7 best tech subscriptions to gift in 2020

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The year is quickly coming to a close. Although no one will be sad to say goodbye to 2020, it does mean that the time for holiday shopping is almost gone as well. For those running behind, a subscription service makes a great last-minute gift.

These days, there are subscriptions for just about everything. For tech lovers, some are better than others. The following seven subscriptions are perfect for anyone in your life that loves all things tech. From monthly gadget boxes to gaming libraries to services that keep their digital work safe, there is something for everyone.

Breo Box

For those who have it all, Breo Box is a perfect gift. It is delivered quarterly and is packed with unique gadgets that “you never knew you needed.” Each box features an assortment of tech, gadgets, home goods, and fitness products that are designed to fit seamlessly with anyone’s lifestyle.

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Better yet, each box is centered around a theme that’s appropriate for the season it ships in. For instance, the Fall 2020 box featured a light therapy lamp, a laptop cleaner, a biometric padlock, a Yeti Rambler mug, and much more. Last year’s winter box had a Tesla-themed electric candle lighter, a mini HD video drone, and a wireless power bank among other things.

Although not every item in the Breo Box is tech-focused, the subscription is great for anyone that likes to stay on the cutting-edge with the latest gadgets and products.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Any gamer knows how expensive it is to acquire a library of titles to enjoy. These days, buying stacks and stacks of discs for $60 each is overrated. Subscription services like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate let you enjoy hundreds of titles on-demand for a monthly price that costs less than one game. If you can snag a few three-month subscription codes when they’re on sale, Xbox Game Pass will cost under $100 for the whole year.

Microsoft’s premium game subscription service lets Xbox and PC players download games to their console and play them at any time. There are tons of titles to choose from and more are added to the roster all the time. Smash hits like “Minecraft,” “Doom Eternal,” “Gears 5,” “Forza Horizon 4,” “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” “Mortal Kombat X,” and many more are found on the platform.

Meanwhile, thanks to a recent collaboration with EA Play, Game Pass subscribers also get access to titles like “Madden,” “FIFA,” Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” “Sims 4,” “Titanfall 2,” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition.”

Gadget Discovery Club

It can be hard to sort through all the new gadgets being released these days. Things would be a lot easier if a nifty gadget simply showed up at your door every month. With Gadget Discovery Club, that’s exactly what happens.

This is a subscription box that differs from others on the market. Rather than sending multiple products, each box includes one state-of-the-art gadget. Subscribers will find things ranging from smart home devices to VR equipment to wearables and much more.

Gadget Discovery Club works with device manufacturers to source top-tier gadgets for less money and then passes those savings on to its customers.

As a bonus, each gadget you receive is covered by a one-year warranty and has a 30-day return window. Although you’ll most likely love every gadget that arrives, this means you won’t get stuck with one you don’t.

Nest Aware Plus

Home security is a lot different than it was ten years ago. It used to cost a fortune to set up a complete security system with cameras that record and store video footage. Today, cloud-based platforms make it easier (and cheaper) than ever.

For those already using Nest cameras, speakers, and displays, Nest Aware is the perfect subscription. The Nest Aware Plus plan records event videos for 60 days and also saves 24/7 video footage for 10 days.

On top of this, the subscription includes alerts when a Nest device detects movement or sounds while you’re away. You can also choose to get alerts based on certain zones of your house—like near the front door or a large window.

Even for non-security purposes, Nest Aware is a great option. It keeps you connected for things like package delivery and pet monitoring when you’re away. Should something happen, you can easily call for help from within the Google Home app and alert pre-designated contacts.

Nest Aware is the perfect gift for anyone that’s looking to give a loved one some peace of mind this season.

Spotify Premium

Music is the soundtrack of our lives. Services like Spotify Premium ensure that you’ve always got a great song to jam to. You can listen to millions of songs on-demand with zero ad interruptions. For those that travel off the grid, you can even download music to listen without an internet connection.

Plus, Spotify Premium allows you to create unlimited playlists with all of your favorite songs, artists, and genres.

If podcasts are more your speed, Spotify has plenty of them to keep you entertained. There are more than 850,000 active podcasts that are available for instant streaming on the platform.

VPN Subscription

This year has introduced many of us to remote work. That being said, a lot of people are dealing with sensitive files and information while working on their home Wi-Fi network. That leaves data vulnerable to hackers and cybercriminals.

A VPN subscription is one of the best ways to keep your internet activity private and secure. VPNs are also used to “spoof” your IP address, making it appear like you’re browsing from an entirely different location.

There are plenty of great paid VPN subscriptions out there and it’s difficult to recommend just one. Those who are interested should check out NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Surfshark. Any of these options is a solid choice that will make your online life a little more private.

Cloud Backup Service

In today’s world, everything is digital. If your computer fails, you can lose everything on your hard drive in a matter of seconds. Fortunately, cloud storage solutions let you back up your files so that you never have to worry about this.

For anyone that has important files on their computer, phone, or tablet, a cloud storage subscription is a must. There are lots of platforms to choose from. Apple users will probably benefit the most from iCloud. Microsoft fans who work frequently with Office may find that OneDrive is the best option. Those that don’t want to be tied down could opt for Dropbox.

Regardless of which platform you choose, if you’re not already using cloud storage, you should be. An annual subscription makes a great gift and helps your loved ones ensure that their files will never be lost.

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