In case you’re new around here, Gift Giving is SO not my Love Language. That’s not to say I don’t love getting gifts – I do, I love surprises – but buying gifts for others is often a challenge for me. It’s also not the first thing I think of when it comes to expressing affection. I’m more of a Quality Time giver. Actually, my Giving Love Language is food, but that’s a blog post for another time.
Anyway, tis the season for gifts, and in case you have someone on your list who is just impossible to come up with ideas for, the good folks at the MBTI institute have given us some handy gift-giving guides according to type!
As an example, my mom is an NF (ENFJ). The gifts she appears to really love can be sentimental, can by useful, but mostly if they involve music, sparkles, classic movies, or patriotic associations, she’s a happy camper. Things that meld into an NF’s interests – whether sentimental, decorative, or practical – will hit the spot.
SFs are your sentimentalists. The homemade/handmade gifts, the picture frame collage, the tickets to go see their favorite band in concert with them – the graphic says it’s the thought that counts, but I would also say that the memories around the gift are what counts (either a gift that reflects earlier memories, or is meant to create new ones)!
Oh, the STs. STs are fun because they tend to measure gifts (and sometimes, people) according to their utility. That’s not to say that gifts with “meaning” aren’t good, too, but instead of the random fiberglass cube filled with family pictures, a family picture in a simple frame that already matches the décor in their office (or whatever room you want them to put it in) will have more mileage. Even better, a new tool or gadget that they already know they need – otherwise, you won’t see them all of Christmas afternoon as they try to discover all the ways it will make their lives easier!
Books. Give us books. It’s not that hard.
Did this give you some ideas for the ones on your Christmas list? Do the MBTI’s suggestions reflect your type’s preferences?
(beeteedubs – my Receiving Love Language is Words of Affirmation. So leave some love and comment below!)