How to gift-wrap Venmo payments

Getting a present of money by way of Venmo is nice — infinitely higher than a present card — nevertheless it’s laborious to get appropriately excited and grateful a few row of numbers sandwiched between a lease cost and your share of final night time’s pizza tab. 

So beginning Thursday you may “wrap” your Venmo reward payments. It is nonetheless all within the app, however as a substitute of the same old notification of recent funds in your account it will be extra festive — even when it is not your birthday or a vacation. The thought happened after Venmo seen through the pandemic that extra individuals (nearly 60 % of present clients) had been gifting cash by way of Venmo with notes that mentioned issues like, “thanks” or “simply because,” as a Venmo rep defined in an e mail. Clearly, Venmo payments had been turning 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 completely different gift-wrap designs with animations to amp up your cute and intelligent GIF- and emoji-filled observe. To ship a gift-wrapped Venmo cost you continue to click on the identical “Pay or Request” button on the house display and proceed as ordinary with a recipient, observe, 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 by way of the wrapping choices (there are at the moment some designs for the upcoming Lunar New Yr) and decide one. You will see a preview of the wrapped cost earlier than confirming it is good to go. 

Different Venmo gift designs on four phone screens.

Give the reward of cash.
Credit score: Venmo

In the event you’re on the receiving finish, you may get a notification that you’ve got obtained a present (not a cost as your notifications for different payouts normally state). As soon as within the Venmo app you may unwrap the reward and consider the animation. If you would like to relive the unwrapping you may at all times click on on the transaction on the cost particulars display (the sender also can rewatch the animation from the identical display on their app). 

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

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