December 1, 2014

The Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

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!)


  1. Honestly, I don't want people to give me books, unless they know FOR A FACT that I want it or will like it. (I've gotten some bad books over the years.) I want something useful, but quirky. (i.e. that notepad from Freeboleta) Or gift cards. I fully believe you can not go wrong with giving someone a gift card. (To their favorite place, of course.)

    1. I guess I was thinking of books from my Amazon list, that I send out any time gift-giving is appropriate :) Random books are a gamble. My brother bought me a really nice set of the Game of Thrones books last year. I will never read them.

  2. Love this! Last week my best friend asked what I wanted for Christmas and I sent her a list of books. :)

  3. Nice. My husband tends to like a lot of silly gifts, so I get those for him.

    And books make me happy too. A lot of my family members just send me gift cards to Amazon.

  4. This is a great post. My husband loves practical gifts, so he got a new Garmin watch. I'm pretty easy going when it comes to gift, most make me happy. :)

  5. This is a cool way to do a gift guide! I just wrote one for Monday...I hope it works as well as this one did!


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