How to use Fortnite’s new Gifting feature

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to starting gathering up some gifts for the gamers in your life. That could be about to get a lot easier if you’re a Fortnite player. Fortnite has just added a new gifting feature that will allow players to purchase and send items directly to each other. It sounds straightforward, but there are a few important things to know before using the new feature.

How to use Fortnite’s new Gifting feature

Previously, if you wanted to gift Fortnite players items from the in-game shop, you’d have to undergo a fairly roundabout process. First, you’d need to purchase an Xbox Live or PSN gift card, which players can then redeem to by V-Bucks (Fortnite’s in-game currency), which then can be used to buy everything from sprays to skins to new emotes. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a copy of Fortnite, you’ll still have to do this if you want to give gifts to the Fortnite players in your life. However, if you also own a copy of the game, gifting items is about to get much more streamlined.

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Firstly, open up your game and head to the Item Shop. When you find an item in the shop and select it, the pop-up window will now offer the option to either purchase the item for yourself or send it to another player as a gift. You’ll even have the option to send a personalized message alongside your gift. However, you might open the game and get to this window only to find yourself unable to send the gift. Don’t fret: Epic Games has included a few restrictions alongside the feature to prevent scams and other abuse.

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To use the gifting feature, your account has to meet the following criteria:

  • Enable two-factor authentication. If you haven’t already, you can head to this page on the official Epic Games site to do so. You’ll even get a free emote for your troubles!
  • You can only send 3 gifts in a single 24 hour period.
  • You can only gift items currently available in the Item Shop
  • You can only send gift items to an account that you have been friends with for 48 hours

As noted in the final item on this list, you can only gift items that are currently rotating through the Item Shop. As the items for sale rotate every day or so, if you see the perfect gift for someone on your list, snag it before it disappears. Finally, it’s also important to note that any gifts are non-refundable, so make sure you’re totally certain you’ve got the right one before sending it out!

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