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 any tradable item in the user's backpack, it is replaced with a Carefully Wrapped Gift containing the item that can either be held in the user's backpack, or sent to a player on the user's friends list with the 'Send Gift' option. After clicking 'Send Gift', the gift is sent through the Steam Trading system.
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. Note that items that are normally not tradable cannot be wrapped and gifted using gift wrap. Upon use, it creates a Carefully Wrapped Gift and destroys the tool in the process since it only has a single use.
After the gift is opened, the gifted item has 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 is replaced with the 'Unwrap' action. Once unwrapped, a normally tradable gifted item becomes tradable again.
The item can 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 display the time based on the Greenwich Mean Time.
- It is not possible to use Name Tags and Description Tags on Gift Wraps; however, it is possible to use them on Carefully Wrapped Gifts.