Christmas is coming, and everyone is out looking for the perfect gift for everyone on their list. We finance geeks can be a bit hard to shop for, you know, with that whole frugality thing and all…
So if you have a finance enthusiast, or just someone you want to give a gentle nudge towards financial responsibility to. Here’s a list of some of the best finance related gifts you can give this year:
1. Stock Certificates from OneShare
One of the coolest gifts you can give the finance geek in your life is a framed share of stock from OneShare.com. At OneShare you can buy a single share of stock from over 150 of the most well-known companies and receive the paper stock certificate (just like the old days!) framed for display.
Beyond financial geeks, a framed share of Manchester United, or Harley Davidson stock makes a really unique gift for anyone in your family who is a fan. We finance bloggers always talk about the importance of getting kids off on the right foot financially. You can give them a share of Disney, Dreamworks or Build-A-Bear Workshop and teach them about investing in a (somewhat) fun way. [Prices Vary – OneShare.com]
2. The Complete Collection of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders
Warren Buffett is the greatest investor of our time, and his every move is tracked by legions of fans. Each year a lunch with Buffett gets auctioned off and won by someone who spends hundreds of thousands of dollars for an hour of his time.
He’s legendary for his simple and to the point take on investing and all things money, and there’s no better example of this than his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. They’re more entertaining, insightful, and informative than any finance blog you’ll find (sadly including this one). Anyone who is the least bit serious about investing, or just wants a look inside the mind of one of the richest men on the planet will love this (yours truly included!). [$2.99 Ebook/ $25.20 Paperback – Amazon.com]
3. Wall Street on Blu-Ray
It’s a classic. It’s insanely quotable (Blue horseshoe loves Anacott Steel!), and I don’t know any finance geek who hasn’t dreamed of becoming Gordon Gekko (or even Bud Fox) from time to time. Just promise me you’ll avoid the sequel at all costs. I really wish I could get those two hours of my life back. If they already have Wall St. (as they should) I recommend Margin Call, a fantastic movie about all the key players in the 2008 financial crisis as they all discovered the world was about to end. [$10.49 – Amazon.com]
4. Essential Reading Material
There are certain things every investor and finance enthusiast has to read. The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, The Economist, The Street, any of these great personal finance books and The First Million is the Hardest. So give them a subscription to the best financial publications out there, buy them a great finance book, or just link them to this site, which is free! [Prices Vary – See Individual Sites]
5. Finance Games
As I mentioned above, teaching kids financial skills at an early age is so important and will pay dividends for life. One of the best ways to teach them is when they don’t even know they’re learning something…which is when they’re playing a game! Monopoly, Payday, and The Game of Life are all great ways to teach kids money skills in game form. Adults shouldn’t feel left out either. Cash Flow is a great game that teaches the skills and mindset needed to work towards financial freedom. [~$10-$20ea – Amazon.com]
6. Gold Coins
Coin collecting is far from dead, and picking up a coin straight from the mint can be a great gift idea. You can get a wide variety of gold and silver coins straight from the US Mint’s website. It’s cool to actually own and hold a gold coin in your hand (it plays to the inner pirate inside us all) and these coins can really appreciate in value depending on their rarity. Chances are they’ll all be worth a lot of money as collectors items some day when we’re all using Bitcoin and working for our robot overlords. [Prices Vary – US Mint]
Hopefully you can find a great gift for the finance geek on your list this year. If nothing on this list works, I hope I’ve at least spurred your creativity towards that perfect gift. Just remember, no gift is good enough to blow your budget for. Stay within your means and have a great holiday season!
Readers: Have you ever received a finance related gift from anyone? What gifts would you recommend for the finance enthusiasts in your life?
Photo: Christmas in downtown Buffalo, NY – wnypapers.com