Need a last minute Christmas present? Forgot that friend or family member? One obvious solution for the international Apple fan in your life is a gift card. However, doing this is not as easy as it seems if the person does not live in the same country as you.
Sending an Apple Gift Card to someone living abroad
The first most important thing to know is: When you send an Apple Gift Card to someone in another country, you need to purchase it from the Apple online store in the country where THEY live. For example, if any of my coworkers living in USA want to buy one for me living in UK, they have to buy it from Apple online store in UK. Not only is an Apple Gift Card valid only in the country in which it is purchased, but that means it will be sent to the recipient in the correct currency.
When you go to the Apple online store in the correct country, there is, at the time of writing this article, a top carousel gift card option. Click on it, then go through the buying process. To start, select the ‘Sent by email’ option. Fill in all the details and the person you want to send the Apple Gift Card to should receive it. A US to UK exchange that we tested here at The Mac Observer happened in minutes. However, it can take up to 24 hours.
Buy the right thing
There are different types of gift cards. Currently, the all-in-one option is only available in the United States. In other countries, there are App Store and iTunes gift cards, which allow the recipient to purchase (you guessed it) iTunes and the App Store. There are also Apple Store Gift Cards, which allow recipients to purchase products in physical retail stores and online. Check the type you are buying before you hit send!
Of course, sending an Apple Gift Card to someone in the same country as you is easy. Just go to the Apple online store and buy it!
There was a discussion of all of this in a recent episode of the Daily observations Podcast.
[Updated December 24, 2021]