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Finding A Hobby and 'The Perfect Gift' Ideas - Using Workplace Motivators as Your Guide...

If you are struggling with what to get a friend, coworker or boss for Christmas, use this 'finding a hobby and gift ideas' guide to get the perfect gift based upon a person's top interests and motivators, something we measure in our Talent Insights Assessment.

There are six motivators and your top two represent top passions and interests, and what "puts gas in your 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! See an overview of each motivator here.

A Finding a Hobby and Gift Ideas Guide

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" Passion for Knowledge, Expertise and Research


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


  • 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, ROI and  Making Money


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


  • 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.

"The Power Player"
Passion for Leading and Advancing


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


  • 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, Removing Pain and Suffering for Others


  • 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


  • 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.

"The Process & Order Keeper" Passion for 'the Rules', Process and Protocol


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


  • 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 Keeper"  Passion for Creativity, Balance  & Beauty


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


  • 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 for Using the Finding a Hobby and Gift Ideas Guide...

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

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

If you are curious about how Motivators can be used to improve motivation and energy on the job, check out these DISC and Motivator Wake Up Eager Workforce podcasts. 

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