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You can now purchase games as gifts on itch.io

Starting today you can now purchase a game for someone else on itch.io. Just click click the Give this game as a gift checkbox on the purchase popup:

itch.io gift giving checkbox example

After paying for the game you’ll be put on the gifting page where you can enter your recipient’s email and optionally include your name and a message.

itch.io gift giving page

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Is there a way to create a sort of bundle with games for a gift? Instead of buying each game and sending it as a gift, buying many and then sending a bundle of those as a gift.

That would be cool.

Would be nice to be able to set a time when the gift is sent

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If I want to send the gift for a friend on a future date (secret santa, for example), can I send the gift to my e-mail address and then forward it to them later (like people recommend doing so on GOG), or should I do it differently for them to have it on their itch.io account?

This isn't working for me for the game Mindustry: https://anuke.itch.io/mindustry

The game is already in my library, and I want to gift it to others, but there is no "Give this game as a gift" option for me.

Anyone else having this problem?

its a free game, is all 

you cant gift free games just send your friends the link

That's the only option for now, yes.  Thanks!

how do i send a game as a gift when i've already bought the game for myself?

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You can purchase the game again from the game’s page to get a gift-able copy. You can find a “Give this game as a gift” checkbox on the dialog that appears immediately after you click the Buy button.

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This did NOT work for me.  No where on the "purchase" page for Mindustry were any options to send/gift it to someone else.

Now I simply have a notice at the top of the Mindustry page that I have purchased the game twice, and no way to gift it to anyone else.

Admin

It sounds like you missed the checkbox that appears on the dialog where you select your price and how you’re going to pay. Support can convert one of your purchases to a gift though, https://itch.io/admin/support

Hi leafo!

The problem is that the gift checkbox option is there in the "Buy Now" dialogue box for games, but does not exist in the "Download Now" dialogue box for games.

An example would be Kentucky Route Zero which I already have in my library.  If I click on the "Buy Now" button for that game, I see the gift checkbox option near the payment type.  For Mindustry's "Download Now" button, however, there is no gift checkbox there.

Thanks for the help!

Admin

Ah, thanks for clarification. It sounds like for free games we currently don’t show the gift option.

Thanks for the reply!  Perhaps that's an option that will come in the future.

Is it possible to but a few copies of a game and sent them to a list?
Or would I have to repeat the gift process for each of the recipients?

How I can resend the git in case the receiver did not get the email? To be honest, I find not even an information in my profile that I bought a gift. I have only a mail...

That should be corrected and I like to resend the email...

Good morning,  I gifted a bundle to a friend. He apparently already bought it for himself, and said to me that he rejected the bundle so that I could offer to someone else. But I don't know if it is possible to do it, or if it is I have no clue how to do it.. Does anyone one have an idea about this?

Same thing here, and I would also like to know. A friend gifted me a bundle that I'd already purchased. I want to know if I can return it to them so they can give it to someone else, or if I can pass it on to someone else myself. I emailed itch support but haven't heard back yet. 

can i buy a bundle that's happening now and save it for gifting on my friend's birthday? 

Hi, I emailed support and am still waiting on a reply. My husband had bought a bundle for me and I WAS sent a email. However that email just gave me a link which redirected me to the "give gift" page where it has you type in the recipient's email and such.

Furthermore, it took 10$ instead of 5$. Really quite frustrated.

If the default is $10, he would have to have deleted the $10 and typed in $5, to know for the future. I don't know about the rest of it, though.

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The default is indeed 5$. So I'm not sure why it charged him twice

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If I gift a game or bundle, is it permanently locked to the one email address?

Can you also explain how it would work, for the giftee's end?

And what if they don't have an account beforehand?

Can my friend add the games I gifted him to an account?

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Can you gift also bundles or only single games?

Yea, You should be able to gift bundles as well.