It is again that time of the year to ask Santa for gift ideas for that favorite accountant and this year the ideas should have something for everyone.
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To spruce up the office, any "Mouse" would look impressive on a lush, leather mouse pad, complete with the familiar pony, for $70, or the Polo leather card case at $65, both available from www.polo.com.
To add to the mix, Cutter & Buck offers a handsome, leather, plaid-lined pen cup, surrounding a clock with a brushed nickel face and the etched "Make it Happen" message that can be removed and used separately with its own easel back ($37.99). Find a pen and the time together at www.successories.com. For a distinctive touch to an office wall, $129 will fetch a wonderful Ansel Adams framed photo, from the same site.
For an emergency office power outage, www.bedbathandbeyond.com has a self-powered emergency flashlight for under $10. Just a few cranks provides power, so there is never a need to hunt for batteries. The popular numeric puzzle game Sudoku is available in the Sudoku for Dummies or an electronic, hand-held version and will provide some diversion in those spare minutes, both for under $15.
Book lovers may welcome novels in the financial fiction genre, tied up with a big, red bow. Former financial consultant Ken Morris, who ran an international desk for Morgan Stanley, now uses his business experience to write books like "Man in the Middle". Linda Davies, who studied economics at Oxford and has a distinguished professor father who wrote "History of Money", uses both her genes and her corporate bank background to enthrall the reader of "Nest of Viper". These books can be found at www.amazon.com and are just the thing to interest any reader on a cold, winter night.
Santa loves popcorn, especially the many unique flavors at www.daleandthomaspopcorn.com. If the choice is to difficult between Southwest Cheddar-Chipotle and Chocolate n' Caramel, gift certificates of $25 and up, are available via e-mail. Oprah is also a fan.
He won't flinch when he sees a tie box from www.neckties.com that holds a $27 silk tie by Museum Artifacts, covered with accounting memorabilia of the past.
Tiffany& Company, www.tiffany.com , has a business catalog and gives 15% discount with a business account (800-770-0800) and all gifts come in that famous blue box.
Gifts of all kinds, practical and/or humorous, can be found at www.cafepress.com. Looking for a t-shirt for the accountant's dog? Stylish duds proclaiming "Being an accountant's dog is taxing," are $18. Over 700 sayings are available on almost anything, for men, women and children, from boxer shorts (15.99) to baby clothes, sweat suits, hooded jackets, tree ornaments, posters and dozen of other items. Popular coffee mugs ($12.99) can brag "It took an accountant to catch Al Capone," or "Accounting is my cup of tea."
The same site offers one of Santa's very favorite gifts of the year, the Extreme Accounting Wall Reality Calendar, at under $14. Each clever month can be viewed online and each is a unique mix of photos and sayings that tie in with the accounting profession. Be sure to check out July, for a beautiful image and a cool way of "balancing the books." The Claus family got one for their own accountant.
For the stressful, busy season, an angel charm or a medal of Saint Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, might provide solace ($40-50), from www.joyjewelers.com.
The favorite gift on the list this year may be the hand-crafted, recycled steel and copper accountant wine caddy, sure to enchant both the environmentally savvy and the wine devotee. It features a standing accountant, complete with CPA briefcase and cell phone, ready to enclose a bottle. Santa feels this piece of useful art sculpture is well worth the $74.95, at www.forcounsel.com.
With best wishes for a stress free shopping season.