My friend likes to read Kindle books and I’d like to send him one as a gift. I know how to have Amazon ship a printed book to someone, but how do I have them send my friend a Kindle book?
I sent a Kindle book as a gift for the first time a few days ago and, not surprisingly, Amazon makes it really easy for you to buy and send gifts. Once you’ve found the book you want to give, you’re just a few clicks away from (electronically) wrapping it up and sending it to your friend.
Don’t know what email address your friend uses for their Amazon account? Not a problem.
Want to buy it now but have it delivered on a future date (maybe so they get it right on their birthday)? No worries.
Want to hand deliver it or email it yourself? Amazon has you covered there too.
Let me show you how easy it is.
Just as when buying a printed book, the first step is to find the book on Amazon’s website. Be sure you’re looking at the listing that says “[Kindle Edition]” after the title. Over on the right in the green section you should see an orange “Give as a Gift” button.
Clicking that button will take you to the “Complete your gift purchase” page, where Amazon gives you a few options to control and customize your gift.
If you want to send the gift directly to your friend, choose the first option “Email the gift directly to my recipient” and enter their email address. It doesn’t matter if this is the address your friend uses for their Amazon account. Any email address they read will work fine. If you don’t change the “Delivery date”, Amazon will send the gift now.
But let’s say you want your gift to appear in your friend’s email inbox on their birthday, while you’re on a weeklong scuba dive trip in Indonesia (hey, I can dream!). Just click in the “Delivery date” field and pick your friend’s birthday on the handy calendar that pops up. Then give yourself a pat on the back, knowing that your friend will get a pleasant birthday surprise while you’re taking underwater photos of elusive leaf scorpionfish.
What if you want to be “old-fashioned” and print out a gift certificate to put inside a card? Just choose the “Email the gift to me” option and print out the gift certificate email Amazon will send you. This option is also handy if you want to email the gift certificate but like to add a longer message than the 300 characters that Amazon allows.
Regardless of who you send the gift email to (your friend or yourself), the next (optional) step is to personalize your message with the names of you and your friend, and a short message.
When you’re done writing a clever message, click on the “Preview Email” button and Amazon will show you exactly how the email the email will look.
When everything is set to your liking, just click the orange “Place your order” button, Amazon will give you a reassuring confirmation message, and you’re done.
Finally, don’t worry about your friend already having the book you’re sending. Amazon will let them exchange your gift for an equivalent value Amazon.com gift card. How can you go wrong? So stop spending money on shipping costs, and start buying all your friends Kindle books.