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I agree completely with AEGram that each of us needs to gift according to what works best for our games.
I enjoy gifting and helping others gain achievements, and I would NEVER want anyone to feel it’s a burden to gift me! Please do not stress on this aspect of the game!
The main reason you should be playing is that the game is fun. Your enjoyment is paramount, in my opinion.
Have FUN in the castle!
I must admit that gifting is for me the most stressful part of the game. Don't misunderstand me, I enjoy gifting (might even be what I like most!) but I am a bit drowning for the moment!
What I do is keep a list of everything I have received (name/date/what and the ones not returned in red) and try to gift back as soon as possible. While I do not expect to receive anything back when gifting (yup, it is a gift!!), I do feel that I have to return gifts. Not very logical but that's the way I feel! And I am fine with this ... as long as I can keep up!
With more and more daily gifters, I am now unable to gift anybody that has not sent me something (problematic, see above!). I so much regret it and I am tearing my hair out! So when I am getting too behind, I just put my list down and go into catch up mode. Earlier on, it was for a day or two, nowadays it's for longer as I have friends who are gifting me every day but to whom I cannot send something every day! And I try to also use this opportunity to gift lower levels.
As for what I am sending, I have added *swaps* after my name and am a bit "annoyed" when players only ask for regular items as I am low on inventory, but rarely at zero. I wish everyone had at least a stamp, an airship item or a bag of food in their list, but then again, it's their wish list, not mine! Being able to send gifts with coins even if I have some is in the wishes for my 5th anniversary thread I posted some time ago, I'd love to be able to do that! So when I am sending an inventory item (one used in ZZs in the Castle area), I try to get it back with the puzzles.
But then again, just to make sure it is clear I love gifting, hoping I can help anybody with achievements or with progressing in the game! Even if I open my mail with one eye closed, it is really great to have lovely friends thinking of you and to tell them hey! I am thinking about you too!!
(not sure all this makes sense, I hope it does!! )
Gifting is the most stressful for me, also. My ice breaths swaps come first and then in the order received. Players that gift me daily are usually caught up when I have to take my list down. I keep a list of by player, day and whether it was a gift or a swap. Much too time consuming to list what gift. I hate it when I can’t return a gift, but some players only have high cost or event items in their list and I don’t have any extra event items. I only hope they feel as a do, that it is a gift and I never expect anything in return.
Also, I’m still looking for some friends to swap ice breaths. Most of the ones I had have reached their goal. So happy for them and it gives me hope that I might get there.
When I first started gifting I was very stressed. I thought people expected to be gifted back immediately and I had very few gifts on most of my friends' list, who were a much higher level than me. Airship items, pet food and plain stamps were the three I had the most of, but a lot wanted items I could not get nor had the coins or diamonds to buy.The items that cost coins, at the time did not have my coin inventory built up.
I finally got a system that works, list date received and person gifting, then date I gifted them back, although sometimes it may be a week or two or longer before one of my friends has something on their list I have. I worry they may think I am not returning gifts, which isn't the case, just do not have what is on their list or it costs diamonds, which I have little of even though I play the puzzles to get them. I am slowly building my diamond inventory.
I LOVE being able to gift my friends and I, too will take down my list, catch up and then try to help LL players as well as my higher level players as they have stated airship items and pet food (which I can send YAY!!) are the items they need the most. I gift as received, too. Now that I understand the gifting part better, I am not so stressed.
Theo (TheoMC) said:
With more and more daily gifters, I am now unable to gift anybody that has not sent me something (problematic, see above!).
I felt the same way ... unable to give those who haven't sent me a gift bothered me. I keep about 90-100 friends and I noticed I was constantly gifting the same 30 or so friends ... reciprocating to those who had gifted me. I also wondered why I had so many friends who never gifted me. Maybe because they were doing the same thing I was doing? So I decided the first two daily gifting periods would be used to return gifts and the last one would be used to send a gift to someone who wasn't on my return list. Sure enough when I started doing that I noticed I was getting gifts from friends who aren't in my regular cycle. Of course, this means I get farther behind on returning gifts but that's okay. About every 4 days or so I take down my wishlist so I can get caught up.
I will say the one thing that does bug me is someone who sends me a gift but NEVER has their wishlist up so that I can return the favor. I know some just like to send gifts and don't expect anything in return, but it still bugs me.
I try to keep a close watch those friends.... and gift as soon as I see wish list open.
During Christmas event, I try to place a gift under their Christmas tree more often.
Lastly, If above doesn’t work... just try to pay it forward to consortium
This is a great post April - you sound like an excellent friend and my kind of player! :)
i’m pretty new to MC and only have 2 friends so far, so i’ll try to send you an invite just in case you have room for 1 more. :)
My player name is Lady Indigo i2741654 and i’m lvl 12 currently (working hard to get to 13 so that I can finally start opening rooms - really hoping to make it to the anniversary room before it’s gone!).
Thanks and have fun stormin’ the castle! ;)
LadyIndigo, it sounds like you have the right attitude about this wonderful little world we have created here. I have sent you an invitation.
I’m a member of the Consortium, so that means it’s my life mission to help players get the Event pets they’ve missed. Please read the Pet Tells thread to help you decide which pets to work on getting 1st. Or just ask us! You’ll find we’re very full of opinions & happy to share them.
Emily, April is one of the best. Gifts more and gets less in return than anyone I know! I will send you invites to my CindyK and WitchyWoman games. As you get farther along, I can send you some items to sell for more coins and some pets eggs to get pets quicker. I will send you a pm later for a couple of hints where I can help you.
Thank you all for your excellent feedback and advice.
Like you LvlSlgr, I seem to have got into the habit of gifting back in order received, and missing a core group of friends.
Going forward I have decided I will put my lowest airship item, and 3 lowest HOS items on my list, so hopefully this will help friends that want to gift - but as previously stated this is purely optional. (My list will still only be up every second week at the moment).
For my gifting, I will gift everyone that has a list up in alphabetical order and try not to stress if I receive something and can’t gift back straight away (everyone will get something eventually).
Hope this works for you all, and as Lady Pirate said, the most important thing is to have fun!