Gift Giving Guide
Gift Giving Tips
Loved gifts increase the relationship level by +80, liked gifts increase it by +45 and neutral gifts (not covered in this article) increase it by +20.
- Quality Matters: Prioritize gifts with higher quality, an Iridium quality gift gives a 50% bonus (Silver is 10% and Gold is 25%).
- Talk to Villagers Everyday: Until a villager's heart meter is full, your relationships decay every day you don't talk to someone.
- Remember Birthdays: Birthdays give 8x value of whatever the gift would be and gifts can be given on someone's birthday even if you've already given them two gifts that week. The Winter Star event gives a 5x bonus.
- Giving Two Gifts Gives a Bonus: It's a small bonus but you do get an extra +10 to a villager's friendship (effectively cancelling out not talking to them the rest of the week).
- Friendship Goes Beyond Maximums: This is particularly useful for marriage candidates but your friendship level doesn't stop at maximum, continue to interact with and give presents to the people you plan to date and/or marry -- once you unlock the higher levels of the heart meter, it will automatically adjust (it's possible to get to 14 hearts immediately after you're married if your score is high enough).
This guide isn't exhaustive, there are minor nuances that are ignored for simplicity's sake. Read the official wiki if you're interested in those cases.
Some gifts are liked or loved by virtually all Villagers are referred to as Universal Loves and Universal Likes.
Daffodil is a great gift during your first Spring. Amethyst and Diamond are generally speaking a very good gift; I strongly recommend saving a few of them and use a few Crystalarium to give yourself a constant supply of gems for gift giving -- both of these gems are loved by a lot of villagers.
Universal Loves -- The only Universal Love that is reliably farmable is the Rabbit's Foot so it may be worth upgraded a Coop and investing in some Rabbits for the purpose of gift giving:
- Golden Pumpkin
- Magic Rock Candy
- Prismatic Shard (except Haley)
- Rabbit's Foot (except Penny)
Universal Likes -- There are a ton of exceptions to likes, so you'll have to read the wiki or figure it out through trial and error:
- All Gems
- All Foraged Materials (not food)
- All Flowers and Fruit from Fruit Trees... Most Vegetables
- Most Artisan Goods (except Oil and Void Mayonnaise)
- Cooked Food (except Bread, Fried Egg, and a few others)
|Bachelors||Birthday||Loved Gifts||Liked Gifts|
|Alex||Summer 13||Complete Breakfast, Salmon Dinner||All Eggs (except Void Egg)|
|Elliot||Fall 05||Crab Cakes, Duck Feather, Lobster, Pomegranate, Squid Ink, Tom Kha Soup||All Fruit (except Salmonberry), Octopus, Squid|
|Harvey||Winter 15||Coffee, Pickles, Super Meal, Truffle Oil, Wine||Duck Egg, Duck Feather, Goat Milk, Quartz|
|Sam||Summer 17||Cactus Fruit, Maple Bar, Pizza, Tigerseye||All Eggs (except Void Egg), Joja Cola|
|Sebastian||Winter 10||Frozen Tear, Obsidian, Pumpkin Soup, Sashimi, Void Egg||Flounder, Quartz|
|Shane||Spring 20||Beer, Hot Pepper, Pepper Poppers, Pizza||All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Fruit|
|Bachelorettes||Birthday||Loved Gifts||Liked Gifts|
|Abigail||Fall 13||Amethyst, Banana Pudding, Blackberry Cobbler, Chocolate Cake, Pufferfish, Pumpkin, Spicy Eel||Quartz|
|Emily||Spring 27||Amethyst, Aquamarine, Cloth, Emerald, Jade, Ruby, Survival Burger, Topaz, Wool||Daffodil, Quartz|
|Haley||Spring 14||Coconut, Fruit Salad, Pink Cake, Sunflower||Daffodil|
|Leah||Winter 23||Goat Cheese, Poppyseed Muffin, Salad, Stir Fry, Truffle, Vegetable Medley, Wine||All Eggs, All Fruit, All Milk, Seasonal Foraged Food|
|Maru||Summer 10||Battery Pack, Cauliflower, Cheese Cauliflower, DIamond, Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Miner's Treat, Pepper Poppers, Radioactive Bar, Rhubarb Pie, Strawberry||Copper Bar, Iron Bar, Oak Resin, Pine Tar, Quartz, Radioactive Ore|
|Penny||Fall 02||Diamond, Emerald, Melon, Poppy, Poppyseed Muffin, Red Plate, Roots Platter, Sandfish, Tom Kha Soup||All Artifacts, All Milk, Dandelion, Leek|
|Villager||Birthday||Loved Gifts||Liked Gifts|
|Caroline||Winter 07||Fish Taco, Green Tea, Summer Spangle, Tropical Curry||Daffodil, Tea Leaves|
|Clint||Winter 26||Amethyst, Aquamarine, Artichoke Dip, Emerald, Fiddlehead Risotto, Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Jade, Omni Geode, Ruby, Topaz||Copper Bar, Iron Bar|
|Demetrius||Summer 19||Beat Hotpot, Ice Cream, Rice Pudding, Strawberry||All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Fruit, Purple Mushroom|
|Dwarf||Summer 22||Amethyst, Aquamarine, Emerald, Jade, Lemon Stone, Omni Geode, Ruby, Topaz||All Artifacts, Cave Carrot, Quartz|
|Evelyn||Winter 20||Beet, Chocolate Cake, Diamond, Fairy Rose, Stuffing, Tulip||All Milk|
|George||Fall 24||Fried Mushroom, Leek||Daffodil|
|Gus||Summer 08||Diamond, Escargot, Fish Taco, Orange, Tropical Curry||Daffodil|
|Jas||Summer 04||Fairy Rose, Pink Cake, Plum Pudding||Coconut, Daffodil|
|Jodi||Fall 11||Chocolate Cake, Crispy Bass, Diamond, Eggplant Parmesan, Fried Eel, Pancakes, Rhubarb Pie, Vegetable Medley||All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Fruit (except Spice Berry), All Milk|
|Kent||Spring 04||Fiddlehead Risotto, Roasted Hazelnuts||All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Fruit, Daffodil|
|Krobus||Winter 1||Diamond, Iridium Bar, Pumpkin, Void Egg, Void Mayonnaise, Wild Horseradish||Gold Bar, Quartz, Seafoam Pudding|
|Leo||Summer 26||Duck Feather, Mango, Ostrich Egg, Poi||Dragon Tooth, Nautilus Shell, Quartz, Rainbow Shell, Sea Urchin, Spice Berry|
|Lewis||Spring 07||Autumn's Bounty, Glazed Yams, Green Tea, Hot Pepper, Vegetable Medley||Blueberry, Cactus Fruit, Coconut|
|Linus||Winter 03||Blueberry Tart, Cactus Fruit, Coconut, Dish O' The Sea, Yam||All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Milk, All Fruit, Seasonal Foraged Food|
|Marnie||Fall 18||Diamond, Farmer's Lunch, Pink Cake, Pumpkin Pie||All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Milk, Quartz|
|Pam||Spring 18||Beer, Cactus Fruit, Glazed Yams, Mead, Pale Ale, Parsnip, Parsnip Soup, Piña Colada||All Fruit, All Milk, Daffodil|
|Pierre||Spring 26||Fried Calamari||All Eggs (except Void Egg), All Milk, Daffodil, Dandelion|
|Robin||Fall 21||Goat Cheese, Peach, Spaghetti||All Milk, All Fruit, Hardwood, Quartz|
|Sandy||Fall 15||Crocus, Daffodil, Mango Sticky Rice, Sweet Pea||All Fruit, Goat Milk, Quartz, Wool|
|Vincent||Spring 10||Cranberry Candy, Ginger Ale, Grape, Pink Cake, Snail||Coconut, Daffodil|
|Willy||Summer 24||Catfish, Diamond, Iridium Bar, Mead, Octopus Pumpkin, Sea Cucumber, Sturgeon||Gold Bar, Lingcod, Quartz, Seafoam Pudding, Tiger Trout|
|Wizard||Winter 17||Purple Mushroom, Solar Essence, Super Cucumber, Void Essence||All Geode Minerals, Quartz|
Other Things that Effect Friendship
- Delivery Quests increase friendship by +150.
- The Movie Theater (+200 if loved, +100 if liked)
- Purchasing Food at the Movie Theater (+50 if loved, +25 if liked)
- Getting caught rummaging through the garbage (-25)
- Hitting them with a slingshot (-30/hit)