Amazon Now Lets You Send Gifts Using Only a Phone Number or Email

Amazon Gift Giving Feature

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon announced a new feature that lets you send gifts to anyone you know, as long as you have their phone number or email address. The online retailer also added a new Holiday Gift List that lets you tell your friends and family the gifts you really want and new Gift Guides to help you find gifts for your loved ones. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon’s new gift-giving features and how to send gifts to anyone with their phone number or email address.

What is Amazon’s New Gift-Giving Feature?

With Amazon’s new gift-giving feature, you won’t need to ask your friends and family for their addresses when you want to send them a gift. This means you can send gifts to casual acquaintances, distant relatives, co-workers, and anyone else without spoiling the surprise.

Once you send a gift, the recipient can then choose to accept the gift or exchange it for an Amazon gift card, so they can buy something they really want. To protect the recipient’s privacy, Amazon won’t show you their shipping address or any other information.

In order to send someone a gift using their phone number or email address, you need to be an Amazon Prime member. However, the recipient only needs a basic Amazon account to accept the gift. If they don’t have an account, they will be prompted to create one for free in order to accept the gift.

How to Send a Gift on Amazon

In order to send a gift on Amazon with just a phone number or email address, you will have to use the mobile app. Once you add an item to your cart, check the box next to Add a gift receipt for easy returns. Finally, select Let the recipient provide their address during checkout.

  1. Open the Amazon app. If you don’t already have the mobile app, you can download it from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
  2. Then add an item to your cart.
  3. Open your cart and check the box next to Add a gift receipt for easy returns. All items in your cart will be part of the same gift, so make sure to remove any items you don’t want to include in the gift by taping Save for Later.
  4. Next, tap Proceed to checkout and check the box next to Let the recipient provide their address. If you don’t see the option to let the recipient provide their address, the item might not work with the new feature.
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  5. Next, enter the recipient’s email or phone number. You can also tap the blue silhouette icon on the right side of the text bar to select one of your saved contacts, so you don’t have to manually enter their phone number or email address.
  6.  Finally, tap Place your order.
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Amazon claims its gift-giving feature will work with “millions of products,” but you can only send a gift to someone in the contiguous US, so it won’t work in Alaska or Hawaii. This feature was launched on October 4, but it will take a few weeks to roll out to all Prime members.

If this feature doesn’t work for you yet, update the Amazon app and try again. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to update an app on your iPhone to find out more.

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How to Accept a Gift on Amazon

If someone sends you a gift on Amazon using your phone number or email address, you can accept it by opening your text messages or email inbox and clicking on the link. Then tap Unwrap your gift > Accept and provide address. Finally, enter your address and tap Accept gift.

  1. Open the text message or email from Amazon. If someone sends you a gift using your phone number, you will receive a text message. If you receive a gift from someone using your email address, check your inbox for an email from Amazon.
  2. Then click the link. This will open a web browser or the Amazon app, and you will need to sign in to your Amazon account or create one to accept the gift.
  3. Next, tap Unwrap your gift.
  4. Then tap Accept and provide address. If you choose Exchange for Amazon Gift card instead, Amazon won’t tell the sender that you didn’t accept the gift.
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  5. Next, choose the address you want your gift to be delivered. If you don’t see your address listed, tap Add a new address.
  6. Then tap Deliver to this address.
  7. Finally, tap Accept gift. You will then receive an email with the order details, so you can track your package or cancel the order. 
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This new gift-giving feature also makes it easy to return a gift. But, if you want to make sure that you get the gifts you really want in the first place, you can also use Amazon’s new Holiday Gift List.

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New Gift Lists

Amazon recently released a feature called Holiday Gift Lists, which allows you to create your own personal registry, add any items from Amazon, and share your lists with your loved ones. Then you can organize your list, so everyone knows exactly what to get you for the upcoming holiday.

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When you create a Holiday Gift List, Amazon will keep track of everyone who bought you a gift, so you can send them a thank you card later. Plus, you will get 90-day extended returns on gifts purchased off your list.

How to Create a Holiday Gift List on Amazon

  1. Go to amazon.com/registries/holiday. You will have to sign in or create an account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Then fill out the form and tap Create Holiday Gift List. You will be asked to enter your name and shipping address. Then you can name your list, specify when you plan to open your gifts, and choose whether to make your list private or public.
  3. Next, find an item you want to add to your list and select Add to Registry & Gifting. You will see this somewhere under the Add to Cart button by scrolling down on the mobile app or on the right side of your web browser on a computer.
  4. Finally, select the list you want to add the item to.
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Once you create a holiday gift list, you can go back to amazon.com/registries/holiday then add tags to certain items, organize your lists, share them on social media, and more.

If you don’t know what gifts to add to your list, or you want ideas about what to send to your loved ones, Amazon also added new holiday gift guides to help you find what you’re looking for.

New Gift Guides

Amazon’s just added its biggest-ever selection of gift guides to make it easier to shop this holiday season. These guides contain the most popular and highly-rated items on Amazon sorted by category and price, so you can quickly discover the perfect gift for anyone.

Amazon has gift guides for toys, home goods, fashion and beauty products, electronic devices, and more.

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If you are having a problem with sending a gift or creating a list, check out our step-by-step guide on how to contact Amazon customer service.

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