Facebook Gifts opens up to Indian users; can gift friends in the USA only
| by Anuradha Shetty |
People in India can now use Facebook's Gifts service to send gifts to their friends in the USA. This is a fairly new service by Facebook that allows users to send real-life gifts to their friends. The social network apparently told Inside Facebook that it had updated the service, letting its English users living outisde the US send gifts to their friends.
Pick any one from the list
After picking a gift of their choice, users are taken to a page with a brief description of the gift. The gifts come with a shipping fee, but there are some gifts that come with no shipping fees. Users have to then pick the recipient of the gift from their Facebook friends list. Considering that you can only send a gift to a contact in the US, the names of those outside of the US are not clickable.
Once you’ve picked a recipient, Facebook will ask you to send them a card as well to accompany the gift. Users can add messages to the card and save it. In the next step, users will be able to review their order, and then move to paying for it.
Once you've picked a gift for your friend, they will receive a notification on Facebook asking them to enter the shipping address for the gift. In a few instances, the recipients of the gifts will be able to pick and choose minor aspects of the gift, such as the flavour of cupcakes or the size of socks. Users can also exchange the original gifts with something else of their choice. The icon will show up on the right side of the news feed, where the notifications for friends' birthdays, weddings and other life events show up.
Pick an e-card for your friend
You can pay for gifts using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit or a debit cards. Once a user makes the payment, they will be sent a receipt within 24 hours and their payment information will be saved for future purchases.
Facebook Gifts at the beginning was available to only a subset of its US-based customers. It had been stated that the service would be gradually rolled out to others as the idea of real-life gifting on Facebook takes off.
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