Holiday Shopping Made Playful

We know it's a stressful time of year. So before you shop this holiday season, think about how your friends and family play. Researcher and founder of the National Institute for Play, Dr. Stuart Brown identified 8 different play personalities.

As you look at the descriptions below, you’ll probably be able to recognize yourself and people you know. Don’t worry - you can have more than 1! We think this can be enlightening and help with both making shopping more fun for you and finding the right gift for your people. Do you need to make shopping a game with rules or would it be more fun to get creative with your gifting?

To help illustrate how this might shape your gift giving, we’ve included a Flopable from that we think matches each play personality best.

Collector: Enjoys interesting collections of objects or experiences. Flopable: Boxed Velvet - it comes in its own special box!

Competitor: Likes games with rules because they play to win! Flopable: Flop Ball Stackers - there’s always more you can stack.

Creator: Wants to make things. Flopable: Color In Holiday Pack - first you color then you play.

Director: Plans and executes scenes and events. Flopable: A 6 pack or 2 so they can create routines for family or friends.

Explorer: Searches for new experiences physically, emotionally, or mentally. Flopable: Wellness Pack to explore mindful play.

Joker: Loves clowning and foolishness. Flopable: Oopsa Daisy” Flop Ball - dropping is just part of the fun.

Kinesthete: Wants to move, but doesn’t need to compete. Flopable: Loops & lines - the range of motion is bigger.

Storyteller: Creates and engages with imaginative stories. Flopable: Read” Flop Ball - the open book & dragon just invite you into the story.

Hope this helps make your shopping more playful this holiday season.