I would like to send someone who already has a Steam account a money gift so that he can buy himself some games.

Is this possible? If so, how?


There is no option to send money to the wallet of your friend directly.

What you can do however, is buy a Steam gift card at GameStop and send that code to your buddy so he can activate it. I do not know if that works cross countries though. But if you both live in the same country and GameStop has those gift cards available, then it would be no problem to activate it.

Another option would be to put an TF2 item on the Steam Market and you buy that. Valve takes a cut here though, so it is not really viable and I don't recommend it.

The best option imho would be just to ask him what game he wants and gift that directly.

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    Otherwise It'd be a relatively easy way for crooks to launder money – Robotnik Apr 11 '13 at 10:54
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    @robotnik true dat – user28015 Apr 11 '13 at 11:26
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    I can confirm that Steam wallet cards work across countries. I've successfully activated cards bought in the US, and Steam has added the correct amount in Euros to my wallet without any problems. Too bad they don't use the $1 = €1 rule here, though :) – Indrek Apr 11 '13 at 11:56
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    ask him what game he wants What?? Social interaction?? – Coronus Apr 11 '13 at 17:45
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    Other places other than just Gamestop sell Steam "gift cards" (wallet cards). Also, Steam accepts Visa Gift Cards as legitimate funding sources, so there's always that. – StarPilot Apr 13 '13 at 3:14

You can send your friend money via PayPal. Steam accepts PayPal as a form of payment.


Steam recently added the ability to buy digital gift cards online, which is effectively what you need here.


so that he can choose himself some games.

Slightly redefining the stated problem, that's what the Steam wishlist is for. If you have him as a friend on steam, and he has items on his wishlist, you can gift him those.

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    This doesn't answer the question at hand. This should have been a comment. – user98085 Apr 11 '13 at 15:51
  • @AdrianoVaroliPiazza Perhaps because the friend doesn't have a particular game he wishes for, and might use that money later in the future, when a game gets released he might be interested in, that he couldn't have put in his wishlist before? – Nolonar Apr 11 '13 at 16:27
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    Until @clamp clarifies his question, I'm choosing to stick by my answer. This is a valid alternative. – Adriano Varoli Piazza Apr 12 '13 at 20:34
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    His question is how to send money over steam and your answer does not cover that at all, that's why people downvote it. – user28015 Apr 13 '13 at 9:13
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    +1. This is a perfectly valid workaround and definitely within the realm of value exchanging hands over steam. Just because the question states money does not make this an invalid point – Robotnik Jun 4 '13 at 13:53

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