If you’re searching for a last-minute gift, whether it’s your sister’s birthday or your best friend’s housewarming party, but haven’t had time to shop, there’s no need to panic. A TV and movie streaming service like Netflix, Hulu or Disney Plus is an easy last-minute present. Not only will a streaming service help your friends and loved ones stay entertained at home no matter what, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Whether you purchase a gift card online or in-store, many of the most in-demand services have a dedicated section for redeeming digital gift card codes so that your loved one can activate their subscription when they’re ready to sink into the couch and take in some excellent original programming or revisit their favorite movie.
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 into 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, naturally, access to the service does, too. If they want to keep using the service, they 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 some more niche products for people with particular viewing sensibilities:
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