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Tip: Send Amazon or iTunes Gift Certificates Anonymously

Have you ever wanted to send a gift certificate to someone anonymously? One of the problem with electronic transactions is that quite often they tell the recipient exactly who you are. This isn’t a problem when it comes to gifts for your family or friends, but it can be more tricky if you are running an online contest for your blog.


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Why Anonymously?

There are several non-creepy reasons why you might want to send an anonymous gift certificate. Perhaps you are blogging pseudoanonymously? Or it could be that your PayPal / Amazon account is registered to an email address that you don’t want to share/publicize? There are many reasons why you might want to keep your Amazon or iTunes account information private but still send someone a gift certificate.

Use a Proxy

If you wanted to surf the web anonymously you would use a proxy that would act as a intermediate between your web browser and the web sites you are visiting. The same technique works for buying gift certificates. There is an online service called Prezzle that will let you send “wrapped” gift certificates to other people. If you use Prezzle to send someone a gift certificate, the recipient will see the sender as Prezzle instead of your real identity.

There is a small service fee for using Prezzle.

Hot Tip: Make sure the gift certificate matches the country of the person receiving it! Often companies like Amazon and iTunes won’t let them transfer the gift certificate to the store for their country.

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  1. Bitbot said, on August 26, 2007 at 1:42 am

    Haha lets not forget the ancient tradition of secret admirers wanting to remain annonymous for long periods of time while sending gifts and surprises to their admirees.

  2. engtech said, on August 26, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    @Bitbot:

    Honestly, I just put this tip out there in the hopes that people would send me amazon gift certificates. :)

  3. Stacey said, on December 19, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    Great tip. WE do a secret santa exchange for our online group and we do a secret santa exchange (and have for about 11 years), ever since 9/11 you have to put a return address on your package so it really has cut down on some of the fun.

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  5. Paul Riggles said, on May 02, 2008 at 8:50 am

    To just send books dvds cds (i.e. not just gift certificates) anonymously on amazon you can use anonymousbookshipper.tripod.com … I’m amazed there isn’t a better way but I haven’t found it

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