Valentine’s Day in Second Life: Free Gifts, Hunts, and One Billion Rising

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Bleah.

This picture perfectly illustrates my mood today, stuck in my apartment due to a combination of bitterly cold Winnipeg winter weather (it’s -25°C/-13°F, or -33°C/-27°F with the wind chill), and a province-wide pandemic lockdown. On a day meant to celebrate lovers and love, I am feeling alone and isolated, cranky and depressed.

So it’s time to for me to escape real life by retreating to Second Life! The following are some random notes from my travels, of free gifts and Valentine’s Day hunts, plus a visit to the One Billion Rising event taking place today. Enjoy!


First, please don’t forget to visit the Second Life Valentine’s Shop and Hop event before they close on February 17th, 2021, and snap up all the fabulous freebies (here’s a blogpost with my picks of the best gifts). One example of the many wonderful free gifts you can pick up is this shimmering, lilac Athena ballgown by Son!a Edge:

Such an outfit demands a place to wear it, so I trotted out an alt wearing this lovely ballgown to Frank’s Jazz club, which was a predictable sea of red for Valentine’s Day (including what appeared to be one man who appeared to be dancing stark naked, but I assume that this was because his clothes failed to load in my Firestorm viewer!)

Anyway, I wasn’t really in the mood for syrupy love songs today, so instead I decided to go hunting for Valentine’s gifts. Baby Monkey’s proprietor, Pixieplumb Flanagan, posted the following heartfelt notice to her store group:

I know it’s not the easiest time right now, but I hope these colourful and funky heart print mules help a smidge. 4 colour options xxxxx

The cost of join the Baby Monkey group is a very reasonable L$20, so this is a bargain! Here’s the SLURL to the location of the group gifts wall at the Baby Monkey store (save the SLURL to your inventory, then right click on it and select Show on Map, then follow the red arrow from the central spawn point).

Also, if you visit Suna Design, and join their store group for free, you can pick up a free L$500 gift card, good for anything in the store!

You can use the L$500 gift card to pick up two different versions of the beautiful materials-enabled Mia ballgown shown here!

The gorgeous Mia ballgown can be yours for free with the L$500 gift card from Suna Design

The Poème womenswear store is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a hunt, with 14 prizes for only L$15 each. The pink hearts are large and fairly easy to find!

Here are three of the hunt prizes: a flirty sweater, leggings, and red combat boots (the sweater and leggings come in two patterns each):

Here, I paired one of the Valentine’s Hunt prizes, the Ruffle Me Up dress, with a L$1 prize in the My Funny Valentine Hunt at Poème (the hunt hint is: “Are these 2 heads looking at me!?”). The cute red-and-pink-with-hearts design umbrella is resizable, and comes with a high-priority Bento hold pose (there’s a second version to rezz as home decor if you wish).


At the Orsy shopping event in Second Life, you can pick up the following men’s and women’s outfits for only one Linden dollar! The package is called L’Amour, by La Perla, and you can find it high up on the wall, halfway up the stairs at the south end of the shopping event (here’s the exact SLURL). The women’s gift is a red bodycon dress with matching reel heels in sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Venus, Isis, and Freya; Slink Physique, and Legacy (note that the jewelry shown is not included).

The men’s gift is a men’s dressy outfit (shirt with bowtie and vest, pants and shoes) in sizes: Belleza Jake, Signature Gianni, Slink, and Legacy.

If you like the look of these, La Perla also has a Love Set, consisting of men’s and women’s outfits, on the SL Marketplace for only L$1.


In addition to Valentine’s Day, February 14th also marks the date of the One Billion Rising event in Second Life, when men and women in Second Life join people across the world to protest violence against women, in a show of unity and strength. The Second Life event features a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry, a stage for dance performances, informational exhibits, and free gifts.

A couple of the art installations at One Billion Rising
The main performance stage at One Billion Rising

You can pick up free T-shirts for both men and women at the four landing spots for the One Billion Rising event in Second Life:

For more information about One Billion Rising in Second Life, and a schedule of events at their main stage, please visit their website.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Poet’s Heart Hunt and Group Gifts

If you like gowns, you’ll love a new, free hunt at Poet’s Heart! Between now and January 3rd, 2021, you can hunt for eight green fairies’ hats hidden in the store for some lovely prizes of gowns and accessories!

Just click the board near the entrance for a list of clues, and be aware that some of these hats are well hidden! Here are three of the generous hunt prizes, all free (you do not need to join any group to partake in this hunt).

First up is the Prima Donna gown, which comes with carious attachments for many different looks, and a three-colour HUD to tint various parts of the outfit:

Next up is the tightly corseted Rosaura gown, which comes in two basic colours for the main gown, and four colours each for the corset, its lacing, and its metals:

The last hunt gift I wanted to show you today is the Aurelia gown, which comes with optional sleeves, and in a full fatpack of bright and pastel colours!

While you are at Poet’s Heart, you may want to join their store group for free, and pick up sixteen free group gifts from their gift wall:

Here are a few of these group gift gowns. There’s the smart DeVries jacket with matching skirt, two pieces which could be worn separately:

Here’s the beautiful, romantic Happy Holidays 2017 gown:

And here’s the Happy Holidays 2018 black and white ballgown, which includes a separate black and white fur coat!

Here’s your taxi to Poet’s Heart!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Christmas Outfits from the MIIX Shopping Event!

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If you are looking for some fun Christmas outfits, the December round of the monthly MIIX shopping event has you covered, for free! Every month, MIIX has a free hunt, where you look for an object hidden among all the vendor booths.

This time around, you are looking for well-hidden Christmas stockings! Here’s the hunt key, so you know what you are looking for:

The gifts consist of men’s and women’s apparel and footwear by FurtaCor, unisex resizable hats, and even a couple of pieces of home decor! The men’s outfit consists of a Christmas cardigan and tie (in blue or green) dress pants (in red or black), and a nice pair of black oxford shoes:

Here’s one of the women’s outfits you can assemble from the MIIX hunt prizes, which include the Santa hat with blinking Christmas lights, the red lace choker, and even Rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer earrings!

Here’s a second look in green, complete with a knitted elf hat!

If you need a little help finding the stockings at the MIIX hunt, you might want to refer to my Top Six Tips for Successful Hunts in Second Life. Even if you are an experienced hunter, you still might learn a handy trick or two!


All pictures taken at the Winter Ice Christmas Fest sim.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Phantom of the Opera Hunt

The Phantom of the Opera shopping event starts today (November 14th, 2020 at noon Second Life/Pacific Time) and runs until December 7th, 2020. As part of the event, there is a Phantom of the Opera Hunt, where you are searching for red, long-stemmed roses in participating stores. The hunt is free and, as you might expect, most of the wonderful prizes are strongly evocative of the smash Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. There’s just no way that I could not start doing this hunt immediately! The theme song alone just sends shivers up my spine (see video at the bottom of this blogpost).

The Phantom of the Opera Hunt (source)

Second Life – FREE is a little-known-about Russian-language group on Vkontakte, the Russian version of Facebook, which often lists items I don’t see on other Second Life freebie blogs. They have helpfully compiled pictures of the hunt items. There’s also a website with hunt hints, which states:

The hunt starts at the entrance to Enchantment. Simply click the hunt prim example by the Phantom of the Opera Hunt sign to receive your landmark to your first destination. You’ll be looking for a Rose in each of the stores you visit! The landmark to the next location will be located in the folder along with your prize. Hints can be found at each store by clicking the example on the hunt sign, alternatively you can use this page for hints.

Here’s your taxi to the shopping event, which is run by Enchantment (there are no hunt items hidden there).

The entrance to the Phantom of the Opera shopping event
Vanity Fair (and her new pet chihuahua, Goliath) at the POTO shopping event (the outfit is Beatrice, from Belle Epoque, which you can get for 50% off at their 5th anniversary sale)

Near the spawn point are two alcoves where you can view the entries of a photo contest (and really, what better place to recreate the surreal world of the Phantom of the Opera than in Second Life?). I want the gowns used in some of these photos!

The POTO photo (see what I did there? 😉 ) contest

Here Vanity Fair models a number of the hunt prizes. She is wearing six of them in this picture:

  • Rose Hair Accessory: by Butanik83 (comes with a HUD with ten colour options)
  • Mask: Gold Bird carnival mask by ANTAYA (resizable)
  • Dress: Operetta dress by Fugue (comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara, Belleza Freya, and Slink Hourglass mesh bodies)
  • Lace Gloves: by MOoh! (come in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Belleza Venus, Isis, and Freya; Slink Physique and Hourglass; and Meshbody Legacy mesh bodies)
  • Fingernails: Music of the Night coffin nails by Witchcraft (comes in sizes to fit Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, Legacy, Tonic and Signature Alice hands; includes a HUD as pictured below)
  • Candleholder with red candle and Bento pose: by Laminak

Here’s a closeup of the Music of the Night nails, plus the HUD to change their texture to any of six options:

And here Vanity models three more hunt gifts:

  • Mask: the Phantom Mask by Harshlands (resizable; comes in two colours, white or black, each in bloody or clean versions)
  • Floral Earrings: Barbara earrings by Chocolate Atlier (comes with a HUD with six different colours)
  • Candelabra with hold animation: by NG Designs

Happy freebie hunting! The hunt is a bit challenging, so here’s my list of top six tips for Second Life hunts to help you.