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Thought I’d throw this out there. I’ve been dealing with a lot of last-minute Christmas-related… stuff, and went the gift card route to give as gifts for a few family members.
I saw this pop up as an option, and it’s quite a good one: gift someone a year of Amazon Prime Membership.
The main benefits are:
- Prime Photos – unlimited photo storage
- Prime Music – stream music for free directly from the website
- Prime Instant Video – stream movies and TV shows (they are coming out with original programming next year)
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – “rent” a book per month on your Kindle
- FREE TWO-DAY SHIPPING
The biggest draw is definitely the free two-day shipping. Their products are competitively priced – and I am a huge comparison shopper. They also offer discounts for recurring subscriptions to certain products.
I have been an Amazon Prime member since 2010. My first year was free because I was in college at the time (this is still a thing… link below!). They didn’t have any of the media stuff included with the membership back then. It was just the shipping perk.
I’ve used it enough the past few years and am happy to continue paying for it. I know the free shipping I’ve gotten just this year would’ve cost me quite literally thousands of dollars. I got a lot of furniture items shipped, and that ain’t cheap.
I have also ordered a few single items here and there, simply because I know I can. There’s no pressure to meet a minimum shipping threshold, and you can try something out quickly and cheaply, which I appreciate.
Two other things
If this isn’t timely, or is too much to commit to, there are two other things to try:
Get it for free if you’re a college student! (Must have a .edu email address and submit proof of enrollment.)
The free version for college students is what got me hooked. But even if you’re not in school, the 30-day free trial can at least get you free two-day shipping to have some “sorry I’m late” gifts delivered slightly after the Christmas holiday.
This post is niche even for me, but just wanted to throw this out just in case. I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled craziness after the holiday and have some very big news for the blog coming up in the New Year!
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