Seeking the right gift for a budding economist? These left-brained, financially savvy individuals typically have high standards and appreciate value. We’ve searched over 300 economics-themed gift ideas and distilled the very best:
1. Subscription to The Economist – This is a no-brainer gift for any student of economics. While the magazine is anchored in economics, it helps someone with an economic mind-set make cultural, political and social connections that may not be found in the standard textbook.
2. Subscription to The Wall Street Journal – With its focus on US-based companies, the WSJ is a good complement to more world-focused The Economist. If your economics major wants to keep up with the latest on companies like GE, Apple and Pfizer, the WSJ is a must have.
3. Stockpile Board Game – The game made for market watchers, this is not only fun for seasoned trading pros but for younger folks who want to learn the ropes. Each player starts with some inside information about a company and must decide when to buy and sell based on market conditions.
4. Got Economics? t-shirt – Give an economics geek a t-shirt that tells the world how important their major is. Be sure to wear it around your English major friends.
5. Gift card – A cynical economist may tell you a gift is a poor allocation of resources. If your economist is the curmudgeonly sort, you have a few options: don’t give anything at all (somewhere deep down economists do have a heart, so this is not advised), give a gift card or give cash.
6. Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics – The title says it all. Much of our current policy debate steams from two differing views of economic management. One in which increasing the money supply can help jump start a damaged economy. And another where free markets rule the day and any manipulation will result if further pain down the road.
3. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Most economists won’t stay in the ivory tower forever. This book by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is the rare combination of academic insight into economic drivers and practical boots on the ground experience. You won’t see business the same way again after reading this.
8. The Intelligent Investor – While your economist major probably thinks he knows more than anyone, it can’t hurt to help guide him in the right direction financially. This #1 bestseller has popularized the concept of value investing around the world.