Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Christmas Gifts from the Cosmopolitan Event (and Advent Gifts for December 17th)

Another December event which offers lots of gifts for freebie fashionistas is the current round of the biweekly Cosmopolitan shopping event, which runs from the 16th to the 28th of December. It’s only two weeks long, shorter than other events, so be sure not to miss it!

Just inside the entrance to the event is a huge Christmas tree, with stockings you click on to receive the presents. (You do have to join the Cosmopolitan group for free to pick up these gifts.)

Participating vendors are adding stockings to the tree every day between now and Christmas, so I would advise dropping by on Christmas Day and picking up everything at once.

If you insist on visiting every day, the layout of the stockings around the tree can be somewhat confusing compared to traditional Advent calendars, and you might land up collecting the same gifts multiple times. You might want to use this tip provided by SL blogger Chic Aeon: once you have clicked on a stocking and received its gift, right click on it, Select More from the pie menu, select More again, then select Derender, then Blacklist. You will no longer be able to see that stocking on return visits! (These are the instructions for the Firestorm viewer; I do not know what the equivalent is for the standard Second Life viewer.) This is a genius tip! Thanks, Chic!

Cat Pink SL has already posted a YouTube video with a look at a few of the early gifts from the Cosmopolitan Christmas tree, so I am not going to bother posting pictures of the presents here:


Today Vanity Fair is wearing two Advent calendar gifts for Dec. 17th:

  • The lovely Nola dress which comes with a separate black bolero jacket, from Virtue. The calendar requires you to join the Virtue group, which is free to join.
  • The Osaka shoes in riverside blue from Essenz. The shoes comes with a HUD to change the colour of the sole (4 colours), the metals (4 textures), and the flowers (26 colour options!). The calendar requires that you join the Essenz group for L$350, but I believe there is an option for non-group members to purchase each day’s gift for L$50.

Vanity Fair is also wearing:

Happy freebie hunting!

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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Advent Gifts for December 15th

This is just a reminder to all you SL freebie fashionistas out there that there are some wonderful, not-to-be-passed-up gifts available from the various Advent and 12 Days of Christmas calendars out there on the grid. It’s Christmas time, and we are getting all the gifts!

For example, this hairstyle is today’s free Advent calendar gift from Firelight Hair, which comes with a mini-HUD with three shades of red (the calendar requires that you join the Firelight group for free). The Shallie dress is yesterday’s 12 Days of Christmas gift from the tree at Baby Monkey, located next to the entrance (a L$20 group join lets you pick up the current gift, and all the previous days’ gifts, for free). This stylish dress comes with a six-colour HUD: pink, light green, light blue, beige, red and black.

Here are three more gifts from the Baby Monkey 12 Days of Christmas calendar worn by Vanity Fair, which all come with the same six-colour HUD as the Shallie dress above:

  • the Long Tank (appliers for Maitreya, Belleza, Slink and Omega);
  • the Glossy Leggings (appliers for Maitreya, Belleza, Slink and Omega); and
  • the Shallie jacket.

Another 12 Days of Christmas calendar you should absolutely not overlook this season is at JUMO (here’s the direct SLURL). The JUMO calendar does not require any group join. One nice feature of this calendar is that (like the Baby Monkey calendar) you can pick up all the previous days’ gifts as well as the current one! Here is today’s gift, the purple Cameron low-cut blouse and matching long skirt:

Here is the Dec. 14th gift from JUMO, the stunning, shimmering golden Nice ballgown. Nice, indeed!

And here Vanity wears the Dec. 13th JUMO gift, the red-and-silver velvet Holly gown with a long, translucent cape, perfect for that formal holiday party!

Here’s a pro tip: if you want to save travel time, you can always elect to visit both the Baby Monkey and JUMO calendars on Christmas Day and snap up all the gifts from both calendars at one time, rather than teleporting in and out each day.

Happy freebie shopping! Here’s a complete list of all the calendars I will be hitting this holiday season.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The 12 Days of Christmas Calendar at Baby Monkey

The 12 Days of Christmas calendar starts today at Baby Monkey! Here’s the SLURL to take you directly to the calendar in the store (it’s quite a large store, so you might have to select the saved SLURL from your inventory and use Show on Map, and follow the red arrow).

Every year, Baby Monkey gives away twelve pieces of clothing and footwear to make up a complete colour-coordinated capsule wardrobe. For 2019, each piece of this capsule wardrobe comes in six different colours: pink, light green, light blue, beige, red and black.

Join the Baby Monkey Junkies group for only L$20 and buy each day’s gift for L$1 (your dollar is automatically refunded). If you decide not to join the group, each gift costs L$1, which is not refunded. Pixieplumb Flanagan writes in a notecard sent out to her group members:

The 12 days of Christmas gifts begin on 12th December. I will activate each day as soon as I’m awake – bear in mind I’m in the UK!! Every gift will stay up, and free (pay L$1 and immediate refund with group tag active) until at least the end of the year. Non group members pay L$1 without refund. I’ll be away from 19th to 30th and will NOT be able to get in-world.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Advent Calendar Gifts for December 8th

I hope by now that you have gotten yourselves into some sort of regular rhythm, regularly visiting those stores offering Advent Calendar gifts! Here is a selection of today’s gifts from several stores. All the gifts shown here today are free, and all of them (except for Appliqué Chic) require you to join their store group for free to pick up each day’s gift.

One store that always has lovely gifts for female avatars is Virtue. This rich purple dress is the Advent calendar gift for December 8th:

Here we pair two gifts: the belted wool jacket is the Dec. 8th gift from WellMade’s Advent Calendar, and the leggings are part of the Dec. 8th gift from Appliqué Chic. The WellMade jacket comes with a mini-HUD to change the colour of the jacket and the belt separately to one of three shades: white, black, and red, which makes it an essential winter staple for your wardrobe.

The Dec. 8th Advent calendar gift from Firelight Hair is this lovely long hairstyle in three different shades of red:

And finally we have the Dec. 8th gift from Entice, a daringly low-cut midnight blue silk blouse! Please note a search for Entice under Places lands you in a nearby ravine; please use this SLURL instead to teleport directly to the Advent calendar in-store.

If you are looking for suggestions on where to go hunting for Advent calendars, here is my list of recommended places to go and Advent calendar websites to check. Happy shopping!