Nothing beats the feeling of sitting down with a gift box and tearing off the wrapping paper to reveal the surprises within; but not all great gifts come wrapped in boxes. With the ever increasing digitization of society, online subscriptions have become a valid form of gift-giving and they’re often more fulfilling than a physical gift of same worth!
Subscriptions are wonderful because they come with the promise of prolonged value. Yes, subscriptions do eventually expire, but they grant the recipient time to fully enjoy and explore a particular service that they might’ve never considered using before. Plus, subscription services are always evolving, which means the novelty of a subscription rarely grows stale.
Of course, be sure to personalize your choice of subscription to the recipient. Find a service that they’ll love and take advantage of to the max.
Amazon Prime ($79 / yr)
Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, so you can rest assured that a subscription to Amazon Prime will retain its value for many years to come. There are three benefits to gifting Amazon Prime to someone.
For frequent online shoppers, Amazon Prime is extremely useful due to the savings on shipping costs. Amazon Prime members receive free 2-day shipping on all eligible Amazon purchases (and the majority of their items do qualify) as well as discounted overnight shipping rates.
For residents in the United States, Amazon Prime also grants access to Amazon Instant Video, a recent service that allows members to instantly stream movies and TV shows for free.
For avid readers, Amazon Prime allows members to borrow ebooks from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free. This basically means you can download a free copy of any eligible ebook for reading on a Kindle. There is no due date though you are limited to 1 per month.
Amazon Prime is arguably the best bang-for-the-buck out of any subscription on this list. It’s no wonder why so many think Amazon Prime is a good deal.
Need a gift for those friends of yours who are movie buffs, TV show fanatics, or music freaks? The days of the CD and DVD are numbered. Audio and video is increasingly becoming more Internet-centric and these three services are proof of that. They’re cheaper in the long run and offer more variety than ever before — who can argue with that?
Gift a year of Netflix to your friends who love watching video entertainment. There’s a large selection of movies and shows, both old and new, in the Netflix library and it’d be hard to burn through them all in a year. And let’s not forget that Netflix has some great original programming that you won’t find elsewhere. Once the Netflix gift is given, be sure to amp up the experience with these great Netflix tools.
Gift a year of Spotify or Pandora to your friends who love to stream their music. Streaming is a great service because it relieves you of the need for storage space. Plus, you’re bound to expand your musical tastes since you’ll often come across new artists and songs that you love yet had never heard before. Use these Spotify tips and tricks and Pandora music tools to get the most out of the services.
Manpacks (Variable) & Unmentionably Cheeky ($9 / mo)
Everyone needs underwear, but going out to buy new packs can be inconvenient. These two services understand that we’re often too busy to fuss about underwear-related errands, so they’ve dedicated themselves to periodically mailing new sets of underwear to ease our minds of the burden.
Manpacks is the service for guys. On their site, you’ll be able to “Build a Manpack” that fits your needs, whether that means boxers, shirts, socks, razors, condoms, etc. The price of the service depends on the contents of the manpack. Manpacks has a gifting option that will send a gift pack to the recipient along with a gift card to register with their service.
Unmentionably Cheeky is a female version of the service but much more minimal. Every month, they’ll mail out 2 pairs of panties to the recipient with new colors and designs every month.
Due to the intimate nature of underwear, these services should be reserved for your significant other and possibly your closest friends.
What do you think about edibles-delivered-monthly as a service? These two services are all about quality and enjoyment of edibles. Naturebox focuses their efforts on providing healthy snacks to munch on while Mistobox focuses on the highest quality coffee beans from around the world.
With Naturebox, you’ll receive a new box every month filled with nutritionist-approved snacks that are all natural and taste great. With Mistobox, you’ll receive a new box every month filled with 4 different packs of coffee that have been hand-picked by the Mistobox team.
For your friends who are won over by taste, these two subscriptions will prove immensely valuable.
Barkbox ($30 / mo)
Here’s another in the line of “monthly delivery” services, yet this one isn’t for humans — it’s for pets! Or more specifically, dog owners. Barkbox is the dream come true for dog owners who are too busy to regularly go out and shop for new dog supplies.
Every month, Barkbox sends out a new package of toys and treats with which to surprise any unsuspecting dog. These items are not just for fun but also for health as you’ll find hygiene products and healthy snacks among the chewable bones and fun gadgets.
But the best part about Barkbox is that 10% of their proceeds go towards supporting a dog rescue group, so every Barkbox purchase helps dogs who are in need.
There’s enough variety in this list of subscriptions that you should be able to find a relevant gift for all of your friends and family members. However, this list is by no means exhaustive. If you can think of other subscriptions that might prove more useful, go for it!
Will you be giving out subscriptions as gifts this year? If so, which services will you be gravitating towards? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!