In the virtual world Second Life it is easy to form very close friendships with someone you may never have the opportunity to meet in person. Second Life residents celebrate First Life holidays like Valentine's Day and Christmas as well as personal celebrations; birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and often exhange gifts in world. Recently a friend was celebrating her First Life birthday and I chose not only to give her a present in world, but also give her something she could use outside of Second Life. Not knowing her First Life information, name - address - etc, here is how I did it.
Step 1: Purchase the Gift Certificate on Amazon
After you click on the gift certificate option, you will see a drop down box for the type of gift certificate you want to purchase. For this project, be sure to choose the E-Mail option.
Step 2: Fill out the Gift Certificate Order using Second Life Information
When filling out the gift certificate infomation you can use Second Life names in both the From and To lines. Notice this is also option - you could choose to leave this section as well as the personal message blank.
What is important is that in the "Enter Email address box" you enter YOUR email - not the email of the recipient. This is because you will need the image of the certificate sent to you for the building steps in world.
Step 3: Enter Payment Information
None of the information you enter here will be shown when you make the actual gift certificate. That said if you want to you can enter your Second Life name in the box below the Credit Card details.
Step 4: Verify the Gift Certificate Information
Before you submit the order, make sure you are comfortable with the From, To and Message information. This will be printed on the actual gift certificate!