By MARIANNE ROHRLICH
It might seem a bit extravagant to give a newly married couple a present every month. Yet monthly gifts may not cost much more than one big gift bestowed at the wedding, and these keep on giving throughout the year. There are many options from which to choose. Here are a few suggestions.
A year of Netflix can be perfect for newlyweds who enjoy watching movies at home. A basic plan for one screen is $7.99 a month, while the premium plan, which allows users to watch movies on up to four screens, costs $19.99 a month. netflix.com
Amazon Prime costs $99 a year. Who wouldn’t want free two-day shipping, plus various other perks, like discounts to Whole Foods and access to Amazon’s vast digital library of music, movies and television shows. amazon.com
Zipcar may be a welcome gift for couples who do not own a car. Plans for this car-sharing service start at $7 a month, and this includes gas, insurance and 180 free miles. There is an hourly or daily rate, too. Zipcar locations can be found in more than 50 cities nationwide. zipcar.com
Rosetta Stone will help newlyweds preparing to take a trip abroad (maybe for a delayed honeymoon) learn a new language in advance of travel — and pronounce the words properly. An e-subscription to Rosetta Stone, language software to use on any device, is $159 for 24 months. There are dozens of languages to choose from. rosettastone.com
For space-starved couples why not give a storage unit for a year for their overflow? Prices depend on size and location, but there are options from about $20 a month for a closet to a few hundred dollars a month for a large room. manhattanministorage.com and other local companies.
MoviePass, a movie ticketing service, offers various subscription plans for viewing new films at participating theaters nationwide. Subscription holders can see a movie a day if they want for a flat monthly fee; the service is attached to a mobile phone number. A 12-month plan can be purchased as a gift for $119.40 per person and a six-month plan for $59.70. moviepass.com
Fresh Patch is actually a patch of fresh green grass to keep indoors for the couple with a dog and no backyard. Fresh grass, an alternative to training a pet on a pee pad, is $29 for a weekly delivery. freshpatch.com
Seamless gift cards let couples receive deliveries from restaurants of their choice. Seamless is a nationwide, mobile and online ordering service that is part of grubhub.com. Gift card amounts start at $25, and can be customized to any amount. seamless.com