the fae like sweet but natural things like honey for example, you could also make an offering of milk or even a little cake. You might also like to offer up some fruit or sweet smelling flowers.
the fae love shiny and sparkly things, so glitter, polished silver, little craft mirrors etc. they also love seashells. If your trying to conatct the fae try to get rid of any iron nearby as it will act as a repellent of sorts... if you have any other questions regarding the fae feel free to PM me! Blessed Be!
Fae is an umbrella term to cover a wide variety of nature, usually plant or insect, based spirits. Commonly taken from Celtic and Norse mythology, they are also compared to the nature nymphs from Greco-Roman mythology.
What the previous poster stated is true, those are ways thought to help attract Fae spirits. Depending on where you live, maintaining a garden may help in attracting sprites and pixies.
The Fae are known for being tricksters, and many legends describe their love for small children. By working with the Fae some believe that you would be endangering your children to be taken by them (mentally - physical theft would not happen). Mobiles made of iron trinkets hung above the bed can protect children from this.
Commonly, Fae are thought to be most attracted by: the color green, gardens, bright flowers, juices, nectars, milks (usually goat), honey, small cakes or cookies.
Repelled by: Iron, different metal alloys (man made metal mixtures), bright and bloody red colors, rotting meat, excessive amounts of electral appliances where you want/see them.
Good luck in your endeavors with the Fae, and be ever watchful!
I wouldn't consider Fae an umbrella term for plant and insect based spirits. There is a difference between the Fae of the Celts and the Alfar of the Norse. Also, not all of them are known as tricksters. Those who are friendly to humans are a part of the Seelie Court, while those who have no disposition or a very low disposition to humans are a part of the Unseelie Court.
The lore with iron is that it does repel them, so it is said to leave an iron nail near the 'door' where you enter their domain so that you aren't stuck there.
Just because something is a trickster does not mean that it does not like whatever it tricks. People trick their friends on occasion.
There are many things to consider when it comes to the Fae, doing research into the different legends and myths that circulated through Ancient Europe would probably be a good idea. Each myth might also tell you different ways a certain people believed the different spirits were called - so you'd gain both the information you asked for, as well as a general, working knowledge of the spirits you seek.