You can have Prime Gifts emailed to you now and you can file them away in a folder in your email. They will always be good for a full year of Prime and they will never expire.
When you send yourself a gift year of Prime you will get an email with a special link that instantly gives a year of Prime to whatever account opens the special link. The gift of Amazon Prime isn’t auto-renewing like regular Amazon Prime is.
Just set your Prime not to auto-renew.
To do that:
Step 1: Set your membership to not auto-renew. To do so click on this link and select “End Membership.”
Step 2: You will then see the following screen. Choose to end your membership later.
If neither option is clickable then your account has already been set not to auto-renew.
After that you can buy as many gifts of Prime as you want. After your current subscription ends you can click on the special link from the email and activate another year of Prime.
You can use it for yourself or give it as a gift in the future to anyone else.
What happens if you click on the special link when you still have an active Prime subscription? It will ask you if you want to convert the Prime subscription into a $99 gift card.
If you paid tax for the Prime Gift then you will also get the tax back as a gift card.
If you have gift card funds locked in one Amazon account and you want to transfer the funds to someone else you can buy Prime gift subscriptions with your gift cards and send them to another Prime account. That other account can then turn them back into gift cards in their account.
Note that if you are grandfathered into the old Prime sharing system you can’t use this workaround as it requires letting your old Prime expire before enrolling again. Under new Prime sharing rules you can only share Prime with 1 other person and payment details are shared as well between those accounts. Though under the new system Prime benefits like Amazon Mom and Prime Video are useable by both accounts.Amazon offers free shipping with $25+ orders or get free 1 day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you up to 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student. EBT/Medicaid Cardholders can save on Prime Membership here.