How To Give Download Software As A Gift

Saturday, December 19, 2009, 11:34 PM

I received a really good question today from a beginner friend of mine. She has a favorite application that she uses and she wants to give a copy of that application to another Mac user as a Christmas present.

The application can only be purchased through the Internet as a download.

My friend wanted to know if she could purchase the software license, download it to her computer and then burn the installation icon to a CD or a thumb drive and give it to her friend in that format.

The answer is maybe, but probably not. The primary problem is that software registration is usually tied to an email address — it’s often
impossible to register different email addresses for payment and user.

Your safest bet, and one you can complete right up to Christmas Eve, is to buy a Visa Gift Card for the exact amount of the software and present it in a card along with the name of the software you are gifting and the URL for the download.

You, of course, can use this same method to gift iPhone applications. You can buy iTunes gift cards at Apple stores for as little as $10 each, or you can buy the Visa Gift Card which can be applied to the users account for purchases.


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