‘Tis the Season For Financial Gift Giving


Bill Organizer

This handy tool might help a loved one get their important bills and paperwork organized. There are plenty of multi-functional options, such as this acrylic desktop mail center from the Container Store.

Cost: $27.99


Home Budgeting Book

Organizing the family's bills and financial documents can be a headache, and with all that information in front of you, it can be hard to see where you can trim the excess.

Enter this budgeting book, in which you can simplify your household's budget while record keeping! This book has a score of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and is a best seller in office products.

Cost: $6.96


Savings Bond

This gift is famous and you might even have had one as a kid. As the joke goes, grandparents love buying their grandchildren savings bonds, because they are a very safe investment even though they don't accumulate a lot of interest.

Be aware, however, that bonds are no longer as easy to buy, as they've transitioned to being sold exclusively online.

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Expense Tracking Tool

We reviewed a book called "What Did I Buy Today? An Obsessive Consumption Journal." This book is practical, and what's more, it's popular with the younger generation.

Currently selling at Urban Outfitters, among other retailers, this book is filled with whimsical drawings that decorate its pages, of which there are pages to note your savings, debt, monthly nut, and everyday acquisitions, which belong in the mini-ledger that makes up the majority of the book.

Making expense tracking fun, this journal would make a quirky addition to anyone's collection.

Cost: $11.05


Prepaid Card

Believe it or not, a prepaid card can be used as a budgeting tool. For parents, children can learn the value of budgeting when they are given a prepaid card in place of an allowance, forcing them to figure out how to make that money last on their own.

However, for the holidays, parents may simply want their children to pay with plastic in order to get used to the experience, and to monitor their spending money. Think of it as prepping for the future.

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Planning Financially for Retirement

81nOW7i2oOL._SL1500_ If your parents are approaching retirement, they're sure to appreciate help when it comes to financial planning. Make it easy for them with a guide on how to fiscally approach retirement.

This book is by AARP, called "AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices About Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle... and Pursuing Your Dreams."

Cost: $15.56

A Financial Guide for Couples

51cbg+KgZ6LCheesy as this cover may seem, it's an affordably-priced money management book for couples that is highly recommended and reviewed on Amazon.

This book is meant for couples of all ages and stages, whether it be first-time newlyweds to people on their second marriage. Bestselling author David Bach delivers simple tools that cover a spectrum of financial aspects, from investing to long-term care.

Cost: $10.98


A 529 Savings Plan

Wouldn't you love to be one of the doting grandparents in this picture?

You can, by purchasing a 529 savings plan for your grandchild. You and other loved ones can contribute to the plan which will be eligible to draw from tax-free once your little one goes off to college.

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This is an especially fitting gift for young adults and kids. If you're a guardian and want to give the gift of monetary knowledge, buy a stock certificate for your loved one.

This way, children can begin learning about investing, and can invest in their favorite companies on a shoestring budget.

See our story on buying your first stock!

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Digital Financial Tools

712o0SPJ3uLIf your loved one is into using technology to simplify and consolidate their life, giving digital tools to help manage their finances is a great way to go.

There are many apps available but many of the best apps are actually free (lucky them!). So you may want to buy them something more substantial, such as this budgeting and finance tool available instantly for any android device.

The anMoney Budget & Finance (Kindle Fire edition) comes with a plethora of flexible budgeting from yearly, monthly, weekly, and biweekly, and offers quick and easy data entry, scheduling, reminders, split transitions, and more.

Cost: $9.99