How do you feel about cosplayers who hand out stuff to people they approach or who interact with them? Have you ever done it?
I've seen cosplayers do it with flowers before. I was going to hand out something to people who approached me in cosplay (I'm not going to personally approach anyone), but I'm curious what people think of this.
one no-face gave me a chocolate coin when I was waiting in line for the cosplay competition and said "You're almost there!" It was so sweet that I'm planning on handing out little pieces of paper that say nice things if someone comes up to me. Just like a little piece of paper like one in a fortune cookie with a saying like "you can do it!" or "you are beautiful" or something.
the best instance of this i ever have and likely ever will witness is when me and my girlfriend saw two guys cosplaying as jesse and walter white and they looked SO CANON. so she yelled "yo, mr white!" from afar, as we were approaching them. we complimented their cosplays, and without saying anything, walter white just grins, pulls out a little baggie of blue rock candy, and hands it to my girlfriend. it was hilarious, i think she still has it somewhere
as for myself, i like to draw and make stickers of some of the characters from the series i'm cosplaying from, so if someone comes up and compliments my cosplay i'll offer them one. they usually seem to like it, and i've seen people have fun going through the bags (i keep them separated by series) to find their favorite character! i also write my blog url on the back of them, in case they want to follow me or whatever.
Once I saw an Okosan cosplayer and I gave them a tiny pudding cup jello candy. They gave me a heart sticker that said "Good End". I've gotten tiny presents and things at Holiday Matsuri before because people go all out for Christmas. One year there was a Santa Totoro who gave out tiny soot sprite bottle ornaments if you hugged him. I've had a Sableye gijinka give me a plastic jewel.... Honestly I love it. It's super lame but I cherish those dumb trinkets because they're nice memories.
Once at NYCC I was comforting a Harley Quinn who was upset, and once her friend came around and we were going to part ways, she gave me a little fake diamond, about 5cm in diameter at its widest. I still have it, and whenever I see it, it reminds me of her.
This is really clever! What a cool idea
I once stopped a Mugi from K-ON!! for a photo and she gave me a croissant, it was really sweet. I think handing out stuff is great- I sometimes do it for my cosplays, but I'm afraid that someday I'm going to break some food safety law by doing it.
You'll be fine, just make sure it's all prepackaged stuff. Honestly I don't think they can come after you if you're handing it out for free and everyone enjoys it. Someone would have to be a major salt demon to raise a fuss over a person giving out free snacks.
There was a girl cosplaying as Yamato from My Love Story!! who gave me a homemade cookie when I asked for her picture! She had a whole box, it was really cute.
I've given out candy canes as Christmas Town Sora before, and have received some as well around the holidays. I really want to cosplay No Face and give out bath token charms, I think it would be so much fun.
OP here. I'm really glad this is getting positive responses. I was a little worried people might be put off by little gifts.
What I'm handing out isn't snacks or anything "useful", but little handpainted glow in the dark butterflies. Hopefully they'll be as appreciated as snacks.
I've had the opposite happen, where someone loved the character I was cosplaying and let me pick out piece of art from his sketchbook to keep. I really like art so I thought it was a very sweet gesture.
A guy in my comm recently cosplayed as Saint Francis of Assisi (weird, i know) and handed out some homemade candy with little verses preaching love and peace.
I thought it was odd but quite cute, he was so incredibly nice. Maybe he was Francis himself.
My entire cosplay revolved around handing out lolipops to people, but the type I gave out had some weird flavors in the mix. You could take whatever ones you wanted, so if you grabbed a pizza flavored one it was a big shock. I got a lot of compliments and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
A couple times I ran into a Mio from K-On! cosplayer who was passing out stickers of the characters. Like if you took her picture, she would give you a sticker of a random K-On! girl. Really nice, made a great Mio.
My niece and I did Luke and Professor Layton once and everyone who took our picture was given a chocolate "Hint" coin.
I also did Hiccup a few times, and had a bag of Swedish Fish gummies, and mixed in there were a few gummy worms. I called the worms eels. People enjoyed it.
Been thinking about handing out helium balloons in my Venom Snake cosplay this spring. Is that dumb?
It totally makes a difference. I still remember the really sweet girl who gave me a wristband and a hug at CTCON. I'm not the kind of guy who gets free hugs, so it meant a lot to me.
I've met a no face that handed out rolos, as well as a peppermint butler that came up to me and my bf (dressed as PB and Finn) and gave us little peppermints. It's such a cute sentiment, since my BF wants to cosplay No Face I think we're gonna hand out chocolate coins.
Oh man, I'm planning on cosplaying Yamato and doing the same. I love baking and that anime.
I love it when people do that, especially if it really goes well with their cosplay. Sometimes cosplayers give out random stuff and I think that's a little odd so if you do decide to do something try to keep it related, like coins with no face. A Link cosplayer gave me a little printed out heart container and I thought that was cute, I still have it somewhere.
I did this a bunch of times, mostly homestuck related though. The first time I bought a clearance pack of 10 tshirts, tie dyed them, stenciled god tier symbols on them, and handed them out at a gathering. The next time I made baby Dave phone charms out of clay and handed those out. The last con I did homestuck I made shrinky charm bracelets and phone charms with sayings or sburb spirographs on them. I kinda used them to promo my blog because I had business cards printed and stuck them on the stuff.
When I cosplayed as Leif from ACNL I handed out packs of cosmos seeds. Other ACNL cosplayers handed out paper item leaves and cute letters, and I still have them in a folder! One person even gave me a card shaped like a shirt icon haha.
I didn't get one, but once I saw some harvest moon character giving people blue feathers and it was adorable.
Depending on the con, making you stand outside is the most they can do, I would think. You should be fine unless people bringing them inside becomes too much of a hassle for the con and they make you stop handing them out.
I got a jelly baby from a female 4th Doctor cosplayer, it was good
I've never thought about giving out things myself but it seems like a nice idea! I remember getting a marshmallow from a Onceler cosplayer when that was popular lol.
Another time someone gave me and everyone else in my group handmade keychains of our respective cosplay characters, it was such a sweet gesture and made me incredibly happy!
I love when cosplayers have little gifts to give out that match their costumes! It's such a cute thing, and highly memorable. I want to start incorporating them into my costumes.
A No Face gave me a bath token once, which I kept for a long time. And a Pokémon trainer gave me a gym badge made from resin that I still keep pinned to one of my jackets probably more than five years later.
And I've had artists give me prints or merch of the character I was cosplaying, which I thought was really touching.
I used to give out fake roses when I crossplayed as Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club almost a decade ago. I used some of his cheesier flirting lines and girls would just lose it, it was adorable.
More recently, I know some local cosplayers dressed as a bunch of Zelda characters in the Postman outfit, like how Link can get it as an alt outfit in Hyrule Warriors. They gave out Christmas cards in little envelopes at a December convention, I believe.
Someone gave me his cat hat once because I was a socially inept weeb who expressed that I wanted it. It was really sweet of him, and I still have it.
I think that giving out stuff is a great idea. I haven't thought of anything related to my cosplays yet though, but maybe small lolipops if I ever go through with cosplaying Dottei (OPM)? I could keep them in the randoseru.
I think cosplayers giving out things is almost always super sweet and really fun. I think I'd be wary of certain foods like homemade baked goods or easily perishable foods, but pre-packaged snacks and candy are always fine with me.
The cutest one I've ever encountered was a Reese (Animal Crossing) cosplayer who had a basket full of bell pouches. Inside was candy and a quote from the game said by random NPCs.
I don't cosplay much since I'm usually in the artist alley, but I almost always give free small items like buttons or individual stickers to cosplayers I really like/rarely see.
At London a guy cosplayed the box. If you "punched" the bottom he'd flip out a coin.
A group of black guys further down the hall flipped their shit when they saw me do it, and swarmed him.
no, it was in usa! guess it's not an uncommon idea
oh i remembered this too: i love how since katsucon has fallen on valentine's day the past couple years, people have been giving out valentines it's so cute!! i'll be sad when valentine's day stops falling over the weekend...
At AWA this year there was a Rosalina and Daisy who where handing out candy.
It made my day and several of the younger con attenders were put at ease around us while we waited in line for the Ouran panel.
I guess it depends on how you do it, don't be creepy with it? These two just had buckets and asked if anyone wanted any, then let the people pick their own. And if someone said no they didn't press it at all, just smiled and said ok.
It worked well enough, I got a sucker.
Reading these made me really happy. My boyfriend is planning to cosplay Umaru this year and he wanted to give out small bottles of cola or potato chips (i suggested Haribo Happy Cola, which i think he's going to go with). I was afraid people might find it creepy, but this thread makes me feel better about it.
I'm going to hand out gummi worms if I ever et off my ass and cosplay Barriss.
I've gone as Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler and given out "sausages" made of named animals only, in the form of link jerky on hot dog buns.
If they braved a sausage from Dibbler, they also got to pick out a treat, in the form of rice krispies, trail mix, granola bars, full size candy bars, or Capri suns.
I actually went three times as Dibbler, the first time I had every snack on a stick, but no sausages, and just a terrible cardboard box. The second time, I had a proper labeled crate, brownie bites, small candy, and dog treats for the furries, all in sticks. The jerky was handmade, with a mix of taco and teriyaki seasoning to give it the unique Dibbler taste. Sadly, the mixes weren't mixed evenly enough, so it was just ordinary taste.
The last time, I forgot the sticks, but had store-bought jerky, full size candy bars, rice krispies, Capri suns, and trail mix bars.
I really like giving out treats, especially since a lot of con goers neglect hydration and eating.
This winter Sacanime, I went as Sans (cosplaying Mettaton because I didn't have a mask finished), and gave out "fried snow" (rice krispies), and showers of (Hershey) Kisses.
It's fun, although it can get heavy if you plan to give out a lot. I gave away a full box of Costco candy bars and rice krispies, 4 boxes of Capri suns, two packages of Jerky, and a couple boxes of trail mix bars.
My arms and legs were really sore by the end of the con.
I'm a little suspicious of free stuff, but I'm more suss of people at cons who aren't in cosplay that hand out stuff. There's a guy here in Australia that does it with macaroons and people have gotten sick from them (despite him being a chef).
Pre-packaged stuff is the safest to go with anyway.
My bf and I are going to cosplay the Gen 4 Pokemon breeders and hand out little plastic Easter eggs painted to look like Pokemon eggs. Should we put anything inside of them or just glue the eggs up and hand just them out?
This is probably kinda dumb, but when I cosplayed as Zacharie from OFF (y'know, the game that had a fandom and then died out) I handed out coupons called 'Batter Bucks.' I drew little Zacharie's on them and made them look like dollars made out of crayon and white construction paper.
I thought it was stupid, but cute. If it made someone laugh, I figure that's a job well done.
Haha, were you the one with the bag over your head that said Mettaton on it? I saw you at my table a few times!
I was at a TF2 meetup and there was a guy dressed as a dispenser handing out juice boxes! It was a nice idea since it was blazing hot at the con and we were all dying under our layers of cosplay. Also while I was cosplaying Sniper, an artist gave me a TF2 pin, I think she was handing them out to any TF2 cosplayers that passed by.
When I cosplay as Kyoko Sakura, I like to hand out apples 8T
You know, it gives me a reason to carry around a giant bag of apples, even though I hate any kind except for Honeycrisp.
I'm also planning on making Taiyaki to bring with me to my next con, since that's another thing she likes to eat. I just think it's a fun and nice thing to do!
I did Chelsea from Harvest Moon IoH once, I also gave out blue feathers, it was lot's of fun! Totally forget I did that until I read your post.
I once met a Kida from DRRR that was handing out yellow scarves, I still got a scarf somewhere. Thinking about it makes me happy
Yeah, that was me. Hopefully you got some fried Snow if you recognized me, heh. It seemed like a lot of people liked the costume in general, but it looks really bad in most pictures I've seen, especially since you can only read what it says from a front angle.
I'll probably try a proper mask for Fanime, and still do the fried Snow shtick. Not sure if I should do a reprise of Mettaton Sans, though.
I seem to be on the receiving end here
I once got a ring pop from some random person while I was cosplaying, but I'm highly suspicious of free food from weird con kids so I just threw it away, I feel pretty bad about it now though. That was like two years ago, I'd probably eat it now though since it was packaged.
Also last year I was cosplaying Perona from One Piece and some random dude came up to me and gave me a Horo ghost plushie and just left, without even saying anything or asking for a photo. It was pretty weird but I was so happy I was almost crying and thanked him even though he quickly walked away. Maybe he was shy? Idk I would've loved taking a pic with him I was so grateful and happy
Next con I go to id like to give out one piece stickers for sure! I love my fandom
Welp, you all just gave me an idea of what to do with my free time since I finished my costume so early this year.
Undertale related, going to look into getting a few pins or charms to make. Probably little hearts or something.
I've had an idea to cosplay the postman from Animal Crossing and hand out tiny envelopes with warm fuzzy messages to those tha spoke to me; with the heart seal and all.
I was worried it might be creepy but this thread has given me hope it'll be a cute gesture.
This thread was fun to read and gave me an idea.
A few years ago I cosplayed as the merchant from Resident Evil 4 on Halloween and handed out little fake herb vials and such. Only a few people recognized me but they loved it.
Next time I wear my Teto cosplay this summer I'll bring a few loaves of fresh french bread with me to share with people!
A tingle once handed me a crudely drawn map while I was cosplaying Link, it was super cute.
I had to make a little resin charm for my costume so I made a bunch and gave out the charms to people who were nice and recognized my costume. I only had one kinda negative experience with it where someone saw me give one to someone else and they just walked up with their hands out and stood in front of me, they didn't even look me in the eye or smile, so I tried to lighten the situation by smiling saying something like "Oh, you like this character too? " and they just shook their hand at me still not looking up. I ended up giving her one to make her go away because I am awkward and bad at these things. Everyone else as very gracious about it, but next time I will say no to rude swag whores.
It's fun and something to do when you have spare time between costume making. Cosplayed as a Chaos Cultist and handed out the extra laser-cut wooden Chaos icons i made.
Obviously works best when with like-minded cosplayers and fans, but it was fun to approach Homestucks/My little ponies mumble and snarl something about Imperial lapdogs, the end of days or false emperors before pressing a small chaos token into their hands and shuffling off.
I visted the Forge World booth and they let me take a fistful of the free Warhammer badges which i also gave out in exchange for people's souls and promise they would give themselves to the dark gods
I always bring homemade cookies or brownies with me when I cosplay Cooking Mama, people love it and it's a nice icebreaker when I want to chat with someone.
I went to a con just after Halloween, and put some leftover eyeball candy in my cookie basket. It was pretty funny seeing people eyeing the cookies with envy and pulling a weird face once they noticed the eyeballs
I love when cosplayers hand out little gifts that go along with their costumes.
My two best memories are going to a Halloween convention one year and a show-accurate Halloween Ouran Host Club group came down the registration line to hand out candy.
Another was the year I went to a convention by myself and a Seiya from Sailor Moon spotted me sitting alone and offered me a rose and said she liked my costume.
Ever since then I've tried to pay it back by having little things to hand out if it matches my costume, like a couple years ago I cosplayed a Pokemon trainer and handed out little "Pokemon eggs" which were plastic Easter eggs filled with candy.
If I'm at my local convention I do a yearly "Where's Waldo?" type event I'll post about on the con's FB where I'll have something easy to spot (last year was a giant fish purse) and if you find me with it you get a prize. Usually it's candy, stickers, glow sticks or hand sanitizer products.
I think this year I'm going to do No Face just so I can hand out some chocolate coins.
A couple friends and I are going to cosplay as Grey Wardens from Dragon Age this year, and I want to pass out little gifts to anyone cosplaying the companions (chocolate "gold" bars to Zevrans, white flowers for Lelianas, stuff like that that they actually want in the games) and maybe some of the expansion gifts/pranks to give out to randos.
If you live in 'Murica, hit up your local grocery store and look in the snack aisle for Hostess stuff. They have pre-packaged snack cakes and cookies. Just off the top of my head, you can get gingerbread men and oatmeal cookies that are individually packaged.
this isn't exactly the same thing, but reading this thread made me remember it and i'm really happy i did now
i was at a con, and there was an artist who was selling a couple prints from my favorite fandom at her table. she had one of my second favorite character, and it was really nice, so i bought it. i was showing it to one of my friends later and she told me "oh yeah i saw that booth, she also has a print of (my fave character) that matches that one!" well either it hadn't been out at the time or i hadn't seen it but i immediately ran back to buy it, only to discover i was a few dollars short. went back to same friend, defeated, and without my asking she gave me the extra $5 i needed. ran back to the table to buy the print... only to discover the artist had just sold the last one to the person in front of me.
i was making my way back across the dealer's room to my friend and girlfriend, even more defeated, when this guy came running after me. i guess he saw me at the table and saw how much i wanted the print? but he pulls out a copy of it that he'd bought and offers it to me. i won't take it but he insists, i try to give him money for it and he refuses. gives me the print and disappears into the crowd.
i seriously almost started crying, it was so nice. thank you, mysterious stranger, for being an actual angel and allowing me to put that print on my wall right next to the matching one where they have been cherished
Yes, that was me! Still trying to think of what to do for this year since I no longer have the fish purse.
I have a mlp blind bag problem, so I'm thinking I'll take the duplicates to give to kids next time I cosplay.
Having kids that barely pass my knees telling me I was a beautiful unicorn just made my whole con and it'd be nice to be a able to give something back.
I've given out handmade Valentines the last few years I've gone to Katsucon! They're themed to the series I'm cosplaying from (and have my cosplay site on the back so if someone wants to stay in touch, they can!) It's always fun to see the smiles people get from getting a card.
I always thought about this, but most of my cosplays don't have little things I could give away. For my Master Chief I was thinking little Cortana data chip cookies? Would that be interesting?
Print out something like pic related and cut out the individual mons to stick in the eggs. Maybe add some cheap candy too.
Taiyaki aren't very good cold, and it would be kind of messy and time consuming making your ow, plus food safety issue.. Go to an asian market and see if they have any candy or snacks shaped like them, I've seen those before. Though you would be my hero if you bought the ice cream ones (Samanco is GOAT) and handed those out. That would require you lugging around a cooler though.
One year I attended a con that fell on Valentines Day. I was cosplaying from Letter Bee so I spent the afternoon just running around giving out Valentines. It was really fun, and people seemed to enjoy it.
Reading all of this is really cute and awesome but it makes me wonder if cons will become more and more like giant Halloween parties. That's seriously so creative and nice though.
I remember a dude came to my school dressed as Obama and started asking people if they wanted some "change" before handing them a bunch of small Obama pictures.
Once at anime north a guy coplayubg as lon'qu gave me a card after I took his picture. It said something like "ou ave achieved b rank with lon'qu!!" From the game. It was so cute.
A magi group gave me a hetalia figure from a treasure box they had lol.
I'm going to be cross playing Eto's owl Kakuja form for a coming con and was thinking of giving out bookmarks (the bookmark part is flat and cut in to a minimalist depiction of various TG characters and in place of the ribbon there's a resin cast of the matching kagune). But I was planning on putting all my social media tags on the back of the bookmarks...I thought it would be a good icebreaker for photos when they hear a guys voice coming from a female character but Is that just a shameless self bump? Do people even find bookmarks relevant anymore?
I got a ton of Tatsumaki keychains to hand out at a con later this year for when I'll be cosplaying the series with friends. I'm going to try and be in character and tell people that this is the only Hero they should care about.
Since my con's usually around Easter last time my friend cosplaying as Zero III from Zero Escape handed out easter eggs with rabbit puns in them. This year I think I'm going to hand out easter eggs with chibis of various Haikyuu characters in them as I'm cosplaying as King Kageyama.
Bf and I are cosplaying Shoutaro and Philip from Kamen Rider W soon, and I thought about handing out any duplicate ganbaride cards I have but when I looked through them I realized I only have 3. I honestly thought I had a lot more duplicates, I don't know why but it feels stupid handing them out when I only have 3, so I probably won't do it. Maybe I'll do it sometime in the future when I have more to give.
On the other end of the spectrum, completely the opposite of cute and thoughtful- when I was a gross highschool /b/tard, my friend and I cosplayed moot and WT Snacks and we handed out chips relabeled as AIDS.
I'm still embarrassed about my existence.
This kind of applies to me, but I ran out of time to get my Clear cosplay (from Dramatical Murder) due to moving to another state literally a month after Fanime would take place, so I ended up just wearing my survey corps uniform.
Regardless, I handed out hand-made paper charms of DMMD characters I drew to other DMMD cosplayers, fans and artists who also had the same interests & stuff. It was a lot of fun being able to give back to fellow cosplayers and see how happy they got. I can't recommend it enough, it was the best way to spend my last year at Fanime.
When I attended a Free! photoshoot with my friend, someone was giving out little Rei-themed valentines to all the cosplayers. They were in the shape of butterflies and had cute little messages on them like "perfect symmetry!". I still have mine clipped to a little picture holder haha. I love things like that and I think it's the cutest!
>Next time I wear my Teto cosplay this summer I'll bring a few loaves of fresh french bread with me to share with people!
Ive been wanting to cosplay Vegetable Juice Miku in the summer and hand out Ito En Vegie juice! I hope I'll get to do it this year
I hand out buttons of the character I'm cosplaying, after they take my picture and say "I love your character!" or "theyre my fav!" I ask if they'd like a button, one guy was really happy over the gesture we reveled over our fav and made each others day
Its so nice to see this thread, it gives me life
GODDAMNIT ANON w-which con are you doing this at? I would love to get one in my Tatsumaki cosplay ;_;
I remember back a while ago, there was postman cosplayer from Loz handing out actual mail letters with zelda puns with them, they were actually funny and well thought out.
Someone said earlier in the thread that its always best to only hand out (and accept) pre-packaged stuff. Some con staff might be smart enough to be suspicious of you're handing out homemade things. I mean, I know the people I've worked with would.
Last year at Nebraskon I cosplayed Nozomi from Love Live and I made a scouting box that had cards of the characters in it.
People would find me and ask if they want to scout or when they were done taking a picture of me I'll ask them if they want to scout and they'll blindly pull out a card and then it's theirs. I enjoyed watching people's reaction when they got their best or worst girl, haha
Not at a con story, but still in cosplay.
A few years back I helped out at halloween party for elementary-ish age kids so I made a Mable cosplay and handed out cute stickers to the kids there. It was super cute to see kids go "You really are Mabel!!" when I gave them the stickers.
I was once at a group shoot of touken ranbu and this girl cosplayed as the saniwa or girl that makes abd tales care of the swords starts handling little charm keychains, those charms are used in game to prevent your swords for being broken during combate. Was a nice gesture
When I cosplay Solaire, I carry a bag of "sunlight medals" to hand out to anyone who takes photos of me or poses with me. They're actually just plastic gold coins from a party store, but people seemed to appreciate the thought.
This thread has considering cosplaying Maya Fey just to hand out these. How has no one thought of this yet?
OP here again. So glad this thread turned out the way it did. I'm considering handing out gifts with any of my cosplays from now on (so long as I can make them in time).
Pic related is the butterflies. Stencil for the text on the far left. everything after that is the creation process. My phone camera isn't good enough to get a pic of them glowing.
I've got a (tux) Yoko I'm considering making little drills for.
As a Kyoko fan (best Meguca) this is amazing.
A guy in a wonder chef cosplay gave me a recipe when I found him.
A friend of mine cosplays professor oak, he asks you if you are a boy or a girl and hands you a little happy meal/ vending machine pokemon toy.
Future cosplay that im going to do for youmacon this year: Going to go as El Presidente from the Tropico games and I'm going to print out a bunch of "vote Presidente or else!" fliers and give them out to people like I'm trying to get elected.
This happened to me too!!
It's so nice when artists are generous like this, although in my case it was because the cosplay I was wearing was from a media source where the creator asked for people not to sell fanart of their work.
Giving out free prints from popular media like that since you can't sell it is a great way to attract business. I ended up buying a few other prints from them as well.
This is brilliant. Have you thought of making buttons that say that? I would love to be able to carry one of those around!
Actually, now you've got me going. I hope you don't mind if I steal this idea!
I love it when people hand out relevant things to their cosplay. When I liked Homestuck, I cosplayed god tier Andrew Hussie and "proposed" to a Vriska at a meetup. I bought a bunch of cheap plastic gold rings with the intention to propose to every Vriska I saw, but I only ended up doing it that one time. On the other end of things, someone gave me a drawing of a horse at that same con.
I hope I can figure out another costume where I can give out small things. I love reading this thread and seeing the joy from others.
I've done this! I think a fair number of artists like to do this too, especially if it's something small. I love giving costume/fandom-related gifts to cosplayers!
>especially if they cute
>especially especially if they cute as my husbando
I met and took a ridiculous selfie with a Gravelord Nito cosplayer at Anime North last year, and his friend/helper gave an eye of death. I still have it, I'm a huge Dark Souls fan, and I still smile about it everytime I think of AN
Maybe 8 or 9 years ago I was Chell from Portal.
I gave out little iron on portal cubes to people I talked to for more than a couple minutes.
Portal love was just beginning so it was nice to spread the love.
This thread is so lovely, I've never had the idea to give something out in cosplay but I'm planning on doing it now! I'm gonna cosplay Gray from harvest moon and since he gives you jewelry once you get him to a blue heart in FoMT, I've decided to give out these blue heart necklaces I found on aliexpress. They're so cute, I'm excited!
One time I was McGonagall and I gave out English-style cookies (biscuits). Made a tartan tin and everything.
Did an original costume of a war courier for Halloween one year. My mom was a teacher and I spent the day with her class. I handed out "mail" (envelopes filled with candy) to each kid and they loved them. I admittedly stole the idea from a Tegami Bachi cosplayer who was delivering letters.
I think handing out little items is so cute and fun, both to give and receive. I want to do it for another costume in the future but I can never figure out anything appropriate for my cosplays.
Last year, a friend and I went around as Sadness and Joy from Inside Out. We handed out homemade cookies that Sadness had tinged blue. People were initially a little awkward about taking cookies but we eventually got swarmed.
An idea another friend and I had was at the jfash convention, we'd wear twin lolita and carry around baskets of flowers and hand them out to people with good coords.
I went to a local con as the Wonder Chef from ToS a couple years in a row a while back, and got the idea to hand out recipes for my last showing. So two cookbooks worth of copying and cutting out later, I got a pretty good reception from giving people a random recipe out of the bag I had if they knew my costume/took a picture. Best part was when I found the Tales group and (besides the Raine actually pulling out a lemon dessert recipe) the Zelos there handed me a plastic rose, which I still keep on my desk.
I'm also super suspicious that >>8812452 (maybe even the Zelos in >>8800773) might have been there for it, but it was about three summers ago.
(I also had the habit of giving away my giant fork to strangers on the last day of the con, sometimes to squee-ing, to make room for the car ride back. But that's more a one-time big gift, though.)
I was at con and a guy had a league of legends costume my friend told me and had those cute white sheep things with horns and tongue.He offered them to other girls in lol cosplays, my friend asked for one and we found out later these cute sheeps were cookies
I am planning to do Elsa and I want to giveout snowflake ornaments to people. As much as I like the idea, I was wondering what will be the best way to carry the gifts. I wanted it to suit my costume without looking too out of place, yet it's convenient enough to bring around.
Thanks ! I hope you'll post pictures, I'd love to see it. I'm doing Nageki too, but the Absolute Zero/RPG version (maybe I'll try handing out glow-in-the-dark stars too, since Anghel refers to him as "Caller of the Phosphorescent Stars")
The Absolute Zero versions seem to be pretty rare, but I've been talking about it with other cosplayer friends and we might manage to set up a group ! I think I'll try to think of little trinkets the other characters could give away
This and gummy pizzas will be the end of me.
Cosplaying Etrian Odyssey Medic (pic related) for a con soon
I was thinking of carrying around various small candies and giving them out, because her medicine bag is full of candy in some art.
i'm gonna do a no-face soon, and i bought little fake gold nuggets that look like in the movie.
i'm gonna hand those out.
also, that no-face you met might've actually been adam savage (if it was at comic con), he did exactly the thing with the chocolate coins.
I love handing out small gifts/trinkets in cosplay! I think my first time doing it was way back in the day, when I cosplayed Stephanie from LazyTown; I would give out apples to people who I overheard were hungry or tired in the halls. More recently, a friend and I did Banjo and Kazooie and we gave out small 'jiggies' with gold-wrapped candies taped to the back.
For ALA, I've got a handful of small star keychains I made to give out in my Mettaton cosplay.
For one of the cons I went to an awesome immortan joe cosplay player gave out water with joe on it and it saying aqua cola. super cool
Next week at a UK con (so not very big) I'll be stuffing my face with lollipops all day as Castra so I'm gonna offer them out to pretty much anyone and everyone!
Question for everybody who's done this before! I bought about 18 buttons I'm going to hand out a convention as part of my cosplay (King Koopa of the Mario Movie), and was wondering how you guys discriminated how you guys handed these out?
I was thinking of just handing them out to people who I spoke to for a while or related cosplayers (like actual Bowsers) but since I have such a small amount and haven't done this before, any advice is appreciated.
I'm thinking about handing out something cute when I do my cafe maid cosplay idk though. Any ideas on what I should hand out? Candy?
Should I only hand out to the people who know what I am/liked my cosplay?
I cosplay Sadness from Inside Out and I've been thinking about handing out something like little round candies and saying they're memory orbs. Anyone have suggestions as to what kind of candy I could get or what else I could hand out?
I'd suggest buying something like single-color gumballs or Sixlets from an online candy shop so you can specifically get colors corresponding to the emotions. Temptation Candy is a good resource to start with!
I don't know if these are readily available to you, but over here we have a candy called Napoleon. Little, round hard candy with a powdered centre, traditionally lemon flavour but there's now also "fruitmix" and "tropical" variants. If you've got time to order it, maybe consider these? Picture is the tropical variant.
Gumballs can be ordered in individual colors online, or check your local candy store or dollar store for big bags of them.
You could have little vials of medicine too, just have water with food dye, flavored water, fruit soda, or if you're feeling adventurous and not actually at the con, you can use fruit flavored vodka.
Although security may be weirded out by all the vials.
What character are you thinking of going as?
I'm interested in doing one, partly because it's pretty easy.
But yeah, it would be pretty cool if you could get cards made after the cards in the perk decks.
Also anyone that actually recognizes your character is bound to cherish an accompanying item.
I want to cosplay as Komasan and hand out his little medals to people, but I have no idea where to get them en masse.
good point. Maybe printing out a bunch of images of his coin and then sticking them onto circles of cardboard. He does have like five medal designs, so I could make a grab bag of medals. The idea just hit me as I posted.
I have a big box of 144? (roughly) 1mL ampoules I got from work (they were going to be thrown out and I took them for crafting but have not touched them since). They just need to be filled and sealed which you can do with heat if you're interested in taking them.
One time I was cosplaying Asuka and Gendo and Yui gave me a button that read, "roses are red, violets are blue, I'd destroy the world just for you." I really enjoyed the experience.
Im going as Wolf for MAGfest. Its super easy since I already own everything but a plate carrier and a mask. I ended up deciding on fake diamonds and burn cards. I'm seeing where I can get custom cards on the cheap and if no high res of the burn cards are out there I'll just mock up an image.
Not with cosplay but at shado when it landed on halloween, me and a few friends bought a fuckton of candy, walked the entire con twice and handed out candy to everyone. Even the hotel staff.
I think it's cute, i'd like to do it more, i cosplayed Len kagamine and me and my friend who did rin gave out banana and orange flavored candies to those who took our picture people seemed to enjoy it.
Me and my brother are planning a Mario and Luigi costume for a con the theme this year is 16-Bit games. I wanted to give out something for fun. I went on Aliexpress and found little plastic mushrooms. Then I realized it would probably be bad if con staff heard people talking about a Mario handing out Mushrooms!
What about something like stars? You could get a sheet of star stickers or some little plastic ones and tell people they're super stars.
My friend and I are farming reroll accounts for LL and we're making an Honor's Scouting box to bring with us for days we cosplay from Love Live. On the back of the SR/UR cards will be the transfer code for an account with that UR (with the chance of multiples/idos) or idolized SR with additional SRs.
We're having a lot of fun making the envelopes and getting the cards looking just right.
I was Black Mask from Batman for Katsucon 2014 and I handed out Hershey's Kisses in a plastic cauldron on Valentine's Day. Katsucon takes place at National Harbor in Maryland on Valentine's Day weekend. I also gave people little Valentine's slips with Frozen valentines pictures on the front and jokes on the back. I wrote stuff like: "I don’t do lovey dovey Valentine notes, so here’s Elsa Derping!.", and "I don’t do kissy kissy goo goo notes, so here’s Godzilla face-palming!", and "I don’t do romantic little notes, so here’s Boba Fett riding a Jet-Ski!", and finally "I don’t do cute adorable notes, so here’s, eeeer, something cute and adorable!". The cauldron said Sionis Industries and each back was signed by Roman Sionis, who is the Black Mask. Looking back, I still love what I did, but that is a Deadpool move now that I look at it. Ill be Deadpool for this year's Katsucon.
You guys have really inspired me. I'm going to cosplay Tsumugi Kotobuki soon and I think I'll hand out Hostess cakes or cookies. I'm excited!
Last year at Fanime, there was an Oscar from Dark Souls cosplayer sitting around a fake bonfire with a Big Hat Logan cosplayer and a few other randos. I stopped by and after sitting with them for a while, he broke off a piece of a large block of chalk he had and gave it to me as some soapstone.
I had a couple of cosplayers give me little gifts.
All being at Sakura-con though-out the years.
First gift I ever got was from the cutest little girl cosplaying Sakura.
I asked for her picture and she was SO EXCITED and posed with such enthusiasm clow cards in hand. I was walking away and she came running after me and presented me with one of her clow card.
I just about cried it was so cute. I still have the card, just lazy to pull it out for pics.
Another year I saw this guy wearing a t-shirt with homemade little microbes from Moyasimon (the yellow ones, I forget what they are). I don't think many recognized that anime yet. When I stopped him for a picture he was so surprised I knew, and gave me one of those little guys of his shirt.
The only other little gift I got was from a Hinata cosplayer. She was really in character, it was so cute. I asked for a picture and she shyly agreed after the picture she handed me a little flower she was carrying around. Adorable as fuck.
It might be cute if you gave out little tiny bags of those konpeito candy.
Or little baggies of moon and star shaped glitter
Even though I started watching it... I never ended up finishing it.
I got this at ALA. This cosplay was so good. He also handed me a candy and Stanbuck. How OoC but I still love it.