Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson, has revealed as part of a new post
in his popular weblog that Microsoft is offering an Xbox 360 Points gifting system, currently U.S. only.
Now, when purchasing Microsoft Points online at the official website (linked via Hryb's post
), users may also elect to gift points to other U.S. users, using the recipient's Windows Live ID (not their Gamertag).
Users sign in as usual to the Microsoft Points site using their own Windows Live ID, and instead of purchasing points for themselves, may put in a friend as a recipient at the point of sale.
Major Nelson adds, "I have asked the team to add the ability to gift points based on Gamertag, and they said they'll work on that for the future, but for now… you'll need to know the recipients Windows Live ID. Anyway, I thought you guys may want to try if you have someone on your list you want to send some Points to this Holiday season."