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So, the holiday season is well and truly upon us and you’re probably wondering what sorts of presents to get the various people in your life and how to get them delivered in time. While answering the question of “what” to get them is a little difficult, we can certainly help you with the “how” of getting it there.
You may or may not already know that Facebook has opened a gift section to their site. What this means is that it’s even easier to get real life presents shipped off to your friends. You don’t even need to know their address! It’s really very easy to do and if there is any sort of problem, meaning that they don’t accept the gift, you’ll get your money back. This makes it all quite stress-free!
Who Can Give Facebook Gifts?
Facebook recently opened up Facebook Gifts to users in the United States. It’s certainly not available worldwide just yet, however eventually it should roll-out worldwide.
To use Facebook Gifts you will need to have linked a credit card to Facebook, which you may then remove easily after the purchase has been made.
How To Give Facebook Gifts
When the service is available to you, you’ll see links to “Give him/her a gift” below any birthday or life event reminder on your home page. You can also navigate to a friend’s profile page and click on “Gift” just above the updates section. Gifts is now also available from the iOS application, too. Facebook have made it as easy as possible to get started.
There’s no need for you to know the recipient’s address as Facebook will verify that with them before delivery. Payment can be taken immediately or after the gift has been accepted.
Gift givers get to select a card and choose a message to include with the gift, thus personalising it somewhat. You can also choose whether to publicly note the gift on your friend’s timeline or whether to keep it private.
What Sorts Of Gifts Are Available?
With Facebook gifts, you can give real-life gifts to your friends, virtual gifts and charity gifts. There are a good number of merchants involved already, so there’s a wide variety of gifts to choose from. Charity gifts were added after Hurricane Sandy and they look as if they’re here to stay.
You’ll be able to browse the wide range of gifts available, such as chocolates, teddy bears, boutique beer, cookies, household goods, cupcakes, t-shirts and more. There’s a gift for every occasion: birthdays, new jobs, pregnancy announcements or other big life events.
If you’re a business wanting to get your gifts included in the selection, talk to Facebook about getting your products added.
How To Receive Facebook Gifts
If someone has sent you a gift via Facebook, you don’t need to accept it exactly as given. Without knowing the price of the gift, you can make changes to the order before it is sent. If you’d prefer the gift in a different colour or style you can change it. You can even swap the gift for something of around the same value.
Before the order is shipped, Facebook will ask you to confirm your address for delivery. If you didn’t previously have an address listed in Facebook, please be sure to check your privacy settings immediately and ensure the address is kept adequately private, shown only to yourself or to close friends.
If you need to refer to your gift orders later, you can head to your Account Settings and choose “Gifts”.
Have you tried sending your friends gifts through Facebook yet? What did you think?