Looking for the perfect gift for a hard-to-shop-for friend, colleague or family member who is a loyal investor or fanatical trader? From elegant to funny, we have 15 special gift ideas for the financial geeks in your life.
Some Fruit of the Vine
Help your favorite investor celebrate a good year – or forget a bad one – with a bottle of “The Investor” from Stags' Leap Winery. A blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec, aged for 16 months, this Napa Valley red is powerful and lush. Or so they say. The SEC doesn't rate wines.
An Ambient Orb
Track the DOW, NASDAQ, S&P or Russell indices in real time with Ambient Orb, an awesome globe that glows green or red when the market is moving up or down and yellow when the market is calm. For an additional fee, it can be customized to track any individual stock, market index or an investor’s own portfolio. The Ambient Orb may be one of the fastest – and most soothing – ways to stay on top of the action.
Miniature Bull Statue
The iconic Charging Bull (often referred to as the Wall Street Bull) that stands in Manhattan’s Financial District is familiar to investors around the nation and across the world. Anyone who fixates on the financial markets should appreciate this officially licensed miniature piece of history.
Face The Fearless Girl
Or you could deliver Fearless Girl. When this bronze arrived in New York in 2017 to face off against Charging Bull, she became an instant hit. Earlier this month, she was reinstalled opposite the New York Stock Exchange. You can have her now, in an officially licensed miniature version. Or, continue the face-off by buying both statues. A keepsake for female investors and any man who has a mother, wife, sister or daughter to tangle with.
Some Words of Wisdom
This out-of-print book published in 1991 is one of the most sought-after investing books out there and probably a collectible item (or at least quite expensive at nearly $1,400 a copy). Seth Klarman, a value investor, provides insight into the philosophy of and logic behind value investing in this book, whose full title is “Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor.” Klarman heads the Baupost Group, one of the world’s biggest hedge funds.
The Definitive Decision Dial
Knowing when to buy and when to sell are the two toughest decisions any trader faces. Fortunately, the folks at Hammacher Schlemmer are here to help with a unique decision-making tool “that imparts unbiased wisdom…for making important business decisions.” This desktop dial features a spinning chrome-plated ball that “lands on one of nine laser-engraved answers including ‘buy’, ‘sell’, ‘pray’, ‘maybe’ and ‘ask mom’.” It’s a high-end take on the Magic 8 Ball.
Magic 8 Ball
Or you could just go for the original. The Magic 8 Ball is a kitschy classic, ready to aid decisions large and small. Like any good trading strategy, its advice has stood the test of time. In 1944 Abe Carter created what he called a Syco-Seer. Two years later, Carter, who was the son of a clairvoyant (you can’t make this stuff up), forged a business partnership with Abe Bookman to develop and mass produce the cylinder-shaped device. In 1950 Brunswick Billiards turned it into the Magic 8 Ball we all know today. The ball provides 20 responses (10 affirmatives, five vague and five negative) to help investors and the rest of us with their decision quandaries.
Stock Exchange the Board Game
Future retirees can put their financial skills to the test in this game for investors of all ages. Buy and sell your way to success, moving from an aggressive strategy early in the game to a safer, more stable approach as you achieve your goals. Make your money, retire and win as art imitates life. Or so you hope.
For an investor, there’s nothing better than money in the bank. WallStreetGifts offers more than 500 piggy banks, from porcelain to pewter, in an amazing variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Many of these variations on the classic piggy bank you have to see to believe. Put in a penny for luck and hand it over to the recipient to fill up with stock-market winnings.
Riding Out the Chop T-Shirt
Riding Out the Chop is an original T-shirt design by the husband-and-wife duo behind the company known as Market Trader Gifts. A particularly timely gift this year, it will also amuse wanna-be Warren Buffett's who happen to enjoy fishing from a boat. Market Trader also offers additional items, including clothing and mugs with stock-market themes if you're still searching for the right item.
Finance Geek Products
Another rich source of financial gifts, Cafepress.com offers a wide selection of Wall Street-themed T-shirts, kids' clothes, mugs and accessories with slogans such as “Daddy's Best Investment” and “There's Always a Bull Market Somewhere.”
Money Never Sleeps, Wall Art
There’s just something super cool about this 30" x 60" wall art. This unique, eye-catching canvas should appeal to people who love money.
A Mighty Wallet
Give a successful investor a stylish place to store some cash with this revolutionary billfold, which is made of a Tyvek-based material that is tear- and water-resistant. Described as “vegan and sustainable,” the material is also as thin as paper and can have any number of amusing images printed on it, such as superhero logos, the face of a currency note or stock certificate or a computer chip. Any nerd should be proud to receive an item that is as indisputably geeky as it is practical.
GiveAshare Framed Stock Certificate
A single framed stock certificate can be a great gift. After all, what investor doesn’t want more stock? At GiveAshare, which is owned by Leading Edge Gifts, LLC, you can choose from more than 100 well-known, publicly traded companies, and the website will mount and frame it for you. In addition to owning a little piece of the company, your recipient gets an elegant piece of art to hang on the wall.
Good Old Folding Cash
Every good trader knows that when all else fails you go to cash. There’s nothing like a crisp Benjamin tucked inside a card. Go to the bank and get one today. It’s a one-size-fits-all gift that nobody ever returns.