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Story of Seasons Gift Giving: Universally liked gifts and preferred gifts for every character in Pioneers of Olive Town explained

Tips on making everyone your best friend.

Gift giving is an important mechanic in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, especially if you want to get married or have a child.

Each character has a number of gifts they'll prefer above all others, which, if given, will help raise their Friendship Level faster. Some of these gifts, however, can be quite hard to find, so you can always give them one of the universally liked gifts instead.

Giving gifts will also help increase your Communication Skill, which will provide small boosts to your friendship growth with the residents of Olive Town as you level it up.

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Communication Skill in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town explained

The Communication Skill is one of the 12 skills you'll level up while Pioneers of Olive town and, as the name suggests, it covers all your interactions with the residents of Olive Town.

While it may appear to be the least important skill in the game, increasing your Communication Skill will provide you with boosts to your friendship growth, allowing you to increase a character's Friendship Level fast, and crafting recipes for items, such as the universally liked gifts and makers.

The Communication Skill is divided into 10 separate levels and it's easily levelled up by talking to Olive Town residents, giving them gifts and gradually increasing their Friendship Level.

Gift Giving in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town explained

The easiest way to make friends in Pioneers of Olive Town is to give a character a gift.

Each resident of Olive Town has an item, or even multiple items, which they prefer above all others and giving them this specific item will grant you a bigger boost to their Friendship Level. These items can range from meals you've cooked in your kitchen to animal produce to furniture items.

Be careful though - every character has a couple of items, like the rubbish you may fish out of the river, which they absolutely hate; giving them one of these items will not go down well, so always pay attention to how someone reacts when you give them a gift.

Some villagers will dislike certain items.

You can gauge how much a character likes an item by the words they say and how many musical notes appear above their head; an enthusiastic response accompanied by a stream of musical notes means they love your gift.

There are also a number of universally liked items which every Olive Town resident will happily receive.

You should also give a resident a gift on their birthday, especially if you want to max out their Friendship Level. Thankfully, you can easily find a complete list of the resident's birthdays by visiting the Calendar in your Notebook.

The Autumn birthdays.

Since you can only give each resident one gift per day, it's a good idea to plan out who you want to befriend and which items you wish to give them. Especially since you'll need to hunt down that villager to give them the gift.

Thankfully, the Notebook will provide you with some assistance; not only does the Resident Information section keep track of who you've given gifts to each day, but the Map will give you a general idea of the residents current location.

You can see the current locations for the villagers on the map.

It's important to note, however, that you can't give gifts to the Earth Spirits, Pond Spirit or your child, as they don't have a Friendship Level or appear in the Residential Information section of your Notebook.

Universally liked gifts in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town explained

There are a number of items in Pioneers of Olive Town which are universally liked by all of the residents of Olive Town, such as the Fashionable Bracelet and Jewellery Locket.

You'll unlock these items by increasing your Communication Skill and, at first, they'll be on sale in the General Store. These items do, however, cost a significant amount of money, so you should only really purchase them if you have money to burn or want to quickly increase a character's Friendship Level.

For some Olive Town residents, these items like the Fashionable Bracelet are one of their favourite gifts, which, considering you can buy these items from the General Store, make them easy to befriend.

If you continue to level up your Communication Skill, you'll eventually unlock the crafting recipes for these items. While this will save you money, the recipes do consume a number of useful items, the Fashionable Bracelet requires 15 Silver Ingots and one Emerald for example, so you may prefer to continue buying them from the General Store.

The universally liked gifts include:

  • Jewellery Ring
  • Jewellery Locket
  • Fashionable Bracelet
  • Shiny Watch

Bachelorette preferred gift ideas in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town explained

Each of the five bachelorettes in Pioneers of Olive Town have a number of gifts which, if given to them, will help you quickly win their hearts.

It's important to note that, if you marry one of these women, their max Friendship Level will be increased to 15, with these final five levels being harder to reach than the ones before it.

Obtaining these new levels is one of the requirements for having a child, so, if you want to build a family, make sure you give your new wife gifts!

Below you can find a selection of the preferred gifts for each of the bachelorettes in Pioneers of Olive Town:

BacheloretteGift Ideas
BlaireDaisy
Fashionable Bracelet
Rose
BridgetDeluxe Fodder
Eggs +
Milk +
LauraOlive
Sunflower
Vegatable Juice
LinhMango
Mango Jam
Tea
ReinaFulgurite
Gibeon Stone
Lemon

Bachelor preferred gift ideas in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town explained

If you want to marry one of the five bachelors in Pioneers of Olive Town, then it's a good idea to know which items they prefer to be given above all else.

After you're married, your chosen bachelor's Friendship Level will gain an additional five levels, which will take you some time to fulfil. Once you do, however, you'll be able to have a child with your new husband.

Here are some of the preferred gifts for each of the bachelors in Pioneers of Olive Town:

BachelorGift Ideas
DamonAlpaca Cloth
Coffee
Ruby
EmilioFashionable Bracelet
Sunflower
Watermelon
IoriMatsutake Mushroom
Mysterious Fishing Bait
Shiitake Mushroom
JackChuka Soba
Gaint Bear Carving
Pudding
RalphBread
Mixed Soup
Pot-Au-Feu

For more help with Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, check out our marriage and romance candidate guide, how to get divorced or have a child and how to find all the tools.


Olive Town preferred residents gift ideas in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town explained

Below you can find some of the preferred gifts for every non-romanceable residents in Olive Town:

ResidentGift Ideas
AngelaButter
Fashionable Bracelet
Sapphire
BethAmbergris
Curry Rice
Olive Crystal
CindyPudding
Suffolk Wool
Yoghurt
ClemensGrilled Fish
Mont Blanc
Orichalcum Ingot
DosetsuKitsune Udon
Shellfish Soup
Soy Sauce
GeorgAny egg
Egg Salad
Fried Egg
GloriaEarth Concerto
Fruit Compôte
Jewelry Locket
JacopoFruit Perfume
Jewelry Locket
Pizza
JasonCookies
Hibiscus
Jewelry Locket
JeanneCocoa Powder
Emerald
Floral Perfume
JessieHoney
Pudding
Shiitake Mushroom
KarinaFashionable Bracelet
Ruby
Tea
LarsFashionable Bracelet
Jewelry Ring
Pizza
LovettAcquaa Pazza
Fashionable Bracelet
Tomato Juice
ManuelaEmerald
Jewelry Locket
Pineapple
MarcosClam Chowder
Grilled Fish
Sweet Potato
MikeyBanana
Gibeon Stone
Pizza
MisakiLemon
Moonlight Nocturne
Rainbow Bouquet
NguyenMysterious Fish Bait
Sunflower
Tulip
NigelBrick Maker
Egg Sandwich
Lumber Maker
NormanBacked Apple
Mysterious Fish Bait
Potato Salad
PatriciaJewelry Locket
Peach
Rabbit Fur
RaulFashionable Bracelet
Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise Maker
SallyJewelry Ring
Orange
Tea
SimonPudding
Shiitake Mushroom
Shimeji Mushroom
SydneyBlack Rose
Tomato Juice
Yoghurt
VictorCooked White Rice
Melon
Spendid Street Lamp

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