If you’re friend or significant other is wondering what gift to get the day-trader for Christmas—hand them this list from us. If you don’t want socks and can’t afford a new Ferrari (just yet), here is a unique collection of things to put on your wish-list with a dose of modesty and, in some cases, humor.
Merry Christmas, happy shopping and we hope you’ll find this handy list of Christmas Gifts for Traders useful:
If you’re feeling generous …
The Orbital Trader X1000-C
Perhaps there’s no better way to say to your loved one that you care about their job than by buying them a powerful trading machine. If you have $1,475 to spare, then the Orbital Trader X1000-C, an Intel Core i7 4790 six-monitor support PC, might be just the thing for them. This high-tech CPU comes with eight processing threads that enable extensive multitasking and supports up to six trading screens. The PC is ideal for retail stock traders.
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The Orbital Trader X500i Package
This is another premium trading computer package loaded with virtually everything a trader needs to move to the next level. The machine features an Intel Core i5 4690 Quad Core and four 21.5-inch 1920x1080p high resolution widescreen monitors. Costs $1,999 on Amazon.
Marc Jacobs Bag
This medium-sized Apple Leather Tote is a Victorian-inspired bag made of Taurillon leather with a retro twist. It features double-rolled handles, collapsible side gussets with snaps, an open top, and protective metal feet. It’s just the perfect accessory for women traders out to make a fashion statement. The bag, though, comes with a rather outsized price tag of $1,498.
Herman Miller Chair
The average trader spends hours-on-end glued to their chairs trading stocks and options. A pro-grade Herman Miller Chair like the one pictured above can help him or her cope better with work. Prices vary widely from less than $400 to more than $2,500.
Remix Office Chair
This awesome Remix Office Chair features a 360-degree swivel and a polished aluminum frame. It provides ample comfort without breaking the bank–you can get one for $330.25.
Goldman Desk Lamp
This Goldman desk lamp is sleek and yet it exudes the familiar school library/stockbroker vibe. You can get one for $498 at Y lighting.
Now, if nostalgia is what you’re after …
Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman
This is an out-of-print book that is more of a collector’s item– a used copy costs $799 on Amazon while a new one will set you back a cool $3,000. Nevertheless, it’s a literary treasure for traders who want to learn more about value investing.
Twittertape–Modern Ticker Tape Machine
Famous inventor Thomas Edison invented the ticker tape machine in 1869 to print stocks and shares. You can still get the original version, but that will run you around $2,500. Now a technophile from Cumbria has placed a new twist to the old technology by building a contraption he has named the Twittertape. Twittertape connects to the Internet and prints out stock Tweets to a tape. Although not commercially available yet, you can get a replica stock ticker tape machine from Bull Market Gifts starting from $68.
Or, maybe just a bit cheeky …
Wall Street Tie
This 57” hand-crafted Wall Street Silk Tie is covered in popular Wall Street ticker symbols and prices including MSFT, AMZN, GE, INTC, IBM etc. What’s not to like? You can get it for $52 from Amazon.
Berkshire Hathaway Monopoly Diamond Edition
No, we are not talking about any monopoly enjoyed by this company in the marketplace. Rather, Berkshire Hathaway Monopoly is an interesting game that gives investors a way to buy shares of companies that Buffet has purchased. Custom pewter tokens represent Berkshire investments: for instance, a gecko lizard is used to represent GEICO Insurance. Players pay an acquisition tax instead of the usual income tax. Get the Diamond Edition of the game on Amazon for $120.
Replica Brass Bull
Wall Street would not be Wall Street without its famous charging bull. Superstitious traders sometimes rub the dangly bits of the 7,100 lbs bronze sculpture as a good luck ritual. You can buy one on eBay for about $26.
Bull and Bear Sculpture
The classic Bull and Bear Bronze Sculpture makes for an affordable Christmas gift for any trader. This sculpture is made through electro-plating process leading to great detail and higher quality than the solid bronze sculpture. Buy it on Amazon for $64.
Money trees are beloved in the east where they are believed to bring good fortune. They can also help spruce up your office. This four-year old Bonsai Money Tree depicted above is only 13 inches tall and can easily fit in most spaces. Get it on Amazon for only $21.
Bull and Bear Bookends
This bronze-plated electroplated Bear and Bull Head Bookend is a perfect desk accessory. Buy one for $52 on Amazon.
Or maybe just geeky …
Triumph of the Optimist
This gorgeous coffee table hardcover offers a comprehensive history of 101 years of global investment returns. It’s choc-a-bloc full of data; investors will no doubt enjoy poring through its well-illustrated charts. You can get it on Amazon for $154 for a new copy and $85 for a used one.
Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
This book is a massive 688-page primer on trading, investing, and managing your money. The book has been penned by Tony Robbins who has coached and inspired millions of people in more than 100 countries. You can get it on Amazon for just $6.89.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
A true productivity masterpiece, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the finest productivity books ever written. Published in 1989, Stephen Covey offers timeless principles for increasing your productivity both at your work place and your life in general. The book is available on Amazon from £13.40 (hardcover).
Wall Street ”Cult” Calculator-HP 12C
The HP-12C is a calculator that has become an enigma of sorts. The calculator remains massively popular with traders despite the fact that there are other modern models that are faster and more feature-rich. Part of the reason why it has refused to die lies in its simplicity–it’s a pure RPN calculator with no algebraic options to confuse the user. This veritable device is available on Amazon for $15.
And finally, maybe it’s just going to be a low-key, practical Christmas…
Thomas Pink Shirt
Thomas Pink is a London fashion icon that has been dressing up city boys over the past 30 years. The luxury apparel retailer provides some of the finest shirts, cufflinks, and ties in the square mile. This one above sports a quirky humming bird pattern and retails for £200 (about $252).
Titanium is a lightweight yet strong material making it ideal for a wallet. The one above is called an Omega and is capable of holding 10 cards and some cash. The wallet features a simple yet sturdy design of two pieces held together with four rubber 0-rings and a thumb slot that doubles as a bottle opener. You can get one at Fireti starting at $30.