This story is partour year-round collection of the best gift ideas.
Is thinking about holiday shopping giving you a headache? It’s never too early to start ticking things off your list, but why not make it easier for yourself?
We’ve put together a list of great subscription service gifts that everyone on your shopping list will love. Extra bonus? They will not be out of stock. We have linked either the service page where you can buy directly or the appropriate website to buy a gift card.
Disney Plus has new releases like She-Hulk, plus classic Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel movies, plus Disney Vault movies and fun documentaries. Disney Plus is currently offering a one-year gift subscription offer for new subscribers.
Music streaming app Spotify is packed with songs and podcasts, and has just launched an expanded new offering of audiobooks. In addition to recommendations based on your listening history, it creates personalized playlists for you, keeps you up to date with new releases from your favorite artists, lists where they are currently touring and more. You can give your loved one an ad-free Spotify subscription by purchasing a gift card. Gift cards only work with Premium Individual plans and not with Premium Student, Premium Family, Premium Duo or Trial plans. We found several options through Best Buy.
Apple Music is Apple’s in-house music and video streaming service. Like Spotify, you can listen to on-demand music and playlists, access internet radio and more. The fun part about Apple gift cards is that you’re not locked into a particular service by purchasing one.
Apple Arcade is Apple’s $5-a-month ($60-a-year) gaming subscription service. The service offers hundreds of games with new titles added weekly, as well as in-app events and game updates. The service includes Arcade Originals, App Store Greats and Timeless Classics playable on Apple devices without in-app purchases or ads.
Apple Arcade was also a CNET Editors’ Pick for 2021.
Xbox Game Pass is an all-you-can-eat video game subscription for $10 a month. The service offers a few different plans to best suit your style of play. You can choose between Game Pass for console, Game Pass for PC (which includes an EA Play subscription). Or there’s Game Pass Ultimate, which offers games for PC, console, EA Play membership, plus Xbox Live Gold and cloud gaming beta.
The Calm app offers a wide range of guided meditations to help with relaxation. The sessions – which last from 3 to 25 minutes – can also help develop a daily meditation practice. Calm also includes soundscapes, sleep stories read by celebrities, wellness checkups, breathing exercises and more.
In addition to memberships, Calm’s online store also offers weighted blankets, meditation pillows, journals, and other mindful gifts.
The Aaptiv fitness app is audio only, so it’s like having a coach in your ear or a workout buddy. The app supports outdoor workouts including running and cycling, or workouts with treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals. You can also explore over 4,000 workouts like yoga, weight classes, and more based on difficulty, time, and music.
Aaptiv typically costs $15 per month, or you can subscribe annually for $99 and get a seven-day free trial. Currently, the app is running a special offer to give away a year on the app for $50.
For more ideas, check out our list of the best workout apps.
Sunbasket is a healthy meal kit delivery service that uses fresh, organic ingredients while catering to different diets and nutritional plans. You can check out plans for vegetarians, vegans, keto, paleo, and more. Sunbasket is a little more expensive than other meal kit services because it uses a higher quality ingredient, but new signups may qualify for a discount. Plus, if you want to share the Sunbasket goodness with a loved one, you can gift the service too.
For more ideas, check out our list of the best meal kit delivery services, as well as coffee, tea and wine delivery subscriptions.
bean and bean
New York-based triple-threat coffee company Bean & Bean — included in CNET’s Favorite Coffee Subscriptions list — lets you choose your favorite roast, grind coffee beans to your desired consistency, or save the beans whole. Bean & Bean also offers tea, matcha, instant coffee, honey coffee and other products for purchase.
You can also check CNET’s listings for tea and wine delivery subscriptions.
Start your New Year’s resolution early to learn something new with a Gifted Masterclass subscription. The e-learning service offers over 100 courses to choose from, taught by top celebrities with new content released every month. You can dive into cooking with Gordon Ramsay, movies with Martin Scorsese, writing with RL Stine, science with Neil deGrasse Tyson, self-expression with RuPaul and more.
You can donate three different annual subscription levels through the Masterclass website – Individual ($180), Duo ($240), or Family ($276).
Stitch Fix is a clothing delivery service that you can customize to arrive at a frequency that best suits your schedule. Shopping for clothes was stressful enough before the pandemic, and Stitch Fix lets you do it from the comfort of your home. You can either sign up to receive boxes delivered regularly, request a box for a special occasion, or shop at the Stitch Fix online store.
Hunt a killer
If there’s a true crime fan in your life, Hunt a Killer is the closest they’ll get to solving a decades-old cold case. You can choose a mystery or horror plan. Each mystery is broken down into approximately six boxes delivered to your home once a month. Boxes hold letters, photos, maps, evidence, police and forensic reports and more. My husband and I first tried Hunt a Killer last year, and it’s now one of our favorite activities.
You can give away Hunt a Killer – the horror or mystery plan – as a subscription for a full season, a dual season, or a monthly subscription. Older boxes – box sets or premium games – are also available for a fee.
book of the month
Book of the Month Club sends five books to your door each month (you can customize the frequency). Then you can choose a book (or books) you want to keep and return the rest. The book of the month gives great new recommendations at an affordable price and offers the choice to skip a month. Your first month with Book of the Month is $10, then $16 per month after that.
For your avid reader, you can choose between three, six, and 12 month subscription plans.
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