How to Raise Friendship (Gifting Guide) | Activities with Villagers | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is a guide on how to increase friendship with a villager in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). If you want to learn what activities you can do with villagers, as well as exclusive items you can get from them, please read on!

Daily Activites to Raise Friendship with Villagers

Daily Activities to Raise Friendship
1 Talk to them once each day.
2 Send them a letter! (Attach a gift if you want.)
3 Give them gifts. (Wrapped gifts increase friendship more!)

Talk to Them Every Day

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Your friendship with a villager will increase the first time you talk to them on that day. The effect increases the more days you talk to them in a row.

Talking to them multiple times on that day will not help increase friendship levels.

Visit Their Homes and Get a DIY Recipe

You can also visit the resident in their home, and get a DIY recipe when they're crafting.

You will know when someone's home if they have their curtains open, lights on, and smoke is coming out of their chimney.
List of DIY Recipes

Send Them Letters

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You can sometimes receive a reply when you send letters to villagers. If you're lucky, they may attach a gift as well!

Your friendship increases when you get a reply for a letter you sent.

How to Send Letters and Postcards

Give Them Gifts

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If you get close enough with a villager, you will have an option to give them a gift when you talk to them. Note that you can only give 1 gift each day.

They Like Specific Clothing

Villagers may also get specific, especially with clothing, as they have their own preferences. They can wear clothing that you give them, assuming they like it!

Friendship Level Increases More If You Give Wrapped Gifts

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Your friendship level increases a lot more than normal if you give the gift wrapped. You can purchase wrapping paper for 160 Bells at Nook's Cranny, and use it to wrap items.

Other Activities to Raise Friendship

Give medicine when sick Return a lost item
Buy or Sell an item Give a gift on their birthday
Play Treasure Hunt Complete their requests

Give Medicine When They're Sick

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If a villager is sick, they will be in their pajamas, and looking weak. You can craft Medicine, or purchase it at Nook's Cranny, and give it to the sick villager. They will instantly be good as new, and will give you an item as thanks!

Return Their Lost Items

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Ocassionally, you may find an unfamiliar item on the ground. Return the item to its rightful owner within the day, your friendship level will increase, and you will receive an item as a thank-you!

Lost Item Guide

Agree to Sell an Item They Want From You

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Sometimes, a villager will ask you if they can buy an item you have in your pockets. Of course, they'll be happy if you agree! You'll get some Bells for it, too.

Give a Gift on Their Birthday

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When a villager's birthday is approaching, an announcement will be posted on the Bulletin Board.

You can visit their home to celebrate their birthday, and don't forget to bring a gift! You can also wrap it for extra points.

You can check out villager birthdays on our List of Villagers page.

List of Villagers

Play Treasure Hunt with Them

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A villager may ask you to play Treasure Hunt with them. They will bury an item somewhere on the island, and you will need to find it before the timer runs out.

Don't forget to give back the treasure to the villager so you can get the item inside as a prize!

How to Play Treasure Hunt with Villagers

List of Villager Requests and Errands

Catch a Specific Bug or Fish

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Villagers may ask you to catch a specific bug or fish for them. If you happen to catch one, be sure to give it to them within the day.

Buy an Item from Them

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Sometimes, a villager may come running to you, and will ask you if you'd like to buy a specific item from them.

Deliver an Item for Them

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When you are close enough with a villager, they may ask you to deliver an item to another villager. Make sure to give the item within the day, and as much as possible, do not open the present!

You will also get an item from the receiver as a thank-you.

What Can You Get for Raising Friendship Levels

Change the Villager's Catchphrase

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When you are close enough with a villager, they can approach you to change their catchphrase. Sometimes, other villagers will pick it up too!

Change the Villager's Greeting

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This is unique for every villager. Sometimes, they will go up to you and ask you for suggestions on a new greeting. Get creative!

Get the Villager's Framed Photo

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Bonbon's photo with her poster behind on the wall.

When you are very close friends with a villager, you have a chance to receive their photo. This is an exclusive item that you can get from each villager, so be sure to treasure it! You can also customize it to change the frame variation.

This is different from character posters, which you can get by calling them to Photopia, or scanning their amiibo.

How to Get Villager Photos and Posters

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