Unlike other Harvest Moons and Story of Seasons, you don’t need to give gifts to your townspeople. Instead, you’ll be given many opportunities to fulfill some of their dreams and requests by collecting specific items for them. This allows the characters to develop more as you do their sidequests and sometimes you’ll learn cute and silly tidbits about their lives. I think this way of handling relationships is good, not perfect, but good. You can still talk to the characters every day to boost your chemistry (friendship level), but it will give you smaller amounts of chemistry rather than completing their quests.