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"Stardew Valley" Gift Guide: Every Character's Loved and Hated Gifts

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K S Lane is a video game enthusiast who enjoys sharing tips and tricks about her favourite games.

One of the best aspects of the hit game Stardew Valley is the characters that you get to interact with on your farming journey. Building your friendships with your favourite characters by giving them gifts and discovering more aspects about their personality and background through the unlockable "heart-scenes" can be addictive. However, trying to increase your friendship with each player can also be tedious. Each character has specific gifts that they like and dislike. Because of this, one wrong gift can send days of friendship progress down the drain. To make things easier, this guide lists the 'loved,' 'liked,' and 'hated' gifts of each Stardew Valley character. It also details gifts that every character loves and the most cost-effective gift items to stock up on.

How Does Friendship in "Stardew Valley" Work?

The friendship mechanic in Stardew Valley is simple but effective. It works based on a heart system. Each character has a possible 10 hearts that can be filled (or 14 for your spouse). Every heart corresponds to 250 'friendship points.' Simply talking to a character will net you 20 points and completing a quest for them will give you 150 points. By far the easiest way to quickly level up your friendships is to give characters gifts. Each villager has certain items that they 'love,' 'like,' feel 'neutral' towards, 'dislike,' and 'hate.' Giving loved, liked, or neutral gifts will increase your friendship points, while giving disliked or hated gifts will decrease points. Two gifts can be given to each character every week. On a character's birthday, the amount of points you receive is multiplied by eight. The table below lists how many points are given for each type of gift.

Each level of gift in "Stardew Valley" will net you a unique number of friendship points

Type of GiftFriendship Points Earned

Loved

+ 80 points

Liked

+ 45 points

Neutral

+ 20 points

Disliked

- 20 points

Hated

- 40 points

Universally Loved Gifts in "Stardew Valley"

Some items in Stardew Valley are universally loved by everyone who receives them. If you have a specific character that you want to increase your friendship with quickly, giving them one of these gifts is a sure-fire way to gain hearts. However, these items are generally high-value or otherwise difficult to find, which doesn't necessarily make them an ideal choice for mass-giving if you want to improve your hearts with everyone. Universally-loved gifts include the following:

  • Golden pumpkin
  • Pearl
  • Magic rock candy
  • Prismatic shard (except Haley)
  • Rabbit's foot (except Penny)

Universally Hated Gifts in "Stardew Valley"

Just as there are gifts that all characters like, there are also gifts that all characters hate. These are the items that you shouldn't give to any character under any circumstance, as it will mean that your friendship level with them will decrease significantly. Some of these items, such as trash, are fairly obvious, while others are more surprising. Universally hated gifts include the following:

  • All bait
  • All fossils
  • All trash (except driftwood)
  • All totems
  • Copper ore and iron ore
  • Seaweed, white algae, and green algae
  • Flute and drum blocks
  • Energy tonic and muscle remedy
  • Hay and grass starter
  • Sap
  • Explosive ammo
  • Sugar
  • Torches
  • Sea urchin
  • Crab pot
  • Fairy dust
  • Monster musk
  • Red mushroom
  • Slime egg
  • Strange bun

Gifts for "Stardew Valley" Dateable Characters

Here are the gifts that each dateable character will love, like or hate.

Abigail

  • Loved Gifts: Spicy Eel, Amethyst, Pumpkin, Pufferfish, Banana Pudding, Blackberry Cobbler, Chocolate Cake
  • Liked Gifts: Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: Clay, Holly

Alex

  • Loved Gifts: Complete Breakfast, Salmon Dinner
  • Liked Gifts: Eggs, Duck Eggs
  • Hated Gifts: Holly, Quartz

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Elliot

  • Loved Gifts: Crab Cakes, Duck Feather, Lobster, Pomegranate, Squid Ink, Tom Kha Soup
  • Liked Gifts: Any Fruit, Lobster, Octopus
  • Hated Gifts: Amaranth, Quartz, Salmonberry, Seacucumber

Emily

  • Loved Gifts: Any Gemstone, Cloth, Wool, Survival Burger
  • Liked Gifts: Daffodil, Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: Fish Taco, Salmon Dinner, Maki Roll, Sashimi, Holly

Haley

  • Loved Gifts: Coconut, Pink Cake, Fruit Salad, Sunflower
  • Liked Gifts: Daffodil
  • Hated Gifts: Clay, Prismatic Shard, Wild Horseradish, Any Fish

Harvey

  • Loved Gifts: Coffee, Pickles, Supermeal, Truffle Oil, Wine
  • Liked Gifts: All Fruit, All Mushrooms (except Red Mushrooms), All Spring Forageables, All Winter Forageables (except Crocus), Hazelnut, Goat Milk, Duck Egg, Duck Feather, Ginger, Quartz.
  • Hated Gifts: Coral, Nautilus Shell, Rainbow Shell, Salmonberry, Spice Berry

Leah

  • Loved Gifts: Goat Cheese, Poppyseed Muffin, Stir Fry, Truffle, Salad, Wine, Vegetable Medley
  • Liked Gifts: All Mushrooms (except Red), All Fruit, All Spring Foreageables, All Winter Forageables (except Crocus), Eggs, Duck Eggs, Milk, Goat Milk, Ginger, Driftwood, Hazelnut
  • Hated Gifts: Bread, Hashbrowns, Pancakes, Pizza, Void Egg

Maru

  • Loved Gifts: Battery Pack, Cauliflower, Iridium Bar, Strawberries, Pepper Poppers, Miner's Treat, Rhubarb Pie, Radioactive Bar, Diamond, Cheese Cauliflower, Gold Bar
  • Liked Gifts: Copper Bar, Iron Bar, Oak Resin, Pine Tar, Quartz, Radioactive Ore
  • Hated Gifts: Holly, Honey, Pickles, Snow Yam, Truffle

Penny

  • Loved Gifts: Emerald, Tom Kha Soup, Poppy, Melon, Diamond, Poppyseed Muffin, Sandfish, Red Plate, Roots Platter
  • Liked Gifts: All Artifacts, Milk, Goat Milk, Dandelion, Leek
  • Hated Gifts: Beer, Wine, Pale Ale, Pina Colada, Mead, Hops, Grape, Holly, Rabbit's Foot

Sam

  • Loved Gifts: Cactus Fruit, Maple Bar, Pizza, Tigerseye
  • Liked Gifts: Joja Cola, Eggs, Duck Eggs
  • Hated Gifts: Coal, Copper Bar, Duck Mayonnaise, Gold Bar, Gold Ore, Iridium Bar, Iridium Ore, Iron Bar, Mayonnaise, Pickles, Refined Quartz

Sebastian

  • Loved Gifts: Frozen Tear, Obsidian, Pumpkin Soup, Sashimi, Void Egg
  • Liked Gifts: Flounder, Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: Any Artisan Good (except oils), Clay, Complete Breakfast, Farmer's Lunch, Omelette

Shane

  • Loved Gifts: Pizza, Hot Pepper, Pepper Poppers, Beer
  • Liked Gifts: All Fruit, Egg, Duck Egg
  • Hated Gifts: Pickles, Quartz

Gifts for the Remaining "Stardew Valley" Characters

Here is some gift info for the remaining characters.

Caroline

  • Loved Gifts: Fish Taco, Green Tea, Tropical Curry, Summer Spangle
  • Liked Gifts: Daffodil, Tea Leaves
  • Hated Gifts: Quartz, Salmonberry

Clint

  • Loved Gifts: All Gemstones, Gold Bar, Artichoke Dip, Fiddlehead Risotto, Omni Geode
  • Liked Gifts: Copper Bar, Iron Bar,
  • Hated Gifts: Holly

Demetrius

  • Loved Gifts: Strawberry, Bean Hotpot, Ice Cream, Rice Pudding
  • Liked Gifts: Egg, Duck Egg, Purple Mushroom, All Fruit
  • Hated Gifts: Holly

Dwarf

  • Loved Gifts: All Gemstones, Omni Geode
  • Liked Gifts: All Artifacts, Cave Carrot, Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: None!

Evelyn

  • Loved Gifts: Diamond, Chocolate Cake, Beet, Fairy Rose, Stuffing, Tulip
  • Liked Gifts: Milk, Goat Milk, Daffodil
  • Hated Gifts: All Fish, Clam, Clay, Coral, Fried Eel, Garlic, Holly, Maki Roll, Salmonberry, Sashimi, Spice Berry, Spicy Eel, Trout Soup

George

  • Loved Gifts: Fried Mushroom, Leek
  • Liked Gifts: Daffodil
  • Hated Gifts: Clay, Dandelion, Holly, Quartz

Gus

  • Loved Gifts: Diamond, Tropical Curry, Escargot, Fish Taco, Orange
  • Liked Gifts: Daffodil
  • Hated Gifts: Coleslaw, Holly, Quartz

Jas

  • Loved Gifts: Fairy Rose, Pink Cake, Plum Pudding
  • Liked Gifts: Daffodil, Coconut
  • Hated Gifts: All Artisan Goods (except Jelly, Honey, and Oil), Clay, Triple Shot Expresso, Wild Horseradish

Jodie

  • Loved Gifts: Crispy Bass, Chocolate Cake, Diamond, Eggplant Parmesan, Fried Eel, Rhubarb Pie, Pancakes, Vegetable Medley
  • Liked Gifts: All Fruit, Egg, Duck Egg, Milk, Goat Milk
  • Hated Gifts: Daffodil, Dandelion, Spiceberry

Kent

  • Loved Gifts: Fiddlehead Risotto, Roasted Hazelnuts
  • Liked Gifts: All Fruit, Egg, Duck Egg, Daffodil
  • Hated Gifts: Milk, Goat Milk, Algae Soup, Sashimi, Tortilla, Holly

Krobus

  • Loved Gifts: Iridum Bar, Void Egg, Diamond, Pumpkin, Void Mayonnaise, Wild Horseradish
  • Liked Gifts: Seafoam Pudding, Gold Bar, Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: Nothing!

Leo

  • Loved Gifts: Poi, Duck Feather, Mango, Ostrich Egg
  • Liked Gifts: Dragon Tooth, Nautilus Shell, Quartz, Rainbow Shell, Sea Urchin, Spice Berry
  • Hated Gifts: Beer, Pale Ale, Wine, Pina Colada, Mead, Oil, Holly, Unmilled Rice, Triple Shot Expresso, Hops, Morel

Mayor Lewis

  • Loved Gifts: Hot Pepper, Green Tea, Autumn's Bounty, Glazed Yams, Vegetable Medley
  • Liked Gifts: Blueberry, Cactus Fruit, Coconut
  • Hated Gifts: Holly, Quartz

Linus

  • Loved Gifts: Blueberry Tart, Cactus Fruit, Coconut, Yam, Dish 'o the Sea
  • Liked Gifts: All Fruit, All Mushrooms (except Red), Egg, Duck Egg, Milk, Goat Milk, All Spring Forageables, All Winter Forageables (except Crocus), Hazelnut, Ginger
  • Hated Gifts: None!

Marnie

  • Loved Gifts: Farmer's Lunch, Diamond, Pink Cake, Pumpkin Pie
  • Liked Gifts: Egg, Duck Egg, Milk, Goat Milk, Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: Clay, Holly

Pam

  • Loved Gifts: Beer, Mead, Pale Ale, Pina Colada, Cactus Fruit, Parsnip, Parsnip Soup, Glazed Yams
  • Liked Gifts: All Fruit, Milk, Goat Milk, Daffodil
  • Hated Gifts: Holly, Octopus, Squid

Pierre

  • Loved Gifts: Fried Calamari
  • Liked Gifts: Egg, Duck Egg, Milk, Goat Milk, Daffodil, Dandelion
  • Hated Gifts: All Fish, Corn, Garlic, Parsnip Soup, Tortilla

Robin

  • Loved Gifts: Goat Cheese, Peach, Spaghetti
  • Liked Gifts: Milk, Goat Milk, Hardwood, Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: Holly

Sandy

  • Loved Gifts: Crocus, Daffodil, Mango Sticky Rice, Sweet Pea
  • Liked Gifts: All Fruit, Goat Milk, Quartz, Wool
  • Hated Gifts: Holly

Vincent

  • Loved Gifts: Grape, Pink Cake, Snail, Cranberry Candy, Ginger Ale
  • Liked Gifts: Coconut, Daffodil
  • Hated Gifts: All Artisan Goods (except Jelly, Honey, and Oil), Clay, Triple Shot Expresso, Wild Horseradish

Willy

  • Loved Gifts: Diamond, Iridium Bar, Catfish, Octopus, Sturgeon, Sea Cucumber, Mead, Pumpkin
  • Liked Gifts: Gold Bar, Quartz, Lingcod, Tiger Trout, Seafoam Pudding
  • Hated Gifts: Nothing!

Wizard

  • Loved Gifts: Solar Essence, Void Essence, Sea Cucumber, Purple Mushroom
  • Liked Gifts: All Minerals, Quartz
  • Hated Gifts: Nothing!

The Best "Stardew Valley" Gifts

While it would seem that the universally 'loved' items are obviously the best gifts, this isn't true. Most universally 'loved' items are either difficult to obtain or highly valuable, meaning that selling them or using them in crafting is usually more practical. Instead, by using knowledge of each character 'loved' gifts and by comparing the value of each item, the truly best gift items in Stardew Valley are revealed. These include the following:

  • Pumpkin:

    Arguably the best gift item in Stardew Valley is pumpkins. They're loved by many characters, including Abigail, Krobus, and Willy. Marnie also loves pumpkin pie, which obviously requires pumpkin to make, and Sebastian loves pumpkin soup. Almost all other characters at least like pumpkins. While pumpkins are slightly more valuable than some of the other gifts on this list, they're still far less valuable than any of the universally loved items and, being a crop, are fairly easy to obtain. For other worthwhile crops, check out The Best Crops in Stardew Valley.

  • Hot Pepper:

    Hot peppers are loved by Shane and Mayor Lewis and liked by many others. Maru also loves pepper poppers, which include hot peppers as an ingredient. Peppers are grown in summer and are very easy to obtain, given that each pepper seed you buy will yield multiple crops. Hot peppers aren't worth much, even when made into preserves, which means that their best use is definitely as a gift.

  • Daffodil:

    Daffodils are Spring forageables and are thus abundant in your very first season playing Stardew Valley. They're loved by Sandy and liked by almost everyone else (but be aware that Jodie hates them). Like hot peppers they're not worth very much, making them a great early game gift item.

  • Rabbit's Foot:

    Rabbit's feet are a universally loved gift (except by Penny). While the other universally loved items didn't make the cut, rabbit's feet are fairly simple to come across once you have a few rabbits and don't have any uses. They're quite a valuable item, but players who are trying to max out all of their friendships quickly might see this as an acceptable sacrifice.

  • Eggs and Milk:

    Eggs and milk are easily obtainable once you've started buying some animals. They're liked items for almost every character, which makes them an ideal gift item to keep on hand.

  • Fruit Tree Fruits:

    Once you get a good crop of fruit trees growing, or if you select the 'bats' option for the cave on your farm, obtaining tree fruit is very easy. While you can make good money by selling fruits, they're a universally liked gift, which makes them a great item for gifting.

  • Vegetable Medley:

    Vegetable medley is loved by Leah, Jodie, and Mayor Lewis. It's a reasonably simple recipe to cook, requiring only a tomato and a beet to cook, and is thus a fairly cheap and easy gift item.

  • Strawberry:

    Strawberries are loved by Maru and Demetrius, so if you want to befriend the scientific duo they're a good gift item. They're also liked by many other players, although they're a reasonably valuable crop and their seeds can only be bought during the Egg Festival.

Interesting Notes About "Stardew Valley" Gifts

  • Sisters Haley and Emily may seem completely different, but actually have similar tastes. Both hate seafood but like daffodils.
  • For some reason, Haley despises prismatic shards
  • Despite seeming very different, Leah and Harvey have very similar likes
  • Penny hates anything to do with alcohol, including hops.
  • Sam likes eggs but hates mayonnaise
  • The Dwarf, Krobus, Willy, the Wizard, and Linus don't hate anything
  • Grumpy George hates fewer gifts than his sweet-natured wife Evelyn
  • Quartz is the most polarising gift. 13 characters list it as a 'liked' gift, while 8 characters 'hate' it.

© 2021 K S Lane

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