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Synonyms: Gift Fics
See also: Fic Commission, Gift Economy, Gift Exchange
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Sending fanworks as gifts is a fannish way of bonding or expressing group identity.

On the AO3, artists and writers can gift their works while making new posts to the archive. [1] If the recipient accepts the gift, their name will be displayed on the work, right under the byline. It is possible to gift a work to several recipients. Both registered and unregistered users of the archive can be given gifts, but only registered giftees will be notified that they have been selected as recipients of a work.

Betas are often gifted the story they have betaed as a thank you for their work and support.

Although many fans are using gifts as a tool for bonding, there have been instances where the gift option was abused as a means to harass people by sending them hateful gift fics. [2]


  1. ^ It's also possible to add a giftee by editing an already posted work.
  2. ^ see also AO3 & Censorship