Best Holiday Deals: VPNs, Streamers, and Devices

Give your wallet some holiday cheer with discounts.

Unless you’ve been intentionally hiding from the interwebs, you’ve probably heard that James Cameron’s follow-up to his hit movie Avatar is now playing in a theater near you, and Disney put the original film back on Disney+. Avatar: Way of the Water will also make its way to Disney+ (eventually, once Disney’s done soaking up those theater bucks). What they won’t offer, however, is support services for people suffering from Post-Avatar Depression Syndrome. TIL, some people suffer from Post-Avatar Depression Syndrome.

In this issue:

  • VPN discounts

  • Streaming service discounts

  • Device discounts

Discount heaven for the holidays

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t the only major discount days of the year. If you’re savvy, you can find discounts all throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Alternatively, if you like having someone else do all of the hard work of finding those discounts for you…well, that’s us. You’re welcome.

We’ve dug up a few discounts you may enjoy. In most cases, you can apply these discounts to existing accounts. Below, you’ll find discounts for select VPN and streaming services, and for devices you may use for both.

Shaving dollars off your VPNs

VPNs allow you to bypass geographic content restrictions for many streaming services. That’s a big deal if you’re trying to access content libraries that are blocked in your country. Beyond that, VPNs are also an excellent way to stream securely and anonymously from your local coffee shop while you pretend to work.

Here are two VPN deals we recommend:

  • ExpressVPN: 3 months free with a 12-month subscription

  • NordVPN: Multiple December-only deals

ExpressVPN is a leading VPN provider that’s popularly used worldwide. It's also well-known for offering excellent deals throughout the year, including right now. When you sign up for a 12-month subscription to ExpressVPN, the company will add an additional 3 months free to that.

NordVPN is also a top VPN provider with a few fairly attractive deals specifically for December. You can get 63% off its 2-year plan plus an additional 3 months free or 45% off its 1-year plan (which also includes the 3 free months).

Whether you’re new to VPNs or looking to upgrade, this is definitely the right time to hop on board one of these two highly reputable services.

Stream some discounts in 2023

Make 2023 your year of savings with some holiday-season streaming service discounts. If you didn’t get in for Black Friday, you missed some of the best stuff (like Hulu’s $1.99/month deal). There are still a few services feeling the holiday spirit, however.

The following streaming services have deals available right now:

  • YouTube TV

  • DirecTV Stream

  • UFC Fight Pass

YouTube TV has a coupon code available offering its live TV service for $45 for the first month and an extended trial period (2 weeks instead of 1). At checkout, use code HOLIDAY45.

DirecTV Stream wants your service so badly right now, it has several deals available. New subscribers can get $10 off for the first three months. And those who sign up for the Entertainment, ÓPTIMO MÁS™, Ultimate, or Premier package will get the Movies Extra Pack FREE for 3 months.

UFC Fight Pass wants you to know it’s still here for the season with a limited-time deal of 80% off the first month.

De-ice for the season with cheap devices

You can’t really use those VPNs or streaming services without devices, right? Roku comes up to bat for you this year with a line of discounts on every device:

  • $10 off Roku Express 4K+

  • $5 off Roku Express

  • $30 off Roku Streambar

  • $10 off Roku Streaming Stick 4K

  • $80 off TCL Roku TV Wireless Soundbar (and while supplies last)

The company is also offering discounts on select Roku TVs you may want to explore. If you’re not a Roku fan, Amazon has deep discounts on most of its Fire TV devices. Many are 25% off or more. Take a swing by Amazon and search “Fire TV” to see a full list of device deals.

Our takeaway: Shopping season is year-round

We’ll be the first to note that the post-Thanksgiving deals are undoubtedly the best ones. Still, there are great holiday deals available for those last-minute shoppers among us.

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The Watchlist

Top Gun: Maverick flies onto Paramount+ Thursday, Dec. 22.

Need a new pair of aviators so you can watch Top Gun in style? We’ve got you covered with Use promo code SWAP60 and get up to 60% off frames + free shipping!* 😎

The Head is back with another season on HBO Max, starting Thursday, Dec. 22.

Catch up with The Best Man crew in The Best Man: The Final Chapters on Peacock, streaming Thursday, Dec. 22

A new mystery begins! Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery hits Netflix Friday, Dec. 23.

Netflix is bringing gifts this year with titles like Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical and The Witcher: Blood Origin premiering this Sunday, Dec. 25.

Binge the newest season of Letterkenny Monday, Dec. 26, on Hulu.

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