Stardew Valley: Gifts for Building Relationships (2022)

Making friends in Stardew Valley is primarily a matter of talking to and giving gifts to the residents of Pelican Town and elsewhere in the game world. Making friends will teach your character new recipes and villagers will send gifts in the mail once they like you well enough. This can also lead to your character marrying a villager and them becoming your husband or wife. Stardew Valley does allow for same-sex marriage, for those interested.

When you talk to a character, you can hover over the icon in the bottom right corner to see the amount of hearts you've built with them. Building hearts up takes time, due to the delays on gift giving and the fact that there is a little decay each day if you don't talk to them (or can't find them!). The heart meter will freeze at 10 if you can max it out - that villager will be a best friend and no longer need such attention. NPCs who are eligible for marriage - bachelors and bachelorettes - will have the meter freeze after 8 hearts and require a bouquet (engagement) to go further.

Each villager in Stardew Valley can be given one gift per day, up to two per week (with birthdays as an exception and a chance at 3 gifts in one week). To give a gift simply put it on the bar and use the item while hovering over the villager. When they like what you've given them, you will build a portion of a heart, which indicates how well they like you. If they hate that item, it will result in a reduction, and not talking to them for a long time may also see those relationships decay. Talking to them one time per ten days will stop any decay and get the relationship back to where it was. By interacting with them more frequently, you can make gains by just talking to the villager on a regular basis.

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Each of the NPCs in Stardew Valley have likes and dislikes, and gifts may be received in five ways: horrible, bad, neutral, good, and great, with dialog to go along with that reception. A neutral gift is worth about the same amount as talking to them each day, so it's not worthless, while a good or great one is worth over 2 or 4 days worth of visits. Just don't give them things they hate. These gifts give different point values, but so long as you stick to good or great (the best) gifts for that villager, you'll make progress and build up the friendship. Every heart level takes the same amount of effort, so it is not like leveling a skill.

Quests from the job board by Pierre's, gifting on birthdays, and gifts on holidays like the Feast of the Winter Star, where you are assigned a Secret Santa, give far more progress on building hearts so take advantage of those opportunities. Look at the calendar next to Pierre's to see when an NPC's birthday is during that season, and in the list of best gifts below.

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Press ESC to access the inventory screen. Head to the social tab (the heart) and note that it helps you keep track of who you've given gifts to each week (resets on Sunday). Up to two boxes may be checked, this helps you manage your gift-giving and keeps count. It will also show your current heart level with that villager. It's very handy when you want to build friendships with several NPCs at once for achievements or Grandpa's Evaluation at the start of the third year.

Getting Married means getting to 10 hearts with one of the bachelors or bachelorettes below. You must first give them a bouquet, bought at Pierre's, once you reach 8 hearts with them - this unlocks the 9th and 10th hearts. You may give a bouquet to more than one NPC, as long as you are not yet married.

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Getting Engaged means buying a Mermaid's Pendant for 5,000g and giving it to the villager once you've hit 10 hearts. Buying the pendant means going to the beach while it's raining and paying 5,000G to the old Mariner. To access the area you must have repaired the bridge for 500 wood. He only appears on rainy days, not snowy, and you can't buy it until you're eligible to propose so you can't snag it early to use for later. Since you need a double bed to propose, you have to upgrade the house at least once.

Marriage takes place 3 days after giving them the Mermaid's Pendant. If you continue to build relations with your spouse, you can have kids (with the final house upgrade). Your spouse will help out a little around the farm, and passing 12 hearts will result in your spouse giving you a Stardrop sometime at random, which increases maximum energy. This is easy to achieve, as you can give your husband or wife a gift every day as opposed to twice a week.

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Male Villagers you can MarryFemales You Can MarryAlexAbigailElliottHaleyHarveyLeahSamMaruSebastianPenny

See below for things your potential spouse likes and dislikes in order to build the heart requirements to get married!

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Because of how all of this works, it is good to start earlier rather than later if you want your character to get married, or to have many friends who teach them cooking recipes. It takes time and some dedication to get a character to 10 hearts, but mercifully you can stop at that point. Talk to them every day regardless of you having a gift for them. Learn where you normally find each NPC, and they'll usually be around there though everyone has a schedule. Sometimes it's best to catch them early when you know where they live. Farming up a favorite type of produce is one of the most reliable ways to build relationships, as you can have a gift they love and give it 2x every week. Given there are 16 weeks in a year and one birthday, you could have a good gift twice a week for each villager by making 32 of something like like and regularly delivering it.

A villager may 'love' these items, but should not hate them. Some love them and are noted in the bigger list below. This isn't perfect but should set you in a direction. Look for the name of the NPC you're trying to befriend with Control + F to see if they appear below in the list of generally liked items as well as their main entry in the big list.

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VillagerBirthdayGood GiftsBest GiftsAbigailFal 13Likes Blueberry, Crocus, Sweet Pea, TulipLoves Amethyst, Blackberry Cobbler, Chocolate Cake, Pufferfish, Pumpkin, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Spicy EelAlexSum 13Likes Corn, Crocus, Eggs (not Void Egg) Green Bean, Kale, Sweet Pea, Parsnip, Potato, TulipLoves Complete Breakfast, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Salmon DinnerCarolineWin 7Likes Blue Jazz, Corn, Crocus, Eggplant, Fairy Rose, Parsnip, Radish, Tomato Loves Fish Taco, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Summer SpangleClintWin 26Likes Copper Bar, Iron Bar, Parsnip, TomatoLoves Aquamarine, Artichoke Dip, Emerald, Fiddlehead Risotto, Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Omni Geode, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, RubyDemetriusSum 19Likes Corn, Hot Pepper, Parsnip, Purple MushroomLoves Bean Hotpot, Ice Cream, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Rice Pudding, StrawberryDwarfSum 22Likes Dwarf Scroll I-IV, Dwarvish Helm, Dwarf GadgetLoves Amethyst, Aquamarine, Emerald, Jade, Omni Geode, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Ruby, TopazElliottFal 5Likes Octopus, Parsnip, Squid, TulipLoves Crab Cakes, Duck Feather, Lobster, Pomegranate, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Tom Kha SoupEmilySpr 27Likes Crocus, Daffodil, ParsnipLoves Amethyst, Aquamarine, Cloth, Emerald, Jade, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Ruby, Survival Burger, WoolEvelynWin 20Likes Baked Fish, Crocus, Daffodil, Summer Spangle, Sweet PeaLoves Beets, Chocolate Cake, Diamond, Fairy Rose, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Stuffing, TulipGeorgeFal 24Likes DaffodilLoves Fried Mushroom, Lee, Rabbit's FootGusSum 8Likes Cauliflower, Kale, Parsnip, Potato, TulipLoves Diamond, Escargot, Fish Taco, Orange, Rabbit's FootHaleySpr 14Likes Crocus, Daffodil, Sweet Pea, TulipLoves Coconut, Fruit Salad, Pink Cake, Rabbit's Foot, SunflowerHarveyWin 14Likes Blackberry, Blueberry, Bok Choy, Corn, Daffodil, Duck Egg, Duck Feather, Goat Milk, Grape, Melon, Parsnip, Potato, Purple Mushroom, Strawberry, Wild PlumLoves Coffee, Lobster Bisque, Pickles, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Super Meal, Truffle Oil, WineJasSum 4Likes Coconut, Crocus, Daffodil, Sweet Pea, TulipLoves Fairy Rose, Pink Cake, Plum Pudding, Rabbit's FootJodiFal 11Likes Eggs, Milk, Fruits (not Spice Berry), Parsnip, Sweet PeaLoves Chocolate Cake, Crispy Bass, Diamond, Eggplant Parmesan, Fried Eel, Pancakes, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Vegetable MedleyKentSpr 4Likes Daffodil, Eggs (not void), Fruits, Parsnip, Sweet PeaLoves Fiddlehead Risotto, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Roasted HazelnutsKrobusWin 1Likes Gold Bars (never cooked foods)Loves Diamond, Iridium Bars, Pumpkin, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Void Eggs, Wild HorseradishLeahWin 23Likes Chanterelle, Cheese, Common Mushroom, Crocus, Holly, MorelLoves Goat Cheese, Poppyseed Muffin, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Salad, Stir Fry, Vegetable Medley, WineLewisSpr 7Likes Blueberry, Cactus Fruit, Coconut, Corn, ParsnipLoves Autumn's Bounty, Glazed Yams, Hot Pepper, Rabbit's FootLinusWin 3Likes Chanterelle, Common Mushroom, Corn, Eggs, Fruits, Milk, VegetablesLoves Blueberry Tart, Cactus Fruit, Coconut, Dish of the Sea, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, YamMarnieFal 18Likes Blue Jazz, Eggs (not Void), Corn, Garlic, Milk, Parsnip, Sweet PeaLoves Diamond, Farmer's Lunch, Pink Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Rabbit's FootMaruSum 10Likes Amaranth, Copper Bar, Crocus, Eggplant, Iron Bar, Parsnip, Sweet Pea, YamLoves Battery Pack, Cauliflower, Cheese Cauliflower, Diamond, Gold Bar, Iridium Bar, Miner's Treat, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Rhubarb Pie, StrawberryPamSpr 18Likes Blackberry, Crocus, Milk, Sweet PeaLoves Beer, Cactus Fruit, Glazed Yams, Pale Ale, Parsnip Soup, Parsnip, Rabbit's FootPennyFal 2Likes Corn, Dandelion, Leek, Parsnip, Sweet Pea, Sunflower, Sweet Pea, TulipLoves Diamond, Emerald, Melon, Poppy, Red Plate, Roots Platter, Sandfish, Tom Kha SoupPierreSpr 26Likes Blue Jazz, Cauliflower, Eggs, Eggplant, Green Beans, Parsnip, Potato, Sweet Pea, TulipLoves Fried Calamari, Rabbit's FootRobinFal 21Likes Blue Jazz, Crocus, Sweet Pea, TulipLoves Goat Cheese, Peach, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, SpaghettiSamSum 17Likes Joja Cola, EggLoves Cactus Fruit, Maple Bar, Pizza, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, TigerseyeSandyFal 15FruitLoves Crocus, Daffodil, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Sweet PeaSebastianWin 10Likes Cauliflower, Parsnip, Potato, Pumpkin, TomatoLoves Frozen Tear, Obsidian, Pumpkin Soup, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Sashimi, Void EggsShaneSpr 20Likes Blue Jazz, Corn, Eggs, Fairy Rose, Fruit, Green Bean, Sweet Pea Loves Beer, Hot Pepper, Pepper Poppers, Pizza, Rabbit's FootVincentSpr 10Likes Clam, Coconut, Crocus, DaffodilLoves Cranberry Candy, Grape, Pink Cake, Rabbit's FootWillySum 24Likes Gold Bar, Green Bean, Kale, Lingcod, Parsnip, Potato, Sweet Pea, Tiger Trout, TulipLoves Catfish, Diamond, Iridium Bar, Octopus, Pumpkin, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Sea Cucumber, SturgeonWizardWin 17Likes Amaranth, Blue Jazz, Esperite, Parsnip, Thunder EggLoves Purple Mushroom, Prismatic Shard, Rabbit's Foot, Solar Essence, Void Essence


What is the most loved gift in Stardew Valley?

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  • 8 Honey. ...
  • 7 Maple Syrup. ...
  • 6 Fruit Tree Fruit. ...
  • 5 Prismatic Shard. ...
  • 4 Rabbit's Foot. ...
  • 3 Magic Rock Candy. ...
  • 2 Golden Pumpkin. ...
  • 1 Pearl. Like the previous two items, this gift is adored by each and every villager.
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Can your boyfriend propose to you Stardew Valley?

How to Get Propose and Get Married in Stardew Valley. Once you reach friendship level 10 with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can propose. To do so, you'll need an upgraded farmhouse, have repaired the bridge on the beach, and have 5000g.

Can you get 10 hearts with everyone in Stardew Valley without bouquet?

To do so, you need to reach eight hearts first and then give them a loved birthday gift and the friendship points will increase up to 10 hearts, so you'll be able to see all 10 hearts events without dating the whole town.

Can you get 10 hearts with everyone in Stardew Valley?

It is possible to give a bouquet to any and all marriage candidates, and raise all their friendship levels to 10 hearts, without damage to your relationships with other romantic partners, so long as you have not yet proposed.

What do the GREY hearts mean Stardew Valley?

Gray hearts in Stardew Valley means that players are walled off from advancing their friendship with a character further. This is seen with bachelors and bachelorettes that the player isn't currently romantically involved with. Players can remedy this by giving the characters a bouquet to start a romantic relationship.

Does Abigail like crocus?

She also *really* likes quartz. Plus sweet pea, crocus, fairy rose, and other flowers. Basically lots of flowers and rocks and some of the things that almost all villagers like, like spaghetti.

Who should I marry in Stardew Valley?

Updated on August 24th, 2021 by Anastasia Maillot: The question of the ideal marriage partner in Stardew Valley is a constant point of discussion among fans.
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  • 5 Best: Emily.
  • 6 Worst: Sam. ...
  • 7 Best: Maru. ...
  • 8 Worst: Alex. ...
  • 9 Best: Harvey. ...
  • 10 Worst: Penny. ...
  • 11 Best: Shane. ...
  • 12 Worst: Haley. ...
Aug 25, 2021

What is one thing everyone likes in Stardew Valley?

All Universal Likes except Cheese, Goat Cheese, Bluebarry Tart, Chocolate Cake, Cookie, Cranberry Sauce, Fried Mushroom, Glazed Yams, Hashbrowns, Ice Cream, Pancakes, Pink Cake, Pizza, Rhubarb Pie, and Rice Pudding.


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