12 Apps and Online Courses That Make Great Gifts for the Ever-Learning Person
For your friend who usually has his nose buried in a book, the default present in your head is probably another title he wants to devour or a gift card to his local Barnes and Noble. This year, you might want to spice things up by going digital. Below is a litany of apps and online courses that can enrich their lives and help their personal development. They’re all on sale before the holidays, and the best part is you don’t even have to box them up.
Learning any language is tough, but Babbel makes the process less tedious with its 10-15 minute lessons that cover useful real-life topics and its voice-recognition technology that helps keep pronunciation accurate from the get-go. Rated 4.6/5 stars on Amazon and with over 10 million users worldwide, Babbel is a hit. A lifetime subscription usually costs $299, but it’s on sale for $199.
12min helps anyone browse books in just 12 minutes. It offers a comprehensive collection of 1800 micro-books ranging from self-help to science and technology, helping the reader explore as many different genres as they want in a short time. It’s usually $399, but you can get a lifetime subscription on sale for $39.
There’s also Four Minute Books, which, as the name suggests, helps people get smarter in 4 minutes or less with its library of book summaries and audio titles that encapsulate each title’s valuable lessons. Usually $399, a lifetime subscription is on sale for $39.99.
Considered the fastest way to learn a new language, Speakly uses science and computer algorithms to teach the 4,000 most statistically relevant words of your chosen language in order of importance. This way, the learner can immediately practice useful words and phrases. Grab a lifetime subscription for just $69.99 (MSRP $399).
Knowable offers 10-minute lessons for the user every morning, allowing them to learn something new before starting their day. Typically $120, a one-year subscription goes on sale for $19.99.
SelectTV is a digital repository of almost any show, movie or event you can enjoy online. It searches, updates and manages more than 2 million video links daily, so you can immediately find what you want to consume. Get a lifetime subscription for just $99.99 (MSRP $478).
With a collection of over 210 apps and a personalized app recommendation system, Setapp helps Mac users achieve maximum productivity and enjoy apps that can optimize their workflow. It’s normally $107, but a one-year subscription is on sale for $69.
With MagellanTV, your friend can enjoy ad-free documentary streaming on multiple devices anytime. The collection has more than 3000 high-quality films and series from the best filmmakers in the world. Originally $1796, a lifetime subscription is on sale for $269.99.
Mac apps are notorious for their high prices, but with this bundle, you can get 12 top-rated and award-winning apps for graphic design, task management, cloud, VPN, and more. It’s usually $1040, but you can get it on sale for $29.99.
This super bundle includes subscriptions to an award-winning language learning app and an e-learning platform that aggregates thousands of online courses on today’s most in-demand skills. Normally $1794, you can get it on sale for $179.
You can help your loved one unleash their inner Beethoven with Skoove, an app that helps budding pianists learn and practice notes, chords, and techniques. It offers one-on-one feedback, allowing for faster mastery and skill building. Grab a lifetime subscription for $119 (reg.149.99).
This offer grants your recipient a gift card to America’s most popular gourmet gift clubs. They can choose from 42 exciting clubs, including beer, wine, coffee, chocolate, steak, cheese and more. Get it on sale for $50.
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