The Best Streaming Services to Give as Gifts – CNET

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Shopping for other people isn’t always easy. There may be times you end up procrastinating and before you know it, it’s the day of your sister’s birthday or your best friend’s housewarming party and you don’t have a gift. Luckily, there are countless last-minute gift options, including the gift of streaming. Yes, that’s right — you can absolutely gift Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, and even Disney Plus. Not only will a streaming service help your loved ones stay entertained at home no matter what, but it’s also the gift that keeps on giving.

Whether you buy 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.


Netflix? Disney Plus? Streaming services make quick and easy gifts.

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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.


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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:



Streaming veteran Netflix — like Hulu — offers gift cards online or in-store through retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Kroger. Netflix offers three subscription tiers — Standard ad-supported ($7 per month), Basic ($10 per month), (Standard ($15.49 per month) and Premium ($20 per month).

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You can purchase physical or digital Hulu gift cards through retailers like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, Walgreens, Kroger and PayPal. Hulu has a few different subscription tiers to choose from like basic Hulu ($8 per month) and ad-free basic Hulu ($15 per month). You can also subscribe to Hulu Plus Live TV ($70 per month) and Hulu Plus Live TV without ads ($82.99 per month). Hulu Plus Live TV now includes Disney Plus and ESPN Plus.



Disney Plus offers new releases like Shang-Chi, classic Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel movies, as well as Disney Vault movies, fun documentaries and plenty of TV shows. Disney Plus doesn’t have gift cards, but you can give a one-year gift subscription offer for new subscribers.