Gift Guide for Investing Geeks

Stocking stuffers: Treasuries, stocks certificates, and personal-finance books.

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Blogger Get Rich Slowly recently posted a handy list of gifts for that personal-finance geek in your life (or little geeks-in-training). The best of his picks:

Books for kids and teens:

  • Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday: Yes, this is Alexander of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day fame!
  • Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids
  • What Color is Your Piggy Bank? Entrepreneurial Ideas for Self-Starting Kids
  • The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of
  • Books for adults:

    • The Total Money Makeover
    • The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Ideas for your favorite cheapskate.
    • The Random Walk Guide to Investing
    • For more ideas, check out this list of must-read books for novice investors.

      Of course, I lean U.S. News & World Report, so I'll just link to Get Rich Slowly's list of money magazines.

      Games:

      For kids, The Game of Life. My introduction to playing the stock market.

      For adults, Puerto Rico. This game got good reviews on Amazon.

      Treasuries:

      Check out the Treasury's "How to Give Savings Bonds as Gifts" guide.

      Stocks:

      Buy a framed stock certificate from companies like Disney and Coca-Cola. This is more for novelty; you'll have to pay a $39 processing fee. Some companies offer direct stock purchase plans for less, so check around (here's info on Kellog's plan, for example.)

      Get Rich Slowly also has a list of recommended software and other investing tools that would make great gifts.