Every child has their own individual temperament- their interests can be drastically different from other kids their exact same age! Never is this more evident than on Christmas morning.048226-christmas

Not all kids enjoy certain presents! I found this out AFTER spending money on gifts our kids never seemed to enjoy.

However, I can safely say most REDS, YELLOWS, BLUES and GREEN kids do like toys. (Insert applause here)

Here are some basic temperament hints to help you shop wisely:


These kids are physically active. They like challenges/dares. They are self starters.

REDS enjoy the physical part of playing. Think of balls, from basketball to a pool table. They love competition- think of challenging board games! Bounce Off is a game that will be a surefire hit with RED kids on your Christmas list. Also take a look at ThinkFun Rush Hour board game—a great choice for REDS ages 8 and above. Of course, they love intense video games. They love to WIN!


They love to play – period! They love presents! They love to perform for crowds. (Think puppets!) They love to have anyone playing with them. YELLOWS are great with imagination toys. They love sparkle- anything bigger than life. Something that attracts lots of attention and interaction with others.  YELLOWs get hours of enjoyment from silly games like Googly Eyes and Moustache Smash!

Think dress up clothes for YELLOW kids (my granddaughters love being princesses, my grandsons are pirates!). And a magic kit allows for hours of performances. Karaoke too! Anything with a microphone makes a YELLOW happy! (NOT gift certificates, I discovered! They want to open REAL gifts!)


They are generally quiet kids and can play alone. These kids are your thinkers. They enjoy serious playtime.

BLUES are very good with details/quiet games, puzzles/ books- they love to contemplate, ruminate and meditate.

They enjoy a mental challenge with much assembly required.

Think puzzles, Scrabble, chess, Legos; a game called Sequence is a favorite of my BLUE grandkids as are books like The Oak Inside the Acorn by Max Lucado and The Baby-Sitters Club: Mary Anne Saves The Day, by BSC Graphix.

Crayola Marker Maker Wacky Tips is a great activity set for the child who enjoys playing alone. Like a scientist in the lab, BLUE kids can have fun in their very own color laboratory using the mixing guide to decide what colors to create. They also love gift certificates, it gives them their own time table to think about what to buy.


GREENS are the sweetest kids and will usually “like” anything they are given. However, if you really care to zero in on the perfect gifts: they especially like soft, comfortable toys such as stuffed animals. I purchased the most adorable sloth and stuffed elephant for my little GREENS last Christmas.  What a HIT! They also love to cuddle in soft blankets. GREENS enjoy being peaceful and quiet, they also like to watch videos.

Quiet is the key word. Loud commotion bothers GREENS. Certain toys can easily overwhelm them. GREEN children don’t want to assemble anything difficult. Toys or puzzles with a zillion pieces are not fun for GREENS. Most enjoy coloring, quietly reading and playing in their own world of make believe. Legos are another perfect gift!

Gift buying for children requires thoughtfulness on the part of the parent/gift giver. How much do you know about the child’s leisure pursuits? For example, I know girls who like dinosaurs. And boys who like to cook.

So, what do your kids talk about the most? Do they have a favorite movie or cartoon from which you can buy paraphernalia? What do they already do and like?

Oh, and BLUES are the only temperament who enjoy receiving underwear under the tree!

I hope this gives more insight for your Christmas gift giving!


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