Last year I went on a personal journey (or maybe a bit of a rabbit hole) through the Enneagram. I was absolutely obsessed with reading about my types, talking to friends about their types and attempting to type my husband. As a former psychology major I love all things personality typing – especially if it means knowing my loved ones better and at a deeper level.
During my exploration into everything Enneagram I realized that my gifting tendencies had become a bit stagnant. I challenged myself to find the most perfect present for each of my beloved friends and family for whom I knew their Enneagram numbers. Using the inspiration of Enneagram numbers seemed like the perfect inspiration for more personalized gifts for my people!
With the Enneagram as my guiding force I read through the types, made a list of possible gifts and then hit the ground shopping. As a 3 wing 2, I always want the people around me to feel loved and cared for – and I want to get really good at it so that they continue to feel that love and care. While my intentions may have started with my own desire to be the best at gifting, I think the best part of this experiment was really knowing those around me better and their different motivations and desires that get them through life.
If you too are into all things Enneagram or you feel as though you’ve run out of ideas, scroll on down and let me share some perfectly personality-driven inspiration for your gifting needs this holiday season! I am going to focus on the main types and not wings – I find that when someone has a wing they appreciate either typing or their more dominant type. I am also going to be tending toward the more “positive” or “healthy” attributes of each type.
Gifts For Enneagram Type 1
Traits: high standards, perfectionist tendencies, constantly striving for improvement, appreciating rules, routine, and structure.
Gift Types: office supplies, planners, calendars, self-help and self-improvement books, gift cards for classes that improve a skill they are working on
Gifts For Enneagram Type 2
Traits: friendly, self-sacrificing, loving, striving to serve others and build close relationships.
Gift Types: luxurious products that upgrade their everyday life, gift cards to pamper, home decor and accents for hosting, cooking classes
Gifts For Enneagram Type 3
Traits: charming, ambitious, competitive, highly driven to advance and achieve
Gift Types: goal planners, board games, self-help books, travel related gifts, products and services that upgrade everyday life, gift cards that will let them pick out their own gifts
Gifts For Enneagram Type 4
Traits: creative, self-aware, honest, introverted, and reserved personality type tendencies.
Gift Ideas: journals, music related gifts, activities that spark creativity or use a new skill, books and gift cards for small business bookstores
Gifts For Enneagram Type 5
Traits: curious and innovative, constantly wanting to learn and develop, can become preoccupied with their own thoughts.
Gift Ideas: hobby kits, tickets to local art shows and plays, journals, audio book subscriptions
Gifts For Enneagram Type 6
Traits: security and safety oriented type, responsible and trustworthy, great at troubleshooting.
Gift Ideas: travel related gifts, cozy loungewear, sentimental gifts, coffee subscriptions, weighted blanket, preparedness kit
Gifts For Enneagram Type 7
Traits: spontaneous, optimistic, high-spirited, and fun. Constantly seeking new and exciting experiences.
Gift Ideas: personalized gifts, party essentials, food and beverage related gifts, tickets to concerts and experiences
Gifts For Enneagram Type 8
Traits: self-confident, resourceful, decisive and desiring control over environments and people.
Gift Ideas: strategic board games, fitness accessories, daily affirmation journal, handwritten notes letting them know how they have impacted your life
Gifts For Enneagram Type 9
Traits: accepting, trusting, creative, optimistic, and supportive, ultimately desiring peace.
Gift Ideas: all things cozy: slippers, loungewear, mugs, blankets. Coffee and tea subscriptions, gifts that promote their creative endeavors, headphones.
For more information about each specific type I highly recommend doing your own further reading from the Enneagram Institute website! I hope you enjoy digging deeper into knowing the people you love this holiday season and that you get them a gift their personality adores!