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The best digital gifts to give this Christmas

You're running out of time, so go for digital gifts!
December 15, 2021
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The holidays are upon us, and Christmas is only days away. The shopping lines are only getting longer. Not to mention being around people still isn’t the safest and the stress of finding the right gift for all your loved ones. And there’s a chance they might not even like what you picked! Maybe it’s time to make things easier on everyone and go for some of the best digital gifts you can hand out this Christmas.

Options are plentiful. There’s plenty on offer, from music and movies subscriptions to gift cards, crypto, or gaming services. And you can get it all from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. What’s even better, people might prefer these over other gifts, as it gives them more freedom of choice. It sure beats getting them a sweater they might never use.

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The best digital gifts:

The most versatile gift cards

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So you’ve decided to give your loved ones a gift card; it’s now time to pick the right one. This isn’t a simple decision, but some of the best gift cards offer more versatility, making them better gifts when you don’t know what to get.

Take the Google Play Store gift cards as an example. These can be used to download apps from the Play Store, but they’re also good for renting movies, getting books, and even paying for services like YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium. Likewise, Apple gift cards can be used for anything Apple offers. This includes devices, apps, Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, iTunes, Apple One, iCloud, Books, and more.

Another very versatile option is the Amazon gift card. It can be used to buy products from the popular online retailer, but the balance can also be used for buying Kindle books, paying for an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, getting apps from the Amazon App Store, or even paying for Amazon Prime.

Music streaming services

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Music is a universal language. We can all zone out and enjoy a good song from time to time. This makes music subscriptions among the best digital gifts you can give to anyone. Just think about it: it’s the gift of music.

Video streaming services

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Video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus can provide your loved ones with endless hours of entertainment. This is what makes movie and TV streaming gift cards among the best digital gifts you can get anyone. All these services have vast libraries of content to consume, so there is no going wrong with any of these.

Gaming memberships

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It might be hard to get that latest-generation console, but there are other ways to give your loved ones a better gaming experience. You can help them enjoy their current consoles and titles better with subscriptions to enhanced services like Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation Plus, or a Nintendo eShop gift card.

Transportation and delivery digital gifts

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If any of your friends or family members tend to use ride-sharing or delivery services often, there are plenty of great gift cards you can get for them. These will include Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, and others.

Gifting cryptocurrency

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Do you have a family member interested in cryptocurrencies? This could be a gift that keeps on giving. In fact, small amounts of crypto have turned people into millionaires in the past. Just imagine giving someone the gift of financial stability for life.

Take this as an example. $100 of Bitcoin gifted on December 25, 2020, would be worth about $180 as of the time of writing this post. If you had given someone $100 worth of Bitcoin on December 25, 2019, it would be worth about $650 right now. The price can also go down, but the popular cryptocurrency’s average growth looks very healthy.

The only problem with gifting crypto is that most exchanges still haven’t adopted gift cards. If the person you want to gift crypto to has a crypto wallet, you can send them whichever cryptocurrency you want.

If your loved one doesn’t have a wallet, Binance and Coinbase do gift cards in their own way, although keep in mind that Binance is currently not available for US residents.

The process of gifting cryptocurrency is relatively simple, although it differs from exchange to exchange. The general process is that you can make an account on Binance or Coinbase, buy crypto, create a gift card, and then send it to the email address of the person you’re gifting it to. That person then makes an account on that specific exchange and redeems the crypto. You can get more detailed info for Binance and Coinbase at the links.

These are the best digital gifts for this holiday season in our opinion. Are you thinking of picking one up? Let us know which one in the comments.