How to Gift an App: Holiday Shopping Made Easy!

by Moms With Apps on November 15, 2010

Our feature this week is written by Rosie Wayper of HomeRoutines, one of our mom developers with a flair for household management. Her tips on gifting apps will go a long way this holiday season as more friends and family members wonder what to put on their new iPhones and iPads. She comes to the rescue by showing us how to gift your favorite app! No clutter, no fuss, just pure good stuff. Thanks also to Dawn Kempf of iPhone Birth Announcements for suggesting this timely topic for our audience.

Apps make a perfect little gift: they are inexpensive, and they’re guaranteed clutter free, fat free and guilt free, and you don’t have to face a crowded mall to buy them.

The developers here at Moms With Apps have developed wonderful apps suitable for all ages, from games to storybooks to educational and creative activities and more – perfect for just about everyone on your to-buy-for list!

Just one note before you sit down that list and start sending apps in all directions: the App store has a couple of limitations you need to know about.  First, the person you’re sending an app to needs to have the right sort of device to actually run that app.  Second, you can only send gifts of apps to someone who will be using the same App Store as you; that is, someone in your country.

You can't gift this app to someone outside New Zealand

I’m in New Zealand, using the New Zealand app store, so I can only send gifts to other people in New Zealand.  (Sorry, Diane in Denmark)

You can give apps from iTunes on your computer, or the App Store app on your iPhone. For my examples below I am gifting the deliciously festive Cupcakes! Holiday Edition, by Moms With Apps member Maverick Software.

Gifting Apps from your computer

  1. Find the app you wish to give as a gift, and click the down-arrow next to the Buy App button.
  2. Gifting apps with itunes

  3. Click “Gift This App”
  4. Gifting apps with Itunes

  5. Choose the delivery method.You can choose to either send the gift instantly via email, or to print out a voucher – fantastic at this time of year.  You can slip the voucher into a nice envelope with a hand-written holiday card or note, then mail it to your lucky friend…  or tuck it into a Christmas stocking. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

    Gifting apps in iTunes

  6. Fill in the details about yourself and your recipient, and a personal message, then click “Continue.” (The App Store is pretty smart – if you enter the email address of somebody who has already bought the app you’re trying to give them, it will let you know so you can select another app instead)

  7. Read over your order one more time to check it’s all correct, then click “Buy Gift”

  8. That’s it! Your iTunes account will be charged as soon as you click the Buy Gift button, and the gift will be emailed, or you will be able to print out your voucher.

Gifting Apps from your iPhone

The process is pretty much the same on your iPhone, only there is more scrolling involved.

  1. Find the app you want to gift to your lucky friend or relation:
    Gifting apps with the App Store on your phone
  2. Scroll way, way, done, past the screenshots to the very bottom of the screen.  Touch “Gift This App.”Gift This App on the iPhone
  3. The rest of the process is the same as on iTunes on your computer, just in a slightly different order:
    Confirm that this the app you really want to buy.
    Confirm your purchase
  4. Fill in the name, email address and personalized message.
    Personal message
  5. Review the details and tap “Buy Gift” to make your purchase.Buy gift

Another gift sent!

Browse the app store instead of the mall this year, for personalized gifts that are so easy to send. Do you have recommendations of your favorite apps? Please share a comment with our readers on which apps your family has enjoyed.

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Karen Morss November 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm

A new children’s story for Christmas, Flying Poodles – A Christmas Story is sure to become one of your families favorite holiday traditions. An emergency, a rescue, an adventure and the most adorable cast of characters to meet Chrismas in ages!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flying-poodles-a-christmas/id396776295?mt=8

A portion of each sale goes to Smile Train saving the world one smile at a time!

Thanks!

Steve November 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Through the iPhone, can you still buy it now and gift it later? For example I want to buy a gift for someone for Xmas from my phone, but only looks like I can send it immediately.

paula December 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Thanks! Nice post.
By the way, I found a very funny game about saving flowers in a desert and a flying camel.
See here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/desertic/id402685239?mt=8
Be happy!!!

Spirit-led Designs January 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Thanks for the great info. Was wondering how to give an app away since I’ve run out of promo codes and my update is not ready, yet. Thanks for telling me how.

http://ax.itunes.apple.com/us/app/melody-kitty/id389093294?mt=8#ls=1

AtReks December 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Great article! Gave me an idea for late Christmas presents :)

David March 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

I have a question:
If you have already bought an app that you want to gift, do you have to buy it a second time? Please respond

Moms With Apps March 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Yes, you go into iTunes and select “gift app” at the drop down menu near for “buy”. You will be prompted for the email address of the recipient, and your iTunes password.

Melissa March 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

Ok so say i have an app that i bought. Can i gift that to someone? Or does it charge me again? I need help please!!!

Moms With Apps March 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

Gifting an app charges you from your iTunes Account. Another copy for another device is another charge. If you have more questions shoot me an email at lorraineakemann@gmail.com. –Lorraine

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