Wearable technology has taken off massively over the past couple of years and while it's still mostly focused on strapping things to your wrist or tracking your movements, there's more to it than that. If you have a man in your life – be it your other half, your son or just a friend – that's really into technology, then this year it might be nice to get them some sort of wearable technology. In this list, we've put together what we feel are some of the best options for him.
SCOTTeVEST Men's Puffer Jacket
While the SCOTTeVEST Men's isn't exactly connected, it is designed to be worn – it's a coat for crying out loud – and it's perfect for techies. The pockets in the Men's Puffer are not only numerous but designed with technology like phones and tablets in mind. There's even collars to keep your earbuds from falling away from your jacket. This Puffer jacket is a perfect option for those that like to listen to music on their commute or while out and about and it's reasonably stylish considering it's designed hold a boatload of tech without it showing too much.
You can find the SCOTTeVEST Puffer Jacket directly from SCOTTe
While I'm certainly not saying that it's only men that play Golf, there's a good chance that a guy in your life is in love with the game. Maybe they're not working as much and have more time for the game or maybe they're getting started. Whichever, GolfSense can really help them improve their swing. It straps to a glove and it collects all sorts of data which they can then study on either an iOS or Android device to improve things. It's great for any age and the fact that it syncs with the device they already own is a great plus.
If your boyfriend, son or even husband has been looking at these smartwatches, but laments about the fact that they can't wear them with a suit or wear them to work, then introduce them to the Pebble Steel. It's got great battery life, handles notifications brilliantly and this is one watch that looks sharp with a suit or around the office. Unlike other smartwatches, there's no bright colors here and instead, it's available in either black or brushed stainless steel with a leather and metal strap included in the box.
JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones
For those that like to run free, play sports while listening to some music or just want wireless earbirds, there are few out there better than JayBird's BlueBuds X headphones designed for sporty folk. These are in-ear headphones and they also have an in-line microphone for taking calls. There connect to any smartphone using Bluetooth and the cable just rests around the back of your neck. Perfect for active guys and those that don't want to worry about too much cable while on the move, these are pretty pricey, but they sound brilliant.
Chaval's Response XRT gloves are pricey affairs, however they're great for those that are living out in the wilderness or you know, Alaska. These are gloves that have portable batteries inside them and a heating circuit that will keep your hands warm, keep the gloves dry and make sure that few mistakes are made out in the open. They're not connected, but if you know someone who works outside over winter, then these are a great – if expensive – gift to give.
The Chaval Response XRT gloves can be bought from Chaval.
While this is certainly a gift you give to someone who is not afraid of look a little weird to some people and really into technology (not to mention a pricey one) it's one of the coolest pieces of tech out there right now. A quick Google search will find you all the info you need on this one, but you'll probably know all you need to know by now. It's pricey, and only available from Google's Play Store, but it might be something worth considering with your whole family chipping in.
Withings Pulse O2 Activity
While the Withings Pulse O2 is of course unisex, it's not an exactly feminine article, let's be honest. It's bulky and fairly accurate and granular with its data. Designed to be the best for those serious about fitness, the Withings Pulse O2 is definitely designed to do the job, rather than look the part. Still, if you're only going to be wearing this while trying to beat your last record, this won't look out of place.
LG G Watch R
We recently reviewed the G Watch R and again, if you're looking to give a smartwatch to someone this year for Christmas bu you're worried how they look, then the G Watch R is the way to go. It's smart, well built and it runs Android Wear, giving you access to all sort of apps and games and it runs on pretty much any modern Android smartphone.
TsirTech Universal Wrist Band Gadget Charger
More of a fun gift than anything else, this wristband battery can help your friends and family get a little more juice from their smartphone or handheld gaming system just by wearing it on their wrist. It's really not that pretty and it's quit bulky, but it's not too expensive and would make a nice stocking filler.
Motorola Moto 360
While the LG G Watch R and the Pebble Steel are arguably best worn with a suit or more formal wear, the Moto 360 just looks good with anything. It won't look too fancy in jeans and a t-shirt and nor will it look out of place at those fancy dinner parties you never go to. It's powered by Android Wear just like the G Watch R and if you have a Motorola smartphone there are some extra benefits, but overall this is just another great-looking Android Wear watch.