Fribble A Gift That Lasts

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By kstacy (kstacy@erols.com)
July 31, 2001

We live on the East Coast and we are visiting some friends this summer that live all the way on the other side of the country in Washington, outside of Seattle. They have a three-year-old son, Noah, for whom we were thinking about gift ideas to take when we visit. 

We thought about various toys, including the "educational" ones. Then I remembered how a colleague at work told me about an online company that specializes in buying one share of stock and sending the certificate to you or to someone else as a gift. You can even have them framed with an engraved plaque.

When Noah was visiting here at our house earlier this year, he watched Toy Story 2 for the first time... and the second, and the third, and on and on. So we thought instead of something that will be played with for a few months and then discarded, we would buy him one share of Pixar.

Stock! A truly educational "toy" that will grow in value.

Understandably, when he receives this gift there'll be no hootin' and hollerin' from Noah; and the stock price would have to triple to break even including all the fees and framing and such. But as Noah grows up and watches the quality movies that Pixar will be creating into his adulthood, he can sit in the movie theater and think, "I own a part of that." And one day down the road I think he will truly appreciate the gift that he's been given.

By the way, on the framed plaque we put "May all of your investments go to infinity and beyond!"

... and yours as well.