9 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Traders
From a Herman Miller chair to "Trading Places," these gift ideas will thrill the trader in your life.
1. Buy! Sell!Perhaps the most famous cartoon drawn by Economist political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher, aka Kal, this funny yet insightful print has a place on any smart trader's wall. Buy it framed from Kal's website: $125.00.
2. A Herman Miller Chair|
From 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the trader in your life is glued to the screens, analyzing and trading the markets. To help her or him better cope with all that sitting, consider one of the pro-grade chairs from Herman Miller (pictured to the right is the Embody model). Buy one of the chairs from Herman Miller's website: $384-$2259.
3. OneShare Stock Certificates|
OneShare sells framed stock certificates, allowing you to buy and display a single share of a company. Along with the print of Buy! Sell! (above), one share of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) or Nike (NYSE:NKE) would look great on a trader’s wall. You can buy the certificates from OneShare's website; prices vary depending upon value of stock.
4. Wall Street Movies|
Art imitates life, and life imitates art: These Wall Street-centric films have become a part of trading and investing culture, and DVDs make great stocking stuffers. Consider the following classics:
Trading Places; Wall Street; Boiler Room; Glengary Glen Ross; Margin Call.
5. Berkshire Hathaway Active Wear|
Well, if it’s good enough for billionaire Warren Buffett and his firm Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B), it’s probably good enough for the trader on your list. Many investors emulate Buffett’s value investing style, and now they can emulate his wardrobe, too, with oxford and polo shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, and hats, all embossed with the Berkshire Hathaway logo -- or in the case of the $100 bill shirt, the image of a Benjamin peeking out above the chest pocket. Check out Warren’s clothing line for men and women, produced by Fechheimer -- a Berkshire Hathaway company, naturally: $12-$50.
CineMasive Trio Gemini 17D 6 Screen Holder
What better way to put that trading system to use than with this set of six screens, which can help make a trader’s desk into a bonafide command center. Buy the screen set from Cinemassive: starting at $1,599.00.
7. Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman|
This out-of-print book by portfolio manager of The Baupost Group, Seth A. Klarman, is a literary treasure for a value investor. The book is a collector’s item, with the cheapest copy on Amazon going for $1,500.
A New Trading System
When it comes to proprietary trading systems, the choice is between building your own -- which can leave you with a more personalized interface, but is time-consuming -- and buying a program designed and built by someone else. As Christmas is less than a week away, the perfect gift for the trader in your life may be one of these top-notch, off-the-shelf trading systems. Check out the systems that the website Future Truth considers the top 10 here; prices vary.
9. A Subscription to Buzz & Banter
One of the best things a trader can do to navigate the stock market is become part of a community of like-minded individuals. We offer that kind of community through Buzz & Banter, a real-time platform on which our team of professional traders share their thoughts and strategies on how best to tackle the markets. You can start a free trial of Buzz & Banter here: $59 for a monthly subscription or $499 for the year.