Q: How does the Step-Up™ Program work?
A: Anytime within the first 90 days after your original date of purchase you can step up your video card to a new card graphics card from our website at http://evga.com/products/ of greater value.
Unless they have some exception at Christmas, then you lost the lifetime warranty. I registered one of my cards about 38 days after purchase and my warranty was reduced to 1 year. Being Christmas, a gift, and seeing you registered the day you got it, I would try to call and get them to honor the lifetime warranty.
You have to register the card within 30 days of sale. They know by the invoice or the receipt, which you have to present proof of to get warranty service. That registration policy applies the same as the step-up program.
You still have a very fast card so don't worry about it too much.
Step up would be an option, but I thought you get the remainder of your original warranty just which would be 1 year for him. Hopefully I am wrong on that or evga will cut him a break as 32 days after purchase and it being a gift would peeve me off to lose the warranty.