Stardew Valley

The Best Gifts for Willy in Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley offers players a rich and immersive farming experience, complete with a diverse cast of characters to interact with. Among them is Willy, the friendly fisherman who runs the shop at the beach. 

In this guide, we will explore Willy’s gift preferences, schedule, and heart events, providing valuable insights to help players deepen their relationship with him and unlock unique rewards.

Willy's Gift Preferences

Understanding Willy’s preferred gifts is crucial to nurturing a strong bond. Here is a breakdown of his favorite (Loves) and liked (Likes) gifts:

Willy's Favorite Gifts (Loves)

Table 1: Willy’s Favorite Gifts (Loves)




Iridium Bar





Sea Cucumber

All Universal Loves

Willy's Liked Gifts (Likes)

Table 2: Willy’s Liked Gifts (Likes)


Baked Fish

Carp Surprise


Crab Cakes

Crispy Bass

Fish Stew

Fish Taco

Fried Calamari

Fried Eel

Gold Bar


Lobster Bisque

Salmon Dinner

Seafoam Pudding

Trout Soup

Tiger Trout


All Universal Likes (Except Life Elixir, all cooking recipes except for fish dishes, which include Dish O’ The Sea, Maki Roll, and Sashimi)

Willy's Gift Reactions

Knowing how Willy reacts to different gifts is essential for optimizing your relationship-building efforts. Let’s categorize his responses:

Gifts that elicit a positive reaction (Loves and Likes)

Willy will express gratitude and happiness when presented with gifts from his favorite and liked categories. It will significantly increase his friendship points, making it easier to progress in your relationship with him.

Below is Willy’s Love Response:
This is great! If only me ol’ Pappy were around. He’d go nuts for this.”

While below is Willy’s Like Response:
“This looks great. Thank you!”

Neutral gifts that do not significantly affect relationship points

Some gifts fall into a neutral category, neither impressing nor disappointing Willy. While these gifts won’t contribute greatly to building your bond, they won’t negatively impact you, as gifting neutral items add minimal relationship points.

Gifts that Willy Dislikes

Certain items do not align with Willy’s preferences, resulting in a slightly negative response when given to him. It’s advisable to avoid these gifts to maintain a positive rapport.

Table 3: Willy’s Disliked Gifts



Common Mushroom







Life Elixir

Magma Cap


Purple Mushroom


Snow Yam

Wild Horseradish

Winter Root

All Universal Dislikes (except iron bar, gold bar, and fish)
All cooking (except fish-related recipes)

Gifts that Willy Hates

There are a few gifts that Willy outright dislikes. Offering these items will notably adversely affect your relationship, so it’s best to avoid them entirely.

Table 4: Willy’s Disliked Gifts 


All Universal Hates (except Seafoam Pudding)

Willy's Schedule

To maximize your interactions with Willy, knowing his schedule is important. Here’s a breakdown of his routines on different days and weather conditions:

Table 5: Willy’s Regular Schedule



6:10 AM- 8:50 AM

Fishing (outside fish shop)

9:00 AM- 10:10 AM

Working at the fish shop

10:10 AM  – 1:30 PM

Off to Harvey’s Clinic

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Heads over to the Stardrop Saloon

5:00 – 11:20 

Leaves the Saloon and heads home

Willy's Heart Events

Reaching specific heart levels with Willy unlocks heart events that deepen your connection with him. Here are the heart events you can experience:

3 Hearts Event: Chowder recipe

Once you reach three hearts with Willy, he will mail you a Chowder recipe. This event further strengthens your relationship and showcases his culinary skills.

5 Hearts Event: Escargot recipe

At five hearts, Willy will send you the Escargot recipe. This event provides an opportunity for a heartfelt exchange and demonstrates his appreciation for your friendship.

Stardew Valley Willy Gift

6 Hearts Event: Beach interaction

You can experience a heartwarming interaction with Willy on the beach right outside his shop as he requests help with wrangling crab inside his shop.

7 Hearts Event: Fish Stew recipe

Upon reaching seven hearts, Willy will send you the Fish Stew recipe. This heart event solidifies your bond and showcases his expertise in crafting delightful dishes.

9 Hearts Event: Lobster Bisque recipe

Reaching nine hearts with Willy rewards you with the Lobster Bisque recipe. This final heart event represents the pinnacle of your relationship, symbolizing the trust and mutual admiration between you and Willy.


Developing a strong relationship with Willy in Stardew Valley is rewarding and beneficial. You can connect deeply with this beloved fisherman by understanding his gift preferences, schedule, and heart events.

Remember, the bonds you form in the game enrich the overall experience, unlocking unique rewards [1] and adding depth to the world of Stardew Valley.  

Mathew has nursed a love of video games since childhood. Now, as an adult, he enjoys playing challenging games as much as he enjoys relating with other gamers. Matthew created Hypernia to give gamers like himself accurate and reliable information about games, servers, communication protocols, and much more.

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