Two types of gifts: Chargers (the items in the small boxes under the charge button on the collection menu) and Collection items. When you gift a charger, it does not come out of your inventory, you keep the ones you have. When you gift a collection item, it is deducted from the amount that you have. You can send up to 50 chargers per day and up to 10 collection items per day (one each to each person), and you can drop the counter by paying 10 diamonds to keep gifting other people. Some collection items can be bought from the collections console, and therefore you can gift them without dropping your gift counter (and gift multiples to the same person... look for the collection items with the cash register icon) but they do cost quite a bit in diamonds to buy so be careful!
1) Fundamental changes in friend management: Too few friends and you’ll never get all the chargers you need when you need them (especially for Full Moon), too many and they’re difficult to manage (also some people delete people with much over 500 friends because they can’t possibly have time to interact with many). I’ve found 150 is a nice sweet spot; you can get through the whole list checking each person’s wall in 3 days by doing 50 at a time so no one is neglected for long.
2) Daily wall charger requests: These are the ones that show up on your wall after someone has gone into their collections console, tapped the chargers for a collection and hit "Ask a Friend". These do NOT come out of the daily 50 charger gift allowance and do NOT come out of your inventory. You should grant ALL wall requests you get for chargers; all it costs you is the time to tap that button. Try to send out a charger request to every friend, every day… it is wise to take the chance to stock up even if you have no quests/tasks that require what you’re asking for. Browse the forums for the order of quests and what might be coming up that you could need a lot of.
3) Daily proactive gifting: On a daily basis I go to the friend list and pick a friend that's in a different spot in my list than the previous day (that way I can cycle through my whole list usually within three days) to visit and start a "gifting run", going manor to manor checking wish lists, walls, and leaving tips (bankers check first, some people don't want banker tips). Concentrate on wish lists first and foremost. This part (#3) is the one that varies from person to person the most based on game focus and the amount of time each player has to spend in-game.
4) Trade requests: Let’s just say it… Chargers are not an acceptable trade for collection items; they are not nearly as valuable! It is perfectly acceptable to browse a friend’s collections and ask politely if you have something they’d like to trade for a particular item of theirs, but you definitely need to take the time to look at what they have if you’re going to ask. But here's your list of DON'Ts: DON'T send an item (collection or not) without asking first to see if it is an acceptable trade, ask for something a person has only one or two of, ask someone to give you a collection item in trade for a charger, or just ask someone to help you with your WL when you have nothing but collection items in your list (ask for something specific and offer a trade). In general I think most people avoid actively asking for trades too much because you don’t want to be seen as a beggar, but it is fine when you really need an item or have built up a rapport with the player.
- One of the reasons why people think I’m a gifting Nazi is that I personally have a big beef with what I call "random gifts". If you really want to help or need something out of someone’s collections but don’t have anything from their WL, simply ask what you can send instead. Just picking something missing out of one of the collections is a waste because usually even if it’s not on the WL there’s something else they would’ve put on the WL if they had the room.
- When you’re visiting to look at WL’s, the order in which you visit friends is the same as the order you see them in on the “Ask a Friend” screen. It is the order in which they were added to you as a friend, not the order in which they appear in the friend list.
- If you are leaving the game or taking a break for a while, remove all of the items off of your wish list and post a note to your wall so people know not to expect a return gift from you. If you are for sure deleting the game never to return, consider deleting your friends first.
- Many people keep a spreadsheet to track gifting habits and identify friends who’ve become inactive. This is time consuming but can be a rewarding exercise from time to time as you’ll find weeding out inactive players means less work for the same outcome.
Comments and additions to these tips welcome... also continue to discuss your own strategy and how/if it changed after removal of MGing.
Last edited by Soozicle on Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:55 pm; edited 1 time in total