1)Join Developer Groups
A lot of people think of this as a scam when in actual reality it is not.This is the most genuine way of getting gift and credits.
Although there is a catch.
You need to do something for the developers in return.It can be things like leaving a review or completing an offer.
This is a link of one of the developers that I have worked with previously.- http://twistedsims.com/
Obviously,nothing in the world comes for free.As long as the developers get what they ask for you can get your free credits everyday.
2)Gift Exclusive Badges
Just like in real world,people in IMVU have a craze of collecting badges.These badges can be ones that are normally bestowed upon you by the IMVU team or the ones that you created yourself.
You'll be surprised by how many people are keen to get these badges.You can turn this in your favour by creating your own exclusive gift badge and giving it in exchange for gifts and credits. A lot of people will send you free gifts if you use this method.However,obviously not everyone has the money to make a badge for themselves taking into account the facr that crating one costs you about 100k credits.
3) Beg Borrow Steal
To be honest the last two are not an option since you cannot actually borrow or steal credits.So,with that you are left with the only option to beg for those credits since you are too lazy to earn them.
This method is more like hit and miss and you will also attract a lot of hate but hey,what do we have to loose?Right?
All you got to do is play with their emotions by telling them a sad story of how your account got hacked and so on.Then leverage this new friendship to get more free credits.
This works exceptionally well if you have a female avatar.We are pretty sure that out of every 50 who will throw a drink on your face 5 will fall for it.
4)Its my Birthday
When was the last time you recieved a lot of gifts?If you answered it right then it was either christmas or your birthday.
Since,it cannot be christmas everyday telling people this wont work.But your birthday can be everyday of the year.Atleast in the IMVU world.
Simply tell them that it is your birthday and you expect something from them.Most of them will be kind(or foolish) enough to send the credits if you ask for it.However,some of them will go the extramile of checking it out on your profile.
If this happens,simply tell them that you are registered using a fake Date of Birth since you weren't of the legal age back when you registered it.