Gifts That’ll Send Your Loved One Over the (Harvest) Moon
Just the words “harvest moon” invoke a great wave of nostalgia for the people who remember playing the endearing farming simulator growing up. Wasn’t it nice when life was simple? Just watering your crops, milking your cows, and romancing the local girls? Since its debut, the team that worked on Harvest Moon actually split up and is currently responsible for producing two different series of the farming simulator games: Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons. People may be split on their decision as to which one is better, but we think it’s double the fun!
In a farming simulator, there are tons of things to keep track of. When other villagers were born, when your crops will be ready to harvest, and so much more. This cute guide provides all of the tips and tricks a player needs to get the most out of their game. Keep in mind that this doesn’t offer any spoilers for the games, and it isn’t specific to one particular game. It doesn’t include anything like recipe materials, so you can safely give this to anyone in your life who is addicted to the Harvest Moon series.
One constant between all of the Harvest Moon games is that the only way your character can propose to their intended sweetie is with a blue feather given to the player by a sprite or goddess. This iconic symbol of the franchise is immortalized in this charming sticker. It’s the perfect way to tell your friend that you actually were listening when they told you about their favorite game. Just make sure they don’t get the wrong idea and think you’re proposing, (unless of course, you are!)
This isn’t just the newest game in the franchise; this premium edition also comes with adorable collector’s items that your friend or family member is sure to love. It comes with a cute buffalo plushie that is the perfect size to carry around in your pocket. It also comes with a cool cloth poster to hang on the wall and gaze at when they aren’t too busy playing the new game that just released earlier this year for the Nintendo Switch.
For when your friend wants to put on their wizard robe and hat (hats sold separately). The wizard from Harvest Moon: Animal Parade is an appealing character to dress as since his outfit isn’t too elaborate, apart from his distinctive robe. EZCosplay offers this item in sizes XS to 3XL, so there’s no chance that you won’t be able to find the right fit for your friend. In no time at all, they’ll be able to fulfill their inner wizardly dreams.
The original Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town was one of the most beloved entries in the franchise. Natsume remastered the game and updated it to accommodate modern audiences last year with their new release of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. All of the characters that fans know and love come back in this new game, along with updated farming mechanics and new characters to populate the town. Now, a new generation of fans can enjoy the farming life on their Nintendo Switch.
If you want to grab your friend a copy of the original game that started it all, you’d better hope they still have their Nintendo 64 kicking around somewhere because this is the original game cartridge. Sometimes, it’s nice to get back to the basics and bring on that nostalgia of the first time they ever got their hands on a farming simulator. Well, Harvest Moon may not have been the first, but it sure does bring back some great memories for fans.
This awesome Etsy artist offers acrylic keychains of three of the most popular Harvest Moon characters: Potpourri, The Doctor, and Brandon. Each character has a background based on their favorite gifts in-game. They’re double-sided chibi depictions of these already cute characters and are even glittery to boot! They’re an excellent addition to any keychain, especially if for people who frequently forget their keys or leave them places. They’ll always know it’s their keychain.
One of the newest entries to the franchise, produced by Natsume the US publisher of the Harvest Moon games, comes Harvest Moon: One World. In a small departure from the majority of Harvest Moon games, this game lets the player explore multiple areas or environments to fish, mine for precious minerals, grow crops, raise animals, and romance enchanting NPCs. This game has been somewhat divisive among long-time fans since it is pretty different from previous games in the series, but many people enjoyed it and your friend might too.
Now that all of the DLCs have come out for this game, you can buy the entire thing for Nintendo Switch or PS4. If your friend or family member enjoyed playing Light of Hope when it first came out but didn’t have a pass for the DLC, they’ll enjoy being able to dive into their farm with all of the fun upgrades that came with the extra content. Let them help the town rebuild after a terrible storm destroyed the lighthouse and rediscover the joys of farming.
Has your loved one ever wanted to cuddle with one of the adorable animals from the farming franchise? Well, now they can! Natsume released a 10th-anniversary chicken plushie that combines a mother hen and a cute little chick at her side. At less than seven inches tall, this chicken is the perfect size for keeping in a backpack or to sleep at your side all through the night. Unlike real chickens, you won’t have to worry about this plushie crowing at the crack of dawn and waking everyone up.
If you can get past the fact that a character’s name is Licorice, you’d find that she’s actually a pretty interesting character with a lovely design. Although this listing is specifically for replicas of her boots, the creator notes that you can contact them for other aspects of Licorice’s outfit so that your loved one can create the perfect cosplay of her. The boots themselves are made of artificial leather and come in a wide variety of sizes.
Even people who aren’t fans of the games would have to say “aww” at the sight of so many delightful little animals. In fact, one of the main reasons why people come back to the franchise, again and again, are the cute animals that you can adopt and raise on your farm. Milking a cow is much more fun when that cow looks at you with those shining eyes. This shirt shows off one of the cuter animals in the game: the llama.
This official 20th anniversary Harvest Moon shirt was released by Natsume, the US publisher of the franchise, and features some of the fans’ favorite animals on it. The shirt comes in various colors and sizes, making it easy to customize it for that exceptional virtual farmer in your life. 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the game’s first release, and people who remember playing it as kids will definitely get a kick out of this shirt.
Anyone who has ever played a game in this franchise has likely wondered where those blue feathers come from. Considering how vital the blue feather is in every game, it’s only natural to be on the lookout for the bird who shed them. In most Harvest Moon games, players buy a blue feather from the local store or are given one by the harvest sprite/goddess. Finally, fans can see the bird responsible for so many darling proposals to their sweeties with this official shirt.
As everyone knows, cute animals are the best way to keep fans hooked on your game. Harvest Moon capitalized on that knowledge, creating some of the most adorable animal designs. This artist utilized the cow design to make these cute pink notebooks featuring a “strawberry milk” cow with pink spots. It comes with either 120 pages of ruled lines or graph paper inside, depending on what you order. Your friend will never have to scramble for paper again with this mooing reminder.
Once again, proving that the pink cow is one of the most endearing creatures from the Harvest Moon franchise, this wallet takes advantage of those big bovine eyes to make a cute and distinctive cover for your phone. It comes with an elastic strap to hold everything together without making it inconvenient to check your phone throughout the day. It’s easy to clean and can hold two or three credit cards alongside your phone, depending on how thick your phone is.
For the fan who just can’t get enough Harvest Moon, this throw blanket is a perfect gift. Depicting various characters across the soft front, you can be sure that this blanket will keep your loved one warm through the long nights they spend hunched over their game. Stay safe and snug in this 100% polyester fleece throw. Plus, when it’s time to give it a deep clean, you can just throw it in the washing machine, and you’re ready to go.
While restrictions are easing for fully vaccinated individuals about wearing masks in public places, we don’t think the mask craze is over quite yet. This cute mask shows off someone’s harvesting sensibilities without compromising their health. This is not a medical-grade mask, but it seems likely that people will continue to wear masks for some time yet. There’s nothing more important for a Harvest Moon fan than celebrating those adorable animals that they work so hard to raise virtually.
This well-designed magnet depicts Dessie the Harvest Goddess. She is one of the most popular characters from the franchise, and the artist rendered her magically on this magnet. Whether you use it to hang pictures up on the refrigerator, show off great report cards, or just to add a bit of fun decoration to a functional appliance, Dessie’s sunny smile is sure to brighten any fan’s day. You can choose amongst various sizes to ensure that everyone can see Dessie grinning from the locker, file cabinet, or refrigerator.
While some fans might see it as sacrilege, many fans of Harvest Moon have also enjoyed expanding their horizons and trying out similar farming simulators. The creator of Stardew Valley, known by his online username ConcernedApe, made Stardew Valley as a love letter to the Harvest Moon franchise. He took the best parts of the games and combined them into a new game that is still being continually updated and perfected. It’s available on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
This ceramic mug is perfect for cloudy days when the best thing to do is to hunker down with a piping hot cup of tea or hot chocolate and play some video games. For the avid Harvest Moon fan, they’ll get to see Anna’s blushing face gazing back at them. It’s dishwasher safe and holds a total of twelve ounces of liquid. The mug is nearly four inches wide at the mouth so that you can drink out of it in style without your face crashing into the handle.
Designed specifically to fit over many different iPhone models, this phone cover shows off everyone’s favorite pink cow. The case grips the sides to keep your phone firmly in place. It’s a hard shell cover that is resistant to marks left from fingerprints, so it’ll protect your phone while keeping it adorable. Although it’s hard to believe that strawberry milk comes from pink spotted cows, we think that people will suspend their disbelief when they’ve got a cow as cute as this one.
This adorable cow-patterned travel mug may not be filled with milk, but we’re betting a true Harvest Moon fan would be happy to keep their hot drinks in there while they’re out and about during the day. This mug holds up to fifteen ounces of liquid and completely insulates it so that your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate won’t get cold while you hurry to your destination. It fits in the majority of cup holders in cars and is entirely dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
For the Harvest Moon fan who wants to cover everything with the cutest pink-spotted cow comes this large comforter sporting the adorable bovine. It has a double-quilted square pattern with bold colors to really make your bedding pop. The seller offers everything from Twin to King sizes, so you can ensure that this comforter will fit your loved one’s bed perfectly. They even have options for college dorms with Twin XL beds. It’s also machine washable, so you won’t have to worry about cleaning complications.
Sitting on the couch for hours on end playing your favorite Harvest Moon game can give you a serious backache without the proper support. Luckily, a charming pink cow pillow is just the right size to provide the back support every gamer needs. Whether they’re actively farming or working from home, it’s never a bad idea to have an endearing throw pillow tucked in the small of your back so that when you’re finished, you won’t feel like your back is giving out.
Have you ever wanted to fold up an adorable alpaca and just carry it around with you in your shirt pocket all day? Well, even if you haven’t, this alpaca might just change your mind. Inspired by the cute alpacas from the Harvest Moon franchise, this shirt makes it look like you’ve got your favorite buddy accompanying you through life. On the plus side, you don’t have to worry about raising it right since this shirt is machine washable and 100% cotton.
Fans of the original few games in the Harvest Moon franchise will remember Mumuku, even if they can’t identify it. What is Mumuku? A bear? An oversized rabbit? The Harvest Moon version of Bigfoot? A weird hybrid animal created by your local mad scientist in a fit of curiosity? It’s impossible to tell. All we ever really knew about it was that it snuck around, never attacked anyone, and had white fur. Just another crazy character who made the town so charming beyond its picturesque farmland.
Depicting the protagonists from Harvest Moon: It’s a Wonderful Life, and Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life (where you play as a girl), this shirt gives you the best of both worlds. In addition to the player characters, you can also see the cows, horse, and chickens that made the game worth playing. Growing crops is one thing, but raising charming animals too?