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Old 03-15-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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Is there a Steam gift-card equivalent?

The question is in the title. My birthday is approaching, and there's a few games on steam that interest me. However, I don't want to get CD or DVD versions of these games, and I feel it would be crass to just ask my friends and relatives for cash. On the other hand, if Steam gift-cards existed, I would have something that I could ask for that wouldn't be completely without emotional value.
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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Closest I can think of is asking your benefactors (parents, etc) to gift the games to you.
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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Steam Purchase Gifts
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:30 PM   #4
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so can a person buy you a gift off the the website based store, and not have to download the steam app just to gift a game?
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:40 PM   #5
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So there is no way to gift steam money? For example if I did not know what someone wanted or wanted to let them choose which games they wanted to buy? There would be no way to gift $20 dollars or something?
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:08 PM   #6
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You can gift games.

You just pick the right option
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:39 AM   #7
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or if one of the games you want here you can get them to buy the retail and you enter your cd key in steam
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:55 PM   #8
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Being able to gift some kind of Steam money or credit would be great. As a group admin, I would much rather reward members with credit than worrying about which games people would like to play (that they don't already have).

I wrote a longer post about it here:
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:33 AM   #9
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Closest you get is a Visa giftcard.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:09 AM   #10
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I hate to break this to you, but there's no more emotional value in a gift card than there is in plain, regular money.

I suggest you put all the games you want in your wishlist, then tell whomever you want to give you the present to look at your wishlist, choose a game from there and purchase it as a gift, choosing to send the gift to your e-mail. That way they'll be able to purchase the game without having to download the Steam client. They'll still have to make a username and password, though.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:41 PM   #11
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There should be gift cards. I want my bro to buy me a game for about $40. But it's on sale for $17.95. With a gift card I'd have $22.05 in the bank to wait for another sale. Now it's just awkward any way we proceed.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:20 AM   #12
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Agreed. A rare misstep by Valve not to see the value in this. I'd much rather my non-gamer wife get me a Steam gift card for my birthday than hand me a wad of cash or transfer money to my bank account. Instead, I have no idea what to ask for now.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:02 PM   #13
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So there's no 'gift credit' on Steam? Shame, I was just thinking about sending such a thing to a friend. Didn't want to have to plop down a full lump sum for a game, and this way they could get the game of their choosing at less cost to them.

Would be a great feature, Valve wins (more cash flow + new incentive of people to use gift cards to make purchases), customers win (gift cards are easy), their friends that they would gift 'credits' to win (hey money off my next purchase!), everybody would win with a credit gift e-card option.

Last edited by MasterChiefRulZ: 04-02-2011 at 09:03 PM. Reason: correction
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:22 AM   #14
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Bump. Steam/Valve really need to get off their asses and set this up.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:18 PM   #15
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I too was looking to see if Steam has gift cards so my wife can give me one for my birthday. I'm thinking sooner or later they'll get it. I just sure hope sooner than later.
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