Free items or not, they really need to keep these things with some kind of usefulness... Even free items like some of the event stuff in FFXI proved useful far later into the game. I don't think I ever truly replaced my Happy Egg, it had continued use. But on the subject of the Onion Helm, does it still working after rank 10 physical or rank 10 class? If it were class then at least you'd get use from it after kicking the bucket when working on a new class, if it were physical then its pretty much trash after a few hours.
FINAL FANTASY XIV Roleplayer
Sair Gammonari - Hyur Midlander Male - Conjurer (Somewhat retired.)
Mihana Zhralyia - Miqo'te Seeker of the Sun Female - Archer