Holiday gift ideas you can send instantly, no shipping required

This story is part of 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, our list of ideas, by theme, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the ideal gift.

Holiday shoppers might run into a few hurdles this season in their quest to stuff stockings. Even with stores that launch early Black friday offers, supply chains feeling the impact of COVID-19. Online shopping has exploded over the past year, with more and more people being at home. Therefore, manufacturers, retailers and shipping companies struggled to keep up without compromising the health and safety of workers.

Holiday shopping could be a bit difficult this year due to supply chain shortages.

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Even order gifts before Black Friday does not guarantee that your belongings will arrive in time for Christmas or Hanukkah. We’re not saying the holidays are a wash and your purchases are guaranteed to be late, but 2021 could be the year to think outside the box.

We’ve put together a list of great subscription service giveaways that everyone on your shopping list will love. Bonus added? They will not be out of stock. We have linked either to the page of the service where you can purchase directly or to the appropriate website to purchase a gift card.


Disney Plus features new releases like Shang-Chi, classic Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel movies, as well as Disney Vault movies and fun documentaries. Disney Plus is currently offering a one-year gift subscription offer to new subscribers.

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The Spotify music streaming app is packed with songs and podcasts. There are even a few audiobooks if you know where to look. Along with recommendations based on your listening history, it creates personalized playlists for you, keeps you up to date with new releases from your favorite artists, lists where they’re currently touring and more. You can give your loved one an ad-free Spotify subscription by purchasing a gift card. Gift cards only work with Premium Individual plans and not with Premium Student, Premium Family, Premium Duo or trial offers. We found several options through Best Buy.

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Apple Music, Apple’s in-house music and video streaming service. Like on Spotify, you can listen to music and playlists on demand, access Internet radio, and more. The fun part about Apple Gift Cards is that you aren’t stuck in a particular service by purchasing one.


Xbox Game Pass is an all-you-can-eat video game subscription for $ 10 per month. The service offers a few different plans to better suit your playing style. You can choose between Game Pass for console, Game Pass for PC (which includes an EA Play subscription). Or there’s Game Pass Ultimate, which offers games for PC, console, EA Play membership, as well as Xbox Live Gold and cloud gaming beta.


The Calm app offers a wide range of guided meditations to help with relaxation. The sessions – which last from 3 to 25 minutes – can also help develop a daily meditation practice. Calm also includes soundscapes, celebrity-read sleep stories, wellness recordings, breathing exercises, and more.

In addition to subscriptions, Calm’s online store also offers weighted blankets, meditation cushions, journals, and other thoughtful gifts.


The Aaptiv fitness app is audio only, so it’s like having a coach in your ear or a workout buddy. The app supports outdoor workouts including running and cycling, or workouts with treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals. You can also explore over 4,000 workouts like yoga, strength training classes, and more depending on difficulty, time, and music.

Aaptiv typically costs $ 15 per month, or you can subscribe annually for $ 99 and get a seven-day free trial. Currently, the app has a special offer to gift one year on the app for $ 50.

For more ideas, check out our list of the best workout apps.


Sunbasket is a healthy meal kit delivery service that uses fresh, organic ingredients while meeting different diets and nutritional plans. You can check out plans for vegetarians, vegans, keto, paleo, and more. Sunbasket is a bit more expensive than other meal kit services because it uses a higher quality ingredient, but new registrations may be eligible for a discount. Additionally, if you would like to share the benefits of Sunbasket with a loved one, you can also offer the service.

For more ideas, check out our list of the best meal kit delivery services, as well as coffee, tea, and wine delivery subscriptions.

Bean & Bean

New York-based triple threat coffee company Bean & Bean – included in CNET’s list of favorite coffee subscriptions – lets you choose your favorite roast, grind the beans to the consistency you want, or keep the beans whole . Bean & Bean also offers tea, matcha, instant coffee, honey coffee, and other items for purchase.

You can also check CNET’s listings for tea and wine delivery subscriptions.

Master class

Start your New Year’s resolution early to learn something new with a complimentary Masterclass membership. The online learning service offers over 100 elective courses taught by top celebrities, with new content released every month. You can immerse yourself in the kitchen with Gordon Ramsay, filmmaking with Martin Scorsese, writing with RL Stine, science with Neil deGrasse Tyson, self-expression with RuPaul and more.

You can offer three different annual subscription levels through the Masterclass website – Standard ($ 180), Plus ($ 240), or Premium ($ 276).

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Stitch Fix is ​​a garment delivery service that you can customize to arrive on a frequency that best fits your schedule. Shopping for clothes was stressful enough before the pandemic, and Stitch Fix lets you do it from the comfort of your home. You can either sign up to receive boxes regularly, request a box for a special occasion, or purchase from the Stitch Fix online store.

Stitch Fix also offers a gift card program that you can use in the online store or apply to items selected by their stylist. For more ideas, check out our favorite clothing subscription boxes.

Hunt a killer

If there’s a true fan of crime in your life, Hunt a Killer is the closest you can get to solving a decades-old closed case. You can choose between a mystery plan or a horror plan. Each mystery is broken down into approximately six boxes delivered to your home once a month. Boxes contain letters, photos, maps, evidence, police and forensic reports and more. My husband and I first tried Hunt a Killer last year and it’s now one of our favorite things to do.

You can give Hunt a Killer – the horror or mystery plan – as a Season Pass (one case) or a full year (two cases).

Book of the month

The Book of the Month Club sends five books to your door each month (you can customize the frequency). Then you can choose a book (or books) that you want to keep and return the rest. Book of the Month gives great new recommendations at an affordable price and offers the option to skip a month. Your first month with Book of the Month is $ 10, then $ 16 per month thereafter.

For your avid reader, you can choose from three, six and 12 month subscriptions.

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