True personal finance geeks are a practical bunch. They’re more likely to be thrilled by a sensible holiday gift than receiving the latest hot gadget. In other words, think 529 plan contributions, gifts of stock, or even cold, hard cash rather than a new iPhone. But those money-wise presents aren’t always that fun to wrap up and tuck under the tree.
Fortunately, there are plenty of fun gifts out there for people who get a kick out of monitoring their 401(k) and balancing their checking account. Here are seven presents that will make the personal finance junkie in your life smile when they pull off those ribbons and wrapping paper.
1. Hershel Supply Co. Raven Leather Wallet
If you know a guy who’s been keeping his cash and credit cards in a battered billfold, give him an upgrade with this functional but stylish leather wallet by Herschel Supply Co. The slim profile is perfect for those who want only the essentials in their back pocket – there are slots for three credit cards, a small pocket for other items, and a clip to securely hold cash.
2. Deluxe Pit
First introduced in 1904, Pit is a card game inspired by commodities trading. Players compete to corner the market on wheat, coffee, and other products, trading with other players just like you would in a real commodities pit. Unlike most card games, there are no turns in Pit – everyone trades by yelling out their offers to other players. It’s exciting and fast-paced enough to keep adults entertained but the simple rules means kids can play as well.
3. R2D2 talking bank
Do you know a personal finance geek who’s also a Star Wars nerd? Then you can’t go wrong with this R2D2 bank, which will help them save their pennies while also celebrating their love for the sci-fi series. It even “talks” to you in the droid’s signature beeps when you deposit coins. You can also get banks in the shape of Darth Vader, Yoda, or Boba Fett. May the Force be with your savings efforts.
4. Bull & bear cufflinks
Guys who work in the finance industry will appreciate these bull and bear cufflinks (available in both silver and gold colors). They’re the perfect accessory for the man who spends his days with his eyes glued to the market and considers the Wall Street Journal essential reading.
5. The Tao of Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is one of the richest people on the planet, and one of the most-admired investors in America. Anyone who wants to learn how to invest and do business like he does could do worse than to start with The Tao of Warren Buffett, a “collection of pithy and inspiring sayings … that reveal his secrets of success.” This is a guidebook full of valuable wisdom on finance and life in general, like “You can’t make a good deal with a bad person,” and “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
6. Keep Calm and Ask a Financial Advisor shirt
A good financial adviser is work his (or her) weight in gold. This T-shirt lets the recipient broadcast his support for the financial genius in his corner (or toot his own horn, if he’s an adviser himself).
7. Money: The Unauthorized Biography
You may have your personal finances under control, but do you understand how money really works? This wide-ranging book by economist Felix Martin explores how money helps our society function and the ways the existing financial system can be changed to make the world a better place. The Financial Times called it “a lucid, colorful introduction to 3,000 years of monetary history.”