December is here, and that means it’s time to shop. Below are a few gift ideas for that financially-savvy person in your life:
1. Get rich reading.
You can never brush up too much on your financial knowledge – which is why books are always a good idea for those who are interested in making their money grow. There are always the old standbys – Robert T. Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad, for example – but if you’re looking for some Canadian flavour, check out http://www.fiscalagents.com/knowledge/bookstore.shtml.
2. The money game.
The next best thing to accumulating money is pretending to accumulate it – through a board game! If Monopoly is getting a little tiresome, you might want to try out Acquire – the game that allows you to build, buy and manipulate corporate conglomerates. If personal finance is more your goal, Cashflow 101 is an educational way of escaping the rat race and finding your way on the fast track.
3. Give them a piece of their favourite company.
While it probably won’t make them rich very quickly, Oneshare.com allows you to purchase single shares of some of the world’s biggest companies. In addition to receiving an authentic, professionally framed share of any company from Disney to Wal-mart, they’ll also receive annual reports, voting rights and invitations to annual shareholder meetings.
4. Virtual financial assistance.
Financial software programs – like Quicken 2010 – are great methods of getting your finances in order. If the financial guru in your life already owns the program, why not give them an iTunes gift card so they can buy useful apps to upload on their iPhone or iPod Touch?
iXpenseIt is a tool that allows iPhone or iPod Touch users to easily keep track of their expenses and budgeting goals. Audiobooks, such as Personal Finance for Dummies, are also available for sale on iTunes.
5. Money mag subscription.
A magazine or newspaper subscription is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year! Help the money-focused person in your life stay up-to-date on the latest financial news with subscriptions to Fortune, BusinessWeek, Canadian Business, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, or whatever reading material they prefer!