How to Shop for a Queen
NEOPIAN CENTRAL – Shopping for friends and family can be one of the toughest
experiences anyone in their life may have to face. You may spend countless hours
searching for that special gift that really speaks for you, or if you’re like
me, spend those same hours looking for the cheapest gift for the amount of Neopoints
you find under your Zen rug that says the same message.
But when it comes to a really special someone, or
even royalty (which in turn can be the same thing for some people, and not literally),
buying almost anything can seem like a hassle! Whether it is clothes, jewelry,
or even snot flavored food, the decisions and possibilities are endless… unless
you have some greater insight.
With assistance from some of the greatest minds in
all of Neopia (only as far as Krawk Island… those on Mystery Island give me
the willies), and some locals located right here in the fantastic city of Neopian
Central, I was able to assemble a guide to buying for even the most complicated
Now when it comes to buying furniture, one most be
very careful about the type and style of the purchased piece. While it may not
seem important to the trained eye, a slight mistake can mean certain disaster.
Take for instance Kau style fixtures. While Kaus make great friends, you might
be sending the wrong message with these pieces.
Something you can never go wrong with is anything
of the Ultranova set. The color speaks loudly, and looks great in almost any
room of any Neohome. The colors are perfect next to almost any other light colored
set, and would compliment anyone with an existing set of Faerie related furniture.
What more can one say, if you present a wonderful
and exotic flower. Well, if done incorrectly, you may have a lot of explaining
to do, but with practice and an experienced taste, you can pick the right flower
every time for any occasion.
A great choice for the rich and famous is something
extravagant and colorful. An excellent choice to fit these conditions could
be that of Colour Lillies, Fire Bushes, and of course, the exceptional Colour
Changing Tulips. Each can be purchased for the right price, and are perfect
gifts for that certain Hidden Tower owner in your life.
WARNING: When it comes to flowers, there are
a few that must be avoided at all costs. Failure to remember this rule could
have faeries ignoring you for many years to come. At all costs, do not purchase
All Seeing Trees, Oozing Tulips and lastly Gnarled Stumps. In fact, do not even
think of buying these for your evil nemesis we all know you have, as even that
is very unkind in all cases.
Of course if you’re looking for a simple present to
just say “Thanks!”, the gift shop is the place to be. While chocolates may seem
overrated, you can never go wrong with a classic candy. The gift shop is the
ideal place for those looking to save a few Neopoints, and stick with more novelty
Novelty items like memorabilia of their favorite concerts
and musical bands that perform around Neopian Central from time to time. Personal
favorites like M*YNCI, Sticks N Stones and of course, Chomby and the Fungus
Balls! Almost every concert that’s ever played can be found in the numerous
aisles located within the shop.
HELPFUL TIP: The Gift shop stocks numerous
exquisite rings, and as some are familiar with, jewelry can say it all. Take
your time and find one that really stands out.
Many well-kept secrets have been carefully tucked
away in these dark hallways, and that’s really unfortunate, as most provide
wonderful places to shop. Now some may think this to be quite odd, but each
of the shops located in the Deep Catacombs has something for everyone.
First there’s the Coffee Shop. If ever you have to
treat a certain crown-wearing someone to lunch, look no further then this quaint
little café. The establishment offers everything from assorted Teas to multi-flavored
Cappucinos and lastly, a personal favorite, Sludge Frappucinos (Hard to drink
at first, and for the shake of an argument, we’ll call it an acquired taste).
While you sip your drinks, the shop presents many things to nibble on, including
Tigersquash flavored treats.
If Coffee isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for
something that doesn’t burn your paws when handled, you may want to try the
coin shop. Everyone, from Neopets to Faeries, knows coins are better then stamps,
and not just because they’re shiny. Coins provide a great gift, as well as an
investment for the receiver of the present. Oh, and did I mention they’re rather
shiny in the sun?
Well… what’s to say about buying stamps. Nothing really…
because they aren’t shiny!
WARNING: Stamps are not shiny, and coins are.
Which do you think will keep someone’s attention for longer periods of time?
Books are great for anyone with large amounts of time
on their hands, and anyone guarding the Hidden Tower twenty-four hours a day
sure could use a light read.
When buying a book for someone, it’s always best to
know what they’re into. If you buy something that they find boring, they might
ask you never to shop for them again. If they’re intelligent, and enjoy learning
about the world around them, then pick up Theories of Physics. If they
enjoy guarding a concealed tower full of luxurious weapons and items, then Saving
Your Neopoints or even Connect the Dots would be a thoughtful thing
to pick up.
HELPFUL TIP: It cannot be stressed enough that
knowing the person you are buying for is one of the most helpful pieces of information
you can use when looking to shop. Buying them a book on Inside the Mind of
Bob when they’ve never met the poor fellow would do no good.
When it comes to shopping for someone with everything,
it may seem hopeless. But with a lot of work, and some insight on what shops
have to offer, even Queen Fyora herself will have the happiest of days for years