If you need gift ideas this year, you might turn to HUI Research in Sweden, which deems one product the best Christmas gift every year. This year, the activity tracker or fitness armband is the gift to give and get.

In order for an item to be considered the Christmas Gift of the Year, it must have piqued interest throughout the year, sold in high quantities and represented a trend for that kind of product. With more people becoming increasingly health conscious, the sale of fitness armbands and activity trackers spiked in Sweden in 2014. The arm bands log exercise data and have sensors that monitor pulse and sleep for a fuller picture of overall health. 2014 marks the 27th consecutive year that the institute has published its prediction for the gift most likely to fill space under the tree at Christmas.


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