Moving away from traditional cable is all the rage now. It’s a great time to start giving people subscriptions to excellent streaming services or products that make accessing them easy. We’ve got the best ones right here.
We’ve all gotten to a point where there are as many streaming services and devices available as there are shows we want to watch. Whether your giftee is up for the big names or more niche stuff, there’s a service and device for everyone that makes an excellent gift.
It can be tricky knowing which products may be best for your giftee, but knowing just a bit about their interest will help in giving them a fun new way to relax in the evenings. So, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list for you to peruse.
Let’s get started with the best gifts for cutting the cord.
Kicking off our list of streaming devices is the brand-new Roku Streaming Stick 4K+.
The Streaming Stick 4K+ is the latest device from Roku, which means it’s an easy-to-use device that can slot into HDMI slots to turn any TV into a hub for streaming services. It also supports 4K HDR video and Dolby Vision HDR support.
Along with that, this brand-new streaming stick boasts a 30% faster boot-up time and a substantially improved Wi-Fi receiver. Plus, it’s reasonably cheap for what it offers with the $70 MSRP, which is great if you’re shopping for gifts on a budget. You might even want one for yourself!
One thing to note is that the Streaming Stick 4K+ comes with a great remote control that’s rechargeable and features to find it if it becomes lost. However, if the quality of the control is not an issue for your giftee, you can give some cash by opting for the 2021 model of the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, which otherwise has the same features.
Roku Streaming Stick 4K+
Roku's latest streaming stick is a fantastic streaming device in a tiny package.
It’s no real surprise that one of the most versatile streaming devices also comes from Google, the company many go to when a question needs answering.
The Chromecast with Google TV is a proper hub for all of your streaming services, and while that’s the case with a lot of the devices on this list, it goes far beyond just having the access to those services and practically is a smart TV in a tiny package.
What’s cool about it is that it doesn’t necessarily require you to switch between apps, as the interface sorts everything into a single screen. This makes it incredibly easy to switch between different shows with ease. You can also still cast streaming videos to the device, too, just like previous Chromecast models.
Chromecast with Google TV
Streaming has never been easier than with a Chromecast, with Google TV built right in.
The Apple TV 4K can stream using nearly every streaming service under the sun with beautiful 4K visuals, an impressive frame rate, and Dolby Atmos sound capabilities. Everything’s going to look and sound stunning on this device, which can sometimes be difficult when it comes to streaming. Then again, few expect nothing less from Apple.
Plus, it comes with a Siri Remote, a surprisingly helpful device that allows people to control Apple TV easily thanks to a funky mix of more standard buttons and a touch-enabled click pad. If your giftee already has an Apple TV, you can pick up the remote separately so they can enjoy one of the best remotes around.
The Apple TV 4K is an expensive gift for sure, but one that no one will be unhappy with.
Apple TV 4K
Apple's most powerful streaming box yet, with an incredible Siri remote control.
If they already own an Apple TV but not the Siri Remote, you can buy the controller separately and sneak it into their stocking.
As we’re going through all of these streaming devices, we’d be remiss not to mention Amazon’s Fire TV device line.
The Fire TV Cube is the best of the Amazon streaming device lineup, and offers fast speeds for clear pictures for all of your favorite services, not just Amazon Prime Video. Not only that, but the Cube has Alexa built-in too, so people can control it via voice commands and have no issues watching what they want.
This Amazon streaming device is also compatible with different soundbars, which is a nice bonus if the person you’re buying this for is a bit of an audiophile. Integration like this is great for a home theater setup!
Fire TV Cube
A cute little cube for all of your streaming needs.
This particular gift is for far more than just streaming TV shows and films. The Xbox Series S game console not only allows the user to access streaming services for TV and films, but also allows them to play games.
While it’s easy to worry about also then having to buy expensive video games on top of everything else, that doesn’t need to be the case with Microsoft consoles.
Instead, you can buy them a subscription to Xbox Game Pass, and they’ll have access to more games than they’ll ever be able to get through, thanks to a service that is effectively the Netflix of gaming. Considering the service’s huge library, any gamer would be happy with a subscription—and the Ultimate tier also includes PC games!
Xbox Series S
The Xbox Series S is a hub for all of your TV, film, and gaming needs.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
If you’re using the Series S to help cut the cord, it only makes sense to sign up to Microsoft’s game subscription service, as well.
At this point, it’s beginning to feel as though there are nearly as many streaming apps as there are TV channels, so finding the right one for anyone can be tricky.
HBO Max is our choice for the best streaming service, though, thanks to its mix of HBO shows, new exclusives that come in fairly regularly, and plenty of excellent films. The service even brings with it a considerable number of Warner Bros. films, including ones that hit HBO Max on the same day they hit the theater.
The only thing to be aware of is that it also comes with ads in the $10/month basic version. So it may be better to get your giftee a subscription to the slightly more expensive ($15/month) ad-free option, which also comes with the Warner Bros. premiers. It’s a good value!
Watch Game of Thrones, Warner Bros. releases, and far more hit TV shows and films with ease.
Depending on what your giftee’s media tastes are, Disney+ can be one of the definitive streaming services. If they need to entertain a family, as well, Disney’s streaming service is pretty much unmatched in the market.
Along with all of the Disney classics you’d expect to see, Disney+ also includes an incredible number of more adult-focused shows thanks to the inclusion of shows from National Geographic and other networks. Let’s not forget huge franchises like Marvel and Star Wars being owned by Disney and making a home on the service, either.
Of course, Disney+ is also the best streaming service for those with kids, thanks to shows like Bluey and Disney Plus exclusives like Monster at Work. This is a fantastic gift for anyone that needs to entertain a family, no matter their age.
Family favorites, old classics, and exciting new TV all in one place.
Of course, no talk of streaming services can happen without mentioning the original service itself, Netflix.
Netflix remains a true powerhouse of streaming that offers countless films and TV shows and a library that is constantly updated. They’ve also been creating incredible new shows for some time now too, so it’s a valuable gift for any streaming fanatic in your life.
If you’re not sure what your giftee watches, you really can’t go wrong with a Netflix subscription.
One of the first streaming services, Netflix remains one of the best with consistent original releases.
Sometimes it’s not enough to binge-watch old shows; sometimes you want to stay up to date on show premiers or watch some live sporting events, as well.
Along with its own back library and original shows, Hulu with Live TV allows people to tune into many different cable channels like ABC and CBS and stream them live as though they were on cable or satellite TV. There are also options to watch news and sports live, so this is a good gift for someone who likes to stay up to date with things.
Hulu with Live TV is very much the subsciption for someone who wants to stop paying for cable but would miss a lot of the benefits of live TV. It’s not the only live TV streaming service, but Hulu is truly one of the best for those looking to save money and cut the cable for good.
Hulu Live TV
Keep up-to-date with news, sports, and the latest TV shows with Hulu’s Live TV package.
There is a streaming service for everyone out there, but making sure you get the right one for your gift recipient can be tricky. This is especially true if you’re buying for someone who has less mainstream media tastes.
Crunchyroll has a plethora of different anime on it that’ll help satiate any anime fan for years to come. Along with plenty of classic titles like Hunter X Hunter and One Piece, Crunchyroll also gets updated with plenty of new shows as they release in Japan too. Think of it like how Hulu works with regular episode updates, but specifically for anime.
A subscription to Crunchyroll isn’t expensive, but it’s a very thoughtful gift if you know your giftee is an anime fan.
The premier streaming service for anime fans of all ages.