Tis the season for giving gifts to the ones you love!  And what better gift is there than a brand new app for your iPhone or iPad to play with during the holiday!  With this in mind, Apple has updated their App Store to make gifting apps just a click away.  Now you don’t have to resort to just buying iTunes or App Store gift cards at the grocery store!  Here’s all you need to know to be able to surprise you favourite Apple fan this Christmas.

Gift AppIf you want to gift apps on the App Store, the process is simple.  You can only gift apps that cost 99 cents or more, but that’s ok because you don’t want to be known as the person who gifts freebies!  You start by finding the gift that you like in the App Store.  Now, instead of tapping on the Buy button, this time you have to tap on the Share button which is located in the top right corner.  When the pop up displays, you will now be given the option to Gift the app, in addition to the usual options to share by Mail, Message, Tweet, or Facebook.

The next screen that comes up is the Send Gift screen, where you will be prompted to enter the name and email address of the person to whom you are gifting the app.  You also have a place to enter in a message if you’d like, such as “Happy Birthday!” or “Merry Christmas!” or “Instead of the 10 bucks I owe you, I hope you like this app instead!”  Finally, at the bottom of the screen, you select when the gift will be delivered.  You can choose to send it today or on another date, which is remarkably convenient to do your “Christmas shopping” early and then have it arrive on December 25.

You can also gift apps through the App Store in iTunes on your Mac or PC.  All you have to do is find the gift you’d like, and then click on the arrow next to the buy button, and select “Gift this App”.  After you fill out the required information, you have an option to deliver the notification by email, or to actually print out a certificate for the lucky recipient to redeem.

Apple has made buying apps for someone else an incredibly simple process, and the payment is automatically charged to the credit card you have on file in iTunes.  Now that you know how to gift apps on the App Store, hopefully that makes your Christmas shopping a little easier this year.

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