Send iTunes Gifts via email

Through the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and App Store, you can gift money as store credit, books, audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows, or apps.

If you see an app or other item in the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store that a friend or family member would like, you can buy it for them using the payment method that you have on file for your Apple ID. You can also send someone money as store credit to buy something from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or App Store.

To send gifts, you need:

The recipient of your gift must have an Apple ID in the same country or region that you do. For example, you can't send a $25 iTunes Gift from the United States to a friend who lives in Norway.

When you buy iTunes Gifts, they're charged to the payment method that you have on file for your Apple ID, even if you have store credit available. Learn how to add a payment method if you don't have one on file.

The ability to send iTunes Gifts is not available in all countries and regions.

From your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can gift amounts or items.

     

Gift an amount

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap Today, then tap your photo or the profile icon blue circle with blue person on white background in the upper-right corner. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Tap "Send Gift Card by Email."
  4. Enter your recipient's email address.
  5. If you want, add a message.
  6. Tap the amount that you want to gift, or tap other to enter a different amount.
  7. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to send later, tap Today, then set the date that you want the gift to send.
  8. In the upper-right corner, tap Next.
  9. Select a theme for your gift, then tap Next.
  10. Tap Buy, then tap Buy Now to confirm.

Gift an app or another item

  1. Open the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks app. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Find the item that you want to gift. You can't gift a free item.
  3. In the App Store, tap blue circle with three white horizontal dots in the upper-right corner of the app's product page. In the iTunes Store or iBooks Store, tap the Share icon blue box with blue arrow pointing up in the upper-right corner of the item's page.
  4. Tap Gift  .
  5. Enter your recipient's email address.
  6. If you want, add a message.
  7. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to send later, tap Today, then set the date that you want the gift to send.
  8. In the upper-right corner, tap Next.
  9. Select a theme for your gift, then tap Next.
  10. Tap Buy, then tap Buy Now to confirm.

You can't gift individual songs using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If you want to gift a single song, use iTunes on your Mac or PC.

From your Mac or PC

You can gift amounts or items.

Gift an amount

  1. Open iTunes or iBooks, then click Store or iBooks Store. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Under Quick Links on the right side of iTunes or iBooks, click Send iTunes Gifts.
  3. Enter your recipient's email address.
  4. Add a message.
  5. Click the amount that you want to gift, or click Other to enter a different amount.
  6. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to send later, select Other Date, then set the date that you want the gift to send.
  7. In the lower-right corner, click Next.
  8. Select a theme for your gift, then click Next.
  9. Confirm your gift by clicking Buy Gift.

Gift an item

  1. Open iTunes or iBooks. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Find the item that you want to gift. You can't gift a free item.
  3. Click the arrow to the right of the item's price .
  4. From the menu, choose Gift This [item type].
  5. Enter your recipient's email address.
  6. If you want, add a message.
  7. By default, the gift is sent immediately after you buy it. If you want to schedule the gift to send later, select Other Date, then set the date you want the gift to send.
  8. In the lower-right corner, click Next.
  9. Select a theme for your gift and click Next.
  10. Confirm your gift purchase by clicking Buy Gift.

Redeem or resend a gift

When someone sends you a gift, you'll receive an email notifying you of it. In the email, tap or click Redeem. The item opens and begins to download. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.

If you send a gift and the recipient doesn't receive an email, resend your iTunes Gift. You can resend an iTunes Gift as long as the recipient hasn't redeemed it. Before you resend, double check that the recipient's email is spelled correctly.

Learn more

  • After the recipient redeems an iTunes Gift, the sender will receive an email with a line item that says "iTunes Gift for [email address]."
  • You can't purchase an iTunes Gift with store credit.
  • You can't gift free apps or other items.
  • If you're using Family Sharing and Ask To Buy is enabled on your account, you can't purchase gifts. 
  • If you want to cancel a gift, you can contact Apple Support up to two days before scheduled delivery.
  • Learn how to resend an iTunes Gift.

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