Why would you need an appraisal when planning a gift? It depends on what that gift is. If you plan on gifting any form of real estate, an appraisal is crucial. Very similar to when selling a property, you will need an appraisal to accurately determine the value of the property you are gifting.
An appraisal is also needed for tax purposes in gifting real estate. It can be used as a charitable gift and can be tax-exempt so you can write it off your taxes owed. But in order to properly valuate the gift, an official appraisal is needed.
Oftentimes it is beneficial to have your appraisal done by an independent appraisal service, such as Spurgeon Appraisals, that is not directly in business with either the party giving the gift or the charity receiving the gift. The appraiser can give an unbiased opinion of value.