With the holidays approaching, it’s time to start brainstorming clever gifts for your friends and family. While traditional gifting involves boxes and bows, consider the idea of gifting one of the most coveted gifts of all: a digital subscription. Not only is this an easier and faster way to shop (it’s all online, of course), but with a variety of options, you are able to appeal to kids, teenagers and adults alike. Even better – you can bring months of entertainment to your loved one, rather than an item they may or may not like. Digital subscriptions are also great options if you’re shopping at the last minute because you don’t have to rely on shipping.
Best of all, gifting digital subscriptions doesn’t have to be that expensive. So check out our gift guide below and treat someone on your list digitally this year.
Best Digital Subscriptions to Gift
What they will get: With one full year of access to Pandora.com, the largest streaming music provider in the U.S., they can listen to music ad-free by searching for artists, genres as well as podcasts.
Why we love it: We love Pandora’s ability to play both online and offline, and their personalized playlists (based off of your thumbs up and thumbs down reactions), which give some great suggestions based on listening history and likes.
The Cost: $54.89 for one year of ad-free listening at Pandora.com
What they will get: A gift card they can use to sign up for a Disney+ subscription, with full access to Disney movies and television shows, as well as Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney+ offers new releases for a fee, but there is a massive amount of free programming included in this streaming service including wildly popular original, exclusive series such as “The Mandalorian” and “Loki.”
Why we love it: While you think of children’s cartoons and programming when you think of Disney, there are some fantastic documentaries available through their National Geographic tab as well.
The Cost: Gift cards range from $25 to $200 and will be sent as an e-gift card to your recipient.
What they will get: With a membership of Masterclass, your giftee will get one full year worth of online classes from world renowned experts on this platform. Topics include Arts & Entertainment, Home & Lifestyle, Business, Writing, Food, Music, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Wellness, Community & Government or Science & Technology. They’ll also get access to workbooks, content and community discussions.
Why we love it: With so many impressive talents, and interesting topics, it’s hard not to get inspired by these classes.
The Cost: $180 per year for Standard membership at Masterclass.com (currently, there’s a holiday offer of two memberships for the price of one).
Babbel is a digital education service for learning languages that uses app lessons, online classes, games, videos and podcasts.
What they will get: Give a gift membership to this language learning app and website to anyone who might want to brush up their Spanish, French, Italian, English, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Danish, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish or Indonesian. The learning program was designed by Yale University researchers and keeps real-life conversations as their practical focus.
Why we love it: Language learning is a great activity for anyone looking forward to getting back to globe trotting.
The Cost: $93 for 6 months, $117 for 12 months or $239 for a lifetime membership at Babbel.com. With the fully paid options there will be no recurring fees unless the user decides to continue the program of study. When you buy, be sure to activate this offer from RetailMeNot for 3% back.
What they will get: This digital streaming service for daily guided meditation and mindfulness is popular, and your gift will give someone full premium access to the content provided in the Calm app. This content includes daily guided meditations, sleep stories and self improvement stories that offer new perspectives and motivation. Calm has designed their app to help improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety and improve focus on the present moment.
Why we love it: Giving a gift that inspires someone to find new ways to be happier and healthier is thoughtful and will help them get through the next year with a more positive perspective.
The cost: $69.99 for one full year of access to Calm Premium at Calm.com
What they will get: A monthly credit to use on any bestseller or new release, plus Audible Plus membership, which gets them access to thousands of other titles included in the membership.
Why we love it: Many people make reading more a new year’s resolution, but many are also strapped for time. Audible makes listening to audio books on the go so easy.
The cost: Gift plans start at $15 for one month with 1 credit and go up to $150 for 12 months and 12 credits.