What to Give an Investor for the Holidays

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Sometimes it's hard to shop for an investor. Beyond printing 10-Ks on cardstock paper and alphabetizing them in binders, it's tough to give investors a gift that will bring joy this holiday season. To assist your holiday shopping, our editorial staff has compiled a short investor wish list:

  • An Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) iPhone to check your Yahoo! Finance feeds every minute.
  • Any investing books that reference Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, or beating the market.
  • A punching bag so you can take out your aggressions when your stock drops.
  • Real estate in Beijing.
  • A Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX  ) gift card for the day-trader who needs to remain constantly alert.
  • Stock advice and golf tips from the E*TRADE (Nasdaq: ETFC  ) baby.
  • Gold bricks.
  • A vault to hold the gold bricks.
  • A security plan provided by TASER (Nasdaq: TASR  ) to insure against thieves who want to steal the gold bricks.
  • A Tiger Woods text message to sell to the tabloids.
  • Clothes from Sears Holdings' (Nasdaq:  SHLD  ) Sears for the value investor who swears it's a good investment.
  • A red phone with Bernanke available on the other end.
  • An underground bunker to hide out in when the next bubble hits.
  • Better freakin' corporate-governance standards.

Now it's your turn to share with us what's on your holiday wish list. Leave us your creative and funny suggestions in under 250 words in the comments box below. The best gift suggestion -- as determined by our editorial staff -- will win a box of Fool surprises and gear.

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Katrina Chan owns shares of Apple and Starbucks, which are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Sears Holdings is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. The Fool owns shares of Starbucks. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy.loves wrapping gifts, even if the wrapping is a tad ugly.


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  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:09 AM, steadyme wrote:

    A crystal ball that is capable of revealing stock quotes 6 months out.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:17 AM, WizardofMe wrote:

    I think the best gifts to give any investor is as follows:

    a. A brand new Amazon Kindle along with a $100 gift card to purchase their favorite investment books.

    b. A subscription to Netflix so they can rent movies like Trading Places, and Lock, Stock (pun intended) and Two Smoking Barrels

    c. A copy of Call of Duty: MW2, the new Tony Hawk: Ride, DJ Hero, and a year membership to World of Warcraft.

    d. Board games go along way for an investor. While Risk gets our blood pumping, it is actually Monopolys that we love the most.

    e. And what investor wouldn't love a brand new Ford vehicle?

    I bet no one will guess what companies are in my portfolio...

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:24 AM, sadillies wrote:

    Benjamin Graham's book "The Intelligent Investor" always makes a good gift for an investor at any level...

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:25 AM, mhollebeek wrote:

    The best gift to give investors is 50 years, and 1000 shares of MO, with automatic dividend re-investment.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:25 AM, NoMulesFool wrote:

    A train set just like Buffett's...BNI

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:26 AM, NoMulesFool wrote:

    A train set just like Buffett's...BNI.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:28 AM, astewboy2 wrote:

    Why is the red phone going to Bernanke? I'd want it to go to Buffet. I'd also want the right to trillions of barrels of oil in US soil previously undiscovered, as well as the crystal ball which says which type of alternative energy source is the one which will emerge.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:28 AM, astewboy2 wrote:

    Why is the red phone going to Bernanke? I'd want it to go to Buffet. I'd also want the right to trillions of barrels of oil in US soil previously undiscovered, as well as the crystal ball which says which type of alternative energy source is the one which will emerge.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:28 AM, NoMulesFool wrote:

    To hear the robins before the spring.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:29 AM, FoolInFL wrote:

    An autographed copy of Jim Cramer's book "Getting Back To Even"

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:32 AM, Gayle914 wrote:

    Suggestions for holiday gifts for an investor are:

    1, Stock in Berkshire-Hathaway

    2. iphone

    3. Gift subscription of Million Dollar Portfolio

    4. $10,000 seed money to invest

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:33 AM, Turfscape wrote:

    A first edition, first-run copy of "The Intelligent Investor"....

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1527166276&...

    Clearly, a wise investment itself, as the value of the book has risen like 53,000%!

    Now, if I could just get it autographed by Warren Buffett (which makes me think of the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons selling his photograph of Sean Connery autographed by Roger Moore).

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:35 AM, TurksFan wrote:

    Comcast, so he can have an interest in NBC/Universal and CNBC. He makes Becky Quick the head of CNBC and has a telephone line installed so he can reach her at any moment.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:51 AM, SammyJ826 wrote:

    A one year subscription to a Fool.com newsletter of choice (preference based on investor's style; Hidden Gems, Inside Value, etc.)

    Also, an investment book that's completely opposite to the investor's style, to get a different viewpoint.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:55 AM, lucas1985 wrote:

    "A brand new Amazon Kindle along with a $100 gift card to purchase their favorite investment books."

    This is the best gift.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:59 AM, IIcx wrote:
  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:00 PM, neskolf wrote:

    A year's supply of dramamine to help cope with the inevitable ups and downs.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:03 PM, FoolishJayhawk wrote:

    On my holiday wish list: Play a board game against DavidG!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:06 PM, djkumquat wrote:

    free homeless dinner served by goldman sachs execs! feel the love.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:06 PM, djkumquat wrote:

    world peace

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:06 PM, MaxTheTerrible wrote:

    The absolute best gift would be setting-up an automatic portfolio management system (so that it could follow MF Stock Advisor, for instance) AND a cryo-anabiosis aparatus, so that the investor could wave up young and refreshed in about 50 years or so?

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:07 PM, djkumquat wrote:

    your own personal bailout!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:13 PM, TMFBoiseKen wrote:

    1. Free trades & low commission mutual funds so that we can keep the middle-men from making us perennial underperformers.

    2. Dow 6000 so that we can go re-buy all of the opportunities that got away

    3. Hour-long chat with Dave and/or Tom for a full blown portfolio overhaul.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:28 PM, KASaladFork wrote:

    Give an investor money so he/she can invest some more.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:57 PM, Gonzhouse wrote:

    For the Accenture investor, a signed life-size poster of Tiger Woods.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 1:03 PM, KGosh wrote:

    1. A flash-forward to reading the stock headlines about that 'out of nowhere' IPO that returned 2500% of the initial price

    2. An eidetic memory to recall the stock ticker

    3. A nice meal out with Dr. Spencer Reid to discuss the pros and cons of the eidetic memory

    3. A guarantee that cool tv shows won't be cancelled

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 1:05 PM, Turfscape wrote:

    In the spirit of mimicking success:

    Bridge Lessons!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 2:31 PM, TurksFan wrote:

    1. An official Motley Fool jester hat so they can get in the mood to invest Foolishly;

    2. A time machine that allows one to actually have time to read the SEC filings on that company she or he wants to purchase stock, .... then to post on the Boards;

    3. the patience of Warren Buffett.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 4:23 PM, foolfromoh wrote:

    A single grain of Morton's salt from German Company K+S group (SDFG.DE) with which to take all of the short-term predictions for the recovery.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 4:31 PM, TMFTypeoh wrote:

    I wish that someone could give me a list highlighting all of the investment mistakes that I will be making over my lifetime, so i can avoid as many of them as possible.

    Thus far i have been able to learn a lot from investing over the years, as i have made many, many mistakes. Such as:

    1) Buying a small start up pharma company with no profits, bad management, and a poor balance sheet. I bought at $4, it traded as high as $8 (based on a contract with a large pharma player), only to loose the contract and crash to $.50. I was good enough to cut my looses at $2, but it would have been great for someone to tell me "don't buy that garbage stcok!"

    Lesson: You get what you pay for. Buy companies that actual make money, and your much less likely to get hurt.

    Side lesson: If you buy a garbage company, and it doubles, SELL IT!

    2) Buying a stock with a "dividend" yield of over 20% (in the mortgage business no less). Wow, what could be better? The stock goes nowhere, and i make 20%! Who knew that dividends could be cut or suspended? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    Lesson: High dividends are a BEARISH indicator! There are no gimmies in investing.

    3) Buying a stock labeled "high income fund", only to see the stock price get cut in half.

    Lesson: Learn lesson 2 idiot!

    So, to review, I would like a nice long list of all of the stupid mistakes that i am about to make so i can avoid as many of them as possible. That would make a great gift!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 4:39 PM, catoismymotor wrote:

    I agree with sadillies (third comment from the top). The Intelligent Investor by Graham would be the the best gift

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 5:24 PM, jsmay37 wrote:

    A year end bonus of a turkey to all senior CEOs on Wall Street

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 5:35 PM, JestYourFool wrote:

    A computer that can predict the future, knowing what to buy, when to buy, when to sell, and end UltraLong's long reign as Top Fool! :)

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:08 PM, ynotc wrote:

    The best Christmas gift is a Congress that will instill the same kind of fiscal responsibility that they demand of business.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:33 PM, blesto wrote:

    A gift subscription to Hidden Gems and a Fool cap.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:34 PM, azduane wrote:

    I would like to see better interest rates from the banks. Something on the order of no less than 1.5% what they charge for their loans to individuals.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:35 PM, azduane wrote:

    Sorry - screwed up - I meant to say:

    I would like to see better interest rates from the banks. Something on the order of no less than 1.5% below what they charge for their loans to individuals.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:37 PM, Nairb1971 wrote:

    A special lifetime subscription to Duke Street with all the unlimited Fool access it would provide the investment knowledge I would like to learn.

    The some money to use said investing knowledge

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:44 PM, Nairb1971 wrote:

    A lifetime subscription to Duke Street

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:19 PM, minoh wrote:

    One day volunteer work opportunity on the factory floor of one's favorite investment, if possible in a low cost region.

    (to stress test whether one can fully support one's investment).

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:33 PM, stephencmyers wrote:

    A snuggie with "The Motley Fool" logo on front

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:24 PM, jerryguru69 wrote:

    Berkshire-Hathaway's most recent annual report. If you can't learn from that, you might as well invest in Beanie Babies.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:51 PM, WoodyDog1400 wrote:

    SiriusXM STOCK, cause it is gonna go BOOM in 2010!!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:46 PM, mcdarlins wrote:

    A monkey to throw darts at stock names. Would be interesting to see how that worked!

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 6:20 AM, dmkap wrote:

    I would give the receiver of my gift a few "options":

    1) A new AAPL iphone so he can make a few "calls".

    2) A set of golf clubs so he can make a few "putts".

    3) Butter, cream cheese, etc, so he can make a few "spreads".

    4) Non-woolen underwear for skiing, so he can have his "synthetic longs".

    5) If he were "bidding" into going into priesthood, I'd "offer" him a "collar".

    6) If he were a bird watcher, I'd get him a "condor".

    7) A "vertical" "calendar" so he can keep an eye on all his subscriptions' "expiration dates".

    8) And lastly, I'd offer him a subscription to MF OPTIONS.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 10:50 AM, brusteph wrote:

    Self-discipline, perseverance, patience and the ability to laugh at themselves.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 11:21 AM, SweetMircha wrote:

    What to give an investor?

    1. A Motley Fool Subsription.

    2. $10,000 to invest in Motley's Core stock picks.

    3. Motley Fool's Gear.

    4. A Tim Horton's China Mug with a $100 TimCard.

    5. A case of PUFF's tissues for drying their eyes after the market crashes & they lose their wealth.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 11:25 AM, Jaxx56 wrote:

    A box of excedrine and a whole lot of time! (if only time can be gifted)

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 11:40 AM, miteycasey wrote:

    Motley Fool grant me the serenity to filter out the noise of people making market calls who have a vested interest in their call, the courage to trust my own research, and the wisdom to know when the time is to buy and sell.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 12:03 PM, caltex1nomad wrote:

    DRIPS !!!

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 1:41 PM, watersm wrote:

    Whirled peas.

    Hanson's beverages (Global Gains).

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 4:37 PM, 1232152314235 wrote:

    Warren Buffett & Peter Lynch as Personal Assistants / Advisors

  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2009, at 1:50 PM, Gmanetly1 wrote:

    With the government letting the banks up off the deck....XANAX!

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2009, at 2:18 AM, egipr1 wrote:

    borrow or buy stockmarket primer by claude rosenberg

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2009, at 2:08 PM, EASYMONEY00 wrote:

    Motley Fool Website address and a 6pack of beer.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2009, at 2:17 PM, goalie37 wrote:

    I would like a bear market for Christmas and cash to buy the resulting bargains.

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2009, at 2:05 AM, jijisat wrote:

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    insight through extreme brevity. For example:

    Stay the patient course.

    Of little worth is your ire.

    More "MVLs" in sight

    Merry Christmas!

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  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2009, at 4:03 AM, Br0oklyn wrote:

    "An underground bunker to hide out in when the next bubble hits" LoL this one was a good one,

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2009, at 4:06 AM, TMFUltraLong wrote:

    An abicus so I can keep track of how many days I spend at #1 =)

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2009, at 10:13 PM, 1wayout wrote:

    Cash. Lots of it. With no strings attached. And maybe, just maybe, your investor will remember you next year.

  • Report this Comment On December 24, 2009, at 4:17 PM, pgutier3 wrote:

    in no particular order....

    Tiger wood's black book.

    Maddoff Punching bag.

    Golden Parachute.

    Eliot Spitzer's black book

    Breakfast with Warren

    Lunch with Warren

    Lunch with Munger

    A bailout

    another stimulus check

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