UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Selection of Valentine’s Day Gifts and Hunt Prizes for You!

Here’s a rundown of free gifts and inexpensive hunt prizes for Valentine’s Day, from a number of different locations in Second Life.

Shanti is holding a Valentine’s Day Hunt, where you are looking for the “XO” hugs and kisses symbol hidden somewhere in the store or in the grounds outside. The prizes only cost 2 Linden dollars each! Gift #10 is this lovely strappy dress, and the long-sleeved pink cardigan is gift #8. Total cost for this cute outfit is only L$4!

(The heart earrings are a free gift from Beloved Jewelry at the 2022 Valentine Shop and Hop, which ends Feb. 15th! They come with a HUD with 16 different metal textures and 56 different gemstones, to match literally any outfit! Get the SLURL and see pictures of more Valentine Shop and Hop gifts here.)

Below is the Shanti hunt legend, which unfortunately doesn’t tell you which number is which gift! However, this Low Price Fashion in Second Life blogpost does link the hunt prizes with their gift numbers, which should help you out a little bit. Happy hunting!

NILSY is a store which offers a free gift each week, and this week, the gift is this red party dress, which comes in a variety of sizes to fit most brands of mesh bodies. No group is needed, just teleport to the store and slap this sign! It’s worth popping into NILSY every week to see what their weekly free gift is.

(UPDATE Feb. 12th, 2022: Apparently Saturday is the day that NILSY switches its weekly free gift; I’ve been told that there is a different red dress you can pick up as of today! Below is a picture of the new gift, a strapless ballgown.)

Maai is another Second Life store which offers a variety of free gifts (the Maai group is free to join). The store usually has a new free group gift every month, plus a number of gifts for the various freebie groups, like Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News. Their Valentine’s Day present is this beautiful red ballgown with beaded straps, which comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; INITHIUM Kupra; and eBody Reborn.

If you’re looking for a purse to go with this gown, Mon Cheri has among its selection of free gifts the Roxxy Clutch, a fatpack with three different Bento hand poses! You don’t need to join a group, just come to the Mon Cheri store, look for the gift wall to the right of the front counter, and buy them for L$0 each.

Here’s what the three static Bento hand poses for the Roxxy clutch look like (there’s also a version without a pose); these are high-priority poses which should work with most animation overrides. The fatpack HUD offers 20 colours for the clutch, 20 different decorative gemstones, and 12 metal textures, to match any outfit. It’s the perfect purse for any occasion! Here, my avatar is wearing it with the free gown from Maai I mentioned earlier:

Finally, Palomma Casanova’s long-running Second Life freebie store, The Free Dove, has a table groaning with Valentine’s Day gifts for you! You will have to join the Free Dove group (for free, of course!) to pick up these presents.

Time for a fashion show of five of these Valentine’s Day gifts from The Free Dove! First up we have this complete casual outfit from YDEA, which consists of the red patterned tied top, blue jeans, and high-heeled sneakers:

The present from Pandamomo is this grey knit minidress with a playful cutout!

The Alloma dress fatpack, the Free Dove Valentine’s Day gift from Le’La, comes with a HUD with 15 different textures as shown below:

From VIPs Creations comes this classy Louisa Golden Flowers outfit, consisting of a dress (which comes in two versions, with or without the gold trim), plus a pair of golden high-heeled sandals:

And NILSY has a Free Dove gift for you, too! It’s this strapless red beaded ballgown with the daring side slit (paired again with the Beloved Jewelry heart earrings and the Roxxy clutch from Mon Cheri which I mentioned above):

There are many other Valentine’s Day gifts at The Free Dove, so be sure to pay them a visit if you are looking to find some fabulous freebies!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Scandalize And Melody Valentine’s Hunts

Scandalize and its sister stores on the same sim often hold hunts throughout the year. Valentine’s Day is no exception! So, fom February 3rd to 14th, 2022, both Scandalize and Melody are holding a Valentine’s “Hunt”. (You’ll see why I put “hunt” in quotes in a minute.)

Each hunt prize costs only L$15, which is a significant saving over the regular price! Most of the prizes are women’s clothing items in either pink or red, in keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme of the hunt. Here’s the object you are looking for, a stuffed heart cushion (a fatpack of which is also for sale in the Scandalize store if you want to buy it to decorate your virtual home in Second Life):

The reason I put the word “hunt” in quotes above, is because neither store really put much effort into hiding the hearts, leaving them lying out in plain sight on the floors (and, in the case of Melody, some hearts were put out on the roof of the store in plain sight):

No effort was made to hide anything, so to me, it’s not really a “hunt”, which is great if you hate hunting like I do (if you do have to do a harder hunt, where they actually do hide the prizes, you might be interested in my top six tips for successful Second Life hunts).

Whoever was in charge of placing the hearts around the Scandalize store looks like they got fed up, and gave up, dumping a bunch of “hunt” hearts right in the middle of one of the aisles of the store, like they couldn’t even be bothered any more!

I found a couple of hunt prizes in Scandalize which were not on their hunt legend, but almost all of the hunt prizes were posted there, so check the legend before you buy.

Also, I discovered that heart containing the Serina minidress on the Melody hunt was, in fact, a complete fatpack, instead of the red and pink versions advertised on the sign next to the store! You get a choice of thirty colours and textures.

Despite the Melody hunt legend, this Serina minidress hunt prize comes in a complete fatpack of 30 colours, not just red and pink! For L$15 this is a bargain indeed! (P.S. Check the roof of the Melody store)

Also, you should know that the three footwear prizes in the upper right-hand corner of the Scandalize hunt sign are fatpacks, and not just single colours! One of these three hunt prizes, the Darliane hiking boot, is a repeat from a previous Scandalize hunt, and I have discovered that it works just as well for male avatars as for female avatars, since you can simply alpha out your male avatar’s feet (more information here). L$15 for an insanely customizable fatpack of hiking boots is one hell of good deal, so you might want to trot your avatar down to Scandalize just to look for the Darliane boots for your avatar, regardless of their gender!

However, you should be aware that there are duplicates of many of the hunt prizes scattered about the stores, so always check the hunt legends (posted up top) before you buy, as well as your recent inventory, to make sure that you are not buying the same item twice! I don’t mind this when it’s a free hunt, but when it’s a hunt where you have to pay for the items you find, I think it’s sloppy, in my opinion. For example, I came across at least two duplicates of the Darliane boots prize. Always check before you hit that Buy button!

Here are some of the hunt prizes I found in the Scandalize store:

Kyndra tied top and T-shirt with Alisha pants (plain or cheetah pattern; the T-shirt comes with a HUD to change the logo)
Angelic Dress in pale pink
Zarihas top (with optional sleeves) and Abnersy jeans
Melange top, Susyla skirt, and Kleine shoes with socks (the Kleine shoes come in a complete fatpack of colours for both the shoes and the socks)
Cabbih top and puffed jacket with Sanara skirt
Marhia top and Cabbih leggings
The glorious Pardise coat
Elrisa laced top and Yaritza jeans
Angelic bikini
Pardise lingerie set: bra, pantie and garter

Happy hunting! Remember this “hunt” ends on Valentine’s Day, so while you might want to wait a few days until the Scandalize and Melody stores are less busy, don’t wait too long!

UPDATE Feb. 5th, 2022: I just wanted to report that, if you try to teleport into the Scandalize or Melody stores, you might be mistakenly redirected to the Vanity shopping event, which is in a huge skybox high above the sim where the stores are. If that should happen to you, wait a few hours and then try to get in later. This is, unfortunately, a problem which has happened before, and eventually, whoever runs the sim will hear about it from cranky shoppers, and it will be fixed.

In the meantime, here’s a cute picture to entertain you:

cute puppy wearing a party hat
Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

UPDATED: Playing Squid Game in Second Life (And How to Pick Up FREE Squid Game Outfits!)

It was perhaps inevitable that the hit Korean TV series Squid Game would inspire somebody to recreate the deadly games in Second Life as a form of roleplay. Teleport into the Squid Game world, and click on the large black cube at the entrance to receive a set of instructions on a notecard, and a special HUD to wear. The notecard by the creator reads in part:

Welcome to the SL Squid Games!

We started work on this on the 6th October 2021 and already we have had so much interest! Thanks to everyone for coming and checking us out and for all the very kind donations we’ve received so far already!

This all came about when I watched the whole Squid Game series and it just looked like so much fun to play! It was the talk of the town! Seemed as though no one had done an SL version yet, and I love building and scripting, so I got started. Within a day or 2 we already had many visitors showing up…All of the games except the tug of war (marketplace bought) were coded by myself.

Here’s a look at two of the game worlds. As you can see, they look very similar to the television series!

Near the entrance there are, of course, vendors from various stores selling Squid Game-themed outfits for roleplay purposes (never miss an opportunity to earn some coin, people!):


Even better, whether or not you choose to run the gauntlet of deadly childhood games, you can pick up some FREE Squid Game player and guard outfits at the current round of the MIIX monthly shopping event! The MIIX event always features a themed hunt of some kind, and this time around, the theme is Squid Game. So what are you waiting for? Here’s your taxi! (Plus some tips and tricks to help you with your hunt, learned through trial, tribulation, and experience.)

Below is the hunt key; you are looking for Squid Game cards with the circle, square, and triangle symbols printed on them, which can be hidden anywhere in and around the vendor booths or elsewhere in the space. As you can see, there are hunt prizes for both men and women, plus dolls and other accessories (the green player tracksuits come in both clean and dirty versions):

This is what the clean version of the green player’s tracksuit looks like (prizes 2 and 10):

And here is what the red guard outfit looks like (prizes 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7; the rifle comes with the Bento pose shown, and the mask comes in three versions: circle, square and triangle).

Note that the MIIX hunt ends November 20th, 2021, so don’t delay!

Note also that there are also regularly scheduled tournaments in the Second Life version of Squid Game (please teleport to the sim to get more information, and to join the group). Have fun!

P.S. If you haven’t watched Squid Game on Netflix yet, apparently it quickly became Netflix’s most watched show after it premiered in September! Here’s the trailer:

I must confess that I started, but haven’t yet finished, the series; it’s a bit too gory for my personal tastes. But it’s very well done, and if you’re into that sort of thing, it might be just up your alley!

UPDATE Nov. 16th, 2021: I wanted to add a few pictures showing you the men’s hunt prizes from the MIIX event. This is what the clean version of the green player’s tracksuit looks like (prizes 1 and 11):

Prizes 13, 14, and 15 are components of In-Ho (The Front Man) character’s black outfit: black pants, a plain black T-shirt, and a black hoodie worn over top (all of which you are men’s wardrobe staples which you can easily repurpose to use outside of Squid Game roleplay!), plus The Front Man’s black mask. Please click on each image in the gallery below to view it in a larger size. (Note that there were no black shoes included as prizes in the MIIX hunt, but you probably already have black shoes in your inventory!)

Remember that this hunt ends November 20th, so you only have four days to pick up these items for your male avatar. Happy freebie hunting!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free and L$1 Fall and Winter Womenswear from Monomania and the Fallen Leaves and Frost Hunt!

We’re expecting our first snowfall up here in Winnipeg today, so I decided to call upon Vanity Fair to model some seasonal freebies and dollarbies for you!

First up is a L$1 autumn/winter outfit fatpack from Monomania. Just teleport to the in-world store (exact SLURL) and pay the vendor panel shown below a single Linden dollar, and it’s yours!

There are four separate pieces—puffer jacket, top, pants, and shoes—with a HUD to change any of them to one of six different colours (black, white, grey, red, blue, or purple):

This puffer jacket outfit comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; Slink Hourglass and Physique; Meshbody Legacy; and Tonic Curvy and Fine mesh bodies. It’s a seasonal staple that should be in everybody’s wardrobe, and you can mix and match the individual pieces in this outfit with other items in your inventory, all for only one Linden dollar!

Now I am going to share with you some FREE hunt prizes from the Fabulously Free in SL group’s Fallen Leaves and Frost Hunt, on now until November 30th, 2021. You are looking for a brightly-coloured rainbow hidden somewhere around the participating stores.

From MoOH! comes this wonderful oversize scarf and earmuffs set, which comes with two HUDs to change the colour and texture of both in many different ways, to match whatever else you’re wearing! The scarf comes in five standard sizes. (Hunt hint: A mouse can fit in this chair.)

Below, Vanity Fair models two hunt gifts worn together: the Everlie autumn dress (the hunt prize from Roped Passions), paired with the brown leather Darcy boots (one of three free hunt prizes from Mosquito’s Way). The knit dress comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; Slink Hourglass and Physique; and Tonic Curvy and Fine mesh bodies, plus 3 standard sizes (S, M, and L). The boots fit Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza mesh feet. Check out the wonderful buckle and strap detail on those boots, emblematic of the high quality of all of Mosquito’s Way women’s footwear!

You’re all set for autumn in this outfit! There’s also a second hunt prize, a matching sweater for male avatars, at the Roped Passions store; the hunt hint for both is: Throw a coin, and make a wish. (The hunt hint for the Darcy boots is: Coffee for me!)

So, as you can see, you can pull together a fabulous, fashionable fall or winter look from head to toe, without breaking the bank! Happy freebie shopping and hunting!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash