I’m not a fan of gift cards. Don’t get me wrong, I like getting them and using them, but when it comes to buying a gift for someone, I really like putting a ton of thought into it.
Granted, half the time I just end up buying someone a regular shirt or movie or book, etc. Nothing wrong with that. But when I can find a really unique item that I know they’ll love, well that’s worth the price of admission alone.
When people think of gifts, they usually think of a physical item, not any type of service. But that’s where a gift can really shine. Gym memberships. Fruit of the Month clubs. Anti-Virus software protection. Heck, even some sort of credit protection these days would be great. They’re all neat and useful services and while they may not seem as warm and fuzzy as giving someone a big ol’ teddy bear, you’ll find they may end up being loads more valuable.
Amazon does have fair prices and sometimes much better prices. But what they do have is a great system overall. They’re still my favorite store to shop at my number 1 go-to store. And yes, I’m even part of their affiliate program, so if you click on any of my Amazon links in this post (or any others), and end up buying something, I can make a small commission. Sadly, I’ve made less than $10 from that program over the year, but I still love the store and will still continue to push the brand.
Now, on to Amazon Prime. If you haven’t heard of it, you should certainly check it out. In fact, you can get an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial to give it a true test drive. Check out what you get:
- Free 2-Day Shipping on most items (with NO minimum purchase)
- Unlimited Instant Streaming of 40,000+ Movies and TV shows
- Over 350,000+ Kindle eBooks to borrow
To me, the free 2-day shipping is the key. I’ll often bulk up my Amazon order to break the $25 mark just so I can get free shipping. Having no minimum is a HUGE bonus. And having it shipped in just two days is pretty darn sweet.
I currently have Netflix and am pretty happy with it, but from what I see, Amazon Instant has a lot of the same type of content. (Sadly, no Breaking Bad for me, though!) So if you’re a huge movie or TV junkie, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.
And the Free book a month for Kindle users is awesome too. Yes there’s already a Free Library of books for Kindle owners to download, but come on, most of the titles available are, well, far from stellar. The Kindle Borrowing Library, however, available to Prime Members feature loads of recent best sellers. So even if you only buy one eBook a month, you’re spending more than $100 a year on eBooks.
When you add all the bonuses up together, the annual fee of $79 for Amazon Prime seems like a total bargain. If you don’t have a Kindle, never watch TV and only shop at Amazon at Christmas, well, this probably isn’t the program for you then.
The holidays may be over but if you’re looking to use up your Amazon Gift cards, now’s the perfect time to give Amazon Prime a try for free for 30 days. It’s super easy to cancel at any time. (Amazon Customer service is also top notch in my book. I’ve dealt with them in the past and not only got someone on the phone in under 1 minute, but they quickly and easily resolved my issues! But that’s a blog post for another day.)
Whether you need to send a belated Holiday Gift to someone or you want to try out the 30 Day Free Trial, I can’t recommend Amazon Prime enough!
NOTE: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I can earn a small commission on your sales. If you do, thank you very much! Read more on my disclosure page.