Sam Gift Guide in Stardew Valley

In Short
  • Sam's loved gifts in Stardew Valley include universally loved items, cactus fruit, maple bar, pizza and tigerseye.
  • The gifts Sam likes are most universally liked gifts, joja cola, and most eggs in the game.
  • If you give Sam most neutral gifts, most fruit, or any milk item, he'll respond neutrally toward them.

Sam is one of the marriage candidates in Stardew Valley. He’s a friendly outgoing guy with spikey blonde hair. He lives in the bottom left house in Pelican Town with his mom, brother, and from the second year, his dad. If you like Sam and want him to be your Stardew Valley partner, keep reading as we will tell you what his liked and disliked gifts are. This will help level up your relationship with Sam quickly in Stardew Valley.

Loved Gifts

Sam’s loved gifts include cactus fruit, maple bar, pizza, tigerseye, and every other universally loved gift. Most of these are pretty easy to get and don’t require much effort.

The easiest ones we can recommend are the maple bar and pizza. Cactus fruit is also easy to obtain, but it does require you to have the desert unlocked.

When you give Sam a loved gift, he will say: “Aw, yea! This is my absolute favorite!” You will then receive 80 friendship points. It’s only possible to give a villager one gift a day and two gifts per week in total. If you give Sam a gift on his birthday, which is on Summer 17, you’ll receive 640 friendship points or 2.5 hearts, thanks to the multiplier of 8.

Also, if you give Sam a gift for the Feast of the Winter Star festival, you’ll get 400 friendship points or 1.6 hearts.

What Sam says when you give him the gift he loves in Stardew Valley
CactusCactus fruit is a forage item in the desert area. You can also buy it from Sandy at Oasis on Tuesdays for 150g. Traveling merchant can also sell this item randomly for 225-1000g.
Maple BarMaple bar is a cooking item you can make in the kitchen in your upgraded house or using the cooking kit available after reaching level 9 of the foraging skill. It requires one maple syrup, one sugar, and one wheat flour.
PizzaYou can buy pizza for 600g at the Stardrop Saloon or make it using one wheat flour, one tomato, and one cheese.
TigerseyeTigerseye is a mineral you can get only by opening magma and omni geodes.
Golden PumpkinYou can obtain the golden pumpkin by completing the maze at the Spirit’s Eve festival and in artifact troves.
Magic Rock CandyThis unique item is a drop from haunted skulls, can be purchased from the desert trader for prismatic shards, and is a reward for donating 90 items to the museum.
PearlSome of the ways you can obtain a pearl are by fishing in the night market submarine, from a fish pond that contains blobfish, and from artifact troves.
Prismatic ShardYou can get this precious mineral by mining mystic stones and iridium nodes, as well as opening omni geodes, fishing treasure chests, and treasure chests in special rooms inside Skull Cavern.
Rabbit’s FootYou can obtain the rabbit’s foot from rabbits and the traveling cart for 1695-2825g.

Liked Gifts

Sam’s liked gifts in Stardew Valley include universal gifts such as most artisan goods, most cooking items, most flowers, most foraged minerals, all fruit tree fruits, most gems, life elixir, maple syrup, and pina colada.

Also, he even likes Joja cola and all egg items, except the void and dinosaur eggs. When you give him one of these gifts he’ll say: “Thanks! I really like this.” You’ll receive 45 friendship points on a regular day.

What Sam says when you give him the gift he likes
Most eggsAcquire eggs from various animals, except void and dinosaur egg
Joja colaJoja cola appears in garbage cans and can be obtained by fishing, buying it from Joja Mart, or from a vending machine in the Stardrop Saloon.
Maple SyrupMaple syrup can be obtained from a tapper placed on a maple tree.
Life ElixirLife elixir is a craftable item that requires several types of mushrooms.
Most Artisan GoodsMake items like wool in a loom to get cloth, but skip the following: oil, void mayonnaise, duck mayonnaise, mayonnaise and pickles
Many Cooking ItemsSam likes most cooking items you can make in a kitchen, except fired egg, bread, strange bun, and seafoam pudding
Most Flowers (except Poppy)To obtain the flowers, you can plant and grow their seeds or forage in the world.
Most Foraged MineralsYou can get these by foraging in caves. Sam doesn’t like quarts, though
Most Fruit Tree FruitsSam like most fruit trees, except banana and mango
Most GemsYou’ll get the gems by breaking specific rocks.
Piña ColadaThis is a drink you can get by purchasing it from Gus at the beach resort bar for 600g.

Neutral Gifts

What Sam says when you give him the gift he is neutral toward in Stardew Valley

Neutral gifts include bread, rainbow shell, wheat, wool, fried eggs, duck feather, coral, most fruits, all milk types, and more. Giving Sam a neutral item will give you 20 friendship points and he’ll say: “You got that for me? Thanks!” Here is a complete list of neutral gifts for Sam:

  • Bread
  • Clam
  • Coral
  • Duck Feather
  • Fried Eggs
  • Hops
  • Nautilus Shell
  • Rainbow Shell
  • Roe
  • Squid Ink
  • Sweet Gem Berry
  • Tea Leaves
  • Truffle
  • Wheat
  • Wool
  • Most Fruit (except cactus fruit, fruit tree fruit, and salmonberry)
  • All Milk Items

Disliked Gifts

What Sam says when you give him the gift he doesn't like

The gifts Sam doesn’t like are most universally disliked items in Stardew Valley, along with most vegetables, many foraging items, and seaweed. If you give him one of these items, he’ll say: “Hmm.. this is… interesting,” and you’ll lose 20 friendship points with him. Here is a list of gifts that Sam dislikes, and you should avoid giving them to him:

  • Building Material
  • Artifacts
  • Bombs
  • Crafted floors
  • Fences
  • Fertilizer
  • Most fish
  • Geodes and their minerals
  • Seeds
  • Sprinklers
  • Tackles
  • Oil
  • Rice
  • Vinegar
  • Cave carrot
  • Wheat flour
  • Most Vegetables (except hops, tea leaves, and wheat)
  • Chanterelle
  • Common mushroom
  • Daffodil
  • Dandelion
  • Ginger
  • Hazelnut
  • Holly
  • Leek
  • Magma cap
  • Morel
  • Purple mushroom
  • Quartz
  • Salmonberry
  • Snow yam
  • Wild horseradish
  • Winter root
  • Seaweed
  • and more

Hated Gifts

What Sam says when you give him the gift he hates

If you give Sam one of the following items as a gift in Stardew Valley, he’ll say: “You really don’t get it, huh?” and you’ll lose 40 friendship points with him. These items include most universally hated items, all types of metal bars, ores, coal, some artisan goods, and refined quartz.

  • Bait
  • Fossils
  • Monster loot
  • Trash
  • Warp totems
  • Hay
  • Carp
  • Crab pot
  • Grass starter
  • Green algae
  • Poppy
  • Red mushroom
  • Snail
  • Torch
  • Copper bar
  • Iron bar
  • Gold bar
  • Iridium bar
  • Radioactive bar
  • Copper ore
  • Iron ore
  • Gold ore
  • Iridium ore
  • Radioactive ore
  • Duck mayonnaise
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Coal
  • Refined quartz
  • and more

That’s all, everyone. Now you know what gifts Sam loves, likes, dislikes, and hates in Stardew Valley. As you can see, Sam is a pretty easy NPC to get together with. Simply talk to him regularly, give him gifts twice a week, and don’t forget his birthday to romance him. So, is Sam your favorite character? Let us know in the comments below!

How do you get 3 hearts with Sam?

Just like with all other NPCs, you should be persistent. Talk to Sam every day and give him gifts regularly. If you don’t do this, your relationship will slowly decay. Also, keep track of the date and give Sam his birthday gift, as this will boost your relationship a lot.

How old is Sam in Stardew Valley?

Sam is approximately 19-24 years old.

What gift should I give Sam?

The easiest gifts Sam loves are pizza, maple bar, and cactus fruit. You can easily buy sugar and wheat flour, as well as produce maple syrup early, so maple bars are a good early game gift for Sam.

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