How to gift-wrap Venmo payments

Getting a present of money through Venmo is nice — infinitely higher than a present card — nevertheless it’s arduous to get appropriately excited and grateful a couple of row of numbers sandwiched between a lease fee and your share of final evening’s pizza tab. 

So beginning Thursday you may “wrap” your Venmo present funds. It is nonetheless all within the app, however as a substitute of the same old notification of contemporary funds in your account it will be extra festive — even when it is not your birthday or a vacation. The thought took place after Venmo seen in the course of the pandemic that extra individuals (nearly 60 % of present clients) have been gifting cash via Venmo with notes that stated issues like, “thanks” or “simply because,” as a Venmo rep defined in an electronic mail. Clearly, Venmo funds have been changing into little expressions of affection, so gift-wrapping was born.

Two Venmo screenshots.

Discover the brand new gift-wrap icon?
Credit score: Venmo

There are eight totally different gift-wrap designs with animations to amp up your cute and intelligent GIF- and emoji-filled word. To ship a gift-wrapped Venmo fee you continue to click on the identical “Pay or Request” button on the house display and proceed as common with a recipient, word, and quantity. However earlier than sending it off, you may discover a brand new gift-wrap icon subsequent to the “Pay” button. It will be a free characteristic when it rolls out to American customers Thursday.

Click on that and scroll via the wrapping choices (there are at present some designs for the upcoming Lunar New Yr) and decide one. You may see a preview of the wrapped fee earlier than confirming it is good to go. 

Different Venmo gift designs on four phone screens.

Give the present of cash.
Credit score: Venmo

If you happen to’re on the receiving finish, you may get a notification that you have acquired a present (not a fee as your notifications for different payouts often state). As soon as within the Venmo app you may unwrap the present and examine the animation. If you wish to relive the unwrapping you may all the time click on on the transaction on the fee particulars display (the sender can even rewatch the animation from the identical display on their app). 

Now you may cease complicated that Hanukkah current from mother along with your roommate’s portion of the utility invoice. Perhaps you’ll be so touched, you’ll bear in mind to ship a thanks word for as soon as.

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