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Gift Ideas For Impact and Personality! (Episode 280)

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If you're stumped on what to get your loved ones as gifts, this is the episode for you. Not only do we give you gift ideas for every personality style, I've gone back and updated a gift guide I had with even more great ideas for you!

In this episode, we discuss gift-giving and how to really do those "gifts from the heart"

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Ah, the Holidays

Ah, the holidays - a time to connect with friends and family, spend a ton of money, stress about gifts, and get a bunch of STUFF you don’t need. 

Or maybe not! In this episode, we’re going to share our top tips for gift-giving that means more than a dollar store trinket, and even help you figure out unique things based on personality style!

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Navigating Holiday Gift-Giving

Your Random Dose of Cuteness

Why am I sharing this? Because this was something that was fun for the girls to create and made a lasting memory in so many ways - them learning about their grandparents lives, and creating a piece that the whole family has really enjoyed.

This is just one of the many videos the girls have created as a gift for family members. They write, act, edit, create all the music...and it's a priceless gift that is super personalized and they love them! Here are two more fun ideas for you - Romeo and Juliet with a Logsdon Twist, and a cover of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line." 

Giving the Gift that Speaks to THEM

Oftentimes we're coming from our own perspective versus what may truly speak to the receiver. Just because you may love a huge surprise party doesn't mean everyone has the same reaction. One person may absolutely love the thought of getting cozy socks, where to another, it could feel like you just didn't care. 

Knowing the styles of the people you're giving to can really help in bringing something meaningful into their lives. 

Here are quick break-downs of the different styles:

  • D - Driven, visionary, results-oriented - Think EAGLE
  • I - Inspiring, outgoing, life-of-the-party - Think PARROT
  • S - Steady, loyal, great listener - Think DOVE
  • C - Compliant, logical, systematic - Think OWL

When you consider the animals, it helps to convey a good picture of the style. The eagle is laser-focused and fast paced, getting to the bottom line and often leading the way. The parrot is colorful in all kinds of ways, and loves to entertain and tell stories. The dove is a peacemaker and strives for calm and comfort. And the owl looks for the facts and zones in on the details. I've gotten a lot of insight into easy ways to discuss the personality styles due to this amazing (and easy to read, family friendly) book.

C-Wired Personality Styles

For an owl (C), you want to look for more informational and detailed gifts. 

Support their hobbies/desires and get items that allow them to research and go deep into learning. 

For something to do, go to an escape room - they are cropping up all over, and you want a high C in those rooms to see the details and help solve the mystery!

Detailed projects, like model cars and planes, paint by number…

Look at memberships to educational facilities, like zoos, science centers, museums, etc. 

If they are outdoorsy, look for multi-function practical items, like a Leatherman.

And if they are looking for sustainability, check out items on EarthHero, an awesome website where you can get many essentials and see exactly what the environmental impact of it is from creation to end of life. 

Creativity CLARAfied

Here is our owl daughter, who is 15 years old and blows me away with the intricate detail she adds to her artwork...and she has all kinds! 

From feathers to jewelry to watercolor to amigurumi and crochet, she has quite the variety to delight all kinds!

S-Wired personality Style

For those dove (S) personality styles, you want to look at things that are more relational and comfort focused.

Get them a gift basket of comfort - with cozy blankets, candles, and slippers.

Pamper them - give THEM a service, like a massage or spa.

Do something for them - services like house-cleaning or a fancy meal of all their favorite comfort food.

Or buy them something that will bring them joy...while also giving back. Check out the Greater Good Store, where millions are given to charities all over the world.

I-Wired Style

Parrot (I) styles want to have fun! They want to be entertained. 

They love experiential things, like theme park passes or concert tickets. 

Classes - for I styles, strangers are just friends they haven't met yet! So going to a new class - dance, pottery, fitness, cooking...a way to socialize and meet new people is a plus. 

And look at accessories! Bling for body, car, home and more. My mother loves to accessorize - jewelry, scarves, hats, a cool piece of art, etc. 

When it comes to giving back and sustainability, a parrot may love some cool clothing with a story. Check out some eco-friendly clothing options here, here for kids (that is actually modest) or head straight over to Patagonia to give back to the planet. 

D-Wired Style

For an Eagle (D), it's all about the end result, so things that support their goals and big visions is great.

Getting them a fitbit or pedometer helps them track and see what they have accomplished.

Giving them a challenge, like a high ropes course package, or sports car driving, or a scavenger hunt can be fun.

Memberships to a gym or climbing gym is great as well.

Look at a whiteboard - for big ideas- a "get it done" board

You want to identify things that support the tasks they want to complete - what are their goals/passions? Get something to support that. 

Maybe they are super entrepreneurial by nature, and get what they want whenever they want to get it. Try giving a loan in their name to Kiva, with crowdfunded micro-loans that change lives across the globe. 

For all of these, another option is to gift them a gift certificate for right here at Mama Says Namaste - good for:

Next week, we’re going to continue with the holiday spirit and share with you 4 tips for navigating the holidays and actually enjoying it!

Your Weekly Challenge:

Now, our challenge for you this week: don’t just dread gift-giving.

Look at this as an opportunity to delight someone you love, and really seek to find something that fits their personality style.

This isn’t always something that can fit into a box. The biggest gift you can give someone is making them feel like you see them, love them, and truly hear them. 

So recognize and honor their strengths, and remember, the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.  


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About the author, Ashley Logsdon


Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.

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