Unlike introverts, who typically feel more recharged by spending more solo time, extroverts experience a lot of fulfillment from social interaction. As clinical psychologist Thea Gallagher, PsyD previously told Well+Good, extroverts "get a lot of joy and pleasure from being with people." Not that we really need the scientific proof that extroverts love being surrounded by others (we'd say it's a fairly obvious observation in day-to-day life), but it's there if ya need.
That said, if you're looking for holiday or birthday gifts for the social butterflies in your life, it may be worth finding something that helps these folks engage and connect to the people around them on an even deeper level. For the extroverts in your life, check out these top picks.
For the extrovert who loves to host dinner parties
Originally $50, now $35
You just can’t go wrong with a cheese board—every party requires one. Made of hand-cut marble with a white finish, this West Elm tray is gorgeous and looks a lot more expensive than it is. Which, of course, means everyone will be complementing the extroverted host, which they will love. It can be also be used as a cutting board if you need to do some meal prep before your guests arrive.
For the extrovert who loves a workout class
It’s been a minute, but group classes are slowly but surely coming back (safely). For the social butterfly who loves to get their sweat on with others, they’ll love a new pair of leggings that are supportive, comfortable, and aren’t just standard black (although we stan a classic pair of black leggings, too). Girlfriend Collective offers some of the best workout and lounge gear—the fit is fantastic (the brand prioritizes size inclusivity and serves bodies of *all* kids), and the brand features all kinds of fun colors.
For the extrovert who needs to be on their phone 24/7
Extroverts love talking to people face-to-face, but you’ll spot them on their phones texting and DMing, too. Studies have shown that our phones are a hot spot for bacteria to thrive. But with this PhoneSoap 3, you don’t have to worry about microorganisms taking over your smartphone. The device kills 99.9 percent of bacteria on the spot using a powerful UV light. It also has two charging ports to power up your phone and extra space to store other small personal items.
For the extrovert who loves to scrapbook
Originally $99.95, now $89.96
Keep your memories alive with this Fujifilm mini camera. It produces credit-card size Polaroid-style pictures that you can use for gifting friends and family. The camera also has a built-in selfie lens and a small mirror on the outside that allows you to see yourself as you take the photo.
For the extrovert who loves makeup
Extroverts get a lot of face time with others, and some feel more confident and in their element with a few swipes of their beauty product of choice. We’re recommending Ilia Multi-Stick (which comes in a variety of shades) because it’s a nice 2-in-1 that gives cheeks and lips a pop of natural, pretty color. The formula is extra creamy and easy to blend in, and there’s a shade for everyone.
For the extrovert who's always traveling to new places
If you’re someone who’s constantly planning a road trip every month, then this Away backpack may come in handy on your next adventure. Made with water-resistant nylon fabric, this backpack is a superhero when it comes to space. It has one large compartment that’s big enough to store a pair of shoes, clothes or other bulky items. There’s also a separate compartment tailor-made for your laptop and a few small pockets to store travel essentials like your passport and wallet. Use it as an overnight bag or as a carry-on when you need to hit the airport.
For the extrovert who's a fashionista
A leather jacket is one of the few looks that can instantly level up an ensemble. And this pick from Levi’s does that, plus a little more. Although it’s made with faux leather, it’s super soft to the touch and has cozy satin lining. Not to mention, the zippers on the sleeves allow you to adjust the fit and have more room to layer clothes underneath. The extrovert in your life will be reaching for this jacket for all the outdoor gatherings and brunches they’ve got lined up.
For the extrovert who loves to discover new music
Originally $110.95, now $99.95
Enjoy your shower playlist and your fave podcast with this compact Bluetooth speaker from JBL. Apart from its high quality sound and waterproof exterior, reviewers gushed about the battery, which gives you up to 12 hours of playing time. Additionally, the speaker is perfect to use for conference calls since it can be connected to your Google Now or Siri applications.
For the extrovert who's always misplacing their personal items
When you can’t find your keys or luggage (and extroverts are almost always on the go), this Tile Mate is a lifesaver. It’s a tag that you can attach to your personal belongings to make it easier for you to locate them within a 200-feet radius. Just download the Tile app and register your device, and you’ll be able to track the location of your items from your phone with just a touch of button.
For the extrovert who loves to cook
Originally $119.95, now $109.99
Not all extroverts like to cook, but some do—and they love cooking for others. After all, mealtime is another great occasion to connect with others. No matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, a set of quality knives is one of the most essential tools to have in the kitchen. Not only is it necessary for cutting, but a good set can also help cut down on your meal prep time. The Henckels knife set contains all stainless steel blades, a knife block and a sharpening tool. It includes: six steak knives, one three-inch pairing knife, one seven-inch hollow edge Santoku, one eight-inch chef’s knife and one eight-inch bread knife.
For the extrovert who misses their loved ones
It’s been a hard year-and-a-half for us extroverts. While the pandemic has separated a lot of people from their families, this messenger box is a great way to make you feel connected to the people close around you outside of Zoom. The brand’s app allows you to send someone a virtual message. Once the message gets delivered, the heart on the box begins to spin until the person opens the box and reads the note. You can send drawings, stickers, and a variety of colored messages via the app.
For the extrovert who needs to recover from all the socializing
For the times when you want to enjoy some alone time, do so with these calming bath salts from Herbivore. The combination of the Himalayan pink salt crystals and the scent of the floral ylang-ylang and natural vanilla essential oils can help soothe the body and relax the mind.
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