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There are many different ways to use Gift Points at Writing.Com.
Gift Points Required: You may notice that throughout "Writing.Com 101" there are certain features and tools that show this small Gift Point icon. These specific utilities require Gift Points to make them work. There are many item tools and features that you might encounter that require Gift Points, in addition to these listed below:
Shopping for Yourself: Gift Points may be spent on Writing.Com products such as t-shirts, mouse pads, and coffee mugs or services such as paid memberships and costumicons. Visit the Writing.Com Shop to peruse for your next purchase by Gift Points.
Shopping for Others: Gift Points may also be used to purchase products and memberships for other members. To purchase Writing.Com paid memberships for another member, visit your Gift Points page (from the navigation under the Writing.Com logo) and choose the membership you would like to gift, then insert the member's username. The system will automatically deduct the required Gift Points from your account and gift the member with the subscription that you purchased. To purchase Writing.Com products for another member, simply visit a member's "Wish List" from within their "Community" tab in their portfolio and choose an item that he or she wants. The system will automatically deduct the required Gift Points from your account and we will mail that member his or her gift! Or just surprise them by sending them a chunk of Gift Points and tell them to buy what they want!
Send Merit Badges and Awardicons: Show your appreciation for members and items on Writing.Com by awarding them with "Merit Badges" and "Awardicons" !
Advertising Items: All advertising of items and links within Writing.Com is done using Gift Points. Advertisers choose the amount of Gift Points that they would like to pay for a click to their item or link. Visit your My Bids area to promote your items within the community. For more information, please read: "BidClick System: Sponsored Items, Links & Genres" .
Add Auto-Rewards to Items: Increase your chances of getting those reviews by automatically awarding your reviewers with Gift Points. For complete information, please see: "Auto-Rewards" .
Rewarding Authors: Let's say you read a poem that brings you to tears and touches your heart in such a way that you would like to reward that author for their time and effort. You can award Gift Points to that author when you submit your review or send them an email with Gift Points attached to it. At the bottom of his or her item, simply input the amount of Gift Points that you would like to send, check the box to confirm your number and click submit. The system will automatically deduct the required Gift Points from your account and will email the member a notification of your GP reward.
Rewarding Reviewers: Want to thank someone for a helpful review that they gave you? Send Gift Points right along with your thank you email! At the bottom of the email, simply input the amount of Gift Points that you would like to send and click submit. The system will automatically deduct the required Gift Points from your account and will email the member a notification of your GP reward.
Regardless of how you decide to spend your Gift Points, know that we appreciate that you "Support Writing.Com" when you do!