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 Finding A Hobby and Related Gift Ideas for That Hard to Buy For Co-Worker, Boss or Friend - Using Motivators as Your Guide...

Finding A Hobby and Holiday Gift Ideas for That Hard to Buy For Co-Worker, Boss or Friend - Using Motivators as Your Guide...

Are you struggling with what to get a friend, coworker or boss for Christmas? Use this 'finding a hobby and related gift ideas' guide to get the perfect gift! 

There are six motivators that we measure in the Talent Insights Assessment to reveal a person's top passions and interests. It's what "puts gas in their tank" on the job.  Use this wisdom to figure out what your hard-to-buy-for coworker, boss or friend is REALLY interested in, and give him/her a gift that will energize and delight!

Review an overview of each motivator here.

Finding a Hobby and Gift Ideas for Each Motivator

Determine which motivator best matches your co-worker, boss or friend (from their Assessment Results or from these descriptors) and surprise them with the perfect gift!   

Theoretical/
Knowledge:
"The Learner "
A Passion for Knowledge

HOBBY IDEAS:

  • Chess
  • Jeopardy
  • Scrabble
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Brain teasers
  • Duplicate bridge
  • Reading
  • Surfing the internet and technology



GIFT IDEAS:

  • Subscriptions to: Discover Magazine, Popular Science Magazine, Mental Floss.
  • Make a donation in their name to: Research; Colleges and Universities; Educational programs.
  • Any gift that is unique, quirky and about ideas or original thought.
  • Watch Jeopardy, play Cranium and watch mystery shows and How It Is Made t.v. shows.
  • A signed book or a ticket to attend a lecture by his/her favorite author.

Utilitarian/Economic:"The Business  Person"
Passion for Business & Making Money

HOBBY IDEAS:

  • Monopoly/Risk
  • Investment Club
  • Work
  • Gambling
  • 'Do-it-yourself' projects
  • Financial planning
  • Speculating
  • Side businesses and investments


GIFT IDEAS:

  • Subscriptions to: Consumer Reports, Wall Street Journal or Forbes.
  • Any books have  to do with business!
  • Make a donation in their name to: United Way, Junior Achievement.
  • Any gift that is practical and/or related to building a business.
  • Watch the Flip This House,  Price is Right and Pawn Stars t.v. shows together.
  • Collectible art or coins that will increase in value over time.

Individualistic/Political:
"The Power Player"

Passion for Leading and Advancing
HOBBY IDEAS:

  • Poker
  • Billiards
  • Chess
  • Golf
  • Extreme sports
  • Networking
  • Running for local/volunteer political office
  • Visible volunteer positions that offer power and influence

         GIFT IDEAS:

  • Subscriptions to: Entrepreneur Magazine, Robb Report, FAST Company Magazine, Sports Illustrated.
  • Make a donation in their name to: something where their name is highlighted and they get noticed.
  • Any gift that is fancy, name-brand and considered fine.
  • Watch Shark Tank and professional sports together.
  • Designer and fashionable clothes and sun glasses.
  • Mont Blanc Pen.

Social/Altruistic:
"Service & Helping Others"
Passion for Service

HOBBY IDEAS:

  • Any volunteer work
  • Big Brother, Big Sister
  • Delivering meals to the needy
  • Visiting a friend in need
  • Community service
  • Working at a shelter
  • Answering the phone for a telethon
  • Church/neighborhood projects

GIFT IDEAS:

  • Subscriptions to: Philanthropy Magazines or Psychology, Counseling and Coaching resources.
  • Make a donation in their name to: Feed the Homeless; Humane Society; Disaster Relief; Heifer International.
  • Spend the day doing a service activity together.
  • Plaque of appreciation for service and loyalty.

Traditional/Regulatory:
"The Process & Order Keeper"
Passion for 'the Rules'
HOBBY IDEAS:

  • Bingo
  • Church activities
  • Boy and Girl Scouts
  • Rotary Club
  • Family Reunions
  • Patriotic celebrations
  • Political activities/marches
  • National Guard


GIFT IDEAS:

  • The Almanac.
  • Roberts Rules of Order and books about history.
  • Any books related to organization, process and order.
  • Make a donation in their name to: Religious ministries; Salvation Army; Veterans support.
  • Go to religious services together.
  • Watch westerns, cop shows and evangelists on t.v. together.

Aesthetic:
"Balanced and Harmony"

Passion for Creativity
& Beauty

HOBBY IDEAS:

  • Pictionary
  • Art classes
  • Nature hikes
  • Flower Arranging
  • Cultural arts
  • Decorating
  • Recycling
  • Wine tasting
  • Photography

GIFT IDEAS:

  • Subscriptions to: Architectural Digest; House Beautiful and self actualization books & magazines
  • Make a donation in their name to: Save the Earth; Cultural Arts, museums; Greenpeace.
  • Travel tips shows and books.
  • Watch cooking and decorating shows together.
  • Art, decorating or cooking classes.
  • Tickets to the theater.

Six Motivators Overview - Finding a Hobby and Gift Ideas for Family and Friends Based Upon Their True Interests and Wants...

PRINT this one page (two-sided) overview/memory card
outlining the top "wants" of each motivator.

Six Workplace Motivators:

Theoretical/Knowledge



Utilitarian/Economic




Individualistic/Political





Social/Altruistic





Traditional/Regulatory




Aesthetic

Nickname & Passion

"The Learner"
A Passion for Knowledge


"The Business Person"
A Passion for Business and Making Money


"The Power Player"
A Passion for Leading, Being Out Front and Advancing


"Helping Others"
A Passion for Service, Coaching and Helping Others


"Process and Order"
A Passion for Making Sure People Follow Order and Structure


"Balance and Harmony"
A Passion for Creativity, Beauty and Pleasant Environments

Famous People

Albert Einstein,
Wake Up Eager Professors, Journalists & Philosophers

Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines), Wake Up Eager Sales People, Business Owners, Investors

John f. Kennedy,Wake Up Eager Professional Speakers, Politicians & Entrepreneurs


Mother Teresa,
Wake Up Eager Coaches, Counselors, Care-Takers


Policeman
Wake Up Eager CFO's, Human Resource Execs, Lawyers



Walt Disney,
Wake Up Eager Designers, Photographers, Artists


If you are curious about how Motivators can be used to improve motivation and energy on the job, check out these two Wake Up Eager Workforce podcasts: Podcast #17 - More Motivation and Podcast #2 - M.O.R.E. Motivation in the Workplace

Don't miss more gift ideas using DISC Communication Styles: Reduce Holiday Stress - Five Gift-Giving Tips, Based Upon DISC Communication Styles



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