Magazine article Newsweek

Green Christmas: For That Special Investor in Your Life, There Is a Wealth of Gift Choices. Here Are Some Suggestions for Those Who Consider Stocks the Ultimate Stocking Stuffer

Magazine article Newsweek

Green Christmas: For That Special Investor in Your Life, There Is a Wealth of Gift Choices. Here Are Some Suggestions for Those Who Consider Stocks the Ultimate Stocking Stuffer

Article excerpt

It's beginning to look a lot like that time of year when you spend yourself silly. And if you're having trouble managing your own money, you can at least help your friends and relatives handle theirs. This year, give a fiscally focused gift. The stores are stacked with money games, financial software and gizmos to please everyone from coin-collecting kids to novice investors to that click-addicted stock jockey.

For the Kids

"Bunny Money," by Rosemary Wells (Dial Books; 1997; $14.99); The Bunny Money Game (International Playthings; $19.95)

If you think it's time your deadbeat 4-year-old learned responsibility, this book-and-game combination can start him off easy. In the book, bunny sibs Max and Ruby go shopping for Grandma's birthday. But Max snacks his way to the store and runs through all their cash. The game winner is the one who finishes first with a present for Grandma.

The Allowance Kit (World of Money; $29.99; 800-367-2548)

This clever bank demonstrates the difference between spending, saving and investing. It looks like three colorful books on a shelf; each "book" is a bank that kids can customize with stickers to illustrate their short-, medium- and long-term goals like candy, skateboard, college. The long-term bank "locks" with a hard-to-remove plastic strip that makes it difficult to get at its contents.

U.S. Commemorative State Quarters Collectors Map (Coinmap.com; $14.95)

This handsome cardboard map of the United States has slots for those quarters honoring the 50 states that are starting to show up in your change. …

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