As you wander around The Somniel in Fire Emblem Engage, you might get a chance to pick up Horse Manure, a Pretty Pebble, or a Spirit Gem. All three items fall into the “gift” category and appear at the shiny spots around the hub. Meaning when you talk to someone when they’re hanging around, you can give it to them to boost their relationship points with Alear. You can’t sell any of them, as they don’t show up in the Convoy section when you go to a shop. So, should you be giving these items as a gift?
Honestly, yes. Horse Manure is the gag gift in Fire Emblem Engage. It won’t build up a bond really. However, when you give it to someone standing around on the Somniel, you’ll get to see a joke response to the gift. The only person I’ve found who response somewhat positively to it is Framme.
The Pretty Pebble is the next item you can give as a Fire Emblem Engage gift early on. It is fairly common and everyone “likes” it. They don’t love it, mind you. But nobody will respond negatively to it and it is an easy way to build up a Support rank between characters without fighting.
Finally, the Spirit Gem is the ultimate gift to give characters in Fire Emblem Engage. Everybody loves this item. It builds up a relationship greatly after being given. However, it is the rarest of all three items that you will find at glowing spots on the Somniel. So it’s a good idea to have a stockpile to use until you unlock the Flea Market following Timerra joining the army and can buy more targeted presents for people. However, once you unlock the Tower of Trials and online maps, you can earn Spirit Gems as rewards from battles like the Outrealm Trials.
In short, ignore the Fire Emblem Engage Horse Manure if you are trying to make actual progress, and focus on giving someone a Pretty Pebble or Spirit Gem if you’re hoping to build up a bond and don’t have more precise gifts that suit them.
Fire Emblem Engage is available for the Nintendo Switch.