The countdown to Christmas has begun, and that means it’s crunch time for holiday shopping. If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list, there’s no need to panic. You can avoid all the stress that comes with last-minute shopping by giving them the gift of streaming. Whether they’re a fan of movies, TV or even Broadway shows, you can give a subscription to Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, Disney Plus and other streaming services to the binge-watcher in your life. Gifting a streaming service will keep your loved one up to date on all the best shows and movies at home, and it’s a gift that never grows old.
Choosing a gift card (whether in-store or online) is an easy process. Almost every popular streaming service has a section on its website or app where your gift recipient can activate their subscription. Once that’s done, they can watch any number of shows or revisit a favorite film all from the comfort of their couch. Sounds like a great time, if you ask us.
Before you buy a streaming gift card, there are a few things to consider. Your giftee will need a streaming device or smart TV to enjoy the service. (If they don’t have one, congratulations! You’ve stumbled onto another gift idea. CNET can help you navigate affordable, quality streaming devices and smart TVs.) In addition, once the gift card or gift subscription runs out, access to the service does too. If the recipient wants to keep using the service, they’ll need to add a credit card for payments.
Here’s a list of some of the best streaming service gift subscriptions you can give to family and friends this year, from popular choices to more niche products for people with particular viewing sensibilities.