Facebook is rolling out a feature that will let users give presents from their network profiles, marking the company’s first big step into offering physical goods.
The new service goes way beyond the network’s old gift feature, which let you send virtual puppies and hearts. It’s more of a riff on the company’s ill-fated Deals service — which the company shuttered after four months — but with a twist.
Facebook is already letting some users choose from a list of goods or services from company partners and send them to their friends.
Once a recipient gets word that you’ve sent them a little something, they’ll get a virtual card and the option to fill in their own shipping information and make size or other modifications to the present.
With that done, a gift-wrapped present will then show up at your friend’s chosen location.
You can choose whether you want to share that you gave someone a gift. You also have the option to pay Facebook immediately or once your friend has put in shipping information. If someone doesn’t accept a gift within two weeks, payment will be refunded.