Christmas is less than two weeks away. Ideally we’ve all solidified our shopping lists weeks ago and have gifts for everyone wrapped nicely under the tree. If not, (ehem, Johnny) I have a few financial books in mind that will fit everyone on our lists.
You may be thinking, What?? A financial book as a Christmas present?? Uh-uh, no way, no how. But, hear me out. (According to this guy, nothing good comes after this phrase. Pish posh.)
I think a personal finance book works best as a companion gift. Give it and something else. Something fun. A video game and a financial book. A scarf and a financial book. (What’s that you say? Scarves aren’t fun?) You get the idea. And if they never get around to reading it, no big deal. But if they do, that book could be the most useful Christmas gift they receive. So without further ado, here are some great personal finance books for just about anyone on your list:
The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life
This book addresses the questions that all couples need to sit down and discuss about retirement. It discusses both financial and lifestyle choices in a conversational, interesting tone.
This book is good for anyone on your list who’s looking to improve their relationship with money. It focuses on the reader’s “feelings” and “emotions,” but don’t discount it just yet. Although not focused on the technical terms (read: boring) of money, this book is still substantive in helping readers find financial freedom.
This book keeps the talk about money interesting, to be sure. The tone is engaging and perfect for anyone first starting out on their own. It’s a great book to get a college student or young adult to really start thinking about their finances. This book might also couple well with a month’s supply of Top Ramen.
For entrepreneurs and those looking for success alike, this e-book is simple and straightforward. It enforces the importance of working hard, which means it can be a beneficial read for anyone. And who doesn’t love Mark Cuban?
This step-by-step guide gets couples on the right track for financial freedom from the start. The ideas are simple but important in laying the groundwork for taking control of your money as a couple.
Now that I’ve got books figured out for everyone, I just have to decide on the companion gift: socks or slippers? What about you? Have you ever received a financial book as a gift? Are there any books you’d add to this list?