The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to start crossing off the gifts you need to buy for your friends and family. But what about that avid investor in your life? You can’t forget them. Or maybe you want to buy yourself a little something this year. Either way, you’re in luck!
We’ve got a complete holiday guide of geek-worthy gifts for investors, traders, financial professionals and even investing newbies.
Why not get them a new book or movie they’ll love? Or better yet, check out this fun board game, or gift them a special coffee mug.
Stock Ticker Tape Machines
This Ticker Tape Office Memo Holder is the perfect addition to any conference room, lobby or desk. Simply hang it on the wall to feature a stock brokers office scene complete with a graph of stock, bond and commodities performance. This piece includes a stack of memo’s reading “Bless This Astute, Hardworking Stockbroker”.
The Twittertape Machine is a unique standalone device that prints a feed of your tweets and mentions on Twitter. Every 30 seconds the machine will check Twitter for new tweets, and needs only ticker tape, power and an Ethernet connection to the internet to work.
Even though it’s a classic, this book remains relevant for any investor today.
It’s been revised and updated with help from stock market and investing experts like Jason Zweig and Warren Buffett.
The Intelligent Investor is considered one of the most important books you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals.
“Atlas Shrugged” is an action-thriller novel that spurs the reader to rethink their convictions about economics, capitalism, government and freedom.
Ayn Rand speaks to the small business owner and entrepreneur like no other author you’ll read. It’s been hailed as the “second most influential book for Americans today,” according to a survey conducted by the Library of Congress.
Or perhaps consider the movie, in three parts.
The teachings of Benjamin Graham, known commonly as “the father of value investing,” are as relevant today as when they first appeared 80 years ago.
The investing tips in this book have withstood the test of time across a wide diversity of market conditions, countries, and asset classes.
Need some more book ideas, check out our complete list of the best books for serious investors.
The NYSE no longer offers tours, but the New York Federal Reserve does! Located in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York offers free tours to visitors.
The tours include an introduction to the banking system of the United States and the role of “The Fed” in the U.S. economy, as well as a chance to visit the Gold Vault located five stories below street level. The building itself is impressive, combining intricate wrought ironwork with features from the Renaissance palaces of Florence.
If you or your family live near Philadelphia, San Francisco or Denver, schedule a tour through your local Mint museum.
Visitors will learn about all the stages of the minting process, from the original designing of coins and paper to the actual striking of the coins. The 45-minute tours are completely free, but you do have to book ahead of time — especially if you have a large party.
For more than 20 years, investors, students and curious financially savvy individuals, have been visiting the MoAF in Lower Manhattan to help them understand how finance impacts their daily lives.
Along with a variety of programs and tours, the museum offers classes and a P-Credit course taught by trained Museum educators and market professionals.
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors
This movie covers everything associated with Wall Street: sex, money, power and drugs. Watch as one American indulges in corporate greed and a life of corruption.
This true-life story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort shows a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills where more is never enough. His rise to power in the ’80s earned him the title, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
DVD Cost: $7.99
Claiming to be the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008, “Inside Job” focuses on the details of the global financial meltdown that resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs.
Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, this documentary traces the rise and fall of the economy through questionable relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.
DVD Cost: $5.72
This classic 1980s film follows the life reversal of two distinctly different people, a street hustler and a rich commodities broker. As a wager, two brothers, both millionaires, meddle in the lives of one of their employees and a down-and-outer, reversing their positions in life. Which is more important, nature or nurture? Which man will be more successful in their new role?
The con is on as one man is plucked from the streets and the other is ungraciously dumped on them. There’s loads of fun watching one hit absolute rock bottom while the other quickly becomes spoiled and snobby himself.
DVD Cost: $4.99
Give Money or Coins
Depending on your budget, buying a gold or silver coin can be an excellent collectible that any investor (or investor in the making) will want to add to their collection.
Prices are contingent upon current market conditions, so the cost varies. Of course, buying a gold coin will cost a lot more than silver, but both are great gift ideas.
Mix up your investor wallet (literally) with this Dollar Bill wallet from Mighty Wallet. With two large pockets for cash and receipts and two credit card pockets that expand to hold lots of cards, this puts a fun spin on keeping your money safe.
It also has two quick-access pockets for business and ID cards so you can keep all your personal information and cash in one place.
Cost: $19.95 (free shipping)
Coin collecting, one of the oldest hobbies, was once practiced only by kings and the wealthy. That’s why coin collecting often is called the “king of hobbies” and the “hobby of kings.”
The 2015 edition of the Uncirculated Coin Set features the following coins: the sixth annual release of five quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, the ninth annual release of four coins from the Presidential $1 Coin Program, one Native American $1 Coin, Kennedy half dollar, Roosevelt dime, Jefferson nickel and Lincoln penny.
Whether you’re looking for a unique keepsake for someone who has it all, or adding a little sparkle to their stocking, coins are a thoughtful gift for everyone on your list.
Buy a Share of Stock or Bond
Shareswell offers users the ability to register for and gift shares of stocks for any occasion. If your gift recipient doesn’t already have a brokerage account (which is needed to own stocks), you can opt to open one with a recommended broker or you can link to an existing brokerage account on the site.
Simply create a new portfolio (or search for one a friend or family member has already set up), add stocks to the portfolio, and then confirm the transaction by adding those shares to the cart and completing the purchase process.
Cost: Varies based on stock price, plus 2.9% credit card processing fee + $0.55 per transaction
Don’t want to create an entire portfolio of stocks to give? GiveAShare.com allows you to gift a share of stock in just two short minutes. You can choose from hundreds of popular stocks, like Wal-Mart, Amazon, Apple, and more.
When giving the gift, it comes with true stock ownership and a framed stock certificate. The shareholder is entitled to annual reports, declared dividends and any shareholder perks, making this a gift that is fun and educational.
Cost: Varies based on stock price, plus $39
Games and Puzzles
Combine the fun of a challenging puzzle with an intriguing bank, and you’ll get the Money Maze Puzzle. It’s easy to make a deposit but a bit more difficult to make a withdrawal.
Drop coins or bills through the slot on the top. In order to access your cash, you must solve the puzzle by maneuvering the steel ball through the maze. You can also place a small gift inside and force the recipient to solve the money puzzle in order to retrieve it.
Whether you’re buying a gift for an adult or child, this board game will be the perfect way to teach anyone about the stock market. The object of the game is to accumulate a large amount of money through buying and selling stocks.
Whoever has the greater amount of money at the end of the game, and under the time limit, wins. But just because you think you’ve accumulated the most wealth doesn’t mean you’ll be the winner. You have to sell your stocks to the broker for their present market value and then count all cash on hand. It’s just like a real-life situation.
For the Office
Most smart investors are avid readers and researches, so why not get them a unique pair of bookends?
This set of bull and bear bookends features detailing with an Old World charm that makes a great addition to any office. It also makes the perfect gift set for your boss or loved one!
Cost: $54.99 (free shipping)
Choose a mug to hold your favorite investor’s morning coffee.
Pick this design or choose from a wide variety of mugs for stock traders, bond traders, hedge fund managers and more. CafePress offers humorous quotes as well as more serious statements.
What are some other gift ideas for investors that we can add to this? What’s on your holiday wish list this season?