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 and practical gifts for investors, traders, financial professionals and even investing newbies. Why not get them the latest best-selling book? Maybe something iconic for their desk? Or gift them a special coffee mug or a unique T-shirt.
First off, whether your loved one already enjoys investing or you want to get them started on the path to growing their wealth, two companies are presenting unique gift card options.
Give Stock and ETF Shares
For something a little more meaningful than an envelope of cash but with the convenience of a gift card, consider giving an investment in an ETF (exchange-traded fund) or individual stock. At Stockpile, your recipients can redeem gift cards for fractional shares of household-name investments (think Apple and Starbucks). Even kids can receive the gift of a stock or ETF as long as a parent or another adult is willing to open a custodial account — you could knock a few gifts off your list!
List Price: Varies
Acorns is one of the hottest micro-investing apps around. The program allows you to invest in small amounts. In fact, you can use Acorns to round up your change and invest it, making saving fun and easy.
Now Acorns has unveiled its own $25 gift cards, which can be found in select retailers and online. Existing Acorns users can easily redeem the value of the cards within their accounts, but if your recipient doesn’t already have an account, setting one up is a simple, free process. (There are no fees associated with the gift cards, either.)
List Price: $25
Just for Fun
This is one of several baseball caps you can find at Café Press. I've purchased items from them and am always satisfied with the unique combination of high quality and good price. This hat is eye-catching, yet understated. Very classy for any investment professional when they go casual.
List Price: $19.99
Of course, the investor on your list needs a new coffee mug! He'll enjoy drinking his java out of one of these 11-ounce ceramic mugs.
List Price: $15.99
Everyone likes a T-shirt. Might this basic tee be a great find for the investor on your list? Choose from nine colors.
List Price: $19.95
For the Desk
Nothing is more iconic of the struggle on Wall Street than the ever-fighting bull and bear. This statue is bronze and sits on a decorative base that you can have engraved with a personal message or name.
List Price: $99.99
If you have an investor on your holiday list who seems to have everything, you can be sure he doesn't have this finely crafted desk display!
This elegant, unique and limited-edition treasure will become the conversation starter in his office. Only 300 of these are being made.
Functional and fabulous and simply called The Market, this iconic piece combines the feel of an old-world instrument with internet-of-things technology.
It indicates day-to-day changes of 11 market indexes and 5 cryptocurrencies. Meticulously crafted details in natural materials including Papua New Guinea rosewood, zinc, brass, copper, and aluminum.
Each Market is etched with a series of letters and numbers.
List Price: $1,100
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!
List Price: $79.99 (free shipping)
A must-read for any serious investor, Principles, spells out the unconventional and successful strategies Ray Delio used to grow his hedge fund into the fifth most important private company in the United States.
In 1975, Ray Dalio founded investment firm Bridgewater Associates in his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history. The New York Times describes the book as “significant… both instructive and surprisingly moving.”
Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined and used to create unique results over the past 40 years.
List Price: $14.99
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope
A thrilling novel, and yet a true story! Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this New York Times bestseller details the story of how a modern-day Gatsby swindled over $5 billion in “the heist of the century.”
In 2009, a chubby, mild-mannered graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business set in motion a Wall Street fraud of unprecedented magnitude.
Over the last decade, Jho Low, with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund, right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs.
A thrilling read, the story is still being written. With his yacht and private jet reportedly seized by authorities, Low remains an international fugitive as authorities seek to bring criminal charges in Malaysia and the United States.
List Price: $22.48
Another just-published must-read from Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman that your investor will love!
A long-awaited book that uses real-life experiences from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform and lead thriving organizations. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive or simply someone looking for ways to maximize your potential, the same lessons apply.
“Filled with fresh insights and personal experiences that everyone — from students to CEOs — will relate to and learn from.”
— Jack Welch.
List Price: $20.83
Need some more book ideas? Check out our complete list of the best books for serious investors.
And if the investor on your list is also an avid magazine reader (they should be!), here are our seven top subscription picks.
In the Kitchen and on the Go
Have a tea drinker on your list? Luycho has designed the perfect gift that will fascinate and delight them over and over again.
This Korean company uses applied technologies in the cup and saucer to produce beautiful designs when the cup is placed on the saucer. The seemingly broken patterns on the saucer become beautiful images on the cup that appear and disappear as the cup is rotated.
Many of the animal designs are available on Amazon, including the African Lion, Bactrian Camel and Eagle Owl, but you can go direct to the company to see all your choices.
List Price: $47 and up
How about a special culinary item to wow the investor on your list?
This professional chef's knife is one of the most popular knives on the market. Made by Swiss Army, this high-quality knife will last a lifetime.
This knife is approved by the National Sanitary Foundation and dishwasher safe. Expertly crafted with a tapered stainless steel edge that cuts with ease and efficiency.
List Price: $49.99
“A bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite.” Wine has become increasingly popular since Billy Joel sang about drinking it in that Italian restaurant! What's not to like about wine?
Fine wine is a timeless and classy gift that's always appreciated and enjoyed. And The Classy Thank You gift box contains one bottle of 2017 Urgency Cabernet Sauvignon by Shannon Ridge and a bottle of the 2018 Pier 8 Pinot Grigio by Rocketship Wine Company, sure to please any palate. Makes a perfect holiday gift you can have shipped directly to that lucky person on your holiday list.
List Price: $40 for Gift Set
Playing or working, the investor on your list will love these top quality SoundPEATS Bluetooth earbuds.
These Bluetooth earbuds produce superior sound and are compatible with iPhone and Android smartphones. Designed for long-lasting use, these earbuds provide up to seven hours of talk or music time. They also have up to 100 hours of standby time and charge in just 1–2 hours.
Earbuds come with customizable accessories to secure a perfect fit for all customers. Built for an active lifestyle, these earbuds are rated IPX Level 4 and can withstand dripping sweat.
List Price: $27.99
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.
What are some other gift ideas for investors that we can add to this list? What's on your holiday wish list this season?