The Top 7 Gift Ideas for ESTJs

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The holidays are here at last, and with it the rush to get the perfect gifts for our loved ones! This can be a joyful time for many of us, or a stressful time. Picking out gifts can be tricky and puzzling, and it seems especially so when shopping for ESTJs. ESTJs are the types of people who will buy something if they really need it, and they don’t usually spend a lot of time talking about things they want. Many people are unsure when shopping for an ESTJ because if they want something they’re likely to buy it before the giver has a chance!

I decided to talk to as many ESTJs as I could find about gifts and what they prefer. It was informative and helpful for me, and I hope it will be for you too!

The ESTJs Relationship with Gifts

When it comes to gifts, ESTJs are all about practical! They want something that can help them accomplish their goals in the most efficient way possible. Trinkets, collectibles, and knick-knacks were major no-no’s among the ESTJs I spoke with. They appreciate it when people pay attention to what they enjoy and talk about so that the gifts have a personal touch. They also said to check their Amazon wish lists! Some ESTJs accumulate a list of things they need on a wish list so they can go back and purchase them later.

The Gifts That ESTJs Enjoy the Most

  1. Money

I know this gift isn’t very “romantic”, but it was definitely mentioned more than any other gift by ESTJs. Most said to skip the gift cards, because with cash they could pick out exactly what they wanted and not be limited to a certain store. Money gives them the freedom to get what they want or need without restrictions or having to pretend they like something they don’t need.

  1. Household Appliances

Is there a particular household tool the ESTJ has been talking about or needing? ESTJs love anything they can be used around the home. It’s important to remember that ESTJs care about quality, good reviews, and dependability when it comes to their household tools. ESTJs I spoke with mentioned high-quality vacuum cleaners, food processors, furniture, and cookware.

  1. Technological Gadgets

ESTJs love the way that technology can aid in making life more efficient. iPads, smartphones, a smartpen, or home security systems were all mentioned. I found this list of 10 really smart gadgets to increase productivity and thought lots of these would appeal to the ESTJs I’d spoken with.

  1. A Service

Make a coupon book for your ESTJ with services you are ready to provide! Ideas they mentioned when speaking to me included snow shoveling, yardwork, massages, washing the car, or painting a room in their house. Think of your skills and how you could use them to help out the ESTJ in some hands-on, practical way.

  1. Hand-Made Gifts

ESTJs, while practical, have a soft spot for gifts made with love and care. If you have a creative ability or a gift with cooking or baking, try using that to make the ESTJ something by hand. The personal nature of these kinds of gifts can mean a lot to them.

  1. Organizational Tools/Supplies

Having an organized outer world is extremely important to SJ personality types. The ESTJs I spoke with mentioned wanting beautiful book cases, plastic divided organizers for craft supplies, custom closets, and decorative storage bins.

  1. An Experience

While not mentioned nearly as much as the other gift ideas, experiences were brought up enough to make this list! Quite a few ESTJ said they appreciated the opportunity to go to a play, out to dinner, or even a festival. These types of gifts give them great memories to treasure for years to come, something that personality types with introverted sensing always enjoy.

What Do You Think?

Do you like these gift ideas? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Hi! I have been reading your blog for a while, and like the information you shared. I have been meaning to respond to this sooner, but I was caught up with task (I’m trying to everything taking care of before the holidays). This idea of writing a gift guide for each type is a good one I think as it would help give me and others an idea of what to give are family and friends. That and I read another article before that dealt with gift giving base on type.

    In this case I decided to check this one out first since my dad tested out as having the Guardian (ESTJ) personality type (when I had him take the test one time), and during the time I saw this you only had this entry and the one for people with the Protector (INFJ) personality published and I’m not close to anyone with that type at this time. With that here are my thoughts for the gift ideas listed.

    1. Yes this gift idea isn’t the most romantic, but then people with the Guardian personality are generally not known for being the most romantic (or at least not in how society views being romantic). Concerning gift cards there are some which can be use for a variety of stores, so I don’t think they should entirely be counted out. Otherwise, it’s easy to see why money would be rank as the top gift choice for people of this type. It really is the most practical things you can give someone with this personality type. I think I might give my dad something he can use for spending.

    2. I can understand people of this type wanting the best of their household appliances in that they do have a better performance overall. Plus to add they tend to last longer and have a low chance of constantly breaking down compared to cheap products which limits the repair cost or needing to replace a product. Therefore saving them money in the long run!

    3. This is some ways can relate to the number two choice. My dad though is not that tech though or at least when it comes to the computer and iphone. While he can use a computer and iphone he seems to constantly ask my sister to assist him in what should be basic stuff.

    4. Nice idea, but something I don’t feel up to doing personally.

    5. I can see my sister doing this since she is good when it comes to crafts. I wonder if this soft sport for homemade gifts has something to do with their auxiliary function of introverted sensing. I know this function can lead to people feeling sentimental.

    6. That might be another good idea for my dad since I know he uses folders to organize his important information.

    7. This chance of wanting to experience events and activities seems to be in response to their tertiary function extraverted intuition which craves new experiences. My dad has mention he wants to do certain things, but the experience he’s asking for is something I can’t give at this time.

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