Seems like this was just a discussion on another thread in which I replied - crafting does seem to fade out for a awhile. I remember I got to a point where I stopped crafting as there was not anything worth crafting. But it picks up. The best thing to do is figure out gifts you will need in the future and just start collecting them now. Like there are two crafts in Victoria that I am crafting now and they require 2 gifts per craft..... and I think there was a good one in Antarctica that I am still using quite a lot of. Moon was terrible for crafting. There is no denying that crafting could have been made a lot better. If they had just increased the stats on some of the crafts a little it might have put more emphasis on gifts and given players more of an incentive to reach more cities for the job drops as well as the crafts. But I think most people are content with just getting into bosses for those drops and not worried about the rewards of leveling as the rewards often times do not outweigh the cons.