The Holiday Gift Guide For Finance Geeks

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

christmas-buffalo 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? 

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9 Responses to The Holiday Gift Guide For Finance Geeks

  1. I buy finance books for people… not for finance geeks. But I’ve bought some Jim Cramer stuff for my father-in-law who is a big fan of his.

  2. I’ll be giving “Your money or your life” to my cousin for his high school graduation next May. Not much in the form of finance related gifts this year, although I was seriously contemplating some SBUX stock for my wife because she drinks the hell out of that stuff. Might as well profit from hers and so many others addiction. I’ve never heard of Cash Flow but that definitely sounds like a winner.

  3. LOVE the idea of giving stocks. I really, really would love to receive one of those!

  4. Great ideas here. Having a framed stock certificate would be so cool.

  5. Elroy says:

    I’ve bought “The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing” for people [....] my father included.

  6. Martin says:

    Great ideas. I was thinking on Buy One, but I couldn’t make a decision on that. I asked my broker if I wanted to sell the physical stock later, it would be basically very expensive as my broker would charge me $500 to include the stock to my account, convert to electronic version and sell. That’s discouraging. For this reason I would prefer a stock which is no longer trade-able and just buy a paper for the sake of the lithography.
    Can you imagine your 50 dollar stock, 50 years later would grow into a million dollar stock and you won’t be able to sell it because your broker no longer accepts it? Frustrating! :)

  7. Monopoly! It’s a great finance board game. Karen wrote a post on Suburban Finance awhile back about it.

  8. Great ideas! I especially like the idea of giving gold as a gift. You can give different amounts, so this is suitable for all budget ranges.

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