Facebook, as a social platform, often gets creative and releases fun new features that bring people together. Especially important during the holiday season, Facebook Messenger's features add a little cheer to your text conversations.
Unlike an old Facebook feature that makes it easy for friends to send gift cards and real gifts, Messenger Gift is digital and won't cost you anything!
If you're looking to have a little fun with your messages, this article will teach you how to make and send a gift on Messenger as well as other tips to help you feel closer to the ones you love this season.
How to give a gift on Messenger
Sending a gift in Messenger is easy once you learn how. Essentially what we're doing here is adding an effect that wraps any message you type in a nice wrapping paper with a bow.
All you have to do to get this effect is open the Facebook Messenger app from your iPhone or Android device.
Select the recipient of your message and tap the message box to enter your message. Be sure to type your message first, otherwise the gift will not appear in the selection.
Tap the Stickers icon
Tap on “Effects” then tap on the present
It is not necessary to take any additional measures. As soon as you tap on the present icon, your message will be automatically sent. So beware of this, because you might accidentally confess your love to a crush before you're really ready to do so.
When the recipient taps on the message you sent, the cover comes off and they can read your message!
That's all there is to sending a gift wrapping message in Facebook Messenger.
How to unsend a gift message
If you tapped the present icon and sent a message you weren't ready for, thankfully you can undo it. All you have to do is open Facebook Messenger and tap on the recipient's messages. Then follow these steps:
Long press the gift and tap "Delete" in the lower right corner.
Tap "Cancel" and confirm when the option appears.
When you unsend a message, the recipient will receive a notification that you unsent a message, but they won't know what that message said.
If for some reason you don't see the gift option, or it just won't send, there are a few things to check.
As mentioned before, if you haven't typed anything in the text box, the gift will not appear in the "Effects" folder. Try typing your message first, then follow the instructions above.
Assuming you've typed your message but the option to wrap it still doesn't appear, it's probably because you can't send a gift to a group messenger, or send it from a Web browser. Try sending your gift from the Messenger app or to individual attendees.
Finally, Facebook Messenger features come and go. If you haven't updated the app recently, it might be because your app is outdated. Go to Google Play Store or Apple App Store and update Messenger. Then try sending your message again.
Other Neat Effects
Many other effects are available to animate your texts with Facebook Messenger. Besides stickers, GIFs, and emojis, effects add substance to the texts you've typed.
As of this writing, Messenger is offering hearts, confetti, and fire with your wrapped messages. Following the same instructions as above, just type your message, tap the sticker icon, and tap the effect you want to add.
What else can you do with Messenger?
Over the years, Facebook's messaging service has evolved from a simple DM platform to a one-stop-shop for all communications. You can host groups, video calls and more!
Over the past few years, we've seen some really cool features on the platform that are worth mentioning here!
Sure, there's PayPal, Venmo, and a plethora of other apps. But, you can send money using Facebook Messenger. If a wrapped message doesn't please your recipient, you can still send money. By tapping on the four circles icon on the left side of the text box, you can access the payment option. Send or request funds using this great feature.
With people traveling this holiday season, Facebook Messenger gives you the option to request or send your location. Of course, there are other apps like Life360 and Find My Friends, but Facebook's location feature is another way the app can help you stay in touch with friends and family.
Finally, you can make a video call to any other Facebook friend through the Messenger app. All you have to do is tap on their profile from the app and tap on the video camera icon.
It's perfect for staying in touch because you don't have to rely on FaceTime or another service. Most people have Facebook after all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to other Facebook Messenger questions.
Can I wrap an image as a gift?
Unfortunately no. If you try to wrap an image, link, or other type of attachment, the option won't appear. Simply tapping on an image and pressing "Send" means that the image is transmitted directly to the recipient.
Do I need the Facebook app to use Facebook Messenger?
Hopefully not. If you're interested in the features of the messaging service, but not the social media service, you can still send gift-wrapped messages. Simply download the Messenger app and log in using your login credentials.