Gifting Tips

The old problems of having gifts not make it through (per the discussions below) have been fixed. Occasionally, some cities will have their gifts take a really long time. If this is happening to you, try sending 3 gifts of just $10,000 each. This will usually unclog the system and get your original gift to arrive.


Update: November 6, 2013: From what I've seen myself and from what others are telling me, the Gifting Bug has been officially squashed. The advice below still remains true, although success rates are nearly 100% now.

BREAKING NEWS: Update 7.5 which is being released on October 8 is supposed to fix the "Gifting Bug" where the gift would arrive at only a fraction of what was sent.

"The gifting bug" has been a hot topic of conversation in the Sim Nation Guild.  City to city gifting is one of the issues listed as "Being Worked On" for Update 8.0 (the full list of which you can read here). What I've written below represents what I consider the best method for gifting. Please leave a comment at the bottom of the page if you have a better method or a list of things that work/didn't work for you when sending gifts.

Patience Daniel-son
The number one requirement for gifiting is patience. Planning ahead for a gift is your best bet. Don't wait until you're bankrupt or about to go bankrupt to send/ask for a gift from one city to another. The process may take a couple of minutes, so make sure you have enough funds to get by while you wait. Through discussion with the good folks of the SimNation Guild and my own experience, I've come up with the steps below.

Gifting Steps (The Sim Nation Guild's best advice so far...)
  • Make sure there is a city hall in the receiving city. (This step may not be necessary as Brian pointed out in the comments below)
  • Make sure that you have a direct connection to the city you want to gift to. Cities that you can purchase or sell sewer/water/power to are direct connections. Although we discovered workarounds for gifting to cities without direct connections, the process has a low success rate and should be avoided. Gifting to cities with direct connections has a high success rate, although even following the directions below, occasionally fails for unknown reasons.
  • When you send a gift, be sure to stay in the region view until after you see the arrow disappear and a message is given across the top of the screen that a gift was sent.
  • If possible, continue to play the game in the gifting city for a while longer.  I like to wait at least 5 minutes before exiting. 
  • Go to the receiving city and wait in cheetah speed for the gift to arrive.
  • Sometimes, receiving gifts take a really long time. Just have patience. Go get some coffee. If your gift just isn't coming through, you might want to close out completely and come back an hour later to try playing the game again. If all goes well, the servers will sync the second time around and the gift will come through.
  • As I mentioned in the second bullet point above, occasionally the gifting process just fails for no good reason, although the steps above have given us the best results.
Why so many issues with gifts?
It seems to us that the issues with gifting is more of a server issue than an in-game glitch. When you exit out of a game, your PC is communicating with the server and transferring all the in-game data.  If you're switching in and out of games quickly after a gift, the servers may get confused and not register the gift correctly.

The SimCity Gift Bug
I'm hearing that sometimes gifts arrive at 50% of the original amount, even with a city directly connected via road and even when following all the steps above. This is clearly a bug, and as mentioned before it's being worked on by Maxis. Let's hope they have it fixed by Update 8.0.


Feedback
Did this not work for you? Do you have another method?  Let us know in the comments below so we can update this page with the best method possible.


Not So "Great Work"arounds

Space Center Great Work Bug: (SOLVED!! Read 9/13/14 Update below)

January 8, 2013: I've heard multiple reports of the Space Center Great Work having difficulty pulling in the 300 workers required for it to function.  I don't know if it's an official bug, but if you're having the same problem, you're not alone. It only happens with the Space Center. The other Great Works are working out ok.  Leave a comment if you're having the same difficulty.

February 5, 2014: The developers are aware of the issue and there has been some suggestions by users that it is related to specific maps. You can read more about this bug on the SimCity messageboards.

April 22, 2014: Mark Johnson over on the SimCity messageboards has been testing out the Space Port great work and finding out which maps it can be built on, and which it doesn't. He's compiled the following list. (Source) Note: I haven't tried to build this GW since I started hearing reports of the bug. If you have success or failure with any of the regions below, please post a comment so we can get additional confirmation back to Mark Johnson.

SUCCESS:
Edgewater Bay
Cape Trinity
Verdant Jungle
Discovery Delta
Sunrunner Bay


FAILURE:
Desolation
Titan Gorge
Horizon Archipelago
Rambling Badlands
Whitewater Valley
Viridian Woods
Granite Lake
Reflection Atoll
Serenity Key

September 13, 2014: Mark Norris of the SimNation Guild found a solution on a Japanese website describing a work-around that gets the 300 workers to the construction site. It works! You can read more about it on my Space Center Great Work-around page.

Great Work Syncing Bug:

Several updates ago there were many issues with Great Works not syncing properly. This issue has been resolved, so I deleted that information from this page.