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These Christmas Gift Ideas Are Quick, Easy, and Really Good

This story is part of gift guideour year-round collection of the best gift ideas.

Does the thought of Christmas shopping give you a headache? It’s never too early to start checking things off your list, but why not make it even easier for yourself?

We’ve rounded up a list of great subscription service gifts that everyone on your shopping list will love. Added bonus? They won’t run out. We have linked to the page of the service where you can buy directly or to the appropriate website to buy a gift card.


Disney Plus offers new releases like She-Hulk, plus classic Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel movies, as well as Disney Vault movies and fun documentaries. Disney Plus is currently offering a one-year gift subscription offer for new subscribers.

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Music streaming app Spotify is packed with songs and podcasts, and has just launched a vast new offering of audiobooks. In addition to recommendations based on your listening history, it creates personalized playlists for you, keeps you up to date on new releases from your favorite artists, lists where they’re currently on tour, and more. You can give your loved one an advertisement without advertising Spotify subscription buying a gift card. Gift cards only work with Premium Individual plans and not with Premium Student, Premium Family, Premium Duo or trial offers. We found multiple options through Best Buy.

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Apple Music is Apple’s internal music and video streaming service. Just like Spotify, you can listen to music and playlists on demand, access Internet radio, and more. The fun part about Apple Gift Cards is that you’re not limited to any particular service when you buy one.

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Apple Arcade is Apple’s $5 per month ($60 per year) gaming subscription service. The service has hundreds of games with new titles added every week, as well as in-app events and game updates. The service includes Arcade Originals, App Store Greats, and Timeless Classics that can be played on Apple devices without in-app purchases or ads.

Apple Arcade was also chosen by CNET Editors’ Choice for 2021.


Xbox Game Pass is an all-you-can-play video game subscription for $10 a month. The service offers a few different plans to better 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, the EA Play subscription, as well as Xbox Live Gold and the cloud gaming beta.


The Calm app offers a wide range of guided meditations to aid relaxation. Sessions, which range from 3 to 25 minutes in length, 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 subscriptions, Calm’s online store also offers weighted blankets, meditation cushions, journals, and other mindful giveaways.


The Aaptiv fitness app is audio only, so it’s like having a coach in your ear or a training partner. The app supports outdoor workouts such as running and cycling, or workouts on treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers. You can also explore over 4,000 workouts like yoga, strength training classes, and more based on difficulty, time, and music.

Aaptiv typically costs $15 a month, or you can subscribe annually for $99 and get a seven-day free trial. Currently, the app has a special offer to give away a year in the app for $50.

For more ideas, check out our list of the best workout apps.

sun basket

Sunbasket is a healthy meal kit delivery service that uses fresh, organic ingredients while accommodating different diets and nutrition plans. You can check the plans for vegetarians, vegans, keto, paleo and more. Sunbasket is a bit more expensive than other meal kit services because it uses a higher quality ingredient, but new signups can get a discount. Plus, if you want to share the goodness of Sunbasket with a loved one, you can also gift the service.

For more ideas, check out our list of the best meal kit delivery services, as well as coffee, tea, and wine delivery subscriptions.

beans and beans

New York-based triple-threat coffee company Bean & Bean, featured on CNET’s list of favorite coffee subscriptions, lets you choose your favorite roast, grind the coffee beans to your desired consistency, or keep the beans whole . Bean & Bean also has tea, matcha, instant coffee, honey coffee, and other products for purchase.

You can also check CNET’s listings for tea and wine delivery subscriptions.

master class

Get an early start on your New Year’s resolution to learn something new with a gift subscription to Masterclass. The online learning service has over 100 classes to choose from taught by A-list celebrities with new content released every month. You can immerse yourself in cooking with Gordon Ramsay, filmmaking with Martin Scorsese, writing with RL Stine, science with Neil deGrasse Tyson, self-expression with RuPaul, and more.

You can award three different annual subscription levels through the Masterclass website: Single ($180), Duo ($240), or Family ($276).

stitch arrangement

Stitch Fix is ​​a clothing delivery service that you can customize to arrive at a frequency that works best for your schedule. Shopping for clothes was stressful enough before the pandemic, and Stitch Fix lets you do it from the comfort of your own home. You can sign up for regular boxes, order a box for a special occasion, or shop the Stitch Fix online store.

Stitch Fix also has a gift card program that you can use in the online store or apply to items selected by your stylist. For more ideas, check out our favorite clothing subscription boxes.

hunt a killer

If there’s a true crime fanatic 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 about six boxes that are delivered to your house once a month. Boxes include letters, photos, maps, evidence, police and forensic reports and more. My husband and I tried Hunt a Killer for the first time last year, and now it’s one of our favorite things to do.

You can give Hunt a Killer, the horror or mystery plan, like full season, double season or monthly membership. older cases box sets either premium games – are also available for a flat fee.

book of the month

Book of the Month Club ships five books to your door each month (you can customize the frequency). You can then choose a book (or books) you want to keep and return the rest. The Book of the Month provides great new recommendations at an affordable price and offers the option to skip a month. Your first month with the Book of the Month is $10 and then it’s $16 per month after that.

For your avid reader, you can choose between three, six and 12 month subscription plans.

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