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It's the holiday season, and the steam sale just started, and I have the urge to buy many many games as gifts, BUT, I am not certain that people are going to want those games, and I might want them for myself if no one else desires said game.

Is it possible, if you have a gift copy of a game already bought, to give that gift to yourself?

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As of 4th of May, 2017, this is not possible anymore. You can either purchase the game for yourself, adding it directly to your library, or send it to a friend, who can either accept it, adding it to their library, or refund the game, refunding your money.

Here is the official blog post explaining the change.

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    Such a miserable change, and has discouraged me from buying this summer sale. I really enjoyed being able to buy 3 or 4 copies of a game I love, so that I can gift them at a later date: To people who may not even be on my friends list as of this moment. – FrankerZ Jun 21 '18 at 20:05
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Yes!

Games you buy as a gift can be stored in your gift inventory. From there, you get the choice to either gift them to someone via e-mail or to a Steam friend, or add them to your library.

Simply choose the "Add to my game library ..." option instead of "Send gift ..." in your Steam inventory.

  • You're too fast. – 3ventic Dec 20 '13 at 1:38
  • @3ventic I just want that tag badge. – user98085 Dec 20 '13 at 1:40
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    This does not work for fourpacks if you own that specific game already. It was impossible to buy the fourpack for Demigod because I owned it already... – Arperum Jan 27 '14 at 14:27
  • @Arperum Well, packages are different in a lot of ways. I'm obviously just talking about single game licenses. Some packages work, some don't - fourpacks notoriously don't. – user98085 Jan 27 '14 at 15:06
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    What if I choose "Send gift..." and send it to my own mail? – LasagnaAndroid Jan 2 '16 at 5:46

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