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Need a gift for your Enneagram 8 friend? Look no further! Sharing all of the best gifts for Enneagram 8’s – books, planners, and everything in between!
Do you have a friend or someone in your life that can walk into a room and completely change the energy? They’re probably an 8.
Or that friend that constantly seems to be baiting you into a debate? Again, probably an 8.
Or maybe you know exactly who you would call if you needed someone to show up and be on your side. Yeah, probably an 8.
Most of us that are 8’s share these qualities. They sound bad, but I promise they aren’t. You need a friend or two that’s an 8.
Qualities of an Enneagram 8
The most basic desire of an Enneagram Type 8 is to protect themselves and be in control of their own lives. We defend and protect those we feel are unable or unwilling to protect themselves. We’ll advocate for who and what we love at all costs. .
Protectors defend ourselves by avoiding and denying vulnerability at all costs. In our minds vulnerability makes us appear weak; if we’re weak, we’re not in control. And we must be in control, always.
It makes sense then that our basic fear is that we might be controlled or hurt by others. We actively avoid situations that make us feel helpless and stand up for ourselves at all costs and in all circumstances.
Things to keep in mind when shopping for an enneagram 8
When it comes to picking a gift for an enneagram 8, it helps to understand some of the core tenants of our personality. Without this understanding, gifts may miss the mark.
Things we tend to enjoy (and be motivated/energized by):
- Taking charge and leading others
- Feeling free, understood, and respected
- Making decisions that help other people
- Physical action and exercise
- Logical and practical ideas and solutions
Noticing a trend? We like control. We like to lead. We want to be understood.
The Best gifts for an Enneagram 8
That’s Marvin. He’s the adorable virtual wizard that helps you keep track of all the things.
Ok. So it’s not just a digital planner. Amazing Marvin is a to do list meets day planner meets calendar meets journal. It’s all the things. AND – it’s all digital. No more lugging around a massive planner that often gets forgotten. Marvin really is an extension of my brain so that I can remember all the things I need to do and what I want to accomplish. Every 8 needs a bomb digital planner, why not gift a month or two to your favorite 8?
Not just any experience gift. Eights are doers. So think of a hands on activity that aligns with an interest or hobby that your friend has. Like, maybe a pottery class, go axe throwing together, zip lines/ obstacle courses, or a kickboxing class. Anything that lets us get out some energy and do something we enjoy are BIG hits.
Bonus points if you help figure out child care so your friend can get to the event!
Take something off of our plate! Letting a robot vacuum take over one of our chores lets us focus our energy on other things. My fave is this Eufy vacuum – it’s not as expensive as a RoboVac and does a great job on carpet and laminate flooring at our house.
Keeping with an 8’s desire for control, Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits and achieve any other goal.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Eights have a daily allotment of warm and fuzzy. Once it’s gone, it’s gone and we definitely need some quiet time where no one is touching us and we can’t hear children screaming. Enter awesome headphones. Gift a pair so that your friend can laser focus on a task while and completely zone out from what’s happening around the house.
My favorite headphones EVER are these raspberry ones by Cowin. They’re really solid mid-grade headphones with a noise cancelling feature!
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
We’re leaders. We want to be effective leaders so this book is a perfect fit. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.
Full disclosure – I’m not a runner. I like to lift heavy things and put them down and go hiking. I don’t like carrying a backpack when outdoors. Or having to move my phone and keys from place to place when I’m at the gym. Enter this running belt. It’s big enough to hold my phone, keys, ID, and a debit card. PLUS it doesn’t bounce around when I’m moving and it’s fairly discrete. Definitely a must have for an active enneagram 8!
Really anything by Brené Brown is gold for an 8. We don’t like vulnerability. It makes us uncomfortable, but it is so necessary. Brown’s books serve to help us better understand what vulnerability is and what it isn’t.
Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
Audible Gift Card
We LOVE to read- especially productivity and self improvement books. Sometimes we just don’t have the time. Audible gift cards are the perfect solution! Plus it gives us the control to pick out our own book 😉