Did you know you can easily give iPad apps as gifts? The iTunes store has a simple process for gifting apps, with the hardest part picking out the app itself. Of course, you could always get that special someone an iTunes gift card, but where is the fun in that? There's nothing that says "you are special" than the gift of the Boggle app.
- The first step is to go to the app page as if you were buying the app yourself. Need suggestions on what app to gift? Check out my guide to the best iPad games.
- Instead of tapping the price tag to purchase the app, tap the 'share' icon on the upper right corner of the app detail window.
- Tapping the share icon will reveal a pop-up window with sharing options. Choose the gift option, which is a blue icon that looks like a gift-wrapped box.
- You may be asked to sign in to your iTunes account if you have not recently done so. This is the same process as for buying an app for yourself.
- You will be presented with a form allowing you to designated the person for whom you are buying the gift. The important part of this screen is the recipient's email address, which needs to be the same as the one they use for their iTunes account. Don't worry, this is usually the same address as their regular email address. You can also personalize the gift by writing in a custom note. Touch the 'Next' button when you are done.
- Next, choose a theme for your gift. When you gift an app, the recepient receives and email alerting them to the gifted app. The theme you choose will determine how the email looks. Think of this like choosing gift-wrapping paper.
- The last screen simply verifies all of the information and shows the icon and name of the app you are gifting. If everything is correct, touch 'Buy Gift' in the upper-right corner to gift the app.
Note: These instructions are for gifting an app using the updated App Store from iOS 6.0. If you are not using the updated App Store, the directions for gifting an app are slightly different. In the older app store, choose the "Gift this app" in the upper-right corner of the app detail. This replaces the instruction to tap the share button, which doesn't exist in the old App Store. The rest of the directions are the same except for picking out a theme, which is a new feature.