Hand to Hand - Exchanging Gifts
TERROR MOUNTAIN SUMMIT – You may’ve noticed something new and wonderful happening.
Perhaps you’re on your way to your shop for the day, or maybe you’re off to catch
that first plane to Faerieland.
Whatever the case, you can sense, and see, that holiday spirit is making its
way through Neopia. Wreathes hung on doors, lights beaming their glory from
roof tops. You can possibly see a nicely decorated Plastic Fir through that
one window, and suddenly all the shops have a special wrapping area.
What is this strange change of manner, and what does it symbolize? Well, the
answer to that is quite simple.
Christmas does indeed happen on Neopets. The morning where young Neopets wake
up to find a pile of gifts under the Plastic Fir, and chocolate candies hidden
under their pillows. Neopians may also be gathering in Happy Valley, waiting
to see what wonderful prizes await them inside the giant Advent Calendar.
Well, I am here to point out that a Neopet Christmas isn’t solely about the
Advent Calendar. Friends can easily surprise their other friends in amazing
I’ve recently spoken with one of my good friends, and we came up with the idea
of a Gift Exchange. What is a Gift Exchange, you ask? Well, that’s what I’m
here to explain.
You, and a friend (or a few friends) get together. Discuss having a Gift Exchange,
which is where you buy a present for another person, and on Christmas Day, you
give it to them. Well, with your group of friends, or single friend, come up
with a price limitation. For me and my buddy, we used between 5000 – 15 000
Neopoints. Of course, we both went over the limitations.
It’s not hard to have a gift exchange. First, I suggest finding out a few things
that may help you choose that perfect present.
1. Your friend’s favorite color. Color matters a lot in a Gift Exchange,
especially if you plan to get that dream Petpet or maybe that plushie to finish
off their collection. You should always find out the person’s color of choice
before picking out a gift; sometimes it upsets people if you get them a color
they don’t like so well.
2. The person’s favorite flavor. Perhaps a nice pizza, or maybe a few Chia
Gumballs, would appeal more to the person than a Petpet or a plushie. Color
can come in handy here, but if the person likes the flavor chocolate, you
wouldn’t get them a Blueberry Slushie, would you?
3. The person’s favorite shape. You know, when I say this actually helps,
some people laugh at me. But, truly, it does come in handy. Like, if you do
plan to purchase that perfect Petpet, and your friend likes Triangles, wouldn’t
you find a Geb more suited to their liking than a Short Fuse Petpet?
4. Element also helps out here. If your friend would rather prefer that faerie,
or that new weapon, you should always find out their favorite elemental type.
Personally, I like Earth-based items, such as Forest Arrows.
Now, to actually find the right gift for your friend.
To do this, I’d use the Search Engine. First, try searching for your friend’s
favorite color, if you are looking for a Plushie or a Petpet. This may not work
particularly well for Petpets.
If you have a lot of time, a high NP limitation, and lots of NP on hand, it
helps to actually Paint the Petpet. See, for Christmas, I got my friend a Red
Slorg. Since my friend loves the color Red, I spent some NP on the Petpet Paint
Brush, just to make him happier. Now, what I suggest if you’re looking for a
Petpet is to go to the Rainbow Fountain and click on the little link that says
“All Petpet Colors.” This way, you could find the right shape, species, and
color of Petpet for your friend.
Now, what else are we missing…? Ah, right!
For a Gift Exchange, it is much easier to only have you and a friend as opposed
to you and five friends. With five friends, it’s easy for one person to get
three presents and some other person to get none. When you use a large group
of people, I suggest one of you pull names from a hat, Neomail the username
to that person, and then they must get a gift for that person only.
You could try a Chinese Gift Exchange. This is where one person receives a
gift, unwraps it, and then the next person could choose from the pile, or take
the unwrapped gift. When a lot of people have gifts, it gets quite hard to choose!
These ones are best done over Neoboards. Of course, make sure it’s a private
board. Pick somebody to hold the hoard of gifts, and when someone chooses from
the “Tree” have that person give them some random item. They say what they got,
and if someone else takes their gift, the person with the gift sends it to the
new owner of the gift.
Another option is to gather up some of your good friends and start a humongous
Gift Exchange. Have somebody hold all of the gifts (Everybody brings one gift
and gives it to the trustworthy person). Now, have the person separate the gifts
into three categories. In the inventory, have neutral gifts (Gifts that both
genders would like). In your shop, without pricing them, have masculine gifts.
In your SDB, put the feminine gifts.
Now, each person, one at a time, Neomail the ‘Gift-Giver’ saying if they want
a Male Gift, Female Gift, or Neutral Gift. Then, the giver simply takes a random
gift from the selected pile and sends it to the person.
Quite simple, and a rather fun way to brighten up the holidays!
Hmm… I suppose this is it, no? Well, I hope you enjoyed my article, and I sure
hope it helps make your holiday a little more exciting! Have a happy holiday,
everybody, and I hope Santa gets to all of you.