Are you searching for the perfect gift for an INFP in your life? Gift-giving can be a daunting task, especially when you’re purchasing for someone who is far different than you are! If I bought an ESTJ something I would love as an INFJ they may be less than impressed (thankfully, the ESTJs I know have always been extremely gracious when receiving gifts). Different personalities are often attracted to different gifts. For example, I just spoke with several INTJs who LOVED getting gift cards. This week I spoke with INFPs, and they (usually) weren’t too fond of gift cards. I spoke with over 150 INFPs in groups, forums, and in real life for this post, and I hope my research helps to make your holiday gift-hunting a little easier!
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The INFPs Relationship with Gifts
INFPs are one of the least materialistic personality types out there. Many of the gifts they prefer are not extravagant or expensive, but symbolic and heartfelt. Often they’d prefer a special experience together over a store-bought item. Many INFPs mentioned that they feel shy receiving gifts and prefer giving over receiving. The important aspect of a gift to an INFP is that it shows that you pay attention to their passions and interests. The gift could be something as simple as a wildflower picked on the side of a road if you thought of them when you picked it or if it had a symbolic meaning.
The Top 7 Gift Ideas for INFPs:
- A Book
INFPs are richly imaginative and love being able to escape into the pages of a new book. While most INFPs preferred physical books they could flip through (and smell!), they were also happy with Kindle Unlimited subscriptions or audiobooks. Most INFPs preferred fiction or poetry over non-fiction books (but this can vary, so try to get some insight from the INFP in your life).
- An Experience
INFPs are inspired by the outer world and by memorable moments and discoveries. Their auxiliary Extraverted Intuition (Ne) gives them a love for new landscapes, cultures, and adventures. While they can often enjoy long periods of solitude (especially with a good book), INFPs also tend to have a dash of wanderlust due to their Ne and their love of novelty. The experiences they mentioned included walking through the woods, camping, going on a vacation (preferably to a secluded, undiscovered part of the world), or even just going out for coffee!
- A Donation to Their Favorite Charity/Cause
INFPs are altruistic souls, and they are driven by a desire to improve the world they live in. Many INFPs mentioned that instead of a gift they’d enjoy knowing that someone gave to a cause of their choice under their name.
- A Mix Tape or CD
Music is a source of deep inspiration for INFPs. Music taps into their rich emotions and intuition to give them solidarity, encouragement, new ideas, or motivation. Pick out a collection of songs that make you think of the INFP in your life. This is an easy, fun, and heartfelt gift they’re sure to love!
- A Heartfelt Letter
The gifts that mean the most in life are usually not found in a store. I’ve seen this repeatedly as people from all personality types have mentioned wanting a heartfelt letter over any material gift. INFPs are greatly affected by words, especially words they can read time and time again. Take the time to really delve into what you appreciate about the INFP in your life, or recount favorite experiences over again for them to enjoy. A letter is a gift that lasts long after it is given!
- Something Symbolic
Intuitives, especially Dreamers (NF personality types) are greatly affected by symbolism. They tend to think in terms of symbols and images, and they love gifts that tap into that. Rocks, plants, artisan jewelry, crystals, photographs, all these things could evoke a memory or an impression of something significant and inspirational to the INFP. Extra points if your symbolic gift is handmade!
- Pets (or something for a pet!)
Personality types with dominant Introverted Feeling (Fi) tend to be especially fond of animals. Numerous INFPs mentioned that they would love to have a pet for Christmas, or if not a real, live pet, a gift for the pet they already have.
What Do You Think?
Do you agree with this list? What are your suggestions? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!
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