How to Gift an App for the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

The App Store is overflowing with great deals and we hope you’ve taken advantage of the bargains and downloaded a few for your app collection.  Not only are these apps entertaining, educational and helpful for you but they also make great Christmas gifts.  Did you know Apple has a built in gifting function in iTunes allowing you to pay for and send apps to your friends and family?

If you would like to gift an app, but you’re not sure how to do it, here’s a quick explanation.

If you’re on a Mac or PC using iTunes, you’ll first need to lookup the app of your choice in the App Store.  Once you find it, look for the down arrow to the right of the price button.  Click the arrow and a small window appears with “Gift This App” as the first choice.  Select “Gift This App” and the “Give a Gift” screen appears requesting information.  Simply select the delivery method, fill in the blanks with the appropriate information and click “Continue.”  You’ll then be prompted for your iTunes password.  Enter your password and an iTunes “bill” appears.  If your information is correct and you want to proceed with the purchase, click “Buy Gift.”  You know you’re finished when the “Thank You!” screen appears and you can select either “Done” or “Gift Again.”  It’s that easy!

If you want to gift an app directly from your iPad, lookup the app in the App Store and click on the app to get more details.  In the upper right hand corner of the app details screen, you’ll see “Gift This App.”  Click on the link and   follow the on-screen directions to gift your app.

So, if you’re looking for some last minute Christmas gifts, why not gift a few apps and finish your holiday shopping?  It’s easy to do and there are plenty of deals to be had!

Mac iTunes Screenshots

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  • Mojanemojan

    Very nice!

  • David Bickford

    This is a helpful post, and I enjoy this blog, but why has “gift” become a verb? The existing verb “give” has the same number of letters, so nothing has been saved by the recent trend of saying “gift” in its place. Even worse, the present participle “gifting” has one more letter than “giving,” so it’s actually less efficient. Language often changes to become more efficient, but transformation of “gift” into a verb seems a needless step backward.

    • Steve

      While I don’t think it matters a whole heck of a lot, I think there is a difference between “give or giving” and “gift or gifting”. I can “give” you my pen to use for a few minutes. I can “give” you a hand with the groceries. I can “give” you a hammer. But none of those are necessarily a “gift” – where you are giving someone an item as a “gift” such as a present that they are to keep forever as their own. If I “gift” you a hammer, then it is a present and there is no expectation of return. “Gift” is also usually associated with giving and item for a special occasion, such as a birthday or holiday.

      • David Bickford

        Interesting. That’s not a distinction I’d make. For me, any temporary transfer of an item is a loan, and I’d use the verb “lend” to describe the action. My theory is that online retailers of downloadable media and applications (Amazon and Apple, for example) are using “gift” as a verb to distinguish themselves from retailers of tangible products. That seems silly to me, which is why I nitpick about it. Regardless, I enjoy your blog and learned a lot from it, so let’s just agree to disagree about “gift” as a verb.

        • Junjie

          But gift can indeed be a verb.

          Have you check the dictionaries? I was surprised. Oxford American and American Heritage both listed noun and verbs with usage examples. Or maybe it’s just American English.

  • Kae ;

    if I already bought the app I wanted to gift, will I be charged twice when I gift it?

  • Kae ;

    if I already bought the app I wanted to gift, will I be charged twice when I gift it?

  • It3306

    I have looked all over the page on my iPad and all I can do is purchase or tell a friend no gift option at all?

  • Jameseey

    People refer to “re-gifting” something all the time and it has nothing to do commercialization.  I think you are reading way too much into it.