Crates are objects used to transfer objects such as piñatas, plants, and buildings from one owned garden to another, or to send to a different player as a gift or trade. Fannie Franker (or Gretchen Fetchem in Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise) runs the Post Office where all of the player's crates are stored. Players can pack up to five of the same type of item to a crate. Players can also add Chocolate Coins to the crate to send as a gift. Players can store an unknown large amount of crates in Viva Piñata and Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise, and up to three crates in Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise.
There is also a second type of crate used by Langston Lickatoad to allow players to transfer piñatas to him to complete factory challenges by sending a set of piñatas to a party. In Viva Piñata, this crate is a quick way to convert the Dry Soil that a new garden starts out with to regular soil. In Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise there is a pre-installed crate generator that generates crates that allow players to send piñatas at full candiosity to a party at will.
- Initially, packages were intended to be carried by balloons attached by a postman helper. This was considered one of the "real gems" of the developers' discarded ideas.
|Player||Tower of Sour · Chocolate Coin · Alert · Award · Achievement · Gardener level · Journal · Camera · Concept art · Player Permissions · Training episode · Label · Label Designer · Crate|
|Garden||Weather · Day and night cycle · Fertilizer · Transformation · Candy · Shop · Pinometer · Helper · Piñata Vision · Bouncer Board · Garden Store · Trap · Playground · Just for Fun · Cursor|
|Tools||Watering can · Shovel · Surface Packet · Trick Stick · Seed Bag · Fertilizer Bag · Bait Bag|
|Piñatas||Species · Variant · Wild · Resident · Egg · Cocoon · Sour · Evolution · Romance · Conflict · Fight · Sickness · Wild-card · Happiness Rating · Food chain · Accessory · Costume · Trick · Item level · Reluctance to return|
|Minigames||Great Piñata Paperchase · P-Factor|