Get In The Spirit Of Giving With Facebook Gifts

By Pamela Perez

With the holidays just around the corner, get a head start with your gift planning with Facebook’s newest feature- Gifts!

By Pamela Perez

With the holidays just around the corner, get a head start with your gift planning with Facebook’s newest feature- Gifts!

 You can send chocolate, coffee, socks and other real-life presents to one another by clicking on the "gifts" icon on your Facebook friends' pages. The icon will also show up on the right side of users' Facebook pages with the notifications for friends' birthdays, weddings etc.

Other possible gifts include Starbucks gift cards, cupcakes, teddy bears, gourmet ice cream, Andy Warhol prints, flowers, organic dog toys and spa packages.

Facebook’s foray into e-commerce is the result of its acquisition of Karma, a 16-person start-up based in San Francisco. Karma's mobile app lets people send gifts to their friends on the go.

Lee Linden, the former head of Karma, is now head product manager for Facebook Gifts, which he says incorporates "the heart and soul of the Karma experience."

"We think gifting is a form of communication," he said.

Facebook Gifts launched Thursday in the U.S. and will be made available to other countries over the coming months just in time for the holidays!

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