What Should You Spend Nook Miles on First? | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is a guide on Nook Miles exclusive items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Here you can find exclusive upgrades, recipes, and recipe set purchasable through Nook Miles. Read on to see our ratings and recommendations.

What Should You Spend Nook Miles On?

Nook Miles Exclusive Upgrades and Recipe Sets

Exclusive Item Req. Miles Recommendation
Pocket Organization Guide 5,000~8,000 Miles ★★★★★
Pretty Good Tools Recipes 3,000 Miles ★★★★☆
Tool Ring: It's Essential! 800 Miles ★★★★☆
Hairstyles and Colors (3 Types) 2,400 ~ 3,000 Miles ★★★☆☆
Custom Design Pro Editor 800 Miles ★★★☆☆
Nook Miles Ticket 2,000 Miles ★★★☆☆
Nook Inc. Novelty Items 600〜800 Miles ★★☆☆☆

First: Pocket Organization Guide

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The very first thing we recommend spending your Nook Miles on would be the Pocket Organization Guide. This item will let you carry even more items in your inventory.

There are two inventory upgrades, from 20 to 30 slots and from 30 to 40 slots. Needless to say, you should get both as early as possible!

Next: Pretty Good Tools Recipes

Pretty Good Tools
The next item you should go for is the one titled Pretty Good Tools Recipes.

This will allow you to create normal Tools as opposed to their Flimsy versions. All Tools will break, but the higher durability is worth the extra materials.

Pretty Good Tools Recipes

Stone Axe ImageStone Axe Axe ImageAxe Shovel ImageShovel
Fishing Rod ImageFishing Rod Net ImageNet Watering Can ImageWatering Can

For Axes, you get both a normal Axe and a Stone Axe, so you can avoid chopping down trees if you want materials but don't want to have to grow new trees all the time either.

Also a Must: Tool Ring

Tool Ring
The Tool Ring is, in the game's own words, “essential”. This useful item will let you select your favorite tools and bring them up via a quick draw menu.

This will allow you to play more comfortably, as you don't need to dig through your stuffed inventory to find the tool you need.

Hairstyles and Hair Colors (If You Care About Appearance)

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If you want to increase the amount of hair styles and hair colors you have access to, you can buy these 3 items. This will give you more customization over your own character, and allow you to go about your day in style.

Item Price
Top 8 Pop Hairstyles 2,400 Nook Miles
Top 8 Cool Hairstyles 2,400 Nook Miles
Top 8 Stylish Hair Colors 3,000 Nook Miles

How to Change Your Face and Hair

Top 8 Pop Hairstyles

Top 8 Cool Hairstyles

Top 8 Stylish Hair Colors

Get 6 New Stylish Hairstyles

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Six new hairstyles were added in the Winter Update, giving you more options to style your character in the game!

Item Price
Top 6 Stylish Hairstyles 1,800 Nook Miles

Top 6 Stylish Hairstyles

Pro Editor if You Want More Dynamic Designs

Pro Editor

If you want to make your own pro designs right away, you'll need the Pro Editor. If you are used to the pro designs function of previous installments in the series, this one is a no-brainer!

How to Create Custom Designs & Use the Custom Design Pro Editor

Nook Miles Ticket to Farm Materials and Bells

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If you want to get as many Bells as quickly as possible, you'll want to buy a Nook Miles Ticket.

What is NMT (Nook Miles Ticket)?

With this ticket, you can travel to distant islands and get your hands on valuable bugs, as well as money-rocks. Therefore, this will be a great way to get lots of money quickly, so we recommend getting them after securing the other items.

They are also often used when trading online, so print out your tickets and get trading!

Recipe and Fruit Trading Board

Nook Inc. Novelties if You Have Extra Miles

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Once you have plenty of money and the other items, go for the Nook Inc. clothes and items. These Nook Inc. novelty items can only be obtained via the Nook Stop, a must for all true collectors.

Redeem the Hip Reaction Collection

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The Hip Reaction Collection added in the Winter Update adds nine new reactions to the game. It's a must-have if you play with friends and family as it makes communication with others easier!

Item Price
Hip Reaction Collection 2,700 Nook Miles

Hip Reaction Collection

Open to View
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Sit Down
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Wave Goodbye
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Take a Picture
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Sniff Sniff
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Work Out
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Here You Go

Should You Buy Bell Vouchers?

Don't Buy Bell Vouchers

Bell vouchers sell for 3000 Bells

Another unique item you can buy with Miles is the Bell Vouchers. Bell vouchers have a single purpose, being sold at Nook's Cranny for 3000 Bells.

Even if you are running low on Bells, we don't recommend buying Bell Vouchers. While 500 Miles is cheap, you can easily get 3000 Bells by selling Bugs, Fish or even Shells.

For more effective ways to make Bells, you can check our guide over here:
Money Making Guide | How to Get Bells Fast

How to Use Nook Miles

Redeem Miles for Items at the Nook Stop

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Nook Miles can be used at the Nook Stop (found inside Resident Services) to obtain exclusive items. Since these items and clothing articles cannot be obtained elsewhere, you're going to want to save a lot of Miles! See the link below for an explanation of the Nook Stop and Nook Miles.

Nook Stop Explained

Use Them to Pay for Your Getaway Package Loan

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Nook Miles can also be used to pay for your Getaway Package loan. If you are planning to upgrade to a house, you will first need to pay 5,000 Nook Miles.
How to Pay Off Your Loan and Upgrade Your Tent and House

Nook Miles Exclusive Items and Recipes

List of Special Items

Item Nook Miles
Nook Miles Ticket 2,000 Miles
Custom Design Pro Editor 800 Miles
Pretty Good Tools Recipes 3,000 Miles
Tool Ring: It's Essential! 800 Miles
Pocket Organization Guide (Additional 10 slots) 5,000 Miles
Top 8 Pop Hairstyles 2,400 Miles
Top 8 Cool Hairstyles 2,400 Miles
Top 8 Stylish Hair Colors 3,000 Miles

Added After Resident Services Upgrade

Item Nook Miles
Bell Voucher 500 Miles
Customizable Phone Case Kit 1,800 Miles
Ultimate Pocket Stuffing (Additional 10 slots) 8,000 Miles

Added After Unlocking the Island Designer App

Permit and Cost
Waterscaping Permit Waterscaping Permit
6,000 Miles
Cliff-Construction Permit Cliff Construction Permit
6,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile1.pngArched Tile Path Permit
2,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile2.pngBrick Path Permit
2,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile3.pngDark Dirt Path Permit
2,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile4.pngSand Path Permit
2,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile5.pngStone Path Permit
2,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile6.pngTerra-Cotta Tile Permit
2,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile7.pngWooden Path Permit
2,000 Miles
IslandDesignerTile8.pngCustom Design Path Permit
2,300 Miles
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Terraforming Guide | How to Use the Island Designer App

List of Nook Inc. Novelties

Item Name Nook Miles
Coral Nook Inc. Aloha Shirt*2 600 Miles
Green Nook Inc. Aloha Shirt*2 600 Miles
Nook Inc. Aloha Shirt 600 Miles
Nook Inc. Tee 600 Miles
Nook Inc. Blouson 800 Miles
Nook Inc. Bandanna 500 Miles
Nook Inc. Cap 500 Miles
Nook Inc. Eye mask 400 Miles
Nook Inc. Snorkel*3 400 Miles
Nook Inc. Socks 400 Miles
Nook Inc. Slippers 400 Miles
Nook Inc. Knapsack 800 Miles
Nook Inc. Wet Suit*3 800 Miles
Nook Inc. Umbrella 700 Miles
Nook Inc. Uchiwa Fan 400 Miles
Nook Inc. Handheld Pennant*4 500 Miles
Nook Inc. Wall 1,200 Miles
Nook Inc. Flooring 1,200 Miles
Nook Inc. Silk Rug* 600 Miles
Nook Inc. Botanical Rug 1,000 Miles
Nook Inc. Rug 1,000 Miles
Bell Bag Rug*2 1,200 Miles

* Free to download if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

*2 Added in the Ver 1.2 update.

*3 Added in the Ver 1.3 update.

*4 Added in the Ver 1.4 update.

List of DIY Recipes (Added After Resident Services Upgrade)

See the list of Fence recipes in the next section.

Recipe and Cost
ACNH - Simple Wooden Fence Icon.pngFence Recipes
1,000 Miles each
Stone Tablet ImageStone Tablet
800 Miles
Manhole Cover ImageManhole Cover
800 Miles
Drinking Fountain ImageDrinking Fountain
800 Miles
Wave Breaker ImageWave Breaker
1,500 Miles
Destinations Signpost ImageDestinations Signpost
1,500 Miles
Simple Well ImageSimple Well
2,000 Miles
Stone Arch ImageStone Arch
2,000 Miles
Stall ImageStall
2,000 Miles
Brick Well ImageBrick Well
2,000 Miles
Silo ImageSilo
3,000 Miles
Fountain ImageFountain
3,000 Miles
Outdoor Bath ImageOutdoor Bath
3,000 Miles
Robot Hero ImageRobot Hero
3,000 Miles
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List of Fences

List of Items

Item Name Nook Miles
Construction Sign 1,000 Miles
Lifeguard Chair 1,000 Miles
Portable Toilet 1,000 Miles
Streetlamp 1,000 Miles
Utility Pole 1,000 Miles
Drink Machine 2,000 Miles
Public Bench 2,000 Miles
Snack Machine 2,000 Miles
Springy Ride-On 2,000 Miles
Tourist Telescope 2,000 Miles
Park Clock 2,400 Miles
Phone Box 2,400 Miles
Sandbox 2,400 Miles
Cotton-Candy Stall 3,000 Miles
Playground Gym 3,000 Miles
Soccer Goal 4,000 Miles
Solar Panel 4,000 Miles
Wind Turbine 4,000 Miles
Lighthouse 5,000 Miles
Monster Statue 5,000 Miles
Pool 5,000 Miles
Teacup Ride 5,000 Miles

Getaway Package

Service Name Nook Miles
Getaway Package 5,000 Miles

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