In the world of Netflix, Spotify, and the like, choosing what to watch, listen to, or buy in the world of tech can be overwhelming. Even if you have an idea of what you’re in the mood for, being presented with limitless options can make you second guess yourself. So why not make it easier on your loved one? A curated selection of apps, binge watches, and podcasts just for them is a thoughtful and effective way to let them know that you’re thinking about them.
Since a lot of these things exist in an invisible cloud, think about how you’ll present the gift to them. A link to a personalized Google Drive folder, an illustrated mini book of recommendations, or a mason jar they can pull options out of (if they’re tech averse and indecisive) all work well. Make sure to personalize your list, and to let them know why you chose what you did.
Best Binge Watches
Give the gift of turning your brain off for a bit. We all love a good bingeable show, but between the endless lists online, recommendations from friends, and limitless options, it can be hard to know what’s worth watching. Curate a list for them based on what you know they’ll like, broken down into a few categories.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Succession (HBO)
- Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
- Veep (HBO)
- I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (Netflix)
- Russian Doll (Netflix)
- Fleabag (Amazon Prime)
- Game of Thrones (HBO)
- Killing Eve (Crave)
- True Detective (HBO)
- The OA (Netflix)
- The Night Of (HBO)
- The Sinner (Netflix)
Podcasts For Every Mood
Does your loved one prefer to listen than watch? Maybe they’re embarking on a road trip, or have a lengthy commute each morning. In that case, a curated list of podcasts is the way to go. As bingeable as a show, there’s a wide variety of podcasts available for every interest and mood. Go with what they love--are they interested in a very niche subject? Do they want something that makes them think, or laugh? Make your list as personalized to them as possible.
Some great general podcasts to get you started:
- The Dropout
- This American Life
- WTF with Marc Maron
- Song Exploder
- My Favourite Murder
- Second Life with Hillary Kerr
- Without Fail
- Uncover - Escaping NXIVM
We all have the basics: mail, social media, maps, games, but what else is there in the world of apps? There are so many ways to expand your knowledge, take a minute for yourself, or give your mind a workout available. Make a list of both free and paid apps available that they might like.
A couple of recommendations to get you started:
- Thoughtful - An intuitive journaling app
- New York Times Crossword - A daily mental exercise
- Headspace - An easy to use introduction to meditation
- Handy - Book the best cleaners and handymen at the tap of a button
- Duolingo - Learning a new language is a breeze
- Bear - An app for note taking and list making
- Sky Guide - See the locations of stars, planets, and constellations by pointing your phone at the sky
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