Introverts are a unique subset of people (of which I’m included!). Introverts are calculated, usually more comfortable when they’re alone, and more often than not, misunderstood.
With those things in mind, you may find that it’s harder to find gifts for your introverted friends—whether it’s for their birthday or a holiday. But, as a self-proclaimed introvert myself, I’m here to tell you that it’s not that difficult.
Types of Introverts
Let’s start with the basics. Did you know that being introverted doesn’t always equate to shyness and self-isolation? There are different ways in which one can express introversion.
Thanks to extensive research conducted by psychologists Jennifer Grimes, Jonathan Cheek, and Julie Norem, there are now four categories of introversion: Social introvert, thinking introvert, anxious introvert, and restrained introvert.
- Social introvert: Social introverts are most comfortable when they can spend time in solitude. They prefer small groups and quiet settings as opposed to loud, crowded restaurants or bars.
- Thinking introvert: Thinking introverts don’t mind being a part of the conversation, however, they’re more likely to mull things over before giving a solid response. Thinking introverts are often referred to as “daydreamers” because they’re creative and are often lost in thought.
- Anxious introvert: Anxious introverts prefer solitude—not just because they like it but because being in a large group or crowd may cause them to feel anxious or awkward.
- Restrained or inhibited introvert: Restrained introverts, sometimes referred to as inhibited introverts, aren’t very quick to act (in any situation). Restrained introverts like to take their time before making a decision.
Best Gifts for Introverts
Now that we’ve gotten through the specifics, we’re ready to move on to the fun part: the gifts! Below, you’ll find a list of introvert-approved gifts—no matter which category they fall into!
Silk + Sonder
About Silk + Sonder: Silk + Sonder is a monthly self-care subscription that allows subscribers to “start fresh” each month. One monthly planner (that’s filled with evidence-based exercises to help members “reflect, plan, and celebrate the journey towards breathing their goals and dreams”), a month-long guided audio journaling program, and access to the Silk + Sonder mobile app (which includes Silk + Sonder’s private community, self-care activities, and personalized insights) are included with each subscription.
Members who’d like a little something extra can opt to be a part of one or more guided workshops (“Sonder Socials”) or purchase one of S+S’s add-ons or accessories, like The Ritual Kit (which includes one 10 oz. soy and coconut blend candle, five S+S journal stickers, two washi tapes, three fine point tip pens, one weighted eye mask, one bookmark, and one accessories bag), Dateless Self Care Planner, or Bath Bombs Set.
Price: $19.95 per month. Save with longer subscriptions.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% off your sub box
Book of the Month
About Book of the Month: Upon sign-up, Book of the Month (BOTM) gives subscribers five book options. Members can then decide on whether or not they want to purchase one book (the first is $9.99 for new subscribers) or up to two additional books for an additional cost per book. There’s no commitment, so subscribers can skip a month or cancel whenever they’d like.
In addition to offering subscribers a serious deal on new releases, BOTM hosts virtual book tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5 and 5:30 p.m. EST via Instagram Live. A few previous guests include Rufi Thorpe, Sue Monk Kidd, and Farrah Rochon. BOTM also features a BFF Rewards Program for subscribers who’ve reached 12 books. BBF members receive a free welcome tote, birthday gift, and discounts (up to 20% off) in the member-exclusive Blue Box Boutique.
Price: $9.99 for the first book and $14.99/month every month thereafter
About Nicely Noted: Nicely Noted is a subscription program for people who love to buy unique stationery, send greeting cards, and get all the feels (whether it’s a holiday or not). Each Nicely Noted subscription box includes three handmade, letterpress cards, three USPS stamps (in the U.S.), and profiles for each card designer. Nicely Noted also offers subscribers and non-subscribers the option to purchase a “Mystery Bundle” for $60. As the name suggests, its contents are a surprise!
The Nicely Noted Card Boutique also sells pens, washi tape, three-pack card sets, and items featured in previous collections. Nicely Noted is the perfect subscription for anyone who’s in denial about their Paper Source, Hallmark, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby spending habits.
Price: $20 per month.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 20% off your first box!
About Horti: Horti sends curated plant kits to aspiring plant parents. Soon-to-be subscribers can choose between a month-to-month plan, a six-month “story,” or a 12-month “journey.” The month-to-month plan is $28 and it’s perfect for beginners. Subscribers can choose between shipping and pickup (NYC residents only) and various plan options, including “new to planting,” “pet friendly,” and “Horti’s pick,” in which Horti curates a kit for the subscriber.
With Horti, subscribers can “grow at their own pace.” The month-to-month plan includes a small houseplant, a six-inch clay pot, and a saucer. Horti also sends exercises and planting tools or accessories on select months. (On those months, the subscriber may not receive a six-inch pot.)
Price: $28 per month
About Sketch Box: SketchBox is ideal for everyday creatives. Each month, SketchBox subscribers receive art supplies (four-to-nine items), an inspirational piece created by one of SketchBox’s featured artists using the supplies in the box, and an educational video. SketchBox offers two subscriptions: Basic for $25 per month and Premium (which includes higher-quality materials) for $35 per month.
SketchBox members also receive exclusive, first-look products (before they hit the stores!) and how-to videos that demonstrate how to use each product in the box.
Price: Starts at $25 per month
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $5 off your first box!
About Vellabox: Vellabox is a cozy, monthly subscription that features one artisan-made candle (and one special item) per box. To start, subscribers are encouraged to take a short quiz to determine their scent preferences and burning habits. Once the quiz is completed, Vellabox generates a subscription that’s perfect for that person based on their answers.
Subscribers who join the Vellabox email list will receive three free gifts with their first box. Those who aren’t ready to subscribe can shop the Vellabox online store where they can find candles, home accessories, and themed collections.
Price: $24 per month
About Sips by: Sips by is a female-founded subscription business that ships out four unique teas (based on customer preference) for $16 per month.; that’s around $1 per cup of tea. To get started, soon-to-be subscribers are encouraged to fill out a free profile online, then Sips by does the rest.
Each month, Sips by matches avid tea drinkers with four delicious teas (from 150 global tea brands). A Sips by membership gives subscribers the power to discover new teas, take advantage of special brand offers, win free tea, and engage in a thriving community.
Price: $16 per month
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 50% off your first box!
Try the World
About Try the World: Try the World is the most affordable way to try a variety of gourmet foods from around the world without ever having to leave the couch. Try the World is a gourmet food subscription service that gives members a taste of up to eight countries in each box. Previously featured products include an olive spread from Argentina, roasted chana from India, and pistachio cream from Italy.
Subscribers can choose to pay monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually. Try the World doesn’t require a commitment, either. Pause or cancel anytime. Plus, each box is shipped totally free within the contiguous US.
Price: $49 per month. Save with longer subscriptions.
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