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Just like how you can lock into an actual physical brick and mortar store to buy merchandise like CDs and movies for yourself or others, you can also browse the iTunes Store and make purchases not just for yourself, but as gifts for other people. On the homepage of the iTunes Store under Quick Links you will find the link called Buy iTunes Gifts. Clicking it takes you to the iTunes Gift page, which lists ways you can make purchases for other people. Let's work way down this list. Now one thing to keep in mind is that anyone receiving your gift must have an iTunes Store account in order to redeem the gift. An iTunes Store account is free, but just be aware that your recipients will have to go through the process of signing up for an account if they don't already have one.
So the first item is Email Gift Certificates. This is a nice option which e-mails your recipient a code they can enter into iTunes to apply store credit directly to their account. So if I click Buy now, you're taken to this page where you can fill in your name, their name, their email and then select the amount you'd like to send them, anywhere from $10 to $50 in $10 increments. You can also type a personal message, which they will also see in the email they'll receive. You can see a little sample of what that might look like down here. And when we click Continue, you will be asked to sign into your iTunes Store account to make your purchase, at which point your credit will be charged.
Let me go back by clicking Cancel. Now very similar to the Email Certificate is the Printable Gift Certificate. This is a gift certificate you can print out on your home printer and physically give to someone else, so if you're off to a party and realize that you forgot to pick up a present, you can just log in to the iTunes store, print out a gift certificate, and tuck it into a card. So we can click Buy now. Here you only need to fill out the recipient's name, select an amount to determine how much you like to give them, again you have the same options, and then you can add a message.
When you click Continue, you'll again see a preview what the certificate will look like, you then click Buy and your credit card will be charged, at which point you we'll be able to print out your certificate and hand it to your friend. The next listing here is to Give Specific Music, Apps, TV Shows, Movies and Audiobooks. This a little bit more personal, in that you're considering the person's tastes and picking out an item you think they will enjoy. If you click Learn More, you can see that this page is just instructions on how to make a purchase for someone else. Every item on iTunes has a button that says Buy Album or Buy Movie or TV Show and each button has an arrow that when clicked opens a menu, and the item at the top of the menu is Gift This Item. So by selecting that option you can purchase products on the iTunes Store to send out to other people.
Next we have Allowances. As it says in the description here, give your kids a legal way to download their favorite songs. iTunes deposits an allowance in their account every month, giving them access to store without requiring a credit card. So the Allowance section basically lets you give a monthly stipend to whomever you're purchasing it for. A lot of parents want be able to control the amount of money their kids spend on music and movies every month in the iTunes Store, and this is a great way to do that, without having to give their kids their credit card number. They can just allow maybe $10 or $20 a month, and that will be it until next month. Now as it says in the description, recipients have to have an Apple account for use in the US store, which you can easily set up below.
So you do need to know their account ID before you set up the allowance. Also remember, this is a repeating payment. If you're only if sitting getting a one-time gift send a gift certificate. The allowance amount is credited to their account every month. Notice that you can choose send that amount right away or to wait until the first of the next month. And the last item under iTunes Gifts is iTunes Gift Cards, and this is where you can order the actual plastic credit card size gift cards, exactly like the ones you see in the spinner racks near the checkout counters of physical stores. Basically you just click Buy now and that will take you to the Store section of Apple's website, where you can pick a design, add it to your card, purchase it, and then have it delivered to the location of your choice.
So those are the iTunes gift options you will find in the iTunes Store.
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