Gift Wrap is a Tool item represented by a blue, spotted roll wrapping paper, a roll of red ribbon, a scotch tape dispenser, and a Description Tag. When used on an item in the user's backpack, the item is replaced with a Carefully Wrapped Gift containing it that can then be held in the user's backpack, or sent to a player on the user's friends list instantly. Certain items which are normally non-tradable may be 'traded' by wrapping and sending them.
Gift Wrap can be used to package an item as a gift for another player, and can be delivered to players who are offline at the time. Some items that are normally not tradable can be wrapped and gifted using gift wrap. Upon use, it will create a "Carefully Wrapped Gift" and will destroy the tool in the process since it only has a single use.
After the gift is opened, the gifted item will have a description indicating who sent the gift (which matches any future name changes), the date and the time of acquisition. The time displayed is the time (on a 24 hour clock, showing seconds) at which the recipient opened the wrapped gift. The recipient of a gift cannot resend a gift to someone else as the 'Send Gift' action will be replaced with the 'Unwrap' action. Once unwrapped, the gift will not become untradable unless the item was originally untradable. Once wrapped the item cannot be unwrapped by the person who wrapped the gift.
Note: The item unwrapped displays the time when the gift was opened in the recipient's time zone. Sites such as backpack.tf and tf2outpost.com display the time based on the Greenwich Mean Time.
Some non-tradable items cannot be gift wrapped, thus remaining non-tradable.
- [Undocumented] Gift Wrap was added to the game.
- [Undocumented] Gift Wrap was added to the Mann Co. Store.
- Gift Wrap will no longer prevent the counters on Strange weapons from resetting.
- Prior to the October 29, 2010 Patch, using Gift Wrap on any item would make the item fully tradable (after a recipient opened the gift), regardless of its original trading capability. Another glitch fixed by this patch was the item's name not appearing correctly in the wrapped gift's description; it was stated to contain TF_WEAPON_BAT, regardless of what the Gift Wrap was used on.
- There was a rare glitch before the October 29, 2010 Patch where sometimes a player would receive two of the same gifted item. After the patch, any duplicate gifts that were unwrapped would remain, but if the gift remained wrapped after the patch it was removed.
- It is possible for the gift-wrappable property of an item to be lost further up the crafting chain. For example, crafting 18 non-tradable but gift-wrappable Achievement weapons in the usual way could result in one non-tradable, non-gift-wrappable refined metal.