Christmas Gifts On A Budget

Make, buy or barter your way to a thrifty holiday season.

Homemade coupons

Give the gift of your time with some creative coupons that your friend or relative can “cash in” later. For kids to give to parents or grandparents:
One car wash, One hour of weeding in the garden, One afternoon organizing old photographs
For parents to give to kids:
One afternoon at the beach, One trip to the museum, One hour of board games
For adults to give to each other:
One backrub, One homemade dinner of your choice, One game of tennis
Cheap, Cool T-shirts
New printing technology and innovative T-shirt retailers combine to provide inexpensive, individualized tees for every niche imaginable.

Use kids’ artwork

Grandparents, uncles and aunts can’t get enough of charming gifts from children’s artwork. FamilyFun magazine has a wonderful selection of ideas. Creating a personalized notepad featuring a child’s drawing on every page is an easy and inexpensive gift that brings pleasure to the recipient throughout the year.

Scour thrift stores for books and small toys

Get gently used books for pennies on the dollar at thrift stores, garage sales and public libraries. Nothing beats watching the look of delight on a child’s face as they open a box teeming with new stories for her to read.

Likewise, stuff a container with knick knacks and small toys gathered throughout the year and wrap it in a festive paper. Don’t be surprised if the cheap plastic playthings gets more attention than the new Xbox.

Buy ornaments in January for next year’s gifts

Christmas ornaments are the perfect gifts for your PTA buddies or kids’ teachers. Wait until after the holidays and find them at least half off their original price. Don’t forget where you stashed them when next Christmas comes around!

Make sane sale purchases
Try to resist buying an item to give in the future just because it’s on sale. You may never find the perfect mate for that Spongebob tie.

Inexpensive art

The Internet offers great suppliers of affordable wall art for the new homeowner or college student.

Christmas Gifts From The Heart

It’s that time of year when most of us are racking our brains trying to think of ideas for Christmas presents. It’s just too easy to buy something quick and be done with it, but it will be remembered as just that. Truly memorable gifts that last for months or years are ones that come from the heart. And, for those people who truly matter in your life, isn’t that what you want, to be thought of fondly and to bring a smile to their face?

Here are several examples of heartfelt gifts:

For the elderly: The elderly would rather receive something that they could use, a handmade afghan or warm blanket, or perhaps some warm bedclothes, robe, or socks. Of course, a photo album with updated pictures of the family is always welcomed.

For women:

They always say that “a diamond is a woman’s best friend”. Jewelry is always a good bet with women. Forget the iron or skillet, the ramifications won’t be pretty. Think about the interests or hobbies that the individual is involved with. Is this perhaps a single parent? The gift of time may be just what she would treasure if she can take some time for herself away from her children or obligations.

For men:

When asked what they remembered and treasured most about previous Christmas gifts, it was the gifts such as their first gun as a youth, or a bicycle that they rode for years. What connection is there between you and the man to be gifted that is unique to only the two of you. Siblings can recreate a favorable memorable time from their childhood with memorabilia, or find objects that remind them of family traditions.

For children:

The list to Santa will most likely be the latest plastic toys from China. Some of those have value in relating to their friends. It’s also time to begin to build childhood memories that last a lifetime. A handmade baby blanket or quilt with their name embroidered on it, or perhaps a personalized picture book with the child as the main character will be forever cherished. Older children remember bicycles, trains, and musical instruments as well.

For teenagers:

Technological gifts usually head their Christmas list with the ultimate gift of independence with their first car. That may be too steep for most budgets; instead, give the gift of teaching them how to drive safely and responsibly. Of course, only if you have the ability to do so in a calm manner!

Christmas time is all about feeling. Finding the right gift that lasts for a long time in the hearts of others is about your connection to them.

Christmas Gifts For The Person Who Has Everything

Buying for that special someone who has everything is a very challenging task but it can be done! Add in a little creativity and you’ve got a special gift.

In today’s market, there isn’t anything you can’t buy. Be a little creative and keep in mind that person’s interests and you can give a great gift this holiday season.

Gifts for men

Sports related items are the first to come to mind with most men. Be a little imaginative when purchasing that sports item. In many stores you can find mini gift card stockings with his team logos on them. Instead of a gift card, purchase lottery tickets to stuff inside. For the fisherman buy an inexpensive tackle box and fill it full of candies and nuts. If he’s a hunter, a camo hat or insulated lunch box can be filled with little sausages and jerky to make sure he never gets hungry out in the woods. A golfer will always enjoy his favorite sports team on balls, tees, and covers for his golf clubs.

Don’t forget with almost any hobby or interest he almost always keeps that hand towel handy. So get some inexpensive towels and a small amount of fabric with his favorite team or other interest imprinted on it and add a border or top off the towels with a simple stitch to add a nice addition to a bland towel. Every guy loves to eat and grill out. Make a gift basket out of tongs, oven gloves, barbacue sauce, etc, in nice coordinating colors.

Gifts for women

Women are so much easier than men. There are so many perfumes, body lotion kits, scarves, slipper socks, and inexpensive jewelry out there. You can almost walk into any store and find something fairly quickly. You can hardly go wrong with any kitchen item. Most people who have it all also have old things that need replacing.

If you want to get a little more creative get them a scrapbook album and fill it with pages full of pictures you have of their family or friends. Handmade ornaments can be easy to make and become a very treasured gift that they will remember every holiday. A gift that keeps giving is a subscription to one of their favorite magazines. For a bingo player, buy a bag or basket and fill it with bingo daubers. Most gals love baskets so fill them with bath things, candies, wine, flower seed packets, or any assortment of their favorite things. Anything you can find that showcases their family will definitely be a winner, as a woman’s life is centered around that family.

Presents for kids

Children are easy, teens a little harder but they are the most fun to shop for during the holiday season. Hitting the thrift store early in the season is a great idea for kids who have everything. A small jewelry box with plenty of inexpensive jewelry will definitely be a hit for any tiny princess. For a little girl find a cute purse and fill it with small toys or different types of candy. For a little boy, do the same with a small toolbox. Matchbox cars put into an appealing container makes a “can’t go wrong” gift for any boy.

Every child likes to get tons of toys for the holidays. Interesting and funny books may not be the favorite now but they will come to appreciate them later. Add in a stuffed animal or doll and it’s a winner. Teenagers love to shop, so let them. Buy gift cards from their favorite stores and slip them into nice little fingernail kits or a packet of baseball cards. It’s a win-win for the teen in your life.

If you keep your eyes open and be a little creative you will find there are plenty of things out there that the hard to buy for person doesn’t have and will enjoy.

How To Avoid Winter Weight Gain

We all dread winter. Especially, when we live in an area where the winters are bitter cold with ice and snow.

Today is one of those days in Michigan, when it drizzles constantly, the sky is cloudy, and it feels cold all over. I would just love to sit in my computer and do nothing else but write, drink hot tea and snack on some cheese and crackers. If I do that all winter long, I am going to regret it when next spring comes, since I was able to adjust to some good eating habits that I have so successfully kept for the past 8 months

So what are we supposed to do in the winter months and avoid weight gain? There are quite a few options. Joining the gym is one. But not all of us have the luxury of joining a gym. Working out at home is another option. Preparing good healthy meals and drinks also helps in maintaining a steady weight and not gaining it in the winter months.

There are quite a few tapes and cd’s in the market that will help keep you motivated to stay active. Sometimes we get bored of the same routine over and over again, but once you start exercising you feel much better.

Exercise gives more energy, battles depression and increases endorphins in our bodies that we lack in the winter months due to no sun. Walking in the winter months is also a good exercise. Even if it is bitterly cold outside, the cold weather boosts up your metabolism and helps keep your weight in control. It’s not so bad to go for a walk when it’s sunny after a snowfall. Just make sure you dress very warm.

Let’s not forget the holidays. Along with winter we have Thanksgiving and Christmas and the abundance of parties, food and drinks. How can you avoid gaining weight when the holiday season is so short and packed with so many parties; and yet on the other hand you want to enjoy it?

When invited to a party, it’s best to eat something before arriving. A small snack or even a small meal will help stave off hunger for a while, so you won’t binge on the snacks. While at the party, stay away from snacks loaded with calories. It’s best to eat a few veggies and some cheese and crackers. They are healthy and will fill you up so you won’t feel hungry. As for drinks, the best way is to either drink water, or a glass of wine. Mixed drinks pack up the calories. With all the sugar in them, they will make you hungrier and crave more food.

So you survived the holiday season, but you still have a couple of winter months before spring arrives. How do you eat healthy when there is not an abundance of fresh vegetables? It’s easy to prepare meals that are warm and healthy.

Frozen vegetables keep their vitamins more so than canned. A heated bag of frozen veggies, along with some roasted chicken, or fish and you have a warm meal to keep you satisfied. Another good option is legumes, like white beans and lentils. There are recipes that you can make with these that will keep you warm and satisfied.

The most important thing to keeping the weight off during the winter months is being active. No matter how many vegetables, or how many times you watch what you eat, if you are not active, you will gain the weight. So stay fit, and stay healthy.

Christmas Gift Ideas For Mom

Mom will like anything you give her, but here are some Christmas gift ideas that will make your favorite woman happy.

Unless your mom is a gourmet chef, I would steer clear of the pots and pans department. I think that moms really like any kind of jewelry, clothing, or anything made by their children or grandchildren. I would also discourage you from buying vacuum cleaners even if they are robotic. Give that to your dad, instead. Here are other Christmas gift ideas.

Jewelry – Easy Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom

Any kind of pearl jewelry is good. I don’t know about your family, but I think that some of those jewelry items with fake birthstones are a bit tacky…though if you look for something simple, it might be nice. Do ask yourself if Grace Kelly would wear it…and if you don’t know who that is, and why would you…just remember that simpler is better, when you are buying something of this caliber.

Pearls for Mom Bracelet: This says “mom” on it, but the writing is tiny, so it’s not gaudy. I like this and I would wear this. Well, remember that your mother will wear anything you buy for her, or make for her, because it’s from you.

Beaded Edge Mother’s Hand Stamped Necklace: This is also cool because it’s funky and hand stamped. I like it as shown without Swarovski crystals, which don’t really look good with silver or pewter. If everyone is pitching in for the $45.00 and you can’t fit all of the names, you could use nicknames or initials. This is cute and can be worn daily.

Sterling Silver Family Heart Locket: Most of the time, I think that jewelry without names or words is the most classic and, therefore, preferable to jewelry with verbage. However, if you want to give your mom anything that says, “Mom we love you,” you will make her tear up with happiness, and I will give you my blessing. This is a nice locket for all of the things that your mother has done, or tried to do, for you.

Travel Accessories

If your mom is a traveler, you can find quite a few inexpensive things that she will love.

Rick Steves Books: No matter how many times you’ve been to Europe, you will learn something new from the Rick Steves’ guidebooks. I don’t know how people do Europe without them. He gives so many tips that are exactly what you need to know. And, if your mom has never been to Europe, you should save up and send her someday.

Danielle Cosmetic Bags: These are becoming harder to find but if you google around for Danielle Makeup Case White, you may find it. They are well-made of a nice see-through mesh. You know it’s the right thing if it has a little airplane pull on the zipper. Get it in any shape or size that you can find because these unassuming little bags are exactly right in all of the sizes. I’ve used them for years and they last forever.

The Danielle makeup bags that I’m talking about are cheap, so you might want to toss a little blusher from the drugstore into it. And, if you can’t find the travel cases with the little airplanes, any kind of makeup case is always helpful for mom to have. Even if she isn’t traveling much in this economy, she can always use it to stash her stuff in the car.

New Mom

Ed Hardy Diaper Bag: If mom has little ones, you can get her a groovin’ Ed Hardy Bag. For a less expensive alternative, try Sourpuss or Jaminga. Look around online because there are rocking cool diaper bags everywhere.

I really have to assure you that you needn’t stress over a present for your mom. Mothers are usually so overlooked that they are thrilled to receive anything.

Christmas Gift Ideas For Dad – Dad Gifts Under 20 Dollars

It`s time to choose a gift for Dad, but money may be tight this year. That new set of Callaway golf clubs may have to wait until your financial situation clears up. In the meantime, below are some great gift ideas for those who want to spoil their dad, but stay on a budget.

Custom Gift Cards for Dad

Let’s face it. Dads love to shop for “guy things.” They love electronics, gadgets, sports, games for the Wii, games for the Xbox, video games, etc. So why not contribute to your dad’s potential purchase? Many times dads won’t buy a game or electronic gadget for themselves because it’s a bit too expensive. However, if you purchase a $20 custom gift card at your dad’s favorite store, this can go a long way. For example, a Wii game costs anywhere from $30-$35. A $20 gift card will cover most of the purchase.

A gift card is a great excuse for your dad to spoil himself. Remember to be thoughtful and to choose a place your dad will definitely shop. Some ideas include the local golf shop, Best Buy, PC Richards, Radio Shack, the local electronic store, Brookstone, etc.

DVD Movies for Cheap, Choose Your Dad’s Favorites

A gift that we often forget about is the DVD. It’s a great, generic gift for men, and especially for dads because you know your father well. Ordering DVDs online is a great way to save money. With a $20 budget, you can order one, newer DVD he’ll love, or two older movies. Be sure to take shipping costs and tax into account.

Some favorite movies loved by men include Pulp Fiction, No Country for Old Men, Top Gun, The Hunt for Red October, A Few Good Men, Caddyshack, Das Boot, Star Wars, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Animal House, Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, Patton, Blazing Saddles, etc.

You can also buy great television series on DVD and get him interested in quality shows. Some favorite television shows loved by men include Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, CSI series, Mad Men, The Sopranos, Cheers, Taxi, Dexter, Rescue Me, Entourage, and so on. You can either introduce your dad to a new show that you know he’ll enjoy or remind him of his favorite old shows.

If you really know his interests well, buy specifically for them. Don’t stray from what he loves. It’s the thought that counts.

When Christmas shopping this year, use these Christmas gift ideas for dad to buy a personal, yet memorable gift. Keep to his interests and spoil him with thoughtfulness.

How To Avoid The Winter Blues

As we’re approaching the shortest day of the year many of us are fighting depression because of lack of sunlight. Symptoms may include anything from feeling gloomy to full-blown depression. Most SAD sufferers lose interest in regular social activities they enjoyed when there were more daylight hours. However, you don’t have to give in to the “winter time blues”, or what’s called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Here are some helpful tips to prevent SAD from stealing your joy.

Exercise—Tip #1 for Preventing or Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

1. Get off the couch and move! That's the first step you should take when you feel yourself getting down during the winter cold and darkness. If it's too cold to walk outside, just walk in your house for 30 minutes. Set a timer, turn on your favorite TV show or radio program to keep your mind occupied and walk until the timer goes off.

2. Use a treadmill. If you don't already own one, they're really not that costly. In fact you're sure to find one on special at either an early-morning pre-Christmas or after Christmas sales. Or, If you do have a treadmill or exercise bike, dust it off and start moving. No only will you burn calories, but your endorphins will kick in, improving your mood. Also, why not walk at a local indoor mall where you can see others walking, as well as find a walking buddy or join an existing group that walks regularly at the mall.

3. Join a gym. Look for fitness centers that offer discounts if you think it's not in your budget. Surprisingly, many athletic and fitness centers regularly offer specials, as well as discounts for bringing in new members.

Use Light Therapy—Tip #2 for Preventing or Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Using light therapy to treat SAD is a highly effective. First, try sitting near a sunny window or if you have a sunroom, spend most of your time in there. I remember how just sitting in our Connecticut sunroom used to cheer me up when we first moved from Florida to New England. Even on a frigid, snowy day, all I had to do was spend time in the sunroom and my spirits were lifted.

However, if you have a bad case of SAD, you may need to take further steps as in many cases, ordinary light bulbs are not strong enough to work. However, there are varieties of commercial lightboxes you can buy that are effectual. Sit about two to three feet from a specially designed lightbox for about 30 minutes to an hour each day. After about three or four days, you should see results. You don’t’ have to just sit, but can carry on with daily activities such as reading, needlework, and other hobbies and chores (just so you’re close enough to the lightbox.)

Cut Back on Carbs—Tip #3 for Preventing or Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you’re struggling with SAD, chances are you’re both craving and eating more carbohydrates. Unfortunately, this only leads to more problems, as you become tired and grow even more depressed because of a winter weight gain. But by disciplining yourself to eat more protein and less carbs (include only the good ones such as fresh fruits, whole grains, whole wheat breads), you’ll feel better, both physically and emotionally. A good idea is to clear your house of bad carbs (You know the ones—cookies, cakes, sugars, chips, white flour products, etc.) Winter is an excellent time to join a weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers, where you’ll not only learn how to eat healthier, but get moral support for your goal of losing weight.

Decide to Enjoy Winter—Tip #4 for Preventing or Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Finally, think of ways to enjoy winter. Instead of counting the days until spring arrives, think of fun winter activities. Learn to ski, snowboard, or ice skate. Or, just have fun with your kids making a snowman. It just may be that winter could become one of your favorite seasons.

How To Avoid Putting On Winter Weight

Winter time doesn’t have to be a time of weight gain. Find out how to keep those winter pounds from creeping up on you!

For some people, gaining weight during the wintertime seems almost inevitable. Although it may be necessary for some people to provide themselves with a bit of extra insulation during the coldest, darkest months of the year, most people are able to keep themselves warm by bundling up and keeping active.

It might not be as easy to lose weight in the winter due to mobility and weather issues, but there are still several things you can do to keep those extra pounds from creeping up on you.

Keep Your Portions Reasonable

Although it may be tempting to load up on plates and plates of warm comfort food, it’s important not to compromise your weight maintenance goals by over-doing it at the dinner table. Keep a healthy diet and load up on the things that matter: vegetables, fruits, lean meats and vitamin-d rich foods. Keeping your diet healthy and making sure you don’t dish up more than your fair share is a good step toward keeping extra pounds from appearing around your waistline.

Turn Daily Activities into Chances for Exercise

It may be more difficult to get outside and get your day’s worth of exercise when you are experiencing below-zero weather and piles of snow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in some activities that will get your heart beating. If you should the driveway, plug in some headphones and try to shovel to the beat of a fast-paced song. Not only will this make an unpleasant chore more fun, but it will get your heart beating at a higher rate than shoveling at a regular pace.

If you don’t have any chore-like duties, you can still get your daily exercise in with winter sports. Join a cross-country skiing club, or strap on some snow shoes and go for a walk through the park. These activities are a great way to get your muscles moving and see the beauty of a snow-covered nature area.

Join a Gym

If, for some reason, you are unable to get outside for your daily exercise, you may find it beneficial to join a gym or a health club where you can take advantage of exercise machines, weight-training machines and other forms of recreational sports. You may even find a fitness class that interests you that will keep you coming back to the gym on a regular basis.

Sleep Well

One of the most important ways to keep your weight stable is to get your body into a good sleep cycle. Try to get to bed slightly earlier than usual so you can wake up to enjoy more daylight, especially when the days begin to get shorter as the winter progresses. Keeping yourself well-rested will give you the energy you need to make good choices and stay active for a longer period of time.

Christmas Gift Ideas For College Students

While money is probably the most requested gift among college students, some people would prefer to give the college students in their lives an actual present for Christmas and the other holidays. Shopping for a present for a college student can be a difficult feat for some people. However, there are several gifts that many college students would appreciate receiving. These gifts are described below.

Portable Music Player, Music Car Adapter, or Gift Certificate to Download Songs

Regardless of the genre, most students enjoy listening to music. Therefore, a practical holiday gift for a college student is a portable music player. If the student already owns such a device, then an accessory, such as a car adapter, would make a great gift. For a quick present, a person could also give a gift card to download songs, such as an iTunes gift card.

Give the Student Supplies, Clothes, or Gift Cards for Internships and Job Interviews

Many students complete internships during college, and many students apply for jobs after graduation. Therefore, a college student could be given supplies for these activities, such as a portfolio for storing paper, pens, and a resume. Internship and interview clothes could make a great gift, also. However, if the size and clothing preferences of the student are unknown, then a gift certificate to a clothing store is also practical.

Student Appliances, Serving Sets, or Decorations for His or Her Apartment

Since many students are living on their own for the first time, they might be in need of basic apartment items, such as appliances, serving sets, and decorations. For appliances, a student might be in need of certain kitchen appliances, such as a toaster or blender. Also, if the student enjoys hosting parties, then hosting supplies might be great gifts, such as a set of wine glasses or beer mugs.

Additionally, decorative items for a student’s apartment can also be great Christmas gifts. If a student has begun decorating his or her apartment in a particular style, then an item to complement that style would make for a thoughtful present. Also, basic living-space items, such as a wall clock or door mat, could also be great gifts for students.

Give the Student Electronic Equipment, Electronic Accessories, or Computer Software

Electronic equipment, which can range from alarm clocks to gaming systems, can make for a fun and useful gift for college students. A person can tailor the electronic item to meet the needs of the student. For example, if the student is in need of a printer, then a printer would be a practical gift. Also, electronic accessories can be great gifts, such as iPod covers, headphones, and gaming controllers.

Additionally, if the student owns a computer, then or she might need computer software, such as the latest edition of Microsoft Office. Or, the student might need a software program that is tailored to his or her college major. General software programs, such as anti-virus programs, could also be good gifts for students.

Whether it’s computer software or a new toaster, there are several useful and thoughtful gift ideas for college students. The gifts can be tailored to meet the needs of the student, such as work clothes for a student starting an internship or kitchen supplies for a student who recently moved into their first place. And, the gifts can be more general, such as music gift cards or computer accessories.

FFXIV Recruit a Friend Campaign

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Are you curious about how to recruit a friend in FFXIV? I’m sharing all you need to know about the FFXIV recruit a friend campaign in this post!

As of late, I’ve become pretty obsessed with Final Fantasy 14, better known as FFXIV. What can I say? IYKYK!

Naturally, this new found obsession has me wanting to recruit friends to join me in game because it’s more fun with other people! That’s why I’m so excited to have learned about the FFXIV Recruit A Friend campaign.

Basically, the way it works, is you’re given an FFXIV recruit a friend code, and if your friend uses it you get perks, and they do too!

Recruit a Friend FFXIV Rewards – For You (The Recruiter)

At the time of this writing, you get different rewards based on the number of recruits.

  • First recruit rewards are: 5 Gold Chocobo Feathers and the emote “Fist Bump”
  • Rewards for subsequent recruits: 5 additional Gold Chocobo Feathers for each additional friend. This is capped at 5 friends, however meaning you can only get up to 25 additional feathers for newly recruited friends.

These two rewards are considered FFXIV free trial recruit a friend rewards because you as the recruiter can receive them while your new recruits are playing in the 30 day free trial.

Where the real fun comes in is when your newly recruited friends stick around after their free trial ends. When they pay for a subscription, you get more rewards.

  • At 30 days: If your friend stays subscribed for 30 days as a paid subscriber, you get a Friendship Circlet and an Aetheryte Pendulum. The Friendship Circlet gives you an additional 20% EXP if you’re level 25 or lower. The Aetheryte Pendulum allows you to teleport to the Aetheryte that is closest to “New Adventurers” you have on your friend list for free.
  • At 90 days (approx. 3 months): If your friend stays subscribed for 90 days as a paid subscriber, you get a “Draught Chocobo Whistle” that allows you to summon a Draught Chocobo which can hold you and an additional player that is in your party
FFXIV Recruit A Friend Draught Chocobo
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  • At 150 days (approx. 5 months): If your friend stays subscribed for 150 days as a paid subscriber, you get 5 additional Gold Chocobo Feathers
  • At 210 days (approx. 7 months): If your friend stays subscribed for 210 days as a paid subscriber, you get 5 more Gold Chocobo Feathers
  • At 270 days (approx. 9 months): If your friend stays subscribed for 270 days as a paid subscriber, you get your final set of 5 Gold Chocobo Feathers

What’s the Big Deal About FFXIV Gold Chocobo Feathers?

The reason everyone wants these Gold Chocobo Feathers so badly, is they can be traded in for items you can’t get anywhere else in the game. One of the most coveted items is the Twintania Neurolink Key which summons the Twintania mount. It’s bad ass, and why I’m trying to find recruits of my own. If you want to play as the game, please email me at famousashleygrant @ gmail.com (remove the spaces to access my actual email address) and in the subject line write FFXIV Recruit a Friend so that I know why you’re reaching out.

FFXIV Recruit A Friend Twintania Mount
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Other items you can exchange Gold Chocobo Feathers for are:

  • 10 Aetheryte tickets
  • Rare Dyes
  • Amber Draught Chocobo Whistle to summon a Draught Chocobo mount
  • Managarm Horn to summon a Managarm mount

Recruit a Friend FFXIV Rewards – For Your Friends

Your friend will need to purchase a paid 30 day subscriber to get the following rewards:

  • The Friendship Circlet which gives them an additional 20% EXP while they are level 25 or lower
  • 99 free Aetheryte tickets to travel anywhere in the game that is unlocked
  • The fist bump emote, and
  • 10 Silver Chocobo Feathers

How to Recruit a Friend FFXIV

There are two ways to recruit a friend that I have found – and both require you log into your Square Enix Account “Mog Station”. On the Account Services homepage, you will start by clicking the image that says “Recruit a Friend” which will then redirect you to the recruitment page where you’re given the two options. The first is to email your unique recruitment code, and the other is to send it through “Line.” You can only generate a recruitment code once every three hours, and each recruitment code can only be used once. Recruitment codes remain valid for 120 days once generated.

If you have a friend you want to recruit to the game, I would suggest copying your “FFXIV recruit a friend code” that is generated, and pasting and saving it in a safe place because you can not access it again if you leave the page. This actually happened to me when I was trying to generate a friend code. I couldn’t remember what it was, and tried to go back to the page, but received an error message that looks like this:

FFXIV Recruit A Friend Error Message

So, I had to wait three hours before I could generate a new code and invite them later. Three hours is a LONG time when all you want to do is get down to gaming!

Where to Add an FFXIV Recruit a Friend Code

When your friend is signing up, they will enter it in the Mog Station by clicking “Enter Recruitment Code” under the “Your Account Tab” in the “Registration Codes” section. Note, while you can enjoy the free trial without paying, you will not have access to many of the features that paid users have. For example, you won’t be able to use private messaging, shop at the in-game marketboard, hire retainers, join a Free Company, trade with players, and so on.

You might be wondering, with all the restrictions, why should you try the game for free? It’s a great way to try it before you buy it! There are a lot of games out there, and there’s nothing worse than spending $20, $30, or $60 only to find you don’t like how the game works. When you take advantage of the free trial, you can see how the game play feels, what the world looks like, and see if it’s the right game for you.

Want to try the game? I’d love for you to hit me up in the DMs on Twitter, and I will send you a recruitment code 😉

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