If you’re looking for an amazing last-minute Christmas gift that the people on your list will love, consider a digital subscription gift. It takes up no space in their home, yet provides hours of entertainment and fun. We’re thinking way beyond another year of Netflix here (although, that’s awesome too). Instead, we’ve found awesome subscriptions that can challenge you creatively, make you laugh, educate your kids, and even spice up your sex life (ahem).
So, browse through these awesome digital subscription gifts. It’s the easiest and possible most-enjoyed gift you’ll give this year.
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Sling TV. More and more of us are ditching major cable services for Internet TV providers like Sling TV. You may be surprised to see how much of your regular programing is available on this service. (Sling TV, starting at $20/month)
Tidal. Tidal is an artist-owned streaming music service, with 60 million songs in their catalog. They say they’re for passionate music fans, and have channels that range from pop to jazz plus tons of smart editorial content. (Tidal, starting at $9.99/month but the first three months are just $0.99.)
Skillshare. Skillshare is a wonderful community that offers online classes to help you learn new skills and dial up your creativity – or simply get it back. Topics range from web design basics to book-binding, sewing, cooking, and photography. (Skillshare, $15/month, first month free)
Hulu. With Hulu not only can I watch my favorite TV shows from the major networks, but also their impressive menu of award-winning original content. If you don’t want to wait until the next day to watch the network shows, you can subscribe to Hulu Live TV and see them (wait for it) live. (Hulu, subscriptions start at $7.99/month; $39.99 for Hulu Live TV)
Headspace. Headspace is a popular meditation app that starts with a 10-session intro, meant to be listened to over a 10-day period to help you get into the habit of meditating regularly. Om. (Headspace, subscription required after a number of uses + in-app purchases, $12.99/month, iOS and Google Play)
HBO Now. Even if you don’t subscribe to HBO through your cable provider, you can still access all their content through the HBO Now app. So if they’ve been dying to finally start watching Game of Thrones or Insecure (one of our favorites), this might be the year for a subscription. (HBO Now, $14.99 per month after 7-day free trial.)
Amazon Prime. If you are gifting a subscription to Amazon Prime (and doesn’t everyone need an Amazon Prime subscription?), tuck it in with Amazon’s Kindle Oasis. But hey, just the Prime alone is a fantastic gift. (Amazon Prime, $99/year) And don’t miss last-minute tech gifts you can get as an Amazon Prime member!
Netflix. Netflix is where you’ll find favorites like “Stranger Things” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” If you already have a subscription, you understand the obsession. May we suggest you pair this with something from our cool “Stranger Things” gift guide? (Netflix, $8/month basic, $11/month 2-stream, $14/month 4-stream HD + Ultra HD)
YouTube TV. YouTube TV helps you replace your cable service by streaming most major networks. It’s a really great choice for sports fans, with live sports and news events included. (YouTube TV, $40/month)
Amazon Music. If you’re shopping for an Echo owner, it makes a lot of sense to subscribe to Amazon Music over some of the other streaming services simply because you can play anything from their catalog of 50 million songs through your Echo anytime. Family dance party, go! (Amazon, $7.99 per month but the first 3 months are just $0.99.)
Pinna. The Pinna podcast app is an ad-free, carefully curated app full of cool podcasts and audio books for kids. From our experience, it’s definitely worth the price. Such a cool gift idea for a kid who has everything. (Pinna app, free to download + trial, then $7.99/month)
Spotify. A Spotify subscription is a top pick among our teens. Sure, they can listen for free. But the upgrade to a premium account? Lets them listen ad-free with unlimited skips and create and download their own playlists at home. (Spotify, $0.99/3-months premium, $9.99/month after, student and family plans available)
Texture. Texture is a very affordable way to read all your favorite magazines each month. From TIME, People, and Sports Illustrated to National Geographic and Esquire. Bonus: it has the option to download so you won’t waste that precious cellular data. (Texture, now starting at $9.99/month)
Audible. For or adults who can’t get enough of a good story, an Audible subscription will let them always have access to the best content. Plus, for struggling readers — listening along to their school assignments while they read is a huge help in finishing those tough novels. (Audible, $14.95/month, promotion happening now for $6.95 for your first 3-months)
Epic. If your kid is an avid reader, check out the Epic app. This ebook subscription for kids offers all-you-can-read selections for a low monthly fee. No purchasing book after book. And no overdue fees from the library. Gift this with a fun reading log for kids to keep track of all the books they’ve read. (Epic, $7.99/month)
The Washington Post Digital. We are big fans of The Washington Post Digital, and it’s not just because they’ve featured us in the past. Give the gift of heavy-hitting, smart reporting this holiday season — and consider pairing it with one of our favorite gifts that support journalism this year. (The Washington Post Digital, $10/month, $15/month premium, $29/13-weeks, educator and students discounts available)
Calm App. If there’s one thing new parents can use, it’s some peace and quiet. We’ve featured 3 of our favorite meditation apps which are all terrific. But thanks to Liz for wholeheartedly testing and recommending Calm App as her favorite. It helped her sleep. Sleep. Remember that? (iOS or Android) Add in an aromatherapy diffuser for a gift that will hopefully keep on giving. (Calm, $4.99/month)
MasterClass. I’ve been wanting to try one (or, all) of the impressive array of MasterClass courses this year. The courses range from comedy lessons taught by Steve Martin to photography courses by Annie Leibovitz, cooking lessons from Gordon Ramsey and writing tips from Malcolm Gladwell (oof, how do I choose?). With the all-access pass, you can take all the courses you want all year long. And right now, when you buy one for yourself you can gift one to someone else for free! (MasterClass, all-access pass $180)
OMGYes. If you’re looking to enhance your (ahem) romantic life, consider gifting your partner OMGYes. Technically not a subscription — your one-time payment gives you access to all content, forever — this company is taking a scientific approach to female pleasure. And it seems to be working. Women like Emma Watson rave that it’s totally worth the money. (OMGYes, currently discounted to $39)
Xbox Live Gold. If your kids play on an Xbox, they might already have an Xbox Live Gold membership. But if they don’t, they’ll love it. It gives them access to more than $700 in free games over the course of the year and huge exclusive discounts. Definitely worth the money for gaming fanatics. (Microsoft, $9.99/month)