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How to give Netflix as a gift for the holidays

Gift Netflix and then chill for the rest of the holiday season.

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You might think the hardest part about giving the gift of Netflix this holiday season is finding someone on your list who isn't already a subscriber to the wildly popular streaming service. But perhaps you didn't know Netflix gift subscriptions can be added to existing accounts. Who doesn't want a few free months of Netflix?

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Two types of Netflix gift cards

There are physical gift cards that you can mail or otherwise deliver yourself and electronic gift cards that get emailed. You can find physical Netflix gift cards at most major brick-and-mortar retailers, which make great stocking stuffers or something to toss into a holiday card. You can, however, purchase Netflix gift cards -- either physical or electronic gift cards -- without leaving your house.

Netflix doesn't sell gift cards itself. Instead, it points you to,, or Amazon sells both physical and electronic cards, while Target, Walmart and PayPal sell only electronic gift cards. I found physical gift cards on Best Buy's website. 

You'll typically find Netflix gift cards offers in $30, $60 and $100 allotments.

How to give an electronic Netflix gift card

Let's take Amazon as an example. To send an electronic gift card, use the Netflix Gift Cards - E-mail Delivery option on Amazon and then select a gift card design, choose an amount between $25 and $200 and enter the email addresses of your gift recipients. You can also add a note and select the delivery date.

How to redeem a Netflix gift

To cash in a Netflix gift card, go to and enter the 11-digit PIN code on the back of the gift card or in the gift-card email and then hit the big, red Redeem button.

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Netflix plans and pricing

If you are wondering how many months of free streaming your gift card will provide, you should know that the recipient will likely use the $10.99-a-month Standard plan, which includes HD video and the ability to watch on two screens at once. The $7.99-a-month Basic plan doesn't include HD, and the $13.99-a-month Premium plan lets you watch up to four screens at the same time at 4K resolution.

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Originally published on Dec. 8, 2017.
Update, Dec. 14, 2018: Added new information about Netflix plans and gift card pricing.

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