track fitness and activity, and be worn in the shower or while swimming. The Pebble Steel is available no for $200.

The company did just announce a new watch that will be available in May. The Pebble Time has a color display, a microphone for calls, and runs a brand-new operating system. You can read more about the Pebble Time here.

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