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How to Send a Gift Message on Instagram

With the release of the Messaging update on Instagram, new DM features are introduced.

You can now edit messages, pin chats to the top of your inbox, themes, and more.

Themes allow you to personalize your chats with backgrounds like Love, Chill, and Wish.

You can also add special effects to Instagram messages or reactions.

Special effects include hearts, rings/circles, fire, and a gift box.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to send a present or gift message on Instagram to your friends/family as a direct message.

How to Send a Gift Message on Instagram

Here’s how to add special effects to Instagram messages

  1. Open Instagram and tap on the direct message icon.
  2. Open the chat and type a message (e.g. hi).
  3. Tap on the search icon (before sending the message).
  4. Select the “Gift” effect to send the message as a gift!

Further reading

How to Add Special Effects to Instagram Messages

How to Play the Emoji Game on Instagram

How to Fix “At this time your account is not eligible to use this feature” on Instagram Live


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