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Before You Start Christmas Shopping:

December 1st, 2013

Whether it’s a gift for Christmas or a birthday, it is always important to know the other persons’ primary Color. Buying gifts isn’t about what you prefer – it’s what will make the other person happy.

While nothing beats knowing their favorite hobbies, music, interests, or just something they’ve already hinted about, here are a few points to remember for this year’s Christmas shopping:

Greens are the least likely to have much interest in giving or getting gifts. And don’t spend a bunch of time on anything sentimental, I’m afraid. Greens will really appreciate some strong clues as to exactly what you’d like. They love to make you happy and will spend a lot of time mulling what to buy. But if you’d just let them know WHAT will make you happy (if you’re not Green), they’d really appreciate it, get it done, and get back to dealing with more important issues. They are the largest group to buy on-line, so go ahead and send them the link to what you’d like. In return, if you cannot find the “perfect” Green present, they’d love to have a gift card from Amazon.com or their favorite electronics store. It takes the pressure off you to find the right present, because they will – in January. And one more thing: Your Green partner or friend has a Green, neutral poker face. You know that, so don’t be looking for a lot of emotional reaction, no matter how thrilled they are with your present! It is NOT the way to tell!

And an early heads-up for Green children’s gifts: It’s always very hard to find the perfect gift for Greens – and Green kids aren’t exempt from that. So let them tell you what they want since they’ve certainly researched it already. If you click on this newsletter search for Green kids or Green gifts, you’ll find a number of previous stories.

A really cool gift is from Usborne Books & More: Forensic Science is an introduction into the world of Forensics and uses actual cases to help the reader learn how the science works. Part of this book is in cartoon format making it a fun read (ages 10+ $10.99)

It’s easy to find an Usborne rep in Canada, Britain, and the US, and many of them have done Colors. That means they’ll give you a number of really great recommendations of stuff for Green kids that they’ll love, learn from, and be a gift that keeps on teaching! It’ll will make your “perfect” present shopping a total win-win, and really easy!

Blues are very sentimental. Others, especially their partner, knows this, but either forgets, ignores, or downplays that fact. Don’t do it when it comes to a present. Forget gadgets or practical gifts. If it’s a ring, make sure it’s inscribed. Better yet, if it’s something you made yourself, it’ll go a long way to showing the depth of your love for a Blue. Or make it something that spoils them, such as a spa day, massages, etc. Since your Blue partner also remembers your first date or dinner, think along the lines of re-creating that first date. They’ll remember what you ordered, the weather, what the waiter wore, and the exact color of the table cloths – so you’ll have to do some digging in your memory banks. But it’ll be well worth it! If you don’t – you’ll still get the Blue reaction that they’re thrilled with their present, even if it’s not true. So do make the effort to make the romantic Blue really happy.

Oranges want presents that are fun, thrilling, the latest or greatest, or anything unique and very hard to find. You can forget a trip to Staples, and you’re not likely to hit the mark with clothes that are trendy or must-have, unless you’re a fellow Orange. You will need to think “big” in terms of the present, and probably the price. If you haven’t been on the mark for a few years, at least Oranges are not shy about giving you some pretty direct hints about a great gift. But can you act like an Orange this year? Can you just step up and get an airline ticket, or book a cruise? Just do it – they’ll love it and Oranges will certainly find a way to get the time off work! Oh, and keep the presents somewhere away from your house. Oranges are certainly the worst at delayed gratification. There’s a good chance they will snoop through the house to find the hiding spot for the presents. It’s almost in their DNA, so be warned!

Of all the Colors, Golds will be the largest group to really appreciate a hint as to what another Color would like. Spending money on gifts is a big expense, so they want to get it right! But buying for Golds should probably be broken down separately into men and women. Gold men tend to prefer something practical and useful. Perhaps something that makes their life, and all their to-do lists, easier to accomplish? Forget something extravagant or hand-made, it won’t hit the mark with discerning Gold men. Most Gold women value gifts with sentimental value. It shows the time, love, and care that went into buying their present. It will be on track, be valued for a very long time, and they will display it proudly. If you’re thinking jewelry – you’re right on track. Some Gold women love a special decoration for their Christmas tree each year, or perhaps some type of really special crystal in a series. If that works, you have found the perfect gift that you can add onto for years to come! Finally, with Golds, you really need to stay away from gift cards. Most Golds, while they won’t say it, do believe that buying a gift card is a copout and you really should have spent a little time getting the “right,” and a “real” present, instead.

Before You Start Christmas Shopping…

November 27th, 2011

Whether it’s a gift for Christmas or a birthday, it is always important to know the other persons’ primary Color. Buying a gift isn’t about what you prefer – it’s what will make the other person happy.

While nothing beats knowing their favorite hobbies, music, interests, or just something they’ve already hinted about, here are a few points to remember for this year’s Christmas shopping:

Greens are the least likely to have much interest in giving or getting gifts. And don’t spend a bunch of time on anything sentimental, I’m afraid. Greens will really appreciate some strong clues as to exactly what you’d like. They love to make you happy and will spend a lot of time mulling what to buy. But if you’d just let them know WHAT will make you happy (if you’re not Green), they’d really appreciate it, get it done, and get back to dealing with more important issues. They are the largest group to buy on-line, so go ahead and send them the link to what you’d like. In return, if you cannot find the “perfect” Green present, they’d love to have a gift card from Amazon.com or their favorite electronics store. It takes the pressure off you to find the right present, because they will – in January. And one more thing: Your Green partner or friend has a Green, neutral poker face. You know that, so don’t be looking for a lot of emotional reaction, no matter how thrilled they are with your present! It is NOT the way to tell! (Below is a special section for Green kids)

Blues are very sentimental. Others, especially their partner, knows this, but either forgets, ignores, or downplays that fact. Don’t do it when it comes to a present. Forget gadgets or practical gifts. If it’s a ring, make sure it’s inscribed. Better yet, if it’s something you made yourself, it’ll go a long way to showing the depth of your love for a Blue. Or make it something that spoils them, such as a spa day, massages, etc. Since your Blue partner also remembers your first date or dinner, think along the lines of re-creating that first date. They’ll remember what you ordered, the weather, what the waiter wore, and the exact color of the table cloths – so you’ll have to do some digging in your memory banks. But it’ll be well worth it! If you don’t – you’ll still get the Blue reaction that they’re thrilled with their present, even if it’s not true. So do make the effort to make the romantic Blue really happy.

Oranges want presents that are fun, thrilling, the latest or greatest, or anything unique and very hard to find. You can forget a trip to Staples, and you’re not likely to hit the mark with clothes that are trendy or must-have, unless you’re a fellow Orange. You will need to think “big” in terms of the present, and probably the price. If you haven’t been on the mark for a few years, at least Oranges are not shy about giving you some pretty direct hints about a great gift. But can you act like an Orange this year? Can you just step up and get an airline ticket, or book a cruise? Just do it – they’ll love it and Oranges will certainly find a way to get the time off work! Oh, and keep the presents somewhere away from your house. Oranges are certainly the worst at delayed gratification. There’s a good chance they will snoop through the house to find the hiding spot for the presents. It’s almost in their DNA, so be warned!

Of all the Colors, Golds will be the largest group to really appreciate a hint as to what another Color would like. Spending money on gifts is a big expense, so they want to get it right! But buying for Golds should probably be broken down separately into men and women. Gold men tend to prefer something practical and useful. Perhaps something that makes their life, and all their to-do lists, easier to accomplish? Forget something extravagant or hand-made, it won’t hit the mark with discerning Gold men. Most Gold women value gifts with sentimental value. It shows the time, love, and care that went into buying their present. It will be on track, be valued for a very long time, and they will display it proudly. If you’re thinking jewelry – you’re right on track. Some Gold women love a special decoration for their Christmas tree each year, or perhaps some type of really special crystal in a series. If that works, you have found the perfect gift that you can add onto for years to come! Finally, with Golds, you really need to stay away from gift cards. Most Golds, while they won’t say it, do believe that buying a gift card is a copout and you really should have spent a little time getting the “right,” and a “real” present, instead.

Two More Christmas Heads-Up

November 27th, 2011

Buying for Green kids:

Greens of all ages are the hardest people to buy for. Unfortunately, not all are as helpful as an almost teenager of a friend who took a week to compile an Excel chart, in order of preference, with links to stores, reasoning for the gift, etc. If you have a Green son or daughter – you wish, right?

You can never go wrong with many books and ideas from Usborne Books and More:

A Middle and High School Survival Encyclopedia set which is internet linked and comes in three different volumes: Science, World History and Geography

 

A forensic science book: Scientific crime solving using real stories and illustrations.

Dinosaur Excavation Kit: A complete skeleton of a T-Rex is buried inside a block of clay rock and you must carefully excavate or “dig” the bones out with the tools provided, then re-assemble the skeleton. Kit includes Usborne Beginners Dinosaurs book, T-Rex bones encased in excavation rock, archaeological digging tools, brush and eye goggles.

 

A Special Gold Christmas tip:

Year after year I hear from Golds at a seminar, or even on Facebook, a comment such as “Christmas flew by this year,” or “where did Christmas go?” Yup, this is the season of the world’s longest to do list for Golds. By the time they’re done and come up for air and allow themselves to actually relax, it’s December 27th!

Do NOT allow yourself to have another Christmas like that. And for the rest of the world: Be mindful of your Gold family and friends actually taking time for themselves, and to enjoy the real meaning and spirit of Christmas.

The 12 days of Christmas is not: planning, shopping, cleaning, baking, organizing, etc. Besides, you’re so self-critical, it’ll never be perfect (in your eyes). So give yourself permission to know that up front, relax, and enjoy the season more than the to-do list.

 

Looking For a Gift For A High Green Son Or Daughter?

July 1st, 2007

Depending on their age, you’ve probably already discovered that a high Green kid isn’t easy to buy for. But for younger high Green kids, here are three great ideas to mull:

Magic Sand (Toys R Us): You can put all the water you want on it – the sand in this kit doesn’t get wet. So a mom called me and told me she got very confused. Her daughter was crying about this gift, but couldn’t leave it alone. Was her Green daughter turning “Blue?” No – they were tears of frustration that she couldn’t solve the mystery of this sand!

Tons of things from the Discovery store: This is kind of a no-brainer store, if you’ll excuse the pun – for a high Green. If you can’t access a store – go on line. And yes – just like Green adults want the perfect present (and you probably don’t know what’s perfect for them) gift certificates are just fine. It lets them pick their own perfect present. It’s a great idea for any high Green, and they don’t see it as impersonal at all, as long as it comes from the right store.

AntWorks: This is a new type of ant farm which uses seaweed-based sugar, water and nutrients, instead of dirt or sand. It makes the whole ant farm see-through, consisting entirely of blue-tinted goop. A great high Green gift for around $30 through fascinations.com or a number of retail stores.