When you are searching for an anniversary gift, it’s always best to be personalised.
Have a think about what your spouse or loved one likes to do; how do they spend their time, what are their hobbies, what sort of gifts do *they* like to give people?
One of the most important things is how are they driven to interact with you, other people, their likes and their hobbies?
What we are going to look at today is selecting an anniversary gift or activity, depending on personality traits – specifically whether your spouse or loved one is an introvert or an extrovert.
So what is an introverted or extroverted person?
Well, you have probably heard of these terms. They were popularised by the psychologist Carl Jung.
Stereotypically an introverted person will be quiet, and an extrovert will be the loud and chatty one. However, as these terms have become more well-known in recent years, there’s been more focus on exactly what being introverted or extroverted means, and it’s more complex than simply being quiet or loud.
It’s more about how people derive their energy and what level of stimulation people need and tolerate from their external environment.
An introvert will recharge themselves by spending time alone or doing a quiet activity. (Note that being introverted should not be confused with shyness, which is linked to social anxiety.) An extrovert by comparison, likes to recharge by having other people around them, and likes to have lots of external stimulation to bounce off. This is their way of recharging.
You can read more about the differences on Wikipedia:
How does this relate to a search for anniversary gifts? Well think about what your loved one’s preferences are. And if you don’t know, just ask them!
Gift ideas for your loved one should be personalised towards them – do they like their alone time or are they a fan of group activities? And then pick accordingly! Here are some ideas for both groups of people.
Gift Ideas for Introverts
A favourite book or album:
Because of their reflective nature, and a love of deep and meaningful connection, giving an anniversary gift very personal to you, and giving insight into your soul, might be just up an introvert’s alley.
However, depending on how long you have been married, they may know this already or may have exchanged these gifts – so can you do an activity or take a trip related to one of these items?
E.g. visit a place that the book is based on? Or visit the location of a favourite song? Are there any Beatles/Liverpool fans out there? We’ll leave it to your imagination but remember introverts often like the little details!
A love of nature is often associated with those more introverted personalities. Organising a anniversary trip to a rural retreat, enjoying some recharge time, with some time spent walking through the beautiful countryside could be the perfect treat for your loved one.
Watch or jewellery:
Everyone has a preference with their watches or jewellery. A delicate, understated and beautiful piece of jewellery could be the ticket for an introvert to treasure and enjoy. Similarly, a beautiful watch could be the perfect gift for someone organised and interested in being time-efficient, often common traits with introverts.
Gift Ideas for Extroverts
Concert or theatre tickets:
Enjoying a night out with loud music and a high-energy crowd, singing along to one of your favourite songs is the perfect gift for some people.
As we said extroverts love lots of external stimulation so booking a night out for them is a lovely thought.
Balloon rides, flying or skydiving experiences:
Similarly, extroverts often love high-octane activities where the adrenaline is pumping and the blood is flowing.
Not everyone loves heights but if your partner or loved one, thrives on high energy experiences, imagine surprising them with one of the exciting opportunities!
As mentioned, mostly everyone loves a bit of jewellery. But depending on their preference, your partner may eschew something low-key in favour of a colourful, sparkly statement piece.
Luckily there are plenty of options to look into when searching for a gift for your partner. Just remember to go with your gut!
Hopefully this will give you food for thought when searching for anniversary gifts for your loved one. Reading more into introverts and extroverts can give you insights into what your partner likes and could help you find something they really love.