If you’re searching for the perfect gift for a fellow gamer, gifting a game on Steam is an excellent choice. In the past, sending games was a breeze as long as you had an email address. However, nowadays, you can only give games to Steam members who are on your friend list.
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How to Gift a New Game on Steam
In the past, you could send games to anyone with an email address. The message would include instructions on how to set up a Steam account and download the newly purchased game. However, things have changed. Now, you can only gift new games to people who already have a Steam account and are on your friend list.
Step 1: Ensure that your friend has a Steam account.
Step 2: If you want to buy a game for someone who doesn’t have a Steam account, they’ll need to create a new account and download the Steam client.
Step 3: Once they’ve set up their account, go to the Friends drop-down menu. Select “Add a Friend” and search for their username.
Step 4: Invite them to become your friend. After they accept your request, you can send them a game.
Step 5: Find the game you want to give in the Steam store, either in the client or through the web portal. Select “Add to Cart”. If you already own the game on your account, you’ll see a note above the buy option that says “Buy this game as a gift for a friend.”
Step 6: Choose “Purchase as a gift.”
If you already own the game, the “Purchase for myself” option will be faded and unresponsive because you can’t have multiple copies of the same game.
Step 7: Select the recipient from your list of friends. You can schedule the delivery for a later time if you want it to be a surprise for a specific occasion.
Step 8: Personalize your gift by adding your friend’s name and writing a message. It can be a simple happy birthday or holiday greeting, a heartfelt letter, or even a funny message.
Step 9: After personalizing your gift, click “Continue” and proceed to the regular purchase screen as if you were buying a game for yourself. Your friend will receive a notification once they add the gift to their library.
How to Gift a Duplicate Game on Steam
Valve recently changed Steam’s gifting policy to crack down on key resellers and pricing loopholes. As a result, you can no longer purchase and hold onto game codes indefinitely. However, any remaining codes can still be given out as before.
Step 1: In the Steam client, go to the Games tab and select “Manage Gifts and Guest Passes.”
Please note that you can only find this option in the Steam client software. Make sure you have it installed first.
Step 2: Choose the duplicate game you want to gift. If you have extra copies of a game, you’ll see them in the grid.
Step 3: Select the game and look to the right for the “Send Gift” button.
If you’re sending the game to a friend on your friend list, you can transfer the game to them with just one click. Alternatively, you can enter their email on the following page and send it through that process.
Step 4: After adding the recipient’s information, click “Next” and continue from step 6 listed above.
Give a Steam Wallet Code
You can give a Steam Wallet Code to anyone who has been on your Steam friend list for at least three days.
Step 1: Purchase a Steam Gift Card with denominations of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. Choose the specific amount you wish to offer.
Step 2: Select the friend on your list to whom you want to send the gift card.
Step 3: Complete the purchase.
Once your friend receives and opens the gift, the money will appear in their Steam Wallet, ready to use.
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