Stardew Valley Penny – likes, dislikes, gifts, and heart events

Learn more about Stardew Valley's Penny with this handy guide

Stardew Valley's Penny standing on the dock

In Stardew Valley, Penny is a sweet, shy villager who adores a good book. She lives in a little trailer by the river with her mum, Pam, and can often be found doing chores there, or out tutoring children in the museum. Her main ambition in life is to settle down and raise a family, and she is one of the twelve characters available to marry.

If you’re a fan of this studious beauty, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Stardew Valley Penny guide will tip you off about all of her heart events, likes, and dislikes, so you can earn her friendship, or even her hand in marriage. You can give Penny up to two gifts per week, plus an additional one on her birthday (Fall 2), so try and stick to her loved items if you want to win her over.

If you enjoy this article and want to find out more about the other villagers, we also have handy Stardew Valley Leah, Stardew Valley Haley, and Stardew Valley Emily guides, along with many more. Or if you want a more general guide to help you on your journey, we have Stardew Valley fish and Stardew Valley co-op guides too.

What are Penny’s Heart events?

Here’s everything you need to know about all of Penny’s heart events.

Two hearts

Go to Pelican town between 09:00-14:00 on a sunny day

Four hearts

Go to her trailer when she’s home

Six hearts

Go to her trailer when she’s home

Eight hearts

Venture into Cindersap Forest between 09:00-16:00

Ten hearts

You will receive a letter from Penny around this point. After you get this, go to the pool area of the spa between 19:00-00:00

Group ten heart event

Under the correct conditions, reaching ten hearts with Penny will also contribute to the ten heart group event. In order to achieve this, you must:

  • Be unmarried
  • Give a bouquet to all available bachelorettes
  • Raise your friendship level with each bachelorette to ten hearts
  • Have viewed each of the other bachelorette’s ten heart event cutscene

You can find out more about finishing Penny’s ten heart event in our Stardew Valley Haley guide. This event will only happen once per save file, and will not occur if you are married, or have given any of the bachelorettes a wilted bouquet or mermaid’s pendant.

Fourteen hearts

Go to the farm house between 15:00-17:00 when Penny is home

Stardew Valley's Penny at home

What does Penny love?

These are Penny’s favourite things, and the best items to give her as a gift.

  • Diamond
  • Emerald
  • Melon
  • Poppy
  • Poppyseed muffin
  • Red plate
  • Roots platter
  • Sandfish
  • Tom Kha soup

What are Penny’s likes?

If you haven’t got any of Penny’s loves, these are the next best things to give her.

  • All universal likes (except algae soup, mead, pale ale, pale broth, pina colada, and wine)
  • All milk
  • All artifacts
  • Dandelion
  • Leek

What is Penny neutral about?

Penny doesn’t feel strongly either way about these.

  • All universal neutrals (except duck feather, hops, and wool)
  • All eggs (except void egg)
  • All fruit (except fruit tree fruit, grape, melon, and salmonberry)
  • Chanterelle
  • Common mushroom
  • Daffodil
  • Ginger
  • Hazelnut
  • Magma cap
  • Morel
  • Snow yam
  • Wild horseradish
  • Winter root

Stardew Valley's Penny asking about the air

What are Penny’s dislikes?

We advise against giving Penny any of these as gifts.

  • All universal dislikes (except sandfish)
  • Algae soup
  • Duck feather
  • Pale broth
  • Purple mushroom
  • Quartz
  • Red mushroom
  • Salmonberry
  • Wool

What does Penny hate?

Penny really hates these items, so it’s not a good idea to give them to her – unless you are planning on making an enemy.

  • All universal hates (except artifacts, poppy, and red mushroom)
  • Beer
  • Grape
  • Holly
  • Hops
  • Mead
  • Pale ale
  • Pina colada
  • Rabbit’s foot
  • Wine

And that’s all you need to know to get in Penny’s good (or bad) books. If you’ve enjoyed your time in Stardew Valley, and want a fresh new experience, why not take a look at our list of the best Switch RPGs here.

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