Every year Neopets has a cyber advent calendar; it runs the entire Month of Giving (December) and you can get some really nice items just for visiting and collecting the prizes. There’s a companion NC Mall giveaway too but you do not need to purchase NC (Neocash) in order to participate in the regular daily giveaway. Every year people hope to get a Paint Brush and this year we were gifted with not one but two of them! You can only access this during the Month of Giving but if you visit the area you might get a Random Event.
With so many items given out you might wonder which ones are the best to hoard and resell. Food and books are one time use items so those do eventually increase but you have to think of the thousands of them that are out there and you are not the only one that is bulk-buying them. I use the Opera browser because it has a cool Note feature. You can highlight the name of an item and add it to the notepad then cut paste one of the items from the list into the Shop Wizard. That eliminates having to go in to your Safety Deposit Box to find the exact name. Wearables are a nice thing to stock up on because most people have more than one pet and some like to have their pets wearing the same item. You can have up to four Neopets but premium members can have five. That means that the wearable items can sell for a lot more than other things given out during the event.
How Long Do You Wait To Sell Something? That’s personal choice. I know people that sell things as soon as they get them and others that wait until the price goes up. I am a typical hoarder that doesn’t feel ‘safe’ unless I have at least 300 to 400 of an item. While that might sound like overkill, it isn’t. If something is used for an avatar, gets retired or is a weapon that can help in battle then the price on it can go through the roof overnight. That’s a rarity with ‘special’ items that are given out from the advent calendar but you never know what TNT / The Neopets Team is going to come up with.
Books: There were some great books given away this year and some of them are going to be worth a lot when the stock thins out on them. The books are a one time use item, once you read them to your pet they are gone. “The Art of Being A Fan”, “Lawyerbot Collector’s Guide”, “Holidays In Brightvale”, “Tyrannian Winters”, “Haunted Locations of Mystery Island”, “Fountain Faerie Quest How To Guide”, “The Big Book of Blue” and “Chokato-Free New Year” are all ‘special’ books because the only place to get them was from the Advent Calendar. The prices on these vary so if you are interested in stocking up on them to resell at a later date you need to pay attention to the selling patterns of them. “Festive Holiday Scroll” is a nice seasonal item but the price on it is unpredictable; one day it will be selling at around 200NP and the next you will find them selling for about 50NP.
Food: While there were a couple of nice pieces of food given out, there wasn’t anything that skyrocketed or stayed in an unbuyable range. Some of the ones that are definitely worth hoarding include “Bruce Holiday Drink”, “Negg Faerie Negg”, “Unwanted Fruit Cake”, “Pirate Birthday Cake”, “Daily Throat Lozenges”, “Lost Desert Fruitcake”, “Borovan-Flavoured Crisps”, “Plate of Bacon”, “Shenkuu Holiday Feast” and “Everlasting Mug of Borovan”. Any time you have something that has dual appeal you are going to want to hoard it; the “Pirate Birthday Cake” is something that can be put into galleries for pirates, cakes, baked goods, birthday items, advent calendar collectors and those who love Krawk Island.
This year there were two Paint Brushes given out; I was hoping for one but getting two was even nice. The prices are still reasonable on these but you might want to wait a couple more months to start hoarding them. That is when the prices are really going to drop because they are going to be completely out of season. The two brushes that were given out are the “Christmas Petpet Paint Brush” and the “Snow Paint Brush”.
Wearables: Without a doubt, one of the most in demand items in the clothing series is the “Simple Snowflake Cape”. I sniped a couple of these on the Shop Wizard for 50NP or less. Some of the other cool wearables and pieces of clothing are: “Real Negg Faerie Wings” (the name of these were later changed to “Homemade Lavender Faerie Wings”), “Warm Winter Scarf”, “Underwater Oven Gloves” and “Holiday Mohawk”. Nothing mind-blowing but the cape is something that is going to be a strong seller in years to come.
Backgrounds and Foregrounds: Not a ton of these were released this year but the ones that were look great with most Neopets. “Day At The Beach Background”, “MSPP Army Foreground” and “Stinky Haze” are the best looking and my Poogle looks amazing with it active. If you want to see the MSPP foreground on an unconverted MSP Poogle, check out Pyretta Blaze The “Meepit Overlord Garland” is a really nice layer item that looks great if you have a Meeppit but it could end up blocking other things that you have active on your pet on your user lookup.
Plushies And Toys: Even though a lot of people get rid of these, they do increase in value with each year that passes. “Unidentified Petpetpet Plushie”, “Yooyu In The Box”, “Kari Punching Bag”, “Supreme Commander Arlhox VII Plushie”, “Strawberry Mynci Plushie”, “Holiday MAGAX And Nox Playset”, “Holiday Lawyerbot Plushie”, “Flotsam Fishing Game”, “Christmas Chomby Pull Along”, “Adventurous Desert Grarrl Action Figure”, “Cobrall In A Basket”, “Ghosts of Days of Giving Action Figures”, “Deplorably Ugly Christmas Ornaments” and the “Christmas Darigan Plushie” are completely hoard-worthy items because they are selling cheap and when Christmas 2013 rolls around and people are looking for gifts or gallery items, you can make a killing reselling them.
In order to get to the NC prize that’s hidden inside the Holiday Snowball you needed to buy the “Really Warm Holiday Mittens”. I ended up with a total of ten of them and they are pretty much useless because you can not trade or sell them. While that might be nice if you have a gallery that is winter themed, outside of discarding them or leaving them in your Safety Deposit Box there’s not a lot that you can do with them if you didn’t spend the money on the mittens.
This year there were bonus prizes given out if you clicked on the secret snowflake that was hidden in the daily animations. These were a really nice surprise and I missed out on it the first couple of days but I was able to go back and watch the reveal again and get prizes for those days. Some of the amazing bonus prizes that were awarded include: “Lemon Ginger Smoothie”, “Ice Shard”, various healing potions, “Golden Snowflake”, “Peach Snowflake”, “A Fir Story”, “Snow Days”, “Glowing Snowflake”, “Liver And Onions Ice Lolly”, “Tchea Brucicle”, “Tigerbuggle Ice Lolly”, “Frosty Doughnut”, “Ice Cheese”, “Raindorf”, “Coffee Slushie” and “A Collectors Guide To Snowglobes”.
If you missed out on previous years of the Neopets Advent Calendar you can check out my other articles about what was given out and what the stronger resellers are. 2006 Advent Calendar, 2007 Advent Calendar, 2008 Advent Calendar, 2009 Advent Calendar, 2010 Advent Calendar, 2011 Advent Calendar. If you want even more advice about reselling these items, check out Neopets Advent Calendar: Make A Killing This Christmas.