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If you are new to the PC gaming arena or just want to switch to Pc gaming coming from a console, Steam can feel like quite the uncharted territory. And especially when you get your first steam gifts.
 There can be many reasons why you might want to return a steam gift. Maybe you already have the game, or perhaps you are not interested in that particular game. Whatever your reasons may be, we are here to help.
In this article, we will answer many of your Steam-related questions along with what happens when you decline Steam gifts. So just keep on reading.

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What Happens If I Decline Steam Gifts?

So, what exactly happens when you decline a steam gift simply. There are two ways this can go depending on how the sender made the gift.

As a general rule of thumb, most games have a Valve Anti-Cheat technology (VAC) and are game ban enabled. These games can only be bought and added to your library or gifted directly and they cannot be added to a game inventory.
So, if you are given a game directly from the Steam store and decline the gift, it will result in a direct refund. Steam will delete the gift if you decline a gift, and the sender will get refunded instantly. Steam will also notify them about it via email.
But, if a sender made a gift from their existing game inventory, they will not be refunded. Instead, the gift will return to their gift inventory. And, from there, they can re-gift it to someone else.  Steam will also mail the person, letting them know that you have returned their gift as an added layer of security and communication. 

Features Of Steam

Okay, now that we know what happens when you decline a Steam gift, let’s consider some more common questions about Steam. But, first, let’s look at some Steam features.

• Steam is a Multi-purpose marketplace

Steam was initially developed by a group of game developers and creators. Steam can even be traced back to the release of some OG games like Counterstrike, Dota, etc.

This way, Steam grew to be a platform for both game developers, players, and streamers. In addition, there’s the Steam store side that is very convenient for users worldwide.

And then there is the Steam client-side that lets you use it as a gaming platform where you can install all your games, make friends, and so much more.

• Limited Piracy

When it first came into being, Steam changed up quite a few things in the pc gaming industry. More people rushed towards Steam because it gave the games more visibility.

The original games became very easy to find, which eventually took down many piracy issues. And, Steam itself has top-notch security. It was an overall safe way for developers and gamers alike to game and build community.

• The Library System

Steam gives users an immaculate-looking centralized library system to easily access all the games they have bought and play them.

• Steam has a Cool Interface

There are very few sites that look as good as Steam on a computer. It is cleverly designed and very eye-catchy. In addition, it has a very excellent interface for the user’s convenience.

It is done right where it has enough variety while not being too distracting.

• Personalized Recommendation

Steam likes to keep an eye out on what you are playing, what your friends are playing, which games you seem to like better. Overall, the Steam algorithm gets an understanding of your preferences and then makes suggestions.

These suggestions are curated to your interests to have higher chances of finding hidden gems and fun new games.

• Frequent Sales

If you keep an eye out, there’s almost always some sale going on Steam. You can get coveted games for an excellent price. Especially if you can catch the summer and winter sales, you have hit the jackpot!

During these sales, almost the whole store has sales going on. So, at least 90% of the games will be at a very reasonable rate. So, keep an eye out.

• Free to Play Games

There are a bunch of free-to-play games on Steam too. Suppose you are short on money but want to try out something new. You might have some great games this way, but the chances are slim. The free games can sometimes be a little dull.

• Game Charts

Steam mobilizes at least 75% of the pc gaming marketplace. They have over 37000 games as of now. So, rightfully, they also have some game charts.
There’s a global chart that shows you all the games ever released on Steam. There’s also a tip-ranked chart, a new and upcoming chart, so you can just pick and choose from there.

• User Review

Steam has its own review system. Where each user can rate and review the games they have played and liked. This is a great filter feature to have. You can also set a review score. That way, you will only be shown games that you want to see.

• Personalized Profile

We touched a bit on the Steam client side. But, mostly, you will be using your library for gameplay most of the time. You can easily customize your profile with custom backgrounds and setups.

• Steam Chat

There is a steam chat option integrated within the Seam Client, and it lets you chat and call your friends. It is very much like Discord, where you can play games with your friends.

How to gift games on Steam to another country

You can make steam gifts to your friends all across the globe, but when it comes to direct game gifting, your options are somewhat limited. For example, you cannot gift a steam game to someone in a country that has a considerable price influx for that game.
Game gifting is still an option between countries with similar currencies and similar prices for a game.

If you are not subject to these regional restrictions, follow the steps to “Gift directly from the store” listed below.

How to gift a Steam game from your library

It is not possible to give someone a gift of a game that is already in your library. Once a game is in your library, it is there permanently, and it can no longer be gifted or traded.

However, you can buy the same game as a gift for your friend from the Steam store. But games purchased for your own account can not be gifted to any other account.

But there are other ways of giving someone a steam gift. Here’s how:

Gift Directly From the Store: 


To make a steam gift, you have to make sure the person you are sending to already has a Steam account, and they are added as your friend.

Step 1- Go to Steam Store

Step 2- Locate the game you want to send to your friend

Step 3- Click “add to cart” if you don’t already own this game. If you already own this game, select the “buy as a gift” option

Step 4- From your cart, click “purchase for a friend”. You can skip this step if you select “buy as a friend”.

Step 5- Then, from the drop-down menu, select the name of your friend’s account

Optional: Add a personal message if you like

Step 6- Click “continue.”

How to accept gifts on Steam

Accepting gifts is pretty straightforward. First, you have to log in to your account and check the notifications. If someone has made a gift to your account, it should already be in your notification. Just click on that particular notice and click “accept”. This completes the gift process. Your sender will get a notification too.

Then, you can just install the game and start playing.

How To Trade On Steam?

You can trade in-game gifts, steam gifts, and so much more via Steam. To make a trade, you will need to be friends with the person you want to trade with. If you want to ensure whether an item is tradable or not, go to your steam inventory, click on the item, and check the tags.

If you see a tag that says “Tradable”, you are most certainly in luck.

 Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Click on friends
  3. Select the friend you want to make the trade offer to
  4. Select the “…” option and choose “offer a trade”
  5. Now drag the items you want to trade from both inventories
  6. Tick the box and click on “make an offer”

You will then need to verify the offer. You can do that through your Steam mobile app or via email.

How To Redeem Steam Wallet Code?

Another great way of buying games on Steam is via wallet codes. And, since the regional restrictions for gifting were put in place, a lot of people have just been opting to buy Steam wallet codes for their friends. So, it is absolutely essential that you know how to redeem a code. Here’s how:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Log into your account
  3. Go to View My Wallet from the drop-down menu at the top
  4. Select the “Redeem a Steam gift or Wallet Code” option
  5. Put in your code and click continue

How To Refund A Gifted Game On Steam?

All current gifts on Steam are auto-refundable as soon as someone declines your gift. There is also a time limit till when your friend can actually accept your gift. If the gift isn’t accepted within 30 days, the gift will expire, and you get your refund.


If you have read this far, thank you so much for your valuable time. We appreciate you being here. We have tried to cover the most common questions asked by new users and answer them in a coherent way. Let us know if we’ve answered all your questions or if you have more. Till then, happy gaming!

Zenna Willms


Hi, My name is Zena Willms and you can call me Zena. The purpose of this blog is to share gift ideas with people from all over the world.

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