If you're at a loss about what to get your bestie this year, choosing a gift based on their Myers-Briggs personality type can take the guess work out of gifting. These
gift ideas for your best friend based on their Myers-Briggs type will ensure that you give your BFF something they'll truly love. Holiday gift shopping can be stressful, in large part because people often choose gifts based on their own preferences, which means the gift doesn't always elicit the response they'd hoped. While we'd all like to think we know our best friends better than anyone else, your idea of a dream gift could be your bestie's WTF-am-I-supposed-to-do-with-this gift.
If you're not familiar with the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),
this test determines which of the 16 different personality types a person identifies as based on how they prefer to use perception and judgment to make decisions. It also outlines the differences between introverts and extroverts. For instance, I am an INFP, which means I am an introvert who makes decisions based on intuition, feelings, and perception.
Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas," the Myers & Briggs Foundation explained on its website. "Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills."
Understanding different personality types can help you
choose the perfect gift based on your best friend's MBTI so you can surprise them with something they really want. 1 INJT: Sony LED Bulb Speaker Sony LED Bulb Speaker, $238, S ony
INJT personality type is one of the rarest, according to the website 16 Personalities. "INTJs form just 2 percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8 percent of the population." INTJs can be notoriously hard to shop for, but they do love the latest tech gadgets, like this Sony LED Bulb Speaker, which does double duty as a light bulb with 192 color settings and 32 levels of brightness, and also acts as a wireless speaker so your INTJ can create an immersive personal experience in every room in their home. 2 INTP: The Introvert Activity Book The Introvert Activity Book , $10, Amazon
According to 16 Personalities,
INTPs pride themselves on their inventiveness and creativity, their unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Based on this, you're going to want to get your INTP best friend a gift that allows them to express their creativity on their terms. The Introvert Activity Book by Maureen Mazi Wilson is a thoughtful gift idea for the reflective introvert in your life. "Introverts are known for their creativity, their need for thoughtful reflection, and their preference for solitary activities, such as drawing and writing," the books description on Simon & Schuster explained. " , paper-craft projects, writing prompts, and so much more—the reader becomes the author." The Introvert Activity Book offers doodle ideas, lists 3 ENTJ: Fitbit Zip Fitbit Zip, $60, Fitbit.com
ENTJs are characterized by an often ruthless level of rationality, using their drive, determination and sharp minds to achieve whatever end they’ve set for themselves" 16 Personalities noted. For the ENTJ in your life, a practical gift that allows them to track progress and see results is sure to please. The Fitbit Zip can let the ENTJ record their steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned by tapping the display to see their stats and the time of day, which is ideal for the impatient ENTJ who wants to see what they've accomplished right away. 4 ENTP: Nasty Feminist Card Game Nasty Feminist Card Game, $25, Shrill Society ENTPs love to debate and play devil's advocate, so any type of competitive game is good for this personality type, like this new Nasty Feminist Card Game. Nasty Feminist, which is designed and made by women, is described as a fun social party game that harnesses the power of politics and popular culture to encourage more people to join the political conversation, especially women. And, for each sale of Nasty Feminist, 10 percent of the proceed goes to She Should Run, an organization that encourages and supports women running for political office. 5 INFJ: revolucion Rupa Legging 7 ENFJ: My Tea Drop Sampler My Tea Drop Sampler, $26, My Tea Drop Your ENFJ best friend is likely an inspiring natural-born leader who is committed to improving the lives of those around them. Because they're extroverted, an Instagramable gift, like these beautiful teas from My Tea Drop, is ideal. The "J" in them is going to want something practical. This My Tea Drop sampler set comes in a keepsake wooden box and includes five drops each of citrus ginger, rose earl grey, sweet peppermint, matcha green tea, and blueberry acai team. All of the teas are organic and fair trade, and the best part if that they disintegrate in your cup right before you eyes. 8 ENFP: Baked By Melissa, The Dream Team 9 ISTJ: Robotic Smartphone Tablet Screen Cleaner 10 10: ISFJ: Dana's Bakery Mac Of The Month Dana's Bakery Mac Of The Month (three-month subscription), $153, Dana's Bakery
ISFJs are true altruists, meeting kindness with kindness-in-excess and engaging the work and people they believe in with enthusiasm and generosity," 16 Personalities noted. Return the favor by pampering your ISFJ best friend with a food subscription service like this three-month subscription to Dana's Bakery Mac Of The Month macaroon club. This gift is Instagramable, which the ISFJ will love, and shows your bestie how much you truly appreciate them. 11 ISFP: Google Daydream View Google Daydream View, $79, Google Express Your ISFP BFF is a daydreamer, and is always up for any adventure, which is why the Google Daydream View is perfect for an introvert who loves to explore, but also loves to stay home. This virtual reality headset allows the ISFP to play games alone or with friends, and explore VR without leaving the house. 12 ESTJ: Super Maid Robotic Vacuum Super Maid Robotic Vacuum, $99, Target ESTJs are organized, super busy, and usually in charge, which leaves them little time to keep the house clean. While some people say you should never get someone a vacuum as a gift, I disagree. My Shark vacuum is my most favorite gift I have ever received, and your ESTJ will feel the same way about this Super Maid Robotic Vacuum, which will clean the floor so they don't have to. 13 ESFJ: Odette & Joni Organic Spa Gift Box 14 ISTP: Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears 16 ESFP: Spectacles By Snap 17 Correction: A previous version of this story misrepresented the official MBTI assessment website. It has been updated to accurately include the official MBTI assessment.
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