31 of the Ultimate Must-Have Gift Ideas for Personality Types
Tis the season for giving
Ah, gift-giving - that thing that delights some and fills others with dread. What do you buy the person who has everything? What do you get when money is tight? And what in the world do you get for those crazy minimalist travelers?
What I've found is that it really helps to understand their personality style. There are four types of people - and the more you understand what motivates them, the more you can hone in on that perfect gift for each.
Here are some suggestions for everyone on your list. Instead of the cliche "something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read," I narrow it down to the splurges we don't always buy on our own but can appreciate as gifts. Books, games, kitchen items and minimalist options seem to cover most people, and I've thrown in some bonus items for each as well.
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The Driven Over-Achiever
For a D-wired person, they love accomplishment and the end result. The biggie with high Ds is getting recognition and embracing a challenge. So giving gifts that challenge their mind or that highlight a high point/accomplishment (like a framed picture of your father the moment he hit that hole in one) is what excites them.
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide To Daily Happiness for Kids)
For those high D children who are ready to go-go-go, helping them remember the importance of thinking about others is huge. All our children loved these books, and it’s amazing how easily they could grasp the concept of people walking around with imaginary buckets in their hands that could be filled by kindness and helping one another out. Empathy and consideration aren’t always the first things on kids’ minds, and this book is a great way to start them thinking on what they can do for others. Learn more...
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live The Life You Want, and Change the World
This book is a paradigm shifter. For every parent eager to look beyond the box and explore the many possibilities, this is a must-read. Guillebeau addresses the educational system and how to look beyond traditional structure to embrace life-long learning. This is not, however, a parenting book. It’s a book for everyone - to affirm following the beat of your own drum, and the beauty of looking at the world with a growth mindset, seeing the opportunity everywhere. Learn more...
In The Kitchen
VitaMix 5300 Blender
If you want POWER, the VitaMix has it! For the most powerful blender that does so much more, this is where it’s at. We use ours to make homemade nut butters, grind up dates for granola bars, make hummus, and even make ice cream or soup! If your high D likes to cook but doesn’t want the time consuming process of chopping and dicing, you can throw onions and water in the blender, hit “pulse” for a few seconds, pour it through a strainer and voila, you have diced or minced onion without the time and tears. Fast and quick results - just like a high D person. Learn more...
For The Minimalist
This is not what you would think of for a high D. A D-wired person is looking for an end result. This is a board that has rice paper on wood, and you simply dip the paintbrush in water and draw. It’s meditative, and all about the process, not the end result. It’s a beautiful practice of simply creating without holding on to the end result. This is a challenge for a high D to let go of the outcome and not hold on to the accomplishment. I love this for the challenge, how it’s not about details, and it’s not a ton of clutter. I absolutely love our Buddha board - it has been great for a minimalist lifestyle - instead of a ton of markers and crayons and scrap papers half scribbled on, we have the Buddha board out all the time for any of the family to doodle on. It allows for a creative outlet without using up so many resources and space. Learn more...
Settlers of Catan
If you know this game, you know this game. This opens Pandora's box of possibilities, with bonus tracks and additional games like Seafarers of Catan. Along the same lines as Monopoly, you are building settlements, but you're trading clay, rock, wood and wool. Not only does this help children understand original settlements, but how to trade for goods, build strategy, and generally get hooked on a game that's fun for everyone! And, as a D, you can strategize, dominate, and haggle and trade with other opponents. Learn more...
For the highly competitive players, this is a super fast-paced game that is easy enough for everyone, yet a challenge to keep track of it all as well. This is just "Vonderful goot fun"! I grew up playing Dutch Blitz and recently introduced it to the girls. It's simple to learn - just make stacks of colored cards from 1-10 - but it's fast paced and requires a lot of hand-eye coordination to be the first one to run out of your cards. It's a super fun game for the whole family - as soon as they can identify their numbers, they are old enough to play. Learn more...
Parenting the QBQ Way, Expanded Edition: How to be an Outstanding Parent and Raise Great Kids Using the Power of Personal Accountability
Sometimes, just sometimes, D-wired people have a hard time apologizing or accepting responsibility. They can be great at shifting the blame to someone else, or saying, "I'm sorry you felt that way..." vs. owning what they did. The QBQ books are excellent at helping you get back to that critical currency D-wired people need - control. What you can always control is your own personal response and accountability, and this book helps you to think in this mindset. Learn more...
The Inspiring Socialite
The I-wired personality style loves anything that is FUN! That’s the key word here, and gifts that prompt socialization are excellent - games, events/things to do, and gift cards where they can do their own shopping can be fun for a high I. Ultimately, they get the most fulfillment out of engaging with others, so keep this in mind as you shop for them.
I’ve joked that I could do a whole year’s worth of schooling just with this one book as our guide. It’s an excellent book highlighting all the similarities and differences in cultures and people across the world. Full of interesting illustrations, it opens the door to explore and dig deeper into holidays, food, recreation, religion, language, and more as it highlights and shares how each country or culture is unique and special. Great for the people-focused extroverts to encourage a robust world view. Learn more...
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
For those of you who suffer from shiny object syndrome, or even if it's more a challenge of feeling overwhelmed, this book goes way beyond real estate. Gary Keller of Keller/Williams lays out how multi-tasking can limit you, and how focusing in on one thing isn't just about time-blocking, but going back to the essence of what you prioritize. Learn more...
In The Kitchen
It's not just for the kitchen - it can help in so many ways! Our most favorite butter alternative is this amazing stuff. If you’ve seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, you know the joke about how Windex “cures everything”. Well, we’re that way with Coconut Oil - it’s our go-to for dry skin, rashes, cooking, lubing a squeaky door (and…um…anything else that may need, um…lubing), etc. Learn more...
For The Minimalist
EcoXGear Bluetooth Speaker
This is such a great little speaker. It’s durable, waterproof, and you can pair more than one together for surround sound. For those who love to bring the party anywhere, you can play your music on the beach, in the yard, in your home, and wherever you please. Not only can you play music, but it also doubles as a flashlight once it gets too dark out, so you can keep the party going all night long! Learn more...
I love this game! We always end up in hysterics, and it’s easy to cart around since there aren’t a ton of little pieces. With the fast pace and having to work together as a team, it’s great for those I-wired personality styles who love talking and storytelling. Learn more...
Bonus Goodies -
Hammock and Stand
We love our hammocks. An S-wired person will relish a comfy place to lay back and relax. This hammock stand is lightweight and portable, making it super easy to travel with or move around to wherever the sunshine is. This doubles as my office on beautiful days. 🙂 Learn more...
The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success On Your Own Terms
Yes, this book was a complete game-changer for me, and a large catalyst for the unconventional lifestyle we have now. This book, first off, is just fun to read - it's all different sizes of fonts and easy to breeze through. But the heart of the book goes deep, exploring not just setting goals, but the feelings and emotions behind those goals for a powerful lifestyle shift. It definitely gave me that. Learn more...
The Sensitive Supporter
S-wired personality styles love the warm cozy feelings. Curling up and reading a good book, comfort items like blankets and hot cocoa, and homemade items mean a lot to this personality style. As great listeners who tend to not be the first to step up and talk, noticing what they are interested in and getting them a thoughtful gift that caters to it can go a long way. Gifts that show you’ve been paying attention to what’s important to them - ones that validate something they love - are appreciated. And, anything that is relational - a family picture, for example - can mean the world.
A Wrinkle In Time Series - Boxed Quintet
I have so enjoyed reading this series to the girls. Full of fantasy, science and physics, we’re learning a ton! Plus, the big words have become a beautiful opportunity for building vocabulary - from cacophony to entropy, we’ve pulled so much from these books. And, for those Ss, what better way to spend time together than to cuddle up and read books aloud with your children? Learn more...
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
"We imitate until we are ready to innovate" - get over your fear and let those creative juices flow. This is such a magical book to really give you the push and affirmation that you are powerful beyond measure, and the world needs that special something that only you have! This book helped me find my own voice amidst the awesomeness around me, and develop it into what is now Mama Says Namaste. Learn more...
In The Kitchen
S-wired styles like the easy route - not out of laziness; it’s simply that they flow like water. Water doesn’t jump all over or always forge a new path - it flows around obstacles toward the path of least resistance. The more you can add in ease and comfort, the more an S is going to open up and blossom. In the kitchen, nothing says big fat easy button like an InstantPot! I’ve gotten my whole family hooked, and it’s a go-to gift for anyone I know who likes to cook. In the full-time RVing world, it’s one of those “must haves” that everyone raves about. We use ours almost daily, especially for making rice and cooking beans - we can take dry beans and, an hour later, have them cooked to perfection! As a pressure cooker, crockpot, rice maker, yogurt maker and more, it is one appliance to replace a ton! Learn more...
For The Minimalist
My husband Nathan LOVES his Shamma Sandals. We weren’t sure how well they would hold up, but he has literally worn them every single day. Not a week goes by that he doesn’t remind me again how much he loves his shoes, and the “oneness” he feels with the earth while hiking in them is fabulous. They do just enough to cover the bottoms of his feet to allow these to be the closest thing to being barefoot while still offering some protection against sand spurs and sharp rocks. Learn more...
Wildcraft: An Herbal Adventure
This is a great educational game that is perfect for the S-wired family members. Instead of competing against one another, this is a cooperative game where you work together with the other players to accomplish the goal - to travel up the mountain to the huckleberry patch and back to Grandma’s before nightfall. Along the way, you learn about 25 important edible and medicinal plants, and use your skills to help each other out! This is also great for the non-readers, since it’s not required to be able to read. This is like Chutes and Ladders with an educational twist that is great for families to play together. Learn more...
Bonus Gift Ideas
Renee & Jeremy: A Little Love
I love this album - it’s full of cover songs I know like Coldplay’s “Yellow” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give It Away”. Yet it’s set to this mellow acoustic feel with a beautiful duet of harmony and melody by Renee and Jeremy. This was my first intro music for the Mama Says Namaste podcast, and still a favorite album to listen to as a family. It’s our “chillin’” music! Learn more...
Corinthian Bell Wind Chimes
These aren’t just your average wind chimes. Corinthian bell chimes are smooth-sounding. It’s almost a muted symphony of music that isn’t overbearing or too tinny, but the perfect background ambience for peace and tranquility. Just right to have chiming in the breeze as you sit on the porch reading a good book! Learn more...
The Conscientious Critic
C-wired styles have got the details covered. They do their research and may be very clear on exactly what they want. Quality is key - if you’re looking for something cheap to just check this person off the list, they’ll know it. It’s not about spending the most; but a C-wired person will appreciate if you’ve put some thought and research into something that is quality and a good fit for them.
Giraffes Can't Dance
For the youngest kiddo, this sweet book has beautiful illustrations and highlights how it’s okay to not do something the “right” way, but to look for what best suits you! For C-wired people, sometimes they can get lost in perfection to the point of not being able to appreciate what is - and this book really highlights the beauty of individuality and embracing your own song, even if its a different tune than the others. Learn more...
The Courage to Grow
This was written by the creator of Acton Academy and is a powerful book that introduces the concepts surrounding the Acton model...which I believe is essentially organized unschooling through a school. It's an excellent read to explore the Socratic method, how to be your child's "guide", and look at what educational options you may have. For C-wired people, there is a tendency to simply look at how things were done in the past. This book introduces a whole new perspective on raising life-long learners, and is a great introduction to there being another way. Learn more...
In The Kitchen
Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker
Speaking of perfection, for that perfect cuppa joe in the morning, we love our little stovetop espresso maker and milk frother! It’s super simple and isn’t just pressing a button. It’s a process that is a part of our night and morning routine. At night we prep - getting the espresso all ready to go. And in the morning, we light up the gas stove and listen for that sputtering of the espresso bubbling up the top and that smell of the perfect roast filling the air.
For our vegan twist, we heat up some almond milk with a dash of maple syrup in it, froth that and enjoy a beautiful cappuccino for a touch of fancy to start out our day. Throw these in a gift basket with a cool mug and coffee and you have a rockstar gift with thoughtfulness and quality.
For the Minimalist
I love the amber jewelry my friend Michelle makes with Hippie Hoopla. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s functional! Handmade healing baltic amber, hazelwood and crystal can aid in pain, teething and inflammation, so it’s function is two-fold - aesthetically pretty and helpful for your body as well. Click here for 10% off your order
I love the Norwex Envirocloth. Yes, I’ve been to the Norwex parties and I’ve seen the schpeal. And quite honestly, it’s incredible! Think Magic Eraser that doesn’t crumble away, and the ultimate stain getter-outer. And if you’re a germaphobe, here is an antibacterial wiping cloth that uses no toxic chemicals, yet wipes out e-coli and other bacteria with just a wipe! Yes, it’s crazy. Check out this clip from "Andy, Will This Work" on the news showing how these cloths reduced bacteria on counters by 92% with no chemicals whatsoever - just water! Learn more...
Cashflow For Kids
This is the child-friendly version of the Cashflow game - I haven't played this one yet, but I know the adult version can be a bit overwhelming/scary for a non math-type person, so the kids' version is an easier one for everyone to grasp.
And why is Cashflow so awesome? It completely shifted my perspective on money; from "what can I afford" to "is this a worthwhile investment?" What a powerful perspective shift, and how great to have our children learn this early! Learn more...
Bonus Gift ideas
These are such a great gift! Unlike legos, they don’t hurt when you step on them. 😉 And, since they are somewhat see-through, our kids have loved creating boxes and such to hide things in, and to stick battery operated candles in them for lanterns and night-lights. This is one of those family toys that everyone can enjoy playing with, even the youngest - without any choking hazards like you risk with legos. Learn more...
Berkey Water Filter
And also on that note - for hands down the best quality water you’ve ever tasted, you have got to check out a Berkey water filter. They claim you can put water that is dyed red into this and it will filter out the color for pristine water. With four filters (two carbon, two ceramic), this has been so worth the investment for our family. When we calculated the time spent getting 5 gallon jugs of water and lugging them around, or the risk of drinking the water in some of these rural or congested areas as we’ve traveled across the country, this was a splurge we decided was necessary. We haven’t looked back since - we no longer worry about water quality and are confident that the sketchy stuff is filtered out and clear, quality water is what we get. Learn more...
This is, of course, just the tip of the iceburg, and I can go crazy with creative ideas for homemade gifts, events and acts of service. But when it comes to all your Amazon shopping, this can get you started.
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