How do I give someone an object, like a gift?

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There are several ways you can transfer objects from your Inventory to another Resident. Residents do not need to be on your friends list; however, the object does need to have transfer permissions.


You can send items to any Resident in Second Life®. They don't have to be on your Friends list, but it does make it easier. You can access someone's profile several ways:

  • Right-click on someone in front of you and choose Profile
  • Use the Search window's People tab to look up their name

Once a profile is open, find the Give item field that says "Drop inventory item here" at the bottom of the Profile window.

  1. Click-and-drag an item from your Inventory to their profile. The cursor changes to an arrow with a plus.
  2. Let go of the mouse button when you're ready.

You can also do this with a Resident who's not online, in which case it says "User not online - inventory has been saved."


If you're within view of the other Resident, drag the object from your Inventory onto the avatar or the avatar's name tag.

KBcaution.png Important: Using this method of object transfer could result in you dropping the object on the wrong avatar, especially in crowded areas. This method always leaves potential to drag your object and miss the intended avatar, putting your object into inworld content.


Beginning with Second Life viewer version 1.21, it is possible to transfer inventory using an IM window. Drag the object from inventory into the open IM chat bar.

  • Kb NO icon (like NO smoking).pngWhen attempting to drag a folder to IM chat, a "NO" symbol appears. It is possible to drag single items to IM chat.
  • This option is not available for group chat.

Received Inventory Options

By default, your inventory window will open when you accept an object being sent to you. You can turn this feature off by going to Edit> Preferences > Popups tab. Uncheck Automatically show newly accepted objects in inventory.

Options for Offers of notecards, textures and landmarks can also be found on the Preferences Popups tab:

Automatically accept

Automatically view after accepting.

How many items can I send to someone at once?

Currently you may send a maximum of 42 objects at once. This number includes sub-folders and excludes IM window transfer.