Some Christmas Gift Ideas

It costs me $99/year to run this blog (in order to have additional disk space and the vanity web site address of The only way I attempt to offset that expense is by linking to books or other items I recommend on with special Affiliate Program links, through which I get a (miniscule) commission whenever anyone purchases something I recommend. Year-to-date, I have apparently earned about $48 through this method. That’s not bad, considering I don’t make a conscious effort to sell stuff. I concede that I may have given an overly-commercial impression lately, especially with my begging for help with Holy Rosary, but ordinarily I try to write informational or interest pieces and I only include Affiliate links where such items naturally occur in the course of my sharing.

As I was perusing the Affiliate Program web site tonight, I came across a couple of ideas for holiday gift giving. If your family is like mine, it can often be difficult to think of gifts to buy for people who literally have just about everything. But one of these two items might be just the thing.

The first is a regular Amazon Prime subscription. At $99/year it is perhaps a bit pricey, but you get a lot of great and useful benefits with it, such as:

– Free streaming movies and TV shows
– Free streaming music
– Free 2-day shipping with no order minimums (no more waiting till you’ve got $25 worth of stuff to buy!)
– Free unlimited photo storage

I’ve had Prime for a few years now and I love it. For me, the convenience alone makes it worth the price. This year, between Christmas and New Year I am hoping to finally get myself unpacked and settled, and get my TV set up so that I can begin taking advantage of the streaming movies/shows on occasion!

Click here to learn more and possibly purchase it as a gift for someone:

There is a (less expensive) version available for students also, which you can also give as a gift. It costs about half and includes many of the same features. Click below to learn more about it and possibly buy it for a special student on your giving list:

One of the great things about Prime is that it is a huge help for those of us who tend to do last-minute shopping. While some online stores are already posting shipping deadlines of sometime in the next few days in order to have your purchases by Christmas, with Prime you can procrastinate even longer have more time. Maybe this year’s the year to get it for yourself? If you’ve never had it before, you can get a free 30-day trial by using this link.

The good thing about Amazon’s trial offers is that you can go in right away and tell it that you want it to cancel at the end of the 30 days, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting and then being charged. In any case, I think you will like the Prime service and will want to keep it.

Hopefully some of these ideas will help!

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