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Anyone can purchase a Yearly Membership to FRD as a surprise or gift to someone else. Just follow this convenient process.

If you’re not a Paid Member yourself: no problem!

It might feel unintuitive, but when you utilize the Checkout process, our system first creates a ‘managing account’ for yourself, from which to send this gift (+ any future gifts).

  • Your credit card payment won’t give you access to premium content. Instead, it is applied to the recipient you will fill out in the following step.
  • Your recipient will receive a sleek welcome email with a special link to claim their new Membership. They get to create their own login account from there, which will be fully paid for 1-year.


A gift transaction is a one-time purchase.

  • Your $200 payment will not auto-renew a year from now.
  • At the end of one year, your recipient can decide to purchase a membership for themselves. Or, you could return to our site to send another gift.

We created this Quick Guide, because it can be a little confusing to “Sign Up” on the form as you (your own name), even though you are not the final recipient:

(closeup image of a checkbox on a webform, marking 'This is a gift.')First, open the checkout page: Yearly Membership→

Mark the checkbox for Is this a gift?

Here, fill out your First & Last name, Email, Password — this is for you as the managing account holder.

Process your payment securely, through Stripe.

Even if Stripe’s boilerplate message implies a recurring charge, please rest assured that when you have marked ‘Is this a gift?’, the FRD website only authorizes a one-time charge.

After the payment completes successfully, you will be immediately logged-in to your new website account (used for managing your gifts). You will be presented with the form to Send your Gift Email.

Enter these details to send the gift:

  • From: your name (as the Sender)
  • To: recipient’s name
  • To: recipient’s email address,
  • and a personal note for the announcement email:
(screenshot of an interface where the main content has been darkened out, and a white dialog window presents itself with a form to fill out, to 'Send a Gift Email')

That’s all the required steps for you to do, as the gifter!

From your own website account, you can check back in the My Account page and click on the Gifts tab:

  • The Status column shows whether your recipient has claimed your gift already.
  • You can also re-send that Gift Email here, too.
  • The Download column can generate a receipt for your purchase.
(screenshot of an interface titled 'My Account', and showing that the 'Gifts' tab is open.
Feel free to contact us if you have any problems. Thank you!