How to send gift messages on Facebook Messenger

Here’s how to send gift wrapped messages on Facebook Messenger. This isn’t new, by the way, but its making a resurgence given our current situation of social distancing and quarantine.

Since, we’ll most likely not see friends and family for awhile. This, at least, is a fun way of sprucing up your messages for the holiday season.

The feature itself is actually an effect, which you can apply to your messages before sending. There are other effects you can use as well, including confetti that pops out after a message has been sent and a fire or flaming messenger effect.

How to send gift wrapped messages on Facebook Messenger:

On Facebook Messenger, start by creating a new message or opening an existing conversation. Take note that the gift effect only applies to text. It doesn’t work on emojis or images.

  1. In the message box, type your message which you want gift wrapped.
  2. Tap on the Sticker button on the right side of the message box.
  3. Tap effects.
  4. Choose the gift.

And that’s it. The gift wrapped message is instantly sent as soon as you tap the gift effect. The recipient will be able to see the message by tapping to unwrap.

Similarly, you can also do this to add confetti and fire effects or the new heart effects on Messenger. Its the same process, but instead of choosing to gift wrap on step 4, you can confetti, fire or hearts.

How to send gift wrapped messages on Facebook Messenger

Facebook has been adding new features to Messenger. The most recent addition is Vanish Mode, which, as the name implies, makes messages disappear after its read. Unfortunately, the mode is not yet available in the Philippines at the time of this post. But if disappearing messages is what you need, then you can try using Messenger’s Secret Conversations.

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys writing about tech and watching clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.


  1. For me it only has the gif icon sticker icon and star icon, am i missing something?
    im on ios

    • Bryan Rilloraza Reply

      Unfortunately, its only for the mobile app.

  2. Jacob Torgerson Reply

    My girlfriend can do this on her iPhone… But my Android can’t seem to do this? Am I missing something? I see stickers, gifs, and photos. But I do not see the effects option. Am I missing something??

    • Bryan Rilloraza Reply

      Apparently, Facebook has not made the feature available for everyone yet. It works on both Android and iOS.

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