Finding a versatile, crowd-pleasing gift is HARD, especially for people who already have a lot of stuff. I received a Misfit Shine a month ago thanks to the awesome Misfit team (shout out to Mike Hard and co-founder Sonny Vu, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing at MedX). I am happy to share this product with you because it’s the perfect Christmas gift!
There are a couple fitness trackers out there, Fitbit, Nike fuel band, Jawbone Up24, just to name a few, but I personally prefer the Misfit Shine. A big part of the appeal for me lies in the design. The tracker itself is a sleek coin-like disk that lights up with your daily activity progress and the time, and the wristband is very customizable with a leather or a more sporty rubber strap. It looks more like a watch than a fitness tracker, and I’ve had a lot of people comment on how neat the design is. You can also choose to wear the Shine in a necklace form – how many fitness trackers out there can do that? The bloom necklace is very pretty and doesn’t even look like a typical fitness tracker so it appeals to people who aren’t always into the sporty look (aka me). The Shine is also super customizable – you can choose the color of the tracker itself (there’s 10 options!) and the strap. You can even wear the tracker as a necklace or as a pin. You can pretty much put it and wear it…anywhere. It’s even waterproof so you don’t have to take it off when you shower or swim. In terms of functionality, I like the daily progress goal and how easy it is to track your steps and your sleep. It even wakes you up at a good point in your sleep cycle. The set-up is very simple, great for people of all ages who don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing with the app.
There are a few things I would change. The food diary option doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, and I wish it had a vibrating alarm clock (like Fitbit) so I don’t have to wake up my husband every morning at 6 am. Not having to charge the Shine regularly is awesome, but the battery does need to be changed after 6 months.
All in all, I am a fan of the Misfit Shine and I love seeing it do the happy light dance when I reach my daily goal. Put simply, the Shine is a great gift because it’s a low maintenance fitness tracker, and it’s easy enough to use while being cool-looking enough to appeal to people of all ages. Best of all, it doesn’t break the bank, and it is on sale for the holidays now at $79.99. Happy shopping!
Note: Misfit also makes a more wallet-friendly version of the Shine called the Flash, which is only $24.99. The Flash has a lot of the same features as the Shine (tracks activity, sleep) but uses different materials for the band and tracker. There is a side by side comparison here.